Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser have never been afraid to have some laughs at their own expense on their popular sports talk show, "Pardon the Interruption."

This willingness to poke fun at each other (and themselves) led the two hosts to sport what was one of the best dual Halloween costumes of the year. Kornheiser and Wilbon dressed as one of the premier power couples in sports, Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn.


Brilliant.

And notice the squirrel on Wilbon's shoulder -- that's a reference to Vonn's playful gesture at the Presidents Cup.

The costumes received a stamp of approval from none other than Vonn herself:


Vonn didn't have as much fun as Wilbon and Kornheiser on Thursday. Still recovering from surgery on a torn right ACL and hoping to compete at the upcoming Sochij Olympics, Vonn posted this photo on Instagram of herself in the gym:

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Fresh off a thrilling World Series in which TV ratings were up from last year, not everything is look good for Major League Baseball.

One key demographic -- children ages 6 to 17 -- is conspicuously losing interest in the sport. According to the Wall Street Journal, kids accounted for 4.3 percent of the average audience for the ALCS and NLCS this year, down from 7.4 percent one decade ago. Kids made up about 4.6 percent of the World Series audience. That figure is lower than the number of kids in the 6-17 range who watch the NFL, NBA, NHL and the English Premier League.

Making the situation more troublesome for MLB is that fewer kids are playing Little League. Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal notes that 2.1 million children played Little League baseball last year, down from 2.6 million in 1997.

The problem with the national pastime isn't just that it's past bedtime. More likely it is that baseball is slower and less action-packed than most other sports.

There is at least one positive sign for baseball. Bob Bowman, chief executive of MLB Advanced Media, told the Wall Street Journal that fans downloaded 10 million copies of MLB.com's mobile app this season. That's an increase of 3.3 million from last season. Many of those downloads are likely coming from kids.

"We know that with kids today, that is the best way to reach them," Bowman said. "And in some cases that's the only way to reach them."

Still, this downward trend feels ominous for many baseball enthusiasts. If fewer kids are following the sport now, what will viewership be like in 10, 20, 30 and 40 years?

There are several suggested solutions for baseball's kid quandary. Perhaps starting games earlier would help, although there's much more to it than that. MLB executives would be wise to enforce rules encouraging players to pick up the pace of games, making the sport faster and more easily digestible for its youngest fans.

More MLB: George W. Bush As Candidate -- To Be Next Commissioner?

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After just one game with the New York Knicks, Metta World Peace is already making a good impression with fans.

The 33-year-old forward, who was born and raised in New York City and went to college at St. John's, rode the Subway to the Knicks' season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. He took the F Train from the 21 St.-Queensbridge stop to the 34 St.-Herald Square stop.





And once Metta World Peace exited the subway to walk to Madison Square Garden, the crowd around him grew rapidly.



World Peace enjoyed the experience and said he would consider taking the subway again.

"Ya'll know it's easier to travel on the train. [Mayor Michael] Bloomberg has too many rules on the street," he told reporters. "Can't even make a right turn."

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A note to all professional athletes: Be careful what endorsements you wish for, as those companies might actually be interested in you.

Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. learned that lesson this week after mentioning in an interview that he wouldn't mind a shampoo deal. Helu hasn't cut his hair in a year, and when he was asked if he was hoping for an endorsement, a la Troy Polamalu and Head and Shoulders, Helu didn't exactly deny interest.

"That’s not the purpose of growing my hair out,” Helu said. "I want to make sure that I say that. But, you know, if something comes along? Suave? I’m not a Suave user, but I know that they’re pretty affordable, and I want to be marketed to the blue-collar people who can’t afford Head & Shoulders. Suave’s No. 1, you know?”

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post picked up on Helu's comment, which was extremely fortunate for Helu. Steinberg and Sarah Kogod, who run the Post's Washington Sports Bog, have helped a pair of Redskins earn sweet deals from companies -- Chris Thompson from Starburst and Niles Paul from Capri Sun.

So once Steinberg started advocating for Helu, some free shampoo was all but imminent. Suave made the gift official in a tweet:


Helu told Kogod that he doesn't use Twitter and found out about Suave's present through other people. And while Helu is happy to score the free shampoo, his wife may be even happier.

"I wonder what that is, though, because all I think about is shampoo and conditioner,” Helu said. “Maybe styling gel, all that stuff. It’ll be interesting. A lot of it will be used by my wife as well. She already does my hair. If she wants it to look nice, I ask her to."

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Two of Serena Williams' top rivals have recently suggested the world No. 1 is guilty of questionable sportsmanship.

Li Na said Williams, who is finishing one of the best years of her career, has a unique flair for the dramatic. Sometimes Williams will start a match slow, Li said, and get stronger as the competition progresses.

“So this is the reason why she lives in Los Angeles, right?” Li joked. “No, I mean, I don’t know ‑‑ I don’t know what happened with her, but when she started the match, she’s already feeling like [she's going to] die. But in the final set, she can serve 180 [kmh, or 112 mph], 190 [kmh, or 118 mph]. I have no idea about this.”

Jelena Jankovic, a former world No. 1, went further in needling Williams with her comments:

“I never saw her [play sluggishly] when she’s leading. Every time she has a lead, she’s running for the balls and she’s hitting those big serves. For some reason, every time she starts losing, she starts serving slower or not running for certain balls. That’s something that as a player you have to pay attention to. It’s not the first time when we played that she’s doing this. That’s I think her way of playing or maybe when she plays against me. I don’t know.

“But when it’s an important moment, huge serve comes up, so you have to be on alert every time. You never know if she’s going to come slow or a really fast one. So it’s not easy to focus. It’s important for me to focus on my game and not really let those kind of things affect me and not allow me to play my game, but it’s the way it is.

“She’s the No. 1 player in the world, and she plays so well. She’s by far the best player. She deserves to be in this spot. But I think it’s also when you play, winning or losing, you have to be up there and be a good sportsman.”

This isn't the first time Williams' sportsmanship has been questioned, but these accusations aren't as strong as previous ones. Plus, Williams recently beat both Li and Jankovic, so there may be some bitterness seeping through in these remarks.

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When the Cleveland Browns unveiled their renovated practice facility this summer, the organization was rightfully proud. The team put $5 million into the upgrades, modernizing many aspects of the building.

It seems, however, that the team should have double checked before plastering the walls of the facility with inspirational quotes. An investigation by Deadspin reveals that many of the quotes used by the Browns are misattributed and others may be false.

Take this one, for example.

While it's a fine quote, in his own book Player attributed it to another golfer, Jerry Barber.

Another quote, attributed to Mother Teresa, is refuted on her website.

In total, from the quotes that it investigated, Deadspin tallied four correct, nine incorrect and one of questionable origin.

In response to Deadspin's story, a Browns spokesman told cleveland.com that "the quotes are available on multiple Web sites and are generally acknowledged to be faithful to their sources."

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The costumed couples were out in force Monday.

While there's nothing wrong with going as an individual, sports figures got creative with their partners in choosing a Halloween costume this year.

Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux surely turned heads with their topical get-up. The soccer stars went as Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke.



Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and his wife, ESPN's Sam Steele Ponder, get creativity points for going as Squints and Wendy Peffercorn from the classic Sandlot:

And, last but not least, Tom Brady and Giselle went out as the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz:

With all the fantastic Halloween costumes we've seen this year, it's hard to believe the actual holiday is still two days away.

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Just in time for Halloween, the New York Knicks have added orange to their alternate jerseys. And lots of it.

The Knicks recently unveiled their all-orange alternate uniforms, and they look pretty snazzy.


The Knicks did go with the all-orange look for one game last year, on Christmas against the Los Angeles Lakers, but these digs are slightly different.

Reviews for the jerseys from the Knicks players include "sick," "sweet," "dope" and "crazy":

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Mike Miller's years with the Miami Heat were defined by perseverance. Despite dealing with a rash of injuries in his three seasons on the team, the beloved guard proved a valuable cog on a squad that made the NBA Finals each of the past three years.

Miller's performance in Game 5 of the 2012 Finals, in which he made five-three pointers and helped down the Oklahoma City Thunder, is one of the best by a bench player in the history of the Finals.

But as it turns out, not everything went swimmingly for Miller during his time in Miami. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Miller lost $1.7 million in a scam allegedly orchestrated by a man named Haider Zafar. Miller's attorney told Jackson that the 33-year-old is strongly considering filing a lawsuit against the Heat because the organization introduced him to Zafar and vouched for Zafar, even though his background was questionable.

According to a complaint obtained by Jackson, a Heat employee introduced Miller to Zafar, who claimed he was a member of a wealthy Pakistani family. Zafar, who agreed to spend $3 million over three seasons for courtside seats in Miami, asked the team to introduce him to players with whom he could do business.

Miller met with Zafar in the team's offices, and over a few months they partnered on several deals. Jackson writes that Miller gave Zafar $2 million to "invest in what Zafar portrayed as a private investment fund with a high-interest yield." Zafar never invested in the fund and instead used some of that money to pay off his Heat season tickets. Zafar also told Miller that he would invest $40 million in Miller's three business, a promise on which he reneged.

In Miller's complaint, it says at the time of Miller's January meeting with Zafar that the team "knew that Zafar had not paid his obligation to the Heat and had disclosed he was using a false, or at least, unofficial, identity and had disclosed he was under IRS investigation."

Miller, who was amnestied by the Heat in the offseason and is now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, was repaid $300,000 of the $2 million he sent to Zafar. In the potential lawsuit, Miller is seeking $1.7 million from the Heat.

Disturbingly, Miller was not the only Miami player to get swindled by Zafar, who is currently imprisoned in Ohio while waiting trial on fraud charges in an unrelated case. Forwards James Jones and Rashard Lewis were also defrauded by Zafar, but neither is considering pursuing legal action.

"We were distressed to learn that the Heat and the members of the Heat family were victimized by an elaborate fraud conducted by an individual currently in custody in Ohio," Alan Fein, the Heat's outside counsel, told Jackson. "We continue to remain in constant contact with the appropriate federal authorities investigating this fraud."

Miller released this statement Friday:




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In the annals of worst professional sports contracts, Steve Young's deal with the Los Angeles Express of the USFL is usually at or near the top of the list, but it really didn't work out that way.

Reports that Young is still making money from the initial 1984 contract -- a 10-year, $40 million deal -- gained traction Friday, because if the deferred payments were still in place, the amounts would start to escalate in 2014. But the man himself has said he turned down an annuity. Watch this interview:

Leigh Steinberg, Young's former agent and a contributor to ThePostGame, confirmed Young's account of the story when contacted Friday. He said Young opted to take money up front when the team's billionaire owner, J. William Oldenburg, began to experience financial problems.

Young's USFL contract of $40 million is worth about $90 million in current terms, which may seem ludicrous, but Oldenburg wanted to keep pace with another billionaire owner, Donald Trump and his New Jersey Generals.

Oldenburg was desperate to snag Young, who played two seasons in the USFL before the league ceased operations. In Young's second season, Oldenburg declared bankruptcy. Because the team and the league were struggling financially, Young was offered an annuity or money up front (around $1 million). He took the money up front. If he had opted for the annuity, payments would've stretched to the year 2027.

In 1985 Young transitioned to the NFL, where he went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco 49ers, which ended in 1999.

When reached Friday, Steinberg also recalled some details from negotiating the original USFL contract:

"As we were negotiating, Steve still had his heart set on going to the NFL. Money was never his motivation. The Express made a compelling argument that he would get better quarterback coaching and more opportunity to play by signing with them. They had Sid Gillman -- Architect of the Modern Passing Game -- as a consultant, John Hadl as head coach, who had just coached Elway at Denver in his rookie season, and Don Klosterman at GM, who was a quarterback himself. Then they went out and signed top players from college including lineman Gary Zimmerman at left tackle, who ended up in the Hall of Fame."

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