"Friday Night Lights" has finished its critically acclaimed run on TV, but the folks at LostLettermen.com keep the spirit of the show alive with some casting suggestions from college football. Enjoy.

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Eric Taylor is ...
Will Muschamp

This is a no-brainer. Not only does Muschamp look like actor Kyle Chandler, the new Florida head coach and Taylor are legendary for their white-hot tempers and tough love. After earning their stripes in Texas, both have left the state in shocking fashion, with Muschamp leaving as head-coach-in-waiting at Texas for Florida this offseason and Taylor off to Philadelphia.

Tami Taylor is ...
Layla Kiffin

Hey, y'all. The wife of USC head coach Lane Kiffin, Layla has turned heads since her husband was named the head man at Tennessee in 2008, appearing all over the internet as fans drool over her. That's a perfect fit for the role of Tami Taylor played by Connie Britton; grown men go gaga over her and the players can’t help notice that the coach’s wife is hotter than their girlfriends.

Tim Riggins is ...
Trent Fisher

Fisher, the son of former NFL head coach Jeff Fisher, is a walk-on redshirt freshman safety at Auburn, where he reportedly has impressed coaches. Riggins is the bad-boy running back for the fictional Dillon Panthers. But here's what makes this different: Fisher and Riggins are dead ringers for one another, making it much easier for us in central casting. But let's hope that in real life Fisher doesn’t act how Riggins does off the field.

Matt Saracen is ...
Ryan Tannehill

Saracen was always overlooked and under-appreciated. During his time on "FNL," Saracen split his time between quarterback and wide receiver for the Panthers after getting benched in favor of J.D. McCoy. For his part, Tannehill moved to wide receiver after losing the starting QB job to Jerrod Johnson. But when Johnson was benched last season, Tannehill led Texas A&M to a 6-1 finish. All Saracen and Tannehill needed was a chance.

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When you think of the early 90s icons that rocked those infamous boxy high-top Nike Air Jordans, perhaps The Fresh Prince, Zach Morris or even Vanilla Ice pop into your head. But there is one more to add to the list: Jerry Seinfeld. Whoa, wait a minute ... Seinfeld? Really?

Clearly he isn't one of the more obvious additions to this list, but over the course of Seinfeld, Jerry never missed when it came to his kicks. Whether he was looking to amp up his street cred, become a budding fashion symbol or wanted to just be plain ol' comfortable, Jerry was undoubtedly a sneak-aholic. Over the years, he always rocked a solid pair of trainers; whether it was the classic blue swoosh, the more subtle white-on-white, or the Agassi-esque acid wash get-ups.

As Elaine once classically asked, "Why are my shoes a topic of conversation?" the same could be asked of Jerry. So with this in mind, the folks at Complex Magazine thought they'd document this 90s phenomenon by compiling a surprisingly thorough look at Jerry's greatest sneaker hits -- complete with not only humor-inducing images but also the exact episode when the shoe appeared. I'm just hoping The Complete Guide to Kramer’s Vertical Lift Shoes will be next.

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Nike Air Digs Pro Low White/Red Plum

These kicks are so stylish, Costanza can barely keep his eyes off of them. They sure go great with a tie! And hotel bed upholstery! (Editor's note: That same bedspread is probably still being used today.)

Nike Air Sonic Flight Mid White/Light Graphite

Take those Shape Ups and shove 'em, Joe Montana. Oh wait. Joe Montana was still in the NFL in the '90s. Fortunately Jerry's black jeans are also retired now.

Nike Air Trainer SC High White/Royal Blue

"And then I said, 'You think you can get these sneakers whiter, Your Holyness?'" Seriously, the glare from these sneaks has sent Kramer into a trance.

For a complete rundown, check out the slideshow on Complex.com.

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Whether you're a Yankees fan or not -- and I most certainly am -- it's hard not to appreciate the classic, crisp style of the interlocking NY designed by Louis Tiffany. But it's also hard to avoid gawking at some of the less-appealing uniforms in baseball.

During a recent Yankees home stand, for instance, I noticed the stark contrast between the sharp pinstripes of the Bombers and the gnarly color combination of forest green and mustard yellow on the Oakland A's.

This got me thinking about atrocious uniforms from past and present that warrant a collective gasp and a phone call. No, not a call to the bullpen for the save. Rather, a call to the fashion police.

Let's take a look:

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Houston Astros

Bridgette Raes, author of Style Rx, asks, "Didn't anyone ever tell the Astros that horizontal stripes make you look fat?" There is nothing subtle about this bold and brazen look, Raes says. "And nothing classic or timeless either."

Chicago White Sox

Both of these unis look like something belonging to a Formula 1 race car driver, Raes says. "These uniforms scream of the futuristic styles we seemed fixated with in the '80s." Plus, what's up with the large font? "Were they worried their fans would forget who they were rooting for?" Sigh.

Oakland A's

Although Raes isn't exactly opposed to this one (maybe it's because yellow is so darn trendy right now), she notes they are "definitely not getting an A for color combining."

Baltimore Orioles

Ode to the Orioles? Or the Orangoles? "That's a lot of orange," she points out. "Perhaps the team has a side job doing roadside construction or picking up garbage on the side of the highway?"

San Diego Padres

Ever see something so ugly it almost morphs into kitschy cool? Unfortunately, this doesn't fall into that category. "This is the worst of them all," Raes says. "Visual pollution! The font looks like something from the 70’s, the color combination is ghastly, depressing and blah ... I must look away!"






-- Vicki Salemi is a journalist who works and plays in NYC. She's a career expert and the author of "Big Career in the Big City" and often writes about lifestyle, sports, entertainment and yes, careers. Follow her on Twitter

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By Darren Rovell
CNBC.com

It's college football time and that means fans are willing to pay top dollar to see this year's top matchups. So what are the most coveted games? TiqIQ, a ticket market intelligence site, provided us with the highest list prices for the entire season. Not surprisingly, six of the top 10 games include a Southeastern Conference team.

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The ticket prices displayed here represent the secondary market and are aggregated by TiqIQ from some of the largest ticket sellers, including StubHub, eBay and TicketNetwork. These ticket prices do not represent official face values for students or the general public.

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So, what are the most expensive games to attend this year?

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    5. Ohio State at Nebraska

    Avg. Ticket List Price: $462.97
    Date: Oct. 8

    Ohio State makes its first Big Ten trip to Memorial Stadium as Nebraska is the new kid in town. Ohio State is tough to read thanks to the loss of its quarterback Terrelle Pryor and its coach Jim Tressel, but Nebraska could very well win the league in its first year. Memorial Stadium holds the current active record for the most consecutive sellouts at 311. The last game the Huskers didn't sell out? Oct. 20, 1962.

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By Daniel Bukszpan
CNBC.com

Professional sports are as competitive as it gets, though sadly, not everyone gets to play. For every athlete who makes the cut and plays at the professional level, there are countless others who will never be so lucky.

Sometimes a promising career is hobbled by an injury, or an athlete's performance just isn't up to snuff. The reasons behind the dashed dreams of aspiring athletes are many.

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But just because a team only has nine spots doesn't mean there isn't a place near the action. Just as a rock concert needs roadies, and a political rally needs Secret Service agents, so, too, do athletes need people in various capacities to make the whole operation run smoothly. After all, without someone in the pit crew, a NASCAR driver would have to change tires while competitors race by.

Some of these jobs pay handsomely. Steve Williams, who until recently served as caddy to Tiger Woods, reportedly earned over $1 million in 2006 alone. Rick Fuhs, a legend in his native Chicago, has been operating the manual scoreboard at Wrigley Field for more than 20 years. He doesn't see a fraction of the paycheck that Williams does, but the lifelong Cubs fan couldn't care less. "I would do this for nothin'," he said.

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While athletes live on in history books and halls of fame, other figures exert an influence on fans that is almost as powerful as that of a sports celebrity. Among them is the announcer, whose booming voice reverberates across the stadium.

Though the job is high-profile, it isn't high paying. Despite the relatively low pay, sticking with the job might confer legendary status, as it did with announcer Bob Sheppard. He did the job for the New York Yankees over the course of 56 years and 4,500 games -- and he was referred to by former Yankee great Reggie Jackson as "The Voice of God."

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    Referee

    Few professionals in any field are more likely to have their judgment called into question than a referee. The official is regularly accused by sports fans of blindness, insanity, and rank dishonesty, all for having the nerve to put on a striped shirt and officiate a game.

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By Kurt Badenhausen
Forbes.com

Maria Sharapova struggled in recent years with injuries and inconsistent play on the tennis court. Her worldwide ranking plummeted to a low of No. 126 in 2009 and she was rarely a factor in Grand Slam events. But this year Sharapova has rebounded and won 80 percent of her matches. She is now ranked No. 5 in the world and reached the Wimbledon finals in July, her first Grand Slam final in more than three years.

While Sharapova has bounced back on the court, off the court she never left. Sharapova is the world's highest-paid female athlete for the seventh straight year and this year it is not even close. Sharapova earned $25 million over the last 12 months, double the amount of any other female athlete in the world.

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Sharapova maintains an impressive endorsement portfolio that includes Nike, Head, Evian, Clear Shampoo, Sony Ericsson, Tiffany and Tag Heuer. Sharapova has 5.2 million Facebook fans and her partners are constantly doing things on her Facebook page to reach them. Cole-Haan (a Nike subsidiary) ran a promotion for her 24th birthday where her fans got 24 percent off that day.

Sharapova extended her Nike agreement in 2010 for eight years that could net her as much as $70 million. Sales of her Nike line of tennis apparel were up 26 percent in 2010 and she now has five other Tour pros wearing the collection. Her ballet flat was the top selling shoe in 2010 at Cole Haan. She receives royalties on both her Nike and Cole Haan lines.

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Our earnings estimates are for the 12 months ending July 1, 2011. We factor in prize money, salaries, appearance fees, licensing income and endorsements in our totals. Tennis players dominate the list with seven of the ten spots. The ten highest-paid women made $113 million over the past 12 months, up 1 percent from last year. By comparison the 10 highest-paid men earned a collective $449 million.

The second highest-paid female athlete over the past year is the world's No. 1 ranked tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki at $12.5 million. She banked $6 million in prize money and another $6.5 million from sponsors and appearances. Companies are lining up behind the 21-year-old Dane hoping to catch tennis' next big star. She added deals this year with Yonex, Compeed and Oriflame, but her biggest partner is Adidas, which paid out lucrative bonuses in 2010 thanks to her No. 1 year-end ranking.

Racing's Danica Patrick ranked No. 3 at $12 million. Patrick continues to split her time between IndyCar and NASCAR's Nationwide Series. Her fourth place finish in the Sam’s Town 300 in March was the highest finish ever by a woman in a Nascar race. Rumors are swirling that Patrick will race full-time in Nascar in 2011. A permanent move to Nascar would certainly boost Patrick's income.

In the future Sharapova's stiffest competition as the top-paid female athlete should come from another breakout tennis star, Li Na. Li turned pro 12 years ago, but the 29-year-old's big moment came at this year's French Open where she became the first Chinese player to win a singles Grand Slam event. Her win was seen by 116 million people in China, according to the WTA Tour.

Li is set to see her earnings soar as she has been busy signing new seven-figure deals with companies like Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler and others which joined Nike, Haagen-Dazs and Rolex in her endorsement portfolio. Before her French Open title in June, she was making $2.5 million annually off the court, but her newfound celebrity could see that figure jump by more than $10 million. We estimate Li earned $8 million (ranked eighth) in the 12 months through June, which is before most of her new deals kicked in.

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    5. Kim Clijsters: $11 million

    Clijsters retired for two years, but since returning to the court in the summer of 2009 she has won four Grand Slam events. Her $6.5 million in prize money over the past 12 months is the most on the WTA Tour.

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