By Cork Gaines
Business Insider

We all know that athletes like Alex Rodriguez and Peyton Manning and Serena Williams are among the highest-paid in their sports. But the biggest contracts are not always reserved for the superstars.

If we take a closer look, there are many athletes that you might be surprised to learn either made a ton of money in their career, or rank very high among their peers despite flying under the radar of the casual American sports fan.

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Data via the respective sports leagues,, or All sports are career earnings. Totals for NBA players include guaranteed money remaining on current contracts.

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Just like the college football rankings, the SEC has heavy representation when it comes to Playboy's list of Top 10 Party Schools for 2012. The conference has three schools making the cut while the Big Ten and the Big 12 each have two.

Playboy says its ratings are based on sex, sports and nightlife (what else is there really?) and also identifies the worst school in each of these three categories. Spoiler alert: BYU ranks last in nightlife.

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By Jason Notte
The Street

Another NFL season, another year of beer-drinking football fans being sacked for a loss.

NFL fans who actually leave their flatscreens, sofas and DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket behind to attend games this year will find themselves blitzed from all sides. The league's average ticket price jumped 2.5 percent, to more than $78, according to Team Marketing Report. The average cost to take a family of four to a game, park, have a beer, hot dog and soda and go home with a program and a cap jumped 4 percent, to $443.93. That includes beer prices that jumped from an average of 42 cents an ounce last year to 43 cents an ounce this year.

If you live outside of Ohio and Tampa, Fla. -- where beer prices at home games of the Cleveland Browns ($5 for 16 ounces), Cincinnati Bengals ($5 for 12 ounces) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($5.75 for 16 ounces) rank among the lowest in the league -- be prepared to pay a minimum of $6 per beer at the stadium this year. With help from NFL concessionaires Aramark, Delaware North and Centerplate and Team Marketing Report's Fan Cost Index, we found the top beer prices in the league and the teams hosing their fans for suds:

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Women love a tight stomach -- and a new Western Illinois University study confirms it. Women rated abs as the sexiest muscles on a man’s body, when compared to five other body parts. Here's the complete breakdown, from the ladies' least favorite to most popular.

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By Jason Notte
The Street

If fall doesn't start until Sept. 22 this year, why have craft beer drinkers been seeing pumpkin beer on shelves since August?

Without fail, this is one of the most common messages that fills a beer writer's inbox around this time of year: Why is [fall seasonal beer] already out when I'm not done with [summer seasonal beer] yet? There are two answers to that question, and folks who still want a witbier or summer ale aren't going to like them.

The first is that craft beer brewers operate extremely close to the margins and don't like to have beer laying around when nobody wants it. Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer and the Samuel Adams brand, last year drew a similar parallel to Samuel Adams' Old Fezziwig holiday brew. People love Old Fezziwig just before the holidays, but want nothing to do with it once the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve.

"The basic reason -- and it's not that we can't get enough of the ginger or cinnamon or anything -- is that freshness is a big deal for us and this is a beer that has a season," he said. "Beer at its foundation is a performance art that exists in the moment of its creation and that's it, and Fezziwig is very much in that situation of being perfect for a certain time."

Samuel Adams now brews its own Pumpkin Ale and toyed with a pumpkin stout before releasing its 8.5% alcohol by volume Fat Jack imperial pumpkin ale last year. Demand for pumpkin ale has grown so much within the past decade that Anheuser-Busch InBev introduced Michelob Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale in 2005 and MolsonCoors countered with with Harvest Moon ale in 2006 before rebranding it as Harvest Pumpkin Ale this year. All brewers are being taxed by that demand, as Maine-based Shipyard Brewing cranked up production of its Pumpkinhead ale from 2,100 barrels in 2002 to 30,000 last year while extending Pumpkinhead season from August-through-October to August-through-Thanksgiving to deal with peak demand around the fall holidays.

The jump in number of brewers making pumpkin ale is the other reason the style is so visible in late summer. There were only about 1,600 breweries in America back in 2009, but there are more than 2,000 now and roughly 1,300 in the planning stages, according to the Beer Association craft beer industry group. That's a lot more craft beer flowing into the marketplace, and it's increased the chances a pumpkin beer of some sort will be coming to a bar or store cooler near you.

Before you go diving into a patch of pumpkin brews willy nilly, however, we've put together a list of the season's top pumpkin beers with the help of our friends at BeerAdvocate and RateBeer. It's tough to go wrong with this style, but solid brews such as these make it even tougher:

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There's another athlete-to-athlete wedding in the works. Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller just got engaged to beach volleyball player and model Morgan Beck. Here is a look at the more notable couples, and as a stipulation, the relationship had to advance to the point of "I do," which is why a pairing such as Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic is not included.

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By Colleen Kane

Gone are the days when "tailgating" meant a gathering resembling a picnic in a parking lot -- maybe a cooler of drinks, some sandwiches and a battery-powered radio. Tailgating has evolved into an elaborate generator-beer- and meat- powered temporary settlement of outdoor living rooms and kitchens -- and the food has gotten serious.

Also serious are the costs. CNBC talked to Joe Cahn, otherwise known as the Commissioner of Tailgating, about how it's changed and some of the associated expenses. "The Commish" has been on the road since 1996 attending over 850 tailgates from pro and college football to NASCAR and Jimmy Buffet concerts (which he calls "non-adversarial tailgating"), and logging more than 800,000 miles of travel in the process.

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Amid the sea of obvious costs like RVs, canopies, grills, TVs and catering trays, one of the less-apparent costs of tailgating is paying to park. At college games, that $100 to more than $200 per vehicle per game for spots close to the stadium has become a fundraiser, with proceeds typically going to the athletic fund or school scholarship fund. For pro games, Cahn says parking per game is about $100 and up, and up to $200 for parking RVs. But the closer you park at a pro game, "normally you're on club or suite level," he said.

As for who shoulders the cost and responsibilities for a tailgate parties, Cahn explains that some groups get the guests to chip in, while others are happy to treat their friends. As one Baltimore couple who host a large tailgate told him, the $1,000 or so they spend per game is their entertainment budget for the year. Other tailgates are run almost like businesses. Cahn points to one group that meets in Napa Valley to plan their menus for the upcoming season, and to the Mel's Plumbing tailgate in Philadelphia, which delegates responsibilities using wallet-size cards, so no one can arrive empty handed, claiming they didn't get the email.

And because this is clearly a crowd that's willing to spend money, tailgating parking lots have become captive audiences for fundraising, whether it be cheerleaders who do a cheer in exchange for donations, or baseball and football leagues that go around so you need extra cash for charity donations.

Unsurprisingly, corporations have gotten into the pre-game scene. More and more companies are hosting their own luxurious tailgate parties for customers and employees, which Cahn calls "luxury suites without paying the price."

The following game-day indulgences might only represent the beginning of the scaling-up of tailgating supplies. They do not include self-propelled road vehicles, since those tend to serve other practical and recreational purposes (however, a vehicle known as the Carnivore was created especially for tailgating and was worth an estimated $250,000).

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A busy workweek can sabotage even the best-laid fitness plans. That makes the weekend a perfect time to compensate for a missed workout, reinforce your gains or burn a few extra calories, says Dan John, a fitness coach in Burlingame, Calif., and the author of "Never Let Go." John's outdoor workout makes weekend exercise a snap since no gym is required. (For another way to make weekend exercise a snap, try this incredible Body-Weight fitness Challenges.) You can find most of what you need -- bench, pole, solid ground -- at your local park. What's more, most of the exercises work one limb at a time, helping you identify weaknesses and blind spots that you can address when you head back to the weight room on Monday. And if you're looking for the ultimate guide to revealing a washboard stomach, make sure to Discover the True Science of Six-Pack Abs.

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By Marcy Franklin
The Daily Meal

Fall has arrived: The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and our teams are lacing up their cleats. That’s right, it’s finally football season -- and more importantly for some, college football season.

Nothing quite inspires football allegiance like a nice cold brew, team colors, big-screen TVs, and rowdy fans. No, we’re not talking tailgates (though they're a hallmark of the season), we're talking sports bars. At every university with a decent football team -- or any school pride -- there’s that one meeting place that tops all the others; the one bar where students, football junkies, and alumni trying to relive the glory days of college congregate to scream fight songs and cheer on their team.

So what makes these bars stand out from the rest of football-gathering watering holes? After all, any bar can hang a big-screen TV, turn on the game, and call it a day. It's not just the location, usually near the football stadium or campus, that makes them the unofficial watch party for the game (though it doesn't hurt). These college football bars have the extras that take them from fratty college bars to well, decent bars.

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A great selection of brews and bites makes games an all-day event. Take the cheese fries at Oklahoma State University's Eskimo Joe's, or the pizza at University of Kentucky’s Pazzo’s Pizza Pub, or yes, the Cajun gator tail at University of Florida's The Swamp; a great bite will keep you camped out from kickoff to the final touchdown. Not to mention the beer: It's Texas A&M's Dixie Chicken that proudly claims to have "the most beer per square foot of any bar in the U.S," one possible reason for its large crowds on game day.

Let's be real, these aren't the bars you're going to find a craft cocktail, or even a craft beer. Peanut shells, pool tables, writing on the walls, outrageous drink specials, and rowdy students practically come on a college bar checklist. But what makes these bars great is that they have heart; they’re institutions nearly as old as the football teams themselves. After all, President Obama didn't pick just any bar to visit while campaigning in Boulder, Colo.: He chose the Sink, best known for its burgers, beers, and crowds on game day. (And, for full disclosure: I, too, have a few autographs up on the wall of the Sink.) Whether your team’s undefeated or just barely scraping by, we can agree that these bars are always winning.

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By Mark Anthony Green

No offense to Phil Knight, but kids wouldn't be camping on sidewalks for limited-edition Nikes without mad scientist Tinker Hatfield. He's designed every pair of game-worn Jordans since '88, the visible Air bubble, and last year's Nike Mag -- a replica of the Back to the Future Part II shoes. Sneaker freaks, it's story time.

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