By Jason Notte
The Street

Before you complain about holiday decorations appearing in stores in September or candy corn already being nudged out of supermarket aisles by candy canes, try drinking a seasonal beer this time of year.

Going through the email at this site's beer division is like diving headlong into the new releases cooler at your local bottle shop. It's a who's-who of seasonal beers and a good reminder of just how far along you are in the calendar. One particular brewer was kind enough to send along an invitation to the launch party for its dark, rich, spicy winter warmer.

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The date of that party? Oct. 5.

C'mon, people. We understand that your breweries are slaves to the brewing cycle and have to release these beers early to get them out fresh and make sure there's very little left once the new year arrives. As Boston Beer founder Jim Koch told us about Samuel Adams' Fezziwig winter warmer last year:

"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. 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."

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But, seriously, October? Samuel Adams doesn't launch its holiday beers until November, but that hasn't stopped holiday beers from appearing on shelves. We have drinkers who still aren't done with this year's fresh hop offerings. There are still going to be Halloween parties featuring refrigerators packed with pumpkin ale.

While we're unsure if we approve of this holiday creep into our local beer coolers, there are great holiday beers available for folks who are already in the spirit. We went looking for early signs of the season and found five beers that won't make you endure 23 hours of A Christmas Story or 12,000 plays of All I Want For Christmas Is You before you can enjoy them:

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The Giants' 2012 World Series championship will be remembered for battling back from the brink in the two National League playoff series, lights-out pitching and Romo Bombs.

Reliever Sergio Romo developed a cult following for his video and photo bombs of teammates and media.

While Romo created some history of his own by striking out Miguel Cabrera to end the World Series, we imagine how he might have bombed certain great moments in sports.

As the Giants gear up for their victory parade Wednesday in San Francisco, here is Romo's march through some of sports' magical moments:

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There's no shortage of adorable Halloween costumes for infants, but recently one delightful trend has emerged that is bound to put a smile on your face.

During the past few years, several parents have dressed their babies up as notable college football coaches for Halloween. And each costume, it seems, is cuter than the next.

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Face it. Certain athletes just look scarier than others.

In some instances a mean demeanor is the product of a missing tooth (Jack Lambert), and other times it is the result of years of intimidation (Kevin Garnett).

Whatever the reason, these athletes have some crazy countenances. If you wore any of these faces as a mask on Halloween, you probably would not be allowed to enter an elementary school.

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The sport of boxing lost a legend Thursday with the passing of renowned trainer Emanuel Steward. The Hall of Famer, widely known as the Godfather of Detroit boxing, worked with Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya and many more world champion fighters.

In honor of Steward, here are some of the best trainers the sport has ever seen.

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What do Americans love to do on Halloween more than ingest copious amounts of miniature candy bars? Dress up like celebrities, of course. Celebrity athletes often provide the best costume inspiration. But what if you’re already a celebrity? Sigh! You have to get creative.

We're revisiting our popular costumes post from last year, where we showed you some of our favorite athletes all dolled for Halloween. So, grab your jack-o-lantern full of calories, and let's see a few more. After all, it's refreshing to see anyone dressed up as something other than a sexy [insert unsexy occupation here].

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Just in time for Halloween, here's a look at stars with signature candy products (like the Reggie Bar) and sweet-tooth fixations (like Derrick Rose and Skittles).

Some of the namesake candies were created for charitable purposes while others were entrepreneurial, but for the most part, they didn't have much staying power. (Maria Sharapova's new line just came out this summer, so it still has a chance to make it over the long haul.) If you manage to bag some of these classics while trick-or-treating, feel free to let us know.

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It is only fitting that after an unforgettable year for Venezuelan players -- a campaign that included Felix Hernadez's perfect game, Johan Santana's no-hitter and Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown -- the 2012 World Series will be a showcase of the best that the baseball-crazed nation has to offer.

According to the country's embassy, a record nine Venezuelans will be participating in this year's Fall Classic. There are four Venezuelans on the Detroit Tigers' roster (Cabrera, Aníbal Sánchez, Avisail García and Omar Infante) while the San Francisco Giants have five (Scutaro, José Mijares, Pablo Sandoval, Gregor Blanco and Héctor Sánchez).

“It’s a product of the turn that the big-league organizations have made toward Latin America and Venezuela in particular," Humberto Acosta, a Venezuelan radio show host and columnist told the New York Times, "because this is a baseball country.”

Among foreign-born players, Venezuelans are the second largest grouping. Only Dominicans make up a larger portion of baseball players. But before this year, the most Venezuelans to play in the World Series was four, when Cabrera, Ugeth Urbina, Alex González and Juan Rivera played in the 2003 Series.

And not only are there a record number of Venezuelans in the Giants-Tigers series, it's likely that neither team would be in this position without the contributions of Cabrera, Scutaro and their countrymen.

With a population of 29 million, Venezuela is smaller than California, which has 37 million and also nine natives in the World Series.

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By Jason Notte
The Street

We've done quite a bit of beer sampling this season, but we feel we may have left you with the impression all fall beers taste either like pumpkin pie or a fistful of harvest hops.

That couldn't be further from the truth.

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While the time for fresh-hop beers and Oktoberfest is nearly done and pumpkin beers have until about Thanksgiving before they're pushed aside for wintry holiday offerings, there are some autumn beers that fall between the two just perfectly. If you haven't noticed already, this is the time of year the beers get a little darker, the flavors get a little maltier and the finish gets just a bit warmer.

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There are beers that do all of that without overdosing on hops or smelling like a spice rack. We went through the best of the rest and found 10 fall-friendly beers to get you through the rest of the season:

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Only 43 men in the history of the United States can relate to sending Seal Team Six to take out bin Laden, but a vast majority of us can relate to saving two strokes with a birdie on eleven. We've never vetoed a bill, but we've volleyed a ball. We've never faced a full press corps, but we've faced a full court press. The politics, in the end, are subjective. Sports are objective.

In our never-ending quest to quantify, qualify, list and rank everything in the known universe, our best and brightest stat geeks have thus far ignored the athletic accomplishments of our commanders-in-chief. This despite an enormous interest in our presidents' grasp of popular sports.

Whether ESPN is airing a special about President Obama's pick-up basketball games, or photographers are camping out in front of the White House to catch Dwight Eisenhower practicing his short irons on the South Lawn, or we're subjected to another grainy home video of the Kennedy family tossing around a football, the American public has proven to consistently find our Air Force One occupant's athletic lives fascinating.

Which president saved 77 lives as a lifeguard? Which one's lucky handball is still sitting in the Smithsonian over a century after he last played with it? Which president invented a sport? Or practiced jiu-jitsu three afternoons a week while in office? Or was an NCAA champion? The answers to these questions (in order: Reagan, Lincoln, Hoover, T. Roosevelt, Ford) don't even scratch the surface of the athletic information available on our presidents, which is why it's time to harness the power of statistics and the spirit of sabermetrics to create a system to properly crown one of our presidents king of the athletic arena.

To maintain consistency with other ranking systems, and to compete with the likes of ERA, WAR, VORP and all the others, this ranking metric is called PAS., short for President Athlete Score. In conversation, it could be used something like, "Dude, no way Woodrow Wilson was a better athlete than Ronald Reagan, have you seen their P.A.S. rankings? It's not even close!"

The components of the P.A.S. ranking are as follows, with each president receiving either a 1 (worst) or a 5 (best) in a particular category. The highest possible score is a 25. The lowest, 5. Only one president scored a 25. The lowest got a 6 (sorry, Grover Cleveland):

Executive Power: Ranks a president's physical strength.
Running Ability: Ranks a president's physical fitness and cardio.
Weighs and Means: Ranks how fit a president stayed once in office.
Executive Experience: Ranks the athletic accomplishments of a president.
Mettle of Honor: Ranks a president's athletic toughness and endurance.

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