A 3-year-old boy's love affair with America's pastime has gotten Hollywood's attention.

Christian Haupt is addicted to baseball -- so much so that he's playing the sport at a skill level beyond his age. That's not so rare. Nor is it strange that Christian's mom and dad recorded video of their hardball prodigy last summer at age 2, then posted it on YouTube.

But listen to what happened next.

Less than a week later, a Hollywood casting director from an Adam Sandler film spotted it. They were looking for a young ballplayer to appear in Sandler's film "That's My Boy," according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn. The movie is about a father who moves in with his son right before his wedding and soon begins sparring with his daughter-in-law.

Haupt's favorite team is the Dodgers and he goes to sleep with bedtime stories about Babe Ruth and other heroes from bygone times. Cartoons aren't his thing; if Christian is going to watch TV, it's baseball. On car rides to practice, he'll sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," with his 6-year-old sister, Charlotte.

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Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?"

Their overwhelming response: "The ride home from games with my parents."

The informal survey lasted three decades, initiated by two former longtime coaches who over time became staunch advocates for the player, for the adolescent, for the child. Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC are devoted to helping adults avoid becoming a nightmare sports parent, speaking at colleges, high schools and youth leagues to more than a million athletes, coaches and parents in the last 12 years.

Those same college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame.

Their overwhelming response: "I love to watch you play."

There it is, from the mouths of babes who grew up to become college and professional athletes. Whether your child is just beginning T-ball or is a travel-team soccer all-star or survived the cuts for the high school varsity, parents take heed.

Add another chapter to the legend of Linsanity.

Jeremy Lin's fans can thank an unlikely source for his overnight stardom in the NBA. The Knicks guard has credited his father for getting him interested in playing hoops, but a new report out claims his grandmother should get the credit.

Lin Heng-cheng, a cousin of Lin's father who lives in central Taiwan, tells CNA News that Jeremy Lin first played basketball with his grandmother is California. Lin's paternal grandma helped take care of him as a baby until he turned three. He loved hoops even at that young age and would accompany his grandmother to a community court to play.

That grandmother now lives in Taipei and remains close with the Knicks guard, who visits her when he returns to Taiwan.

Lin's Knicks have won six in a row after his game-winning three-pointer beat the Raptors on Tuesday night. Toronto first-year coach Dwane Casey, who coached Jeremy Lin on the Mavericks summer-league team in 2010, said Lin informed him years ago about his faith-based career plans. "He told me he wanted to be a preacher. I don’t know if that's changed. I asked him, 'Why are you a basketball player?' He said it is his dream [to be an NBA player], and he’s living his dream,' Casey told the New York Post.

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From GolfChannel.com.

This is definitely a time of year that conjures up images of love, and with golf back in full swing, what better time to celebrate love than to share a few minutes with the links' most popular duos?

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Jon Miller will never see an NFL game, but his doting father made sure he came to the Super Bowl anyway.

As much as the Super Bowl is known for its celebrities, corporate tickets and big money glitz, it can also be an epic and heartfelt event for families seeking the most unique and bonding of experiences.

One of those stories could be found in the upper decks of Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, a story of a father's love for his son and a desire to make his dreams comes true.

Jon Miller is 12 years old and has suffered from cone-rod dystrophy and Batten's Disease since 2006. His condition is uncurable and as it has worsened; his sight has deteriorated to the point where he is essentially blind.

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Archie Manning might be famous for producing National Football League quarterbacks, but in one sense he's still trailing the man known as the Godfather of Football Officials.

While the New Orleans Saints' folk hero and his wife have produced two Super Bowl champs in Peyton and Eli Manning, Carl Paganelli and his wife have not one, not two, but three sons currently working as officials in the NFL: Perry, Dino and Carl Paganelli, Jr. Yep, the Paganelli parents produce more zebras than the San Diego Zoo.

Carl Paganelli, Jr. will be working his third Super Bowl assignment as an umpire when the Patriots play the Giants on Sunday. Carl, Sr. believes his son has a shot at history.

"Amazing that at his age he's got three Super Bowls," he said. "I said, I don't know what the record is. Maybe five, something like that. If he hangs around, he might be able to be one of those guys (who sets a record.)"

Paganelli, Sr. and his wife Mary, will be in Indianapolis, but they won't be watching the players. "Even when we watch on (TV on) Sunday, I just watch the officials," the proud mother told 24 Hour News 8 in Grand Rapids, Mich. "People ask you who are you rooting for. I say, 'The guys in the stripes.'"

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The childhood essay was part boyhood bravado, part prophetic. But it had Tom Brady's competitive spirit written all over it.

One day, the future Hall of Fame quarterback wrote, I will be a household name.

One day, the boy his parents called "Tommy" predicted, I will no longer be known as "The Little Brady."

One day, the kid brother to three older superstar sisters would turn the tables and go from being Maureen Brady's little brother to the Most Valuable Player of the San Mateo, Calif., Brady Bunch.

That much, Tom Brady knew. He didn't predict that he would go from a sixth-round draft pick to a two-time Super Bowl MVP. He never mentioned a marriage to an international supermodel. All he knew is that one day, he would be the Brady that people talked about, stepping out from the shadow of his sisters.

"I hate to say it," Maureen Brady says. "But I think the roles have reversed a little bit."

We've heard plenty about the older sibling Eli Manning grew up emulating, but Tom Brady had his own lofty standard to meet -- that set by the three older sisters he admired so much. One of his first dreams was to stand tall not in comparison to the New York Giants, but the giants within his family.

Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady will all be in Indianapolis Sunday for Super Bowl XLVI. They will all want Tom to avenge the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Giants. They are all every bit as competitive as the only Brady boy. So if you wonder where Tom Brady got the steel nerves he's used to lead his teams to football's ultimate prize, look no further than the Brady ladies.

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