Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring sold for more than $230,000 at auction Saturday night, but the winning bid did not belong to Giants defensive end Usi Umenyiora.

Umenyiora had pledged early Saturday to buy the ring and return it to LT -- if he got one million followers to his Twitter account before the auction ended.

The problem for Umenyiora was that he underestimated how quickly he could pick up followers. With less than 23,000 followers at the start of the day, Umenyiora had to revise his target to 500,000 after it became clear that one million was going to be impossible.

That didn't help much either as Umenyiora had just 55,000 followers when the auction ended.

According to a report on, Taylor was unaware that his son, whom he had given the ring as a gift, was putting it up for auction until the news broke last week. But LT did not object to his son's decision.

The final bid was $230,401, but news reports say that the online auctioneer, SCP Auctions, did not name the winning bidder.

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Skechers shelled out some big bucks to run a steamy Super Bowl commercial with Kim Kardashian, but the cost of that campaign is chump change compared to what the shoe company must refund customers for false advertising.

Skechers will pay $40 million after the Federal Trade Commission ruled the footwear brand made unfounded claims that its shoes would help with losing weight while strengthening butt, leg and stomach muscles.

Kardashian and "Dancing With The Stars" co-host Brooke Burke were in ads touting the Shape-ups line, but the Resistance Runner, Toners/Trainers and Tone-ups models were also cited in the FTC's charge of deceptive claims.

The amount refunded to each customer will depend on the number of people that apply and which model was purchased, but the range is projected to be $27-$80 per pair. Shape-ups generally retail for about $100.

If you bought any of the Skechers models cited in the FTC report since August 1, 2008, you can apply for a refund at Or call 866-325-4186 for more information.

The settlement is believed to be the FTC's largest ever involving consumer refunds, an agency executive told USA Today.

In a similar case last year, the FTC investigated Reebok, which agreed to $25 million in customer refunds.

Here is the Kardashian ad, which ran in February 2011 during the Packers-Steelers Super Bowl:

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Forget gym shorts and baseball caps. It's time for plaid and plastic glasses because the trick shot is jock territory no more.

Clad in skinny jeans and armed with records, these stylish gentlemen have delivered the trick shot on a vinyl platter to hungry hipsters everywhere. And believe me, these are not your fathers' record players.

Watch and learn to see just how much cooler these guys are than you:

What's the lesson here? If you're longing to impress your friends, don't reach for the frisbee or the basketball and leave your shiny iPod touch at home. Instead, zip up your striped hoodie, lace up those Chuck Taylors and kick it with some classic vinyl.

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The 17th hole at TPC at Sawgrass is the mecca of golf venues. The par-3 132-yard hole's island green just may be the most iconic image in American golf. It can also give players a late-round headache at The Players Championship.

According to Tiger Woods, too much of a headache.

In 2007, Woods argued to move the hole from 17th to 8th on the scorecard.

"I just think it's a wonderful hole, but I don't agree with it being the 17th or 71st hole of a championship because I just think that it is a little gimmicky in that sense," he said. "I think it's a great 8th hole or another part of the golf course."

On Tuesday, Woods, just four days removed from missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship, reiterated his argument in advance of this weekend's TPC.

"I think 17 is a great hole ... but not the 17th (hole)," he said. "I think it's a perfect eighth hole. I understand the premise behind it. It's dramatic. But it's a great eighth hole or something early in the back nine."

Although Woods has not experienced a ton of success at TPC at Sawgrass, he owns one of the 17th hole's most memorable putts. In 2001, Woods knocked in a two-tiered, double-breaking birdie putt from about 60 feet.

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Once upon a time, collecting baseball cards was a staple of American culture, but the era of technology has forced the industry to find creative ways to keep itself afloat.

About one month ago, Topps introduced an iPhone app, which allows users to virtually collect and trade cards. If that was tough for card-collecting conservatives to digest, they may have an even more difficult time hearing about Topps' next move:

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton is about to get her own baseball card.

That's right. According to USA Today, when the 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter World Champions Set hits drug store counters, batting cage shops and well, iPhone apps, on July 11, collectors will find Upton's name on the same checklists as Albert Pujols, Justin Verlander and the rest of baseball's stars.

The set is modeled after the original cards provided by the Allen & Ginter tobacco manufacturing firm in the late 1800s. The cards featured paintings of the players and were placed in cigarette packs. The set is known for featuring non-athletes, along with baseball players.

Upton's portrait displays her in a red dress she wore at the SI Swimsuit Issue launch party. According to ESPN, a limited number of cards signed by the model will be packaged in the set.

Upton headlines a class of non-baseball players that includes Michael Phelps, Ara Parseghian, Erin Andrews, Greg Gumbel, Ewa Matay, Colin Montgomerie, Kirk Herbstreit, Swin Cash, Michael Buffer, Curly Neal, Meadowlark Lemon and Arnold Palmer.

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When NBC announced about three weeks ago that Eli Manning would host "Saturday Night Live" on May 5, the pressure was on the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. He was set to become the 11th professional football player to host the show and the fifth quarterback to do so. He was also to be judged against the last quarterback to host the show, his brother Peyton.

Manning broke a leg Saturday night -- relax, Jerry Reese, it's an acting term. He had the crowd at 30 Rock breaking into hysterics with a performance that rivaled Peyton's. Here's a look at three of the top skits of the night:

Manning has been criticized for being a quiet player on the field and an awkward player off the field. 'SNL' plays into this joke in a skit portraying an EA Sports motion-capture studio. When Manning is asked to create a touchdown celebration for virtual use, he starts with a basic celebration, putting his hands in the air. This is reminiscent of the image Sports Illustrated placed on the cover of the Giants Super Bowl XLII commemorative issue. Manning is then stood up by the likes of creative NFL stars Tim Tebow, Victor Cruz, Ray Lewis and Troy Polamalu. Manning comes up with a variety of awkward touchdown celebrations that are scoffed at by the EA developers.

Peyton's performance is probably most known for his “United Way" digital short. Eli responds with his own Digital Short entitled "Little Brothers." Manning acts as the defender of little brothers against older brothers that bully them. "Because we all know that big brothers can be read d---heads,” he says.

It is fitting that the NFL's most awkward Pro Bowler embraced society's most awkward topic: Sexting. In this scene, Manning is called to the stand in court to explain his alias during a murder. Manning uses his past text messages and web search history to claim his innocence. Message to all single men: Do not take flirting advice from Chad Kevin Jeremy, Manning's character in the skit.

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Tattooing your favorite NFL team's logo on your arm? Yawn. Tattooing an entire sleeve of your favorite NFL players as Lego figurines on your arm? Original. And probably painful.

As seen on Sweater Punch, New England Patriots fan Craig Howard went under the needle to prove his loyalty to Tom Brady, Wes Walker, Tedy Bruschi and Coach Bill Belichick. Instead of asking artist Stefano Alcantara to recreate the gentlemen in their true likeness, he decided to showcase them as Lego figurines. See for yourself ...

Alcantara, an artist with the New York City studio LAST RITES, posted the video to his Facebook page last week, receiving plenty of compliments.

Now, the question is, did Howard adequately shield his newly-decorated arm from gloating Giants fans upon leaving the NYC studio, or did he unabashedly flash the inked homage? We're going to guess the latter.

Here is the Super Bowl in Lego form:

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