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    Anyone who knows me well, knows that I’m a ridiculous college football fan. It’s the one sport that I’m just stupid about. I don’t really have to say much more than tell you that I have I’ve had a college football fantasy league team for the past three years and that I didn’t see anything wrong with staring at the ESPN GameCast of the New Mexico-Air Force game last night.

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    "American Gangster"--starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe--is one of the most highly anticipated Oscar contenders. It's not hitting theaters until a week from today, November 2nd, but it's already available on Manhattan's piracy central, Canal Street, and in downtown Los Angeles.

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    A World Series game broke out in the middle of a Taco Bell commercial last night. In case you didn’t hear, Jacoby Ellsbury stole a base in the bottom of the fourth last night. Two innings later, Fox flashed to a conversation the night before between Royce Clayton and Ellsbury where they discussed the promotion. Then to the stolen base.

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    Right before his big Game 1 performance last night, I sat down with the most marketable player on the Red Sox--David Ortiz. With the big bat and the great smile, he's the guy everyone wants to hug. This 31-year-old from the Dominican Republic has the most to gain if the team wins its second title in four years.

  • Minutes after my critique of Fox was published, Fox spokesman Lou D'Ermilio responded to the message I left for him. He told me that Chevy did tape that crowd show with Red Sox fans days before and that Chevy gave them the tape to run.

  • Fox Sports

    First let me say that I rarely cover other media since it gets a little tricky, but I'm going to make an exception here. I like Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. I think that for the most part they do a great job. But the Fox sales team is getting a little too aggressive for my World Series taste.

  • Haven't had much time to blog as I'm out here covering the California wildfires. Wish I could tell you all I've seen but here's at least one slice. For all the problems people sometimes have with their insurance companies, here in Southern California, right now those agents are heroes.

  • After much negotiation, and a tussle with Google, Microsoft snagged a new deal with Facebook. MSFT already handles Facebook's ad sales in the U.S., for the next few years at least. This extends the contract to Facebook's international business--already over half its ad business is overseas, and this is the area that has the biggest growth potential.

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    The Colorado Rockies take on the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series tonight. And we're doing everything we can here at CNBC to take you behind the business of it all like no one else can.

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    News Corp's MySpace is trying to retain a hold on its users who may be tempted by newer, hipper Facebook. So, MySpace is staking a claim in online gaming, partnering with Oberon Media, a company that creates and distributes online games. MySpace's games section will launch in January with hundreds of free "casual" games.

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    How much pull does Bob Dylan still have with baby boomers? Cadillac is banking on quite a bit. The rock and folk singing legend begins a partnership with Cadillac that kicks off tomorrow with Dylan playing and discussing songs about Cadillac during his Theme Time Radio Hour on XM satellite radio.

  • Want to make a lot of money? Be the James Andrews of Wii injuries. With 9.3 million Wiis already sold and projected 22.3 million to be sold worldwide by March, the first doctors to advertise as Wii specialists will make a mint. Trust me, I have the worst Wii injury of my life right now and I'm ready to see a Wii doctor.

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    Fox knows how to produce content--and now its interactive division is producing a special kind of content for the web. But, these aren't just ordinary 'mobisodes:' this is a show created solely for MySpace TV, which is of course owned by News Corp.

  • Today AT&T unveiled Napster Mobile to allow AT&T wireless users to browse, sample, and buy music from Napster's 5 million song library, all directly on their cell phones, starting in mid November. A key announcement ahead of AT&T's earnings Tuesday morning at 10 eastern.

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    For years, Taco Bell has put up some crazy promotions related to the World Series. My take is they’ve tried to give away a free taco, but they focused too hard on the publicity of it all and not on the actual possibility that one of their promotions could ever pay off for fans.

  • I watched the latest vote results from rank and file United Auto Workers at Chrysler and thought to myself, "what do these people want?" Through the weekend an estimated 11,000 UAW have rejected the tentative contract the union agreed to with Chrysler. Some 6,000 have voted in favor of it.

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    I was lucky enough to get two tickets to the opening night of the new Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.  Who was playing? The Eagles AND The Dixie Chicks. Full disclosure: I got the tickets for free.

  • Wal-Mart announced today that it is rolling out a second round of pre-holiday price cuts this time on an additional 15,000 items. The cuts are 20% more than last year, according to Wal-Mart public relations.

  • "Mad Men," a TV show from Lions Gate about Madison Avenue AdMen in 1960, has been a hit among a very small audience. It airs on a division of Cablevision, Rainbow Media's AMC, which has only 90 million subscribers.

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    Finally, at long last, someone in Detroit has seen the light. That someone is Chrysler president Jim Press, and what he's about to do is something executives in Detroit should have been doing for decades: Stop building cars/trucks/SUV's that don't sell.