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NASCAR starts its engines Saturday night at 8 on Fox with the Budweiser Shootout from Daytona. Via a Fox news release, analyst Jeff Hammond lays out a couple of the story lines:

"To me, the 2008 season is reality TV and sports rolled into one. How bizarre is it that after such a turbulent first season in Sprint Cup competition, Toyota is in a position where they could win their first Cup race during the 50th Daytona 500?  How about Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has only won one race in two seasons yet is a favorite to come out of the box with Hendrick Motorsports and win his first race for Amp/National Guard at Daytona? There's a lot of "What ifs?" that are going to play out in front of everybody starting next week, and it's going to continue throughout the year.  I'm not saying that 2008 is going to be a bizarre season in NASCAR, but I do believe there's going to be a lot of history made and it's going to make for great reality TV every weekend."
And just wait until they put Tony Stewart in The Moment of Truth hot seat and ask him how he really feels about his competitors.
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NBC is combining gymnastics and figure skating into one show Saturday at 2:30 p.m. -- the Tylenol Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular, presumably so named because watching both at once could give you a headache. Paul Hamm headlines the gymnastics portion, with Evgeni Plushenko the big skating name.
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Have you seen ESPN's college basketball promos featuring the heads of analysts Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis and Digger Phelps sprouting from the bodies of fans? They sort of remind me of the cheesy movie classic The Thing with Two Heads, starring Ray Milland and Roosevelt Grier ("They share the same body ... but hate each other's guts!").

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