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Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 10/19/2014

Giants linebacker yells at Tony Romo, ‘I’m not the Mike!’

Well, somebody is the Mike! (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

In any given game, it becomes almost white noise when the quarterback calls the mike — the middle or inside linebacker — on the defense he’s facing.

That’s because it helps offensive linemen know which players to block, using the Mike as the starting point.

During the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the New York Giants, Tony Romo stepped to the line and called out Jameel McClain as the Mike on a play and, well, a debate ensued as McClain announced,”No, I’m not the Mike. I’m not the Mike.”

Whether McClain was just being helpful or there was an attempt at trickeration going on, the whole exchange was trending on Twitter with #53istheMike.

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Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 10/19/2014

Watch Rams fake out Seahawks and the world with gutsy special-teams trick plays

Stedman Bailey got past Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, too. (Tom Gannam / AP)

The St. Louis Rams waited until a division opponent — which happens to be the Super Bowl champion — came to town to pull off some very sweet trickeration. On a punt with the Rams up 14-3 in the first half, Tavon Austin signaled for a fair catch, distracting the entirety of the Seattle Seahawks’ coverage unit. On the other side of the field, Stedman Bailey caught the ball and took off, running 90 yards for a touchdown. Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll protested, to no avail, that the the return shouldn’t have counted because of Austin’s fair-catch signal.

This might, actually, be the play of the year, not just the week.

But ramblin’ gamblin’ Rams Coach Fisher wasn’t finished. As the tried to keep the Seahawks from rallying, Fisher called for his punt team to take the field at the Rams’ 18-yard-line and just under three minutes. Forget the punt, though. Punter Johnny Hekker threw to a wide-open Bennie Cunningham for 18 yards and a ridiculous first down as the Rams pulled out a 28-26 win.

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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 10/19/2014

Tony Romo and the Cowboys nearly run over A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez watched the Tide roll in Alabama on Saturday. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

The players were there in the tunnel at A&T Stadium, just waiting to sprint onto the field at JerryWorld when who should appear at the head of the pack?

Why, the one and only Alex Rodriguez, of course.

The once and future hope of the Yankees nearly was stampeded by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and the rest of the gang.

Rodriguez also made an appearance at the Alabama-Texas A&M game on Saturday, but it was overshadowed, as everything is, by JerryWorld in what may finest gratuitous football cameo by A-Rod since then-girlfriend Cameron Diaz fed him popcorn at the Super Bowl XLV.

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Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 10/19/2014

Beats celebrates LeBron James’ Akron homecoming with new ad

(Felipe Dana / AP)

The latest Beats by Dre ad aired during an NFL game Sunday and, fittingly, it didn’t feature any one who plays in the NFL, which has banned its players from wearing Beats in TV interviews.

Instead, the spot for PowerBeats 2 stars LeBron James in a lengthy “welcome home” montage involving his return to his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star is shown working out in a gym — LeBron James Arena — at his former high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary, with flashes back to the Spring Hill apartments that were his first “stable” home and other landmarks for him. As “Take Me to Church” plays, the voice-over says: “Don’t ever forget where you came from.”

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Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 10/19/2014

Soccer match in Argentina abandoned after brawl and 12 red cards

A soccer game in Argentina’s third division ended prematurely and in a very ugly way Friday when riot police were onto the field after a big brawl.

In the match between Deportivo Roca and Cipolletti, two third-division rivals, at the Estadio Maiolino took a turn when Fernando Fernández of Deportivo fell to the ground under a challenge by marcos Lamolla. went down to the ground under a challenge from Cipolletti defender Marcos Lamolla. Lamolla was shoved to the ground, then Lamolla was given a second yellow card and tossed himself for chasing the referee. Fernandez also argued with the official and was given a red card.

At that point, the game spirals out of control with Lamolla running across the field to fight an opponent and others joining in a brawl that required some players to be carried off the field as an ambulance arrived.

“Both teams’ players were disgraceful,” Deportivo manager Facundo Espinosa said (via the Guardian). “They didn’t behave like professionals. It was a disgrace and it means lots of work down the drain. I’m very bitter.”

Guillero Vallejos, an official with Roca, said the brawl “could have become a tragedy.”

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