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His name is Olbermann, Keith Olbermann. If you’re a sports fan you already know that sports media fact. You also know Olbermann’s public and professional persona has led to some ugly name-calling. Over the years, columnists, fans and colleagues have added some colorful adjectives to describe the Olbermann brand.

He’s been labeled Acerbic. Provocateur. Erudite. Acerbic – again. Jerk. Irreverent. A-hole genius. Baby. Olbermann may dispute some of those references, but almost all reports suggest his reputation precedes him. That is a fact, one Olbermann does not deny.

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The noise coming from the North is the sound of old – and new – Montreal Expos fans. On Saturday, about 1,000 baseball-hungry fans from Montreal were waving flags, drinking cold beverages and shouting from the outfield seats at Rogers Centre during the Tampa Bay Rays-Toronto Blue Jays game.

The trip was organized by Matthew Ross who owns ExposNation.com. “Our goal is to celebrate the history of the Expos and show that there is still a viable market for it,” he told the Associated Press.

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If you’re going to be socially active, please consider using protection. That’s Major League Baseball’s message to players, managers and other personnel who use social media.

As part of last November’s collective bargaining agreement, MLB put a policy in effect for the 2012 season to address the use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Every MLB team received a memo this week encouraging players, managers, coaches and team personnel to connect with fans through social media saying:

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What was your first job as a journalist?

I was a staff intern at the Glens Falls Post-Star and had the opportunity to write stories.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes.

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Just as he did an hour earlier, New York Mets pitcher Dave Mlicki walked from the team’s dugout to the pitchers mound at Yankee Stadium. It was the same understated stroll he made to and from the dugout during the game only now the Stadium was quiet, empty and dark. It was eerily cool for a mid-June night. The heat — along with the cheering, jeering and chanting — left in the shadow of 56,188 New Yorkers.

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My mouth gets me in hot water every day. That’s the way I am. No one’s going to change me. And I never regretted anything I said. Never. A lot of people say that I don’t think when I speak. Of course I do. But I’ll say stuff in a different way with different people … If you like it, you like it. If you don’t, you don’t. I don’t care. The people I care about are my boss and my players. The fans and the media don’t win games for me. — Ozzie Guillen, Men’s Health, 2006

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