Interview not so fantastic

The Flip Side

The Kickoff

May 30, 2007

And now let's go to the infield to interview the Fantastic Two.

During Sunday's NASCAR telecast on Fox, reporter Steve Byrnes was set up to interview four cast members from the new Fantastic Four movie. However, he introduced only Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis.

(OK, to be perfectly honest, Mr. Flip recognizes only those two, also. For the record, the other half of the four is composed of Chris Evans and Ioan Gruffudd.)

Byrnes talked about the movie briefly and then ended by expressing his outrage that Alba finished behind Lindsay Lohan in Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" list. (Flip Side fave Eva Longoria placed No. 8. Mr. Flip is pretty sure that's up three places from the preseason poll.)

Back at Fox's studio desk, host Chris Myers completed the thought on the Maxim list by adding that a race fan wouldn't want Lohan to give him a ride to the track. Lohan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday.

(Tip of the Flip to the Awful Announcing blog.)

Don't change stripes

At Louisiana State, fans shout out "Hold that Tiger!" The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants LSU to do just that.

As in not coming up with a new tiger mascot to replace the recently deceased Mike V.

LSU puts a tiger on the sideline to help inspire its football Tigers. PETA said it should stop. The Orlando Sentinel's David Whitley wrote:

"PETA's letter decried the plight of thousands of big cats held in `shabby backyard pens and basements.' Last year, LSU built Mike a 15,000-plus square-foot home, complete with air conditioning, a swimming pool, a waterfall and no property taxes.

"Mike's new digs cost $3 million, which makes you think the homeless should be protesting instead of PETA. Of course, the homeless are only human and therefore have fewer rights."

Whitley also said: "PETA doesn't believe live mascots have any place on the college scene. If it had its way ... Ralphie the Buffalo would be replaced by Rosie O'Donnell, which actually might not be such a bad idea."

Compiled from wire and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who has been asked to serve as a model for the California-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs.

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