Gentlemen, Start Your Epithets: In an effort to bring more diversity to the sport, the bigs shots behind the scenes at NASCAR are setting their sights on an up and coming 16-year-old black race car drive named Marcus Davis. Sounds like they're off to a great start: "Initially when Marc came in, there was the name calling, there was the 'n' word, there was all kinds of nonsporting things," the boy's father, Harry Davis, said. "But true NASCAR fans like winners. That baggage went away when Marc moved to the front." Mel Gibson would have been proud. (NYT)
That's Ms. Sugar Tits to you: By now you must have heard about Mel Gibson's arrest for driving under the influence -- and the ensuing anti-Semitic tirade. For those who were away at the beach, here are some of the disgusting details: the arresting officer, Deputy James Mee, apparently audiotaped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time The report says Gibson told the deputy, "You mother fucker. I'm going to fuck you." The report also says "Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me." The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: "Fucking Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?" The deputy became alarmed as Gibson's tirade escalated, and called ahead for a sergeant to meet them when they arrived at the station. When they arrived, a sergeant began videotaping Gibson, who noticed the camera and then said, "What the fuck do you think you're doing?" A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, "What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?" Gibson's dad, who has gone on the record denouncing "the existence of the Holocaust," must be so proud. (TMZ)
Kenny Free: While everyone is taking a minute to wish MTV a happy 25th birthday, I'd like to thank them for giving my favorite animated show of all time, the brilliant "Beavis and Butt-head." (AP)
Massachusetts Is for (Gay) Lovers: With Washington state ruling against gay marriage too, Newsweek takes an in-depth look at what's next -- for both sides of the issue. (Newsweek)
Mother of the Year: Lindsay "Gone Bananas" Lohan's mom thinks the studio executive who ripped her daughter a new one in a well-publicized letter was "out of line." Gee, having your mom bitch out your employer for you -- that doesn't sound like the behavior of a spoiled brat. (AP)
Golden Couple: Has there ever been a cuter couple than "Laguna Beach" alum Kristin Cavallari and Brody Jenner, gold medalist Bruce's son? (TMZ)
Eye on the Ball: German tennis hunk Tommy Haas won the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Russia's Dmitry Tursunov on Sunday -- and never looked hotter in doing so. (GettyImages)
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