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LEFTOVERS: Justin who? Fox gaffe goes viral

Don’t we all think about Justin Bieber at some point each day?

Despite her protestations, Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews had the Canadian pop star on her mind while interviewing Mike Napoli on Tuesday.

Napoli’s home run gave the Boston Red Sox a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, so he was the man of the moment.

Andrews began by asking, “… now your last home run against Justin Bieb, uh, Verlander came on May 4 …”

Napoli couldn’t help but smile and laugh a little.

Twitter noticed, and Andrews took to that website to defend herself, tweeting, “If u really think I have Bieber on my mind, then u are soooooo right #sarcasm”

She obviously can’t hide her infatuation for Biebs.

Not that Leftovers cares. This is just an excuse to write about Erin Andrews and run a photo of her.

■ SPORTS AND POLITICS — Now that we can all breathe easier after Congress did its job Wednesday and saved the country from financial peril, our attention can go back to sports.

Or in the case of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, thinking about both.

“It’s children fighting over their toys, so to speak,” Popovich told USA Today regarding Congress. “It’s got nothing to do with the public or what’s good for the country. It’s about winning and losing, and that doesn’t do any of us much good.

“It’s funny how each of them talks about what the American people want. The leaders from one side, they talk and say ‘The American people want …’ How the hell do these people know what they want? They live in a fishbowl. And then the other side says the same thing. It’s kind of comical, if it wasn’t so, you know, dramatically devastating for so many people.”

Knowing he had ventured into the controversial world of politics, Popovich acknowledged his words might “get me in trouble.”

He has nothing to fear. Congress’ approval rating is 13 percent. The only thing less popular was some of Popovich’s decision-making in last season’s NBA Finals.

■ NO LONGER PEYTON’S PLACE — The Indianapolis Colts’ decision to honor Peyton Manning before their game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday seems odd.

Why not wait until a more appropriate time, not moments before kickoff?

And the situation has become only stranger.

Colts owner Jim Irsay handed his once franchise quarterback a backhanded compliment in an interview this week with USA Today, indicating Manning fell short in winning just one Super Bowl.

“(Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these (rings),” Irsay said. “Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two, and we had one. That leaves you frustrated. You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the ‘Star Wars’ numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love (the ring).”

Irsay later backtracked, taking to Twitter to say he meant the Colts didn’t surround Manning with enough talent.

Sure, that’s what he meant.

COMPILED BY MARK ANDERSON LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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