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March 31. 2013 11:27PM

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>> PLAY BALL EVERYONE: Prevailing wisdom holds that Americans are obsessed with the NFL. And while that may be true, it can also be said that we are in love with baseball. Football excites us, but baseball romances us. The affair that began almost 150 years ago starts up for another go-round today when the majority of teams have their opening day. New York fans can check out some afternoon action when the Padres face the Mets and Red Sox take on the Yankees – both starting about 1 p.m. Phillies fans? Well, you have to wait until 7 p.m. to start the season against the Braves.

>> A BUNCH OF CLOWNS: Did you hear? Congress is in town today for a weeklong engagement. It’s true. They’ll be bickering, grandstanding and filibuster-er-ing galore … Wait. What’s that? … Oooh. Sorry. Got that mixed up. A REAL circus is coming to our area, with REAL clowns and a REAL dog and pony show. The Irem Shrine Circus begins amazing folks today at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Kingston. Can’t make it today? Don’t worry, they’re here until Saturday. However, there’s no truth to the rumor that Nancy Pelosi is going to shoot John Boehner out of a cannon.

>> WALKING SHOES: If there was ever a man in need of a vigorous foot massage, that man would be George Meegan. In 1977 he travelled to Tierra del Fuego, South America and began walking. In 1983 — 2,425 days and 19, 0919 miles later — he reached Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, where he probably got a nice plaque, a pat on the back and a lifetime supply of Dr. Scholl’s foot inserts. Now, if you like to walk, and don’t want to go THAT far, just take advantage of National Walking Day this Wednesday. Get outside, put one foot in front of the other, and enjoy. Pretty simple, huh?

>> THE THIRD DIMENSION: Hollywood is all about trends. If one time-travelling, body-swapping, buddy flick gets popular they’ll be green lighting three or four knockoffs faster than you can say “George Goebel.” The big thing these days is giving 20-year old blockbusters the 3-D treatment and re-releasing them. And lo and behold, what do we have here? It’s everyone favorite cloned dinosaur flick, Jurassic Park. Only now it’s …. wait for it …. in 3D! If you like your velociraptor action up close and your T-rexes in your face, then check it out this Friday.

>> BILL ME: Hey, hey hey. It’s Bill Cosby. Yes, THAT Bill Cosby. The same legendary comedian who gave the world Fat Albert; the comedic force of nature who brought us Dr. Cliff Huxtable; and the master of the whimsical tale who sold us all that Jell-O Pudding, will be in our very own F.M. Kirby Center this Friday at 8 p.m. Cosby has been making folks laugh since the 1960s, so he’s got almost 50 years of comic experience under his belt. Your funny bone will be in good hands.

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