The Best Athlete Cameos Of All Time

Athletes often become just as popular as A-list celebrities by dominating their sport. Filmmakers understand their star power and sometimes write roles specifically for them.

Some athletes are lucky enough to be the star of the film like Michael Jordan in Space Jam, but most have to make do with brief, yet memorable cameos.

Here are the top acting performances by athletes:

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Derek Jeter – The Other Guys

Jeter was known for his Gold Glove skills and bringing numerous World Series titles to New York City. He has dabbled in acting and has had a few cameos before. His funniest role might have been in ‘The Other Guys’ where a story comes up during a police group session about firing weapons.

Mark Wahlberg recounts the story when he mistook Derek Jeter for someone else and shot him in the leg, ending his season. Mark got the nickname “the Yankee clipper” after ruining the team’s season. Derek makes multiple appearances in the film and each time is funnier than the last.

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Brett Favre – There’s Something About Mary

During the start of his peak football career, Favre makes a cameo appearance as himself in an effort to win over the main female character, Mary, played by Cameron Diaz. He briefly wins her heart over Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans AND Chris Elliott because who can really compete with Brett Favre?

His snarky one-liner in the movie, “I’m in town to play the Dolphins you.. [expletive]” is pretty comparable to his career – fun and straight to the point.

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Lance Armstrong – Dodgeball

Armstrong comes across the owner of Joe’s Gymnasium, Peter LeFleur at the airport and acts as a casual fan after seeing him play during the dodgeball tournament in Las Vegas. He finds out Peter will not compete in the final and passes along some life advice. He reminisces on his battle with cancers and how he overcame it to win the Tour de France five times in a row. Peter acknowledges that he has no reason to quit and eventually shows up to win with Average Joes.

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Roger Clemens – Anger Management

The “Rocket” was known for his lightning quick fastballs and overall intense persona while on the mound. He has dabbled in movie appearances briefly, with maybe his biggest role coming in ‘Anger Management’ from 2003. He plays himself in the comedy film in a dugout scene with teammate Derek Jeter. There’s a break in the action and he complains about the break in pitching – which is understandable – and Derek Jeter relaxes him with a catchy phrase. It makes you wonder if he did it on the mound in real life.

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John Cena – Trainwreck

John Cena is known for his persona in the WWE ring, his impact with nonprofit organizations and even memes, but he has dabbled in showbiz for a while. A lot of his roles are similar but his character in ‘Trainwreck’ adds for a solid comedic presence in a movie that has a little bit of everything. It’s probably impossible to have a part that doesn’t utilize his massive frame and this movie does it well without being too obnoxious.

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LeBron James – Trainwreck

Similar to John Cena, LeBron is one of the most polarizing athletes in the world. He has been pretty involved off the court and ‘Trainwreck’ was his first major film. He plays himself but is not the normal LeBron that we see on the court. He is a soft spoken guy who ends up getting involved between the two main characters. The romantic comedy is a nice bridge for him to extend his basketball life to the big screen. He is a very versatile guy and this film shows the other sides of him.

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David Beckham – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Beckham is one of Great Britain’s most recognizable celebrities. Known for his killer soccer skills and his good looks, Beckham has been involved with Hollywood with numerous appearances on talk shows and fashion products. His small cameo as the film projectionist is likely to lead to other similar gigs, as many celebrities and athletes often take smaller roles if they are not already playing themselves. He has numerous soccer films where he plays himself, but he has the talent to do more in the future.

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Mike Tyson – The Hangover

Tyson was feared in the boxing ring like no one else before him. He commanded a mixture of respect and fear for any opponent that stepped into the ring. His movie roles have been similar with some added variety. In ‘The Hangover’ Tyson plays a whacky version of himself and adds a little extra goofiness that fits well with the movie. He helps the gang retrace their steps from the disastrous night before and help them figure out where to head next.

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Vinnie Jones – She’s the Man

One of English soccer’s bad boys, Vinnie Jones has played numerous tough guy roles over the years. He rose to prominence in the 2006 film ‘She’s the Man’ acting as the soccer coach for the local college. His no nonsense attitude can be seen on camera as well as it was seen on the soccer pitch years ago. His character was not a fan of the shenanigans going on in the film and just wanted to take care of business on the field. He gave the film a much needed villain that turned into a good guy.

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Mike Ditka – Kicking & Screaming

Mike Ditka is known for being one of the best Tight Ends in the history of the NFL and coaching what is argued to be the best defense to ever play in the NFL. He brought his talents to the big screen with Will Ferrell in the 2005 kid’s comedy movie where he plays Ferrell’s co-coach. He takes on the challenge of motivating little kids in soccer. His frustration with the kids is believable and realistic for someone who worked with professional athletes.

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Michael Jordan – Space Jam

Although technically not a “cameo”, we couldn’t leave this off. Arguably the greatest basketball player to ever play the game, Jordan starred in the 1996 kid’s film ‘Space Jam’. He played himself as the savior on the team full of Looney Toons characters that would take on the Monstars. The movie took place during his peak reign as one of the most dominant athletes on the planet from any sport. Jordan was able to play a character true to his real life personality in a movie that combined comedy, sci-fi, and sports.

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Ronda Rousey – Entourage

Rousey took the sports world by storm with her dominating MMA performances and her ability to knock people out quickly and severely. She played the love interest in the ‘Entourage’ movie in 2015, acting as her natural tough self. The film and show featured plenty of celebrities in the past, and she was a main side character of the movie star crew in the film. She was not asked to do much besides be real, and she was able to add some variety to a relatively simple character.

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Terry Bradshaw – Failure to Launch

Known for his dominant quarterback skills with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, Bradshaw has been a symbol of athletes to transition to acting for some time. He has been on on-air TV personality for years and his most mainstream role may have been as Al in the 2006 romantic comedy ‘Failure to Launch’ where he plays the father of a son who cannot seem to move on with his life. Al along with his wife hires a woman to date their son played by Matthew McConaughey in hopes to get him to move out.

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John McEnroe – Mr. Deeds

He plays himself as tennis’ bad boy and he meets up with recently made billionaire Longfellow Deeds. They end up wanting to get in some trouble and mischief late at night in New York City. They egg cars and cause some minor damage to property on the streets. He was a former number 1 tennis player and his athleticism was put on display and exaggerated as he was able to jump clear over a car in the film.

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“Stone Cold” Steve Austin – Grown Ups 2

Steve Austin might be more recognizable with “Stone Cold” attached due to his popularity in the WWE, and he has had a few roles in films over the last few years. He has played plenty of tough guy roles, but his character in ‘Grown Ups 2’ showed his acting versatility with a character that has a soft side. He intentionally loses a fight in order to help a dad impress his son. He later does go on to knock out several people charging him at a party.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Airplane!

While he has made numerous television and movie appearances, he may be best known for his role in Airplane! He plays to co-pilot Roger Murdoch and is seen in the cockpit during a few scenes. He plays himself, and snaps at a kid who claims that he really is Adbul-Jabbar and that he is his favorite player, but his dad doesn’t think he works hard enough. He breaks character and responds as if he would respond to the statement in real life.

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Bob Eucker – Major League I and II

A former major league baseball player of six seasons took on a Hollywood role as Harry Doyle, the loveable announcer for a struggling Cleveland Indians team. Known for his catchy and honest one-liners, his character often shows the harsh reality of being a fan of a terrible team. He plays the role perfectly, with his whacky personality shining through with his real life knowledge of the game. He played for the Cardinals, Braves, and Phillies during his time as a professional catcher.

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Ray Allen – He Got Game

Another non-cameo, Allen is known for his knack to hit clutch three-pointers, his leadership ability, and his quiet and respectable demeanor on and off the court. He plays the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s late 1990s sports drama film. Allen plays the top rated basketball recruit in high school and navigates around the challenges that go with it. He experiences temptation, financial issues, and the stresses of playing basketball at a high level that all factor in his character’s life.

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Buccaneers’ Mike Evans Suspended One Game For Taking Cheapshot At Saints’ Marshawn Lattimore

Sundays game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints got physical, and not within the rules and whistles on the field.

In the third quarter of a 30-3 blowout game with the Saints leading, a small scrum between Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and Marshawn Lattimore started near the Buccaneers sideline. It was followed by a sprinting Mike Evans who ran full speed into Lattimore, decking him to the ground in what was an extremely dirty play.

As a result, Evans is suspended for this weeks upcoming game against the New York Jets.

Somehow, evans was not ejected from the game when he obviously should have been.

When asked about the hit after the game, Evans said “I let my emotions get the best of me,” per the Tampa Bay Times. “I thought (Lattimore) was picking a fight with my quarterback. It’s something I shouldn’t have done. It was very childish. I shouldn’t have done that. Unprofessional.”

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For what has been a very disappointing year for the 2-6 Buccaneers, this only throws salt in the wound.

“That is definitely not the way we want to represent ourselves, if it was, in fact, the way that I was told,” Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said.

James Harden Posts Career-High 56 Points On Jazz

James Harden has had some pretty impressive performances in his career. Last nights performance may have been the best of all as he totaled 56 points in a 137-110 win over the Utah Jazz.

This stellar performance was fueled by Harden knocking down nearly every shot from behind the arc. Going 19-25 from the field, Harden also added seven three pointers going 7-8 on the night from downtown.

“I was just shooting it, I don’t know,” Harden said. “I don’t really pay too much attention to it. I just try to take good shots and, like I said, pretty much make the right decision. Obviously, I’m going to make mistakes, but as long as I have that mindset, I’ll be good.”

Harden’s 56 points fell just one point short of the Houston Rockets single-game record set by Calvin Murphy’s 57 points.

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“I’ve just got to be aggressive,” Harden said. “Be aggressive, good things happen, not just for myself but for my team. I was still able to dish off a couple of assists and get guys involved still. I’ve just got to have that mindset every single game.”

He wasted no time making his presence known as he totaled 22 points in the first quarter on 8-8 shooting.

This marks Harden’s sixth 50-plus point game of his career, all of which have come in the last four seasons.

“You can tell just by the bounce in his step and his 3s,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said when asked when he knew Harden was destined for a phenomenal night. “The last two games, he’s just been going straight up and down. He’s pure. So even when he’s taking the shot, you can say, ‘This is probably in.’ He’s not drifting or anything. It just means he’s strong up and down, and his balance getting around people was ridiculous tonight.”

Harden, last year’s runner up in the MVP race, is making a strong case to take that accolade this year only a few weeks into the season.

Iowa Upsets No. 3 Ohio State In Terrible Day For Big Ten Football

Playing at Kinnick Field has always been a difficult task for opponents, especially if they are a top ranked team.

This did not change yesterday as the Iowa Hawkeyes absolutely dismantled No. 3 Ohio State 55-24 in a game that had huge College Football Playoff implications.

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Ohio State, coming off a win over Penn State that paved a clear road to the College Football Playoff, completely threw away any chance they had coming into this game to remain in the top four for the remainder of the season.

The difference maker in this game was the second quarter as they Hawkeyes put up 21 points in comparison to a lone touchdown from the Buckeyes. This gave the Hawkeyes a comfortable 31-17 lead heading into the half which they would not give up for the duration.

The Hawkeyes went on to dominate the second half, scoring 24 points while limiting the Buckeyes to only 7.

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Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley spearheaded the offensive attack for the Hawkeyes, totalling five touchdowns on 21-30 passing for 226 yards.

The best play of the game, however, did not come on the offensive side of the ball for the Hawkeyes. Instead, it was Hawkeyes cornerback Joshua Jackson who may have made the interception of the year.

This loss knocks Ohio State out of college football playoff contention. Big Ten rival Penn State likely would have taken their spot if they were able to win on the road at Michigan State. They, however, lost on a last second field goal which also likely knocked them out of playoff contention.

Yesterday absolutely blew open the college football playoff rankings. Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Clemson and Wisconsin all won while Penn State and Ohio State dropped out of the conversation.

Last week, people were talking about possible having two teams in the College Football Playoff from the Big Ten. This week, it looks like they may not even have one representative.

LeBron Puts On Best Performance Of Career

Just when we thought he could not get any better, LeBron James surprised us.

In last night’s contest against the Washington Wizards, James totaled 57 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks.

“This is the best I’ve felt in my career right now,” James said after the game.

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The Cavaliers went on to win 130-122, snapping the four-game losing streak they had coming into the game.

While this was one one of the highest scoring games in James career, he fell short of his career high of 61 which he posted when he was on the Miami Heat in 2014.

James has canvassed come pretty amazing performances over his career. Of the 10 games he finished with more than 50 points, James averaged five three pointers. This game, however, he only had two; it was a constant, relentless attack on the basket for the duration.

“As I’ve grown as a basketball player,” James said. “I’m staying disciplined with my shot, disciplined with my balance and every shot that I took it feels like it was going in.”

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Considering where James is at in his career, this achievement and play is special.

The Cavaliers resume play tomorrow as they will play the Atlanta Hawks at home, tip at 3:00 p.m.

Deshaun Watson To Undergo Surgery For Torn ACL

In what many thought would be a rookie of the year season campaign for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, it was cut short due to a devastating ACL tear which will leave him out for the remainder of the season.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Watson sustained this injury during a non-contact practice on Thursday.

Schefter added that backup quarterback Tom Savage will start against the Indianapolis Colts this upcoming week. The Texans also signed Matt McGloin to replace Watsons spot on the roster.

The Texans traded up in the last NFL draft in order to select Watson with the No. 12 overall pick and it has clearly paid off. He has been the most impressive quarterback coming out of that draft class and arguably the best player emerging from that draft class period.

This is a devastating blow to a very talented Texans team who has won the AFC South the past two years. Pretty much every part of this team was complete, they simply could not find someone to get the job done under center.

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Watson, however, stepped up and went above and beyond what was expected of a rookie starting quarterback while leading the Texans to a 3-4 record. While this may not seem impressive, it gets the job done for playing in conference as weak as the AFC South.

With the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars tied for first place with a 4-3 record, the Texans are still very much in the playoff race.

The task will be much more difficult as they are going to have to do it without their young quarterback who has shown so much potential in the first seven weeks of play.

Houston Astros Win First World Series In Franchise History

For the first time in Houston Astros history, they are World Series champs after a 5-1 game 7 victory last night in Los Angeles.

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Coming only nine weeks after Hurricane Harvey, this could not have come at at a better time for the city of Houston. In a city that is still struggling to recover from one of the most devastating hurricanes the United States have ever seen, this World Series bring light to the city.

“You know what, Houston?” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said in an interview on the FOX broadcast. “You’re a championship city.”

This win marks the biggest in franchise history. Coming in a decisive game seven on the road, the Astros came ready to play right off the bat.

Los Angeles starting pitcher Yu Darvish had his second disappointing performance, exiting the game after only 1 ⅔ innings and giving up five runs in the process.

This was the only cushion that the Astros needed going forward as the two runs they scored in the first inning and the three added in the second inning off of Darvish were the only they scored for the remainder of the game.

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The Astros came out swinging and made the Dodgers make plays which was the difference maker in this game seven.

Alex Bregman reached on a throwing error from Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger which scored George Springer. Jose Altuve drove Bregman in by virtue of a groundout to first base.

The third run of the game for the Astros came in the third inning from an infield ground out from Lance McCullers Jr which brought in Brian McCann.

The final two runs the Astros put on the board came as the loudest from a two-run home run from Springer who would later be named World Series MVP.

This gave the Astros a comfortable 5-0 lead. The only run the Dodgers would put up came in the bottom of the sixth inning on an Andre Ethier single that brought in Joc Pederson.

One of the best highlights of the night did not come on the field of play, but instead after the Astros won. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa proposed to his now-fiance while being interviewed live on television.

Overall, this is franchise altering season for the Houston Astros. As for the Dodgers, they will return next year as the favorite to take home the World Series.

Papa John’s Points Finger To NFL Controversy To Blame For Struggling Pizza Sales

Papa John’s pizza founder and owner John Schnatter is going after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for not dealing with the national anthem controversy, something he feels is destroying his pizza sales as a sponsor of the NFL.

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter, who serves as the pizza chain’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”

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The NFL has seen one of its biggest controversies unfold over the past year as Colin Kaepernick sparked a protest of kneeling for the national anthem in an effort to bring awareness to police brutality in America.

The actions taken by Kaepernick have trickled down to many other players kneeling for the national anthem. Even entire teams, such as the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers, have collectively elected not to stand for the national anthem or to not even be on the field when it is played.

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Now, the NFL, which basically owns one day of the week in regards to cable marketing, is receiving backlash from companies that are paying a lot of money to run their ads during games in hopes of boosting their sales.

Many NFL fans who are against the actions taken by the players and teams to not stand for the national anthem have completely stopped watching the NFL. This has affected many companies as there is declining viewership for each game recently.

“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said.

When it comes down to it, the NFL is a business. At the same time, however, these players are also guaranteed the rights of self expression as a citizen of the United States.

This paradox has left the NFL in a standstill with both parties and it will only continue to get worse if viewership keeps declining.

49ers Acquire Jimmy Garoppolo

After the rumor mill heating up around trades for New England Patriots back up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at the beginning of last year, it finally happened yesterday.

As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the San Francisco 49ers acquired Garoppolo from New England in exchange for a 2018 second round draft pick.

This comes as a surprise to many as Garoppolo was expected to fill the shoes of Tom Brady when he decides to retire, which should be sometime in the near future as he is 40 years old.

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When Garoppolo has gotten the chance to play, he has been very impressive. Drafted by the Patriots with the No. 62 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft from Eastern Illinois University, Garoppolo has totaled 690 yards on 5 TD and no interceptions. While his time on the field has been limited, he has capitalized on every chance and proven that he has a tremendous upside.

This trade surprised many as his ability as a quarterback did not matchup with what he was traded for. With all the potential this young quarterback has, many thought that it would take a lot more to trade him away to another team.

Regardless, this sets Garoppolo up for his first starting position in the NFL with the 49ers who are one of the worst teams in the league.

The 49ers have accumulated an 0-8 record with Brian Hoyer, who was released immediately following the signing of Garoppolo.

Game 5 Of The World Series May Be The Greatest Of All Time

Thought game 2 was crazy? Last night’s game 5 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros may be one of the greatest and most entertaining World Series games of all time.

This five hour and 17 minute contest, which marks the second longest game in World Series history, finished with the Astors coming out on top 13-12. For what many thought would be a pitchers duel between Houston’s Dallas Keuchel and Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw, this game proved to be the exact opposite totaling 25 runs before all was said and done at Minute Maid Park.

“Just when I thought I could describe Game 2 as my favorite game of all time, I think Game 5 exceeded that and more,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the game. “It’s hard to put into words all the twists and turns in that game, the emotion, doing it at home, in front of our home crowd. Just exactly what you expect to come to the park with Keuchel and Kershaw pitching.”

Los Angeles came out ready to go as they took an early 4-0 lead. This lead trickled away as Yuli Gurriel knocked a three run, score-evening home run in the fourth inning. Los Angeles extended the lead in the top half of the fifth inning but it was short-lived due to another score evening, three run home run off Kenta Maeda from Jose Altuve.

Altuve continued spearheading this hitting attack through a go-ahead double following a George Springer game tying home run in the seventh inning. The eighth inning saw much of the same from the blazing hot Astros lineup when Brian McCann homered for the first time this postseason, giving Houston a 12-9 lead.

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With the score tied at 12 in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Astros found themselves with two men on. Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen had hit McCann and walked George Springer to put two men on early.

Coming up to the plate next was Alex Bregman, who had the chance to finalize one of the greatest games in world series history.

“That guy lives for stuff like this,” Springer said of Bregman. “He loves it. I noticed he was digging in the box a little harder. He wanted to be the guy to do it.”

“Springer had a huge at-bat and walked right before me,” Bregman said. “I took one more swing on the on-deck circle and I looked to [Carlos] Correa. Correa said, ‘It’s your time.’ And then I thought, what’s your approach going to be? I saw [Jansen] last night and he threw more a slider and I was fortunate enough to put a good swing on it and hit it out of the yard. And I basically eliminated the slider.”

This is the exact approach Bregman took as he saw a 92 mph cutter on the low and outside portion of the plate which he lined into left field. Derek Fisher, who had pinch run for McCann at second, came wheeling around third and was comfortably safe at home.

Minute Maid Park erupted into pure pandamonium as the Astros took a 3-2 series lead heading back to Los Angeles.

“In the midst of it, it’s hard to separate yourself from it, especially when it’s a game you’ve pitched in,” Astros closer Collin McHugh said. “I have family waiting outside that will probably let me know how exciting it was.”

This game will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest of all time.

Game 6 is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:20 p.m. on FOX.