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Mario Balotelli fills his Panini sticker album with Mario Balotelli stickers

The Italian national team can be called many things, but a one-man team is not one of them. Someone should try telling this to striker Mario Balotelli, who has been a little self-centered while filling in the Azzurri’s page in his Panini sticker album.
On Monday, Super Mario posted a picture to his Facebook page showing every page on the Italian roster occupied by his own sticker. Of course, the accompanying caption was his catchphrase “WHY ALWAYS ME?”
The uncropped picture also shows boxes of stickers and discarded spares of players not named Mario Balotelli, suggesting the Milan star spent a fair amount of time and energy compiling his dream team.


Mr. Classy himself, anchorman Ron Burgundy joins Yahoo with a special assignment reporting on Yahoo’s Top 10 Lists of 2013. Each year after combing through 52 weeks’ worth of data from Internet searches, Yahoo generates these lists, which reflect the people and trends we searched most often. Burgundy, alongside Brian Fantana and Champ Kind, provide highlights from this year’s lists and even weigh in with a few key insights including what not to eat before attempting to twerk.

Stay classy, Year In Review.


Former Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn on Lou Reed, who died today at 71:

"He was one of the boldest and most liberated rock ‘n’ roll songwriters ever. There was a real literary edge to his work. He took on subjects that were off-limits at the time. He talked about heroin and illicit sex at a time when the music industry didn’t want to hear it — critics loved him, but it took him years and years to find an audience."

Here’s Hilburn’s 1992 interview with Reed.

Times file photo: Lou Reed at the Wiltern Theatre in 1996.

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