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Your Week in Pop Culture: Triple-A team pranks Jeff Francoeur - again

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Meet Jeff Francoeur, idiot outfielder for the San Diego Padres. (Source: Antihero Baseball/Day Films/YouTube) Meet Jeff Francoeur, idiot outfielder for the San Diego Padres. (Source: Antihero Baseball/Day Films/YouTube)

(RNN) – Professional baseball player Jeff Francoeur is the biggest meathead in sports.

He proved that was true when his teammates tricked him into believing that one of them was deaf – for a solid month. Now, they've gotten him again. The short film was captured by the team’s first baseman Cody Decker.

Just before being called up by the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, members of the franchise’s Triple-A affiliate El Paso Chihuahuas locked Francoeur, who was once named "The Natural" as an Atlanta Braves rookie, in their manager's private bathroom. The rest is as priceless as the first video, On Jeff Ears.

Check out the latest prank, called Frenchy Number Two.

You know what, just watch On Jeff Ears again, because it’s as funny now as it was in April.

In the words of your teammates in El Paso, “Idiot.” But as his southern mother probably says, bless your heart, Jeff. At least you’re (kind of) good at baseball.

TV: Tinder, the Conan O’Brien way 

If someone really wants to get into what’s happening in pop culture and the internet, you usually ask someone who’s younger than you. That means if you’re Conan O’Brien, you ask your interns.

He wanted to figure out what Tinder was, and he hilariously took actor Dave Franco (aka, the cute Franco brother) along for the ride.

By totally catfishing the prospective hook ups on the dating app, Conan and Dave take a hilarious trip to a date’s house, where things get funnier.

Check out the link here.

Also on TV: Celebrate Alex Trebek’s birthday by watching these SNL 'Celebrity Jeopardy' parodiesUPROXX

Sports: Keith Olbermann rips Tony Dungy a new one over Michael Sam comments 

Former head coach Tony Dungy made comments about St. Louis Rams defensive rookie Michael Sam, saying he would never draft the openly gay player because the attention would be a distraction to the team.

Enter Keith Olberman, who made Dungy his “Worst’s Person in Sport” during the Monday episode of Olbermann (starts at 2:00 mark).

“Tony Dungy just admitted that Tony Dungy wouldn't be a skilled enough coach to deal with the distraction of doing the right thing,” Olbermann said on Monday.

Dungy quickly backtracked on Tuesday in a statement that begins, in part saying this “distraction” pretty much ruined his vacation. He said he meant no harm, and instead blamed the Tampa Tribune reporter Ira Kaufman and the media for the quote being out of context. It’s assumed that Dungy forgot he is currently a media member as an NFL commentator on NBC. Never bite the hand that feeds you, Tony.

He also said the quote was made during the time Sam was still in talks to do a reality TV show for Oprah Winfrey’s cable network, OWN, which has since been canceled.

Dungy’s initial comments made Olbermann liken his beliefs to “the timidity and passive-aggressive prejudice that had enabled the true bigots of the past to keep people that looked like Tony Dungy from playing in, and coaching in and broadcasting the NFL.” Dungy’s backtracking made Olbermann declare the obvious: Dungy made it worse.

For his part in all of this, the assumed “distraction,” Michael Sam, is working hard to earn a spot on the St. Louis Rams at training camp. He said after practice on Tuesday that he’s glad Dungy isn't a member of the Rams organization, and everyone is entitled to their opinion.

I think most people are glad Dungy isn't a part of the Rams organization. Maybe Dungy can go back to babysitting Michael Vick, ensuring us that he’s not, you know, killing pit bulls.

Tech: New Amazon ‘Fire’ phone is just another phone 

Amazon’s Fire Phone is a decent first crack into the smartphone arena, but according to The Verge’s David Pierce, a few nice features are overshadowed by Amazon missing the point of what consumers use smartphones for.

Consumers use smartphones as tools to make life easier – and the Fire Phone doesn't get that done.

“Smartphones are for work, for life. They’re not toys, they’re tools. Amazon doesn't understand that, and the Fire Phone doesn't reflect it,” Pierce said. “Amazon’s first smartphone is a series of interesting ideas in a package that is somehow much less than the sum of its parts.”

A tame, sort of boring and unattractive interface combined with a slow camera would kill any consumer’s notion to purchase the phone. But, if you're an Amazon fiend, this device is definitely for you. 

Check out Pierce’s video review here.

Comedy: A ‘Monty Python’ ends with powerful finale 

The legendary Monty Python comedy troupe has sang its last song.

The group's nearly 40-year comedy run is over, after closing a 10-show run of reunion performances at London’s O2 Arena on July 21. The five surviving members – John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin – all took part in the series they comically dubbed Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go.

Befitting the snarkiness of the British comedy group, they sang their classic Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

The sixth founding member, Graham Chapman, died in 1989. He appeared throughout the show in clips projected on the giant screens behind the performers.

The group said prior to the shows that it would be the last time they would perform together, and their final performance was simulcast live across the world. A DVD of the final performances will be produced but there is no timetable for its release, according to Rolling Stone.

Check out the clip of the performance here, or be turned into a newt by a witch.

Movies: ‘Apes’ stays on top; 3 films debut in top 5 

For the second straight week, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is in the top spot at the box office. The film about the primates vs. super primates power struggle has now grossed more than $130 million.

Three new films debuted in the top 5, including the tacky Cameron Diaz movie Sex Tape.

Here are last weekend's Top 5, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (1) $36,254,310
  2. The Purge: Anarchy (NR) $29,816,675
  3. Planes: Fire & Rescue (NR) $17,509,407
  4. Sex Tape (NR) $14,608,152
  5. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2) $9,845,720

In theaters: July 25

Hercules – The screen adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars shows the nearly over-told story of Hercules – except this time, the mythological demi-god is a mercenary once his 12 labors have been completed. The film stars Dwayane “The Rock” Johnson and you can check out the trailer here.

Lucy – After getting caught up in a shady deal, a woman overtakes her captors and defies human brain activity with the ability to access all of her senses and brain functions. The movie stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman – check out the trailer here.

Also in theaters: The Fluffy Movie, Magic in the Moonlight, A Most Wanted Man, And So It Goes, Very Good Girls, Happy Christmas, My Man Is a Loser

Honorable clickbait 

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CM Punk, WWE are never, ever, ever getting back together UPROXX

Dishonorable clickbait 

Couple arrested for having sex on public beach in broad daylight - WFLX

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W. Virginia’s starting QB has a cool thought about women (sarcasm)Deadspin

Former Destiny’s Child member arrested – WMBF

Fred Durst is directing eHarmony adsFuse

Siri snitched on a girl for having two boyfriends Elite Daily

Social seduction: Man lured to house by woman, carjacked, police say – WVUE

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