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R.I.P. James Gandolfini, Actor

CLASSIC MAD DEPT.

We were saddened by the death of James Gandolfini, whose performance as Tony Soprano inspired many MAD articles over the years. Today we present a Celebrity Snap of the actor (posing with MAD artist Ray Alma), as well as our parody of The Sopranos by Arnie Kogen and Mort Drucker. It first appeared in MAD #389, January 2000. 

Lance Armstrong's Bloody Problem

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN, LANCE? DEPT.

The US Anti-Doping Agency has once again leveled doping charges against that dope Lance Armstrong, accusing him of altering his blood samples to cover up use of performance-enhancing substances, including EPO and testosterone. If found guilty, he can be stripped of his seven Tour De France titles and be barred from future competition.

"New Rules" for the Mets now that Bill Maher is a Part Owner

ANOTHER FINE METS DEPT.

This past weekend, comedian Bill Maher revealed that he bought a 4% interest in the New York Mets. Knowing the outspoken Maher, we expect it's only a matter of time before he begins butting into team affairs and throwing his weight around. Just like on his HBO show, Real Time, Maher will soon begin imposing some ridiculous "New Rules."

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