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Sun., Oct. 21, 2012

Dropping to a knee like Tim Tebow might cost you now.

The New York Jets backup quarterback is trademarking “Tebowing,” a move in which he goes down on one knee and holds a clenched fist against his forehead while praying during games.

After Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a handful of fourth-quarter comeback victories last season, “Tebowing” swept the country – with actor Robert Downey Jr. even doing it at the Oscars.

Newsday first reported that the trademark was approved Oct. 9. Tebow said Friday he wasn’t aware the trademark was official yet.

The devout Christian says his representatives filed on his behalf not for financial gain, but “to just control how it’s used, make sure it’s used in the right way.”

Pitching butter freed Lydon’s real punk

On the surface, it looked like the most rotten thing rock’s most famous punk has ever done to sell out his image – worse even than the Sex Pistols’ bluntly named Filthy Lucre Tour.

“I buy Country Life because I think it tastes the best,” the artist formerly known as Johnny Rotten sneered on screen in butter commercials smeared all over U.K. television in recent years. That’s right: The guy who infamously declared himself the Antichrist had suddenly gone pro-butter.

As with the Pistols’ publicity-driven firestorm of the 1970s, though, John Lydon says there’s a deeper story behind those ads. They bought him the freedom to become more punk than he’s ever been in his 35-year recording career.

“Shilling for butter is a lot less harmful and denigrating than dealing with a record company,” Lydon said in a light-humored phone interview.

The British music legend is back on the road with his post-Pistols dance-rock band Public Image Limited. The group’s first new album in 20 years, “This Is PiL,” dropped over the summer.

“Thank God for British butter!” he said. “The correct use of a sponsor for the first time ever in the history of music. And here we are today: We formed our own label, paid for our own recording, hired our own facilitators and crew. We’re completely independent.”

The birthday bunch

Actress Joyce Randolph (“The Honeymooners”) is 88. Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 72. Guitarist Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the MG’s) is 71. Singer Elvin Bishop is 70. TV judge Judy Sheindlin (“Judge Judy”) is 70. Trumpeter Lee Loughnane (Chicago) is 66. Guitarist Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s) is 59. Actress Carrie Fisher is 56. Guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto) is 55. Actor Jeremy Miller (“Growing Pains”) is 36. Actor Will Estes (“American Dreams”) is 34. Actor Michael McMillian (“True Blood”) is 34. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is 32. Actor Matt Dallas is 30.


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