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The Casselification Of America Has Begun

So you thought you were suffering from Tom Brady overload? At least there's only one of him. Meet the Cassels! Matt, of course, you know; he filled in for the mangled Brady on Sunday and led the Patriots to a 17-10 win over the Chiefs. He is set to assault every one of our six senses — especially hearing, as you will witness following the jump — in the weeks ahead, or at least until he's hurt in Week 4 and Vinnie Testaverde takes the helm. But wait, there's more! • Jack Cassel, Matt's older brother, was a September callup for the Houston Astros. A few hours after Matt Cassel had thrown a TD pass to Randy Moss on Sunday, Jack came on in relief of injured starter Wandy Rodriguez, giving up two runs over four innings during Houston's 7-5 win over the Rockies. • Justin Cassel. The younger brother, who led the Southern League in ERA this past season with the Class AA Birmingham Barons. Was drafted out of UC Irvine. • Barbara Cassel. Their mother is a Hollywood set designer who is currently working on the Christian Slater NBC series My Own Wost Enemy. She also won an Emmy in 2007 as one of a team of set decorators for the 2006 mini-series Tony Bennett: An American Classic. Yes, show business is in this family's blood:

Other Matt Cassel fun facts: • Was a member of the Northridge, Calif. team that reached the finals of the 1994 Little League World Series, where it lost, 4-3, to Maracaibo, Venezuela. Guillermo Quiroz, who played on that Maracaibo team, is now a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles. • Played baseball for USC in 2004 and was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 36th round that year. • Married former USC volleyball player Lauren Killian in 2007. • Was backup to both Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC. UPDATE: Rick, You forgot an item on your list that is freaking HUGE on the unintentional comedy scale. Matt and his little brother Justin were featured on the HBO series "Freshman Year" back in 1999 (I think) in which a camera crew followed Justin and some of his classmates around their high school all year and filmed a reality TV show based on their experiences as freshman in high school. I know this because, I used to live in Chatsworth, and that would've been my high school had I not moved. It's absolutely hilarious, and HBO still airs it fairly consistently on Friday evenings on the HBO Famliy channel. — Will Seaborn


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