Time for your daily episode of The Young & The Bruceless. In this week's episode, we find out that Lou Holtz is the real father of Adam James, Victor and Jack battle for the future of Newman Enterprises, and Mike Leach continues his scorched earth policy against the "leader." Leach has been relentless in his continuous mission to blast Bristol, Craig James, James' PR firm, and Texas Tech brass in every way imaginable during the publicity tour for his new book. In a recent stop, Leach went on Tony Bruno's show and brought out the heavy artilery once again... this time going after ESPN for the neverending controversy surrounding his co-author, Bruce Feldman. Larry Brown has the full audio from the interview, but it's Leach's choice of words for the [insert pseudo-disciplinary word here] of Bruce Feldman that is most interesting. Here's Leach's quotes...
“Every step of the way he had permission from ESPN to write it,” Leach said of Feldman. “He has written permission. The chapters they’re sensitive about are all in the words of the perpetrators, so that’s what makes it powerful. Evidently ESPN didn’t like the way it came out — they’re not comfortable with the facts — so [Bruce] did what any journalist would do he wrote the facts down in the appendix of the book.
“ESPN claims they didn’t suspend him. We’re just arguing definitions there. Bruce virtually disappeared, hasn’t written anything, didn’t go to SEC media day. They don’t like the word ‘suspended’ [they] tell you he was never suspended. Perhaps they like the word ‘kidnapped’ better.”Leach is sticking up for the man that helped him write his book... but ouch... kidnapping might be a little too harsh for the reasonably minded individual. Although now that I think about it, Dan Akroyd and Daniel Stern very well could have been off camera during Feldman's Pac 12 media day cameo.
While stories like this continue to trickle out, Bruce Feldman's induced Twitter silence is approaching a month. With college football season rapidly approaching, this story is going to have to break one way or the other and reach some kind of resolution. (We hope.) Either Bruce comes back and truly "resumes his assignments" or he fades away into the Bristol night for good.
While we're at it, let's hope Mike Leach "resumes his assignments" in the broadcast booth this fall as well.
[Larry Brown Sports]
How about Jim Abbot, the one handed major league pitcher? I always wondered how a guy like that was able to maintain the amazing commitment and passion for the game to not only become professional athlete but a Handicapped Profoessional Athlete. Are there others?
I think we should have a Saints 30 for 30 if we discuss how Tom Benson told the state to guarantee his profits or he would move the franchise to San Antonio. After Katrina hit, and the state teetering on financial disaster, Benson told the state a deal is a deal. A true class act all the way around.
All great choices, my pick is Al Michaels. Al has been the one consistent national broadcaster over the 30 years going back to the Miracle on Ice. He has been just about everywhere, seven Super Bowls, most of the drama in the Monday Night Football booth, the World Series, including the 1989 San Francisco/Oakland series with the earthquake, being traded for an original Disney cartoon, the Hagler-Hearns slugfest, and my favorite Al Michaels moment, when he interrupts Peter Jennings during the OJ chase as someone calls in and says "and Bababooey to you all." Like him or loathe him, Michaels is the one broadcaster that I truly tie in to sports of the last 30 years.
FYI: MLB Network already did a one-hour docu of the 1994 Expos. it was...just ok. But the back dealing of the stadium agreement that wasn't meant to be was actually eye opening.
My choice is a little tough, because it spans way over the 30 for 30 perimeter, but I would like to see a show on the expansion of sports and media in 80's to today. From the explosion sports on national TV (From 3 major TV networks to a 4th, cable, pay per view, Regional sports networks, etc) billion dollar mega deals for the majors (MLB, NFL, NBA) and the NCAA, the expansion of the world wide behemoth ESPN, the influence of the internet, the death of the newspaper and traditional sports reporting, the relationships of athletes and media and uses of social media.
Its probably a little too far ranging, but done correctly and pieced together in a way that works, it could be fascinating stuff.
Only down con with the idea if it was an ESPN project, it would lack any ESPN criticism.