The much-reported new co-host for SportsNation has been officially announced by ESPN, and it's Charissa Thompson, better known from Numbers Never Lie on the network. Her first show will be this Monday, June 4th. Thompson is a former sideline reporter with Fox and the NFL Network, and was probably more known for her in-studio and sideline work on the Big Ten Network.
The move to SportsNation is a nice step up for Thompson, who was doing a good job with Numbers Never Lie, but saw it stuck in a crappy timeslot and unable to gain a lot of traction with fans. She's had experience on SportsNation before, filling in at times for Beadle. Before joining ESPN, I was very impressed with Thompson's work as an avid BTN viewer. Over there, she hosted studio shows on occasion, but they were more countdown type shows (such as the Big Ten's Greatest shows) as opposed to a discussion-type show like Numbers Never Lie or SportsNation.
It might take a little bit of time for Thompson to ease into her role on SportsNation, but she should be a fine replacement for Beadle. I personally think she may even be better in the role, due to her previous experience.
Oh yeah, ESPN also reports that there was a reported association between Loomis and former union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Considering that Loomis' whereabouts on the day that Hoffa disappeared is unknown, ESPN has asked the FBI to investigate the Loomis/Hoffa association in an effort to find Hoffa's remains and bring Loomis to justice.
Never fear, ESPN has now determined from unnamed, annonymous disgruntled (fired, traded, or laid off) employees that Mickey Loomis was in fact "the shooter on the grassy knoll" in Dealy Plaza. Apparently, Loomis has strong communist ties according to the source and had it in for JFK because of the Bay of Pigs catastrophe. Of course, ESPN doesn't know the name of the source of this story, but they are quite sure (they stand by their story and their source) that the story is accurate. Loomis cannot account for his whereabouts on that fateful day, so it is obvious that he was there on the grassy knoll. The source said that Loomis sold the firearm that he used to kill JFK to a Russian oil magnate years after the shooting for a tidy sum of money.
This is a good piece. But, just for full disclosure, isn't Matt a Saints fan? I know I have no objectivity when it comes to the Packers and would not be able to fairly evaluate a story like this revolving around the Pack.
Don't forget the fumbling 'Outside The Lines' did with the Braun stuff, reporting the minimum then stopping.