The moment of truth is here, the final week of the 2013 Pammies. Vote for this weeks' nominees after the jump...no comments
The moment of truth is here, the final week of the 2013 Pammies. Vote for this weeks' nominees after the jump...no comments
Yesterday, in an interview with Collider, Friday Night Lights executive producer Peter Berg killed any and all hope that there would be an FNL movie forthcoming:
“There’s not gonna be a movie. We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn’t; I’ve come to believe it’s probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen.”
While fans of the show might be upset about this news, I am here to help. You don't want your favorite TV series turning into a movie. Or possibly two. Where the second one is SO bad, the only way you can watch it is drunk. I am, of course, referring to Sex and the City. The series ended all wrapped up in a nice package with a pretty little bow and then the two movies swooped in like a toddler ripping the package to shreds. But I digress. Collider goes on to note that the series ended exactly as it should have:
While fans understandably want to spend more time with the Taylors, Friday Night Lights ended on a pitch perfect note with its series finale, which felt like a very fitting sendoff for the characters.
This show was already a spinoff of a movie, which was a spinoff of a book. So it would be a movie spunoff into a show spun back into a movie? No thanks. And, inevitably, messy things would need to happen to make the movie even worthwhile, and after such a perfect ending is that what you really want? I didn't think so!no comments
Nothing livens up a broadcast more than a raucous crowd cheering and holding signs behind the set during a live shot. On Monday night in Anaheim, Fox Sports West Ducks intermission host Mark Rogondino was treated to an audience of one.
Rogondino was going about his usual hosting duties, when this happened.no comments
This takes some serious dedication. Check out this clip from last night's Blazers-Jazz game where one cameraman on the baseline gets nailed straight in the face with an errant pass. Ouch. That's a direct blow to the skull that would make The Walking Dead proud.
Here's what it looked like from the other side - a dizzying descent into the abyss...
The Blazers beat the Jazz 105-94 to drop Utah to a league worst 4-19 on the season. Anyone who has to work a Jazz game within a couple rows of the court this season better be careful.
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There could be a feature film based on League of Denial coming in the future after Parkes/MacDonald Productions partners Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald won the rights to the book in an auction.
Does this means that there *will* be a film coming? Of course not. There's no script, no story, and no casting, but if a film does arise, it will be coming from this production company, known for the Men in Black franchise, Gladiator, and Flight, among other films.
There are plenty of stories that could be told from the book, including a realistic, more fleshed-out version of the critically acclaimed Frontline documentary. But more than likely, if a film is made, it will focus on the struggles of Mike Webster after his NFL career because that's the most well-known story that came out of the book.
But again - if a film is made, on either the big or the small screen, it won't pop up until much further down the road. If Parkes and MacDonald do come up with an interesting story for a film based on the book, they really need to be careful to not trivialize the seriousness of CTE and turn the real-life struggles of these players into a Hollywood drama.
The Heisman Trophy trust announced its six finalists for the annual award on Sunday and the nominees are Jameis Winston, Jordan Lynch, Andre Williams, AJ McCarron, Tre Mason and Johnny Manziel.
Seemingly every year, at least one Heisman voter quotes the Heisman Trophy mission statement as a reason to not vote for someone. Normally they highlight the word "integrity" in the first sentence of the mission statement. Some did it with Cam Newton, and he still won. Connecticut Post columnist Chris Ellsbury did it with Jameis Winston, and the Florida State quarterback will win on Saturday.
Though the deadline for Heisman voting was 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, in the form of an instant online ballot, Ellsbury filed his Heisman vote on Wednesday morning, the day when Florida state attorney Willie Meggs announced there would be a press conference concerning Winston on Thursday. He also filed his vote before the final weekend of college football action when a player like Auburn's Tre Mason could show why he should be considered for the award. Ellsbury has probably never heard of Mason.no comments
Ed Note: The following complete list of bowl rankings appears courtesy our college football sister site Crystal Ball Run.
The bowl match-ups are set! Did the BCS work this year? Yes, it sure looks as thou it did. But is it the best bowl game on the schedule this season? Well, yes, it probably is. While Florida State and Auburn should make for a fun game that will surely be analyzed from every possible perspective -- expect weekly looks at this and some of the other big games to come from us here at Crystal Ball Run -- but what about all of the other bowl games? Which of these are the best match-ups this postseason? Are there any duds?
Fortunately, the bowl line-up this season looks pretty good, which should be expected considering how many teams were eligible for postseason play this year that ended up like Charlie Brown on Valentine's Day, with no love shared in their direction.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on which bowl games are the best. Here is how I would rank the bowls this season, from best to worst, with some commentary from my colleagues here at Crystal Ball Run added in at times. "Worst" is such a harsh word. Truth is, I'll enjoy watching all of these match-ups from start to finish, and I am sure you will as well.
1. Vizio BCS National Championship: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn
There are some years when the BCS Championship Game match-up is not actually the best game (Miami vs. Nebraska, for example). That is not the case this season though as we get the clear number one and the clear number two teams in the country squaring off with plenty of rising star power. Florida State and their climb back to the top has been a work in progress since the day Jimbo Fisher was hired. Jameis Winston and his (soon to be) Heisman Trophy status could have a field day against Auburn's defense, but the Seminoles will be put to the test trying to slow down Auburn's ridiculously strong running game fueled by Tre Mason and Nick Marshall. Gus Malzahn will be charged with the responsibility to represent the SEC at the top of the BCS mountain for one final year, while the Seminoles look to come full circle in the BCS Era by losing the first BCS championship game against an SEC team (Tennessee) and winning against another.
2. Discover Orange Bowl: No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Clemson
I had hopes we would have an Alabama-Ohio State Sugar Bowl fall in to our laps somehow, but Ohio State vs. Clemson is nothing to be too upset about in the Orange Bowl. The Buckeyes and Tigers certainly have some history, but we certainly will not see Urban Meyer punching Sammy Watkins on the Buckeyes sideline this time. Clemson's defense may not be able to thrive as well as Michigan State's did, but if Clemson can get their offense on track with Tajh Boyd getting some protection they should be able to move the ball on the Buckeyes. Ohio State is looking to become the only team to win a BCS championship and win each of the four different BCS bowls in the BCS era, which would be kind of cool (Oklahoma is looking to do the same in the Sugar Bowl).no comments
This is sensational. There may be no other announcer more impersonated than Dick Vitale. So to commemorate Dick Vitale's 35th year at ESPN, Bristol put together a video montage of 35 ESPN personalities paying tribute to Vitale. Many of them offered their best impression of Dickie V's unique way of speaking verrrry enthusiastically. From Vitale's college basketball co-workers to Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico to Tony Kornheiser and Sage Steele, just about anyone who's anyone at ESPN is here in this video to talk about the one and only Dick Vitale. Yes, this video is awesome baby with a capital "A", it's super scintillating sensational...no comments
The Bears destroyed the Cowboys on Monday Night Football on the night Mike Ditka's number was retired in Chicago. To commemorate the occasion, ESPN imagined what it would look like if eight of their NFL personalities were all "Ditkaized" which was basically giving them sunglasses and a gray mustache. It's... frightening. Chris Mortensen actually looks the most Ditka-like, but the rest of them are like some kind of bad Comic Con troupe. I think these guys wore the Ditka look much better...
Nelson Mandela Memorial Service -- ABC/Al-Jazeera America/CBS/CNN/Fox News/MSNBC/NBC/Univision, 4 a.m.
Big 12/SEC Challenge
Kansas at Florida -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Oakland at Indiana -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Evansville at Xavier -- Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.
South Dakota State at Minnesota -- Big Ten Network, 8 p.m.
South Dakota at Kansas State -- Fox Sports Net-National, 8 p.m.
Boise State at Kentucky -- ESPN, 9 p.m.
Gonzaga at West Virginia -- ESPN2, 9 p.m.
New Jersey Institute of Technology at Seton Hall -- Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.
Idaho State at Utah -- Pac-12 Networks, 9 p.m.
Nevada at Cal -- Pac-12 Networks, 11 p.m.
CFB Daily: The Experts -- ESPNU, 1 p.m.
College Football Live -- ESPN2, 5 p.m.
ESPNU Film Room: Bowl Special -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Inside College Football -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
Inside College Football: Heisman Preview -- CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m.
Top 10 Shots of 2013 -- Golf Channel, 7:30 p.m.
Big Break NFL: Puerto Rico: All-Out Blitz -- Golf Channel, 9 p.m.
Big Break Academy: Rollin' the Rock -- Golf Channel, 11:30 p.m.
MLB Tonight: Winter Meetings -- MLB Network, 3 p.m.
SportsCenter Special: Baseball Winter Meetings -- ESPNews, 6 p.m.
MLB Tonight: Winter Meetings -- MLB Network, 6 p.m.
Miami at Indiana -- NBA TV, 7 p.m.
NBA GameTime -- NBA TV, 10 p.m.
NFL Replay: Detroit at Philadelphia -- NFL Network, 2 p.m.
NFL Insiders -- ESPN, 3 p.m.
NFL Replay: Seattle at San Francisco -- NFL Network, 3:30 p.m.
NFL Live -- ESPN, 4 p.m.
NFL Fantasy Live -- NFL Network, 5 p.m.
Around the League Live -- NFL Network, 6 p.m.
Around the League Primetime -- NFL Network, 7 p.m.
Houston '93: A Football Life -- NFL Network, 9 p.m.
Houston '93: A Football Life: Backstory -- NFL Network, 10 p.m.
NFL Films Presents: Football Families -- NFL Network, 10:30 p.m.
Nashville at New York Rangers -- NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
NHL Live -- NHL Network, 5 p.m.
NHL Live -- NBCSN, 6:30 p.m.
NHL on the Fly -- NHL Network, 7 p.m.
NHL Overtime -- NBCSN, 10 p.m.
NHL Tonight -- NHL Network, 10 p.m.
NHL Rivals: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks -- NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 -- NBCSN, 11 p.m.
NFL AM -- NFL Network, 6 a.m.
Morning Drive -- Golf Channel, 7 a.m.
The Dan Patrick Show -- Audience Network (DirecTV)/NBCSN, 9 a.m.
Tim Brando Show -- CBS Sports Network, 9 a.m.
Hot Stove: Winter Meetings -- MLB Network, 9 a.m.
NASCAR Race Hub: Best of the Year -- Fox Sports 1, noon
SportsDash With Yahoo! Sports -- NBCSN, noon
SVP & Russillo -- ESPNews, 1 p.m.
Courage in Sports -- CBS Sports Network, 3 p.m.
Highly Questionable -- ESPN2, 4 p.m.
Outside the Lines -- ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.
Crowd Goes Wild -- Fox Sports 1, 5 p.m.
Pardon the Interruption -- ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.
ESPN FC -- ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.
ROME -- CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m.
Fox Football Daily -- Fox Sports 1, 6 p.m.
Olbermann -- ESPN2, 11 p.m.
Fox Sports Live -- Fox Sports 1, 11 p.m.
Lead Off -- CBS Sports Network, midnight
Fox Sports Live -- Fox Sports 1, 1 a.m. (Wednesday)
UEFA Champions League
Manchester United vs. Shakhtar Donetsk -- Fox Sports 1, 2:30 p.m.
Galatasary vs. Juventus -- Fox Sports 2, 2:30 p.m.
Benfica vs. Paris Saint-Germain -- Fox Sports Net, 2:30 p.m.
Copenhagen vs. Real Madrid -- Fox Deportes, 2:30 p.m.
Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City -- Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 p.m.
UEFA Champions League Pregame -- Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports 2/Fox Sports Net/Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.
La Previa UEFA Champions League -- Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
UEFA Champions League Highlights -- Fox Sports 2, midnight
Winter World University Games
Men's Hockey, Trentino, Italy
USA vs. Sweden -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m. (same day coverage)