The internet was all aflutter yesterday with a report from Deadline that LeBron James was ready to star in a Space Jam sequel. For anyone that grew up in the 90's like me, Space Jam was a defining moment of your childhood. The time when cartoons crossed over with sports and Michael Jordan teamed up with Bugs Bunny to defeat an evil team of alien basketball stars. Looking back in the graphical age of 1996 it was very weird, very cool, and very ahead of its time.
But LeBron James in a Space Jam 2? How would a sequel affect the legacy of the first film? Is it something the stars of today's NBA could reenact or improve upon? Are we talking about something that could enhance the first film like Godfather II or would we travel down the dark path to Caddyshack II? Those questions and excitement about a sequel took a hit when ESPN's Brian Windhorst tweeted that in fact Deadline was wrong and LeBron James was not in talks to be in Space Jam 2.
Well it was fun while it lasted. LeBron sources refute Deadline report, there's no Space Jam 2 or Warner Bros. project in works— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 22, 2014
But don't get too discouraged, fans of cartoon/human basketball. We've heard that both Deadline and Windhorst are basically correct in some details. There are indeed plans for Space Jam 2, but at this point it looks like LeBron won't be involved. Furthermore, 3 All-Star players, including 1 MVP-level player are deep in negotiations to appear in the movie and things are close to being "set in stone." If we had more definitive information we would provide the names, but nothing has been finalized yet. It's obviously still a fluid situation, but there may be a Space Jam 2 after all. It may just miss the game's biggest star.
Updating AA article on Space Jam 2, we're hearing Durant, Kevin Love, and Stephen Curry are likely to star. Convos/negotiations ongoing— Ben Koo (@bkoo) February 22, 2014
On Thursday afternoon, US Olympic luger Kate Hansen tweeted out a video of a wolf in her Sochi hotel, furthering the mindset that the Sochi Olympics have been a logistical disaster. There's only one problem with that - Hansen's tweet was a hoax perpetrated by Jimmy Kimmel, who has once again created a viral video out of nothing and set the Internet ablaze.no comments
The Jenny Dell situation at NESN finally has a resolution. Dell is pursuing opportunities outside of NESN, and the two parties have parted ways.
At the end of January, NESN pulled Dell off of Boston Red Sox telecasts for the 2014 season following her New Year's Eve reveal that she was dating Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Dell joined NESN as a Red Sox reporter starting in the 2012 season, replacing the popular Heidi Watney, who moved on to Time Warner SportsNet LA and later, MLB Network.
We'll see where Dell ends up landing. Fox and MLB Network reportedly had interest in the past, and those would appear to be the most logical landing spots. Will she end up at a national station, or stay local? Stay tuned.
Tony Gonzalez has officially left the football field for the broadcast booth. We're not sure if the future Hall of Fame tight end was courted by more than one network before joining "The NFL Today" on CBS, but it's fair to wonder whether Gonzalez preferred to stay away from ESPN and NFL Network.
That's because the former Kansas City Chief and Atlanta Falcon is still upset about the way those two media organizations framed comments he made about quarterback Matt Ryan.
Gonzalez said Ryan wasn't "elite." He doesn't dispute that, but he claims there was more to it.no comments
The rape charges against former All Pro safety and NFL Network analyst Darren Sharper took a couple more turns on Thursday. After being charged with 7 felonies connected with allegedly drugging women and then raping them when they passed out, Sharper pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Los Angeles. In the process, a judge raised his bail to $1 million dollars.
However, even more sexual assault allegations are being lodged at Sharper. Now Shaper is under investigation in Miami in a case that follows the same blueprint as the other charges against him. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:no comments
Dr. Frank Luntz is one of the more odious characters in American public life today. He's the man who turned "global warming" into "climate change" and also tried to redefine the adjective "Orwellian" to make it seem positive.
He also has a minor history in sports. You may remember him from the last National Hockey League lockout, where he tried to conduct surveys with fans to find a way to get them on the side of the owners. Before, you know, that information leaked.
Luntz is an author, political consultant, and a frequent Fox News Channel contributor. He is now moving over to another part of the company. As of Thursday, Luntz is now Fox Sports Live's "exclusive sports communications analyst."
What exactly does a person with that job title do? Well, let's allow Fox to explain it:no comments
We're less than a week from the launch of WWE Network. and anticipation is building for wrestling fans past and present across the country. As part of the initial launch, WWE is promising access to every pay-per-view event from the history of WWE, WCW, and ECW. A later release confirmed that statement, and WWE produced a list of the mammoth catalog of PPVs that would be available at launch.
With a monstrous selection of content, what should you watch first? WWE released a gallery of photos from the 15 best PPVs ever, There are a lot of good selections there, but there is also a good bit of recency bias and an emphasis on historical significance rather that sheer entertainment value. Several of the shows listed are great, but you've probably seen the best matches several times on various DVD releases. Here's what we think you should immediately stream once WWE Network launches on February 24th in chronological order - and hopefully, you've never seen many of these shows before.no comments