The ice dancing competition in Sochi has led to gold medals for Americans Meryl Davis and Charles White, leaving the 2010 gold medalists Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue with the silver. And while many observers thought the ice dancing was of high quality, it has led to conspiracy theories in Canada that the fix was in.
The whole thing was sparked before the Olympics by a French report that speculated a Russian and American judge made a deal to ensure Davis and White would win, despite denials by the U.S. Figure Skating Association and downplaying by both the Americans and Canadians.
And when Davis and White won the short program on Sunday, it led Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno (the closest thing to a Canadian Dan Shaughnessy) to insinuate the fix was in. She didn't mince any words in this borderline offensive rant:
"Strip away the sequins, wipe off the pancake makeup, delete the frozen-in-place smiles, and what’s left is a tawdry whore of a sport where the judges are the johns.
If the fix is not in against Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, then I’m the Princess of Wales."no comments
CBS is making sweeping changes to its NFL pregame show, The NFL Today. Newly retired Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez will join CBS Sports and have an immediate seat on their Sunday pregame show. At the same time, the network has announced that both Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are departing the program. What's more, it appears from the CBS announcement that Marino and Sharpe are leaving the network all together as Sean McManus is quoted as wishing the pair the best as they pursue "other professional opportunities." Marino had been a part of The NFL Today since 2002 and Sharpe had been on the program since 2004.
This is the biggest alteration made to one of the major Sunday morning NFL pregame show in several years, perhaps back to James Brown and Curt Menefee being named the hosts at CBS and Fox respectively.
The new-look NFL Today lineup for the 2014 season will be Brown, Gonzalez, Boomer Esiason, and Bill Cowher.
CBS has long been rumored to be pursuing alterations for The NFL Today. Their ratings have consistently been beaten by Fox NFL Sunday and the program has been in need of some fresh blood for a long time. Gonzalez is the ideal choice for the network in that he's coming straight from the league to their New York set. The future Hall of Famer likely had his choice of any network to work for as a coveted TV free agent, and clearly CBS has rolled out the red carpet for him with a great opportunity. CBS could have promoted one of the analysts from their CBS Sports Network offering, That Other Pregame Show, but it looks like that show will remain in tact for now.
Marino and Sharpe were never in the upper echelon of NFL studio analysts so this appears on the surface to be a net improvement for CBS. The timing is ironic though because after being a punching bag for critics for over a decade, Sharpe had arguably his strongest year as an analyst in 2014. Perhaps the other takeaway is CBS making the decision to downsize their set. After seemingly every network has gone through a phase of trying to cram as many former players as possible on set, the television world is realizing that less is more. Fewer analysts and a less crowded set will allow for better discussion and hopefully a better viewing experience. Whether this shakeup moves CBS closer to Fox in the ratings will remain to be seen.no comments
There are some things in this life that are just meant to go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Ham and eggs. Biscuits and gravy. Chicken and dumplings. Come to think of it, most of them are food related.
And then, there are the Twitter feeds of Darren Rovell and Richard Deitsch. They have a magnetic attraction to one another and every now and then the gravitational forces of the universe pull them together to meet... to fight on Twitter over completely random topics. Seriously, a picture of a phone charger once launched these two into gladiator-like combat. A phone charger! That takes some kind of commitment to a greater cause.
We had feared that once Darren Rovell moved from CNBC to ESPN that his Hundred Years Twitter War with Richard Deitsch would come to a halt what with the network's social media policy frowning on that sort of thing. Thankfully, for popcorn enthusiasts everywhere, the battle has continued to move forward because nobody really follows that anyways.
The fifth chapter in this storied rivalry emerged from what else, the weather in Sochi, Russia and a classic "Empty Crowd Shot" from Rovell. Deitsch launched the opening salvo, and the rest as they say, is history.
Deitsch vs Rovell. Rovell vs Deitsch. Get your popcorn ready, it's a Winter Olympics Twitter War!no comments
Last night, Fox Sports Live tweeted the above picture regarding Rick Pitino's comments dogging social media from a recent press conference. So, it let us all jump to our conclusions and make a lot of Rick Rolled jokes and what not. The Courier-Journal took quotes from Pitino's weekly news conference and posted them:no comments
Nolan Nawrocki is like the Punxsutawney Phil of the football world. Ignored all year until he suddenly emerges each February, usually to piss everyone off. The former senior editor at Pro Football Weekly, who is now at NFL.com, unofficially ushers in draft hype season on an annual basis by throwing at least one promising quarterback prospect under the bus in exaggerated, sensational fashion.
You may remember what he did to Cam Newton in 2011, when a scouting report turned into what felt like a personal attack. Last year, he blasted Geno Smith in somewhat similar fashion. This year, he's going after Johnny Manziel, who is of course an easy target based on his lack of prototypical quarterback measurements and his off-the-field image.
Here's his lazy character attack on Johnny Football:no comments
Disgraced former Philadelphia-area sportscaster Don Tollefson is being charged with fraud after pocketing over $100,000 earmarked for charities.
According to court filings, the 61-year old Tollefson had conned more than 100 people out of more than $100,000 over the past three years, promising ticket packages to a variety of sporting events with the money going to various charities, such as the Special Olympics, the Salvation Army, and the Brad Fox Foundation, set up in the memory of a local Philadelphia police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2012.no comments
Trumpets blared, the red carpet was rolled out, and scrolls were loudly read from for the triumphant return of Bob Costas to his rightful place atop the throne overlooking NBC's primetime Olympic coverage Monday night. Costas missed six nights with an eye infection and had his streak of 157 consecutive nights hosting the Winter and Summer Olympics in primetime snapped. He cheekily returned with the line that he was filling in for substitute hosts Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. As NBC Olympic chief Jim Bell joked, the peacock's long nightmare is finally over.
The last week has done the unthinkable - brought about a window into the future of an Olympics without Bob Costas. Of course, there's always the chance that NBC has Bob Costas' cryogenically frozen head anchor the Olympics until the earth is swallowed up by the sun. That's a real possibility that exists. But there is the off chance that Costas actually retires from television one of these days and NBC will have to look for a replacement for one of the most prestigious places in all of broadcasting.
In fact, Costas' eye infection has led both himself and NBC to reflect upon his mortality as a broadcaster.no comments
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Australian Rules Football
Fremantle Dockers vs. West Coast Eagles -- Fox Soccer Plus, 3 a.m.
South Florida at Louisville -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
Kentucky at Mississippi -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Texas at Iowa State -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
North Carolina State at Clemson -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Villanova at Providence -- Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.
Wake Forest at Maryland -- Fox Sports Net-Regional, 7 p.m.
George Washington at Richmond -- NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Kansas at Texas Tech -- Big 12 Network, 8 p.m.
Duke at Georgia Tech -- ACC Network, 9 p.m.
Virginia at Virginia Tech -- ACC Network, 9 p.m.
Northern Iowa at Drake -- Fox College Sports Central, 9 p.m.
Butler at St. John's -- Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.
Utah State at San Diego State -- ESPNU, 11 p.m.
Duquesne at St. Joseph's -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.
Katz Korner -- ESPNU, 1 p.m.
Inside College Basketball -- CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.
Fox College Hoops Tip-Off -- Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.
Inside College Basketball -- CBS Sports Network, 11 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPN2, 1:30 a.m. (Wednesday)
Companies and/or brands that do not sponsor the Olympics are banned from having a presence there. Starbucks is one of those companies. If you're in Sochi and in need of a caffeine fix, you will have to get it from McDonald's.
Unless, of course, you work for NBC. According to The Wall Street Journal:no comments
ESPN analyst Mike Ditka is absolutely right about one thing: When you're an NFL quarterback, your image matters. You're seen as a leader and with that responsibility you have to command respect inside and outside the locker room.
The problem is that Ditka has clearly become out of touch with current generations to such a degree that he no longer understands what type of criteria impacts one's image in a negative fashion. As a result, he says things like this (via the Detroit Free Press) about Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford:no comments