There exists this strange phenomenon in which some of America's biggest enemies are, rather accidentally, also big fans of American culture. Osama bin Laden had a thing for Whitney Houston and enjoyed Pepsi and Coke. Saddam Hussein was apparently a big fan of "Little House on the Prairie." Kim Jong-il was seemingly obsessed with the American film industry.
Those three are dead, but one of America's prime living enemies, Kim Jong-un, is apparently a big basketball fan. And as a result, former NBA star Dennis Rodman now has more first-hand knowledge of the North Korean leader's personal life than arguably anyone else in America.no comments
Jay Bilas seems fun. He tweeted out this picture Friday night in advance of GameDay's coverage of the UCLA/Arizona game.
We don't often see ESPN analysts tweeting pictures of themselves, let alone with an entire cheerleading squad, let alone wearing a white tuxedo. It is nice to see Bilas is not taking himself too seriously and is obviously having some fun. Work hard. Play hard. Swag. Jay Bilas has gotta go to work.no comments
"He didn't burn bridges here, he napalmed them."
That quote from an ESPN spokesman described Keith Olbermann's departure from the Worldwide Leader. From 1992 until 1997, Olbermann's time at ESPN was memorable for launching two platforms, Radio and the Deuce, co-hosting the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter with Dan Patrick and plenty of funny "This is SportsCenter" promos. But that time was also known for many internal battles between Olbermann and management as described in two tomes, "Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN" co-authored by James Andrew Miller and Thomas Shales, "ESPN: The Uncensored History" by Mike Freeman, and by Dan Patrick on his syndicated radio show.no comments
There's viral buzzer beater videos, and then there's HOLY $#!& DID YOU SEE THAT BUZZER BEATER?!?!?! videos. This falls in the latter category. It's already traveled around the globe a few million times and landed at the top of SportsCenter. To get you caught up, New Rochelle beats Mount Vernon in a New York Class AA tournament sectional final on a half court shot from Khalil Edney. Here's what stands out from the clip:
1) The MSG Varsity announcing crew of Keith Irizarry and Kevin Devaney Jr. did an incredible job with one of the wildest scenes imaginable in a basketball game. To consider all that happened in those final 3 seconds, and then stay on top of the action, decisions, replays, and madness taking place is a job well done.
2) It's not quite this memorable scene, but you don't see both teams celebrate victory at the end of the game 30 feet away from each other every day.
3) The officials count the basket after a not-so-lengthy discussion and then SPRINT towards the locker room. Amazingly, without a monitor, they got the call right down to a tenth of a second.
4) Did we learn nothing from Michael Ruffin's boner?no comments
All Times Eastern
Cincinnati at Louisville -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Texas Tech at Kansas -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Baylor at Texas -- ESPN, 9 p.m.
Savannah State at North Carolina A&T -- ESPNU, 9 p.m.
UConn at Notre Dame -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Kansas State at Baylor -- Fox Sports Net, 8 p.m.
Louisville at Syracuse -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPN2, midnightno comments
Remember during the Daytona 500 coverage last month on Fox when Erin Andrews took a stroll down pit road to find Danica Patrick for an interview only to find 50 Cent? And remember that awkard attempt at a kiss from Fiddy that Erin shut down? It was the rage of the internet before the race began.
Well, Erin Andrews is taking the blame saying it was her fault for that awkward moment. TMZ caught up with her at an airport (it seems TMZ's people are always staking out airports) and she explained Fiddy went one way for the kiss and she turned another while Fox's producers were screaming for her to get Danica for the interview. She explains here in this video.no comments
A new antitrust lawsuit could set the table for cable companies to shake loose the bundles of channels being sold to them by sports content providers.
This week, Cablevision filed suit against Viacom in federal court in New York, charging that Viacom’s practice of “block booking” its channels constitutes a violation of antitrust law. Block booking refers to a tactic that is commonplace among sports media such as ESPN and Fox, too - bundling together packages of channels to sell to cable companies, rather than negotiating separate deals for each individual channel.no comments
Time for us to open the sports media notebook as we're officially in the weekend. Let's go over a few stories that have surfaced across the country. As usual, they're in bullet form.
All Times Eastern
UMass-Lowell at Merrimack -- CBS Sports Network, 4 p.m.
Prologue -- NBC Sports Network, 1 p.m. (same day coverage)
European PGA Tour
Tshwane Open, Centurion, South Africa
Final Round -- Golf Channel, 9 a.m. (same day coverage)
Honda Classic, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Final Round -- Golf Channel, 1 p.m./NBC, 3 p.m.
Final Round Spotlight Coverage -- Golf Channel, 3 p.m.
HSBC Women's Champions, Sentosa, Singapore
Final Round -- Golf Channel, 6:30 p.m. (same day coverage)
MLB Spring Training
Toronto vs. Philadelphia -- MLB Network, 1 p.m.
New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox -- MLB Network, 4 p.m. (same day coverage)
Detroit vs. Atlanta -- MLB Network, 8 p.m. (same day coverage)
Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego -- MLB Network, 11 p.m. (same day coverage)
MLB Tonight -- MLB Network, 7 p.m.
World Baseball Classic
Pool B, First Round, Taichung, Taiwan
Netherlands vs. Taiwan -- MLB Network, 1:30 a.m.
Pool A, First Round, Fukuoka, Japan
China vs. Japan -- MLB Network, 5 a.m.
World Baseball Classic Today -- MLB Network, 8 a.m.no comments