Olympic swimmer and gold medal bro Ryan Lochte is taking the term "character actor" to a whole new level. God bless him for getting as much mileage out of his sex symbol broiness and athletic prowess as he possibly can. He's so much more interesting than Michael Phelps and his lame Subway commercials. After a guest spot on 90210 and his work covering Fashion Week for GQ and E!, Lochte's next stop will be NBC comedy 30 Rock, where star Tina Fey gave us this incredbile illumination into Lochte's character on the show at last night's Emmys.
"He played—if I may use this term on television—a sex idiot. He was good at it."
Ryan Lochte: Sex Idiot. I'm picturing a movie series, reality shows, action figures, comic books, and the whole nine yards with this one. It has franchising gold written all over it. Jeah!
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Jay Pharoah's Stephen A. Smith impression has been quite the hit around the internet. The SNL funnyman (who's only 24 believe it or not) has been able to capture Smith's obnoxious loudness and coziness with superstars perfectly. Stephen A. gets lost in the shuffle alongside Skip Bayless on First Take, but make no mistake - he's just as draining on your soul. Even Stephen A. has to appreciate the following video though - if there's one thing he understands, it's satire!
Pharoah's impersonation of Screamin' A. isn't his only entry into the sports world though. On this weekend's SNL, Pharoah reprised his SAS character and took on former Giants DE Michael Strahan's new role as Kelly Ripa's co-host on Live with Kelly & Michael. (Wow, that felt weird typing.) Pharoah's Stephen A. impression is the stronger of the two, but there's something about hearing him do Strahan's laugh that gets me every time. All in all, it's great to see SNL have someone able to take on some of the major characters in the sports world. Now if we can follow through on that parody of Skip Bayless, there would be no need for anyone to watch First Take. Ever. Both clips after the jump.no comments
Last we encountered CBS Sports Network announcer James Bates, he was falling off his courtside stool in a humorous manner. Thankfully, the former Florida linebacker is standing safely on his own two feet in this picture... wearing a lucha libre mask? Not too many people watch CBS Sports Network, but you've got to admire the ingenuity there. Any and every trick in the book needs to be used to spice up a Tulsa-Fresno State matchup. Just as long as Jack Black isn't involved, I'm all for this becoming a permanent fixture at CBS. Now if we can only get these masks on Lundquist and Danielson...
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Today's Lions-Titans game was one of the wildest in recent memory with Tennessee winning 44-41 in overtime. The game had pretty much every insanely dramatic play imaginable happen including a game-tying Hail Mary from the Lions. Incredibly, some fans watching the last second drama almost missed the Hail Mary. I'll let Eric in Chicago explain...no comments
FOX has been making a big move in their attempt to become a legitimate home for world-class soccer, both on the pitch and off in terms of production. While FOX has admittedly taken some lumps along the way, slowly they've been taking steps to right the ship.
Their documentary series "Being: Liverpool" got off to a fantastic start in the ratings with their premier on FOX network TV drawing a respectable 1.3 rating. FOX continues to slowly improve their Champions League coverage, even though they still import world feeds instead of supplying their own broadcast talent like ESPN. But the boldest step FOX has taken in preparation of broadcasting the men's and women's World Cup later in the decade was broadcasting the English Premier League on FOX during the NFL season.
And, in an unsurprising result to even the most pessimistic soccer haters, the move was an outright success. EPL matches shown on tape delay drew well over 1 million viewers on NFL Sundays. While there are still issues with possible preemption, FOX has decided to double down on the strategy by announcing three more games to be broadcast this fall to a national audience.no comments
You never quite know what Lee Corso is going to say on College Gameday. One week it could be shouting profanities, the next week it could be random cultural and religious advice. Watch as he tells young whippersnapper Ricky Carmichael "never bet against the Catholics" when picking the Notre Dame-Michigan game. And here I thought Lou Holtz had the market share on "crazy old man Notre Dame picks." Is Lee Corso actually part of a grand Catholic conspiracy? All signs point to yes. Then again, he probably told the same advice to Martin Luther once upon a time, and he got along just fine.
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It's the best Saturday of the college football season so far with several Top 25 and conference matchups. The two best teams in the ACC, Clemson and Florida State collide tonight in primetime as does Michigan and a revived Notre Dame as does Oklahoma and Kansas State. You can check the entire schedule at the link below as well as the updated Pammies standings. Matt Millen has staked out to an early lead, but Mark May is right behind him. Make sure you leave us your Pammies quotes either in the PWC comments below, or tweet us quotes by using the hashtag #PWAA.no comments
After a week without the Big Ten Network and on the heels of two short one week extensions, it appears that Dish and BTN have come to a long term deal. Below is the release we got from Elizabeth Conlisk , who must be thrilled she won't have to send out media communications at 4am every Saturday morning.no comments
Unfortunately in the last week, no progress has been made in the two major channel distribution battles affecting college football fans. Barring any 11th hour surprises, Big Ten Network will enter its second straight week being off of Dish and Pac 12 fans will be without upstart Pac 12 Network with DirecTV, Charter, ATT, and Verizon.
We've been covering these dustups throughout the fall as football fans get caught between posturing between conferences and distributors. Here's our updated analysis on what's going on behind the scenes based on what we're hearing.no comments