Tuesday, February 26
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls (NBAtv 8PM) Ernie Johnson, Greg Anthony, Chris Webber
Wednesday, February 27
Golden State Warriors @ New York Knicks (ESPN 8PM) Mark Jones, Doris Burke
Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN 10:30PM) Terry Gannon, Jon Barry
Thursday, February 28
Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls (TNT 8PM) Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Los Angeles Lakers (TNT 10:30PM) Marv Albert, Mike Fratello
Friday, March 1
Memphis Grizzlies @ Miami Heat (ESPN 8PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Denver Nuggets (ESPN 10:30PM) Mike Tirico, Jon Barry
Saturday, March 2
Golden State Warriors @ Philadelphia 76ers (NBAtv 7PM) Local Broadcast
Brooklyn Nets @ Chicago Bulls (WGNA 8PM) Neil Funk, Stacy King
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Portland Trail Blazers (NBAtv 10PM) Local Broadcast
Sunday, March 3
Miami Heat @ New York Knicks (ABC 1PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Clippers (ABC 3:30PM) Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown
Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers (ESPN 8PM) Dave Pasch, Doris Burke
Monday, March 4
Miami Heat @ Minnesota Timberwolves (NBAtv 8PM) Local Broadcast
H/T Sammy!no comments
The highlight of the NFL Combine every year isn't draft stocks rising and falling, and it sure isn't the pervasive nature of NFL teams inspecting every inch of the athletes on display. No, it's Rich Eisen's 40 yard dash dressed in full suit. 2013 marked the 9th year the NFL Network anchor has ran the 40 yard dash for entertainment purposes, which is amazing in and of itself because it seems like just yesterday Eisen was teaming with Stuart Scott on SportsCenter. Somehow NFL Network has turned Eisen's 40 yard dash into an event, proving the NFL can make anything, even a television anchor running 40 yards, seem important.
Eisen's time of 6.03 last year was a new personal best and an improvement of .74 seconds off his first dash in 2005. Could he break the 6 second barrier in 2013? Here's the videotape:no comments
Mo Farah was one of the biggest stars of the 2012 London Olympics. He was a hero in his home country after winning 2 gold medals, a household name around the world this summer, and the subject of a famous and fantastic internet meme.
But not everyone knows Mo Farah. Farah won the Rock N Roll New Orleans half marathon Monday in a record time of 1:00:59. He then appeared on local New Orleans television with WDSU for an interview with LaTonya Norton. Norton asked Farah, record setting New Orleans half marathon champ and TWO TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, "Haven't you run before? This isn't your first time?"no comments
Dwyane Wade is trying his darndest to make himself the most unlikable member of the Miami Heat. LeBron James had a great head start with the whole Decision Debacle, but time is beginning to heal some of those wounds (at least outside the 216 area code). Wade has delivered more than his fair share of cheap shots on the court, but now he's gone way too far.
He's trying to give himself a self-appointed nickname.
Apparently "Flash" and "D-Wade" are no longer good enough for the Heat star, who wants to be called "WoW." No, really. Apparently it means "Way of WADE" but the only thing that makes you say "wow" is how lame this idea actually is...
So what do y'all think about my new nickname WoW.... Means (wayofwade)???? #Wow-out— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) February 25, 2013
Self-appointed nicknames never work out and when the person in question goes as far as to change his Twitter name to try and shove said nickname down America's throat, it compounds the problem. And, when your new self-appointed nickname is little more than a shameless way to try to promote your new Chinese shoe line, it makes it the worst attempt at a nickname in the history of sports. About the only person I can actually see falling for this is Skip Bayless. LeBron James called the nickname "corny" and even Wade's followers on Twitter were less than impressed. As always these are Real Tweets from Real People..no comments
During Spring Training last year, Toronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia showed off his impression of ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian. This year, Arencibia reprised his impression of Kurkjian to lead off Baseball Tonight, and it was pretty solid once again, with Arencibia even calling himself "one of the finest, most well-rounded, good-looking catchers in the game". And of course, Kurkjian showed how accurate the impression was when he started talking after Arencibia finished talking.
Hopefully, this will lead to a rash of Kurkjian impressions like it did last season with Elliot Johnson, Tim Dillard, and Ryan Dempster all imitating Kurkjian when ESPN came to their respective Spring Training sites. I just hope this year someone goes the extra mile and imitates one of Kurkjian's Dear Diary segments.no comments
After making a splash in the UK televised sports market, ESPN is now making a quiet exit. Bristol launched an ESPN channel in the UK just three and a half years ago but have now decided to sell their channels in the UK and Ireland to British telecom giant BT Group. Earlier this month, ESPN's CFO said the company was experiencing losses in the UK market and "exploring an exit." The BT takeover pegged in the low tens of millions has provided just that. Bristol announced details of the agreement early Monday, which includes at least one remaining ESPN branded channel as part of BT's sports package:no comments
Every time you thought the Brent Musburger-Katherine Webb story had reached its logical conclusion, it's given one last breath of life. The latest comes from Ames, Iowa where one Iowa State student (@MattMumISU) asked the ESPN broadcaster to sign what looks to be a humongous picture of a swimsuit-clad Webb. Naturally, not only did Musburger oblige, he also took a picture. It's unknown at this time whether Brent added the "She's a 10" line or merely just signed his name underneath it. Regardless, one has to think he endorses it...no comments
You're a two-time All-American starter at Alabama with three BCS national championships under your belt, but because you're an offensive lineman you still have trouble getting any respect. That's the world Barrett Jones lives in. At the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Jones noticed that NFL.com made a tiny error when uploading his picture.
Jones is known for his versatility, but changing race is something even he probably isn't capable of. Of course, I'm not sure that would accomplish anything anyway.
NFL.com has since corrected the mistake and we can go back to obsessing over Manti Te'o's 40 time.no comments
Ed Note: The following article regarding the fate of ESPN analyst Curt Schilling's most famous piece of wardrobe appears courtesy Bloguin's central MLB hub, The Outside Corner.
Curt Schilling's financial problems have led him to auction off one of his famous bloody socks.
The stained sock he wore in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series, pitching six innings on a sutured ankle, was sold to an anonymous bidder for $92,613. The more famous bloody sock -- the one from Game 6 of the ALCS that year -- was thrown away after Boston's win in Yankee Stadium. The sock sold at the auction had previously been sitting in baseball's Hall of Fame Museum.no comments