PTI is without question one of ESPN's top two or three shows. If there's one thing we love most about the ESPN staple, it's the commercial cut-ins that find the hosts talking about any number of random topics. Especially when Tony Kornheiser is actually hosting, this brings an assortment of goodies. Take this clip from Friday's show when we learn of Uncle Tony's love of LL Bean turtlenecks. The endearing aspect of this footage is you can actually envision Kornheiser sipping on some tea and flipping through the latest LL Bean catalog instead of staying up past 10 PM to catch the end of the UCLA-Nebraska game. Then again, that's what makes Kornheiser and PTI what it is. If there's anyone who can bring turtlenecks back in style (if they ever even went out of style to begin with!) it's Tony Kornheiser... and maybe that guy from the Big Bang Theory.no comments
Week 2 of the Pammies are here! Will Matt Millen cement his status as this year's frontrunner? Will Brent Musburger keep the Disney censors on their toes once again? Will Georgia teach Missouri a lesson in old man football? Will people finally realize Beth Mowins is NOT Pam Ward? We'll find out this week!
"An AFC/NFC doubleheader on Monday Night. There's no NFC team in there, but a doubleheader none the less." - Carter Blackburn (via bigddan11)
"Odell Beckham, getting ready to bend it." - James Bates (via sctvman)
"Munchie LeGaux has had an appetite for big numbers tonight and the Bearcats are eating it all up." - Rece Davis (via AA)no comments
(Ed Note: This syndicated article appears courtesy Andrew Coppens at Crystal Ball Run.)
It was announced earlier today that the Big 12 has inked a 13 year deal for their media rights with ESPN/ABC and Fox networks. According to the report the deal is worth a whopping $2.6 billion, which comes out to about $20 million a year per team in the ten team conference.
The deal has ESPN, ABC, and Fox all splitting the football side of things, while the basketball side of things will be exclusive to ESPN/ABC properties.
For a conference that was left for dead just two years ago this has to be considered one of the biggest miracles in college athletics as of late.
The new deal allows the Big 12 to stay competitive wit the other big boys of college athletics as they are now on par with the Big Ten and just slightly behind the likes of the Pac-12 ($21 million) and the SEC.
By signing this deal the Big 12 put another massive stamp, along with the additions of West Virginia and TCU, on saying "We're here to stay."no comments
When ESPN couldn't show Olympic highlights, they did the next logical thing - made Tim Tebow and the Jets their Olympics. And boy, did they go for the gold. Remember those days when SportsCenter transformed into JetsCenter and ESPN slapped the fancy "DEVELOPING STORY" or "BREAKING NEWS" tags on someone sneezing in Cortland? Remember when Sal Paolantonio was embedded with the Jets and having to file daily reports on the Jets practicing Wildcat plays and Tim Tebow lining up on the punt team? Remember when SportsCenter threw a day long birthday celebration for the backup quarterback of the New York Jets?
Remember SportsCenter's darkest days?no comments
Chris Berman will be rumbling, bumbling, and stumbling his way through your television sets for at least the next few years. The NFL host (and moonlighting play by play man) has signed a new contract with ESPN on the 33rd anniversary of the network's launch. I can already hear the dancing in the streets. As is custom with the annoucement of previous re-signings, ESPN has not released any details of the new contract, only labeling it a "multi-year extention." However, ESPN does say the new contract will keep him on Bristol airwaves until near his 40th year with the network. Given that Berman joined ESPN just after its launch in 1979, that means we'll see his Vaudeville circus until well into the 2010s. Here's what ESPN President John Skipper had to say:no comments
When Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo isn't busy playing all-world defense and dropping more dimes than a kid in a candy store, he thought it would be fun to pick up a regular "9 to 5-er." He's been a pro NBA basketball player for six years now, but he's starting all over again from the bottom; as an intern at GQ during fashion week. He'll be getting coffee, carrying suitcases, attending fashion shows, and writing for GQ.com. Rondo could be out clubbing or on vacation at whatever beach it is that rich young men frequent, but instead he's got his nose to the grindstone. It's not exactly what most people would envision from a celebrity athlete, but nonetheless Rajon is embracing the challenge:no comments
In great news it appears that Dave Barnett will be returning to the booth this week to announce a North Texas football game. This is fantastic to hear after a scary rambling incident earlier this summer during a Texas Rangers game left many concerned for his career and more importantly his health.
Barnett is a Mean Green alum and in the past has called college football games for ESPN. Hopefully the time off and a return to his stomping grounds is exactly what he was needed to recover from his incident. His future as the television voice of the Texas Rangers obviously still isn't clear but it's a great sign that he feels well enough to return to the profession.
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John "Sammy" Newman is an Australian football Hall of Famer and the star of The Footy Show, a weekly Inside the NBA style program. We brought you a video clip from the show last year that featured a man putting his own fake eye in his mouth, so you never know what you're going to get.
Newman is the show's biggest name and much like Charles Barkley, gets by on his controversial opinions and colorful behavior more than his ability to break down games. The latest involving the 300 gamer from Geelong was his making fun of the Australian Taekwondo team at the London Olympics. To rectify the situation, two of the Olympians were brought in studio last week to show the 66-year old Newman what the sport was all about. The resulting arse-kicking was predictably hysterical, and painful for Sam...
And by the way, the AFL Finals start this weekend.
When you're the defending national champions, and you're coming off a 41-14 shellacking of a Top 10 team, and you've just climbed to #1 in the polls once again... you'd think that Nick Saban could smile for just one second of his life.
Last we saw Nick Saban, he was being a jerk to Heather Cox for asking a simple question during a simple sideline interview. This time, Saban took it upon himself to tell the local media how to do their jobs during his Wednesday press conference. Evidently, Saban wasn't happy with how little respect this week's opponents, Western Kentucky, were getting in the papers. Because if you give WESTERN BY GOD KENTUCKY any extra motivation and don't abide by the Saban Rules, Alabama may only win by 40 points this week instead of 50.no comments