Reporter Jessica Sanchez from WKMG in Orlando is one of many, many local reporters covering the Super Bowl this week in New Orleans. During an early morning report, Sanchez encountered a 49ers fan that was pretty clearly intoxciated (despite it being 5:15 in the morning, according to the station's on-screen clock and accounting for the time difference). Sanchez's response to the fan wandering in her shot was to concoct a story about how she's talking about the STD rate in New Orleans, and to ask the fan how long she's had an STD.
The fan was flummoxed by Sanchez's question, and babbled her way out of the conversation... but not before hopping back in the shot twice more, much to the irritation of Sanchez. This is a pretty fantastic takedown of someone invading your shot, but you have to think there's going to be some discipline from the network for this... even if it was a brilliant counterpunch to drunken videobombers everywhere.no comments
AOL's Sporting News syndicated an article today that was originally posted over at the Sports Business Journal covering Penn State's Division I hockey team and how they're drawing a ton of interest around the state of Pennsylvania. On the surface the story is a nice read, but when you examine the URL for the article at Sporting News things become a bit fuzzy.no comments
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, who retired in 2011 and has been working as a studio analyst during UFC shows on Fox over the last year or so, will be leaving the organization to join the Viacom-owned Spike according to Loretta Hunt of SI.com. On Spike, Couture will be working on multiple projects, including a reality series involving UFC competitor Bellator, which debuted on Spike this month.no comments
In what can be best described as a forward-thinking move from Bristol, ESPN has entered into a unique agreement with Univision to become the home for English language rights to all home games for the Mexican national team. ESPN will air international friendlies and all home games throughout 2014 World Cup qualifying for a total of 20 matches that begins today with a friendly against Denmark in Phoenix.
The popularity of El Tri is a growing force stateside. The most watched international men's soccer game in 2012 on American television was a Univision broadcast of Mexico-Colombia that drew 4.3 million viewers. With a growing hispanic population in the United States, this move from ESPN makes perfect sense demographically speaking. In fact, ESPN made that crystal clear in their announcement:no comments
During last week's Duke vs. Miami game that was IN CORAL GABLES, a former Duke student and current MIAMI grad student felt she was not treated well sitting in the student section during the Hurricanes' 90-63 drubbing of the Blue Devils. In fact, Michelle Picon felt so offended, it compelled her to write to the Duke Chronicle about her experience at the game.
Picon's editorial does nothing but feed into the reputation Duke fans have for being pretentious, condescending, and having some sort of superiority complex because they go to Duke. Yes, Duke is an excellent school and yes, Duke has an excellent basketball team. But that's not enough to justify the behavior of its fan base nor is it an excuse for Picon's ridiculous letter.
She writes:no comments
If there's anything left in sports that surpasses the absurdity of the Pro Bowl... it's Super Bowl Media Day. The Tuesday before the big game has become a circus Barnum and Bailey would be proud to call their own. Every year, players and coaches from both conference champions are paraded in front of podiums and forced to answer the dumbest and most insignificant questions possible. Nothing quite says "Super Bowl Experience" like someone asking Michael Crabtree what kind of lunchbox he had as a kid.
The entire "spectacle" has devolved into who can be the strangest costume wearing weirdo and which celebrity of the moment can draw the most attention to themselves. Poor Ines Sainz must have been so lonely this year with all the cameras and microphones shoved in Katherine Webb's face. All Ines could muster was an awkward looking hug from Mike Pereira.no comments
The UFC on Fox is starting to gain momentum, as the sixth installment on Saturday night drew an overnight total of 3.77 million viewers, up from 3.41 million viewers during December's edition. Saturday's UFC show also drew a 1.8 in the 18-49 demo, crushing all other network programming during the evening and up from a 1.6 in the same demo in December.no comments
As if Media Day wasn't insufferable enough (trust me, I'll have much more to say later today), ESPN decided it was a great idea to get fan questions from Twitter to ask players. Why? God only knows. Because there weren't enough pointless questions already being asked by people wearing masks and capes and Katherine Webb, I suppose. Out of all the fan questions sent in, ESPN selected @BrentSmith_27's question - "On a scale of 1 to 10, how ticklish are you?" Unfortunately for Brent, ESPN didn't ask Ray Rice as he suggested, but Ravens TE Dennis Pitta. Maybe Ray was offended at being asked such a personal question.
And God love him, Pitta answered the question with a straight face and complimented it as a good question. Perhaps the fact that he's "moderately ticklish" will be a major factor in Super Bowl XLVII. Of course, Pitta could have been just content to get any questions after his podium looked like a Virgil signing.
All I know is this silliness symbolizes Media Day in all its hideous, grotesque glory.
Also, WHO SAYS ESPN CAN'T DO JOURNALISM!!no comments
In the wake of today's report from Sports Illustrated related to Ray Lewis and deer antler spray, Kevin Blackistone went off on Around the Horn today. Blackistone said that ESPN, which is hiring Ray Lewis after his playing career ends as an analyst, should rescind their offer because of Lewis' refusal to answer questions about the article at the Super Bowl Media Day today.
It's a little ridiculous for Blackistone to say that ESPN is hiring Lewis to be a "journalist" considering that Lewis is going to have little to no journalistic role with ESPN. He's going to be analyzing what happens on the field. And to be fair to Lewis, it's not as if he gave a "no comment" in regards to the story. He said that he dealt with the same report two years ago, it wasn't worth his time then, and it wasn't worth his time now.
I'm not really sure what Blackistone wants from Lewis days before the Super Bowl, aside from maybe some sort of exclusive interview. But for him to start preaching about journalistic integrity in regards to someone who isn't even being hired to be a journalist is a stretch.no comments