All Times Eastern
Louisville at Ohio State -- Big Ten Network, 6:30 p.m.
College Football Live -- ESPN, 3:30 p.m.
Stage 10: Cordenons to Altopiano del Montasio -- beIN Sport, 9:30 a.m.
Tour of California
Stage 3: Palmdale to Santa Clara -- NBC Sports Network, 5 p.m.
English Premier League
Arsenal vs. Wigan Athletic -- Fox Soccer, 2:30 p.m.
Reading vs. Manchester City -- Fox Soccer Plus, 2:53 p.m.
The thrill of victory is great, but the agony of defeat always makes for better and juicier headlines. Take the Toronto Sun for instance and their reaction to the hometown Maple Leafs blowing a 4-1 3rd Period lead in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, losing 5-4 in overtime. "The Choke's On Us" might be a little harsh considering Toronto did fight back from a 3-1 series deficit to force the Game 7... but with the Leafs' recent run of futility, Toronto is going to embrace this collapse like they are the hockey embodiment of Sergio Garcia.
On the bright side, it's Blue Jays season or something.
H/T Toucher and Richno comments
Monday, May 13
G4: Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls (TNT 7PM) Marv Albert, Steve Kerr
G4: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies (TNT 9:30PM) Dick Stockton, Chris Webber
Tuesday, May 14
G4: New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers (TNT 7PM) Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
G5: Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs (TNT 9:30PM) Matt Devlin, Mike Fratello
Wednesday, May 15
G5: Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat (TNT 7PM) Marv Albert, Steve Kerr
G5: Memphis Grizzlies @ Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT 9:30PM) Dick Stockton, Chris Webber
Thursday, May 16
G5: Indiana Pacers @ New York Knicks (TNT 8PM) Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
G6* San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors (ESPN 10:30PM)
Friday, May 17
G6* Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls (ESPN 7PM)
G6* Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN 9:30PM)
Saturday, May 18
G6* New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers (ESPN 8PM)
Sunday, May 19
G7* Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat (TNT TBA) Marv Albert, Steve Kerr
G7* Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs (TBA)
G7* Memphis Grizzlies @ Oklahoma City Thunder (TBA)
Monday, May 20
G7* Indiana Pacers @ New York Knicks (TNT 7PM) Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
H/T Sammy!no comments
Remember when ESPN appeared to be like The Brain of the old WB animated series, Pinky and the Brain, on a mission to take over the world? Well unlike the Brain, ESPN seemed to be on its way with networks in Asia, Africa, Europe as well as Central and South America.
You could travel to the UK and watch ESPN for the English Premier League, the FA Cup as well as some of ESPN's USA programming. ESPN Star Sports in India gave viewers cricket, soccer, tennis and the Olympics. It seemed where there was a TV set and a pay provider, ESPN would find its way there.
But over the last half-year, ESPN has been quietly selling some of its international channels. Months after losing the UK rights to the English Premier League to BT Sport, the Worldwide Leader decided to sell its channels in England and Ireland to BT for an undisclosed amount of cash. ESPN will still have an online presence in the UK, but its broadcast rights to various events will revert to BT. The moves have already influenced some of the on-air talent as Rebecca Lowe, a host for ESPN UK will move to NBC in June to host English Premier League games here and the beloved Ian Darke will call EPL games for BT in the UK.no comments
There once was a man named Reilly,
His work used to be regarded highly.
He once was quick as a pistol,
Then got hired by Bristol.
He was a good writer,
He once could be proud.
But now he writes jokes,
that make me curse aloud.
Money became his muse,
So recycled columns he did use
And he'll continue to collect his paycheck wryly.
He fell off the wagon,
Although he keeps braggin,
Even when he keeps writing quite dryly.
He bloviates poetically,
Though he does poorly phonetically,
Inventing words to fit his awful rhyme,
Reilly wasticated all of our time.
They put him on shows,
Now his work blows,
And God only knows,
How much lower he goes.
Rick Reilly has spent
Many years at the top
Which is rather amazing
When he produces such slop.
Never call him a quitter,
Because he breaks news on Twitter.
On Thursday, Youtube launched the first wave of paid subscriptions to a variety of channels. Of the 54 paid channels that are currently active, some are sports related, including channels for Fitness, the PGA Digital Golf Academy, TNA Wrestling, and the UFC.
But honestly, when it comes to the major sports leagues, I'm not sure if they have much of a future charging or subscriptions to Youtube channels. The NBA's Youtube channel is a behemoth, with over 3.4 million subscribers and 1.4 billion video views. The NHL is getting somewhere on Youtube despite over three million fewer subscribers than the NBA. Even MLB is getting in on the act, but their main goal is still driving people to MLB.com and their media empire.no comments
Tiger Woods won The Players yesterday for his 4th win of the season and 78th of his career in his 300th start. He was aided by Sergio Garcia dropping two balls in the water on the famed island green 17th when he was tied for the lead with Woods. In fairness to Sergio, a small flock of geese were flying overhead and distracted him. Sergio's unfortunate turn of events let Tiger off the hook somewhat. Woods temporarily blew a 3 shot lead, aided by his own drive into the water on the Par 4 14th.
Woods would bogey the hole, but not before NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller tried to stir up another national controversy with Woods' drop. Of course, Tiger Woods held the nation captive earlier this year with a drop on the 15th at Augusta in the 2nd Round that resulted in a 2 stroke penalty and not disqualification. Miller speculated that Woods had again improperly dropped by placing his ball much further up the fairway than where his ball must have crossed the hazard. Miller delivered this overly dramatic line on the broadcast and was immediately shot down by on-course reporter Mark Rolfing.no comments
If you've paid close attention to this site over the years, you'll know my affinity for Aussie Rules football. It's seriously the most entertaining game in the world and I probably watch more AFL football during a week than 99% of Americans have seen in a lifetime. (Two words: Majak Daw!!)
This AFL clip comes to us from the lead-up to Sunday's game between Melbourne and the Gold Coast Suns. The Suns are one of the AFL's two recent expansion teams (the other being Greater Western Sydney) while Melbourne is currently in a stretch that is the Aussie version of Matt Millen's Detroit Lions. In other words, it was going to be a dog of a game. Maybe that's why analyst Gerard Healy's mind was elsewhere as he was previewing the game and called the Suns the "Gold C**ts." Let your mind run wild with that Freudian slip!
For what it's worth, Gold Coast blasted Melbourne 114-54 for their first win at the MCG.
H/T TBLno comments
After appearing in the SI Swimsuit Issue and on a celebrity diving show, Katherine Webb is still showing up in random places - like The Tonight Show. First of all, if Jay Leno is using Katherine Webb, Kendra Wilkinson and Alexis Bellino as "all stars" then there is still hope for Tara Reid. Don't give up, girl!
Anyways, Webb and friends went on Leno's show to answer general knowledge questions, and the results were predictably not pretty.no comments