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50 Super Bowl 50 Drinking Game Rules

After two grueling weeks of “embracing debate,” Super Bowl 50 is finally upon us and everything is bigger, better and golder than before. If football is America’s national religion, then this is the holiest of national holidays; we sit in front of the TV guzzling beer, stuffing our faces and cheering our unique form of gladiator combat for four hours — because this is America...
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Wayne Rooney meets Deadpool in ad, Manchester United and Fox form partnership

Deadpool is everywhere. Since debuting a trailer during NBA telecasts on Christmas, the marketing from 20th Century Fox for its movie featuring Marvel’s wise-cracking superhero assassin (that might be an oxymoron) has been pervasive and brilliant, leading up to the film’s Feb. 12 release. With one more week before Deadpool hits theaters, the infamous “Merc with a Mouth” is...
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After NESN departure, Don Orsillo encouraged by Yankees manager Joe Girardi

With spring training set to open later this month, Don Orsillo will soon begin calling play-by-play on TV and radio for his new team, the San Diego Padres. But until that happens, the shock over being let go by NESN after calling Boston Red Sox games for 15 years still lingers. In an interview with MLB.com’s Corey Brock, Orsillo explains that he didn’t see his dismissal coming...
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Ramona Shelburne to remain at ESPN, to contribute to new daily NBA show and co-host ESPN Radio show

Ramona Shelburne has been one of the more solid reporters at ESPN. Since joining ESPN in 2009, she’s contributed to many of its platforms reporting on the NBA whether it be on dot com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio and SportsCenter all based out of Los Angeles. ESPN announced this week that Shelburne will be staying with the organization and expanding her horizons with the Worldwide...
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Is Danny Kanell worse than Mark May? It’s not an unreasonable question

ESPN commentator Danny Kanell is known for trolling SEC fans and the SEC at large. It’s a role the former Florida State quarterback clearly relishes. Moreover, it’s a perfect match for a First Take culture in the current sports broadcasting climate. Whether you agree or disagree with Kanell’s college football opinions, they can be taken in a spirit of fun — no harm, no foul...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: January 25-31

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Viewership for the week’s sports telecasts on the CBS broadcast network: Inside College Basketball (Jan. 30 12:30-1:00 p.m.) 582,000 total viewers; 168,000 adults 18-49 College Basketball Virginia @ Louisville (Jan. 30 1:00-3:02 p.m.) 1.133...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: January 25-31

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Viewership for the week’s sports telecasts on the NBC broadcast network: Red Bull Signature Series: Frozen Rush (Jan. 30 1:30-3:00 p.m.) 549,000 total viewers; 242,000 adults 18-49 Snowboarding USSA Grand Prix from Mammoth Mountain, Cal....
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: January 25-31

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Viewership for the week’s sports telecasts on the ABC broadcast network: X Games Aspen: Day 3 Ski-Cross Racing (Mono Skier X; men’s and women’s Skier X); Snowboarding (slopestyle) (Jan. 30 1:00-6:00 p.m.) 1.202 million total viewers;...
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Cox and Vegas’ KLAS settle dispute in time for the Super Bowl

Just in time for the Super Bowl, Cox Communications and the owners of KLAS-TV have settled their carriage dispute. The two sides had been at loggerheads dating back to January and the fight was threatening to keep the CBS broadcast of Super Bowl 50 off Cox’s systems. Cox removed KLAS’ signal from its systems on January 29. However, Cox was willing to provide an alternative in...
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VIDEO: Pop culture aficionado Roger Goodell tried dabbing and it’s as uncomfortable as it sounds

I’m not going to pretend to try to be an expert on “dabbing” or anything in pop culture that dates past the first ten episodes of The Simpsons.  (Have you seen that new Frinkiac site by the way?) But I do know this, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should not be dabbing in public, because in this screengrab from an interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts, it looks like medics should...
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TNT’s Reggie Miller issues ping pong challenge to Drake

It’s one of those moments that can only happen on TNT’s coverage of the NBA. On Thursday, analyst Reggie Miller issued a challenge on Twitter to rapper Drake to play ping pong during NBA All-Star Weekend. Working on my NBA All-Star plans and my peeps say @Drake is a master ping pong player, maybe he's up for a match 🤔.. — Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) February 4, 2016...
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VIDEO: Charles Barkley sings One Shining Moment and destroys the art of music

Charles Barkley is maybe the best and most entertaining analyst in sports.  But when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, he doesn’t quite have the same punch or knowledge about the players.  Just last year he was praising a Kansas player during the tournament who hadn’t played since February! But we can safely say without a shadow of a doubt that Sir Charles singing the unofficial...
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Sean Payton, Brandon Marshall and Steve Smith Sr. will be CBS guest analysts Sunday

CBS is adding some special guest analysts to its pre-game show on Super Bowl Sunday. New Orleans Saints’ head coach Sean Payton, New York Jets’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Baltimore Ravens’ receiver Steve Smith Sr. will all be joining The Super Bowl Today pre-game show, with Payton and Marshall appearing with Ian Eagle on one of the two Super Bowl Today sets at the stadium...
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Viewing Picks for February 5, 2016

All Times Eastern BaseballAustralian Baseball LeagueChampionship Series, AFA Stadium at Holloway Field, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Game 1: Adelaide Bite at Brisbane Bandits — MLB Network, 3 a.m. Bundesliga Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Werder Bremen — FS2, 2:20 p.m. College BasketballMen’s Columbia at Yale — FS1, 5 p.m. Dartmouth at Penn — American Sports Network...
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Robert Flores announces he is leaving ESPN

ESPN has seen way more than their fair share of big time departures over the past year or so.  The list is well-known and populated with some of the biggest personalities that have ever walked through Bristol like Simmons, Cowherd, Olbermann and others.  And unfortunately for the self-proclaimed worldwide leader and fans of ESPN, the hits keep on coming.  This time it’s one...
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ESPN should stop televising the NFL’s Super Bowl Media Day

Super Bowl media coverage has long been questionable (read Hunter S. Thompson’s 1974 piece for a list of issues that are still around today), but “Super Bowl Media Day” in particular has provided some of the worst stuff. There have been dumb questions throughout the event’s history (such as “Was it dead mother, blind father or blind mother, dead father?” to Jim Plunkett...
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The Puppy Bowl Combine has already won Super Bowl week

ESPN has done perhaps its most significant and important work in its near 40 year history.  More significant than SportsCenter or Outside the Lines.  More significant than the World Cup or Monday Night Football.  More significant even than “Who’s Now?” And it can be summarized in just two words. Puppy. Combine. Watch, and drown in a puddle of adorable cuteness that will...
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SI launches new app featuring real-time scores and fresh content

Sports Illustrated has launched a mobile app that offers more of what its website has been providing, articles, access to its featured writers and a section offering scores, stats and all types of information at your fingertips. SI is tapping into a sports-hungry audience that yearns for the latest information as it becomes available. The app is currently for geared for mobiles,...
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ESPN’s programming for Black History Month

It seems just yesterday when we rung in the New Year, but believe it or not, we’re already in February and Black History Month. ESPN will commemorate the month with plenty of programming, features and articles on its multiple platforms from TV, radio to its website. You’ll see reports on SportsCenter, short films on ESPN2, essays on espnW, vignettes on SEC Network and 30 for...
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The Undefeated is going to work, because ESPN needs it to work

John Skipper isn’t going to fail twice, at least not with two vanity websites pegged with turning ESPN.com and its subsidiaries into more than just a sports destination. Skipper, the man charged with leading ESPN into this new, uncharted future of cord cutting and mobile dependence, could have chalked The Undefeated up to a failed journey; a noble course charted at the base of...
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E! to premiere docu-series on LA Clippers dancers

Another day, another horrible reality series that E! is throwing at us. Because the Kardashians’ nine different shows are apparently not enough, we’re about to get a docu-series featuring the LA Clippers dance team. Via Deadline.com: E! has ordered eight one-hour episodes of original docu-series L.A. Clippers Dance Squad for premiere in early 2016. Produced by Mandalay Sports...
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Fox Sports reaches programming deal with Mexican national soccer team

Fox Sports has added the Mexican national soccer team to its list of soccer programming. The New York Times reports an agreement will be announced on Wednesday, which will allow FS1, who hold the men’s and women’s World Cup rights through 2026, to televise 25 home games consisting of friendlies and qualifiers of the Mexican national team starting this year until the 2018 World...
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Rick Reilly returning to Sports Illustrated for March issue feature

It’s a shame there’s a whole generation of sports fans who only know ESPN Rick Reilly. Before he gave up his ESPN.com column in 2014 and was relegated to the occasional TV appearance, Reilly’s stint with The Worldwide Leader was considered a major disappointment. Between the multiple instances of self-plagerizing, shoddy fact-checking, awkward columns that missed the mark...
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Viewing Picks for February 4, 2016

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s Florida International at UAB — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. William & Mary at Northeastern — Comcast SportsNet, 7 p.m. Ohio State at Wisconsin — ESPN, 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Vanderbilt — ESPN2, 7 p.m. South Florida at Cincinnati — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. Idaho State at North Dakota — Fox College Sports Central, 8...
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Colin Cowherd’s eternal vendetta against John Wall continues thanks to… Johnny Manziel?

It doesn’t take very much to get Colin Cowherd going on his disdain for John Wall as well as his disdain for Johnny Manziel. Give him the chance to combine the two and it’s Christmas in February for the Fox Sports radio host. He did just that in a recent segment about Manziel, who is expected to be cut by the Cleveland Browns next month. “When I looked at Johnny Manziel...
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