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Marshawn Lynch avoids the podium but not Deion Sanders on Media Day

When the Seattle Seahawks' scheduled Super Bowl Media Day session began, Marshawn Lynch was nowhere to be found. Whether or not the media-shy running back would attend was already a subplot heading into the day, as Lynch faced a potential $100,000 fine if he decided not to show up. Lo and behold, he was there. NFL Network cameras caught him standing off to the side, away...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Is this the worst question in the history of Super Bowl Media Day?

Flipped over to NFL Network for a second and watched a reporter ask Pete Carroll if this was a must-win game. I hope it was a joke. — James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) January 28, 2014 Some guy at media day just asked Shaun Phillips if he considers this a must-win game. Check, please. — Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) January 28, 2014 Someone just asked Pete Carroll...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Regis Philbin is leaving Fox Sports 1 after the Super Bowl

Certainly the most peculiar, headline-grabbing talent addition to the ranks of Fox Sports 1 has been Regis Philbin serving as host of Crowd Goes Wild, the network's eclectic afternoon show.  Although CGW has its weird moments and focuses on extreme irreverence, a show that develops a Tebow swear jar can't be all bad. Well, at Media Day, Philbin confirmed what has long...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Jay Glazer once tried to fight Peyton Manning

In an enlightening profile written by Drew Magary at GQ, Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer admitted that he once got into a fight with Peyton Manning, someone you'd never peg as a guy who would get into a scuffle with anyone, let alone a reporter. There's some vulgarity in Glazer's story, so keep that in mind if you're easily offended. At the Pro Bowl in 2007...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Sportswriter's amazing Super Bowl streak comes to an end

Attending one Super Bowl would be a dream come true for scores of football fans.  Now imagine what it would be like to be at all 47 of them from the humble beginnings of Packers-Chiefs in the LA Coliseum to the Harbaugh Bowl in New Orleans.  Longtime Miami Herald sportswriter Edwin Pope is one of the select few to cover every Super Bowl as a sportswriter. The Herald announced...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC draws big numbers for outdoor weekend

The NHL took a risk when it decided to play six outdoor games this season. There was every chance that they could dilute the product and make people sick of them. However, the NHL's Stadium Series -- following the Winter Classic -- has gotten off to a pretty rollicking start. The New York Rangers 7-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium on Sunday drew 2.1...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The brains behind First Take may be moving to the Today Show

Apparently, constantly shoving Tim Tebow down everyone's throat is attractive to some people, as Deadspin sources revealed that the brains behind First Take, ESPN VP Jamie Horowitz, may be headed to The Today Show of all places... ESPN vice president Jamie Horowitz, the midwife of Bristol's "Embrace Debate" era that made us all a little dumber, has been approached...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

More people watched the Pro Bowl than any NHL game in the last year

There is no better symbol of the breadth and depth of the NFL's popularity than the insane viewership numbers the Pro Bowl draws.  This year, 11.4 million people tuned in to watch the first Fantasy Draft version of the game as Team Rice edged out Team Sanders... or was it the other way around?  I honestly can't remember.  The game had a small uptick in competitiveness...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 28, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men's Michigan State at Iowa -- ESPN, 7 p.m. West Virginia at Baylor -- ESPN2, 7 p.m. SMU at South Florida -- ESPNews, 7 p.m. Missouri at Arkansas -- ESPNU, 7 p.m. Texas Tech at Kansas State -- Big 12 Network, 8 p.m. Kentucky at LSU -- ESPN, 9 p.m. Virginia at Notre Dame -- ESPNU, 9 p.m. St. John's at Creighton -...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Robert Flores and Adnan Virk bring the telestrator to its zenith

Robert Flores and Adnan Virk are two of our favorite SportsCenter anchors.  At the end of the 11 PM ET SportsCenter, the two took a rare analyst trek to the telestrator to break down in great detail a new vision of the Auburn band celebrating their victory over Alabama and playing the team's fight song.  It was beautiful television.  Their form on the telestrator was something...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Auburn announcer doesn't remember what he said during classic call

Auburn football had one of the most improbable seaons, maybe ever, and their play-by-play announcer was there for it all. Rod Bramblett has been the voice of the Auburn Tigers for years, but this season was unlike any other. One of the key moments in Auburn's national championship run was the deflected pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis to beat Georgia. It was one of...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 1/27-2/2

United States Monday, January 27 Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti  Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda Tuesday, January 28 Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Wednesday, January 29 NHL Stadium...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Eric LeGrand is headed to the Super Bowl

The great @Gil_Brandt has just made @EricLeGrand52 dream come true. He has given him two tickets to SB 48 pic.twitter.com/lfp53bnboE — Bob Papa (@BobPapa_NFL) January 27, 2014 Eric LeGrand is a profile in courage. Ever since he was paralyzed when he was playing for Rutgers, he has maintained a high profile to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries. LeGrand has his own foundation inside...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

SNL's solution to a potential Olympics boycott

  The 2014 Sochi Olympics are almost here and in light of Vladimir Putin's comments and Russia's notorious anti-gay policies, SNL decided to tackle what would happen if gay athletes acutally boycotted the games. The result? The U.S. Men's Heterosexual Figure Skating Championship. And, it wasn't pretty. I think the male half of the heterosexual couple...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Chelsea fans are excited about signing players who don't exist

While the Premier League is known for their passionate, tribalistic local fanbases, its worldwide popularity also leads itself to developing legions of frontrunning bandwagoners.  Perhaps no team is more synonymous with this type of fan than Chelsea, a London club that shot to prominence thanks to new owner Roman Abramovich and his Russian oil money and won its first top division...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

NESN has to make two decisions before Red Sox Spring Training

(Jerry Remy on left, Jenny Dell on right. Picture courtesy Ian Bethune, Sox and Dawgs) While the winter is still pulling a punch over most of the country, baseball teams are preparing for Spring Training next month. And as regional sports networks are finalizing their plans to cover their local teams, one has yet to make personnel decisions on two members of its broadcast team...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

First Take asks if Tim Tebow could lead this year's Broncos to the Super Bowl

?!?!?!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/MrGA5UdYL1 — Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) January 27, 2014 O_o Tim Tebow last played for the Denver Broncos three seasons ago.  But in fairness to First Take, "Could Craig Morton lead this Broncos team to the Super Bowl" isn't as interesting of a topic. And believe it or not, this is the second consecutive year First Take has...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The 2013 NFL season in 160 seconds

If you've been hiding under a rock for the past four months and are in desperate need of getting caught up on the NFL season that was before the Super Bowl, then have no fear.  ESPN put together one of the best videos of the week with Trey Wingo narrating The NFL Season in 160 seconds.  Wingo is great, but I kinda would have rather heard Chris Berman try to talk without taking...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Al Michaels epic gambling reference for the Pro Bowl win

When it comes to veiled gambling references in professional sports broadcasting, Brent Musburger and Al Michaels are the Ali and Frazier of the field.  With NBC having the rights to the Pro Bowl and not the Super Bowl this year, Michaels and partner Cris Collinsworth made the trip to Hawaii for their final, meaningless assignment of the year.  And since broadcasting an exhibition...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Grammys in GIFs

That awkward Sunday in between the NFC and AFC Championship Games and the Super Bowl can be a bit of a wasteland for sports fans.  The Super Bowl bye week finds us still fully engaged in football season and it doesn't matter if they played the game on an island of molten lava, the Pro Bowl is not an option.  Besides, the Royal Rumble is by far the better fake sporting alternative...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Soccer broadcaster Ray Hudson really likes hockey

There are many play-by-play voices, but there's only one Ray Hudson. The soccer broadcaster for beIN Sports is well known for his theatrical goal calls and hyperbolic descriptions. We know he loves the beautiful game, but if his Twitter account is any indication, he loves hockey too. Hudson watched the NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens on...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 27, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men's Duke at Pittsburgh -- ESPN, 7 p.m. Norfolk State at Savannah State -- ESPNU, 7 p.m. Colgate at Lafayette -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma -- ESPN, 9 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Southern -- ESPNU, 9 p.m. Villanova at Georgetown -- Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. Women's Purdue at Illinois...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Vin Scully narrates intro for Dodger Stadium NHL game

Dodger Stadium played host to the NHL on Saturday night by way of the highly anticipated Stadium Series outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. And what would a game at Chavez Ravine be without Vin Scully? The legendary baseball broadcaster crossed over to hockey and narrated the opening for NBC. It was a perfect way to launch the broadcast...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the narrative on Grantland's Dr. V story shifted, and what lessons that can teach us

The Grantland piece "Dr. V.'s Magical Putter" led to plenty of criticism and eventual apologies from ESPN and BIll Simmons, but that wasn't the initial reaction for many. Upon first read, the piece received plenty of praise from established journalists (and this writer); it was the outcry from the LGBT community and supporters that prompted reexaminations and the...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Fox increases stake in YES Network to 80%

21st Century Fox has increased their stake in the YES Network from 49% to 80%, according to a press release issued on Friday. The Yankees still have a 20% stake in the network, but Fox has now moved into the position of holding a majority of the company's ownership as opposed to a plurality. The initial details of the purchase gave News Corp (which later transferred the...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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