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About time: MLB creates committee to speed up play

This morning, I received an email from a fellow baseball fan who is frustrated by the molasses pace of games. He noted the game times for the recent Cubs-Dodgers series in Chicago, all of which lasted nine innings. Thursday: 3:53, Dodgers 8, Cubs 4. Friday: 3:31, Dodgers 14, Cubs 5 (“the snappy one of the bunch,” my friend said). Saturday: 3:44, Cubs 8, Dodgers 7 Sunday: 3:45...
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ESPN OTL got it right: Exceptional reporting on Ravens story

As a connoisseur of sports journalism, I was blown away by ESPN’s OTL inside account of how the Ray Rice saga went down in Baltimore and the NFL offices. The depth of reporting by Don Van Natta Jr. and Kevin Van Valkenburg, the two “Vans”, was exceptional. The story shows the power of investigative journalism still rules in the new media age. Nothing beats boots-on-the-ground...
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Another dump on Goodell Sunday: Praise for ESPN’s Jackson, NBC; thumbs down for Lewis

I’m fairly certain Roger Goodell is skipping the Sunday pregame shows these days. Or if he’s watching, the NFL commissioner is turning the sound down when he is the focus. Yesterday featured yet another round of the analysts sharply criticizing Goodell for screwing up the Ray Rice situation. This time, the focus was on his poorly-received press conference. Some of the harshest...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blackistone: Media perpetuating stereotypes about domestic violence and NFL

Wanted to share a commentary Kevin Blackistone wrote for the American Journalism Review about media coverage of the Ray Rice/domestic violence situation in the NFL. The headline reads: “We haven’t let the facts get in the way of the Ray Rice react.” Blackistone makes the case that the media is portraying the NFL as being full of players who commit domestic violence. By extension...
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Cheer up, Brandon: Marshall will like NFL Network’s film on him

My latest Chicago Tribune column is on all-Brandon Marshall, all-the-time. After his long, bizarre rant Thursday, which included railing on an ESPN E:60 profile, Marshall will should feel better after watching tonight’s A Football Life on NFL Network. You also can access the column via my Twitter feed at @Sherman_Report. From the column: ********* Brandon Marshall will like the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

APSE survey: Do sports journalism students come out with basic reporting skills?

Former APSE president Tim Stephens posted results of a survey with sports journalism hiring managers, instructors and students. He writes: “(The goal is)  to learn more about the priorities in the classroom as well as the priorities in the newsroom. The goal is to outline where the interests of universities and the newsrooms are in alignment as well as areas upon which they could...
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Derek Jeter farewell ad: Walking through the Bronx with Sinatra’s ‘My Way’

Very cool. This Sinatra guy could sing. … Continue Reading
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Baseball card: Frank Howard, king of power in Washington

In honor of the Washington Nationals clinching the NL East title, here’s a D.C. favorite. Frank Howard didn’t play on any great teams with the Senators, but he was the undisputed king of power in Washington. A massive man at 6-7, 255 pounds, “Hondo” could mash. From 1968 through 1970, he had seasons of 44, 48, and 44 homers. All told, he had 382 career homers. Here are his...
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Brandon Marshall media beat: Tweets complaints about E:60 profile; takes week off on ‘Inside The NFL’

The Chicago Tribune might need to assign a full-time Brandon Marshall media beat reporter. Last night was another busy one for the Bears receiver. Actually, it should have been quiet. I wrote on the Tribune’s site that Marshall was given a scheduled week off from his Inside The NFL analyst job because the Bears played a Sunday night game in San Francisco. From the post: Marshall...
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New season of 30 for 30s: Film on ‘Goodfellas’ game-fixer at Boston College

My favorite series on television returns for its fifth season. As always, I am pumped for the new slate of 30 for 30 films. The opener, Playing for the Mob, looks like a can’t miss. Here is a link to the preview. The official rundown: *******   ESPN Films today revealed the films that will make up its fall 2014 30 for 30 slate. The series will return for a six-week runTuesday nights...
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Urlacher quits role as analyst for Fox Sports 1; cites family reasons

After only two games into the new season, Brian Urlacher has decided to quit his role as analyst at Fox Sports. The former Bears linebacker informed the network that he is resigning his position so he could spend more time with his family. This season, Urlacher worked on Fox Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame” and Sunday morning’s “Fox NFL Kickoff.” In a network release...
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Brutal week shows exposes how NFL could lose its hold with public

My latest column for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana is on the impact of the week that was for the NFL. From the column: ******* The day after the opening Sunday of the new season, I was in the process of writing a column for this space about the massive popularity of the NFL. I asked the question of whether there was such a thing as too much. Not to quote myself...
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What they said: Pregame shows tackle brutal week for NFL

It wasn’t your typical week for the NFL pregame shows Sunday. Not with the NFL going through perhaps its worst week ever off the field. Actual football talk was secondary to dissecting the various controversies. In some cases, it produced some raw honesty, such as Bart Scott on CBS admitting he is going through counseling to deal with his anger issues. In case you missed it, here...
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Right move: Gus Johnson steps asides as Fox’s lead soccer announcer

I’m not a big soccer guy, but Fox Sports trying to make Gus Johnson its lead soccer announcer always seemed like a bad idea. The sports’ fans are a highly discerning bunch. With Fox Sports slated to do the Women’s World Cup next year and the World Cup in 2018, not to mention many important matches in between, Johnson was set up to vilified as the lead voice. Now it won’t...
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Rice factor? CBS does big rating in Thursday night opener

With all the focus on the Ray Rice story, the debut of the new Thursday night package on CBS and the NFL Network more than doubled last year’s opener for the comparable game on NFL Network. The Baltimore-Pittsburgh game did a 13.7 overnight rating of major markets, up 108 percent from the 6.6 rating for the New York Jets-New England Thursday night game on NFL Network in 2013. The...
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DVR alert: The Great ‘Mean Joe’ Greene featured on ‘A Football Life’

There is a scene in the new A Football Life that shows a White House ceremony in which Barack Obama says “Mean Joe” Greene captured his attention during his formative sports years as a child of the ’70s. He wasn’t alone. Greene was a big reason why I was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan in the ’70s. As a kid, how could you not be captivated by someone with the nickname ...
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CBS got it right by canceling theatrics to focus on Rice saga

Yesterday, I wrote in the Chicago Tribune that the Ray Rice fallout would blunt what should have been a festive night for CBS with the launching of its new Thursday night NFL package. Later in the day, CBS decided the celebration will have to wait for another day. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus opted to can the theatrics to focus on the huge news that is rocking the NFL. From Richard...
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Hold the F-bombs: HBO won’t be doing 24/7 series on Winter Classic this year

Really disappointed to hear this news. HBO announced it won’t be doing a “24/7: Road to the Winter Classic” this year. .In a statement, HBO said: “Everybody at HBO enjoyed working with the NHL and its teams on 24/7 the past four years. It was an exciting endeavor and we’re very proud of the never-before-seen presentation of the world of hockey that 24/7 was able to capture...
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Just stick to sports: 49ers radio announcer suspended for comments about Rice’s wife

Yet another example of a sports announcer stepping into a mine field when the topic veers into highly complicated social issues. The latest case involves Ted Robinson, the 49ers radio voice who now will have a few weeks to think about what he said. The team suspended Robinson for two games following comments he made about Janay Rice during an interview Monday on a local San Francisco...
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Rice saga will dominate CBS’ debut of new Thursday night package in Baltimore

My latest Chicago Tribune column is on the debut of CBS’ new Thursday night package tonight. You also can access the column via my Twitter feed at @Sherman_Report. From the column: ******** As fate would have it, during a week in which the NFL is dealing with the immense fallout from the Ray Rice videos, the league will kick off its new CBS primetime package at Baltimore Thursday...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Was it a coincidence that two women did interviews with Goodell?

In a previous post, I talked to Christine Brennan about her interview with Roger Goodell in USA Today. Goodell’s other interview was with Norah O’Donnell of CBS News Tuesday. That leads to the logical question of whether the NFL elected to grant these interviews to two women. The league obviously has a huge credibility problem with half of the population. Better to have Goodell...
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Brennan on interview with Goodell: ‘Honed in on things that troubled me and asked about it’

In 1983, Christine Brennan covered Miami-New York Jets in the AFC Championship game for the Miami Herald. She received her credential from a young man who was working for the Jets: Roger Goodell. Years later, Goodell, recalling a time when there were few women sportswriters in the press box, told Brennan, “I think I handed you your credential.” Fast forward to Tuesday evening...
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A Pulitzer? Let’s curb the enthusiasm for TMZ

My latest column for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana is on TMZ and its coverage of the Ray Rice story. From the column: ******* I never have been a fan of TMZ. In fact, I am repulsed by all celebrity journalism. Actually, let’s not even dare to call it journalism. So I’m not buying into all the glorification of TMZ in the wake of the site busting the Ray Rice...
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TMZ Sports’ current post on Ray Rice story is disgusting; Also, it isn’t ‘Rodger’ Goodell

I just clicked on TMZ Sports’ post that claims the NFL never asked for the Ray Rice elevator video. The display for the post is disgusting. At the top is a photo illustration of Roger Goodell in a blindfold. By the way, the text of the story spells the commissioner’s first name as “Rodger.” You might want to clean that up, TMZ. Actually, that is the least of TMZ’s problems...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Peter King addresses disgruntled reader on Ray Rice reporting: I let you down

Peter King answers readers questions on Tuesdays at MMQB. That opened himself up to some pointed questions about his coverage issues of the Ray Rice story. This reader came down hard: LOSING A READER. I consider myself a devoted reader of The MMQB. I am a sports fanatic and I have used The MMQB to consume information related to the NFL. As of the writing of this email, I will do...
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