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Why ESPN only SEEMS like it’s “Eastern Seaboard Programming Network”

Many of us have made the joke: “ESPN, Eastern Seaboard Programming Network.” Or we’ve at least discussed the famous “east coast bias” at not just ESPN, but within the entire mainstream media. In May, when The Sports Bank first visited Bristol, we had a frank and honest discussion with both Steve Levy and the late great Stu Scott about the Tim Tebow/Lebron James/Johnny...
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Kathryn Tappen to visit human foosball table in Phoenix

Kathryn Tappen will co-host “Super Bowl Zone” along with Carolyn Manno. Here are some of the key segments that will comprise “Super Bowl Zone”: Kathryn Tappen visits SuperFoos2015, a unique life-sized foosball rink in downtown Phoenix that allows people to participate as foosball players. NBC Sports’ popular figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will...
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Carolyn Manno to get in F-16 Fighter Jet for Super Bowl segment

  “Super Bowl Zone” will be co-hosted by NBC Sports commentators Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen.  Following are segments that will be featured in Saturday’s episode of “Super Bowl Zone”: NBC Sports’ popular figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will visit Rawhide Western Town, an 1880s Wild West theme park in Phoenix, for an authentic Old West experience...
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New York Islanders: there are no “statement games”

For what seems so long ago, before the Islanders embarked on a home and home, back-to-back series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, we explored the idea of Islanders trying to win “statement games.” The Islanders were one of the best teams in the league through the first 18 games, winning 12 and losing six. The emergence of their youngsters, and strong play by the veteran additions...
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Arsenal transfer rumors: Luis Suarez, Chuba Akpom

Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from the Emirates. We start with “Chewy Luis,” yes indeed we have some Luis Suarez transfer rumors to discuss...
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FA charges Chelsea’s Diego Costa, will miss Man City clash

Diego Costa is set to miss Saturday’s rematch with the Premier League champions, Manchester City, after the Football Association charged the Chelsea superstar striker with violent conduct. The FA finds that Diego Costa had been guilty of a stamp on Emre Can 12 minutes into extra time. The second alleged stamp, on Martin Skrtel, was deemed accidental and not worthy of sanction...
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Blackhawks need to jettison Dan Carcillo

Dan Carcillo was playing so well by his standards. Then Dan Carcillo Dan-Carcillo’d all over himself. This may come as surprising news to you, but ‘Carbomb’ has more than worn out his welcome. His latest antics cost him six games. For some reason, the left winger decided cross-checking a defenseless Mathieu Perreault was necessary. The Winnipeg Jet suffered an upper body injury...
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Why ESPN seems like it’s the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network

Many of us have made the joke: “ESPN, Eastern Seaboard Programming Network.” Or we’ve at least discussed the famous “east coast bias” at not just ESPN, but within the entire mainstream media. In May, when The Sports Bank first visited Bristol, we had a frank and honest discussion with both Steve Levy and the late great Stu Scott about the Tim Tebow/Lebron James/Johnny...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rihanna: NFL makes very wrong choice for Super Bowl Concert

Rihanna? Yes, Rihanna will be the headline act for “Super Saturday Night,” a red carpet event in Glendale, Arizona hosted by Michael Strahan and Mark Cuban. How can the NFL continue to make such obvious gaffes? Could they be any more tone deaf on this one? Maybe they’re just relying on the fact that “we live in United States of Amnesia” as Gore Vidal once famously put...
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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir doing Super Bowl pregame

If you have Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir on your talent roster, then you use Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir every chance you can. Weir and Lipinksi, who received lots of critical acclaim for their figure skating analysis on NBCSN’s broadcast of the 2014 Sochi Games, as well as for their conversational rapport on topics ranging from twizzles to tres chic attire, return to NBC Sports...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Liverpool transfer rumors: Pererira, Lacazette, Clasie

Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Anfield. We start with Andreas Pererira. -(Daily Mail) Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG, Roma...
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Chelsea transfer rumors: Schurrle, Ba, Pererira, Costa

Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Stamford Bridge. We start with Andre Schurrle -(The Telegraph) Andre Schurrle, 24, is being targeted by Wolfsburg...
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Tottenham transfer rumors: Demirbay, Ward, Capoue, Destro

Here are the latest Tottenham Hotspur transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from White Hart Lane. We start with Destro, who has long been linked to Spurs North London rivals Arsenal...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Man United news: Van Persie, Di Maria, Fergie, Valdes

Here are the latest Manchester United news stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. We begin with the latest story on the uncertain future of Robin van Persie. Expect this narrative to play out in the media for a long time going forward. -(The Sun) Striker Robin van Persie admits he is in the dark over his Manchester United future. -(Daily...
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From colorful to corporate: the Rob Gronkowski story

Remember when Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowksi first entered the league and he used to do things like Tweet a shirtless photo of himself stroking an oversized phallic symbol at Kate Upton? And posted more shirtless photos of himself with a porn star wearing his jersey? Yeah, Rob Gronkowski doesn’t do things like that anymore. He hasn’t done things like that for years. It...
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Man United transfer rumors: Strootman, Dragovic, Fletcher, Laporte, Januzaj

Here are the latest Manchester United transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Old Trafford. -We start with a couple of Man United transfer rumors from the Daily Mirror, Manchester...
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Brady, Belichick “Legacy” = this Super Bowl’s worst cliche

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will team up to fill the void left by Peyton Manning last season. While last year we heard “Peyton Manning legacy,” “What will Peyton Manning’s legacy be?” “How will this game affect Peyton Manning’s legacy?” ad nauseam at this a time year ago…take it away NBC’s Cris Collinsworth. Collinsworth on Super Bowl XLIX: “This will be...
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Jalen Rose hilariously ZINGS Clippers DeAndre Jordan

ESPN on ABC Analyst Jalen Rose was on media conference call a couple days ago, and the tail end of it might have been the most entertaining and interesting part. There were not one but two international reporters calling, one from Turkey, the other from Greece. One of the European NBA reporters asked Jalen Rose about the “hack-a-Deandre Jordan” strategy employed by Los Angeles...
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Former NU Coach Bill Carmody takes new coaching gig

Bill Carmody is back. The 2004 Big Ten Coach of the Year and the most successful Coach in Northwestern basketball history will be named special assistant to the Fairfield men’s basketball program. According to Hearst Connecticut Media: “This is going to happen this week,” Fairfield head coach Sydney Johnson confirmed Monday. “He was the runner-up for National Coach of...
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Super Bowl could be Darrelle Revis’ last game with Patriots

Super Bowl XLIX could be the last time that Darrelle Revis suits up for the New England Patriots. Indeed it’s for real- Revis Island could be relocating away from Cape Cold and Martha’s Vineyard. (and Nantucket, can’t leave them out). NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on the Darrelle Revis situation (watch the video here).   “Just talking to people on both sides of the issue...
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Manchester United battling Real Madrid for Aymeric Laporte

It’s Manchester United versus Real Madrid, two giants of not just Europe, but world football, battling over the right to acquire Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte, according to multiple reports. Where will he end up- with the Red Devils or Los Blancos? You know that United badly needs defenders, and the center-back would fit in well at Old Trafford. The Daily Mail says that...
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Liverpool transfer rumors: Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling

Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Anfield. We begin with tracking the saga of wayward striker Mario Balotelli. -(The Sun) Mario Balotelli...
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Arsenal transfer rumors: Paulista, Pereira, Rami

Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from The Emirates. -(Daily Mail) Arsene Wenger has confirmed Gabriel Paulista‘s switch to Arsenal from Villarreal...
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Ernie Banks public visitation, memorial service info

We’re very sad to be discussing the news that Ernie Banks has passed away. The sweet persona of Mr. Cub was indeed the genuine article. His public image that exuded kindness and good works was also exactly who he was on the inside. Here is a statement from Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city...
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PHOTO: Jay Cutler’s wife posts his surly texts on Instagram

What goes on in your own home is your business. It’s between you and your family. Unless you or a family member decides to broadcast it on social media for the world to see. Thanks to the former reality show personality, and wife of Jay Cutler, we now get to see a glimpse inside their household. Not that we should care, but apparently we do, cuz Deadspin decided to devote a whole...
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