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Tottenham Hotspur “coach” Ted Lasso was actually unscripted!

NBC Sports Group Premier League broadcasters Rebecca Lowe and Arlo White did a media conference call today, and a reporter asked them about the making of the Ted Lasso videos. They remarked on what a joy it was to watch comedic actor Jason Sudeikis in action, and fun he was to work with. Amazingly, the skit (you can watch both part and part 2 here) was unscripted! Here’s both the...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Seven players, including Chicharito, set to leave Man United

The axe has supposedly fallen at Old Trafford. Louis Van Gaal has spoken privately with the Red Devils that he wishes to sell before the start of the season August 16th, and Shinji Kagawa is not one of them. Yes, the Japanese international has survived the purge, reports the Daily Mail. So who’s going? Chicharito is the biggest name on the list. Javier Hernandez, Marouane Fellaini...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

AUDIO: the making of Tottenham Hotspur “coach” Ted Lasso

NBC Sports Group Premier League broadcasters Rebecca Lowe and Arlo White did a media conference call today, and a reporter asked them about the making of the Ted Lasso videos. They remarked on what a joy it was to watch comedic actor Jason Sudeikis in action, and fun he was to work with. Amazingly, the skit (you can watch both part and part 2 here) was unscripted! Here’s both the...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow to serve as SEC Network Florida Gators “reporter”

It makes sense that Tim Tebow got a commentating job with ESPN. After all, Bristol served as a de facto publicist for him for many years. (don’t forget CBS, they functioned as Tebow’s PR flak for many years too) Now to me, Tebow has never said anything even remotely interesting in an interview ever, and that conference call he did around New Year’s announcing his foray into...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders roster re-imagined with just local players

With Lebron James returning home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it became the national story of the summer. So what if you extrapolated that concept to every NFL team? Our friends over at Best tickets, have done exactly that. Here’s how they compiled it: Using the territories indicated by this map I found the answer to this question for all of the NFL teams. In the study...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears roster re-imagined with just local players

With Lebron James returning home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it became the national story of the summer. So what if you extrapolated that concept to every NFL team? Our friends over at Best tickets, have done exactly that. Here’s how they compiled it: Using the territories indicated by this map I found the answer to this question for all of the NFL teams. In the study...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Tottenham Hotspur legend Gareth Bale makes homecoming

On 1 September 2013, Gareth Bale was transferred from Tottenham Hotspur to Spanish team Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee. The Spanish press and Real Madrid TV reported £77 million (€91 million), while the English press reported a world record transfer fee of £85.3 million (€100 million), which would be above Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer record fee of £80 million (€94...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United vs Valencia TV info (UPDATE)

Manchester United will host Valencia FC in an international club friendly on Tuesday (2:25 p.m., ESPN2). It will be the first match at Old Trafford for new Reds manager Louis van Gaal, who guided the Netherlands to a third-place finish last month at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It will also be the final tune up before the regular season begins this Saturday versus Swansea City...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Hey media, STOP “reporting” all the Kate Upton minutia

So Kate Upton wasn’t allowed to wear Tigers propaganda to Yankee Stadium…..WHO CARES! Kate Upton got her boyfriend Justin Verlander to toss her a ball at a game……WGAS Radio is on the air! Kate Upton begged her BF for a puppy on Instagram…..DOOOOOOOOOOON’T CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARE Kate Upton and Justin Verlander did something routine/mundane/banal/commonplace/boring/yawn-inducing……and...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Pat Fitzgerald be The Great Catsby at Northwestern?

For Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern football “action is character.” Like all football coaches you hear the one-play-away-from-winning rhetoric, but you are what your record is. And the Wildcats look to make a bowl again after missing out for the first time since 2007 last season. They’ll attempt to do it without their best player, Venric Mark who is suspended for the first...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

’14 Buffalo Bills season preview: Watkins, Bon Jovi, DRUNK fans

The Buffalo Bills have made a lot of news this offseason, and certainly quite a bit lately. And it’s Buffalo Bills news from all over the spectrum. We begin with the suspension of their cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills, who will not be participating this season. Their legal action is a big story which will save for another time. It’s indicative of a growing trend within the NFL...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul Pierce helps youthful Wizards compete in wide open East

The Washington Wizards have one of the youngest cores in the league. Their starting backcourt consists of a 23-year-old point guard drafted first overall and a 21-year-old shooting guard drafted third overall. John Wall and Bradley Beal are the future in Washington. They are also the present though. The Wizards entered the 2013-2014 NBA season on a five-year playoff drought. Their...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: ex Liverpool FC striker Luis Suarez pleads case to FIFA

Liverpool fans have had plenty of time to get over the transfer of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but I’m sure they’re still interested in what will become of him now. In both club and country. The striker may be in La Liga now, and he was sent off from the Premier League in disgrace, but he still is dealing with his suspension and ban. Well, Suarez went to FIFA to try and appeal...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Robin van Persie win the 2014-15 Golden Boot?

As the 2014 English Premier League is upon us, questions swirl over whether 2013′s incredible scoring run can be continued. Manchester City set a league record with 103 goals scored, and Liverpool wasn’t too far behind at 101. With the departure of the league’s leading goal scorer in Luis Suarez, the Golden Boot is up for grabs this season. So, which player is most likely to...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie among top Golden Boot candidates

As the 2014 English Premier League is upon us, questions swirl over whether 2013′s incredible scoring run can be continued. Manchester City set a league record with 103 goals scored, and Liverpool wasn’t too far behind at 101. With the departure of the league’s leading goal scorer in Luis Suarez, the Golden Boot is up for grabs this season. So, which player is most likely to...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: fallen Liverpool hero Luis Suarez pleads case to FIFA

Liverpool fans have had plenty of time to get over the transfer of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but I’m sure they’re still interested in what will become of him now. In both club and country. The striker may be in La Liga now, and he was sent off from the Premier League in disgrace, but he still is dealing with his suspension and ban. Well, Suarez went to FIFA to try and appeal...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Agent of Arturo Vidal meets with Man United in London

Time for your daily Arturo Vidal is coming/not coming/maybe coming/definitely coming to Manchester United update. We’ll look at what media outlets in which countries are saying the transfer has been completed. Or not. Or maybe it has. There’s media in three countries interested in this: Juventus (Italy) his current club, Chile (where he was a national star for the World Cup...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

THEE! Ohio State football program summed up in Tweet

You’ll see a lot of college football tweets this preseason, but none will be as good or as funny as this one from Reddit College football. In lampooning THE or should I say THEEEEE! Ohio State football program, they hit pretty much every joke you would expect in just one Twitpic of a fake a Ohio State football meetings agenda. Even if you’re a Buckeyes fan, you still have to...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Michigan Wolverines football REALLY HATED in Nevada

There must be a lot of Ohio transplants living in Las Vegas. Maybe some Ohio State and Michigan State alumni snowbirds have relocated to Sin City. How else do you explain the hatred the state of Nevada has for Michigan Wolverines football? Take a look at the Reddit college football tweetpic of their poll, in map form: @AFFootball @IDAHOgov no worries, they actually hate BYU in the...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United fan Rory McIlroy to parade PGA trophy at Old Trafford

Rory McIlroy will take both the Wanamaker Trophy – which he won for a second time at Valhalla on Sunday – and the PGA Open’s Claret Jug to Old Trafford for Manchester United’s Premier League Opener with Swansea City on Saturday. McIlroy was invited by United to parade Claret Jug after victory at Hoylake. The golfing star recently saw video relating to him go viral a couple...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool £16m deal for Alberto Moreno denied by Sevilla

The Alberto Moreno to Liverpool rumors are back. The Reds agreed on a five-year deal with the young Spanish left-back according to the Daily Mirror on June 6th. Supposedly tabling a £16.2 million offer for the  Sevilla defender, according to the same publication back on May 30th.  Then on July 14th, they said the deal could be closed.  Obviously, talks stalled out since then...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Louis van Gaal billboard parodies Man City, Lebron James

Louis van Gaal was greeted in Manchester with a very large arrangement of thousands of Dutch tulips. That was his welcoming when he made his introductory Manchester United press conference and first practice as boss at Old Trafford. You can see it above. Now, for his first home preseason match, LVG had another bold greeting, also arranged by a sports book. According to the Manchester...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Five reasons why Ndamukong Suh will stay with the Lions

In the NFL, top players rarely hit the market. It’s even rarer that they hit the market in their prime. Following the 2014 season, Ndamukong Suh may be hitting the free agent market. The mammoth defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions is slated to become a free agent if he doesn’t come to an extension agreement with the team. In just four seasons, Suh has been dominant. He is...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Your 2014 Illini football season preview with Taylor Rooks

It’s officially Illinois Fighting Illini football season, as Illini Media Day was yesterday. And with that, the Illini head to Camp Rantoul. Here to discuss it with me is Fox Sports/Scout’s Taylor Rooks. You’ve also seen her on the Big Ten Network. Lots to talk about this year, the quarterback competition, the issues on defense, how Aaron Bailey will fit into the system, Josh...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Texans Cheerleaders parody Arian Foster’s infamous interview

Arian Foster of the Houston Texans is very good at running the football. He’s also exceptional at wasting the time of the media. You know I love to rip on the pointlessness of most press conferences. I’m very vocal in pointing out the worthlessness of 90% of athlete interviews. So I’ve seen and heard it all when it comes to sports cliches, bromides, platitudes, coachspeak...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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