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Jingleballz.com Decks the Internet with Really Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Have you yet attended an “ugly Christmas sweater party?” If today’s press release for the November 23 launch of Pleasanton, CA based online retailer jingleballz.com is to be believed, these gatherings are an of-the-moment strand of the North American hipster social fabric:

“Ugly sweater parties are hot right now, but to really stand out you need more than just a gaudy Christmas tree or flashing reindeer nose. That’s where we come in,” said jingleballz.com founder Shawn Nohr. “Whether it’s a gift for yourself, a friend or for the White Elephant gift swap, calling these cheeky sweaters a ‘conversation piece’ is an understatement.”

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John Madden Retires, Honored With Listicle

46347157.jpgThe most important announcer in history retired yesterday after 30 years in the broadcasting business. Say why you will about John Madden — he sort of lost the plot during his last few seasons in the booth, no? — but his legacy will live on longer than any other announcing personality (not the least of which is because of his video game, the best-selling game ever produced).

So how did media outlets honor his three decade-long tenure? Well, the Chicago Tribune did it with a listicle highlighting the legacy Madden leaves behind. Bullet points include “Boom!,” “One Knee Equals Two Feet” and “Turducken.”

Look, we love a good listicle as much as the next guy, but some people deserve more, you know?

Bob Costas: L.A. Sucks

bob_costas_nbc.jpgFishbowlLA correspondent Dan Cox reports from the Television Critics Association tour:

The second Television Critics Association session that followed NBC Entertainment president Ben Silverman‘s coming out party was an assembly of ex-NFL players and broadcasters around NBC’s Sunday Night Football (formerly known as Monday Night Football), including broadcaster Bob Costas, announcer Al Michaels, announcer and former coach John Madden, announcer and former Cincinnati Bengal wide out Cris Collinsworth, former New York Giants star-turned-Today show Tiki Barber and Steelers star Jerome Bettis, NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol as well as a handful of network execs. The subject of football (or lack of it) in L.A. came up after former Hollywood Reporter editor-in-chief Alex Ben Block blurted out: “When are we going to see football in L.A., the second biggest market for a sports team?”

Costas’ throat-clearing reply: “The L.A. market sucks.”

EARLIER:

  • Costas To Return To Radio
  • Taxi Cab Seatbacks To Be Outifitted With NBC Programming, Al Roker’s Head

    Here’s some invasive commuter news: NY10 — New York’s “Taxi Entertainment Network” — has inked a deal with NBC to broadcast content from WNBC, NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC in the seatbacks of taxi cabs.

    Cabs with monitors featuring the likes of Al Roker and — BOOM! WAP! — John Madden will begin showing up in selected NYC taxis in the first half of ’07.