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Posts Tagged ‘Skip Bayless’

BBC Gets This Week’s Big Martina Navratilova Story

The circumstances of Martina Navratilova‘s public coming out were messy. Despite a hold request from the tennis star, the New York Daily News jumped the gun with a July 30, 1981 article, prompting a follow-up piece in the Dallas Morning News by Skip Bayless and, eventually, Navratilova’s coming out as fully gay rather than, as then, bisexual.

This week, Navratilova’s courageous and trailblazing personal story came full circle right here in New York. On Monday, as reported by D.C.-based BBC anchor Katty Kay and seemingly overshadowed by all that Sony hack business, Navratilova, at age 58, married her partner Julia Lemagova. Our belated congratulations to the radiantly happy couple.

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Friday Nights, Skip Bayless is All About Jeopardy!

We thoroughly enjoyed the profile of ESPN2 First Take co-host Skip Bayless in the Washington Post by Rick Maese.

Some people who have known Bayless personally for decades don’t recognize the guy on the air, at all. But the 62-year-old Bayless insists it’s not an act. There’s also a funny little tidbit about Bayless’ Friday-night routine with girlfriend Ernestine Sclafani:

She lives in Manhattan, and he’s mostly in Connecticut. They reunite on weekends, and on Fridays, they’ll watch a week’s worth of Jeopardy! episodes — “He competes with me,” Sclafani says — before catching a movie.

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ESPN’s Skip Bayless Pwned by Colleague Jalen Rose on National TV

Sorry for the poor video quality, but this is too great not to post. If you can’t tell by humiliated look on the normally shameless Skip Bayless‘ face, there’s a backstory to this squabble with colleague Jalen Rose. The origins of the confrontation began a few weeks ago, when Bayless boasted on Twitter that he was a high school basketball star in his native Oklahoma and the second coming of “Pistol” Pete Maravich. (Well, arguably the origins of this conflict began years ago when Bayless, who never played NBA ball, decided to begin unmercifully criticizing NBA players in the most petty self-serving ways imaginable. But we digress.)

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