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Your Charlie Sheen-Related Sports and Twitter Update


Charlie Sheen is up to almost 750,000 followers, or more than 60,000 followers per tweet. It’s also 728,579 more than his Major League co-star Corbin Bernsen.

ESPN'S NBA Telecast Beats ABC's

According to Sports Media Watch, Sunday night’s New York Knicks-Miami Heat game earned a 3.3 overnight rating while Sunday afternoon’s Los Angeles Lakers-Oklahoma Thunder tilt checked in at just 2.9.

Why is that unusual?

Well, the former game was shown on cable (ESPN), while the latter took place on network television (ABC). Normally, network broadcasts far outstrip their cable counterparts. Combine that with Sunday night’s Oscars, and it’s surprising that so many people watched the Knicks-Heat.

Both overnights were well ahead of last season, however. Everyone wins.

SI.com Writer Fired for Clapping During Daytona 500

Tom Bowles was one of the reporters clapping in the Daytona 500 press box. He paid for it with his job, a result Bowles believes is unfair and unjustified.

Monday night, he took to Frontstretch.com – the site where SI.com found him and picked him out of obscurity – to defend his actions on that fateful day.

So as that No. 21 Ford crossed the finish line, the walls of the infield couldn’t keep out 21 years of passion for motorsports in my own heart. Before I could control it, my hands were coming together to join them, caught up with fans and media alike in a moment we could all appreciate – but one fans and media are told never, ever to experience together. That day marked my first and last claps working as a NASCAR reporter for SI.com.

Bowles goes on to argue that he was caught up in the moment – like a number of other journalists covering the event – but column he wrote was unbiased. He’s correct on both accounts. But should that excuse him for a lapse in ethical judgment? Read more

And Then They Turned Red Bull Arena Into a Snowboard Park

Well that’s pretty neat. Thanks @wiredplaybook.

Making a Viral Video

Sixteen hours ago, Bill Simmons tweeted “Someone e-mailed me: “Wanna see Paul Mokeski get thrown out of a D-League game?” YES! Yes I do! http://tinyurl.com/4u7uj7j

At that moment, the video in question, which shows the refs lose control of an NBA D-League game, had 691 views. Tuesday morning, that number jumped to just shy of 13,000 – not exactly LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE numbers, but pretty good for footage of the D-League.

The best part is the plethora of comments, which all say something along the lines of “SIMMONS!!!”

English Cricket Player Comes Out

In a revealing, heartwrenching 15-minute video interview with the Telegraph, 24 year old English cricket player Steven Davies announces he’s gay.

“I’m comfortable with who I am – and happy to say who I am in public,” the former English U-19 team captain said.

The announcement is the end of a long process. Davies – who was inspired after Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas came out two years ago – began telling his English teammates after being called up for the Ashes Tour.

He received support from the group and made the decision to tell the public. At least one commentator believes the larger cricketing community will accept the news.

There’s also a sporting advantage to Davies coming out. Read more

NBA Takes its Ball to Manchester

The NBA, which will stage its first regular season games across the Pond in March, will switch the location of its preseason exhibition from London to Manchester starting in the 2013 season. The capital city has hosted matches the past four seasons.

The game is scheduled for the city’s MEN Arena, which has been the home for the Manchester Storm and Manchester Phoenix ice hockey teams, as well as the Manchester Giants basketball team.

Additionally, the WBNA’s Atlanta Dream and the men’s and women’s national team will play exhibitions at MEN in 2012.

“This comprehensive schedule of premier basketball events will help grow the sport for years to come,” NBA Europe senior vice president Sophie Goldschmidt told the Associated Press. “This partnership shows our ongoing commitment to deepen basketball’s footprint in the country.”

Joe Posnanski Eulogizes Kansas City Legend

Blogging Ellie nominee Joe Posnanski is back with writes a wonderful tribute to Kansas City icon Bill Grigsby who passed away over the weekend. Grigsby’s departure won’t garner nearly the attention of Duke Snider‘s, but the scribe frames his life with perfect eloquence.

Bill Grigsby was an announcer. He was also a salesman. He was a promoter. He was a storyteller. He was a businessman. He was a bar owner. He was an insurance salesman. He was a pool hustler. He was a job recruiter. He was a guy who worked for the Kansas City A’s in the years when they were dreadful and largely irrelevant – this would cover all the years of the Kansas City A’s – and when people would call the office to ask what time the game started, he would reply: “What time can you get here?”

One of the things that makes Joe Poz so good is the joy he’s able to convey in his writing. Clearly, he learned a bit from watching Grigsby attack life.

This Is Why You Don't Bring Air Rifles Into Locker Rooms

Ashley Cole was just goofing around. The Chelsea soccer star brought an air rifle into the locker room and tried to have some fun with the gun. He did, until he accidentally shot intern Tom Cowan. The club tried to keep the incident quiet, but Cowan’s father complained when the wound re-opened after two days. Now the police are involved. But don’t worry, Cole will play in a vital fixture against Manchester United on Tuesday.

Your move, GIlbert Arenas.

The NFL Holds the Key to Solving the NBA's Labor Issues

The Portland Tribute talks to NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, and the interview gives huge cause for concern if you were hoping there would be an NBA season next year.

According to Silver, three-quarters of the teams are not making any money and many of them would be better off if the games were not played. As he says, that’s “not a good state of affairs.”

But are the sides close? Um, no. Not even close, apparently.

“There is an enormous gulf – not even a gap – that separates the players and owners right now. It’s going to require an intensive effort and a certain reality check on both sides of what’s at stake for the business. I remain an optimist, but to mix metaphors, it’s still a long putt.”

So solutions? The NBA is… turning to the NFL? Read more

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