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Will Tony Kornheiser Write For Grantland.com?

Could we see the return of Tony Kornheiser as a writer instead of just a yodeler?

Bill Simmons hinted Tuesday on The B.S. Report that he’s recruiting the Pardon the Interruption co-host for his new website project, Grantland.com:

“With less than two minutes to go in the podcast, the discussion turned toward Simmons’ new website and how he was enlisting [Mike] Lupica’s help in getting author and famed Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman (The Princess Bride) to hop on board.

“I think we got [Goldman] almost there,” said Lupica, the power broker. That’s when Simmons dropped the name of another noted writer, one who now yodels for a living, that he has also been recruiting.

[Goldman] and [Tony] Kornheiser are both so terrified to stare at that blank Microsoft Word Document,” Simmons said. “Once you get out of that habit, they’re so afraid to go back.”

Say what now? Former Washington Post sports columnist Tony Kornheiser, now the co-host of Pardon the Interruption and host of his own D.C. area radio show might go back to being an ink stained – or in the computer age, a carpal tunneled wretch? OK, we’re listening… Read more

Pro Football Writers Of America Hands Out Awards

The Pro Football Writers of America announced its award winners for 2011, honoring New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Ryan won the Horrigan Award as the non-player who most helped the media do their job in 2010. At the rate Ryan is going, this award will be renamed in his honor by the time he retires from coaching.

Rodgers won the Good Guy Award, given to the player that best helped the media do their job.

The Baltimore Ravens won the Rozelle Award for the public relations staff that strived for excellence in dealing with the media.

Former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger won the Halas Award for overcoming the most adversity. Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer last November and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Lastly, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn won the McCann Award for the reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution towards coverage of the NFL. McGinn has covered the Packers for 32 years.

 

Jim Gray Not Working The Masters For Golf Channel

Reporter Jim Gray won’t be involved in the Golf Channel’s coverage of the 2011 Masters Tournament this weekend.

“No, he is not part of our crew this week,” said Golf Channel spokesman Jeremy Friedman in an email to the USA Today.

Gray, who was involved in last year’s coverage, was pulled off the Golf Channel after getting into an argument with Dustin Johnson‘s caddie, Bobby Brown, at the Northern Trust Open at Rivera Country Club in February.

Nick Charles Reflects On His Life, Career

Take three minutes out of your day and watch this piece on Nick Charles, CNN’s first sports anchor.

Charles is fighting Stage 4 bladder cancer and has only months to live.

Make sure to have a tissue handy.

2011 NCAA Tournament: "One Shining Moment"

Welcome back, Luther.

Congrats to the University of Connecticut Huskies.

SNY Not Laughing Over Family Guy Clip

Following an opening-night loss to the Florida Marlins, an employee of SNY, the Mets’ network, played a clip from Family Guy over broadcaster Gary Cohen that makes fun of the ballclub.

The clip (see above) features Stewie Griffin and pokes fun at the Mets’ struggles in recent years.

“It was a very poor decision by an individual employee and the matter is being dealt with internally,” said Andrew Fegyveresi, an SNY spokesman.

Jalen Rose Suspended From ESPN For DUI Arrest

ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose has been suspended from the network after waiting three weeks before coming forward regarding his DUI arrest on March 11.

“Jalen has accepted full responsibility for his actions. Both parties are taking this very seriously, and as a result, we’ve agreed that he will not be on our air while he addresses this situation,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told USA Today in an email.

Kelly McBride and Regina McCombs of The Poynter Institute wrote Thursday that ESPN learned of Rose’s arrest when his agent called the network as WDIV in Detroit was preparing to break the news. Read more

Mike Krzyzewski Finally Chimes In On Jalen Rose

Just when you thought the Jalen Rose vs. Grant Hill story was dead, Mike Krzyzewski is ready to chime in on the situation.

“Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students,” Krzyzewski said on The Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago Tuesday. “When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do.”

As for the notion that none of the Fab Five would have ended up at Duke, Krzyzewski says that wasn’t the case. Read more

Despite Final Four, Jay Bilas Stands By His VCU Hate

Jay Bilas was serious when he said Virginia Commonwealth University shouldn’t be in the NCAA Tournament.

The ESPN analyst spoke to Michael Hiestand of USA Today and he still thinks the Rams aren’t worthy, despite advancing to the Final Four:

“He still doesn’t think VCU, in the Final Four, deserved to be in the tournament.

The night the NCAA field was announced, Bilas led an on-air ESPN chorus – with Dick Vitale and Hubert Davis – arguing left-out teams such as Virginia Tech and Colorado should have been in before VCU and Alabama at Birmingham. Their inclusion, he said, failed “the laugh test.” Read more

Michael Vick Advances In Madden NFL 12 Contest

The first round of the Madden NFL 12 contest is complete and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick advanced to the second round with 76 percent of the vote.

In fact, Vick had the second-best margin of victory behind Matt Ryan‘s 89 percent against Jordan Gross.

The biggest surprise in the first round was #10 seed Peyton Hillis easily defeating #7 seed Ray Rice. Read more

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