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Plot of Marv Levy Novel Involves Cheating in the Super Bowl

Marv Levy led the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls, all losses, so the Hall of Fame coach knows a thing or two about what it takes to lose the big game. But did an opponent’s cheating lead to any of Buffalo’s four losses?

Levy, 85, is coming out with a novel Sept. 1 called Between the Lies, a fictional account of how the integrity of the Super Bowl is undermined by a win-at-all-costs coach.

”I knew people would ask questions,” Levy told Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times. “But it’s not about refs rigging the game. It’s about, well, what if teams have secret wires in opponents’ locker rooms? What if they listened in to other teams’ signals? What if they did illicit filming?”

Hmm. Now which sartorially challenged head coach does that remind you of?

Levy insists his novel is “complete fiction,” but it seems safe to say he was inspired by certain true events. At any rate, he said he doesn’t believe any of the Bills’ four Super Bowl losses were influenced by cheating.

”I never have suspected or sensed a whiff of cheating in any of our Super Bowls,” he says.

Audio: Jon Miller Is Still Pissed At ESPN About Sunday Night Baseball

Ever wonder if Jon Miller misses his Sunday Night Baseball gig at ESPN?

The San Francisco Giants play-by-play announcer indirectly took a couple shots at the Worldwide Leader while congratulating Dave Van Horne on receiving the Ford C. Frick Award.

I’m all for being upset at your former employer for letting you go, but don’t take out your frustration while congratulating Van Horne.

Jon Miller awkwardly congratulates DVH by dom cosentino

[H/T SportsGrid]

Bengals Send Email to Season-Ticket Holders Erroneously Telling Them Lockout is Over

Given all their on-the-field success over the years, it’s understandable that the Cincinnati Bengals are eager for the lockout to be resolved and for football activities to resume in earnest. They’re so eager, in fact, that they mistakenly sent out an email blast to season-ticket holders to tell them a new collective bargaining agreement had been signed by both the owners and the players. Here’s the letter:

You Ready for Some Football?

Dear XXXXX,

We are excited to let you know that the NFL has reached a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that allows the entire NFL season to be played this year.

The NFL is the most popular sport in America. Our games are intense, unifying and meaningful to fans in the stadium and to those watching at home. We are thrilled to have a labor deal in place that will provide fans with a decade of certainty and that will allow us to focus all our energies where they ought to be – on the playing field. The upcoming 2011 season will surely be exciting, and football work will begin shortly. Our coaches will begin meeting with players, and the Club will welcome back talented veterans along with exciting rookies from the April NFL Draft, like top picks A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. Whether all of that will take place in Cincinnati or Georgetown, Kentucky, will be decided shortly once we receive the NFL’s operating schedule.

Two years ago, our football team swept the AFC North – one of the toughest divisions in football – and many key components of that team remain, including defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and a defense that ranked in the top half of the NFL for three straight seasons. The area of the team that will change the most will be the offense with a new direction under offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and new faces at quarterback and wide receiver. The mix of veterans and rookies should return our offense to the top level we need, and we are excited by the challenge.

This year – like others before it – we will focus our energies on returning to the Super Bowl again. That’s what we want and that’s what our fans want, and our franchise has been blessed with great support from fans for decades. Last season we reached a record-setting 57th straight sellout – a string we hope to restart soon – and our games have been the most-watched television program in the local market for the last applicable 96 ratings weeks. This is great football country, and incredibly: 95% of the Cincinnati population watched an NFL game during the 2009 season (third highest ranking among NFL markets).

We are very grateful to our fans, we thank you for your patience during the labor stoppage, and now we look forward to a great season together. Who Dey!

Sincerely,

Katie Blackburn

Marvin Lewis

Long live the Bungles. In all honesty, they should be excited about this season and years to come, because A.J. Green and Andy Dalton were great picks in this year’s draft.

NFL Cancels Hall Of Fame Game

With the lockout approaching Day 132 and counting (nice try, Roger), the NFL was forced to cancel the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game between the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears.

While it might seem like a meaningless preseason game, last year’s Hall of Fame game on NBC was the highest rated exhibition contest in six years, drawing over 11 million viewers.

”We will be working with the NFL to determine how to complete our preseason package,” NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus said in a statement.

The first national NFL preseason game is now scheduled for Aug. 11 on ESPN when Seattle travels to San Diego.

 

Introducing MediabistroTV, And 'Cubes'!

After months of planning, plotting, filming, and IM-ing, MediabistroTV is finally HERE!

Today marks the launch of Mediabistro’s brand-new video site Mediabistro.tv, which will be home to original video series covering the world of media.

And one of those series is having its debut today. Say hello to “Cubes,” an inside look at the hottest media offices (think MTV Cribs for offices). New episodes will premiere every other Thursday and upcoming shows will include Bloomberg, JWT, CNN, and Gawker.

Here’s the debut episode, featuring Thrillist…

Jeter 3000th Hit Documentary Premieres July 28 on HBO

The combined HBO/MLB documentary on Derek Jeter‘s quest for 3000 hits — Derek Jeter 3Kpremieres next Thursday, July 28, at 9 p.m. on HBO. The Yankee captain wore a microphone for the game against Tampa Bay in which he went 5-5 and collected his milestone base hit on a home run off Rays left-hander David Price, so the hour-long documentary promises to include some previously unseen aspects to the future Hall of Famer’s on-field approach. Jeter, who had never been miced up during a game prior to this documentary, also wore a microphone in the game prior to his record-setting day.

It’ll be interesting to see how much time in the documentary is devoted to Christian Lopez, the selfless Yankee fan who asked for nothing in exchange for returning the milestone ball to Jeter. Lopez became a story himself when it came to light that he owed more than a $100,000 in school loans and would be hit with taxes on the free goods and services he received from the Yankees for turning over the valuable piece of memorabilia to Jeter.

Women's World Cup Final Highest-Rated Soccer Match In ESPN History

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals between the United States and Japan was the most-watched and highest-rated soccer telecast on an ESPN network. The match earned a 7.4 U.S. household rating and was seen by an average of 13.4 million viewers.

The previous ESPN record was the USA-Algeria men’s match from the 2010 World Cup, which earned a 4.0 U.S. household rating and 6.16 million viewers.

Overall, Sunday’s match was the sixth-most viewed soccer telecast ever in the United States. Read more

Video: BBC Coverage of Clemens Trial Includes Interview with Reporter Who Knows Nothing About Baseball

Ben Walker is the Associated Press baseball editor. Unfortunately for the BBC, the person they turned to for commentary about the Roger Clemens trial was not Ben Walker, but Michael Wolff of Newser, whose hilarious response makes this video worth the while.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)

SI Releases Its Twitter 100

I love lists, as they’re always a great source of debate. And when a list covers something like the top 100 Twitter sources of “news, information and entertainment from the sports world,” then I stand to be educated as well. Sports Illustrated polled 50 staffers who are hard-cored Twitter users and asked them which feeds they considered essential to their daily routine.

The list is presented in alphabetical order, and is not ranked according to Twitter followers among SI staffers.

We gave them one guideline: You could not choose anyone associated with SI or our main Twitter feed (@SINow).

Some of the athletes who made the list include Gilbert Arenas, Brandon Phillips and Chad Ochocinco.Shaquille O’Neal did not make the list.

Some other things that jump out:

* Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and Adam Schefter of ESPN are NFL reporters who made the list. Chris Mortensen of ESPN did not, nor did former SI football reporter Michael Silver, now of Yahoo! Sports.

* Jason Whitlock of FoxSports and Gregg Doyel of CBS did not make the list. Bill Simmons did.

This is just the Twitter demographics for one sports media company. No doubt a similar poll from CBS Sports or ESPN would look much different.

 

ESPN Files Lawsuit Against Ohio State University

ESPN has filed a lawsuit against Ohio State University, claiming the school violated Ohio’s public record laws.

OSU allegedly failed to make three different sets of public records available earlier this year during the Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor investigations, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“One set of records involves e-mails, letters and memos from Tressel, OSU President Gordon Gee, OSU director of sports compliance officer Doug Archie and Athletics Director Gene Smith related to Pennsylvania businessman Ted Sarniak that ESPN requested on April 20.

On May 27, OSU declined to provide those e-mails claiming they were prohibited from doing so by the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), according to ESPN’s lawsuit. Read more

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