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Colin Cowherd Not Afraid To Speak His Mind

DALLAS – When it comes to ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, there are two types of people.

The ones that love him and his syndicated talk show The Herd and the folks who can’t stand his guts.

“Listen, I don’t see myself as controversial, but some people do,” Cowherd said on Friday from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. “The blog world does. Whatever. I don’t care about it. The truth is, Glenn Beck is controversial and he struggles to sell ads. I’m not interested in that. I want to sell ads. I don’t have any interest in being controversial. I think I’m outspoken and even critical of ESPN at times.” Read more

Two Players Not Named Sidney Crosby Named NHL All-Star Captains

Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom will have the honor of wearing the “C” during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. And this is news why, you ask?

Because one of those names isn’t Sidney Crosby.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star may skip the game because of an injury he sustained after being checked from behind. The player (Victor Hedman) wasn’t suspended and Crosby is pissed. Read more

NFL Network Goes To Broadway For Opening Intro

If you’re flipping past the NFL Network this weekend and see someone resembling Vince Lombardi, it’s Broadway actor Dan Lauria.

Lauria, who currently stars in the play Lombardi, will open each weekend of NFL Playoff coverage with a special monologue, starting with NFL GameDay Morning on Saturday at 12:00 ET.

If I didn’t know better, I would have just assumed I landed on ESPN if I came across this shtick. A very unique way for the NFL Network to open their playoff coverage with.

ESPN The Magazine Selects Buster Posey As Their "NEXT" Athlete

ESPN The Magazine has dubbed San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey as their “NEXT” athlete for 2011.

The National League Rookie of the Year hit .305 with 18 home runs in only 108 games.

Joining Posey in their respective sports are Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Evander Kane of the Atlanta Thrashers and Patrick Peterson of LSU.

For the most part, ESPN The Magazine has got it right in selecting the next breakout athlete.

Well, minus 2004.

Michelle Beadle Is Barking Up The Wrong Tree

ESPN’s Michelle Beadle is learning the hard way that Michael Vick has a loyal fanbase.

The SportsNation co-host has been vocal on Twitter regarding the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback comments about wanting another dog.

“Vick wants a dog,” Beadle tweeted on Thursday. “He should NEVER be allowed that gift again.Talking about it on show today. Be ready, mouthbreathers!”

Beadle followed it up with, “And because now I’m REALLY fired up..remember what he did the last time he had a dog. TDs don’t get u a pass.” Along with her tweet was a photo of one of the dogs Vick abused. Beadle stood by her stance on Thursday’s episode of SportsNation. Read more

NFL Broadcast Teams For Week 14

The city of Buffalo will be spared “The Avalanche” this weekend.

The Bills-Browns game on Sunday will be blacked out and won’t be shown within a 75-mile radius around Buffalo.

Considering the Bills defense are last in rushing, it’s probably for the best that they don’t get to watch Peyton Hillis and the vaunted Browns offense.

(Sarcasm. Sorta.)

Below are the broadcast teams for Week 14 of “Where in the World is Gus Johnson?” Read more

Bethlehem Shoals Needs a Hug

We’re really enjoying the Free Darko founder’s game-by-game recaps of the Miami Heat’s season. But man, he sounds miserable.

When I signed up for this, I never imagined it would devolve into 33 Ways of Saying That an NBA Team Is Boring. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Boredom is rich; it’s at least as interesting as love or sadness. In fact, that 2005 Finals between the Pistons and the Spurs was a key moment in the explication of man’s oldest companion. Detroit was manual labor, with bleeding and fatigue that never quite registered. San Antonio was that oh-so memorable experience of spending a long time in a hospital. (Or, more accurately, what it must be like to perform one of those 24-hour surgeries.) Boring is not the same as blank. We come to sports for something exalted, but sometimes, we wind up learning more about the excruciating commonplace.

Would it help if we gave you some money from our wallet? Or bought your book?

Qatar to Pay Barcelona $200 Million in Jersey Sponsorship Deal

Those clean, crisp, relatively naked Barcelona jerserys? Yeah, thing of the past.

From the AP:

Barcelona will receive 30 million euro ($40 million) per season from 2011-12 from the nonprofit organization, located in the tiny gulf state where the 2022 World Cup will be played. Unlike other top soccer clubs, Barcelona has previously refused to sell advertising space to a shirt sponsor, but has been putting children’s charity UNICEF on its front for free since 2006. Barcelona said the UNICEF name will remain on the shirts and that it would seek a way to combine the two logos, but the Qatar Foundation would be the prevalent one if a solution cannot be found.

Charity gets the shaft again.

In other news jersey sponsorship-related news, the Portland Timbers revealed their new uniforms. Alaska Airlines is the corporate partner. They are not paying $200 million.

Well That About Says it All


In all seriousness, this should be fun. Goo luck, Bill.

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