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Damien Woody Is The Latest ESPN NFL Hire

Former NFL offensive lineman Damien Woody is the latest to join ESPN as an NFL analyst.

The 12-year veteran, who announced his retirement from the league Friday, will appear on SportsCenter, NFL Live, First Take and ESPNEWS.

“I’m grateful for all the support over the years from my family, my fans, and the league,” said Woody. “I’m excited to start the next phase of my career, moving from the NFL family to the ESPN family, and I feel blessed to continue to be a part of the game of football.”

Woody will make his ESPN debut next month.

Earlier this week, ESPN hired former coach Eric Mangini and ex-defensive end Hugh Douglas.

Audio: Don't Ever Call Beau Bock A Homer

Beau Bock of 790 The Zone in Atlanta goes absolutely apesh*t on a Falcons caller who accused him of being a homer.

Gee, I wonder why he thinks Bock is a homer. Sure can’t tell after listening to this tirade.

[H/T Jimmy Traina]

 

Oregon Football Announcer Harrington Released from Hospital Following Bike Accident

Former Oregon and Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington was released from a Portland, Oregon, hospital on Wednesday, four days after a bicycle accident with a SUV left him with a punctured lung, broken rib, broken collarbone and a laceration to his head — injuries which could have been much worse if the 33-year-old Harrington had not been wearing a helmet.

Harrington, the first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2002, is a color analyst for Oregon football games. The Portland native retired from the NFL in 2008, following stops in Detroit, Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans.

NFL Rolling Out New TV Campaign This Weekend

The NFL’s new TV commercial hits airwaves this weekend, but USA Today has a link to watch a sneak preview of the new 30-second spot as part of the “It’s Good to be Back. Back to Football,” campaign.

The commercial is from Grey Advertising and will air for three weeks on NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and NFL Network.

According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, this is the earliest the NFL has launched a commercial campaign to promote a new season.

 


Get Ready For The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Move over, Humanitarian Bowl.

Get ready for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl!

The Idaho Potato Commission will sponsor the Boise bowl game through 2016, as part of a new six-year name rights deal.

“We’re proud to support a bowl that has become a national showcase for the State of Idaho,” said Frank Muir, President and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission. “It’s the perfect opportunity to reinforce the health and quality benefits of Idaho potatoes to a national audience while supporting a game that has generated significant funds for the local economy and associated charities.” Read more

ESPN Adding At Least 200 New Jobs In Connecticut

ESPN will add at least 200 jobs in the state of Connecticut over the next five years in exchange for tax breaks, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday.

It’s all part of the “First Five” program, that is encouraging five businesses to create 1,000 new jobs in the state. ESPN is the third company that has signed up for the program. Read more

AT&T Drops ESPN 3D

AT&T is the first cable provider to drop ESPN 3D, citing a high price tag.

“We’re always listening to customers and working to make sure we’re delivering the channels they want, while keeping costs down,” AT&T said in a statement. “The price tag for ESPN 3D was too high, especially considering the low demand we’ve seen from customers. We’ve decided not to renew our agreement for ESPN 3D.” Read more

Video: Bill Belichick Is Not Big On Social Media

We won’t have to ever worry about Bill Belichick joining Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media platform.

John Clayton Didn't Graduate Twitter 101

 

In the span of 48 hours, ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton has instantly become a Twitter superstar with over 135,000 followers.

While that’s great and all, I need to ask the fine PR folks in Bristol for a favor … can we get John to do something with his Twitter background?

That tiny head shot is bugging the crap out of me.

By the way, how soon before someone starts @johnclaytonsponytail?

[H/T Awful Announcing]

Jalen Rose Is Having A Bad Week With The Law

ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose can’t catch a break this week.

The same day he was sentenced to 20 days in jail for driving while intoxicated, Rose was issued a speeding ticket in Clawson, Mich.

The 38-year-old was clocked going 46 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone, according to Clawson police chief Harry Anderson.

He’s scheduled to report to the Oakland County Jail on Tuesday. Rose’s attorney, Keith Davidson, said he might appeal Wednesday’s decision before then.

 

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