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Nine geniuses leave LeBron off MVP ballot

In case you were wondering if sports writers could be objective observers who dispassionately covered LeBron James in the wake of “The Decision,” we get news that nine of these jackwagons left the best player on the second-best team in the Eastern Conference off their MVP ballots. Derrick Rose won the award going away, garnering 113 first place votes, while Dwight Howard of the Magic finished second. James, who was second in the league in scoring to Kevin Durant, averaging 26.7 PPG on 51 percent shooting, finished third — thanks largely to nine Mensa members who felt he wasn’t among the five most valuable players in the league.

Good job, fellas. You all grow up in Cleveland?

(H/T to Tom Ziller at SB Nation)

 

Jenn Sterger Lands Ringside Reporter Gig For Fuel TV

Former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger will serve as a ringside reporter for Fuel TV’s upcoming Hometown Throwdown.

Sterger interviewed amateur fighters during the pair of one-hour specials taped early last month in LaCrosse, Wis.

Hometown Throwdown is set to air in June and contestants are competing for the Hometown Hero title.

It marks the first job for Sterger since The Daily Line on Versus was canceled last November.

Sterger’s agent, Mark Turner, told the New York Post that “Jenn has also had discussions with a number of media companies and has been in talks about a variety of opportunities.”

 

 

ESPN Is So Powerful it Can Turn Back Time

On March 4, ESPN posted a press release announcing events that happened on March 3. That’s power, folks.

Philadelphia Eagles Weren't Responsible For Michael Vick Canceling On Oprah

Don’t point the finger at the Philadelphia Eagles for Michael Vick canceling on Oprah Winfrey.

There was a report from Fox 29 in Philadelphia on Thursday morning that said the Eagles forced Vick to cancel his appearance.

“Not true,” an Eagles spokesman told the Philadelphia Sports Daily.

“The Eagles were supportive of Michael’s decision both when he agreed to do the show and when he decided to cancel,” said Chris Shigas, a spokesman for Vick.

I’m sure we will learn by next week that Oprah was planning an ambush of Vick and somehow the quarterback caught wind of it.

Until then, let the speculation continue.

Will Fans in Cowboys Stadium Watch the Super Bowl on Their iPads?

In Wired.com’s excellent story detailing the technology at Cowboys Stadium, there’s a brief mention of the effect iPads might have on fandom.

And, of course, this being the first Super Bowl since the introduction of the iPad, fans can not only bring along their favorite Apple-made tablet – the NFL assured Wired.com there will be no restrictions on bringing the device into the stadium – but they can also use the NFL’s official Super Bowl app, which features virtual 3-D navigation of Cowboys Stadium, as well as a facilities guide that may prove useful for those not wanting to waste a nanosecond searching out the nearest beer stand.

Ah, we can see it now: Fox cuts to the stands after a Green Bay Packers touchdown, only to find a quarter of the fans engrossed in watching the replay on their handheld tablets. (Or, more likely, catching up on the latest ads they missed.)

It’s either depressing or the perfect combination of your living room and live action.

But there’s more. Read more

Mike Vick Inks Endorsement Deal With Unequal Technologies

Two months ago, Michael Vick was featured in a local car commercial for Woodbury Nissan in Woodbury, N.J. It was the first step in Vick’s comeback as a marketable athlete.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is taking another step in the right direction after signing a two-year contract with Unequal Technologies, the provider of football pads that Vick wore most of last season. Following his rib injury, Vick wore a special vest along with shoulder and thigh pads.

Terms weren’t disclosed but it’s a “sizable” contract according to chief executive officer Rob Vito. The deal will be announced on Thursday according to USA Today. Read more

High Definition Comes to the PBA Tournament of Champions

This weekend marks the 46th annual PBA Tournament of Champions with a record $1 million on the line. But the money isn’t the most exciting part of the event.

For the first time ever, it will be shown in high definition.

Who’s scheduled to appear? “Kelly Kulick, the first woman to ever win a PBA Tour event, will return to defend her title, along with Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Couch, Norm Duke, Pete Weber and many more.

Rob Stone and analyst Randy Pedersen will handle booth duty while Kimberly Pressler reports laneside.

Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

The New York Times Finds Willie Mays in Harlem

Willie Mays and the World Series-winning San Francisco Giants are coming to New York this weekend and visiting Harlem, the site of the Polo Grounds where the New York Giants played before relocating out West. In anticipation of the trip, The New York TimesWilliam Rhoden goes in search of “Willie Mays’s Harlem,” filming the entire expedition.

The result is a touching piece the shows the famous ballplayer as a humble member of his neighborhood who played stickball with the kids and then bought them ice cream at the local store before heading down the street to patrol centerfield for the Giants.

Fun watching for a Friday afternoon.

Charles Barkley Responds To Cam Newton Rumors

Charles Barkley responded to a rumor that claimed he gave Phoenix Suns tickets to Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.

Birmingham sports anchor Jim Dunaway sent a tweet on Wednesday saying, “Hanging at Lakers-Suns … Pugh and most Auburn players in upper deck … Cam in lower bowl. Thanks Barkley for the tix.” Read more

NFL Wild Card And Divisional Playoffs Schedule

With the playoff teams decided, the NFL has released the schedule for Wild Card Weekend and for the Divisional Playoffs:

NFL Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, Jan. 8:

NBC: New Orleans at Seattle: 4:3o p.m. (ET) (Tom Hammond & Mike Mayock)

NBC: NY Jets at Indianapolis: 8:00 p.m. (ET) (Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth) Read more

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