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Nils Lofgren Should Stick To What He Knows Best

Guitarist and E Street Band member Nils Lofgren wrote “an open letter to the men and women of the sports reading community” on ESPN.com regarding the recent coverage of Michael Vick.

In the letter, Lofgren calls out Jemele Hill for her recent comments on The Sports Reporters where she raised the question of Vick winning the MVP Award following Josh Hamilton taking home the AL MVP.

“I am so disheartened and disappointed by your collective, lopsided praise of Michael Vick due to his recent spectacular on-field performance.

Jemele Hill stated on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters” that if Josh Hamilton could win one of baseball’s MVP awards after recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, why couldn’t Vick win the award in the NFL? Well, for one thing, Hamilton has neither tortured dozens of dogs nor murdered defenseless animals.

I do not know what is in Michael Vick’s head or heart. But in a recent ESPN interview, and elsewhere, he stated that while he was committing these heinous acts of cruelty, it never occurred to him that he was doing anything wrong.”

What a chilling, telling statement. Read more

Hockey Night In Canada To Carry First 3D Game

CBC will make Canadian hockey broadcast history on Dec. 11 when they televise their first-ever 3D game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens as part of Hockey Night in Canada.

The night before, the CBC will have a special Friday telecast of Hockey Night in Canada between the Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings.

Prior to the Saturday night broadcast, Hockey Tonight will debut the first of six new videos from DJ Steve Porter with the first one featuring the rivalry between the Habs and Leafs.

Dan Shulman Leads New Sunday Night Baseball Announcing Team

After nearly a month of speculation, ESPN announced Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine will form their new Sunday Night Baseball announcing team.

The trio of broadcasters were the favorites to replace Jon Miller and Joe Morgan following their departure from the network last month.

“Dan has broad knowledge of the game, an ability to articulate baseball’s analytics and a conversational tone which will bring out the best in our analysts,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. “Pairing him with Orel Hershiser, who made great contributions in the Sunday Night Baseball booth last season, and the unique opinions and fresh perspective of Bobby Valentine, will make for a dynamic Sunday Night team.” Read more

New York Jet Says Something That's Sure to Offend the New England Patriots

The rhetoric has started flying before the New York Jets-New England Patriots Monday night tilt.

Take it away, Damien Woody.

“That long stuff that Tom has going on — that ain’t happening,” he told TMZ.com.

Woody, it’s worth noting, got his start as a Pro Bowl center for the Patriots.

Mike Pereira To Join Fox Crew In Dallas For Super Bowl

There won’t be a need to toss to Mike Pereira at the Fox Los Angeles studios during the Super Bowl.

The former head of officials for the NFL will be in the booth during the network’s Super Bowl coverage.

He’s a remarkable 34-for-34 in predicting on-air what referees will do on a specific call.

“I hold my breath every time,” Pereira said. “To be honest, I watch other networks’ games, and there have been a couple I got wrong. I’ve been lucky.”

End Of An Era As Michael Wilbon Leaving WaPo

In the latest sign that newspapers are a dying breed, Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon is leaving the paper to pursue a larger role with ESPN/ABC.

The former Post intern turned into one of the greatest sports columnists in the business, covering everything from the Summer and Winter Olympics to the NBA Finals.

While I appreciate Wilbon on Pardon the Interruption and eager on his increased role with ESPN/ABC, a part of me is sad to see another newspaper person get swallowed up by the bigger payday television giants are able to provide.

The announcement from Washington Post management is below: Read more

The Ongoing Saga of Scott Raab

On Tuesday, we told you about Esquire writer Scott Raab who found himself banned from the Miami Heat’s games after writing a column on Esquire.com that perhaps said some negative things about LeBron James, ie the “Whore of Akron.”

What exactly happened? Even Raab’s not sure.

Tim Frank [The NBA's head of media relations] has refused to issue me the NBA’s credential, citing a policy that does not actually exist, at least as far as I can tell. I’ve profiled NBA players for national magazines for more than twenty years; I’m in Miami filing daily for Esquire.com; I’m also writing a book about LeBron and Cleveland and Miami and me, to be published by HarperCollins in early 2012. Still, I can’t get an NBA credential because – well, I don’t know.

Raab plans to go the Friday’s game and sit in the stands. Wish him luck. We’ll keep you informed about the results.

Charles Barkley to work March Madness

Oh man, this is awesome.

Charles Barkley and the rest of TNT’s NBA broadcast crew will join CBS’s March Madness team. Sir Charles, Kenny Smith, and the rest of the crew will work from the studio, while Marv Albert(!) will call some early round games.

And you thought March Madness couldn’t get any better.

Fore! Sports Illustrated Golf Group Seeks Senior Marketing Manager

Take your best swing at this: SI Golf Group is looking for a senior manager of integrated marketing to develop and implement customer-focused solutions for its clients.

In this role, you’ll be creating integrated programs, while working with all divisions of the franchise. You’ll be collaborating with sales teams around the country on multimedia integration, marketing partnership, sales presentations/proposals and marketing program budgets, so you should be a seasoned, creative thinker with a team-player mentality.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five to seven years related experience, and a proven track record of leading successful program development. He or she should be a great multi-tasker with a strong syndicated research background, as well as distinguished writing and presenting skills. Obviously, a passion for golf is a must. Interested? Apply here.

Rex Ryan Wins the Press Conference

Say what you will about New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, but at least he’s entertaining.

At a press conference on Wednesday, he stepped out for a minute before returning wearing a blonde wig and a Cleveland Browns shirt. The point: He was dressing as his brother, Browns defensive coordinator Rob.

What does “Rob” think about Rex? “”I think Rex is a great coach, a great person. He’s very handsome.”

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