With this year’s NBA season in jeopardy, it might comfort you to know that this year’s NBA 2K12 is going to be released on Oct. 4 — with or without the conclusion of the lockout. The game features many of the all-time greats, including Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, as well as contemporary players.
ESPN has hired Josina Anderson of Fox 31 in Denver to be a Chicago-based reporter covering the NFL, NBA and other sports. In addition to working for FOX 31, Anderson served as a correspondent on Showtime’s Inside the NFL last season. During her time in Denver, she’s been credited with breaking prominent sports stories including the deaths of Broncos players Darrent Williams, Damien Nash and Kenny McKinley.
In 2009 she received an Emmy for “A Premonition to Addis Ababa,” the story about Colorado Crush quarterback John Dutton‘s voyage to Ethiopia and his adoption of an 11-year-old boy.
“I’m trying to insulate myself from what people in the media are saying, but I’ve seen some of it, and it hurts because it’s coming from people who haven’t seen me practice, haven’t seen me play, haven’t seen what I can do,” said Tebow. “I did an interview the other day with someone on the NFL Network who said last year I’d never play a down in the NFL. He was wrong. Others who say I won’t make it are wrong. They don’t know what I’m capable of and what’s inside me. My family and my friends have been bothered by what’s gone on, and I tell them to pay no attention to it. I’m relying as always on my faith.”
The media is responsible for building up Tebow as this larger-than-life college football player and the backlash appears to be underway.
Time to put up or shut up, Tim.
ESPN is creating four documentaries focused on stories of the Southeastern Conference.
The Storied series will debut Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU with Herschel, on former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker. The second documentary is slated for December and will focus on the first SEC football championship game. The one-hour Storied documentaries will re-air on ESPN or ESPN2.
“We pride ourselves on our dedication to storytelling,” said John Dahl, executive producer, ESPN Content Development. “The SEC’s rich, layered history certainly lends itself to a series of this kind. We look forward to sharing these captivating stories with SEC fans.”
Robert Garrigus, who finished third at the recent U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, told Golf Digest that he and other golfers smoked marijuana during Nationwide Tour Events in 2002.
That included lighting up inside the ropes, if you must know.
“Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked in the middle of the round,” Garrigus says without blanching. “We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags. Read more
Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth took time away from
his busy schedule sitting around waiting for owners and players to end the lockout to write Peter King‘s Monday Morning Quarterback column on SI.com. King is on his annual summer vacation, so notables will be filling in for him over the next few weeks.
For longtime readers of King’s column who’ve come to expect tangents about coffee, the Red Sox or traveling inconveniences, Foxworth’s effort was a departure, as it made no mention of those worthwhile preoccupations. He addressed the players’ stand in the labor standoff, said Baltimore deserved to host a Super Bowl (“If Detroit can handle the country’s biggest game, then so can Charm City”) and devoted his non-sports thoughts to the awesomeness of technology (“At least once a month I look at my smartphone or iPad and say, “Holy $*&@, this is incredible”) and the need for players to remain clothed in their Twitter profile pics. He also said cell phones have ruined the fun of pushing people into pools. Not sure I agree with that. The ubiquity of cell phones raises the chances you’ll push someone in the pool who has one in their pocket; but it also raises the odds that someone nearby will take a cell phone picture of a soaking wet person screaming about the death of their cell phone. It’s really a give and take.
Curious as to why folks hate Tiki Barber?
You know an interview is going to be awkward when an agent is on to serve as a bodyguard – - Barber requested his agent, Mark Lepselter, join him on the call.
That didn’t stop Francesa from ripping Barber to shreds:
Barber: “I think you’re throwing a little bit of hyperbole out there, Mike, because I didn’t have a ‘big failure’ in broadcasting. I think if you laid the stage as you and Chris at the time tried to, that I was (to) be the next Matt Lauer, yeah, you could say it was a failure. But I had a lot of fulfillment at NBC. I did a lot of great stories that I think had impact over the three years that I was there.”
Barber: “You’re putting it in simple terms. And if that’s how you need to do it, Michael, fine, you put it in simple terms. But I don’t consider my time at NBC a failure.”
Francesa: “The guys at NBC, and I know all of them, they felt that you did a bad job and they said that they thought you were entitled. I mean, they were not complimentary about your work. Let’s not run away from that, this is part of the story.” Read more
The couple that was photographed kissing during the Vancouver riots gave their first interview Friday with CBC News.
Australian Scott Jones was comforting his girlfriend, Alex Thomas, after the couple was attacked by Vancouver police. An amateur photographer captured footage of the attack, which is featured in the interview.
The couple won’t have to worry about getting caught in the middle of a riot next year – - they are moving to Australia.
Universal Sports Network and DirecTV announced a multi-year, multi-platform distribution agreement Wednesday.
Under the terms of the deal, Universal Sports Network will launch on a free preview basis to all DirecTV customers in early August before moving to the Sports Pack and other select packages on Oct. 1. DirecTV customers will also have access to Universal Sports’ programming on the Internet, mobile devices and tablets in the near future. Read more
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