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Archives: November 2010

Jimmy V Week Starts Wednesday

As if you needed another reason to watch college basketball.

The fourth annual Jimmy V Week begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. ESPN’s family of networks will simulcast the coach’s 1993 ESPY speech – watch it after the jump – and will feature the Jimmy V Women’s Baskeball Classic on Monday Dec. 6 and the men’s version on Tuesday Dec. 7.

The 2009 Jimmy V Week raised more than $900,000 to support cancer research, and the event has given more than $2.6 million to charity during its first three years. Read more

Watch: Matt Lauer Cracks Up at Package Shrinkage

“Today” show co-anchor Matt Lauer got a strong case of giggles this morning during a segment with Jean Chatzky on the rising price of food. Lauer’s co-anchor Meredith Vieira was no help either.

O’Reilly on Imus: ‘FOX broadcasting takes shots at Fox News, which basically is paying the bills’

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly was on “Imus in the Morning” this morning to plug his new book “Pinheads and Patriots” and talk to about his beef with “The Simpsons:”

“I don’t care about ‘The Simpsons,’ but I think it’s really funny that FOX broadcasting takes shots at Fox News, which basically is paying the bills. Fox News makes so much money that it caries a lot of the other divisions of News Corporation, including the broadcast division.”

The FNC personality also talked about making up with Whoopi Goldberg after “The View” walk-off : “I was never mad at Whoopi or Joy Behar,” O’Reilly told Don Imus, “It was the greatest thing that could’ve happened to ‘Pinheads and Patriots.’ Thank you guys.”

(h/t J$P)

The video from this morning is after the jump…
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Country's Oldest Sportscaster Now One Year Older

After breaking his ankle playing baseball in 1939, Bob Wolff walked into the broadcast booth and started calling games. He hasn’t left.

The New York TimesRichard Sandomir catches up with the living legend on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

According to the article, “He is still delivering weekly commentaries and covers occasional major sports stories for News 12 Long Island.”

He also has a lovely, charming wife. “His father, Dick, had a lot of drive. I don’t see that same drive in our children. They must take after me,” Jane, his wife of 65 years, told the Times.

Here’s to another 90 years.

Drew Brees 2010 SI Sportsman Of The Year

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was selected as the 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year on Tuesday.

Brees is the 57th recipient of the honor, joining the likes of Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Jack Nicklaus, Derek Jeter, John Wooden and Cal Ripken Jr.

It’s hard to argue against Brees when you consider what he’s done on and off the field. We all know he led the Saints to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. But more importantly, Brees started The Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 and has worked with nearly 50 New Orleans schools and organizations to promote civic recovery.

“Drew’s accomplishments go far beyond delivering a Super Bowl title to a notoriously long-suffering franchise,” Sports Illustrated group editor Terry McDonell said. “He has been a driving force in a battered city’s ongoing efforts to rebuild and renew while simultaneously resurrecting his own career.”

Brees will be honored at a ceremony Tuesday night in New York and joined by past winners Bill Russell (’68), Billy Jean King (’72), Mike Eruzione (’80), Joe Montana (’90) and Curt Schilling (’01 and ’04).

The Miami Heat Might Not Be Good, But People Still Watch

The Miami Heat are not great – although they were last night (or maybe not?). Poor Bethleham Shoals, Deadspin’s Heat chronicler extraordinaire, sounds as though he wants out of his season-long assignment. It’s an ugly scene in South Beat… except if you’re talking TV ratings.

Go Sports Media Watch, go: “Wednesday’s Heat/Magic game drew a 2.0 U.S. rating and 2.985 million viewers on ESPN, up 67 percent in ratings and 66 percent in viewership from the same matchup last year (MIA/ORL: 1.2, 1.804 mil).”

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Anchor Changes at ‘The Early Show,’ Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez, Dave Price All Out

TVNewser hears that an anchor change is in store at CBS’ “The Early Show.” Co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez is believed to be leaving the program, with news anchor Erica Hill to step in and take her place.

The announcement could be made as soon as today. Rodriguez anchored the program this morning (left) alongside Harry Smith.

A spokesperson for CBS News would not confirm the report, and said that the network does not comment on rumors and speculation. Rodriguez joined “The Early Show” as a co-anchor in 2007, and had previously served as co-anchor of the Saturday edition of the program. Before that, she worked at CBS O&O WFOR in Miami, Florida.

Hill joined CBS full-time earlier this year. She has been co-anchor of the Saturday “Early Show” since 2008.

> More: The AP”s David Bauder reports that co-anchor Harry Smith and weather anchor Dave Price will also be leaving the show, and will be replaced by Chris Wragge and Marysol Castro, respectively.

> More: Insiders tell us Smith will stay with CBS News in an as-yet determined position. Smith, who has co-anchored “Early” since 2002, joined CBS News as a Dallas-based correspondent in 1986.

> Confirmed: Internal memo from CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus after the jump. The “exciting changes” take effect Jan. 3.

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HLN’s Nancy Grace Reveals That She Underwent Emergency Medical Procedure

HLN 8 PM host Nancy Grace revealed yesterday that she underwent an emergency medical procedure last Tuesday to remove a mass that dioctors feared may have been malignant. Thankfully, after the growth was removed, it proved to be benign.

“Please ladies go to your doctors, I was the lucky one,” Grace said.

Grace called into her program last night to explain her absence, with Jean Casarez guest-hosting. Video of the appearance is available here.

Grace says she expects to be back at work next week.

Brian Ross Home Damaged in Fire

A fire gutted part of the Sharon, CT home of ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross Monday afternoon. Ross used the house on weekends and in summers and fronted several live shots from an office in the home (left) which was destroyed in the fire. According to the The Register Citizen newspaper, the fire in the two-story colonial began around 2:30 and was contained by 4pm.

Late yesterday, Ross Tweeted:

  • A fire at my Conn. Home today, thankfully no one was hurt. Our family thanks the Sharon and other local fire departments for saving the house.
  • The fire completely destroyed my office where I often appear during wknd breaking news and where I wrote a good portion of my book on Madoff

“The firefighters did a fantastic job saving the house,” Ross said during a phone interview with the Register Citizen last night. “They told me that the fire was so hot when they arrived that it was difficult to get the door open.” No word on a cause, but you can bet Ross will use his own investigative skills to get to the bottom of it.

Ross and his wife bought the home in the late 1980′s when he was still a correspondent at NBC News.

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Alabama Stadium DJ Fired After Mocking Cam Newton

It appears the good folks in Alabama don’t exactly have a sense of humor.

The University of Alabama fired a part-time employee after playing “unauthorized music over the Bryant-Denny Stadium public address system” prior to Friday’s Iron Bowl.

The unauthorized music in question was “Take the Money and Run,” by The Steve Miller Band and “Son of a Preacher Man,” by Dusty Springfield.

Care to take a guess which Auburn player the songs were directed towards? Read more