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ESPN Offering Facebook Fans Sneak Preview Of The Fab Five

For fans anticipating The Fab Five documentary (March 13 at 9 pm on ESPN), you can catch a sneak preview Tuesday night on ESPN’s Facebook page.

Following the extended clip, former Michigan guard Jalen Rose will host a live video chat and Q&A with fans.

The ESPN NBA analyst was outspoken this morning on First Take when discussing the documentary and Duke University.

“For me, Duke was personal,” Rose said. “I hated Duke. And I hated everything I felt Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

Let’s see how long it takes before Coach Mike Krzyzewski responds to Rose and drops a “no comment.”

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Bill Simmons Ramping Up For His New Website

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons recently chatted with Michael McCarthy of USA Today about his new website that’s launching in May.

According to “The Sports Guy,” the site will be two-thirds sports; one-third pop culture. The plan is to hire 8-12 writers and editors and Chuck Klosterman, Molly Lambert, Chris Ryan and Katie Baker are already on board.

Below is an excerpt of the interview:

Tell us about the new site.

We’re hoping the slate of the writers coming out of the gate, not just the ones we hire full-time, but the people contributing once a week, once a month, or once every couple of months, will be really be special. I felt like there was a void for a site like this. Read more

Let’s Not Fall All Over Ourselves Calling Cliff Lee A Working-Class Hero

Monday night, Cliff Lee shocked the world by announcing he was spurning millions offered by the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers to rejoin a Philadelphia Phillies squad he led to the World Series before departing on terms that were less than Brotherly Love.

The pitcher agreed to a five-year, $120 million contract, a dollar figure that’s somewhere between 20 and 30 percent less than what the Yankees and Rangers offered. SI.com’s Joe Lemire wants to make him a saint.

“And the notion of baseball-player-as-mercenary has taken a hit, as a man who could have made history with the second-largest contract ever given to a pitcher instead rejected that offer to play where he felt most comfortable. It’s a move surely to be wildly popular not just among Philadelphia fans but also throughout baseball – except, of course, in Texas and New York, who are now scrambling for backup plans.”

On one hand, sure. On the other, please, please spare us.

Pardon our Scott Boras-inflected French, but $120 million is still a sh*tload of money. Will Lee’s choice bother people in the Bronx and Arlington? Of course. But will it alter the paradigm of baseball players choosing money over a “good situation?” Heck no. And will it alter the perception of fans? Not even a little bit.

Lee choose between making a ton of money and making a ton of money. Call us when he plays for free.

Thayer Evans Might Need A New Cell Phone Number

Fox Sports reporter Thayer Evans messed with the wrong professor at the University of Auburn.

Evans was reportedly calling professors in order to get dirt on star quarterback Cam Newton. Evans has made it clear he has it out for Newton and was in the process of continuing his witch hunt against the Heisman hopefully.

That is until one professor decided enough was enough and started circulating his number on the Auburn message boards Wednesday evening: Read more

Trying to Solve the NFL's Headhunter Problem

The fallout from the weekend’s spate of brutal hits continues to hit newspapers around the country. The New York Post‘s Steve Serby offers another outraged column, while The New York Times William C. Rhoden suggests a 30-yard penalty for vicious hits.

Good idea, expect it won’t fix anything.

Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison – who delivered big hits that earned him the reputation as a dirty player – spoke with his NBC colleague Peter King about what will actually motivates a player.

“You didn’t get my attention when you fined me five grand, 10 grand, 15 grand,” Harrison said. “You got my attention when I got suspended… You have to suspend these guys. These guys are making millions of dollars. The NFL [has to say], ‘We’re going to really protect our players. We’re going to suspend these guys, not one game, but possibly two or more games.’”

Suspensions speak. Fines, not so much.

Our personal favorite suggestion was offered up by this idea from Reuters correspondent Simon Evans:

UFC Prelims See An Increase In Ratings

A month after their lowest ratings of the year, the UFC Prelims prior to UFC 119 last Saturday earned a 0.9/1.3 rating on Spike TV.

The live broadcast peaked with 1.36 million viewers according to Spike TV officials, which featured two preliminary-card bouts from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The UFC Prelims before UFC 118 drew a series-low 1.1 million viewers.

UFC’s concept of teasing their pay-per-view broadcast with live fights is a great idea that boxing should consider … if they had undercards worth caring about. Read more

Around the Horn & Pardon the Interruption Now In HD

Welcome to the 21st century, Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption.

The two ESPN shows made their high definition debuts on Monday after moving from their standard definition Atlantic Video studio home of over eight years.

“We have loved our relationship with Washington-based Atlantic Studios, but we really have, for a time, wanted more space and the ability of changing the look of the show,” Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption producer Erik Rydholm told the Washington Examiner. “I mean both “PTI” — which started in 2001 — and “Around the Horn” — that came a year after — have really not had a makeover or for that matter we have not made the transition to high definition. So really the time to change is here.”

The show looks stunning in HD (The orange just glows from Tony Kornheiser) and is a much needed makeover.

How close were the two shows packing up in Washington and moving to Los Angeles?

“We wanted a state-of-the-art facility and, for a time, we considered moving to the ESPN Los Angeles studios that are located in the LA Live complex across the street from the Staples Center,” Rydholm said. “But then we got a break and we will be moving into the Washington offices and studios of ABC and taking over the a newly renovated space that once was home to “Nightline.”