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The SportsNewser Interview: Kirk Morrison

“Kirk Morrison is going to be the next hot sports guy. He’s doing the dirty work while he’s still playing. A lot of players wait until they’re done playing before they start investing into their life after football.” – Former NFL player and NBC Sports broadcaster Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

We couldn’t pass at the opportunity to speak with the next hot sports guy in NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison.

The free agent has spent his time during the NFL lockout by grinding away in the radio profession, working alongside Rob Dibble on Fox Sports Radio.

Morrison isn’t a rookie to the broadcast world. He got his first break at San Diego State, where the All-American called high school football games for the local NBC affiliate. Prior to his current gig, Morrison was the co-host of the Aztec Power Hour with Darren Smith on XX 1090 in San Diego.

SportsNewser chatted with the 29-year-old about working with Dibble and his thoughts on if the 2011 NFL season will begin on time.

SportsNewser: When did your itch for broadcasting begin?

Kirk Morrison: It began when I was in college. I was about 20 and it just so happened that I was 2-3 years into my major at San Diego State. As I became a spokesman for my football team because I had some success as an All-American as a freshman, the media would always want to talk to me. I was the guy for about 3-4 years and next thing you know, I was always doing radio shows and TV interviews. I wanted to switch it up and go into communications and do something involved with that. People said I expressed my thoughts very clearly and you go out and have a strong opinion. I did a little color commentary while I was still in college. I did high school games for the local station (Channel 4 San Diego) and from then on, I said this is what I want to do outside of football.

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Hawk Harrelson Suggests Jose Bautista Is Corking

Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson was in rare form this weekend during a series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

It started Saturday when Corey Patterson hit a walk-off home run in the 14th inning and Harrelson asked for the ball to “get down” as it sailed over the right field fence.

But that was mild compared to Sunday when the colorful play-by-play announcer hinted that Jose Bautista might be corking.

“If you didn’t know better, you’d say [his bat] had a little cork in it,” Harrelson said.

Everyone (and by everyone, I mean bloggers) has hinted that there must be something going on with Bautista. Read more

Curt Schilling Upset About Osama bin Laden Burial

You had to know Curt Schilling was going to have an opinion about the death of Osama bin Laden.

The former MLB pitcher and ESPN contributor called into the Dennis & Callahan morning radio show this morning in Boston to voice his anger at the U.S. government giving bin Laden a proper Muslim burial.

“I’m p—– because I can’t fathom why we would honor the Muslim traditions for a guy who Muslims have been telling us for 10 years doesn’t represent the true Muslim faith,” said Schilling. “And our government has been telling us the same thing. Who were they worried about offending? Radical Muslims? Because any true Muslim has told us for the last 10 years that the radicals like Osama bin Laden don’t represent them. It’s like calling Adolf Hitler a Christian.”

Sooooo … how about those Red Sox? Anyone?

Bobby Knight Apologizes For Comments About University of Kentucky Basketball Team

ESPN college basketball analyst Bob Knight has apologized after accusing University of Kentucky basketball players of not attending class during their spring semester.

“My overall point is that ‘one and dones’ are not healthy for college basketball,” Knight said. “I should not have made it personal to Kentucky and its players and I apologize.”

Knight made the comments about the starters from the 2009-10 Kentucky team during a speaking engagement in Indiana on Saturday.

“Bob Knight’s comments do not reflect the opinions of and are not endorsed by ESPN,” said ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson. “We have communicated to him our disappointment and welcome his apology.”

Fellow ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams appeared with Matt Jones on KentuckySportsRadio.com Tuesday and was critical of Knight’s comments. Read more

Columnist Blames Dodger Stadium Attack On Fan

John Steigerwald is a moron.

Now that we got that out the way, let me tell you why he’s a moron.

The Observer-Reporter columnist wrote a piece on Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan that’s in a coma after a vicious beating by two Dodger fans on Opening Day at Chavez Ravine.

Steigerwald blames Stow for getting attacked because he wore Giants’ gear to the game:

It’s probably safe to say that the two “Dodgers” were high on something or things, but somewhere in their sick, juvenile minds, they probably also thought they were doing their duty as Dodger fans. Read more

DirecTV's Agreement With YES Network Expires Friday

DirecTV’s agreement with the YES Network expires at 11:59 p.m. Friday, though the two sides are still negotiating on a new deal.

The satellite company released the following statement regarding the YES Network:

“You may have heard that our current contract with YES Network expires April 1. We wanted you to know that DIRECTV is still negotiating with YES Network. Their threats to take down the channel are nothing more than gamesmanship to try and gain leverage in the talks. Obviously their goal is to get DIRECTV customers to pay as much as possible for their network, so these are the games that they play in negotiations. Read more

ESPN The Magazine Selects Buster Posey As Their "NEXT" Athlete

ESPN The Magazine has dubbed San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey as their “NEXT” athlete for 2011.

The National League Rookie of the Year hit .305 with 18 home runs in only 108 games.

Joining Posey in their respective sports are Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Evander Kane of the Atlanta Thrashers and Patrick Peterson of LSU.

For the most part, ESPN The Magazine has got it right in selecting the next breakout athlete.

Well, minus 2004.

The NBA's Big Year

The NFL isn’t the only sport having a wonderful season in terms of television ratings. NBA broadcasts on TNT are are through the roof as well.

Sports Media Watch (via Turner Sports) reports, “Through 18 telecasts, TNT is averaging a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.589 million viewers for NBA coverage, up 33 percent in ratings and 43 percent in viewership from last year (1.2, 1.813 mil), and up 60 percent and 71 percent, respectively, from 2008-09 (1.0, 1.518 mil).

The Miami Heat-Boston Celtics match on opening night and the Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers game were the two most-watched regular season telecasts since 1996. LeBron James is the new Michael Jordan, at least when it comes to television ratings. (And Charles Barkley is the new Charles Barkley.)

Michelle Beadle Is Barking Up The Wrong Tree

ESPN’s Michelle Beadle is learning the hard way that Michael Vick has a loyal fanbase.

The SportsNation co-host has been vocal on Twitter regarding the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback comments about wanting another dog.

“Vick wants a dog,” Beadle tweeted on Thursday. “He should NEVER be allowed that gift again.Talking about it on show today. Be ready, mouthbreathers!”

Beadle followed it up with, “And because now I’m REALLY fired up..remember what he did the last time he had a dog. TDs don’t get u a pass.” Along with her tweet was a photo of one of the dogs Vick abused. Beadle stood by her stance on Thursday’s episode of SportsNation. Read more

Get Raw as WWE's New Corporate Communications Publicist

Are you tired of wrestling with your job search? Well, World Wrestling Entertainment is looking for a publicist to join its corporate communications team. The gig is based in WWE’s Stamford, Conn. headquarters, but there may be an opportunity to work out of their New York City office, too,

If hired, you’ll work with the public relations and marketing teams on developing and executing plans and programs to increase visibility for WWE’s individual business units, strategic partnerships and products. You’ll also guide national and local print, TV, digital, radio, and trade outlet coverage for the brand and its senior management.

To be considered, you’ll need at least four years of experience in corporate communications, preferably at a media, entertainment or sports company. You should have established media contacts across various outlets, and be on top of current cultural trends. Those who can think out of the box and are willing to travel, should apply here.

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