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Posts Tagged ‘Dan Marino’

Luther Campbell Says Sports Media is Basically All Racist

In his column in the Miami New Times, Luther Campbell, the former leader of the rap group 2 Live Crew and former Miami-Dade mayoral candidate, lambasted the sports media for having the audacity to say that Cam Newton struggled in his first NFL preseason game (even though he did). Campbell said the big reason why black athletes like Newton, Tiger Woods and LeBron James get heavily criticized, while Eli Manning, John Daly and Brett Favre supposedly get free passes, is because “sports news outlets are dominated by white faces.”

Campbell’s column is short enough that we could have pasted it here in full. But this outtake below is a good indication of his general tone and attitude: Read more

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Comedy Central Orders Norm Macdonald Sports Show

Comedy Central has given the green light to a weekly sports comedy program hosted by comedian Norm Macdonald, titled, appropriately enough, “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald.”

The program will premiere on Comedy Central in March.

“I’m excited and look forward to doing this series,” said Macdonald in a statement. “On this show, we plan to put the central back in Comedy Central.”

The show is part “Daily Show,” part “Tosh.0 and part “Onion SportsDome,” with Macdonald discussing topical sports issues in front of a live audience.

Comedy Central made a big push into sports earlier this year with the Onion SportsDome. “Sports Show” could be used as a natural partner with SportsDome in Comedy’s primetime lineup.

More information, after the jump.

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It's ESPN's World. We're All Just Living in it.

In what’s otherwise another ranty, raving column, Phil Mushnick makes a nice catch:

Can’t make this stuff up, continued: ESPN’s website last week, in a lead paragraph, gave ESPN full credit for breaking the story that the Yankees have extended Cliff Lee an extra seventh year on their offer. In the third paragraph, this appeared: “SI.com first reported that the Yankees added a seventh year to their offer.”

In a sense, at least the Worldwide Leader bothered to give another outlet credit instead of just stealing it outright. Given the focus on the story – and the importance of SI.com – they probably couldn’t get away with snagging the credit for themselves. On the other hand, ESPN seems to get worse and worse as they gain more power. Maybe that book will change something?

Jon Gruden To Miami Rumors Heating Up On Twitter

Less than 24 hours after the University of Miami fired football coach Randy Shannon, Lake Lewis of the Sports Journey Broadcast Network tweeted that Jon Gruden would be the next coach of the Hurricanes.

I know, I know.

Lake who?

According to his Twitter profile, he’s a former ESPN radio guy who covers the Washington Redskins.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated shot down the rumor before the Monday Night Football analyst issued a statement:

“I am committed to Monday Night Football and to ESPN. I enjoy working with Mike, Jaws and our entire crew and am just trying to get better at this job.” Read more

Kornheiser Radio Show Now For Download At ESPN Radio

On the one year anniversary of The Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN Radio 980 (WTEM) in Washington, DC, the former Washington Post columnist announced that the best of would be available for download on ESPN Radio.

Tony Kornheiser was on ESPN Radio for six years between 1998-2004 before he was dismissed after a series of disagreements with management.

Fans of the show, affectionately known as “Littles,” got quite the scare at the end of last Friday’s show when “Famous Last Words” by Billy Joel played to close out the show, which normally signals the end of his radio run.

But it was business as usual on Tuesday’s show, who described the philosophy of the show to new listeners as, “funny, sarcastic and subversive.”

That humor was displayed last week when Kornheiser explained to his audience that he’s using his Sports Emmy Award for best Daily Outstanding Studio Talk Show (for Pardon The Interruption) as a toilet paper holder in his family bathroom.

(Insert bathroom humor joke here.)

PGATOUR.COM Launches Streaming Video for Playoffs

Excellent; another way to pass the time at work.

The PGA Tour will offer live streaming video of the signature holes of the four FedExCup tournaments. (The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship, and The Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola to the uninitiated.) Video will be available on the organization’s website. For the Barclays, “the site will stream 32 hours of live golf from the par-5 17th hole with bonus coverage from the par-3 15th hole.”

Elin Nordegren will not make an appearance.

As If Boston Sports Needed More Press

Remember Cribs? Yeah, that was great. (Maybe it’s still on?) Anyway… you know what would make the show better? If it focused on athletes. Specifically, Boston’s sporting heroes.

And go. NESN (the New England Sports Network to those of you who didn’t grow up in southeastern Massachusetts) will launch After The Game on September 3.

The show takes an inside look at the houses, cars, and swimming pools to the regions most famous sports stars. It begins with Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (in his Florida home) and will also visit the residences of players such as Patrice Bergeron, Matt Light, David Ortiz, Bode Miller, Tom Werner, Kristine Lilly, and Doug Flutie. ATG also plans to highlight the philanthropic efforts of stars because Flutie can only keep so much Cristal in his fridge.

There’s a nepotism angle here as well, since Linda Pizzuti Henry – the wife of Red Sox owner John Henry – is one of the producers. Her previous accomplishments include being one of the 25 most stylish Bostonians (trust us: not difficult) and going to Babson College, MIT, and Suffolk University School of Law. Television, of course, is the next logical step.