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Video: Rampage Jackson Jokes About 'Humping' UFC Reporter

Following his defeat of Matt Hamill at UFC 130 on Saturday night, Rampage Jackson did an interview with MMA Heat reporter Karyn Bryant, a discussion that ended with him mimicking the act of “motorboating” and joking about humping her.

Yeah, if LeBron James or Tom Brady did this, it’d be a big deal. But it’s B.A. Baracus, who spends his life punching other men in the face, so people basically shrug it off. Don’t believe me? Check out the additional videos that The Big Lead has compiled of Jackson’s past antics with female reporters. BTW, great question from Bryant, asking Jackson how “homeboys” feel about him.

Warning: Video may be NSFW

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Reggie Bush Shouldn't Watch ESPN First Take

Reggie Bush fell for the Skip Bayless trap.

Bayless criticized the New Orleans Saints running back (for now) on ESPN First Take Tuesday morning, which sent Bush into a Twitter frenzy.

I know Bayless is ripped and all, but we all know Bush would win a workout challenge.

If Bush ignored Bayless like the rest of the world does, he could spend his time focusing on more important things, like where he’s going to play next season.

Columnist: ‘Told me’ an easily abused reporting device

Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram takes aim at a widely abused trope that has emerged in sports reporting in recent years, the tendency of sideline reporters and print writers to report a story and pass it off like exclusive information, typically by saying a coach or player “told me.” How easily can this be abused? Well, just consider this sentence: “President Obama told me Osama Bin Laden is dead.”

That’s me, sitting on my couch, reporting to you information I heard from the lips of the President of the United States. Is it factually incorrect to say he “told me” this? No. Does it convey the impression that I alone was bequeathed this information? Yes.

In his column, Engel provided a recent example:

“(A)bout 10 days ago Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was surrounded by about 20 sports hacks, including a TNT sideline reporter, and answered a question with a rather benign response. A few days later during a Mavs’ playoff game against Portland, this TNT sideline reporter recounted the group interview with a “Rick Carlisle told me …”

Technically, this TNT reporter isn’t lying. Carlisle did tell him that. And me. And about 18 others, too.”

Does the reader/listener/viewer really care? Probably not.

This is an ESPN initiative that has morphed its way into nearly every piece of reporting on that network, and nearly every other station and sports news outlet in the nation. The design was to create the illusion that you can’t get this news anywhere else, which is often true. If the reporter is talking one-on-one with a player/coach/owner/GM “Told Me” is significant. Or can be. If a reporter has a great relationship with a source, “Told Me” can be a very big deal.

But all too often “Told Me” is a question and answer exchange in front of other reporters.

Even though journalism is allegedly about the news and not the reporter, “Told Me” also serves as evidence to an editor or someone high in the food chain that the interviewer actually went out to collect their own information rather than just sit on their computer and steal someone else’s work.

The overall effect of “Told Me” dilutes the genuine, original exclusive reporting. There is so much “Told Me” now that it’s become nearly impossible to distinguish the exclusive material from the information that was gathered in large groups.

Keep that in mind the next time you hear a reporter say “told me.”

UPenn Robot Throws Out First Pitch At Phillies Game

Only Philadelphia fans would boo a robot.

Jim Gray's Terrible No Good Year Continues

Jim Gray, still trying to wash off The Decision stink, was supposed to spend the weekend working the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif. for the Golf Channel. Yeah, not going to happen anymore.

The broadcaster got into an argument with Dustin Johnson‘s caddie and has been removed from covering the event.

“Our aim is to provide the best possible golf coverage for our viewers. Anything else is a disservice. In order not to provide further distraction, we’ve decided to remove Jim from this particular assignment,” Golf Channel spokesman Dan Higgins told the USA Today.

In August, Gray had it out with United States Ryder captain Corey Pavin.

The Golf Channel refused to comment about whether they would hire Gray again. Decisions, decisions.

The SportsNewser Interview: James Brown

You would be hard pressed to find a classier guy in the business than CBS Sports announcer James Brown.

The Inside the NFL and The NFL Today host spoke to 25 high school students from the Newark Collegiate Academy in Newark, N.J. on Friday. The students had the opportunity to speak to Brown on his broadcast career and will have an opportunity to tour the CBS Sports studios.

Following the event, Brown spoke to SportsNewser about the maturity of Michael Vick and his emotional moment during the Chris Henry segment on Thanksgiving.

SportsNewser: You spoke at Newark Collegiate Academy this morning in Newark. As a former athlete turned broadcaster, how important is education in the journalism world?

James Brown: Oh my goodness gracious. Critically. One of the points I hopefully drove home successfully to the young people there is that is [education] the foundation. I spent a lot of time talking about the foundation. Having a rock solid foundation and that education is the key. I was borrowing if you will from the language of architecture in building, telling them the many skyscrapers that they see in New York, while they stand so tall and sturdy and withstand the storms and wind beating against it, that which enables the building to do that is not seen. And that’s the foundation. Read more