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USA Today's Danny Sheridan Compares Bloggers to Cockroaches

During a highly anticipated radio interview yesterday with Paul Finebaum, Danny Sheridan of USA Today was expected by many to divulge the name of the “bag man” who purportedly delivered the money necessary to bring Cam Newton to Auburn. Sheridan did not name the person, claiming he never promised to do so. When Finebaum said that Sheridan would be raked over the coals by media commentators, Sheridan was unmoved, and went off on a tangent about bloggers who (cliche alert) mostly live in their mother’s basements. He likened them to cockroaches who aren’t man enough to say something and put their name to it.

To recap, people were paying particular attention to what Sheridan had to say yesterday because he claimed to know something, but then refused to divulge the name because he says he didn’t want someone to lose their job. In unrelated news, I know the real identity of D.B. Cooper, but don’t want to reveal his name because someone might lose their job. Come back tomorrow, though, maybe I’ll troll for more attention change my mind.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)

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Feinstein Quits Navy Radio Over CBS Documentary

John Feinstein, who is best known for A Season on the Brink, the year he spent embedded with former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, has quit the Navy Radio Network after 14 years as a color commentator after the school agreed to do a documentary with CBS about the Army-Navy game — a project that Feinstein, whose book The Civil War chronicled the annual football game between the two service academies, reportedly pitched to CBS in the past, but to no avail.

I have no doubt CBS will do just fine with this. They’ll have the access and they’ll spend the money. They won’t have my anecdotal memory or know some of the stories about past players that I know and I’m SURE they won’t try to claim any of the stories I’ve written or told in the past as their own.

I’m not angry with the people at Army or Navy. This was a business decision. Could they have pushed CBS a little harder to involve me, pointing out that it would benefit the project? Yes. Would that have done any good? I doubt it.

The reason I’m stepping down then isn’t because I’m throwing a hissy fit at being left out. But, as I said in my note to the Navy people, Army-Navy and doing Navy football has never been a job to me, it has been a passion. Doing this documentary would have been a labor of both love and passion and, yes, I believe I would have done it better than anyone else.

So, to be at the games this fall and see CBS there with their cameras following players around; knowing they’re in the locker room with their cameras; encountering people from CBS all the time, is something I simply can’t face. It’s a little bit like dating a girl for 10 years, getting dumped and then being invited to her wedding. I just don’t want to watch it.

Can’t really blame him. Then again, the idea for a documentary about the Army-Navy game doesn’t seem like something that Feinstein alone could have brainstormed. Not involving him, though, seems odd. Hopefully CBS will address the reasons for doing the documentary without him.

 

Updated: Kornheiser Unhappy About Summer Hours

Update: 10:05 a.m. Earlier we’d reported that Tony Kornheiser of ESPN Radio would be taking the summer off after today, as he’d met his quota for work and the station wanted to find an alternative to fill in. According to Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post, who spoke to the station’s manager Chuck Sapienza, that’s not entirely accurate.

In balancing his vacation time, Sapienza decided it would be more interesting and valuable to have Tony on the Monday after the (U.S. Open, which is being played near D.C.) than the Wednesday before, and that having one full week of Tony would be better than two split weeks.

So Al Galdi will host next week’s shows on location from Congressional, and Kornheiser will return the following week. Tony was already scheduled to take most of July and August off; he will be replaced by Andrew Siciliano, who will do an exclusive 980 show for six weeks this summer. Still, Kornheiser will be on-air for nearly 20 days between June 1 and Labor Day.

“He’s not taking 10 weeks off,” Sapienza said.

Kornheiser, who also co-hosts Pardon the Interruption, expressed displeasure with the arrangement during Thursday’s broadcast.

“The show is not going to be on the air next week. The decision was made by management. It’s a very complicated thing, and understand that it’s business. Look, I’m not going to agree with it, but I’m not going to go nuts,” Kornheiser said. “I have a contractual arrangement that allows me to do a certain number of shows. I reached that number of shows, so economically, the station decided they’d rather have someone else and not pay me for any more shows. That’s fine.”

Steinberg asked Sapienza if he minded taking shots from Kornheiser.

“I like when Tony gets all riled up,” he said. “I think it’s good for the show. Tony’s at his best when he’s railing against somebody, and if it happens to be me, great. Tony was being Tony. He’s entertaining, that’s what he’s doing, and it’s fine, it’s perfectly fine.”

(H/T to SB Nation)

Reporter: WVU's Stewart Asked Me To Dig Up Dirt on Successor

Former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Colin Dunlap claimed last night that West Virginia head football coach Bill Stewart called him last December and asked him to dig up dirt on Stewart’s successor-in-waiting, Dana Holgorsen. Dunlap made his allegations on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.

Holgorsen was named coach-in-waiting on Dec. 16 and Dunlap says Stewart called him several days later and made the request. Dunlap formerly covered Mountaineers football for the Post-Gazette. He resigned from the newspaper in late May.

“He tried to flame-throw the guy in December by calling me and at least one other reporter because the other reporter and I discussed it. [Stewart] said, can you get the word, I think it was scumbag or something, tattooed on the front of the sports page? You need to dig up this dirt; you need to get it out on this guy. And I said, ‘Hey man, I’m not a part of some witch hunt.’ But I understood the guy was like backed in a corner and was in a tight spot.”

Holgorsen has been the focus on several damning newspapers articles in recent weeks, including a May 28 piece in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch that said Holgorsen had been involved in at least three and maybe as many as six alcohol-related incidents since being named to succeed Stewart. West Virginia officials are now investigating the possibility that Stewart or his wife, Karen, were the sources for several disparaging stories about Holgorsen and that information may have been fabricated to paint Holgorsen in an unflattering light.

In related news, naming a successor-in-waiting is always a great idea.

(H/T/ to Dr. Saturday)

Video: TV Anchor Laughs Uncontrollably At Groundcrew Member Caught Under Tarp

Albany, New York, newscaster Elisa Streeter thought it was the height of hilarity that a grounds crew member fell under the tarp during a Mets rain delay and had to crawl himself out.

(H/T to The Big Lead)

Red Bull Launching U.S. Lifestyle Magazine

Red Bull, the energy drink that’s carved out a nice niche sponsoring extreme sports athletes and events, has launched a glossy lifestyle magazine in the United States that will premiere its June issue later this week.

The Red Bulletin, which is already published in nine countries, features San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum on the cover.

“For most other brands, the commitment is just to the product,” says Raymond Roker, associate publisher of The Red Bulletin and founder of URB magazine, who will oversee the U.S. magazine. But Red Bull’s aim, he says, “is to have a rich conversation with our audience.”

The magazine will target the valuable 18- to 34-year-old male demographic. The question is, do those guys read newspapers, where the majority of the magazines will be featured as an insert?

The AZ Central reports, “The $4.99 magazine will have 75,000 copies available on newsstands. It’s also available by subscription at $12 for 12 issues. But on the third Sunday of each month, the majority of the copies will be tucked inside five Sunday newspapers: Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, The Miami Herald and The Houston Chronicle. One media buying executive says the brand’s multimedia dream looks more like a pipe dream. Red Bull’s youthful target is the wrong customer to hit with a print product — particularly one that’s inside newspapers, says Debbie Sklar, vice president of print at Horizon Media.

“Are 18- to 34-year-olds really reading newspapers?” Sklar asks.

But some advertisers have bought in. Among those in the first, 100-page issue: EA Sports, Dyson vacuum and Zappos.

Tiki Barber’s agent knew early that broadcasting career was doomed

In 2007, as newly retired Tiki Barber was floundering in his bid to become the next Matt Lauer, he and his agent met with Tampa Bay Buccaneers personnel — including then coach Jon Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen and Barber’s twin brother, Ronde — to discuss Tiki coming out of retirement to play running back for the team.

“They talked football and drank a little tequila. Gruden came on strong, telling Barber that Tampa needed him to make a playoff run and that he could take three weeks to get back into shape before playing the second half of the season,” reports Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com.

Barber’s agent, Mark Lepselter, was all for it.

“I was pushing for it hard,” Lepselter said, “because I already knew things weren’t going in the right direction for Tiki.”

Mind you, this was just a few months into his new duties with “Today” and “Football Night in America.”

Alas, Barber balked at resuming his football career – at least at that point. After his broadcasting career flamed out at NBC (and following a very pubic breakup with his pregnant wife), Barber, 36, is once again pursuing a career on the gridiron.

Red Sox launch Web site to honor Fenway Park 100th anniversary

Next year is the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park and the Red Sox have launched a MLB-sponsored Web site (FenwayPark100.com) that outlines the history of the fabled Boston ballpark and what plans the team has to commemorate its centennial.

Fans are invited to share stories (“Dude, I got sooo wasted during that Yankees game…”) and ideas for the park’s 100th anniversary. For a measly $250 you can also get your name etched on a 4×8 brick that will be placed on a concourse within the ballpark. Or if you’re feeling really generous (and vain), you can drop $475 for an 8×8 brick. Bricks go on sale on April 28.

According to the site, personal inscriptions are allowed. So how many Yankee fans are gonna pony up the cash to buy a brick that reads “Boston sux”? It’s bound to happen.

Terry Bradshaw Speaks Out On Concussions; Will Return To Fox In The Fall

Despite his recent health problems, Terry Bradshaw will return to Fox Sports for the upcoming football season.

Fox spokesman Dan Bell told the USA Today that Bradshaw “will absolutely be back and his role won’t in any way be changed.”

The NFL analyst wrote about his health woes as a result of six concussions and numerous head injures he suffered during his playing career:

Today most athletes rehab after surgery from a knee or shoulder injury. Well, I’m learning how to prevent my brain from getting worse than it is after suffering a career worth of concussions playing football. When I played for the Steelers and I got my bell rung, I’d take smelling salts and go right back out there. All of us did that. We didn’t know any better. You don’t know how many times I was in the huddle, asking my teammates to help me call a play. After a few minutes, I’d be fine and I’d keep playing just like nothing had happened. Read more

VIDEO: The First 90 Seconds of Comedy Central's 'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald'

Tonight Comedy Central premieres a new series poking fun at the sports world. “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald” is set to debut on the channel at 10:30 PM.

Unlike “The Daily Show,” which produces four new episodes a week, “Sports Show” is only once a week, but it is shot the day before it airs, to make it as topical as possible.

Check out the first 90 seconds from tonight’s premiere episode below.

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