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New Haven Register Columnist Solomon Killed in Car Crash

Longtime New Haven Register sports columnist Dave Solomon died Saturday evening around 7 p.m. in a one-car accident on I-91 in Connecticut. Solomon was returning from covering a UConn football practice when his car skidded off the road and hit a tree near Cromwell. Police are investigating the cause of the accident. Colleagues of Solomon, 59, recalled a long and distinguished career as a prominent voice in Connecticut sports.

“He was a true professional, but he’s like the best friend you have, too,” said Register sports editor Sean Barker said. “He was my confidant. I talked to him every single day, about stories, about the paper, everything. We had a couple of battles, but it was like family. He never let it last long.”

Solomon’s ability to move on has found immortality on YouTube. After Providence College’s Ryan Gomes, from Waterbury, lit up UConn in January 2004, Solomon asked Jim Calhoun, “Recruiting is hardly an exact science, but what does Gomes do that blows you away now that maybe no one saw?”

Solomon never said how did you miss on Gomes and never meant anything like that. He was talking about Gomes’ improvement. After he famously carpet f-bombed the XL Center, Calhoun came to this realization. He called and apologized to Solomon the next day. Solomon’s reaction? Calhoun didn’t need to apologize.

Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant wrote,

“As a columnist, he stood his ground without histrionics. I admit there were a few times when I felt, wow, if I wrote black, Solomon would write white. And if I wrote white, he would write black. When I told him this once, he said, “I wasn’t aware you were wrong that many times.”

And then he smiled.

Barker said condolences from sportswriters poured in from around the country.

Tweets and messages came from across the sports world Sunday. Some of the most prominent names in sports journalism offered their condolences: Jack Curry, Andy Katz, Dick Vitale, Peter King, Les Carpenter, Adrian Wojnarowski, Seth Davis and many others.

They are household names to sports fans.

They all knew Dave. They all respected him. And they all liked him. A lot.

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Deadspin Editor Drops Acid and Plays MLB2K11 to Recreate Ellis' Infamous 1970 No-Hitter

In an homage of sorts to Dock Ellis‘ infamous 1970 no-hitter, which was reportedly achieved under the influence of LSD, Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio decided to drop acid for the first time in his life and try to throw a no-hitter on MLB2K11 — using a custom-generated version of the 1970 Ellis.

The pixelated field was so lush and vibrant, ground zero for some damn good video-game baseball, courtesy of me, the shaggy dude with a head full of low-grade lysergide. I was putting on an absolute clinic for these imaginary spectators, not to mention (editor Tommy Craggs and video editor Matt Toder). “You’re cruising right along,” one of them said, or maybe it was the hydrangea. They marveled at how quickly I’d mastered Dock’s palm ball. [Ed. note: This may have been the point where Craggs wrote to tell the office that A.J. was saying "Palm ball!" to himself, over and over, like an incantation.]

Then Nick Hundley busted it up with a lazy single and my brain screamed “NOOOOOO!” in a high-pitched roller-coaster whistle. That was cruel. Life was cruel. It’s Tuesday. Is my leg on fire? Then I took another dose.

Every time an opposing player got a hit, Daulerio would start over. He did this 48 times. Started over, that is. He didn’t drop acid 48 times (we think). Alas, he was unsuccessful in his quest.

Nevertheless he took acid during a work day, with the full knowledge of his boss, and he taped himself playing a video game. That has to be a milestone in itself.

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)

Bill Simmons Is Ready To Rehabilitate Tony Kornheiser's Writing Confidence

Bill Simmons called into The Tony Kornheiser Show Thursday to discuss his public recruitment of the Pardon the Interruption co-host for his new website, Grantland.com.

According to Dan Steinberg (aka “The Cheese Boy”):

“I promised you I would try,” Kornheiser said. “I promised you I would try. And I will try.”

“And I believe you,” Simmons said. “By the way, you don’t have to be just constricted to sports. You could write about the Killing if you want.”

“Love The Killing, but I’m a bad writer,” Kornheiser said. “And I’m not as smart as I used to be.”

“Stop it,” Simmons instructed, and the segment soon ended. So there you have it. They gave each other a pledge – Unheard of, absurd. They gave each other a pledge? Unthinkable.

Anyhow, earlier in the segment, Simmons discussed his attempts to recruit the writer William Goldman, and then played supportive therapist to Kornheiser’s neurotic patient. Read more

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.

Video: Early Images of America’s Cup Media Trials

This early video of what the upcoming America’s Cup might look like to viewers at home represents a step forward over past television broadcasts. As Sail-World.com reports,

A key part of the new offering will be the on-screen virtual lines overlaid to show laylines, which boat is ahead and behind and by what margin, and other on-screen information…Early in the video (11secs) we can see the America’s Cup silhouette superimposed on the water, possibly confirming rumoured on the water advertising, similar to that used on the grass of sports stadiums. This is not the final product which will obviously be refined in coming weeks and months, however the test will be how the enhancements work in the context of an overall package, and whether it tells the story, which will not become clear until the racing starts in earnest later this year.

 

After Mendenhall 9-11 tweets, teammate Clark says 'social media is ruining the world'

After his teammate Rashard Mendenhall attracted a firestorm of criticism for going on Twitter and saying some questionable things about 9-11 and Osama bin Laden, Steelers safety Ryan Clark went on the radio and said “social media is ruining the world.”

First, here are Mendenhall’s comments about 9-11: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

Looks like someone has seen “Loose Change” and been rather impressed with the “findings.”

Then here are his comments about bin Laden’s death and the widespread joy that greeted the news: “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.”

Needless to say, a lot of people took exception to these opinions. Clark, for his part, put some of the blame on Twitter, which gives everyone the ability to quickly (and sometimes regrettably) share their knee-jerk reactions.

“Facebook and Twitter are probably going to be responsible for more divorces than infidelity coming up here soon,” Clark said. “(Mendenhall) didn’t claim that those opinions were shared by anyone else but himself. That was what he chose to put out there. I knew he was going to catch a lot of flak for it, I knew there was going to be a lot of backlash toward those comments, but he’s entitled to put whatever he wants to put on his Twitter page. The thing you have to know these days, though, if you do put those type of things out there, people are going to comment on them. It’s going to make news. It’s going to be a big deal when you do something that controversial. A long as he can stand by his statements then he’s free to do whatever he wants.”

Well, Mendenhall chose to erase the tweet about a plane being able to take down a skyscraper, but his comment about bin Laden’s death remains on Twitter.

(Source: Pro Football Talk)

Video: Rex Ryan's cameo on 'CSI: New York'

Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Jets general manager Mike Tanenbaum make a cameo on this Friday’s episode of “CSI: New York.” Neither embarrass themselves during this segment, but the best line definitely belongs to show star Gary Sinise, who ends the encounter by saying to a colleague, “Let’s go get a snack,” a nod to Ryan’s notorious tagline from HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series.

(H/T to Bob’s Blitz)

Kobe's Apology Tour Hits The Dan Patrick Show

Dan Patrick landed Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant this morning to discuss his homophobic comment towards referee Bennie Adams.

“It was just stupid and ignorant,” Bryant said. “In this situation, seeing how many people were affected, it helps you understand the weight that comes from that word. That’s why it’s very important for me to communicate how sorry I am to use the word.”

Bryant hasn’t talked to Adams yet about Tuesday’s incident.

“The next game he calls for us I’ll definitely make a point to reach out to him,” Bryant added. Read more

Fox Sports To Carry 40 Big 12 Football Telecasts Starting In 2012

The Big 12 Conference and Fox Sports reached a 13-year agreement for the exclusive cable rights to 40 regular season football games, along with a variety of Olympic sports events and conference championships.

According to the Sports Business Daily, the deal is worth an average of $90 million per year.

The new deal takes effect with the 2012 football season and nearly doubles the number of regular season games under its current agreement. A majority of the telecasts will be shown on Fox Sports Net and several other games will be scheduled on FX as part of its recently announced college football slate. Read more

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