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Joakim Noah Apologizes For Hurling Gay Slur At Fan

Learning nothing from Kobe Bryant, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was caught on camera yelling at gay slur at a fan during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“A fan said something, and I said something back,” Noah said on the first quarter incident, “I apologized. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I got caught up. I didn’t mean any disrespect to anybody.”

I think Bryant can tell you what’s going to happen next, Joakim.

 

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ESPN Now in 100 Million Homes

ESPN reached a milestone in February: It’s U.S. household distribution topped 100 million and it’s available in 99.9 million homes. (Expect another press release when that number reaches triple digits as well.

ESPN debuted in 10 million homes in 1979. By comparison, the Oprah Winfrey Network – touted as the largest cable television launch in history – is available in 80 million houses.

Considering the Worldwide Leader is raking in the cash – charging $4.08 per subscriber in 2009 – it’s no wonder they can pay such exorbitant rights fees.

The full release is after the jump Read more

English Papers Have Clearly Never Watched An NFL Pregame Show

While reading up on our favorite new controversy – England’s sexist broadcast team debacle – we stumbled across a gem in the Guardian. The following comes from a story about how soccer commentators across the pond struggle to say anything intelligent.

In American sport the talking heads who fill the gaps between games are emboldened by their masters to be provocative as well as highly detailed in their technical analysis. The result is entertainment plus enlightenment (plus earache, sometimes). Here, in football, there is no ante-room between the end of a playing career and the start of a life in broadcasting, which is television’s fault.

We are laughing!

And then there’s someone defending Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Read more

NY Post Scribe Gets Cheeky With His Dateline

We see what you did there, Steve Serby. Very clever.

Train Conductor Chooses Family Over NFL

Keith Fitzhugh always wanted to play in the NFL. He’s had a taste – spending parts of two training camps with the New York Jets and time with the Baltimore Ravens – but he’s never been able to stick around.

So when the former team called on Tuesday to ask if the safety would join their roster for Sunday’s game to help replace injured Jim Leonhard and James Ihedigbo, he had a decision to make.

He turned them down.

Fitzhugh, who landed a full-time job as a train conductor in Norfolk Southern railroad, told the team thanks but no thanks.

The 24 year old is living at home, helping his parents pay their bills because his father can’t work and his mom can’t bring in enough money.

“I know the Jets have a great opportunity of making the Super Bowl, and that’s one dream that every child has is to play sports and make it to the Super Bowl or get to the World Series,” he said. “But, there’s a time when you have to think, ‘Hey, you’ve only got one Mom and Dad.’ They won’t be here forever, and while they’re here, you’ve got to cherish that time.”

If that doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will.

Trying to Solve the NFL's Headhunter Problem

The fallout from the weekend’s spate of brutal hits continues to hit newspapers around the country. The New York Post‘s Steve Serby offers another outraged column, while The New York Times William C. Rhoden suggests a 30-yard penalty for vicious hits.

Good idea, expect it won’t fix anything.

Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison – who delivered big hits that earned him the reputation as a dirty player – spoke with his NBC colleague Peter King about what will actually motivates a player.

“You didn’t get my attention when you fined me five grand, 10 grand, 15 grand,” Harrison said. “You got my attention when I got suspended… You have to suspend these guys. These guys are making millions of dollars. The NFL [has to say], ‘We’re going to really protect our players. We’re going to suspend these guys, not one game, but possibly two or more games.’”

Suspensions speak. Fines, not so much.

Our personal favorite suggestion was offered up by this idea from Reuters correspondent Simon Evans: