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Jay Mariotti Speaks Out

Former ESPN “Around the Horn” regular and AOL columnist Jay Mariotti has been largely absent from the public eye since being arrested and pleading no contest to a pair of domestic violence charges in the last year, with the most recent court date happening earlier his month. Now, Mariotti has written a book about his experiences, The System.

Mediabistro.com’s Marcus Vanderberg spoke to Mariotti about the domestic violence incidents, his career, and where he goes from here.

From our “So What Do You Do?” column:

Have you resumed talks with FoxSports.com once again about a possible job?

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Video: Coolest First Pitch Ever?

Since we pay heed to notable first pitches that are terrible and mediocre, we’d be remiss if we didn’t recognize the sublime as well. A performer from Cirque du Soleil did the honors at a Padres game, and if it’s not the best opening pitch we’ve ever seen, it’s certainly the most unique. (Sorry, Chewbacca.)

Video: Chris Berman Calls Cards Closer 'Tossed Salas'

ESPN’s Chris Berman was in rare form last night while calling the Cardinals-Giants game. First he dropped this bit of nonsensical information on viewers when discussing the Giants: “Well they have 7 walk off wins thus far, most of them at home.”

Most? By definition a walkoff win has to be accomplished at home, otherwise it wouldn’t be a walkoff win. Given how much Berman has covered baseball, we can only assume this was a momentary slip of the tongue — akin, perhaps, to something that happened later in the broadcast, when Berman, long known for his cute nicknames like Barry “U.S.” Bonds and Bert “Home” Blyleven, dropped a nickname for a sex act on St. Louis closer Fernando Salas. Yup, Berman called him “Tossed Salas.”

Sure, you can say Berman was actually referring to the garden variety “tossed salad,” but we have our doubts.

Video: ESPN's Melrose Says Coaches Hope There's No Gays on Their Teams

Responding to the controversy surrounding Sean Avery‘s decision to come out in support of gay marriage, Outside the Lines discussed the issue of gay athletes in sports. During the roundtable discussion, former NHL coach and current ESPN hockey commentator Barry Melrose said coaches don’t even want to consider the possibility their players are gay. Why? Because from a coaching perspective it’d be a major distraction.

(H/T to The Sportsgrid)

Reggie Miller's Terrible No Good Month Continues

First, Ray Allen broke Reggie Miller‘s all-time record for three-point shots made. The former Indiana Pacer was appreciative and appropriately congratulatory, but you have to know it burned him up inside.

The newest sleight, however, is worse. Miller won’t be on the finalist list for the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class. According to sources, he fell short of the 18 of 24 votes needed from the Honors Committee, a secretive group “consisting of Hall of Famers, basketball executives, members of the news media and other contributors to the game.”

New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh reacted to the news in the same manner the general public did. Read more

Barry Larkin Joins ESPN As Baseball Tonight Analyst

Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin has joined ESPN as a Baseball Tonight analyst. The 12-time MLB All-Star will make his debut on the network in early March.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to work at ESPN with Karl Ravech, John Kruk and Bobby Valentine, Baseball Tonight and the whole crew,” said Larkin. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about the place and I’m looking forward to being a part of the team.” Read more

In Which We Remember Professional Sports Aren't All That Important

Andy Najar has a decision to make. The young soccer phenom needs to pick between the United States and Honduras. Both countries are vying for the 17-year-old’s services.

But at least Najar has the ability to make a choice. The Yanks Are Coming’s Neil W. Blackmon writes a heartbreaking story about an Atlanta 18-year-old who’s an illegal immigrant and, therefore, can’t even play for his regional select team because he and his father are concerned he’ll be discovered while traveling.

“[Knowing the truth] was the hardest thing. I’m American. I like the same things most kids like – FIFA 2011 on Playstation, hip hop, going to the movies. When Landon scored against Algeria, I ran around my house screaming and hugging my cousins. It was like they scored for me, for my friends. I’m just like most my friends, except I’m not.”

There’s hope, but then it’s dashed. Read more

Three Networks to Carry MLS Playoffs

You probably don’t know that the battle for MLS Cup begins on Thursday when the Colorado Rapids host the Columbus Crew. But it does! And ESPN2 will televise the first playoff match of the 2010 Major League Soccer season.

After that, four channel on three networks will split the televising duties.

ESPN (one), the Dos (three), Fox Soccer Channel (two), and Telefutura (two) will each broadcast at least one of the eight first-round matches.

ESPN will show the MLS Cup final – featuring the winner of the Eastern conference against the Western conference champion – on November 21.(If you’re seeking a betting favorite, take Real Salt Lake.)

MLS, which was briefly bolstered by the World Cup but then topped by the WNBA in ratings, has an expiring television deal. A good showing in the playoffs could help executives to a better negotiating position.

Another Solid Night For MLB Postseason Ratings

Game 5 of the American League Champion Series drew a 4.1 U.S. household rating and 6.1 million viewers as postseason coverage on TBS continues to shows solid growth.

TBS is averaging a 4.8 US household rating and more than 7.6 million viewers, the best LCS viewership ever on the network through five games.

Rangers-Yankees delivered a 12.9 rating in the New York market and a 18.4 rating in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

In the nightcap, Game 4 of the National League Champion Series between San Francisco and Philadelphia recorded a 6.6 overnight rating on Fox. Read more

NBA Game Time Coming To Google TV

Television geeks everywhere are waiting for the highly anticipated Google TV.

But what’s in it for sports fans?

The new device, which merges the Internet with your television viewing, has lacked the big-name television and sports partners.

Currently the NBA is the only sports league that has signed on for an app, just in time for the upcoming season.

The NBA Game Time application for Google TV will allow fans to follow NBA games in progress with a real-time scoreboard, watch on-demand video highlights optimized for an HD viewing experience, and check the latest league standings and statistics. Read more

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