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Posts Tagged ‘Major League Soccer’

Is Bill Parcells The Latest ESPN NFL Analyst?

With the NFL right around the corner, ESPN has gone on an analysts hiring spree, signing Eric Mangini, Hugh Douglas and Damien Woody.

It appears the Worldwide Leader has their eyes set on at least one more big name, according to USA Today:

“ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys says ex-coach Bill Parcells is still “likely” to be added as an analyst, primarily to appear on big-event coverage like the the postseason and NFL Draft and making occasional regular-season appearances rather than taking on a weekly schedule.”

ESPN has had a better offseason than the Philadelphia Eagles.


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How Long Until "Liestrong" Bracelets Become Popular?

Sure, but can Next Media depict Tommy Craggsepic takedown of the case against the case against Lance Armstrong?

After the jump, Jack Lalanne gets the NMA treatment. Read more

Was Michael Dyer Down?

The Tostitos line is getting all the publicity, but Michael Dyer‘s astonishing run should be the subject of conversation this morning. Was the Auburn running back down? The video above makes a pretty convincing case that he was. But as it says: “Deal With It.”

(H/t Quickish)

Mike Florio And NBC Can't Quit Each Other

Mike Florio is that dude who answers questions from Bob Costas on Football Night In America. He’s about to do much more than that.

Florio, the founder of ProFootballTalk, agreed to extend his partnership with NBC. In addition to continuing his segments on NBC’s football show, “Florio will host a live daily show “ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio” on starting Tuesday, January 4.”

Can you say pilot?

“Mike Florio is a one-of-a-kind talent, and his ProFootballTalk is a must-read in NFL circles. It makes me very happy to have Mike sign on with us for many more years to come,” Dick Ebersol said in a release. The growth of PFT on, which has kicked off our very successful ‘NBC Sports Talk’ strategy, in addition to Mike’s development into an emerging on-air contributor has been very exciting for all of us to see and I am looking forward to seeing Mike even more with our new ‘ProFootballTalk Live Show’ starting in January.”

The full release after the jump. Read more

Flyers-Penguins Most-Watched Regular Season Game On Versus

See, people do watch hockey!

Versus averaged 750,000 viewers for their Tuesday telecast of Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, making it the most-watched regular season game in network history.

The telecast peaked at nearly one million viewers between 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET and was the most-watched NHL regular season game on cable since December 2003.

Mike Vick On SI Cover For First Time In Five Years

For the first time in five years, Michael Vick graces the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Amazing what a six touchdown performance on Monday Night Football can do for your image, eh?

Tiger Woods Getting Serious About This Twitter Thing

Presenting @tigerwoods. It would be pretty sweet to be able to follow your own video game.

There really isn’t much more to say, is there?

Running Alongside the New York Marathon Reporter…

We’ll cop (or I will, at least) to being a bit obsessed with The New York TimesMarathon blog.

But Dave Ungrady publishes a post that’s relevant here for more reasons than simply a fascination with the blog.

In it, he talks to David Willey – yes, the editor-in-chief of Runner’s World – who doubles as a sideline reporter during the marathon. Although the two-time finisher missed covering last year’s race due to a bout of swine flu, he’ll be back in 2010 talking to runners as they battle the course and the elements.

Willey doesn’t run the entire race – he uses a motorcycle and a police escort to help find his targets – but he will run between four and eight miles during the event.

In 2007, Willey interviewed Lance Armstrong while running a 6:30 pace. Let’s see Erin Andrews do that.

Awful Announcing Readies Revamp

One of the web’s best sports blogs, Awful Announcing, is ready for a comeback. The blog, which had a partiuclar knack for taking on the absurdities of the goings-on in the broadcast booth, essentially went dark back in April.

Now the site is back at a new address, with a refreshed editorial team.

Or as editor Brian Packey writes:

We understand that the sports blog you once knew and loved is now a little different, a little weird and run by virtual strangers, but don’t let your inner neophobe rule you. We ask that you let this marinate a little bit. And once you dig in, I promise that you’ll want to come back for more. If not, well, then I hope you get stuck in an elevator that plays Miley Cyrus on repeat for hours.

Welcome back to the blogosphere dudes, there is plenty of awful announcing to take on.

Synergy at Work: WWE Wrestler Guests on Syfy Show

Cody RhodesWWE superstar Cody Rhodes will appear as a guest-star on Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″ August 24. The appearance is a clever bit of corporate synergy, with Syfy set to premiere the WWE’s “Friday Night Smackdown” October 1.

Rhodes will play “Kurt Smoller” a high school love interest to Joanne Kelly‘s character “Myka Bering,” and former captain of the football team.

Syfy, and NBC Universal more generally, hve long had a relationship with the WWE. Its flagship program, “WWE Raw,” airs Monday’s on Syfy sister network USA, and Syfy has run “WWE NXT,” which will be replaced by “Smackdown.” WWE superstars regularly make appearances on NBC Universal programming, including “Saturday Night Live.”

The two companies also partnered on the short-lived XFL football league.