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Video: Adam Sandler's Unplaced Sales Pitch to Asomugha

A rumor floating around the Twitterverse in the past few days alleged that New York Jets coach Rex Ryan had asked comedian Adam Sandler to call prize free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and sell him on the merits of playing for the Jets. Turns out the rumor, which began with Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network, was not true. But what if it were? And what if we had the opportunity to actually listen to what Sandler would say to Asomughi by means of a sales pitch? Enter Dan Patrick, who had Sandler on his radio show.

Jets fans will be heartbroken to hear this clip, because Sandler no doubt would have closed the deal. Provided Asomugha is a sucker for gibberish.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)

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ESPN Names Dari Nowkhah Host of ESPNU

ESPNews anchor Dari Nowkhah has been named the new host of ESPNU’s studio desk in Charlotte, N.C., and will assume his new role on the 24-hour college sports network on July 27.

Since joining ESPN in 2004, Nowkhah has served as host of College Football Overdrive, College Football Live and SEC Network studio shows, as well as regularly anchoring SportsCenter. This past January Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. debuted ESPN Radio’s weekly Dari and Mel Show (Saturday’s 8 a.m. – noon ET).

“I’m a college sports junkie and to be a host on a network devoted entirely to college sports, well, that’s just a dream come true,” said Nowkhah of his new position.

“We are ecstatic to have Dari joining the ESPNU family,” said Dan Steir, ESPNU senior coordinating producer. “His knowledge and passion for college sports, combined with his ability to engage viewers are going to be a great addition to the network”.

'And Now, Let's get Awkward.' ESPN's 'Around the Horn' Addresses Jay Mariotti Arrest

Sports columnist Jay Mariotti was a regular on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” then last week he was arrested for suspicion of “felony domestic assault.”

This afternoon, “Around the Horn” tackled his arrest and the subsequent media coverage in a segment. Host Tony Reali opened the segment by saying “and now let’s get awkward,” before explaining the details of his arrest. Next he threw to the Mariotti-free panel to get their take on the media’s coverage of his arrest.

What did they have to say?

Kevin Blackistone:

I’m not really surprised, Tony. Jay has always been a polarizing figure. There is a lot of ego and envy in this business of sports commentating. I think a lot of people are very uncomfortable with the fact that he’s risen as he has by being such a provocateur, and always telling other people what to do and how to run their lives and how they should be treated thereafter. So I really wasn’t surprised by the avalanche of criticism that came particularly from the media or even from athletes and people that read and watch his work.

Woody Paige:

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