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Cubs Announcer Len Kasper Signs Five-Year Extension

Chicago Cubs’ television play-by-play announcer Len Kasper has signed a five-year extension that will take him through the 2016 season, the 108th anniversary of the team’s last World Series championship. Kasper was in the last year of his current deal, which began in 2005 when he was teamed up with color analyst Bob Brenly, former manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“Working with Bob every day makes me sound better, and I’m fortunate to have the best partner in the game,” Kasper said. “I thought it would be the greatest job in the world when I got here, and it’s been beyond my expectations.

“Of course, it’s more fun when the Cubs win, but to get to call half the games at Wrigley Field, it never, ever, ever feels routine.”

 

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Magic's Van Gundy: Heat Need to 'Stop Crying' About Media Attention

Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy says LeBron James brought on the media thunder with last summer’s “The Decision,” so he and the “Heatles” need to stop complaining about any negative press that comes their way. During a radio interview with 790 The Ticket in Miami, Van Gundy was asked if he felt sorry for LeBron during the NBA Finals, when King James tended to disappear in the fourth quarter.

No I can’t say that. Look I’m not the most empathetic person in the world anyway, but look first of all it’s sports. The thing that would make me feel bad for somebody was some personal issue. I’m not going to feel bad that you are struggling on a basketball court because you only get to within two wins of a championship. Come on there was nothing to feel sorry for. I got a little tired I’ll admit of the whole everybody hates us routine. I thought first of all it’s not true. Okay it’s the same as the Yankees type of thing. There’s just a lot of people interested, so there may be more people who dislike you. There are also more people that like you. There’s a great deal of interest. Second of all they brought it on…LeBron more than anybody. They brought all that scrutiny and attention on yourself. You went out seeking it then don’t cry in the face of it. That to me got to be a very tiresome story line.

 

Florio: 'True' Football Fans Want The Sport To Be More Popular Than Baseball

It’s always engaging when someone tells you what “true” sports fans should feel. Are you watching every inning of every Yankees game, including the West Coast games that end at 1:30 a.m.? No? Well then you’re not a “true” fan.

In this same vein of idiocy resides Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who was discussing the NFL lockout with FoxSports’ Jason Whitlock when he (at the 6 minute mark of this clip) says “true football fans have an attitude about the other sports, and true football fans want to see football embraced as America’s pastime, not baseball, not anything else, and that’s the way that I’ve always felt, that’s what drew me to this, that’s why I do this every day, because I’ve always felt that football is the greatest game out there, so I don’t want to see the sport diminished for my own selfish fan reasons and my financial reasons. ”

Florio then goes on to say that he has more problems with sportswriters who “try to dabble in various sports” than the folks who focus on one sport— specifically, football. Luckily Whitlock reminds him that football doesn’t need to be protected as some great symbol of America, and that it might be best for America if this mentally and physically debilitating sport took a backseat to other sports.

Here’s hoping for the NFL lockout, if only to see less of Mike Florio, who has an uncanny ability to miss the point on most things.

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Woman Will Appear on Thursday's 'Today Show' And Accuse Wake Forest Hoops Players of Rape

Per a Facebook posting from the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, a woman will appear on Thursday’s Today Show on NBC and accuse basketball players at Wake Forest University of raping her in 2009.

“The NCAVA has been aching to announce this: Tune in to the Today Show this Thursday at 7:45am ET to watch a very determined, strong and special young woman talk about her rape by basketball players at Wake Forest University. We are privileged and proud to work with such an extraordinary woman and her incredible family.”

Aching to announce this? We take accusations of sexual assault very seriously, but that’s a strange choice of words.