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Video: Alabama’s Ingram cries after getting email from imprisoned dad at NFL Draft

Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, was selected 28th overall by the New Orleans Saints last night – the same draft slot his father, Mark Sr., went to the Giants as a wide receiver out of Michigan State back in 1987. The father is currently serving seven years in prison for money laundering and bank fraud, but last night he sent an email to ESPN’s Suzy Kolber, congratulating his son on being drafted. Kolber read the email to his son right after the younger Ingram was drafted.

Yeah, it’s about to get a little dusty where you are, provided you have a soul.

 

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Penguins re-up with Root Sports for next two decades

Even though they had three years remaining on their television deal with Root Sports, the Pittsburgh Penguins decided to re-up early with the local cable network in a deal that runs through the 2028-2029 season. Financial terms of the arrangement have not been disclosed.

The Penguins have been the top-rated regional hockey team the last four seasons. Root Sports reaches 2.4 million cable- and satellite-homes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, and it is also the exclusive rights holder for Pirates games.

(Source: Fox Sports)

New Madden cover boy Hillis to read Letterman Top 10 tonight

Browns running back Peyton Hillis, the new cover boy for Madden 12 as voted on by fans, will read the Top 10 list on Late Night wth David Letterman tonight. No word on what the list will count down, though it’d be great if the topic were “Top 10 reasons I beat Michael Vick in the voting.”

Odds of that happening? About pi to one.

(H/T to Fang Bites for the press release notice)

 

Pro Football Talk: ESPN wrongly claims Locker cost himself $50 million

In an E:60 story about University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker, ESPN claims Locker would have been the surefire No. 1 pick in 2010 if he’d left school a year early, a decision E:60 correspondent Lisa Salters says cost him $50 in guaranteed money.

“Last year he was projected to be the No. 1 pick, but in one of those rare moves, he decided to go back for his senior season,” Salters said. “That worked out OK for Sam Bradford, because he ended up being the No. 1 pick.”

The producer of the segment, Andy Tennant, added, “Bradford got $50 million guaranteed last year. This guy left $50 million on the table, and there’s no way possible that he doesn’t regret this decision.”

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk says the narrative ESPN has created here is disingenuous. Smith notes, “the NFL’s draft advisory board didn’t even give Locker a first-round grade when he inquired about where he might have gone in the 2010 draft.”

But why let that tidbit get in the way of a good story? Kid, you cost your family $50 million! Hope you had fun playing another year of beer pong.

“ESPN apparently thought it was making its E:60 profile more dramatic by portraying Locker as a man who gave up a surefire $50 million, but the reality is just the opposite: ESPN weakened its own story by portraying Locker as something he’s not.”

Mushnick: ESPN’s K-zone is ‘insulting’

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post really pulls no punches when it comes to ESPN, of whom he says, “(T)here is no bad-to-awful idea that is so bad or so awful that the Worldwide Leader In Sports won’t embrace it — then hammer it to death. ”

His latest source of vitriol is the K-Zone feature, which ESPN uses during baseball telecasts to show whether or not a pitch was in the strike zone. This apparently is going too far.

“The K box serves the dual purpose of being annoying and misleading. It asks us to consider balls and strikes as seen in one, faulty dimension. This isn’t stickball, you geniuses! Yet, ESPN’s has painted a strike box to a virtual handball wall to help us grasp big league baseball!

Stop wrecking these telecasts! Please! If fans wanted to watch pitches thrown toward a box in front of the catcher, teams would dangle one from a hook behind home plate. Let us watch the games. That’s all we’ve ever asked.”

I don’t know, count me among the viewers who actually likes to know if an umpire is making the right calls. Oftentimes my initial impression of a pitch is incorrect. I haven’t watched every ESPN baseball telecast this season, but I don’t remember them using the K-zone on every pitch – only the borderline pitches. This bears further study.

Barkley apologizes for saying D’Antoni should be fired

During the pregame for Game 2 of the Celtics-Knicks series on Tuesday, Charles Barkley criticized the coaching of the Knicks’ Mike D’Antoni and said, “That’s why they are going to have a new coach next year.”

But during halftime of Thursday’s Heat-Sixers game, Barkley backtracked, saying it’s inappropriate to speculate on someone else’s employment.

“I have a rule; I try to always be honest and fair on TV. I screwed up the other night when I said something about Mike D’Antoni that wasn’t cool. I want to apologize to Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh. When you’re on television, you should never talk about someone getting hired or fired. That’s inappropriate. I made that mistake. I want to apologize personally to Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh. I’ve got a great respect for Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni. I want to apologize. That’s all I can do.”

(Source: Newsday)

Stick To Soccer And Leave The Comedy Alone, Landon

Something tells me that Landon Donovan wasn’t choked up during last night’s Kings-Lakers game.

[H/T @Jose3030)

Columnist Blames Dodger Stadium Attack On Fan

John Steigerwald is a moron.

Now that we got that out the way, let me tell you why he’s a moron.

The Observer-Reporter columnist wrote a piece on Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan that’s in a coma after a vicious beating by two Dodger fans on Opening Day at Chavez Ravine.

Steigerwald blames Stow for getting attacked because he wore Giants’ gear to the game:

It’s probably safe to say that the two “Dodgers” were high on something or things, but somewhere in their sick, juvenile minds, they probably also thought they were doing their duty as Dodger fans. Read more

Two Men Plead Guilty To Stealing Lee Corso's Head

The case is officially closed on Lee Corso‘s missing mascot head from last December.

Earlier this month, August Cuneo was ordered to to pay a fine, court fees and enter a four-month diversion program after pleading guilty to second-degree theft.

A second man, Alexander Westerberg, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a theft charge for stealing the oversized ESPN prop from the set of College GameDay during the Civil War game between Oregon and Oregon State. Read more

ESPN 1000 Radio Personality Arrested For DUI

Harry Teinowitz, one half of The Afternoon Saloon on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, has been charged with driving while under the influence in Skokie, Ill.

The 50-year-old Teinowitz was pulled over last Friday at 11:50 p.m. by Skokie police.

Teinowitz’s blood-alcohol level was at .131 percent, higher than the standard .08 in the state of Illinois. His driver’s license was taken away and he was released on $1,000 bail.

Teinowitz has been on The Afternoon Saloon since 2001 and has worked at WMVP since ESPN took over the station in 1998.