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Doc Emrick Joining NBC/Versus Full-Time

Mike “Doc” Emrick is ending his career as the New Jersey Devils play-by-play announcer to take a full-time position with NBC/Versus.

Emrick let New Jersey fans know Thursday via a letter posted on the Devils’ website:

To the marvelous fans of the New Jersey Devils:

A good friend advised me several years ago that before any major decision, you should look in the mirror and look at your birth certificate.

Since my contracts with MSG, VERSUS, and NBC all expired late this spring, this was another of those times. I discovered that the birth certificate couldn’t be changed and it showed me to be 65 in a few days. Read more

SI Releases Its Twitter 100

I love lists, as they’re always a great source of debate. And when a list covers something like the top 100 Twitter sources of “news, information and entertainment from the sports world,” then I stand to be educated as well. Sports Illustrated polled 50 staffers who are hard-cored Twitter users and asked them which feeds they considered essential to their daily routine.

The list is presented in alphabetical order, and is not ranked according to Twitter followers among SI staffers.

We gave them one guideline: You could not choose anyone associated with SI or our main Twitter feed (@SINow).

Some of the athletes who made the list include Gilbert Arenas, Brandon Phillips and Chad Ochocinco.Shaquille O’Neal did not make the list.

Some other things that jump out:

* Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and Adam Schefter of ESPN are NFL reporters who made the list. Chris Mortensen of ESPN did not, nor did former SI football reporter Michael Silver, now of Yahoo! Sports.

* Jason Whitlock of FoxSports and Gregg Doyel of CBS did not make the list. Bill Simmons did.

This is just the Twitter demographics for one sports media company. No doubt a similar poll from CBS Sports or ESPN would look much different.

 

Video: DJ Steve Porter Pays Homage To "The Decision"

One year ago today, the NBA landscape was changed forever thanks to “The Decision.”

DJ Steve Porter put together a great mashup looking back at the last year titled “Rome Wasn’t Built In One Day.”

Great stuff – one of his best videos yet.

Charlie Sheen tells SI He Took Steroids to Prep for Major League Role

Charlie Sheen was apparently among the forerunners of steroid use in baseball. Fictional baseball, that is. The drug-loving former star of Two and a Half Men tells Sports Illustrated in this week’s “Where Are They Now” issue that that he took steroids to prep for his role as Ricky Vaughn in the 1989 baseball film Major League.

“Let’s just say that I was enhancing my performance a little bit,” says Sheen. “It was the only time I ever did steroids. I did them for like six or eight weeks. You can print this, I don’t give a f-. My fastball went from 79 to like 85.”

Apparently those extra mph’s were enough to beat the vaunted bat speed of Pete Vukovich, aka, Haywood, the power-hitting first baseman for the Yankees in Major League. The downside was that the steroids made Sheen an angry Charlie, particularly when people in bars commented on the haircut he donned for the movie; so he stopped using them.

“I didn’t like the haircut because it generated so many comments in bars. I’ve got enough of that already. Add (steroids) to the mix, and it’s a recipe for a fistfight.”

(Source: NY Daily News)

Triple-A All-Star Game to Air on MLB Network Again

For the second straight year the Triple-A All-Star Game will air on MLB Network, with this year’s contest set for July 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Calling the game will be MLB broadcaster Chris Rose and MLB analyst Kevin Millar, who are co-hosts of the MLB program Intentional Talk, a name that helps differentiate it from that other type of talk, i.e., unintentional talk.

This year’s All-Star Game is being played in Utah at the home of the Salt Lake City Bees.

WWE Elects Patricia Gottesman To Board Of Directors

The WWE announced Thursday that Patricia A. Gottesman has been elected to its Board of Directors.

Gottesman is currently the president and CEO of Crimson Hexagon, a social media monitoring and analysis company. She previously worked at Cablevision Systems Corporation for 29 years and held several senior executive positions including executive vice president, digital marketing and commerce; executive vice president, product management and marketing; and senior vice president, development.

“We are pleased to have Patricia join our Board of Directors,” said Vincent K. McMahon, chairman and chief executive officer, WWE. “She brings extensive cable industry experience and is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of business and management expertise in a number of areas, including programming, product development and new media.” Read more

Update: Trump Fired As Indy Pace Car Driver

In the wake of fan displeasure over Donald Trump‘s role as pace car driver for the upcoming Indianapolis 500, race organizers have reportedly delivered the irony-rich line, “You’re fired!” to the billionaire real estate investor whose recent political rantings — particularly the allegation that President Obama was not born in the United States — rubbed a lot of race fans the wrong way.

Deadspin reports, “A source affiliated with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tells us Donald Trump will not be the driver of the pace car for this month’s 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 after fans complained he was too politically-motivated.

We’re told a meeting is taking place right now to determine precisely how the Indy speedway folks will enforce the decision. They may replace Trump outright with another celebrity pace car driver, they may ask him to pull out (although a Trump spokesman earlier today said he had no plans to do so), or they may keep Trump involved with the race, but change the pace car to another Chevrolet vehicle and bring on another driver to drive it.”

 

NESN Announcer Jerry Remy Fighting Pneumonia

Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy will miss his sixth consecutive game Monday night due to illness.

“Doctor just confirmed I have a bit of pneumonia,” Remy tweeted. “Suggested we get it under control before doing (the) Red Sox game. It’s day by day I guess.”

Peter Gammons, Dennis Eckersley and Rick Dempsey have all filled in for Remy on the NESN broadcasts.

 

 

Video: Reporter Intentionally Drilled With Soccer Ball

What’s the equivalent of “Fore!” in soccer?

Whatever it is, someone should have yelled it out for these two announcers.

VIDEO: The First 90 Seconds of Comedy Central's 'Sports Show with Norm MacDonald'

Tonight Comedy Central premieres a new series poking fun at the sports world. “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald” is set to debut on the channel at 10:30 PM.

Unlike “The Daily Show,” which produces four new episodes a week, “Sports Show” is only once a week, but it is shot the day before it airs, to make it as topical as possible.

Check out the first 90 seconds from tonight’s premiere episode below.

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