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All five will be inducted this fall in Chicago, though a time and date haven’t been announced yet.
Last month, Emrick announced he was leaving his role as the voice of the New Jersey Devils for a full-time gig with NBC/Versus.
By now most casual NFL fans have heard the stories about Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his questionable character. Hardcore fans, i.e., those who treat next weekend’s NFL Draft as something akin to Christmas in spring, are further familiar with the stories about Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett’s drug use, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley‘s questionable decision to skip a dinner with the Miami Dolphins, and TCU quarterback Andy Dalton‘s habit of biting the heads off bats. What, you’re unfamiliar with that last one? Well that’s because I completely made it up, so maybe we should quash that rumor right now before it gets re-tweeted to NFL officials who don’t like the idea of possibly drafting a Satan-worshipper.
But Adam Hochberg of the Poynter Institute notes in his column today that many sports reporters willingly traffic in rumor and innuendo, particularly in the lead-up to the NFL Draft. And most of the time they use anonymous sources with hidden agendas. Teams might privately covet a player, and bad-mouthing that player in the press might give other teams pause, allowing the player to fall in the draft to the team that planted the disparaging comments.
Hochberg spoke with several columnists to discuss the dynamic.
“The fans love juicy rumors,” said Wes Bunting, who writes about scouting for the National Football Post website. “A lot of times, when (a website) puts out rumor pieces, it’s not because they think it’s true, but it’s for them to get hits.”
Bunting – who admits he’s been used and deceived by sources – said his industry is almost devoid of accountability. So many rumors fly around cyberspace and get repeated and re-tweeted that it’s difficult for fans even to figure out where a false report originated, let alone hold a writer or website responsible for it.
“Everyone’s willing to throw their hat in the ring whether they have credible sources or not, because even if they’re wrong they still get a ton of hits,” Bunting said.
Oh, and another story floating around about Andy Dalton? An NFL team official told Sports Illustrated they had reservations about drafting him because – wait for it – he has red hair, and the team couldn’t think of any successful red-headed quarterback in history. Apparently they’ve never heard of Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen.
“It was just stupid and ignorant,” Bryant said. “In this situation, seeing how many people were affected, it helps you understand the weight that comes from that word. That’s why it’s very important for me to communicate how sorry I am to use the word.”
Bryant hasn’t talked to Adams yet about Tuesday’s incident.
“The next game he calls for us I’ll definitely make a point to reach out to him,” Bryant added. Read more
Showtime Eyes Its Own 'Hard Knocks,' Green-Lights Documentary Series Following n San Francisco Giants
Showtime and Major League Baseball Productions are partnering on a documentary series following the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
The series “will give viewers a front row seat into the lives of the players, coaches and team personnel as they begin the arduous task of defending their World Series title through the 2011 MLB season,” according to Showtime.
A special premiere episode will run on Showtime the first week of the season, most likely on opening day, with the rest of the episodes airing regularly during the second half of the season.
The program will give Showtime a “Hard Knocks” to call its own.
More information on the series, after the jump.
But not everyone is Timothy Richard Tebow.
As part of ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback programming initiative, the network will air Tim Tebow: Everything in Between Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at Tebow from the 2010 Sugar Bowl to the NFL Draft in April. ESPN is calling Tebow “one of the greatest underdog stores in modern football.”
Brett Favre can safely retire. ESPN has found its new media darling.
Fox Sports captured one of the most chilling moments in sports this year when they left their cameras rolling overnight at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Prior to leaving for the evening, the Fox crew noticed that the Metrodome was leaking.
“It was already leaking,” NFL lead game producer Richie Zyontz told Michael Hiestand of USA Today on Sunday. “But we heard that’s happened here before. They were heating up the dome to furnace levels to melt the snow.”
The end result has been the talk around the league, leaving many to wonder if one week will be enough time to repair the Metrodome before the Vikings host the Chicago Bears next Monday night.
It was the best SNF overnight rating since the Week 7 showdown between Minnesota and Green Bay, which was the most-watched game since NBC started broadcasting Sunday night games in 2006.
However, it was no match for last year’s Week 10 game between the Patriots and Indianapolis, which registered a 15.1 overnight rating and 24 share. Read more
Legendary sportscaster Al Michaels will be honored at this year’s Paley Center gala, the museum says. Michaels will be joined by outgoing “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart. The annual gala is slated for November 30 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Los Angeles.
Michaels is currently the play-by-play voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”
“With a voice that most of America recognizes, Al has covered more major sports events than any other sportscaster,” said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Paley Center in a statement. “With his journalism background and his experience of being in the booth for over thirty years, he has been involved in some of the most memorable moments in sports history.”
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