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NBC Sports President Schanzer to Retire

One week to the day after Dick Ebersol resigned as chairman of NBC Sports over contract and control disagreements with his new bosses at Comcast, Ebersol’s longtime No.2, NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the summer following three decades with the company.

Schanzer, 66, has been in charge of day-to-day sports operations since 1998 and played a vital role in organizing the station’s Triple Crown coverage, its 10-year contract with the NHL, and its partnerships with Notre Dame football, the PGA Tour and the NFL.

“It has been the greatest privilege of my professional career to have contributed to the growth of NBC Sports and to have worked with so many prodigious people,” said Schanzer. “It’s comforting to know that when I leave at the end of the summer, the NBC Sports Group will be in the hands of Mark Lazarus and all the talented people here who have meant so much to me throughout my career.”

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Columnist Says Jay Bilas Doesn't Know What He's Talking About

You can add Michael Bradley of Philadelphia Magazine to the list of people that won’t be receiving a holiday card from the Bilas family this December.

Bradley called out ESPN analyst Jay Bilas following his comments on Selection Sunday that VCU wasn’t worthy of making the NCAA Tournament.

“What Bilas and his kind don’t understand – - or don’t want to admit – - is that college basketball is no longer the top-flight sport it was even 10 years ago. It may still provide some thrilling moments in March, but the overall quality of play has dropped considerably. A variety of reasons can be cited, including the yearly exodus of top underclassmen to the NBA, a continued decaying of fundamentals at the high school level (thanks, AAU ball!) that forces coaches to use strategies that feature athleticism, rather than skill, and a moving away from team-first attitudes among better players aching to be playing professionally. Read more

NFL Broadcast Teams For Week 6

It’s about time CBS showed some love to Gus Johnson.

After several weeks of getting stuck with games that were blacked out locally, Johnson and Steve Tasker will call Kansas City-Houston on Sunday.

We might finally get our first Gus Johnson moment of the season:

“JACOBY JONES DOWN THE SIDELINE. CAN THEY CATCH HIM? JONES! WOW! TOUCHDOWN, HOUSTON!”

Below are the broadcast teams for Week 6 of, “Where In The World is Gus Johnson?”

Kansas City @ Houston: Gus Johnson & Steve Tasker (CBS) Read more

Boston Columnist Outraged at Popularity of the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat are the talk of the NBA season (which, amazingly, doesn’t start until Oct. 27). Columnists around the country are sick and tired of hearing about the team. Thanks ESPN!

In addition to giving the squad 3-D treatment, the Worldwide Leader will launch its Heat Index on Oct. 11. (Marcus’ accurate take: “ESPN is single-handedly making sure you despise the Miami Heat this season.”)

Boston Globe columnist Chad Finn has another take. In his words, “It’s not a little much — it’s a lot much.”

Honestly, we agree. But what else are we going to do? This is the story of the season.

Can you explains, Patrick Stiegman, the vice president/executive editor/producer of ESPN.com? Read more

Joe Posnanski Writes What We're All Thinking. Again.

Joe Poz, unfiltered and wonderful as always.

At one point in Thursday’s mind-blowing game, Lincecum struck out on Brooks Conrad on some sort of ridiculous super pitch — Conrad seemed to literally swing through the ball (he foul tipped it). Bob Brenly called it a change-up. I shouted, “Come on Bob, that wasn’t a change-up. That was a curveball.” And so I rewound the thing and watched it. And I said, “Oh wait, maybe he was right. Maybe it was a change-up.” I rewound again and watched and said, “No, that wasn’t a change-up. That was a slider.” I rewound again and watched and said, “No, wait, I think that WAS a curveball.” I rewound again and finally settled on it being a slider. But really it was some sort of shape-shifting pitch. It could be whatever you wanted it to be.

That’s the sort of pitch Lincecum throws several times a game — the sort of pitch that made Satchel Paige say: “I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t been seen by this generation.” Lincecum threw 10 or 15 generation pitches on Thursday, sliders that burned out and disappeared like they were entering the earth’s atmosphere, change-ups that sputtered and coughed on the way to the plate like old Buicks, fastballs that seem to skip double-dutch just as they arrive at the plate. Maybe the skateboard-dude persona adds a little to the act. Maybe the crazy motion that convinced too many scouts to pass on him in the draft adds a little to the act.

Whatever … watching Lincecum pitch is like watching Magic Johnson in his prime, like watching Gale Sayers when he was healthy, like watching John McEnroe when he was in shape and at the top of his game. There’s the greatness part, and then there’s something a little extra, this buzz of hope that you will see something that you have never seen before. Lincecum struck out 14, walked 1, allowed two hits and so electrified the San Francisco crowd I could feel AT&T Park shaking from 1,500 miles away. I have never seen that before. Not quite that.

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Lou Holtz Silenced When It Comes To Politics

You can officially add ESPN to the list of places where you shouldn’t discuss politics or religion.

After Lou Holtz had some choice words to say about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an ESPN spokesperson said the 73-year-old would be silenced when it came to politics.

“We have discussed this with him and he will not be involved in any future similar efforts,” said Mike Soltys of ESPN.

In an e-mail sent Tuesday on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Holtz was urging support for Republican candidates in the upcoming November election.

“You see, despite the slew of positive polls and media reports on our Party’s terrific chance to recapture the U.S. House majority, the truth is the ball is still on the 20-yard line with plenty of time on the clock,” Holtz said.

At the conclusion of the e-mail, Holtz suggested GOP leaders in the House are well positioned to “fire Nancy Pelosi” in November. Read more