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Having Jack Edwards Withdrawal? Here You Go

Jack. Edwards. Soundboard.

That is all.

[H/T Ken Fang]

 

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Starz May Greenlight Female-led NASCAR Pilot Called Tits in the Pits

Starz is reportedly close to ordering a NASCAR-based project centering around a woman who becomes the first female race team owner, and the show is tentatively titled Tits in the Pits (seriously), a nod to the old school NASCAR saying “No tits in the pits.”

The one-hour original drama is set in the present day and comes from the screenwriters of the recently released Justin TimberlakeMila Kunis comedy Friends With Benefits. Insiders are reportedly billing it as a “red state Mad Men.”

Will the word “tits” get the same censored treatment as “shit” did in Sh*t My Dad Says? No telling what passes for a swear word these days.

Flames Fire Play-by-Play Announcer Loubardias

Calgary Flames play-by-play announcer Peter Loubardias, whose style seemed to grate on certain fans, has been fired by Rogers Sportsnet after three years, a move that left the 45-year-old “devastated,” “heartbroken” and “hurt.”

Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald spoke to Loubardias as he traveled from Calgary to Saskatchewan.

“There’s probably not going to be any answers waiting for me in the Queen City,” Loubardias said. “But I need to get away from Calgary to clear my head.

“I’m devastated. Heartbroken. Hurt.”

Rogers Sportsnet has not announced a reason for the termination of Loubardias, who was also the voice of the Memorial Cup.

“We work in a business that is unbelievably subjective,” Loubardias said. “I have great respect for people in business and the people in the top positions. It’s a business, and they have to make the decisions they feel are going to make their network better going forward.”

“I have treasured the opportunity to cover eight Memorial Cups,” he said. “That’s hard for me to even talk about. I have been so lucky to be involved with the national broadcast of that tournament. To think next year in Shawinigan that’s going to be somebody else, that one really hurts. That one really stings.”

NBC To Air WrestleMania: The World Premiere

For the third straight year, NBC will air an hour-long WrestleMania special.

WrestleMania: The World Premiere airs Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. ET, and feature highlights from WrestleMania XXVII this past April.

The highly anticipated pay-per-view event in front of 71,617 fans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta marked the WrestleMania return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and featured a main event between John Cena and The Miz for the WWE Championship.

 

 

Joe Rogan To Host Relaunch Of Fear Factor

Joe Rogan is returning to his roots.

The UFC color commentator will host the relaunch of NBC’s Fear Factor.

Rogan hosted the show during its first run from 2001 to 2006. NBC ordered eight episodes and production begins in August. If the ratings are strong, additional episodes could be ordered.

Eight new episodes of the show will be produced beginning next month and the series is expected to debut on NBC in September.

The show’s format will remain mostly the same except contestants will compete in pairs rather than as individuals.

 

 

 

 

ESPN.com NBA Writer Sues Peter Vecsey For Libel

ESPN.com NBA writer Chris Sheridan has sued New York Post columnist Peter Vecsey and NYP Holding for libel.

In the lawsuit, Sheridan claims the New York Post “published a maliciously false article” that impugned “Chris Sheridan’s veracity and competence as a journalist.”

The column in question is from Dec. 14 regarding the New York Knicks pursuit of Carmelo Anthony:

Don’t get me wrong; real reporters almost always break their news over the heart of the plate. Last week, ESPN’s Marc Stein scooped everyone on the NBA buying the Hornets. Last July, ESPN’s Chris Broussard scooped us all, including the TV segment of his nitwork, with the anonymously sourced word LeBron James had chosen Miami.

Broussard did a good job and I told him so. But what about his 20 or so colleagues whose educated speculation had LeBron staying in Cleveland, leaning toward New York, embracing Derrick Rose in Chicago, or falling under Jay-Z’s spell in New Jersey? Read more

ESPN's Skip Bayless Accuses ESPN's Chris Broussard of Selling His 'Journalistic Soul' To Be Close To LeBron James

I’d like to think Skip Bayless and Chris Broussard got this worked up on this morning’s installment of “First Take” because somebody decided these guys should be working on Memorial Day. The topic: LeBron James, who Bayless openly despises. Broussard said Bayless should not presume to know what’s in LeBron’s heart. And Bayless tells Broussard he sold his “journalistic soul” to get close to LeBron and has no objectivity on the matter. Then the patty-cakes begin.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)

Nonprofit Orginzation Wants To End Sports Blackouts

SportsFans.org, a nonprofit organization, is asking the Federal Communications Commission to put an end to sports blackouts.

“Sports fans have become a political football in retransmission consent disputes,” the filing said. “In the recurring smack-down negotiations between big broadcasters and big pay-TV companies, games are pulled right before the action starts, leaving fans in the cold. Fans who are vital to the success of sports and who have contributed through multiple public and private expenditures are treated like fumbled pigskins.” Read more

Howard Says Orlando Sentinel Trying to Push Him Out

Fed up with articles speculating about his future in Orlando, Magic center Dwight Howard took to the normal venue for expressing discord (Twitter) to share his displeasure with the Orlando Sentinel.

Y does it seem like the writers of Orlando sentinel are tryna push me out of Orlando with dumb articles. It’s annoying. Can I enjoy my summer and get ready for next season in Orlando. Pls. Same thing u guys did to Shaq. Smh

Why do they discuss it? Well, probably because the Magic are the only pro franchise in Orlando, so the biggest star on that team is basically kibbles and bits for an entire sports department. But saying the media is driving you out is a convenient excuse, no? If you don’t want to read the stories, then don’t read the paper.

NY Post Scribe Gets Cheeky With His Dateline

We see what you did there, Steve Serby. Very clever.

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