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Detroit Lions Reporter Tom Kowalski Dies At 51

Detroit Lions reporter Tom Kowalski died suddenly Monday morning, according to his fiancee, Diane Wolan.

The 51-year-old Kowalski covered the Lions for Booth Newspapers and MLive.com. He was found unresponsive at his home and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kowalski started for Booth Newspapers in 1997 after covering the Lions for the Oakland Press. His last story for MLive.com was posted online Monday morning.

“My heart broke this morning when I heard the news. I love Tom Kowalski,” said Bill Emkow, executive editor at MLive.com. “He was my friend. I trusted him, and I know he trusted me. He is the first reporter that bought into what we were doing with MLive.com. I needed someone to buy into what we were doing online, and he was the huge star for Booth. I don’t know why he listened to me, but he helped make MLive what you know it as today.”

NFL Network Moving Eisen Off 'Total Access'

Fans of Rich Eisen‘s podcast will be happy to learn the NFL Network is moving the popular personality off the Total Access weeknight show to focus more on his podcast, which is also now televised. Eisen only hosted Total Access once a week last year, so it’s not a huge shake-up, though the show will now be co-hosted by a rotation of analysts including Michael Irvin and Brian Billick.

Eisen will continue his game-day duties as host of the pregame and postgame shows for the network’s Thursday night games, and continue with his Sunday pregame duties and Sunday highlights.

Tebow and Brees to Appear on 'The Biggest Loser'

Tim Tebow might be the fourth-best quarterback on the Broncos, but he’s the only Denver signal-caller slated to appear on The Biggest Loser this season. Tebow will appear on the Oct. 4 episode of the popular weight-loss show, along with Drew Brees of the Saints and NFL Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson, among other NFL players. According to EW, some of the athletes will compete against contestants in a throwing contest, which should be interesting if Tebow is asked to hit anything outside the numbers. Some of the athletes will share their personal stories of overcoming adversity, and some of them will also help contestants with their “Last Chance Workout” before the final weigh-in.

“It’s not just some great athlete coming out and saying ‘Hey, look at me!’” says Biggest Loser exec producer Todd Lubin. “We actually get to their stories – and these NFL guys have unbelievable stories. Drew had a major debilitating injury, came back and won a Super Bowl, so his message was, ‘Whatever the adversity is, you’ve got to fight through it.’” Lubin also quips: “It’s a good chance to get the men to watch Biggest Loser alongside their wives.”

Jaime Jarrin Returning For His 54th Season In 2012

With Vin Scully announcing his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night, all eyes were on Spanish radio broadcaster Jaime Jarrin to see if he would return to the booth next season as well.

Just two days later, Jarrin announced he would return in 2012 for his 54th season as the Spanish voice of the Dodgers.

“The Dodgers have invited me back for another season, so you will have to be by my side again,” Jarrin told partner Fernando Valenzuela during Sunday’s Dodgers-Rockies game. “I love what I do. It’s something I love and it brings me great joy to work alongside you and Pepe Yniguez.”

Shocker: An Athlete Is Upset With Colin Cowherd

A professional athlete has beef with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd.

In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who is fighting an injured hamstring, fired the above cyber shot at the ESPN personality after Cowherd tweeted the following: Read more

Vin Scully Returning For The Dodgers In 2012

The greatest play-by-play broadcaster of all-time will return for at least one more season.

Vin Scully announced Friday during the Los Angeles Dodgers-Colorado Rockies telecast that he would return for his 63rd season.

His announcement comes the same week after Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers discovered Dodger season-ticket holders were sent a survey to evaluate Scully’s announcing abilities in six categories.

I guess he passed with flying colors.

Paul Azinger Missed The ESPN Social Media Memo

ESPN golf analyst Paul Azinger took a cheap shot at President Barack Obama Thursday via Twitter – the same day ESPN announced their revamped social networking policy:

Facts: Potus has played more golf this month than I have: I have created more jobs this month than he has: #Marthasvineyard

An ESPN spokesperson fired back Friday at Azinger about his tweet. “Paul’s tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field,” spokesman Andy Hall told USA Today in a statement.

Maybe Azinger can ask the folks at Deadspin for a recap of what he missed Thursday.

Ric Flair Threatens Lawsuit Against Grantland.com

Shane Ryan of Grantland.com wrote a depressing piece on legendary wrestler Ric Flair that detailed his long list of legal and financial woes.

While Flair (born Richard Fliehr) can’t argue a majority of the story because it’s based on court documents, his camp took exception to one line that Ryan wrote:

That’s what he’s called on the paychecks from Total Nonstop Action, a second-tier outfit where he’s still compelled to perform despite suffering from alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and where almost everything he earns goes toward old debts: lawyers, ex-wives, the IRS, former business partners, and anyone who made the mistake of lending him money. Read more

ESPN The Magazine Issues Statement On Michael Vick Article, Toure Talks Race Switching

ESPN The Magazine editor-in-chief Chad Millman released a statement Friday regarding the controversy surrounding the “What if Michael Vick were white?” article. Below is Millman’s statement.

This past January we decided to dedicate our entire NFL Preview issue to Michael Vick. His story, from All-Pro to inmate and back, had transcended the boundaries of the field and become a flashpoint of conversation. It incorporated sports, society, morality, forgiveness and, yes, race. Among the many questions asked when discussing his crime and punishment – How could he do such a thing? Should he be allowed to play again? Could he ever play again? – was, would he have been punished as severely if he were white? It’s hard to ignore the topic in a fully realized examination of Vick and his impact. As the senior editor of the piece, Raina Kelley, pointed out on CNN [see video here] rather than use vague arguments that skirt the issue, we chose to address it head on. First, in a thoughtful essay by Toure. And, just as important for magazines, with art that lended power to the concept. In the past, designers have challenged readers to consider their views on race by portraying a black Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II. We had several conversations about how to support the essay with imagery that made people think as much as the words did. Ultimately, the resulting treatment felt like the strongest way to answer the question so many have been asking.

For an upcoming Media Beat interview, we also spoke with the article’s author Toure about how he tackles the issue of race online without offending people. The full interview airs on mediabistro.com September 12, but here’s an excerpt.

'World Peace' Postponed Till Artest Settles Traffic Violations

Ron Artest‘s bid to officially change his name to Metta World Peace has been postponed until Sept. 16 at the earliest as the Lakers small forward has outstanding traffic violations — doled out to the person he’s still legally known as. Apparently officials in Los Angeles felt it was necessary to wait until today — Metta World Peace day — to rain on everyone’s parade.

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