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Posts Tagged ‘Sunday Night Baseball’

Video: Doug Glanville Has Lost His Baseball Touch

It’s been seven years since Baseball Tonight analyst Doug Glanville retired from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The former outfielder threw out the first pitch at the Cubs-Phillies game Wednesday.

Let’s just say Glanville is clearly not tossing the ball around with John Kruk back in Bristol.

[H/T Awful Announcing]

 

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Jenn Sterger Sitting Down With Good Morning America For Two-Part Exclusive Interview

Jenn Sterger will sit down for the first time since the Brett Favre texting scandal in a two-part interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to excerpts from ABC News, a New York Jets employee tried to play matchmaker between her and Favre.

“I was approached one day at the beginning of the preseason games, by a man wearing a Jets badge, employee badge, who asked me, ‘How would you feel if Brett Favre asked for your phone number? What would you say?,” Sterger told ABC News. “And I just looked at him, my usual smartass self. And I said, ‘I’d say I like my job an awful lot. And I’ve been told I look remarkably like his wife.’ ” Read more

Jason Reid Named Washington Post Columnist

The Washington Post has named Jason Reid as their newest general sports columnist.

The WaPo Redskins beat writer and lead blogger will presumably replace Michael Wilbon, who left the paper last year for ESPN.

Sports Editor Matt Vita described Reid as “one of the most hard-working, conscientious and thoughtful sports writers in the country.” Reid will begin his columnist duties soon.

Below is the entire memo from Vita: Read more

English Soccer Chooses Money Over Loyalty

Alright! Another sponsor-related soccer controversy.

Less than a year ago, the Football Association (the ruling body of soccer in England) agreed to a four-year sponsorship deal with Fiat. The car company would become the FA’s “official car supplier,” for a price.

Apparently, that price wasn’t high enough. The FA pulled an about-face, striking a deal with Vauxhall, which will pay roughly $7.5 million pounds to replace Fiat.

For backing out prematurely, the FA has to pay around $750,000 to Fiat.

New York Post Basically Ignores World Cup News


(Oh boy, that’s Morgan Freeman’s music.)

On Thursday, FIFA will award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to two separate nations. This is massive news. The New York Times has George Vecsey and Jere Longman on the case. Reuters is covering the proceedings in great detail. Australia’s Herald Sun wants in. Literally thousands of outlets are printing stories about what’s going down in Zurich, Switzerland.

And then there’s the New York Post. Read more

James Brown: Studio Host, Entreprenuer

Fun facts we learned in The New York Times‘s profile of James Brown, who “invested a six-figure sum to start [Brown Technology], which specializes in database management and information security.”

  • He “sold Xerox and Eastman Kodak copiers to federal agencies in the 1970s and ’80s.”
  • He lost 40 pounds after hitting almost 300 on the scales with the help of a good diet: “His lunch of Greek organic yogurt, maple syrup and raw sunflower seeds awaited him in a small black bag.”
  • He leverages his celebrity, and the executives of the company enjoy football metaphors: “When we get the ball inside the 20, we give it to J. B. and he scores,” Reginald Brown said. “If we call one of our customers and say, ‘J. B. is coming to meet with you,’ who would tell him no?”
  • “He wanted to build a company that would hire disadvantaged workers and dispel images about minority-owned businesses.”
  • Another Bay Area Team Adopts the Misfit Meme

    Remember when the San Francisco Giants won the hearts and minds of America (oh, and the World Series) as a loveable group of misfits?

    We were all like, “Who are these guys?” And it was fun, because we love rooting for the underdog, even if that whole torture thing was a bit creepy, yes? (Plus, beards!)

    The underdog Giants played as if there wasn’t any pressure on them. Because there wasn’t, and not just because everyone in the city was stoned. They were a bunch of cast-offs, guys who couldn’t find homes elsewhere. General manager Brian Sabean brought them together and, boom, magic.

    The media loved the angle, too. The Giants had personality. They had charisma. They had Tim Lincecum. And they weren’t the New York Yankees.

    Where were we? Right, another Bay Area squad is borrowing the underdog tag.

    Read more

    SB Nation Gets Paid

    Is this the equivalent of a young upstart phenom signing his first big contract?

    All Things D reports that SB Nation raised $10.5 million in Series C funding. Khosla Ventures led the round. The collection of 290 sports and news sites had previously raised $13 million.

    Kara Swisher believes SB Nation will be valued in the $60-$90 million range.

    Markos Moulitsas, of Daily Kos fame, and others founded the startup in 2003 which has thrived recently under the leadership of Jim Bankoff.

    (H/t Fang’s Bits.)