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Toothless Flyers Player Lands Role in Apatow Movie

Judd Apatow, the comedic font behind Superbad, Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has tabbed Philadelphia Flyers winger Ian Laperriere to play a key role in his upcoming film, This is Forty, starring Megan Fox and Wyatt Russell.

Why was Laperriere selected for the bit? Because he has no teeth.

Apatow’s movie features a scene in which some hockey players adjourn to a bar after a game. The group — which will feature Laperriere and Flyers teammates Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk — end up dancing, grab-assing and playing with Laperriere’s fake teeth.

“I made a fool of myself, but it was fun,” Laperriere told Philly.com. “I like to try different things.”

Will his work rise to the Oscar-worthy level of Cam Neely, aka Seabass, in Dumb & Dumber? We shall see.

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TNT Analyst Next In Line For Indiana Pacers Gig?

TNT NBA analyst Reggie Miller appears to be next in line for the role as president of the Indiana Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Larry Bird has said that he would step down after one more season in the Pacers’ front office. Miller has been with TNT since he announced his retirement in 2005.

Wojnarowski also mentioned a scenario (which would make more sense) where Donnie Walsh would come in and assist Miller.

Commentating about basketball for a living is one thing, running an NBA team is another.

USA Today's Danny Sheridan Compares Bloggers to Cockroaches

During a highly anticipated radio interview yesterday with Paul Finebaum, Danny Sheridan of USA Today was expected by many to divulge the name of the “bag man” who purportedly delivered the money necessary to bring Cam Newton to Auburn. Sheridan did not name the person, claiming he never promised to do so. When Finebaum said that Sheridan would be raked over the coals by media commentators, Sheridan was unmoved, and went off on a tangent about bloggers who (cliche alert) mostly live in their mother’s basements. He likened them to cockroaches who aren’t man enough to say something and put their name to it.

To recap, people were paying particular attention to what Sheridan had to say yesterday because he claimed to know something, but then refused to divulge the name because he says he didn’t want someone to lose their job. In unrelated news, I know the real identity of D.B. Cooper, but don’t want to reveal his name because someone might lose their job. Come back tomorrow, though, maybe I’ll troll for more attention change my mind.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)

Ratings Down 14 Percent for PGA Championship

Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship on CBS drew a 4.3 overnight rating, a 14 percent drop over last year. Translation: The golf season’s final major tournament was seen in an average of 4.3 percent of U.S. homes in the top 56 markets.

Not surprisingly, CBS’ ratings peaked at 6.6 between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. ET, when Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner were engaged in a three-hole playoff. Bradley won by one shot to earn his first major title.

The absence of big-name players on Sunday’s leader board no doubt affected the ratings, as Tiger Woods missed the cut and Phil Mickelson tied for 19th.

Bradley, who was 108th in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into the tournament, became the first player since Francis Ouimet in 1913 to win his major- tournament debut in the U.S. Following the win, Bradley rose to 29th in the world rankings.

SI's Pearlman Writes Payton Biography

Sports Illustrated columnist Jeff Pearlman has written a biography of Bears Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton called Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton. The book is being published by Gotham and comes out October 4. Here’s the summary from Amazon:

At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Peyton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed “Sweetness” during his college football days, he became the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago.

Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of Payton. Sweetness at last brings fans a detailed, scrupulously researched, all-encompassing account of the legend’s rise to greatness. From Payton’s childhood in segregated Mississippi, where he ended a racial war by becoming the star of his integrated high school’s football team, to his college years and his twelve-year NFL career, Sweetness brims with stories of all-American heroism, and covers Payton’s life off the field as well. Set against the backdrop of the tragic illness that cut his life short at just forty- six years of age, this is a stirring tribute to a singular icon and the lasting legacy he made.

Pearlman has published previous best-sellers on the Cowboys (Boys Will Be Boys!) and the 1986 Mets (The Bad Guys Won).


Matt Jones Departs From CBSSports.com

Matt Jones is leaving CBSSports.com six months after joining the website as a writer for their national college basketball blog.

Jones was the mastermind behind KentuckySportsRadio.com who was living the dream of covering college basketball on a national level … or so he thought:

“If there ever was an example of a “square peg/round hole” relationship, my experiment at mainstream writing for CBS would certainly qualify. After the KSR gang did a nationwide road trip for the site 2 years ago, I was brought on to help launch the new college basketball blog and try to bring the sensibilities that we showcased at KSR to a larger audience. Read more

Legos + NCAA Tournament = Gold

In honor of the NCAA Tournament starting today (Sorry, First Four), here are four legendary moments in college basketball that were reenacted by Lego basketball players.

[H/T Deadspin]

Kobe Bryant's Turkish Airlines Commercial Surfaces

Last December, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant signed a two-year endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines.

CNBC reporter Darren Rovell pointed out today that Bryant’s first commercial for the airlines has hit the web.

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Is ESPN Quitting 3D?

ESPN might be coming to your Xbox, but it’s days of 3D could be numbered.

Dashiell Bennett writes that the Worldwide Leader is considering abandoning the 3D channel it launched in June if the company can’t find a sustainable business model. Which, of course, is ludicrous. 3D will succeed. But it’s going to take some time.

We bet that the majority of sports fans purchased a new, enormous, flat-screen television in the past two years. Expecting them to dish out another $1,500 for a 3D set isn’t realistic. It’s just not going to happen, especially when the offerings are so slim. But they will, eventually. The next set everyone buys will be 3D-enabled.

Someone is going to make a mint broadcasting 3D sports, but the money won’t start flowing for another couple years. ESPN would be foolish to get out of the business before it even began.

SI.com, Turner Sports Launching Weekly Web Series

The still-fresh relationship between Turner Sports and Sports Illustrated is beginning to pay off in content. SI.com and Turner announced today that it is is launching a weekly web series “Behind the Mic presented by Allstate.”

The series will feature multiple 90-second segments featuring well-known commentators and analysts, talking about the sports they cover.

Among the names on board for the series: NFL analysts Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Doug Flutie NBA analysts Charles Barkley and Kevin McHale, Golf analyst Nick Faldo and MLB analyst Cal Ripken Jr.

Allstate is on board as the title sponsor of the web series, which will debut on SI.com October 1.

In July, Time Warner’s Sports Illustrated and Turner Sports struck a deal that will give the TV company oversight over SI’s digital properties. “Behind the Mic” is the first major result to come out of that partnership.

“Behind the Mic is our first collaborative product since our recent partnership announcement with SI.com and one we envision bringing thoughtful discussion to their passionate fan-base through some of the most candid voices in sports broadcasting,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “It represents one of our key goals through this collaboration; providing the fans, through our joint industry resources, with high-quality, timely video content. This is without a doubt, a great collection of broadcast talent assembled and SI.com users will enjoy their informative and entertaining insights.”

More information about the series, after the jump.

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