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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Cheating Teachers, August Scandals, and Italian Americans

In this week’s episode of the Internet’s most popular list-based news show dedicated to the media world, we cook up a double-dip recession (yum-o!), share tips on summer love with a politician, and get stared down by Coolio.

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Rory McIlroy Tells BBC Commentator to Shut Up About Getting New Caddy

Rory McIlroy posted a 1-under par in the first round of the Irish Open, including a double-bogey on 18, prompting BBC golf commentator Jay Townsend to say on Twitter that McIlroy’s course management could benefit from a new caddy to replace JP Fitzgerald. His suggestion? Stevie Williams, Tiger Woods‘ longtime bag man, who was recently fired. McIlroy was none too pleased, tweeting that Townsend should shut up, as he’s a failed golfer and his opinion means nothing. Ouch.

Townsend replied by saying he stands by his statement, and McIlroy replied by saying he stands by his caddy. Townsend replied to that by saying, “As you should, I respect that.”

(H/T to Weed Against Speed)

20th Century Fox Acquires Rights To ESPN Oral History

The rumors appear to be true.

20th Century Fox is closing a deal to acquiring the rights to ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun, according to Deadline.com:

“The studio will develop a feature about the formation of the 24-hour sports network. The pic will be produced by Michael De Luca, Trigger Street’s Dana Brunetti and Julie Yorn. The book by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales follows a format similar to Live From New York, the oral history they wrote about Saturday Night Live.”

Let the casting speculation begin.

Ad In SF Weekly Likely Has MLB Smokin' Mad

 

Well, this ad in the SF Weekly can’t make MLB commissioner Bud Selig happy.

Care to take a guess what kind of hydroponics and lamps Plant’ It Earth are selling?

And no, we can’t confirm that Tim Lincecum is enrolled in their rewards program.

[H/T Larry Brown Sports via Bugs & Cranks]

Tiki Barber Compares Himself To Holocaust Victim Anne Frank

Tiki Barber, who retired the season before the New York Giants broke through and won a Super Bowl without him, has been living a charmed life since his retirement. If by charmed you mean losing his television job with NBC, attracting the vitriol of legions by jilting his pregnant wife for a much younger woman, and announcing that he’s going to return to the NFL after four years off and having no one particularly care. Barber, who seems to always be burnishing his public image, has done it again by telling Sports Illustrated in an article published in this week’s issue that after moving with girlfriend Traci Johnson into the house of his agent, Mark Lepsiter, the couple were hiding out in his attic.

“Lep’s Jewish,” says Barber in the article, “and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing.” 

Oh, boy. So Barber is comparing the isolation he felt while hiding from the media to a young Jewish girl who unsuccessfully tried to hide from the Nazis and died in the Holocaust. And here I was holding out hope for Tiki’s political career.

 

Rex Ryan's Book a 'Times' Best-Seller

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan‘s book Play Like You Mean It is 11th on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction and 13th for all nonfiction. And no, the Times‘ best-seller list does not just measure how well a book sells in the New York area. But if Patriots fans are looking for evidence that Ryan’s tome, which covers the ups and downs of the Jets’ 2010 season, is not selling well everywhere, they need look no farther than Amazon.com, where the book ranks 471st.

Video: Gus Johnson Needs A Serious Man Hug

Gus Johnson capped off his week by calling into The Dan Patrick Show Friday to discuss his move from CBS to Fox Sports.

I’ve never heard Johnson sound so defeated in my life. Let’s hope he has no regrets about leaving CBS.

[H/T SportsGrid]

Bill Simmons Solves MLS Cup's Ratings Problem

Ratings for MLS Cup, Major League Soccer’s championship match, fell in 2010. According to Sports Media Watch, “The Rapids’ championship-winning victory over FC Dallas earned a 0.5 overnight rating on ESPN Sunday night, down 44 percent from last year (RSL/LA: 0.9, ESPN), and down 29 percent from 2008 (CMB/NY: 0.7, ABC).”

In his Tuesday afternoon chat, Bill Simmons provided a solution:

You need to stop putting your semifinal and Final playoff games head to head against Sunday night NFL. it’s a suicide mission. Schedule those games for Tuesday nights when there’s no football and you’re only going against NFL. You will never, ever, not EVER gain traction in America in any conceivable way by going head to head against the NFL. It’s idiotic. it couldn’t be dumber. That MLS Cup final was really exciting (especially the last 20 minutes of extra time, and yes, I was toggling between that and the Eagles game) and nobody saw it.

But going against the NFL is only part of the problem. Read more

Heart Break City: Gus Johnson Out At MSG

Gus Johnson, the radio play-by-play voice of the New York Knicks, won’t be calling games this season for the MSG Network.

According to Phil Mushnick of the NY Post, MSG executives were upset that Johnson missed Knicks games for other broadcasting obligations on CBS and Showtime.

“Gus is a very talented broadcaster, and has been a part of the MSG Network family for a long time,” MSG said in a statement. “We wish him all the best and will miss having him on our team.”

Johnson, 43, has been calling Knicks games on the radio since the 1997-98 season and a fill-in for Mike Breen on the MSG telecasts.

Mike Crispino is expected to replace Johnson. Crispino has been calling games and working for MSG TV since 1992.

Check back next week as SportsNewser is scheduled to interview the exciting play-by-play announcer.

Rex Ryan Wants to Talk Football

A telling line from in a New York Post story about Rex Ryan reaming out his team: “During Ryan’s 20-minute press conference, there was not a single question about the game.”

Having sat in any number of mind-numbingly boring press conferences, I can tell you that coaches abhor talking about their plans, their opponent, or anything else pertaining to the upcoming game beyond extremely vagaries. They’d rather, however, discuss their sport than discipline problems within a team.

But Rex, this is your freaking fault. You can’t have it both ways.

Just suspend him.