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24 Feb 2012 11:20


Culture: Ryan Braun happy, officials aren’t over MLB suspension reversal

  • It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side. We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly unusual circumstances.
  • Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers • On the reversal of his 50-game suspension. Braun, the most recent NL MVP, challenged a recent drug-related penalty and was successful in overturning it. Because his urine sample was not sent to the testing facility on the same day it was collected, the MLB Players Association announced the decision’s reversal. Not everyone agrees with this decision; Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, claimed this reversal to be “a real gut-kick to clean athletes.” source

26 Jan 2012 23:22


Culture: Joe Paterno’s memorial service: A strong defense against a grave offense

  • Paterno, remembered: During Thursday’s memorial service, numerous speakers remembered the longtime Penn State figure’s life, and his time as a coach, with great reverence, showing respect for the man at a time when his legacy has been clouded by controversy. Speaker after speaker — family, friends, and disciples — spoke reverently of him, emphasizing a legacy that goes far beyond that of an unspeakable scandal, one that improved many lives and the scope of a university. Perhaps none said it better than Nike chairman Phil Knight: “If there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation, and not in Joe Paterno’s response.” Penn State football, under Paterno, was known for its great defense; the defenders came out strong Thursday. source

21 Jan 2011 22:07


Politics: Question: Post-MSNBC, should Keith Olbermann return to sports?

  • Personally, I liked Olbermann better as a sports anchor. He could be funny, but he wasn’t expected to wad up paper, or quiver his lip, or what have you.
  • SB Nation’s Jon Bois • Offering a relatively fresh view on Olbermann’s departure, whatever the cause. Fact is, as many wonky fans as he has, some still love him more for his ’90s run on ESPN’s “Sportscenter.” (We disagree, by the way, but that’s just us.) Should Keith get back into sports? He was pretty good back in the day at doing this, so it’d be an interesting time to return. But he might be harder to accept in this role, considering the by-default divisive nature of “Countdown.” Keith’s done some sports stuff in recent years, most recently with “Football Night in America.” But doing sports full-time might be a bit of a harsh left turn for a guy who’s banked so much on the cult of personality and earned many fans because of it. source

27 Jul 2010 21:45


Culture: STALKERS Act of 2010: Erin Andrews supports this absurd acronym

  • I’m showing my face. I’m lending my voice. And I’m here to give this law some teeth.
  • ESPN personality Erin Andrews • Speaking on Capitol Hill today about her support of the “Simplifying the Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe Act of 2010.” In case you’re confused, it’s the “STALKERS Act of 2010.” Andrews has personal experience with this, thanks to that weird dude who shot that video of her that one time. While the intent of H.R. 5662 is without question, GOOD GOD is that acronym a stretch. source

12 Jun 2010 17:59


Tech: ESPN says screw it, just throws iPads and Xbox 360 games on air

Despite being owned by Disney, one of the more uptight media companies in the world, ESPN apparently thinks like a startup. Which is cool. source

05 Jan 2010 11:06


Culture: Like 3D? Like sports? ESPN is about to give you both at once.

  • 85+ 3D sporting events this year; will people buy? source

12 Nov 2009 21:49


Biz: Disney had some pretty awesome profits (up 18%!) last quarter

  • $895 million in profits, thanks largely to ESPN source

26 Oct 2009 07:30


Sports: Did ESPN’s firing of Steve Phillips expose a double-standard?

  • Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN. His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged, and it became evident it was time to part ways.
  • The ESPN network, in a statement • On the firing of “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst Steve Phillips, after he had an affair with a 22-year-old production assistant. ESPN admitted in the quote that it wasn’t the analyst’s conduct that got him fired, but the fact that he made the network look bad. Our take: We, as a culture, were largely sympathetic to David Letterman, even though he basically did the same thing. Why shouldn’t we do the same for Steve Phillips? However, we will say this much – Letterman got to control the story, while ESPN and Phillips largely didn’t. • source

06 Oct 2009 20:36


Sports: Brett Favre proves his football AND TV-ratings-grabbing skills

  • turning forty Lordy Lordy, Brett Favre’s age; despite that, he easily led the Minnesota Vikings over his former team, the Green Bay Packers, last night; bravo, bro
  • 21.8 million people watched the game on ESPN last night – the largest audience in cable TV history; makes all the preseason hemming and hawing worth it, right? source

22 Jul 2009 20:43


Culture, Tech: Those who want to infect your PC follow Twitter trends too

  • What they wanted Internet nerds all around were looking for a leaked naked video of ESPN sports personality Erin Andrews, who 1) is easy on the eyes and 2) was apparently videotaped illegally.
  • What they got instead Those internet nerds hoping for virally-spread hotel nudity instead got a virally-spread trojan horse. Which goes to show you: Lookin for nudity on the internet never pays off. source