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"Highway 18" Quick Nine: The Swamp

Posted by Ryan 1. Keri Murphy Is Easily Amused. I interviewed host Keri Murphy about Highway 18, and she really played up this episode and its swamp challenge. “They came out to the swamp — it’s full of gators — and they think that they’re going to have to do some sort of golf challenge. But really, they just had to find their way back,” Murphy says. “Getting them out of the swamp was pretty hilarious.” Now, having seen this episode, the “swamp” looks more like a park that had a gator in it somewhere. And the teams just followed […]

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The Road Begins: GOLF CHANNEL's "Highway 18"

Posted by Ryan Anyone who’s played golf knows that it’s a stressful game. But a typical round doesn’t also include a road race, tough trivia questions, getting dropped off in a swamp and having eight people trying to get you kicked off the course. GOLF CHANNEL’s new 10-episode reality competition series Highway 18, premiering July 22 at 10pm ET, puts five teams of two golfers on the ultimate road rally through Florida, as they face golf challenges both on and off the course to stave off elimination and be the last team standing. “There’s a race element to it, there’s […]

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Sports

FSN Goes Back To "Baseball's Golden Age"

Posted by Cubicle QB FSN has been on a roll lately with its original programs, with Sport Science and Amazing Sports Stories, and now the announcement of Baseball’s Golden Age premiering July 6 at 8pm (local time). Baseball’s Golden Age uses recently discovered color home movies from the 1920s-1960s to tell the stories of some of the game’s biggest legends — Ruth, Cobb, Williams, Mays, Aaron — and their incomparable feats on the field. Each 30-minute episode contains remarkable rare shots and never-before-seen footage from films shot by fans, players’ families and the players themselves. Each episode includes interviews with […]

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ESPN's "TitleTown USA" Even Worse Than Expected

Posted by Cubicle QB Remember ESPN’s SportsCenter “Who’s Now?” thing from last summer? This summer, they managed to find something even dumber than that to fill airtime: “TitleTown USA.” People have been nominating cities on ESPN.com for the honor of being the best sports town in the nation. Six finalists have been revealed, with 14 still left to go between now and June 27. The remaining finalists will be named each weekday on the 6pm ET edition of SportsCenter. As part of “TitleTown USA,” SportsCenter will embark on a 20-city tour beginning in Green Bay, Wisc., on July 4 and […]

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Spelling Bee Live Blog: Rockin' The Bee '08

Posted by Cubicle QB Greetings, friends. The time for our live blog of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is upon us. We will post live during the bee finals on Friday, May 30, beginning at 8pm ET, following along with the broadcast on ABC. The venerated Johnnysweeptheleg will be the MC of hilarity, waxing on/waxing off in the comments section. So grab a spelling beer, turn on the TV, park yourself at your PC and waste a perfectly good Friday night with us as we crack jokes about the inevitable Cody Wang vs. Anqi Dong final, and lay odds on […]

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WEC: Faber Vs. Pulver Is One Heavy Fight For The Featherweights

Posted by Ryan One of the most anticipated fights in mixed martial arts takes place June 1 at 9pm ET/6pm PT, as “The California Kid” Urijah Faber defends his World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight championship against veteran fighter Jens “Lil Evil” Pulver. WEC: Faber vs. Pulver airs live on Versus and Versus HD from the ARCO Arena in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, Calif. Since capturing the featherweight title in March 2006, Faber has maintained a chokehold on the division. But he’ll face his most formidable challenger yet in MMA pioneer Pulver, a former UFC lightweight champion.

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Stanley Cup Up For Grabs

Posted by Cubicle QB This may shock readers of this site and Channel Guide Magazine: I actually love hockey. There is no better sport to watch live, in my opinion. Back in the ’90s, when I started learning the sport, I adopted the Red Wings as my team — I liked all their Russian guys — and had a lot of fun following their back-to-back Cup seasons in ’97-’98. I watched a ton of hockey back in the day, but it’s kind of sad how my interest in the sport has waned. The Red Wings are in the finals against […]

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“E:60”: Ray Allen, Gina Carano, Football Behind Bars And High-Tech Ticket Scalping

Features on the May 13 (7pm ET) edition of ESPN’s sports newsmagazine series E:60: Ray Allen — Even as the resurgent Boston Celtics ride their sensational season deep into the playoffs, guard Ray Allen and his family are dealing with far more significant issues involving the attempted murder of Allen’s stepfather. Allen’s mother and his stepfather, Derek Hopson, have spent more than two years in a witness protection program following the 2003 attempted murder of Hopson, a psychologist married to Allen’s mother, Flora Allen-Hopson. Ernest Garlington, a counselor for at-risk youth and husband to the former wife of Allen’s stepfather, […]

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Dispatch From The Deadspin Book Tour

Posted by Ryan [Welcome, Deadspin readers. If anyone who went out drinking after the Milwaukee GSTF talk has photos or stories, please share!] Will Leitch, editor of popular sports blog Deadspin, was in Milwaukee last night for a talk on his book God Save the Fan. You might have recently seen Leitch on HBO’s Costas Now for a discussion of sports blogs with Bob Costas, author Buzz Bissinger (Friday Night Lights) and Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards. We use “discussion” here loosely, as the segment basically devolved into Bissinger ranting against Leitch and other bloggers’ “journalistic dishonesty” and general coarsening […]

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"E:60": Dara Torres, NASCAR Prodigy And Kimbo Slice

Posted by Cubicle QB Features on the May 6 (7pm ET) edition of ESPN’s E:60 sports newsmagazine series: Dara Torres — Dara Torres won her first Olympic medal nearly a quarter century ago at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. She retired from the sport after the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where she became the first American to swim in four Olympics. But during the pregnancy of her first child, Tessa, now 2, she jumped back into the pool to get some exercise and found the competitive juices flowing again. Now she’s trying to make her fifth Olympic team […]