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The 4th OT: “I Love Stealing”

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to see the Gatorade “inner voice” commercial with Derek Jeter and Harvey Keitel, in which Keitel goads Jeter into stealing bases. It’s not online yet, but give it a few hours. [Update: Here’s a link to the YouTube. And this isn’t the first time I’ve misquoted Harvey Keitel. I’ve been misquoting Monkey Trouble for years.] Alas, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been eliminated from the NHL playoffs. The guy who operates NBC’s “Crosby Cam” is hitting the bricks today. Here’s what’s on this weekend: Tonight NASCAR Busch Series Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, ESPN2. […]

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NBA Playoffs Preview: “Shaq Must Be Spinning In His Grave”

I owe the title of the NBA playoff preview post to TNT’s NBA analyst Reggie Miller. This is the same Reggie Miller who, during a pregame show, asked guest Stevie Wonder, “What do you expect to see in tonight’s game?” Keep up the good work, Reggie. The playoff matchups are set and the first games get started on Saturday. Here’s the weekend’s schedule of Game 1s, along with our pick for the series winner: Saturday (All times Eastern) New Jersey at Toronto, 12:30pm, ESPN. Our Pick: Vince Carter will not get a nice welcome back in Toronto, and the Raptors […]

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ESPN Gives You Skip Bayless In Glorious HD!

ESPN today announced several upcoming changes to its morning and daytime lineup, most of which do not affect the large portion of the sports-loving populace who actually hold down steady jobs. Beginning May 7, ESPN2’s Cold Pizza, which we already sort of suspected was not long for this world, is renamed ESPN First Take and moves its studio from New York City to Bristol, Conn. During First Take, there will be debate segments called 1st and 10 (not to be confused with the old HBO series starring O.J. Simpson). These segments will feature two commentators from a rotating group consisting […]

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The 4th OT: First Edition

Inspired by the Vancouver Canucks’ playoff win over the Dallas Stars 18:06 into the fourth overtime yesterday morning, we’re calling our Friday TV sports weekend preview post “The 4th OT.” And by the end of the week, we feel like we’ve been through 4 OTs ourselves. I’ve read reports that some Versus affiliates actually cut away from that game sometime in the 4th OT to air infomercials. I remember in my prime hockey-watching years trying to stay awake for the playoff OT marathons and usually failing. I would’ve been incensed had I actually stayed awake to see the sudden-death goal […]

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Exciting Release Of NFL Schedule To Save Us From NHL Playoffs

The NHL playoffs begin tonight on Food Network Versus, and I was afraid I was going to have to pay attention. Fortunately, the NFL had its annual schedule release orgy on NFL Network today, so I can now focus on Chicago Bears Ws instead of the impending Detroit Red Wings first-round playoff L. Looking at the schedule, here are the 10 games I’m most interested in. There are even some that do not involve the Chargers!: Nov. 29 — Green Bay at Dallas, NFL Network. It might be a stretch for top 10, but this is really the only NFL […]

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FOX Subjects Us To Scooter Earlier Than Usual

Ah, Scooter. How we’ve missed you. As mentioned in our post last week (we’ll blog more prodigiously from now on, we promise*) FOX had a media call with MLB announcers Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Mark Grace to talk up the FOX MLB Saturday “Game of the Week” which started on Saturday (go figure). Here are the goods from the press call: Buck Will Convince You He’s Not A Homer Or Die Trying: “The Cardinals are not going to have the year that they had last year and win the Central. There’s no way. Considering how they finished — the […]

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MLB And Cable TV Have Made Peace. You May Resume Your Daily Lives Now.

The widely publicized and criticized exclusive deal between Major League Baseball and DirecTV is exclusive no more, as MLB decided to cut cable companies in on the action last night. Hooray for John Kerry! Perhaps now he can get back to whatever it is that he should be doing. Speaking of MLB cable deals, we were reminded today that TBS has the rights to the NLCS, something that I thought would rouse much more ire in Joe Baseball Fan than it has. I’ve grown particularly fond of watching the LCS in my den (which is not cable equipped) with my loyal smellhound, falling asleep to […]

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Ah, So This Is What They Call “Web Logging”?

Wow. We are finally “web logging,” or as the kids call it, “blogging.” This is the first post of what I hope will be an entertaining and informative blog on sports as it relates to the medium of television. As the Cubicle QB at the helm of this blog, I hope to provide you with: News and commentary on the TV sports business: new TV contracts, sports TV schedule announcements, Joe Theismann firings/hirings, wacky sports (e.g. Rock Paper Scissors) coming to TV, and senseless disputes between sports leagues and television entities  Highlights and lowlights from TV coverage of the big sports events, […]

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Golf Great Nick Faldo On The PGA’s Playoffs

When asked what the PGA Tour hopes to accomplish by instituting a new playoff format for 2007, Nick Faldo’s tell-it-like-it-is style is evident. “It’s all [TV] ratings, isn’t it?” the six-time major tournament champion and current golf TV analyst says. “And obviously they’re competing against football at the end of the season.” Taking a cue from NASCAR’s playoff system, the PGA will try to end its season with a cheer instead of a polite whisper. In the new format, players will accumulate points from January to August to qualify for a four-tournament playoff starting in late August and ending with […]