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Deion Sanders, Oxygen To Unleash Pestilence Upon Us

Like most sports fans, my Deion Sanders tolerance threshold was crossed sometime around 1995. Following his long, long overdue retirement from football, he’s continued to annoy me as an NFL TV studio analyst. But I never really had the urge to body slam or electrocute Deion … until he said this recently: I believe [Michael] Vick had a passion for dogfighting. I know many athletes who share his passion. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of a dog fighting to the death. It’s like ultimate fighting, but the dog doesn’t tap out when he knows he can’t win. […]

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Behold! NBA Schedule Released

The 2007-08 NBA season schedule is out, and so is the national TV schedule. Not surprisingly, there are suddenly a lot more Boston Celtics games on TV this year. Here are a few of the TV highlights: Oct. 30 – Portland at San Antonio and Houston at L.A. Lakers (TNT). The season opens with No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden and the Blazers against Tim Duncan and the defending champion Spurs. Oct. 31 — Dallas at Cleveland and Seattle at Denver (ESPN). You’ll get to see No. 2 pick Kevin Durant and the Sonics against Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets. […]

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ESPN Chronicles Barry Bonds’ Pursuit Of The Home Run Record

I knew I would have to do this post someday. Blah. Here are ESPN’s plans for coverage of Barry Bonds’ chase for the career home run record: Live cut-ins and short turn-around highlights of Bonds’ at bats when he goes for home runs 754, 755 and 756 during all Major League Baseball game telecasts Live cut-in or taped highlights in non-MLB programming Short turn-around highlights of home runs 754, 755 and 756 on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ESPN on ABC Select cut-ins to Bonds’ at bats through home run 756 on ESPN.com Live cut-ins to each Bonds’ at bat once […]

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NFL Network Goes “Inside Training Camp”

NFL Network is visiting six NFL training camps in five days beginning July 30 for a series aptly called Inside Training Camp (full schedule after the jump). NFL Network is putting wireless mics on players and coaches to give viewers an on-the-field perspective of drills and practices. There’ll also be news, storylines, injury reports and updates on positional battles throughout each show. The first preseason game, the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, between New Orleans and Pittsburgh, will air on NFL Network Aug. 5 — a bold scheduling move for the NFL, since this game usually aired in […]

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“ESPN First Take” Features Matt Groening On Thursday, Will Resume Crappiness On Friday

Perhaps in conjunction with some kind of movie coming out sometime in the near future, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and executive producer Al Jean will appear Thursday morning on ESPN First Take on ESPN2. Then on Friday, First Take subjects you to this: Friday, July 20 “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” – Adam Sandler & Kevin James If anyone sees that movie, I guarantee it’s not for Adam Sandler and Kevin James. (On Wednesday, Donnie Wahlberg is going to be on ESPN First Take talking about Boston sports.) Photo is from the Kwik-E-Mart in Chicago, where dorks […]

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Big Ten Network May Be Overestimating Its Value A Bit

The latest fussin’ and feudin’ between cable companies and upstart TV sports networks is brought to you by Big Ten Network, a joint venture between FOX Cable Networks and the Big Ten Conference. The network is devoted to sports, academics, activities and personalities (but yeah, mostly sports) from the Big Ten’s 11 institutions. It plans to launch Aug. 30 with a schedule that is going to include more than 35 football games, more than 105 men’s basketball games, women’s sports and coaches shows. Big Ten Network has found carriage on DirecTV and a number of small cable companies, but doesn’t […]

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Kige Ramsey Agrees With This

Thanks to Deadspin for introducing me to Kige Ramsey of “YouTube Sports,” a college student who has been vlogging prolifically with insightful commentary on topical sports issues. Some of us here are addicted to his YouTubes. If one of the major multimedia sports entities does not hire this kid immediately, I don’t want to hear any more B.S. about how “cutting edge” they are. I recommend the entire Kige Ramsey collection.

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ESPNEWS Road Trip: 30 Cities. Six Weeks.

ESPNEWS tonight starts City by City, a six week series with daily profiles of America’s 30 leading sports cities. The segments will air during The Hotlist, Pregame and Gametime shows. The cities were selected by the ESPNEWS editorial team. We’ll let Barry Sacks, senior coordinating producer, ESPN Studio Production, explain it to you in his best press-release lingo: City by City will take fans down memory lane to relive some of the biggest moments in each city’s sports history. Whether it is the Red Sox reversing the curse, Texas’ thrilling comeback in the Rose Bowl over USC or Peyton Manning […]

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Joakim Noah: The People’s Princess

You know, if ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage was more like this brilliant YouTube, maybe we’d have more interest in it. I interviewed Stephen A. Smith two years ago when Quite Frankly was a promising new enterprise. It was one morning during the NBA Finals, and I think he was half asleep … yet everything he said was important!

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“Shaq’s Big Challenge” Premiere Live Blog!

Who’s ready for some “exploitive and cruel” fun? The Shaq’s Big Challenge premiere party live blog is going to start tonight at 9pm ET. After the jump, we’ll introduce you to the six kids Shaq is going to whip into shape, and give you some pretty interesting recipe ideas — “pizza burritos,” anyone? Then grab a 2-liter bottle of RC Cola, a garbage bag full of Funyuns, a bucket of KFC, one of those Burger King Quad Stackers and join in the live blog action! Tune in to ABC, refresh the site often, post your comments (keep them clean, it’s […]