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You’re Invited To The “Shaq’s Big Challenge” Premiere Party!

Among the detritus of summer throwaway reality series season is a true gem of a show: Shaq’s Big Challenge premiering June 26 at 9pm ET on ABC. If you saw the May issue of Channel Guide Magazine, you know of our love of all things Shaquille O’Neal — especially any of his endeavors off the basketball court. In Shaq’s Big Challenge, the Miami Heat big man will help transform six obese, sedentary middle-school students in Florida into healthy, active youngsters. (ESPN’s Page 2 has an interview with Shaq about the show.) So it would be a great disservice to civilization […]

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Sports

Brew Crew Is Young And Restless

* I always knew sports was filled with drama — but daytime drama? Today a few members of the Milwaukee Brewers — J.J. Hardy, Chris Capuano, Bill Hall and Jeff Suppan — are making cameos on CBS’ The Young and the Restless. Since the show is set in Wisconsin, the teammates show up in support of regular character Jack Abbott’s (Peter Bergman) run for state senate. Both Hardy and Capuano have since had injuries, so hopefully the bad acting and multiple takes of simple lines didn’t tax them too much. The Brew Crew’s appearance follows on the heels of last […]

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Sports

The 4th OT: Into The “Ruff” Stuff

Hopefully you saw the review of the movie Ruffian in the June issue of Channel Guide Magazine. The ESPN Original Entertainment movie premieres Sunday on ABC/ABC HD and stars Sam Shepard and Frank Whaley. It’s based on the true story of Ruffian, considered to be the best thoroughbred filly of all time. It’s a good effort, and while I’m not a fan of the whole horse movie genre (I prefer the monkey genre), Ruffian kept my interest even though I knew it would have a Barbaro-type ending. The 4th OT will be on vacation next week, as I’m cutting a […]

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You Will Watch And You Will Like It, Dammit!

As you probably know, few cable TV networks are independently owned and operated. Most networks are siblings in a larger corporate family — think of ABC, Disney Channel and all the ESPNs as Mickey Mouse’s minions, and NBC, Bravo, USA Network, SCI FI Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo and God knows what else all in the NBC Universal posse. It provides lots of opportunities for “multi-platforming,” “cross promoting,” “synergy” and such and such, but it’s becoming a bigger nuisance, especially when it comes to sports. Here are two of the latest examples of what they’re calling “Roadblocks”: From NBC on Tuesday […]

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NFL Network Tucks In More “NFL Classics”

NFL Network today released its June schedule of “NFL Classics,” original broadcasts of memorable games shown in their entirety for the first time since they were played. If you don’t get NFL Network, you should probably be calling someone about that problem right now. All games air Thursday at 8pm ET: June 7 — Oakland Raiders vs. New England Patriots (Jan. 2002, CBS). Three inches of snow fell during the final game at New England’s Foxboro Stadium. Kicker Adam Vinatieri sent the game into overtime with a 45-yard FG five plays after the “Tuck Rule” overturned an apparent Patriots’ fumble. […]

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Sports

The 4th OT: O’Dorney & LeBron Shall Rule Us All

So it turns out while we were heavily into the well-spoken young socialite Evan O’Dorney effortlessly crushing that foreign kid in the spelling bee last night, we missed LeBron James working some serious mojo himself, scoring 25 consecutive points and 29 of the Cavs’ last 30. We made our choice and we’re sticking with it. Here’s some stuff to watch instead of using your love of mathematics to compose your own piano concertos: Tonight College Softball: College World Series Games 5 & 6 from Oklahoma City (ESPN2). Yeah, tonight’s pretty much a throwaway. Go see Knocked Up or something. Saturday […]

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Live Blog: Rockin’ The Bee ‘07

Who’s ready to get their bee on? We’re live bee-logging the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals along with the ABC telecast. To get you caught up from today’s earlier rounds, A List Of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago has an outstanding recap of the action. Darren Rovell at CNBC.com handicaps the bee and gives some analysis on the favorites. You can see all the results here at spellingbee.com. Here are the big stories so far: Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan (No. 45) was my favorite to win, but got smoked by “castresian” in Round 5. And Samir Patel (245), considered the favorite to […]

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Waterlogged Ashley Judd: Sexy Or Not Sexy?

So here’s there’s a heated debate brewing around the office in which Cubicle QB’s cubicle resides: Was a rain-soaked Ashley Judd at the Indy 500 Sexy or Not Sexy? I watched the end of the race and remarked to myself how Not Sexy I thought she looked. Here are some more moistened Ashley Judd Sexy/Not Sexy photos. Johnnysweeptheleg finds a saturated Ashley Judd to be Sexy, but due to his exceedingly low standards (he’s got a thing for Smurfette), I cannot trust his judgment on the matter. A certain female who blogs here seems to think it’s Sexy. But I […]

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ESPN Erodes “Classic” Even More

I know they’ve been scraping for ESPN Classic content lately, and here’s another example: Indianapolis 500 an Instant Classic; ESPN Classic to Re-Air Thursday ESPN Classic will re-air Sunday’s dramatic Indianapolis 500 as an Instant Classic with a two-hour telecast at 4 p.m. ET Thursday. The 91st running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” won by the popular Dario Franchitti, ranks as one of the best in the storied history of the event. It featured dramatic moments, including several lead changes throughout the rain-delayed race, which ended under caution 34 laps shy of the scheduled distance. Among the highlights was […]

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The 4th OT: Honk If You’re Hornish

The Indy 500 is one of those events on the calendar that has lost a lot of its luster, but I still feel compelled to watch every year out of pity, or because I suppose I should watch the biggest event in open-wheel racing. Plus, it’s a long weekend and I don’t mind spending a few hours of it in a state of temporary Danicamania. Last year’s race had a sweet finish, with Sam Hornish Jr. nosing .0635 seconds ahead of Marco Andretti, so maybe IRL’s starting to turn this thing around. Here’s a supersized edition of the 4th OT […]