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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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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 […]

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Live Bee-Log Announcement!

I thought I was borderline insane when I thought it might be fun to live blog the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but I see it was done last year. So now I don’t feel so alone in my psychosis. I’m excited/crazy to announce we’re live blogging (bee-logging) the bee finals along with the ABC (and ABC HD!) broadcast. Join us here on May 31 at 8pm ET for lots of temerity and schadenfreude. Perhaps I’ll break out my mad glottochronology skills on all y’all. ESPN’s announcement that Mike Greenburg and Mike Golic are going to join the […]

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The 4th OT: AL And NL Totally Hooked Up

No longer must the AL and NL be the girls and boys standing awkwardly on opposite ends of the gym at the eighth-grade dance. This weekend, they shall dance and perhaps make out a little, until AL’s dad picks her up at 9:00 and the NL is left alone, sad and confused. There’s Yanks/Mets, Cubs/White Sox, Braves/Red Sox, Angels/Dodgers, A’s/Giants and some more good interleague baseball this weekend. (I’ll be at Brewers/Twins on Sunday. I haven’t seen the Twins in person since Kirby Puckett was in the lineup.) Here’s what’s on the TV this weekend: Tonight Major League Baseball: Atlanta […]

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ESPN Is Upfrontin’

ESPN had its annual upfront presentation for advertisers in New York and unveiled a few new original programs for the second half of 2007 and beyond: This Is SportsCenter 300 (Tuesdays in September) “A series of original specials will celebrate the 300th commercial in the award-winning ‘This is SportsCenter’ promo campaign. Now in its 14th year, the humorous and memorable spots have grown to embody the spirit of SportsCenter and the ESPN brand at large. The programs will look back to the early days of the campaign; showcase the most memorable spots; and hear from top sports stars about their […]

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O’Hair Would’ve Been A Great Name For A Dog

An interesting side note to The Players Championship (or as we call it, “Tha Playas”) golf tournament this weekend. It turns out that GOLF CHANNEL’s Inga Hammond had a personal interest in the tournament’s outcome: The winner of THE PLAYERS Championship will receive over $1.4 million, a five-year PGA TOUR exemption and the honor of being the namesake of GOLF CHANNEL’s Inga Hammond’s newest dog. Hammond said last week on The Approach by Callaway Golf – the GOLF CHANNEL’s point-counterpoint show she hosts with PGA TOUR professional Andrew Magee and journalist Alex Miceli – that she would name her dog […]