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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 […]

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The 4th OT: Show Mom You Care. Give Her Pugil Sticks.

ESPN Classic knows every mother’s wish this Mothers’ Day is to enjoy a champagne brunch while watching seven hours of American Gladiators. (That’s how we roll at my mom’s house.) From ESPN: ESPN Classic will feature the final seven episodes from Season 1 of the American Gladiators, culminating in the first ever champions. The seven-hour marathon will begin Sunday at 1 p.m. and will be hosted by former Gladiator Dan Clark, aka “Nitro.” The in-your-face Nitro was a Gladiator on the show from 1989 to 1992 and from 1994 to 1995, and was also a co-host of the show from […]

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“Crown Their Ass!” And Other Classics On NFL Network

NFL Network today announced it will be airing a series of classic regular season and postseason games from nearly 70 years worth of televised football. May’s NFL Classics don’t reach back very far, but they’re definitely worth checking out, simply because this is the first time these games have been shown in their entirety on TV since they were played. The series begins this week and airs Thursday nights at 8pm ET. This month’s schedule: May 10 — Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals (ESPN, 2006). This game is a classic for so many reasons: The Bears’ huge comeback, the Paris […]

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Hey Look! It’s Enrico Pallazzo!

Having the Queen of England attend any U.S. sports event should automatically invoke thousands of references to The Naked Gun. If it doesn’t, then I feel sorry for you. British royalty aside, the Kentucky Derby was attended by an assemblage of oddly dressed celebrities who couldn’t get a hookup for De La Hoya vs. Mayweather. Peyton Manning signs an autograph for the one fan who carries his Indianapolis Colts mini helmet everywhere he goes, “just in case.” Jeez, even the TV reporters don’t get spared from heinous couture. Jenny McCarthy takes time out from boring you with her books on […]

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Oscar De La Hoya And Floyd Mayweather Jr. Get Us Pumped Up For Fight Night

De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The World Awaits is mere days away. Before these two rivals fight May 5 on Pay-Per-View, they talked with members of the media on a conference call. Check out what these fighters had to say as they fired off salvos in a war of words before their war in the ring. Mayweather Lets Everyone Have It Floyd On Oscar’s Style “He’s extremely stiff. I’m a fighter with special effects. I can do whatever it takes to win, inside and out. … You already know what he’s going to do. He does it time in and […]