decade day I don’t watch ESPN2’s First Take, and something unbelievably offensive goes out live over the air! Thank goodness YouBeenBlinded.com never misses a minute, capturing a shameful remark from Barry Melrose this morning that sent shockwaves through Poultry Fecal Matter Advocacy groups worldwide .
The controversy started when show host Jay Crawford asked Melrose what he applied to his face to maintain his boyish visage.
Big news today, as ESPN announces that as part of its 30th anniversary, it will honor long-time employees with a Walk of Fame at their Bristol campus. Just slightly less prestigious than the one in Hollywood, this Walk of Fame will feature a freshman class of 43 staffers, all of whom have been with the network since its first year. Except for that poor guy who Berman screamed at that time; he’s living in the jungle in the Philippines.
We wonder, will new ESPN employees be hazed for stepping on Bob Ley’s star? Who will clean the spit and vegetable matter from Dick Vitale’s? And what other commemorative attraction ideas were considered before the Walk of Fame was approved? Top rejected ESPN 30th anniversary ideas: Read more…
• Richard Jefferson got cold feet and decided to ditch his beautiful bride-to-be. Too bad the new Spur neglected to inform his wedding guests.
• What’s better than $1 beers at the ballpark? How about $1 beers at the ballpark with a buxom Playboy “Hot Housewife” model?
• A British tennis coach is caught doing a little drive-by wanking near a group of 14-year-old girls.
• Nice to see Erin Andrews, Heather Graham & Kristin Cavallieri all share the same fashion sense.
• Hard to tell what looked weaker last night - President Obama’s first pitch, or the NL All-Stars’ overall play.
Tags: All Star Game
, Chicago White Sox
, Comiskey Park
, Dana Jacobson
, Erin Andrews
, Heather Graham
, Kesha Nichols
, Kristin Cavallieri
, Lisa Neeld
, Mark Pain
, President Obama
, Richard Jefferson
, Rocky Lockridge
, Sidney Crosby
, Stephen A. Smith
We suppose that we can forgive Dana Jacobson this minor transgression, but it’s hilarious nonetheless. During ESPN’s “First Take” this morning, Jacobson referred to college basketball analyst Stephen Bardo thusly: “St. Louis is considered one of America’s greatest sports towns, but is it the best? Skip and Stephen A. will debate that, coming up next.” No, Stephen A. Smith has not returned to ESPN (he left the network on May 1 when his contract was not renewed). Don’t panic.
It was just an on-air flub. As AWFUL ANNOUNCING points out, “First Take” has been shuffling co-hosts with Skip Bayless since the departure of the Cheesy Doodled One. Bardo was teamed with Bayless today, his first name obviously overwhelming Jacobson with a wave of nostalgia (or she was hung over. Choose one). Video following the jump. Read more…
You might have forgotten that Notre Dame was the target of Dana Jacobson’s vodka-fueled rant during the Mike & Mike Morning Show Roast back in January. To refresh your memory, Charlie Weis was in attendance that night, and got to hear a sloppy drunk Jacobson yell “F— Notre Dame” and “F— Touchdown Jesus“, before closing with, “F— Jesus!”
Jacobson later apologized publicly to Weis, Notre Dame, Catholics, Jesus and pretty much anyone else. But THE BIG LEAD is reporting that wasn’t enough for one person. According to one of their sources who is “close to Notre Dame,” Weis allegedly refused to accept a hand-written letter of apology from Jacobson and responded by writing her a scalding letter of his own ripping her professionalism.
DEADSPIN by way of DRUNK ATHLETE catches a glimpse of Golden State Warrior Stephen Jackson living the “Glug Life”:
Jackson’s beverage of choice appears to be Belvedere vodka - the favorite spirit of another sloshed sports personality:
A liquor producer couldn’t ask for more ringing endorsements.
The NEW YORK TIMES projects news that ESPN is looking to broaden its broadcasting brilliance to the big screen.
The Worldwide Leader is focused on collaborating with Walt Disney Studios and Creative Artists Agency to produce & distribute sports-themed theatrical releases in the next few years. And the network is already making cinematic strides by hiring 30 filmmakers to produce one-hour mini-movies, set to start showing on the small screen in September 2009.
As the bigwigs try to brainstorm for feature film ideas, Mike Bianchi of the ORLANDO SENTINEL proposes remaking a Disney family favorite - featuring the ESPN Primetime Players. Read more…
Tags: Beano Cook
, Chris Berman
, Dana Jacobson
, Erin Andrews
, John Clayton
, Jon Stewart
, Lee Corso
, Lou Holtz
, Stephen A Smith
• Mike Golic & Mike Greenberg bust their acting chops in “Guiding Light“:
Wonder if they’ll bring Dana Jacobson along to the Daytime Emmys?
• A-Rod is pumped at the thought of his daughters marrying Andy Pettitte.
• Knicks teammates Zach Randolph & Nate Robinson exchange words - then some water & towels.
• The Big Cactus needles Kareem & Wilt The Stilt about a lack of respect.
Tags: Alex Rodriguez
, Andy Pettite
, California Golden Bears
, Dana Jacobson
, Earl Weaver
, Kareem Abdul Jabbar
, Kelvin Sampson
, Mike & Mike
, Nate Robinson
, New York Knicks
, Shaquille Oneal
, Wilt Chamberlain
, Zach Randolph
We’re always keeping an eye out for Montreal moochers pilfering purses.
• Ashley Judd really knows how to rev up the engines at Daytona:
• Heads up, Alfred Aboya! Or should that be - “Face Up”?
• Buffalo fans have seen Richard Zednik’s terrible throat slash before - when it happened to Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk.
Tags: Ashley Judd
, Buffalo Sabres
, Charlie Weis
, Clemson Tigers
, Clint Malarchuk
, Dana Jacobson
, Dan Snyder
, Daytona 500
, Jim Fassel
, Jim Zorn
, Larry Brown
, North Carolina Tar Heels
, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
, Richard Zednik
, Ucla Bruins
, Washington Huskies
, Washington Redskins
We’re not sure how we missed this, but late last week Charlie Weis weighed in on the Dana Jacobson’s roast remarks and let us really know why ESPN took action against her.
Weis: “I was both personally and professionally offended by her comments. And if the situation were reversed, and that were me saying them, two things would have happened. I would have been the lead story on SportsCenter, and I would have been fired.” Read more…