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May 01, 2020.

Let Me Fill In Some Missing Details On Complex Record Of Isiah Thomas

Let Me Fill In Some Missing Details On Complex Record Of Isiah Thomas

Did you hear the one about the team walk-off involving Isiah Thomas? You know, the one in 2012?

During a sports award banquet, the Florida International (FIU) Men’s Basketball team walked off in protest after their coach Isiah Thomas was fired. His players were stunned at his firing.

“He could’ve brought in a lot of people to talk to us about basketball. He was bringing in professors and...

Apr 27, 2020.

Media Coverage of Justin Rohrwasser's White Nationalist Tattoo Has Been Shameful

Media Coverage of Justin Rohrwasser's White Nationalist Tattoo Has Been Shameful

Kicker Justin Rohrwasser was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. It was also discovered he had a “Three Percenter” tattoo on his arm, and sports media is having a really hard time framing this story, and what the “Three Percenter” tattoo represents.

Well, that struggle is not difficult for me, as I was standing a little over a block away from Heather Heyer when she...

Apr 25, 2020.

Misogyny Was Taken Early In First Round Of NFL Draft

Misogyny Was Taken Early In First Round Of NFL Draft

There is no secret there is misogyny in sports.

When the NFL Draft began last night, many fans were decked out in their favorite teams’ jerseys as they sat or stood in front of their TVs and cheered or booed at their teams’ first-round picks. Fans and media members were passionate about what they deemed as the first “real live sporting event” since professional sports were shut down...

Apr 24, 2020.

Goodell’s Ineptitude Couldn’t Hurt The Draft, While CeeDee Lamb Stole The Show

Goodell’s Ineptitude Couldn’t Hurt The Draft, While CeeDee Lamb Stole The Show

It’s crazy that a virtual draft relying almost solely on the strength of WiFi routers would turn out almost perfect.

What’s even crazier is the fact that the only hindrance would come from man-made error and not technology.

However, what’s not surprising is that NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, would be the man responsible for these blunders.

The draft aired virtually on both ESPN and ABC for...

Apr 21, 2020.

The History Of Baseball Was Documented In 9 Episodes. Why Do We Need 10 About The 1997-98 Bulls?

The History Of Baseball Was Documented In 9 Episodes. Why Do We Need 10 About The 1997-98 Bulls?

Despite ample time on my hands, I’m not sure I’ll be able to get through The Last Dance.

10 episodes?

Can you think of the last great doc-series you watched over 10 episodes?

Tiger King was a binge worthy seven episodes. ESPN’s Oscar winner OJ: Made in America was six. Ken Burns explained the entire history of baseball in nine. War, race relations, work stoppages and nearly 150 years of U.S....

Apr 20, 2020.

Best Thing From Episode 1 of "The Last Dance"? The Bulls Traveling Cocaine Circus That Had Jordan In Hysterics

Best Thing From Episode 1 of "The Last Dance"? The Bulls Traveling Cocaine Circus That Had Jordan In Hysterics

One of the most eye-popping moments of Episode 1 of ESPN’s 10-part series on the Chicago Bulls’ last championship season called The Last Dance was the mention of cocaine and the huge belly laugh it elicited from Michael Jordan.

Jordan is asked about his early days with Bulls in 1984 when he was a 21-year-old rookie from Wilmington, North Carolina and the Bulls were a struggling franchise with...

Apr 10, 2020.

Trolling Has Become a Pandemic Sport

Trolling Has Become a Pandemic Sport

Patience has never been a virtue in sports.

Waiting isn’t something people like to do in this genre, it’s become even more apparent during this “athletic furlough” as people keep falling for the bait. We’re all getting trolled right now, and it’s coming from every angle.

People actually thought Colin Kaepernick had been signed by the New York Jets on Thursday. The troll job was so effective,...

Apr 02, 2020.

When Magic Johnson Is Criticizing You On Twitter, You Know You've Screwed Up Something. Badly

When Magic Johnson Is Criticizing You On Twitter, You Know You've Screwed Up Something. Badly

There is nothing on the internet that is more wholesome and less controversial than Magic Johnson’s Twitter feed. Even in this time of pandemic, there’s nothing quite like logging on and seeing tweets from a legend of basketball and humanity like the one he had on Sunday.

“Everyone stay safe, stay healthy, and practice social distancing.”

When it comes to basketball, Magic’s tweets have the...

Apr 01, 2020.

The World Really Is Coming To An End: Adam Schefter Criticized The NFL

The World Really Is Coming To An End: Adam Schefter Criticized The NFL

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is widely known as an NFL shill. He rarely, if ever, criticizes the league and has even

fed from the same trough as the entity he supposedly covers objectively.

Sure, some of this is a product of ESPN’s way-too-cozy relationship with all the major sports league, vis-a-vis massive broadcasting contracts. But it also always partly seemed like Schefter’s blind eye to all the...

Mar 25, 2020.

Peyton Manning Was Never Going To Make Monday Night Football Good Again. But There Still Is A Way To Salvage It

Peyton Manning Was Never Going To Make Monday Night Football Good Again. But There Still Is A Way To Salvage It

The NFL is just about the only league fans can discuss in a definite future tense. While there are some forecasts out there that the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent measures to combat it could stretch into late summer and fall, it’s far enough in the distance that football season still feels safe to talk about as if it will be unaffected.

Free agency went off at the normal time, though...

Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 25, 2019.

ESPN Cancels Bowl Game Sponsorship Deal With Company That Does Not Seem To Exist

ESPN Cancels Bowl Game Sponsorship Deal With Company That Does Not Seem To Exist

We can all agree that there are simply too many damn bowl games, and that a huge chunk of them only exist so that sports networks can bilk a few hundred thousand dollars out of a presenting sponsor while subjecting us all to the CarsAndCarParts.com New Jersey Turnpike Bowl, or whatever. And so it is extremely satisfying to discover that ESPN just got hoodwinked by selling the New Mexico...

Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 15, 2019. 17 comments

The Future Of Adrian Wojnarowski's Tencent Show Is Up In The Air After He "Liked" Daryl Morey's Hong Kong Tweet [Update]

The Future Of Adrian Wojnarowski's Tencent Show Is Up In The Air After He "Liked" Daryl Morey's Hong Kong Tweet [Update]

Now that last week’s roiling spat between the Chinese government and the NBA has mostly cooled, the global-sports-industrial complex is back to business as usual. Pre-season NBA games were held in China on Thursday and Saturday and everything went off relatively smoothly (with only a few minor

hitches ), and the Chinese government has also reportedly tamped down on its rhetoric against the...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 09, 2019. 24 comments

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

If you paid attention to ESPN channels yesterday, you saw the network repeatedly attempt to grapple with the story of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey creating an international incident after

tweeting and then deleting his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. You heard talking head after talking head castigate Morey for sending the tweet, speculation over whether...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf Oct 01, 2019. 5 comments

Chris Mortensen Puts On A Clinic In Wife Appreciation Using The Combined Powers Of His Phone And Laptop

Chris Mortensen Puts On A Clinic In Wife Appreciation Using The Combined Powers Of His Phone And Laptop

This just in: ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen is smitten ... with his wife!

The NFL insider took a moment from breaking stories Sunday morning to announce that he and his wife Micki were celebrating their 35th anniversary. Ol’ Mort celebrated the occasion with a photo of his wife. It was unclear as to whether that was her “sultry or ‘you’re in trouble’ look,” as he described it, but either way,...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 18, 2019. 21 comments

Heartwarming: Paul Finebaum Gets His Ass Handed To Him Over Lazy Cam Newton Take

Heartwarming: Paul Finebaum Gets His Ass Handed To Him Over Lazy Cam Newton Take

ESPN made some good TV this morning.

It started with Paul Finebaum slobbering over the “class” Eli Manning showed in getting benched:

“I think it’s the right move but I also think you have to pause for a second and respect the way Eli Manning has handled this. The Giants blew it a couple years ago, they probably should have gotten rid of him then but they held on and Eli took a beating but he...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 17, 2019. 18 comments

Join Us In Pretending Not To Know What Chris Mortensen's Rat Tweets Are About

Join Us In Pretending Not To Know What Chris Mortensen's Rat Tweets Are About

Yesterday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted out a series of rat emojis.

He tweeted the first rat at 6:36 p.m., shortly after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Jalen Ramsey had

requested a trade , which was exactly one minute after ESPN’s Adam Schefter, along with Mortensen, had broken that news.

Mortensen sent the second rat tweet (two rats) at 10:14 p.m., four minutes after Rapoport...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Sep 14, 2019. 23 comments

Just Tim Tebow Hootin' And Hollerin' About "Selfish Culture" On First Take

Just Tim Tebow Hootin' And Hollerin' About "Selfish Culture" On First Take

Future Mets All-Star Tim Tebow was on First Take Friday morning to talk with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman about California’s

legislative push to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements. That’s really as much information as you need to know that this was a brutally unpleasant few minutes of television, and that you would be better off not watching it.

The clip below is the...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Sep 10, 2019. 18 comments

Dear ESPN, Please Stop Using Yellow In Your Monday Night Football Down-And-Distance Graphic [UPDATE: It's Gone]

Dear ESPN, Please Stop Using Yellow In Your Monday Night Football Down-And-Distance Graphic [UPDATE: It's Gone]
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For reasons passing understanding, ESPN’s Monday Night Football presentation uses a sickly greenish-yellow color for the graphic showing the down and distance. It’s a big highlighter-yellow block on the bottom right of the screen, and it’s ugly, and I hate it. On top of being ugly, it looks like a penalty flag has...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 29, 2019. 12 comments

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Aug 28, 2019. 6 comments

Adam Schefter Doing Ads For An NFL Sponsor Is So Embarrassing

Adam Schefter Doing Ads For An NFL Sponsor Is So Embarrassing

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is a reporter who reports on the NFL. That implies certain things, or at least it used to, namely that a reporter should not have a personal financial stake in the NFL, a business they ostensibly cover objectively, making more money. This seems uncontroversial to me, and for decades upon decades in journalism, it was uncontroversial to everyone.

Things have changed,...

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