Sports

Memo to CNN: They Don’t Call It The “Boob Tube” for Nothing

Featured image So here is the CNN video highlight of the year. Today CNN had on someone named Clay Travis, who apparently is a popular sports radio host (I don’t listen to sports talk radio), talking about the ESPN controversy over Jamele Hill saying something mean about Trump (I don’t watch ESPN either), and Travis repeated several times that the only two things he believes in are the First Amendment and. . »

Chronicles of Sergio Dipp

Featured image Someone at ESPN thought that Sergio Dipp was ready for prime time during the second of its two Monday Night Football contests last night. And who, you might ask even if you saw the game, is Sergio Dipp? The Washington Post called on two reporters to explain: “He’s the young man who made a memorably awkward debut as a Monday Night Football sideline reporter when Mowins threw it to him »

ESPN anchor rails against “white supremacist” Trump [UPDATED]

Featured image ESPN, the world-wide leader in leftist bulls**t, is in deep financial trouble. The main cause appears to be the loss of cable subscribers due to a changing media landscape. ESPN’s vast overpayment for products like the NBA has also contributed. In addition, the network’s injection of left-wing politics into its treatment of sports has been a major turnoff for many of us. As Linda Cohn, who has been with ESPN »

A sight to behold

Featured image Axios draws attention to “1 inspiring thing” in yesterday’s USC-Western Michigan football game. It was the moment when Jake Olson successfully snapped the ball for the point after USC’s final touchdown in the game. Bill Plaschke has a moving account of what made the moment special in the Los Angeles Times column “For Jake Olson and the Trojans, it was truly a sight to behold.” Plaschke tips his hat to »

J.J. Watt leads the way

Featured image Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal carried a good column by Jason Gay on the role undertaken by NFL defensive superstar J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans in raising money for victims of the epochal storms ravaging Texas. “Watt’s fundraiser (located at youcaring.com/JJWatt) has become a social media phenomenon,” Gay explained. “His initial goal had been to raise $200,000, with Watt kicking in $100,000 himself to get things started.” More: But then »

And don’t mention Bob Lee

Featured image Paul’s post on ESPN’s decision to pull Robert Lee from calling the University of Virginia/William & Mary football game in Charlottesville sounds like a satirical joke. Were it not for the indomitable Iowahawk, I would have thought that ESPN has outrun satire. My Dearest Annabelle, I am beset by perplexities and distresses, I fear the war is lost<mournful fiddle dirge> pic.twitter.com/TEaFIIeBmh — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 22, 2017 The announcers »

ESPN, the worldwide leader in liberal idiocy

Featured image ESPN likes to promote its “Thirty for Thirty” sports documentaries by saying “what if I told you. . .?” So let me ask, “what if I told you that ESPN decided to pull an Asian-American announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee?” Your answer would probably be, “you’re making it up.” But I’m not. It is reliably reported that Robert Lee was »

Don’t blame the media for the WNBA’s woes

Featured image Ted Leonsis owns the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals. The hockey team has done quite well under his leadership, though a deep playoff run has eluded it. The basketball team has often been mediocre or worse, though it now is among the better NBA squads. Leonsis also owns the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. The team, like the league, has struggled. Leonsis blames the WNBA’s woes on the media. »

Christina Sommers Returns Serve

Featured image What do you get when you cross sports with hyper-genderism? You get the usual outrage machine train wreck of course. Like when tennis great John McEnroe said that if Serena Williams played in men’s professional tennis she’d rank around 700th. The media erupted as if to say, “You cannot be serious!” Yes, he can—as even Williams herself agreed. Fortunately we have The Factual Feminist, Christina Hoff Sommers, on the case, »

The umpire earns a save

Featured image An AP story on the Star Tribune site caught my eye, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal gives it the better headline: “MLB umpire earns save after rescuing woman on Pittsburgh bridge.” Here is the opening by Will Graves: PITTSBURGH — John Tumpane can’t explain why he approached the woman as she hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Wednesday afternoon. The woman told Tumpane she just wanted »

The heart of Rod Carew

Featured image You may have heard that former baseball great Rod Carew needed a new heart after a massive heart attack in 2015. I was vaguely aware that he recently had a heart transplant. Listening to Rod talk in the booth during the broadcast of the Twins game against the Angels in Anaheim on Thursday night, I understood from Rod’s comments that the story behind the transplant had taken a few twists »

ESPN not cutting back on politics

Featured image We can think of ESPN’s “journalism” as falling into three categories: (1) in-depth analysis of games, teams, and players; (2) superficial high decibel debates about games, teams, and players; and (3) discussion focused not on games, teams, and players, but rather on sports and society — often sports and race. Which form of journalism do think is most affected by ESPN’s recent mass layoff? If you said (1), in-depth analysis »

Linda Cohn: Political slant has hurt ESPN

Featured image Linda Cohn regularly “anchors” ESPN’s SportsCenter show. I haven’t watched SportsCenter in many years, so I hold no opinion about her as an anchor. But having been an ESPN stalwart for almost 25 years, Cohn probably has a good sense of her audience. Thus, her views on the network’s woes are worth considering. Cohn expressed her views shortly after ESPN’s mass layoff last week. She cited the loss of cable »

ESPN’s radical chic

Featured image With its recent round of layoffs, ESPN has largely ceased serious coverage of hockey. Apparently it regards covering the fourth most popular sport in the U.S. as a frill. But in ESPN’s eyes, not all frills are created equal. Hence, its new site for woman ESPNW, recently ran a feature called ““Five Poets on the New Feminism.” The “world wide leader in sports” doesn’t have much time for ice hockey »

Is This Why ESPN Is Going Broke? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image ESPN is mostly losing money because people are turning away from cable television and the company paid far too much for the rights to various sports. But it hasn’t helped that ESPN has become a constant source of left-wing commentary. I don’t know what it is about sportswriters, but when they allow their politics to show, they are nearly always left-wing. It’s an odd phenomenon. Certainly you can’t say the »

Colin Cancer

Featured image News out of the sports world is that no NFL teams want to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, not merely because he may be washed up, but because of his political stunts. An unnamed NFL insider told Bleacher Report: “[Many teams] genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did (kneeling for the national anthem). They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing »

Is ESPN unraveling?

Featured image I don’t know, but it’s certainly hurting. Clay Travis reports: Two years ago ESPN cut several hundred behind the scenes jobs to save hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly costs. Since that time ESPN’s subscriber losses have accelerated, averaging over three million lost subscribers a year. Now new jobs cuts are coming, only this time you’re likely to know some of the casualties — different sources [say] that ESPN »