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« Reply #150 on: March 14, 2011, 04:13:15 AM »
http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/-8216-Relentless-8217-Buckeye-fans-have-drive?urn=ncaaf-wp39 reporting that Kirk Herbstreit is leaving Ohio for Tennessee because "5-10%" of the bad fans are making living there unbearable. Putting it in this thread since he's a sports media reporter.



The articles linked within this article paint Kirk Herbstriet as the leader of a cult.

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« Reply #151 on: March 14, 2011, 05:10:15 AM »
Have you ever been to Ohio? We're not exactly talking about Ivy League educated people in this state. I've witnessed horrors to rival stereotypes of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and parts of Kentucky.

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« Reply #152 on: March 14, 2011, 06:01:56 AM »
Why the fuck would I go to Ohio.

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« Reply #153 on: March 14, 2011, 06:04:58 AM »
Why the fuck would I go to Ohio.
Ask myself the same question every time my relatives there ask me to visit.

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« Reply #154 on: March 16, 2011, 08:22:13 AM »
Finally got a chance to watch the Fab Five documentary; I am disappointed, yet also unsurprised to see that Chris Webber declined to participate.

Also, big ups to Reali and Smith for the Nate Dogg references on ATH.

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« Reply #155 on: May 05, 2011, 12:13:05 PM »

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« Reply #156 on: May 05, 2011, 12:25:31 PM »
He also left due to contract issues with the Knicks. Gus Johnson is getting a little bit over his head.

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« Reply #157 on: May 05, 2011, 01:23:16 PM »
Gus Johnson really isn't that good of an announcer. If it's not the last two minutes of a football or college basketball game I can live without him. Anyway, he's probably going to Fox.


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« Reply #158 on: May 11, 2011, 05:44:14 AM »
Haha. Mike Lupica just sonned Bill Simmons. He was interviewing Simmons on his radio show, and suddenly "Enter Sandman" starts up. Lupica is like "Can you call us back, we just got Mariano Rivera on the phone!" Simmons was like "Uh, call back? sure...". Then Rivera comes on and takes over.

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« Reply #160 on: June 20, 2011, 04:29:57 AM »
I still don't see the point of Grantland. It sounds like it was just them throwing Simmons a bone to get him to sign a new deal

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« Reply #161 on: June 20, 2011, 06:33:28 AM »
I don't mind the idea of a Simmons-curated blog, but for Bill Simmons to implicitly compare himself to Grantland Rice is beyond at least one pale.

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« Reply #162 on: June 20, 2011, 06:47:50 AM »
I don't mind the idea of a Simmons-curated blog, but for Bill Simmons to implicitly compare himself to Grantland Rice is beyond at least one pale.

Bill Simmons was against the name, it was an ESPN thing foisted on him

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« Reply #163 on: June 20, 2011, 07:42:32 AM »
I don't mind the idea of a Simmons-curated blog, but for Bill Simmons to implicitly compare himself to Grantland Rice is beyond at least one pale.

You should read this hilariously brutal excoriation of the site and its pretenses.

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Bill Simmons has a perspective problem, and yet another vanity project like Grantland seems only to add to the evidence of it. A good argument against that conclusion could be made if the site had any kind of purposeful coherence. Allegedly it's a serious sports website maintained by a man whose critical rigorousness about sports can often be measured by going to the IMDB "memorable quotes" page for a movie and trying to apply it to some random category like "interceptions made by New England Patriots, 2001-2010." Allegedly it's a serious cultural website maintained by a man whose cultural mind looks like one of those spooky MRIs of "ecstasy brains," with all the black dead spots, and a bit where someone burned "SWEEP THE LEG" into it with a laser scalpel. Its celebrity contributors list reads like a Who's Who of people whose only metric for understanding the human experience is the singular preciousness of themselves or the nauseating insipidity of corporate-retreat science. Then there's the preposterousness of the name. Bill Simmons is to Grantland Rice what Tucker Max is to Hunter Thompson.

The whole thing is fantastic.

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« Reply #164 on: June 20, 2011, 07:49:50 AM »
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Bill Simmons is to Grantland Rice what Tucker Max is to Hunter Thompson.
Everybody out of the pool.

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« Reply #165 on: June 20, 2011, 07:57:12 AM »
But I thought the website's namesake actually wasn't very good http://deadspin.com/5810019/why-grantland-rice-sucked

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« Reply #166 on: June 20, 2011, 08:11:29 AM »
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His methodology is one of torturously stupid analogies propping up a worldview that runs the gamut from socially vampiric to merely narcissistic. To quote General Ze'evi, "He is the Thomas Friedman of pop culture." When he's really throwing down science, when he announces that he's challenging the reader, Klosterman lards meaningless observations about meaningless phenomena with cute paradoxes, trying to rationalize the impossible tension between two strawmen he's invented, before arriving at a conclusion that antagonizes the web-traffic-spiking intelligentsia while validating and comforting the incurious.

His treatment of Billy Joel is a perfect example. In Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, he oversees a rhetorical tennis match between the false binary that "Billy Joel Is Terrible" and "Billy Joel Is Secretly Great" by kicking around the man's career and eventually making the same evaluations everyone else already has: Billy Joel is a pretty good piano player who writes pretty good (and some great) pop songs about being in love, and usually once an album has a lyrically superior and commercially unviable song like "Vienna." The important points here are that:
1. That last sentence isn't long enough to count as an article or book chapter, and:
2. Writing that single sentence doesn't take you through the intellectual and emotional gravity well at the center of the universe, Chuck Klosterman.

Simmons goes through this same process with almost everything, sometimes spending a whole column on a strident criticism, then another walking it back too far, then reaching a synthesis as if it occasioned some degree of struggle. It's "Baby's First Hegelian Dialectic," only the logical building blocks are huge and can't really fit in his tiny hands. (Worse, like Klosterman, his analysis of sporting events now largely constitutes analyzing how he might come to analyze the sporting events later, and how he has to think about how he will reevaluate the hypothetical in light of outcomes that haven't even happened.)
No, I mean it this time.

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« Reply #167 on: June 20, 2011, 08:49:09 AM »
There is something odd about Klostermann. He'll build up a point he's about to make like it's some grand revelation, but ultimately turns out not to be very plain. One column is about why watching sports on TV live is better than recorded. I'm sure most would agree with that premise, but that someone felt the need to write basically a handbook about it is kind of troubling. Some things don't need to be explained. Same thing with the NBA halfcourt rule he talked about in another article - I guess you can appreciate it as stream-of-consciousness rambling, except the highfalutin analogies he makes that clearly suggest he put some time into them.

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« Reply #168 on: June 20, 2011, 09:43:01 AM »
Klosterman and Simmons are both capable of competently writing insightful and compelling material about their passions (music, basketball) as long as someone is there to keep them on track, which of course there is not. It's the neverending navel-gazing that does them both in. While I might be interested in what Chuck Klosterman thinks of modern journalism because he was one, I don't care what Chuck Klosterman thinks and doesn't think of what people will think of how he thought of the NBA ten years ago, or whatever he's prattling on about these days. And needless to say, Simmons's fratboy-Oprah lifestyle bullshit is utterly worthless.

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« Reply #169 on: July 01, 2011, 04:02:08 AM »
The sports media has uncovered a love letter written by an 18 year-old Michael J. Jordan.




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    Michael Jordan

    My Dearest Laquette

    How are you and your family doing, fine I hope. I am in my Adv. Chemistry class writing you a letter, so that tell you how much I care for you. I decide to write you because I felt that I made you look pretty rotten after the last night. I want to tell you that I am sorry, and hope that you except my apologie. I know that you feelings was hurt whenever I loss my necklace or had it stolen.

    I was really happy when you gave me my honest coin money that I won off the bet. I want to thank you for letting me hold your annual. I show it to everyone at school. Everyone think you are a very pretty young lady and I had to agree because it is very true. Please don’t let this go to your head. (smile) I sorry to say that I can’t go to the game on my birthday because my father is taking the whole basketball team out to eat on my birthday. Please don’t be mad because I am trying get down there a week from Feb. 14. If I do get the chance to come please have some activity for us to do together.

    I want you to know that my feeling for you has not change yet. ← (joke) I am finally getting use to going with a girl much smaller than I. I hope you my hint. Well I have spent my time very wisely by write to you. I hope you write back soon. Well I must go, the period is almost over. See you next time around, which I hope comes soon.

    With my Best Love

    Michael J. Jordan

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« Reply #170 on: July 01, 2011, 08:18:10 AM »
It's even funnier when you read it in a slow southern drawl, like Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile and picture the fact that this guy makes more money in a day than I will in a year.

fake edit: Wait no, that's depressing. :(

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« Reply #171 on: July 01, 2011, 08:40:49 AM »
Am I the only one that has found grantland.com to be a mildly interesting endeavor?  It's hit or miss, but a few of the articles have been fun.  Klosterman's dissection of Zeppelin's "In the Evening" was a recent highlight.

EDIT: The footnotes, which I can only guess are some sort of misguided homage to David Foster Wallace, are annoying and unnecessary

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« Reply #172 on: July 01, 2011, 09:07:27 AM »
Grantland.com has been interesting. You are right that they've been hit or miss on articles, but the articles they've hit on (with me anyways), I've thoroughly enjoyed. Like the one you just mentioned.

I think that once they get settled into what Grantland's premise is, as it is a fledgling still, I think it probably will get better.

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« Reply #173 on: July 02, 2011, 09:31:35 AM »
Even with his high school sweetheart, he's settling a gambling bet.

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. I decide to write you because I felt that I made you look pretty rotten after the last night. I want to tell you that I am sorry, and hope that you except my apologie.
He wrote the same thing to Kerr.

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« Reply #174 on: July 15, 2011, 08:02:44 AM »




Try harder, SI.

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« Reply #176 on: July 28, 2011, 04:34:07 AM »
Mark Heisler and Jerry Crowe are done at the LA Times. Heisler was interesting at times, but seemed like a wacko. He'd constantly take shots at Bill Simmons in between talking about the Lakers and it was very out of place. I did like his letters to Donald Sterling. Crowe's specialty, though, was writing about old-timer athletes and what they're doing now. He probably had the best columns in the sports section. They should have fired Bill Dwyre, who is absolutely useless.

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« Reply #177 on: July 28, 2011, 08:11:56 AM »
Anyone know a few good streaming sites for sports?
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« Reply #178 on: August 12, 2011, 08:23:44 AM »
"Justin Verlander got his 17th win last night and the Tigers hold steady...stay positive...Chips Ahoy" - Tony Reali with my favorite ESPN quote of all time 30 seconds ago.

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« Reply #179 on: August 13, 2011, 02:38:26 PM »
Tom Verducci has a really good article on Dustin Pedroia in this week's SI.  He lives right across the street from Fenway and sometimes goes over just to hit for a little while.  It also talks about his cribbage rivalry with Francona.  I want a new reality show on MLB Network called Tito and the (Little) Man.  Just televise the cribbage, I don't care.

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« Reply #180 on: August 19, 2011, 05:10:06 AM »

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« Reply #181 on: August 26, 2011, 02:21:37 PM »
There was a comment on the LA Times website that said if you were to suggest to your guy friends going picnicking in the park, they'd laugh at you and call you a sissy boy, but if you suggest going to the grass outside the Rose Bowl and tailgating before a game, all of a sudden it's cool. Good point. Silly men.

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« Reply #182 on: August 26, 2011, 05:20:11 PM »
But tailgating means grilling, beer and, if you are in Los Angeles, felony assault and murder!

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« Reply #183 on: August 26, 2011, 08:34:24 PM »
hahaha yes, violent crimes happen nowhere but in Los Angeles, especially not in Boston with its quaint, well-behaved sports fans!

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« Reply #184 on: August 29, 2011, 05:00:36 AM »
Tom "Killer" Kowalski, longtime beat writer for the Lions, died suddenly today at 51. It's sad for me as I grew up reading his articles in the local paper and still followed him on MLive to this day. It's especially sad since he was currently engaged and was possibly set to watch the Lions make a big jump this season after covering so many up-and-down years in Detroit.

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« Reply #185 on: September 02, 2011, 04:35:01 PM »
I totally hijacked this week's baseball thread with the sports-on-radio discussion. Basketball has its moments, like listening to the UNI/Kansas upset a couple years ago. Regular season college or Bulls games, though? Eh.

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« Reply #186 on: September 03, 2011, 04:13:46 AM »

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« Reply #189 on: September 14, 2011, 01:56:54 AM »
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Joe McGinniss’ upcoming book Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin features claims and confirmation that the former governer and Vice Presidential nominee hooked up with three-time NBA All-Star Glen Rice circa 1987, when he was still in college and she was an Alaskan sports reporter.

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« Reply #190 on: September 14, 2011, 02:25:01 AM »
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Joe McGinniss’ upcoming book Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin features claims and confirmation that the former governer and Vice Presidential nominee hooked up with three-time NBA All-Star Glen Rice circa 1987, when he was still in college and she was an Alaskan sports reporter.

Holy shit... Glen Rice made three All-Star teams?

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« Reply #191 on: September 14, 2011, 04:31:00 AM »
He had a pretty good career with the Hornets, and apparently also a pretty good stint with a Maverick.

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« Reply #192 on: September 14, 2011, 04:58:58 AM »
Why do I find this story so fascinating?  Is it because I just inherently think all Republicans are racist and thus incapable of having sex with an African American?

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« Reply #193 on: September 14, 2011, 05:00:17 AM »
He had a pretty good career with the Hornets, and apparently also a pretty good stint with a Maverick.

Yes!  This one also went right past me.

I don't know why we should be surprised.  Glen Rice was always good at letting people score :D

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« Reply #194 on: September 14, 2011, 06:51:31 AM »
It will expose a lot of racism in Palin's base. Can't wait.


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« Reply #195 on: September 14, 2011, 06:53:31 AM »
She thought Rice was white.

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« Reply #196 on: September 14, 2011, 06:55:24 AM »
It will expose a lot of racism in Palin's base. Can't wait.

Yeah dawg. She's tainted.


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« Reply #197 on: September 14, 2011, 06:59:56 AM »
The best part is that the original link said her friends stated that she had a 'fetish' for black men and was all over Glen, trying to drag him away.


I can't believe a guy can be that big, and jump around like he does what a great athlete!

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« Reply #198 on: September 14, 2011, 07:02:47 AM »
In all seriousness it's going to make me sad when the first lunatic comes out and says something like she hopped in bed with a black dude so she'd have no problem getting in bed with Obama. HOW CAN WE TRUST HER.


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« Reply #199 on: September 14, 2011, 07:03:38 AM »