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Dan Henderson earned himself a spot on the The Ultimate Fighter 9 as the coach of the American team. Hopefully he also earned a rematch down the road aganst Rich Franklin It was a tight fight that should’ve been waged over five rounds instead of three.
The bigger loser on the night was one of the winners. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua struggled to put away a totally exhausted Mark Coleman. Rua will match up next against Chuck Liddell at UFC 97.
Big game today for the Rebels. Here’s hoping that the week off has allowed UNLV”s leading score time to mend that ab strain. It’s the first Mountain West road game for the Rebels against a much improved Horned Frog team led by former Kent coach Jim Christian.
IS THIS REALLY NANCY O’DELL?
If so, she’s quite the Cougar. At 42, she looks damn good. And the rack looks natural. We’ll have to follow this one closely.
MR. MET GOES THUG AT SHEA
WAS TEAM USA REDEEMING THINGS FOR BLACKS?
This is the jist of an interesting take from ESPN.com’s Jemele Hill who says the African-American community needed this win:
But considering how, until recently, Team USA has been vilified for being selfish, noncompetitive and fundamentally inept, it doesn’t surprise me that African-Americans view the gold medal as a special vindication.
The previous failures of the national team brought a strong sense of embarrassment to both African-American fans and players.
SportsonMyMind.com strongly disagrees.
FOXNEWS NOT REALLY WELCOME IN DENVER THIS WEEK
Youmans outlines the good “dilemma” facing UNLV. Use scholarships on the transfers or save them to land three top 100 players who hoop it up in Vegas?
What a sad night for media “legend” Bob Costas during his CostasNow show on HBO.
He talked to a whole two bloggers and then made the piece into a print v. blog battle.
WATCH AUTHOR BUZZ BISSINGER SCREAM AND CURSE AT BLOGGER WILL LEITCH
Bissinger’s W.C. Heinz reference was ridiculous. No one is saying bloggers are better writers or that their insight is more valid than some print members. The blogosphere simply provides additional entertainment and info options.
Bissinger also stated said he worries about kids, in particular his 16-year old. If his child is tapping one source as the gospel, the problem isn’t with the source, it with you as a parent. Maybe screaming bullshit and f**k at your child isn’t working.
The traditional media members also leaned on their crutches saying they’re responsible and worked to get where they are. With pride, Costas includes himself in that group. Yet it was obvious he did little research and had no more knowledge than that “sports fan in his basement” that he derides so often.
Are these guys responsible?
- Pete Vecsey had to apologize for making up a story just two days ago.
- Ron Borges fired from the Boston Globe for plagiarising.
- Jay Mariotti, Chicago Sun-Times, is constantly hammered by athletes for never venturing into a lockerroon.
- I sat at a Final Four and witnessed Bill Rhoden from the N.Y. Times watch no more than five minutes of the game sitting courtside as he was engaged in conversation with another writer.
- We all witnessed Tony Kornheiser routinely turn in half-assed 7″ columns during the 2007 football season at the Washington Post
Funny enough, the only writer recently chastised for shoddy print work was African-American Stephen A. Smith. It is not possible for a good columnist to turn in the same quality work that he did 10 years before he took that radio and TV job on the side. Smith was fired by the Philly Daily News.
As far as working to get where they are…huh? The newspaper biz is as political any other business. The best writers don’t have the biggest jobs. Many of the nation’s top columnists are no different than the tenured teachers people bitch about. Now that they’ve arrived, they’re best work is 10 years behind them.
The entire CostasNow segment on blogging was a set-up.
Deadspin’s Will Leitch has done a brilliant job leading the way in the field. But Will is not a TV or radio guy and he could not state his case with Bissinger cursing at him. Is it a coincidence that the other blogger featured, the Harvard educated Michael Schur from FireJoeMorgan.com, was not invited to the face-to-face conversation? Yet we take the word of Syracuse’s Bob Costas and the Penn educated Bissinger. I guess one Ivy Leaguer can be trusted and other can’t.
I honestly don’t care where a guy went to school. Though if I did, we could compare Syracuse’s academic reputation against many other schools and have a good laugh. And I don’t want to hear about Cuse’s broadcasting/journalism school, Newhouse. As far as “sports-talk” radio goes, Newhouse’s reputation is overblown. With dozens of Cuse alum doing shows around the country, can you name me five that do really good shows?
Let’s get back on track. The fear from these “sportswriters” Bissinger and Albom was so evident in their generalizing about bloggers. They were more than comfortable saying that most bloggers are uneducated goofs. This was based on what research?
Internet viewers aren’t stupid, in spite of what the panel thinks. They’re drawn in by well written, unique, creative and timely commentary and pictures. Everything on Deadspin, The Big Lead, Mr. Irrelevant, AwfulAnnouncing and Sports By Brooks is not mean or smut based. These sites and many other blogs do a great job of spurring discussion and bringing fun back to sports.
Here’s a great discussion with Brooks from SportsByBrooks that we did on my ESPNRadio 1100 radio show during the Final Four.
Brooks, is not a 20-year in his Mom’s basement. He worked in radio and still does regular spot on 710 ESPN in L.A. The discussion revolves around the online revolution and the constant lying by the traditional media. That includes much of sports-talk radio.