Archive for April 2008


April 30, 2008

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.


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, 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.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO BROOKS (on the top of the page) 


April 30, 2008

CostasNow was much-watch TV last night on HBO. In hindsight, I’m not sure why.

His investigation of the sports media in 2008 was incredibly predictable. Costas put together a Bill O’Reilly-esque discussion on sports radio and the blogosphere. The show was poorly researched, tiny in scope and hackish. Like O’Reilly, Costas’ mind was made up before the whole thing started and he bullied anyone with a dissenting opinion.

The feature on sports radio featured no hosts west of Chicago. And didn’t produce one opinion/soundbite from any highly rated shows.

Jay Mariotti, who’s been fired from every single radio job that he’s had, was annointed as some sort of expert on sports radio content. The Score’s Mike North, who is losing in the ratings to a national radio show in his own town of Chicago, was featured as the outrageous host. Mike and the Mad Dog were also interviewed. They generate lots of money for WFAN but by the ratings, their show isn’t in the top 10 nationwide. Mike and Chris do 1987 sports-talk radio because it still works in New York. Who know if especially Francesa would play well anywhere outside of the northeast. 

How would any of those hosts know what the audiences want in Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco or Denver? 

It would’ve been nice to hear from someone at The Ticket in Dallas, The Sports Animal in Oklahoma City, The Fan in Minneapolis, KJR in Seattle or even a host like Kansas City’s Soren Petro, who is beating Rush Limbaugh in the male 25-54 demo. Those stations all outrate WFAN and The Score.

The genre of “guy talk” was trashed. Is there guy talk that is boorish, crude and rude at times? Absolutely. Of course hosts cross the line. Costas can’t understand  this because he’s never done a 5-day-a-week, radio show. He wouldn’t know what it’s like to re-invent yourself constantly. He’s never had pressure to help a station make money.

Costas and Mitch Albom had no problem throwing out blankets statements about ALL sports radio. Yet it was outrageous for Barry Bonds to generalize saying Costas is a, “little midget man who knows (nothing) about baseball.”

How would Costas, who is a multi-millionaire, understand what the average joe, making 20-50k, likes or dislikes? When was the last time Costas was on a radio show and took hours of phone calls opening himself up to criticism and praise? Or did a meet and greet with the average sports fan, sitting for extensive periods of time with them?

As I watched, hypocrisy was the word most often rattling around my head. Traditional media (better stated — old, stagnant media) says one thing and does another. They hate what sports radio has become, yet they line up to get radio jobs or do TV shows with talk radio formats. 

Albom took up for the print guys, who in general are fighting for their lives. Newspapers are dying because they’re not morphing or adjusting to the audiences needs.  It’s funny how people who struggling feel more comfortable when they cab label everyone else. The impression from Albom and Costas was that radio guys are plucked from the stand and lack education. 

Here is our radio show on Wednesday breaking down the sportsradio segment. Keep in mind, my co-host Dave Cokin is 50+. He doesn’t echo the same sentiments as Mariotti, Costas, Albom, etc.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN C & C DISCUSSION (2nd and 3rd entries on the page)


April 29, 2008


The N.Y. Daily News continues to pound away at the Clemens story….McCready confirmed the relationship from her Nashville home last night.

McCready says this about the former Boston pitcher…

“I cannot refute anything in the story,” a tearful but resolute McCready told the Daily News, which broke the story at midnight Sunday.

The News reported that the two met in a Florida karaoke bar when McCready was a 15-year-old aspiring singer and Clemens was a 28-year-old ace for the Red Sox and a married father of two.

“Yes, I have known Roger Clemens for a long time,” McCready said, reading from a prepared statement. “He’s a kind and caring man. He’s also a legendary athlete. The central topic in the debate, however, regards his professional life, not his personal life.

“There are legal matters working their way through the system that have nothing to do with me. From my point of view, that is where the focus should remain.”

After the teenage McCready met Clemens at a Fort Myers bar called The Hired Hand, she returned with the Rocket to his hotel room, but there was no sex that night, sources told The News.

It wasn’t until later, after McCready had moved to Nashville and become a country singing star, that the relationship turned intimate.


Wally Matthews is the ultimate knee jerk reaction guy. Whatever sells papers in New York is right up Wally’s alley. And if he can go against the grain to get people worked up, he’ll do it.

Somehow Matthews has found a way to defend the Rocket while bashing Cyrus and even worse McCready

I’m going to have a much tougher time explaining that one to my 7-year-old daughter, who worships at the altar of Hannah Montana

After all, if McCready is the one who leaked this story, how different is she, really, from Clemens?

The same way Clemens (allegedly) turned to steroids and HGH to restart a dead career, McCready might now be turning to Clemens for precisely the same reason.

When does it end for Matthews? It’s good to see that he’s back solely in print where there is little accountability. He was an absolute flop in radio on ESPN 1050 in NYC. His nonsensical ramblings were shredded by New York sports fans on the phones. Matthews also got daily ass whipping from Jim Rome when they did The Last Word on FoxSportsNet in 1998-99


This Miley Cyrus photo scandal comes as no shocker. And it’s not like adults haven’t taken advantage of a child to make a buck in the past. Check 13-year old Brooke Shields in the 1978 movie, Pretty Baby.

I also had a weird vibe as many did back in early April when watching American Idol.

On 4/10 I went on the air and said I felt like a dirty old man after watching Hannah Montana on Idol. She was acting way too seductive for a 15 y.o. and the outfit she had on was ridiculous. Watch the performance below.

Miley Cyrus – See You Again – American Idol

Sports Pig had a great entry yesterday about Vanity Fair and photographer Annie Leibovitz.


Again, another “tenured” sportswriter who opines with no accountability. NBA “insider” Pete Vecsey is one of the most combative and hostile writers in the country. He was recently nabbed as a guy who is making up his nuggets.

He tried to embarass Raptor coach Sam Mitchell with this gem on Sunday….

 A few months ago, before the Raptors were to play the Lakers, he addressed the team by telling them, “We’ll worry about the guy who got 81 in a second, but first I want to talk about Andrew Bynum and how he killed us last time.” A hush engulfed the locker room. “Hey, coach,” Chris Bosh interrupted. “Bynum’s been out for weeks with an injury.”  

Vecsey admitted he made up the Mitchell anecdote with this “apology…”

ONLY one thing is worse than getting something dead wrong, and that’s not correcting the mistake immediately. A story in Sunday’s column regarding the readiness of the Raptors for a Laker game portrayed Toronto coach Sam Mitchell as being unrehearsed and unaware Andrew Bynum was hurt.

After speaking at length to the aggrieved coach and broadening my investigation, I’m convinced I turned in an improperly researched project.

I’m trying to regain some misplaced credibility by making amends.

This may be my second favorite Vecsey story. He lost his cool in print over the Ernie Grunfeld firing during the 1998-99 season. Grunfeld was a Vecsey guy, while N.Y. Times writer Mike Wise was tight with coach Jeff Van Gundy. JVG won the power struggle to which Vecsey responded in the N.Y. Post by writing, “Wise and Van Gundy will get theirs.”

Check that, the best Vecsey story of all time was his fight in a Seattle-area Toys-R Us.  

Some couple was walking past him, and the wife thought she recognized Peter Vecsey, and the husband said no, and “besides, he’s an idiot.”brought to light by Bench Ronaldo:

It was Vecsey. Someone who Vecsey was with took exception to the comment, shoved the husband into a display rack–then both Vecsey and the companion took turns hitting the hubby in the face. Or so the alleged victims said at the time.

This apparently spooked Vecsey so much he’s avoided Seattle ever since. As he said in a recent New York Post column,

“I got into a skirmish in a Seattle toy store in 1996 and I never went back – to that toy store or that city.”


For those of you who are attracted to photos of grown women (exclude Clemens and Vanity Fair readers), Keeley Hazell’s upcoming appearance in British FHM — photo NSFW has sent American internet viewers into a tizzy.

The 21 y.o. Hazell is very talented with a “developing” singing career. Most importantly she sports 32 D 32 E bombs (shortchanged her) and likes to show them off Pic 1 NSFW and Pic 2 NSFW. In the video shoot also makes multiple references to the fact that there is no silicone in her body.

Keeley Hazell singing ‘Voyeur’

Keeley video shoot (1000% NSFW) enjoy

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April 28, 2008


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“Bacon Lover” Berman laid 75+ eggs (awful jokes) during ESPN’s draft coverage but he did show a sense of humor poking fun at his infamous youtube videos. Remember that Berman bragged on the bootleg ESPN video about bringing Canadian aspirin 222’s across the border after visits to Toronto.

I just wonder when ESPN execs or homeland security will tell him to knock it off. I’m curious, what would happen if I went on the air and bragged about bringing illegal drugs across the border? Just ask Sid Rosenberg if it’s cool to brag about crime on the air?


Clemens was sleeping with a 15-year old?

Miley “Hannah Montana” Cyrus apologizes for pornographic photos

 Britian’s hottest babe Keeley Hazell blows away any American chick…so does British FHM (NSFW)


Dave and I hit on this around 2:45p on Monday. This woman is claiming her rights are being violated. Her name is Jennifer Moss. She raised enough of a ruckus that she got herself into the L.A. Times this weekend


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ESPN’s old draft guru gets destroyed in this clip by it’s new guru, Todd McShay. Kiper makes up a trade scenario and McShay calls him on it. The New York crowd piles on Kiper laughing at the exchange towards the end.



April 25, 2008


We point out all the time, the hypocrisy of guys doing sportsradio around the country. They’ll hammer athletes and say they don’t deserve a second chance when they get in trouble off the field. Yet when one of my peers makes an error, he always gets a second chance (check Mike North, Gregg Williams, Steve Fredericks, Damon Perry, Mike Missanelli etc.).

They’re also the first guys to rip an athlete for not being a “team player” and that an athlete’s ego is too big.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa is a prime example. He can pound on athletes but when someone takes a jab at him…all bets are off.

His partner Chris Russo was on David Letterman earlier this week. Letterman said he listened to the show all the time and took a shot at Francesa.

Watch the mood in the WFAN studio change when the Mike & the Mad Dog staff plays the audio back for Francesa. Hell, even Russo looks scared and begins to apologize.

Is there any doubt Francesa raised holy hell during the next break?

Mike & the Mad Dog Russo Letterman Appearance comments


The Trent Johnson move to LSU was strange, right?

Tim Kawakami called it from the get-go saying AD Bob Bowlsby is incompetent and for some reason wanted to push Johnson out the door.

Have you seen the coach Stanford most recently expressed interest in? Larry Brown!!!! That’s right 67-year old, job-bailing Larry Brown.

Jon Wilner from the San Jose Mercury News is all over the story saying..

We’re now in the third week of Stanford’s search to replace Trent Johnson. Given
that it probably will extend into the weekend, it seems pretty clear that there was no Plan B in case Johnson left.

Or maybe athletic director Bob Bowlsby had a Plan B, and that Plan scooted off to Berkeley a week before Johnson departed for Baton Rouge.

 The lack of a coach is killing Stanford on the recruiting trail. The Cardinal have lost their top big man recruit, Miles Plumlee.




You remember Elijah Dukes?


He’s the batty outfielder from the Devil Rays who made his divorce very public with his radio interviews and then his wife struck back blasting him on radio and in the local paper.


Dukes, now with the Washington Nationals, was also popped on a marijuana charge and failed to show for court. For doing so, he got 31 months probation.


The Tampa Trib reports he’s found a way to cut down on his probation


To get his misdemeanor probation cut short by five months, former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes spent 25 hours during the past week cleaning out cages and mopping at Lowry Park Zoo.




I was sideswiped by this one. I hear Gray all the time on Westwood One and saw him recently on Showtime Boxing, but now he’s destitude?


He was fired by ABC/ESPN and is now looking for work.


A lot of fans hate Gray, I’m not one of them. He’s one of the rare sideline reporters who will tweak and push athletes. Cokin and I still argue over his “great” interview of Pete Rose.


It is pretty sad to see fans dislike him so much that there are only THREE videos of Gray’s work on YouTube!


Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. Daily News wrote about Gray looking pathetic at a recent Laker game…


So there was Hollywood Walk of Famer Jim Gray, trolling the Staples Center hallways Wednesday night, a painful, vain attempt to try to stay in the TV employment loop when the fact of the matter is no one is interested in hiring the psuedo sideline reporter. Notice how he’s disappeared from the NBA playoffs? 





April 24, 2008

We spoke with Riddle about his loss v. Tim Credeur.

He’s a crazy kid who still still doesn’t have a driver’s license.

He always been known as the KO guy on episode 2.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN… Sorry all my hipcast audio disappeared on WordPress. Still trying to figure out the glitch. So I’ll redirect you to my radio station’s page. Go to the bottom of the page.


April 24, 2008


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You gotta love L & O’s “ripped from the headlines” storylines. They may have used a little leeway on this one.

Tuesday’s Law & Order SVU centered around some characters who seemed sort of familiar. The accused murder suspect was a pro QB, who wears #12 and plays for a team that wears red and white. And he dates a supermodel. Anyone have a certain NFL QB come to mind?

The episode’s QB Lincoln Haver is dating model Natasha Gorski, who claims she never gets sex from the QB. She also calls him a “homo” and an “ass bandit.”

NBC spokespeople claim the show is purely fictional and the Tom Brady connection is the first they’ve heard. The Boston Herald doesn’t agree

In an episode titled “The Closet,” a pro football player who wears No. 12, has a cleft chin and a supermodel galpal, plays in a red-and-blue stadium and is “the best quarterback in football” is the prime suspect in a gay murder.

Any resemblance to any New England Patriots QB is, we’re sure, entirely intentional!

“Lincoln Haver is gay?” says one investigator incredulously. “I thought he was dating Natasha Gorski, that hot supermodel.”