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ESPN turned SportsCenter into Stephen A. Smith-Center and it was awful

I’ll give him this – Stephen A Smith is a hard worker. Stephen A started his day embracing debate along side Skip Bayless on the polarizing First Take. He finished his day apologizing to Canada on SportsCenter following Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. In the middle of his long day, viewers were treated […]


John Skipper and The Undefeated are aiming for a very small bullseye

The Undefeated launched yesterday and first impressions were generally warm spanning the content, the site design, to the general tone of the site.  It’s early and just a like a television show after its pilot episode, I can’t proclaim a definitive affinity for the site but imagine I’ll be a casual reader when I see […]

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Ranking the hot takes in Bill Simmons’ new HBO trailer

Over the weekend HBO rolled out its first preview of Bill Simmons new talk show, Any Given Wednesday, which is set to debut in a little over a month. We don’t get much in this preview in terms of a glimpse of the new set, segments, guests, theme music, etc, but what we do get is a […]


30 for 30 review – Believeland

Director – Andy Billman Length – 90 minutes with commercials (77 minutes without) Installment – #82 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – The Band That Wouldn’t Die, Catching Hell Grade/Ranking –  Outside the top 25 Review –  I don’t have much to say about Believeland. It’s like if someone introduced you to a new person and your […]


How ESPN and NFL Network covered the Laremy Tunsil gas mask bong hit

This year’s NFL Draft got a rather unexpected narrative, as top prospect Laremy Tunsil’s Twitter account posted a video of himself taking a fat bong rip out of a gas mask. If this is news to you, I’m sure you have many questions. I’m here to help. – Tunsil was all suited up and at the […]

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 22: ESPN analyst Mike Tirico checks play as the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Indianapolis Colts at the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 22, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Colts won 29 - 7. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Tirico to NBC brings bevy of questions with very few answers

You’re not going to find many talent moves in sports media as big as yesterday’s revelation that Mike Tirico was leaving ESPN for NBC. The 49-year-old Tirico has been with ESPN for 25 years and has risen to become the network’s most-utilized and respected on-air talent. The personality will soon find himself in an interesting […]

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30 for 30 review – This Magic Moment

Director – Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby Length – 120 minutes with commercials (102 minutes without) Installment – #81 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Bad Boys, Trojan War Grade/Ranking – Low 40’s Review –  ESPN’s upcoming This Magic Moment continues several interesting new trends for the 30 For 30 series. Most noteworthy is that it continues the […]

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How DARE you use a wide shot of Stephen A. Smith when he’s about to rant

Stephen A. Smith let loose some rant about something today on SportsCenter. I tuned it out, as I do most things Stephen A. It involves Kobe and Phil Jackson and Stephen A knowing with EXTREME confidence what the obvious best thing to do would be. He seems to know a LOT about just about everything, but […]


30 For 30 Review – Fantastic Lies

Director – Marina Zenovich Length – 120 minutes with commercials (102 minutes without) Installment – #80 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, The Price of Gold Grade/Ranking –  Right outside the Top Ten Review –  Fantastic Lies is a bit of an oddity for 30 for 30 as it indeed […]

26 Jan 1986: Defensive coach Buddy Ryan and defensive end Richard Dent of the Chicago Bears celebrate after the Super Bowl XX game against the New England Patriots at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Bears defeated the Patriots 46-10

30 for 30 review- The ’85 Bears

Director – Jason Hehir Length – 120 minutes with commercials (100 minutes without) Installment – #79 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Bad Boys, The Fab Five Grade/Ranking –  Low 20’s Review –  An interesting thought kept popping up in my head while watching The ’85 Bears, another well crafted and compelling 30 for 30 and part of a […]

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Koo’s Corner (A monthly column on sports media!) – January 2016 edition

Welcome to the second installment of Koo’s Corner, a column where I throw a bunch of topics, insights, thoughts, and scoops at you (or more like things I probably could have done full articles on but was some combination of too busy or too lazy to get around to doing). Let’s jump right into it. […]

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Kenny Mayne called a race at Santa Anita and things got real sketchy

Kenny Mayne, one of my favorite ESPN personalities, has a pretty sweet new role with ESPN after what seemed like a few years adrift within the massive mothership.  Mayne’s been given some room to roam doing various features, mostly for Scott Van Pelt’s SportsCenter. Early results have been promising although that’s not really a surprise […]


A hockey shootout is not a good time to lose track of the score

Ohio State and Michigan engaged in a pair of exciting hockey games, one of which ended in some rare college hockey fisticuffs. Friday’s game didn’t go that route, but was a great game as Ohio State’s last second goal and a scoreless overtime forced an exciting shootout. That’s when things got sketchy as the announcing […]