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HBO, Dwayne Johnson & Mark Wahlberg Sued Over ‘Ballers’ Theft Allegation

Everything went pretty well for HBO’s “Ballers“ in its first season. Despite basically being “Entourage With Football,” it debuted to 8.9 million viewers and, according to HBO, had the most-watched premiere of a half-hour series since 2009. It was renewed for a second season even before the first one was half-way done. With an A-List star in […]

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30 For 30 Review – The Gospel According to Mac

Director – Jim Podhoretz Length – 120 minutes with commercial (102 minutes without) Installment – #77 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – The U, The Fab Five Grade/Ranking – Top 25 Review – In the minutes leading up to Monday Night Football, I saw a commercial for tonight’s 30 for 30. This is what followed: “Shit that’s tomorrow?” “How long is […]

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Daily Fantasy Sports enters the 2016 Presidential Race at GOP Debate

A few years ago, daily fantasy sports didn’t exist.  Now the debate over the DFS boom, and the legality therein, has spilled over to the presidential race. Tonight in the closing moments of Republican Presidential Debate, Jeb Bush got the first opportunity to weigh in on the issue on the national stage as Carl Quintanilla asked if daily […]

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Gary Danielson: an independent individual, despite what you might think

Gary Danielson will join Verne Lundquist for the call of this Saturday’s SEC on CBS game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas A&M Aggies, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. * Before Gary Danielson joined the SEC on CBS (and Uncle Verne), he enjoyed a lengthy run at ESPN and ABC, calling games with […]

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 3: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Cemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-22 at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)

Clemsoning, Dabo Swinney, and the reality of entrenched ideas

Is the term “#Clemsoning” fair to Clemson, or should another program bear the brunt of a label which points to the consistent squandering of pigskin prosperity? Is the hashtag — specific to one school and one football program — properly used in the present day on College Football Twitter? In the links above, I’ve addressed […]

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30 For 30 Review – Trojan War

Director – Aaron Rahsaan Thomas Length – 90 minutes with commercial (77 minutes without) Installment – #74 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – The U, The Fab Five Grade/Ranking – Mid 50’s out of 74 Review- We’re now in our sixth straight fall of 30 for 30’s with Trojan War leading off this season and Volume III of the prestigious […]

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Aaron Green #22 of the TCU Horned Frogs catches a tipped ball in the end zone for the game winning touchdown late in the 4th quarter against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on September 26, 2015 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. TCU won the game 55-52. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

College football games are getting increasingly longer… and few are outraged

Yes, every theater of human activity — even pleasurable activity — has its limits. People don’t really like to sit through something interminable, even if they paid good money for it or waited weeks (maybe even months) to see the show. If an entertainment event is going to run long, it had better be uniquely […]

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Bob Costas on former Syracuse Blazer Bill Goldthorpe, who inspired Slapshot’s Ogie Ogilthorpe

Long before he was hosting the Olympics or Sunday Night Football, Bob Costas was doing minor-league hockey radio broadcasts for the Syracuse Blazers, and that’s where he came across Bill “Goldie” Goldthorpe. Goldthorpe, who had a famed minor-league hockey career and was the inspiration for legendary goon Ogie Ogilthorpe in Slap Shot, was just starting […]

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Livin’ with Steve Lavin will liven up FOX’s college basketball coverage

One of the charming and endearing aspects of college basketball analysts — and of the industry which allows them to find a place on television — is that many of them are characters. For many college basketball fans, Al McGuire was the first and best example of an analyst who was anything but conventional, yet […]

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07:  An 'SEC' logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

SEC Storied Review: Miracles On The Plains

SEC Storied: Miracles On The Plains Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network Directed by Rory Karpf Approximate run time: 50 minutes NOTE: This review contains spoilers. * The journey of the 2013 Auburn football team represents a story that’s fresh in the public consciousness. This slice of SEC football history is not taken from the black-and-white […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31:  Coco Vandeweghe of the United States reacts after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States in their Women's Singles First Round match on Day One of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CoCo causes a stir: American tennis player gives first mid-match interview

It’s been a productive year for American professional tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe. The 23-year-old reached her first major-tournament quarterfinal two months ago at Wimbledon, getting a taste of Centre Court against Maria Sharapova. Vandeweghe’s powerful serve — one of the most imposing on the WTA Tour — can allow her to dictate points and gain […]

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 01:  Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk high fives the fans in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

What’s in a day? The NBA turns a small change into a big win for the league and fans

Over at Bloguin’s NBA hub, Crossover Chronicles, I’ve been slowly doling out morsels of analysis (and numerical breakdowns) on the various nuances in the new NBA schedule. The key components in this and every modern-day NBA schedule are the ones which receive the most attention: back-to-backs and “4-in-5s” (four games in five nights). Tucked inside […]

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10 takeaways from the 2015-2016 NBA schedule release

It’s not quite the NFL schedule release, but it’s still a big deal: The schedule for the coming NBA season was unveiled Wednesday evening. The maintenance of athletes in a sport whose television rights continue to skyrocket is an extremely important matter. Fans, bloggers, beat writers — everyone who follows the NBA closely — wanted […]

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NBC is not the best company for Mike Mayock anymore

As fans and critics of the show Mad Men know all too well, series creator Matthew Weiner would always drop little details into each episode — a brief line here or a component of the set decoration over there. Whether you liked the show or not, everyone was always aware of one underlying reality: the […]

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ESPN gives Jeremy Schaap a long-term contract extension

Another veteran ESPN presence will be with the network for some time to come, as Bristol announced Monday that they’ve signed senior news correspondent Jeremy Schaap to “a new long-term extension.” Schaap has been with ESPN since 1994, serving in a variety of roles, but he’s been particularly notable for his work on E:60 for the last […]

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