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ESPN's Bob Griese suspended for faux pas

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 28th 2009 12:38PM
Bob_Griese_ESPNDuring the broadcast of the Minnesota vs. Ohio State college football game last weekend, ESPN analyst Bob Griese put his foot in his mouth. While promoting an upcoming NASCAR event, a graphic was shown listing the drivers.

When Griese's fellow broadcast Chris Spielman questioned why NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya wasn't on the list, Griese replied that he was "out having a taco."

Oops! ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz has announced that Bob Griese has been suspended for a week. Griese has apologized for the ill-attempt at humor. Krulewitz revealed that ESPN had spoken to Griese and "he understands the comment was inappropriate."

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The League -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 28th 2009 9:01AM
The cast of FX's 'The League.'
Fantasy football is a tricky thing. You either love it or you hate it and that largely depends on whether you're good or bad at it. For the most part, the same can be said about FX's newest comedy The League. When it's good, it is good, but when it's bad... well, you get the picture.

The show, which premieres tomorrow night, Thursday 10/29, at 10:30 p.m. after It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, is FX's first solid attempt to produce a lasting companion piece to Sunny and, given some of its predecessors (like Starved or Testees), it'd be easy to write The League off. But, like a two-minute drill that gradually picks up steam, The League might actually go... all... the... way.

OK -- no more football metaphors.

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ESPN | Monday Night Football Schedule | MNF | Results

by Anthony Colarusso, posted Oct 27th 2009 12:23AM
Since 1970 the NFL has aired nearly 600 matchups on Monday night, and the broadcasts' consistently stellar ratings have made 'Monday Night Football' one of primetime television's all-time most successful shows. The 2009 season marks the live sports showcase's 40th anniversary -- and to help you celebrate, we've got your complete schedule of all this year's Monday Night matchups and results. The only question is, are you ready for some football?

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2009 World Series TV Schedule on Fox: Phillies vs. Yankees

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 26th 2009 12:07AM
Phillies vs Yankees TV schedule
"Bring on A-Rod and the Yankees!" Phillies pitcher Scott Eyre said after the Phillies won the NLCS -- but before the outcome of the ALCS had been determined. Well, it took a few days, but it looks like the Phillies are finally getting what they wanted.

It's an all-East Coast affair as the Philadelphia Phillies meet the New York Yankees in the 2009 World Series, the 105th championship contest in MLB history. The Yankees, with a regular-season record of 103-59, will have home field advantage over the Phillies (93-69) in the best-of-seven series. This is the second time the two teams have met in the World Series and the first since 1950, when the Yankees swept the Phillies four games to none.

Get the full World Series TV schedule after the jump.

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ALCS Schedule 2009 - TV Coverage of Angels vs. Yankees

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 13th 2009 12:43AM
It'll be West Coast vs. East Coast, red vs. blue, as the Los Angeles Angels meet the New York Yankees in a best-of-seven series to determine baseball's American League Championship Series title.

To get to the ALCS, the Angels swept the Boston Red Sox in three games to win the American League West, whereas the Yankees swept the Minnesota Twins to win the American League East. The Yankees, with the better regular-season record (103-59), will have home field advantage over the Angels (97-65).

This is only the third time that the Angels and Yankees have met in the postseason; the Angels have won the previous matchups (both ALDS series), in 2002 and 2005.

All ALCS games will be televised by FOX. See below for the full ALCS schedule and TV coverage info.

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NLCS Schedule 2009 - TV Coverage of Dodgers vs. Phillies

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 13th 2009 12:02AM
It's pennant time! Having won their respective divisons -- the Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game sweep, the Phillies over the Colorado Rockies by three games to one -- the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies will now meet in a best-of-seven series to determine baseball's National League Championship Series title.

The Dodgers, with the better regular-season record (95-67), will have home field advantage over the Phillies (93-69). It's the second straight NLCS meeting between the two teams, and the fifth overall; the Phillies won last year's matchup by four games to one.

All NLCS games will be televised by TBS. See below for the full NLCS schedule and TV coverage info.

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Was the idea for Shaq Vs. stolen?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2009 8:30PM
Andy Roddick Beat Me With A Frying PanTonight is the series premiere of ABC's new celebrity reality competition whatever show, Shaq Vs. But if one guy gets his way, you won't see it.

Author Todd Gallagher says the idea for the show was stolen from his book Andy Roddick Beat Me With A Frying Pan. That's not an accusation of assault against the tennis star, the book was about Gallagher challenging people to sporting competitions if they gave him an advantage in some way. Roddick used a frying pan. I haven't read the book but I would love to see him play golf against Tiger Woods, with Woods having to use a giant ladle.

He says that William Morris Endeavor wanted to turn his book into a TV series last year but then went ahead and did it anyway, changing the name to Shaq Vs. Since the show airs in 30 minutes, I'd say he won't be able to stop it, at least this week.

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Dan Patrick taking his radio show to DIRECTV

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 7th 2009 11:00AM
Dan Patrick is getting ready to host a new talkshow on DIRECTV.Dan Patrick is taking his radio talk show to TV. Unlike his former ESPN comrade Keith Olbermann, Patrick will thankfully be sticking to sports.

Beginning Monday, August 3rd, The Dan Patrick Show will air weekday mornings from 9 AM to noon ET/PT on DIRECTV's 101 Network.

According to the network, the show will boast "an unpredictable, anything-can-happen format that will use Patrick's trademark humor and interaction with his production staff to create a unique blend of situational comedy and sports radio commentary."

In other words, he's just going to stick a camera in front of his radio show. And, considering that show is nationally syndicated across the U.S. and Canada -- including Sirius and XM satellite radio -- you can't blame him for staying with what works.

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Anderson Cooper knows nothing about sports

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 6th 2009 1:02PM
This is not a political post. Let me repeat that: this is not a political post. I just thought that Anderson Cooper was pretty funny in this clip from his show, trying to get information from Sarah Palin's spokesperson. She's a bit confusing and spokesperson-ish though, and at one point Cooper really does scratch his head.

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Why did I waste an hour watching The Superstars last night? - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 24th 2009 8:02AM
The SuperstarsIt could have been worse. It was a 90-minute premiere.

There was a time when I would have watched a show like this, in the 70s or maybe the 80s, when real celebrities would be involved instead of reality show stars. They were fun shows. I watched the first 60 minutes of The Superstars and then sort of snapped out of it, thinking, why am I watching this? Nothing really happened, and I decided I wouldn't care at all if anything did happen. Who cares if Jennifer Capriati loses a bike race?

Wipeout is mindless entertainment. The Superstars is stupid entertainment.

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Here's a preview of tonight's premiere of The Superstars

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2009 1:33PM
ABC had an earlier version of The Superstars, many years ago, and if I remember correctly the celebrities they had were actually stars. Tonight's celeb list includes David Charvet, Estella Warren, Dan Cortese, and Julio Iglesias (Junior). But at least the athletes are pretty well known. Skier Bode Miller and tennis player Jennifer Capriati should be interesting to watch, and Terrell Owens is there for some reality competition show drama.

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Will ESPN enter the late night talk show game?

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 27th 2008 8:23AM
ESPN redThis is an interesting notion -- ESPN is looking to launch a late night TV show. The sports network has reportedly approached three prominent sports journalists to anchor the show, but not one of them has shown any interest. The names are Dan LeBatard, Miami Herald columnist and local sports radio host; Colin Cowherd, ESPN national radio voice; and Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star sports writer.

While I believe that ESPN has real interest in a late night sports show -- maybe a talk format about sports and entertainment -- I have real questions about the validity of the names floated in this report, especially with regard to Whitlock.

Jason was once a regular fill-in on Pardon The Interruption. He is very smart and funny and opinionated. Apparently he was too opinionated for some at the Disney-owned network. When he refused to pull his punches in his criticism, he was dropped by ESPN. Are we to think that now ESPN has asked him to not only come back, but possibly host a show for them?

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Five favorite George Carlin HBO routines - VIDEOS

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 25th 2008 1:40PM
George CarlinWhen I posted about George Carlin's death early Monday morning, I made a couple of mistakes, mainly due to a combination of shock and tiredness:

1) I said that Carlin "passed away." Anyone who's listened to Carlin's comedy knows that he hated euphemisms like "he passed away." So, let me correct things right now: George didn't pass away or leave this earth. He died.

2) I really didn't convey how ingenious his comedy was. His observations of even the smallest of human foibles and his examinations of how we use the English language were always among the funniest routines he would do, even funnier than the ones about politics or religion or anything else that happened to chap his ass that year.

I knew about Carlin mostly through his albums, because I didn't have HBO (Occupation: Foole was the first Carlin album I ever heard, and I still think it's the best). But, thanks to HBO and YouTube, I can give you -- in no particular order -- my five favorite Carlin routines ... well, at least the ones that aired on TV:

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Things I Hate About TV: Sunday sports running over into primetime

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 28th 2008 5:21PM
Joe NamathLet me start this rant by saying that I like sports. No, I love sports. I'm a fan. I get the DirecTV NBA package and the major league baseball games. I can talk to you for hours about stats and players and great games. That said, I hate the way Sunday sports programming drifts over into primetime. This happens primarily on CBS and Fox with the NFL games in the fall and winter, but the other networks have been guilty of staying with the game and then still insisting on showing the primetime schedule after the game is over -- even if that means that an 8 o'clock show begins at 8:45 and your DVR gets all screwed up and you wind up with only 15 minutes of a show you wanted to see!

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Study: Women are heavier PVR users than men

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 28th 2008 9:02AM
MagnosticismAccording to a new study (PDF link), women are more likely to stream TV shows from network web sites than men, and they're more likely to time-shift their TV viewing with a personal video recorder. While both of these activities may seem like the geeky domain of guys with thick glasses, there's a pretty simple explanation. Men are more likely to watch sports, which is far more time sensitive than most other programs. If you took any group of folks and divided them up into heavy sports viewers and people who watch, well, pretty much anything else, you'd probably find that group B spends more time with the PVR too.

The study from Solutions Research Group found that 15% of women watched a streaming network TV program last month, while just 11% of men did. And women time-shift about 56% of their television viewing, compared to 42% for men.

The study also looks at other digital lifestyle activities like video game usage, online shopping, and downloading movies from the internet.

[via CNet]

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