Entertainment & Sexy Programming Network

February 24, 2010 at 1:11 am (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, News, Sports) (, , , , , )

“Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt … way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now.”

“She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body … I know she’s very good, and I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won’t … but Hannah Storm … come on now! Stop! What are you doing? … She’s what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.”

— ESPN sportscaster Tony Kornheiser on colleague Hannah Storm

Tony Kornheiser lacks a filter and The Scarecrow would deduce that Kornheiser also lacks a brain.

But is the salty half of “PTI” wrong in his comments about ESPN colleague Hannah Storm dressing business/age appropriate?

Furthermore, who defines standards of appropriateness? And does ESPN care or the viewing audience care?

ESPN's Erin Andrews

Two words. Erin. Andrews.

ESPN created hired a monster.

Andrews is by far one of the most talented and knowledgeable sports reporter today. But it was and still is her body at work, rather than her body of work that makes her so marketable.

And it is Andrews marketability that ESPN is trying to tap into with all its female reporters and anchors.

Andrews, Storm, Cindy Brunson, Sage Steele, Rachel Nichols and the others have been showing much more skin as of late (usually the legs). And it appears that ESPN recognizes its 18-45-year-old male demographic by allowing more skin to be shown on its telecasts.

But there are consequences to putting T & A into ESPN. The most recent and hard hitting example is the secret taping of Andrews undressing in a hotel room, which brought national attention to the varying levels of sexual objectification women in sportscasting deal with from colleagues, fans, and transgressors alike.

Hannah Storm in outfit

So Kornheiser’s comments could be taken as a warning of the hidden implications in dressing a certain way. As Dave Chappelle puts it, “You might not be a whore, but you’re wearing a whore’s uniform”.

However, Kornheiser’s comments neither appear as a good intentioned heed nor sexist. They reveal his shallow imaginings and may reflect the shallow outlook of the ESPN decision makers as a whole.

Kornheiser said that what Storm wore was “way too short for somebody in her 40s or early 50s by now.” A clear indication that others at the station that may have the youth to wear harlot wear should do it, according to his quote.

Could Andrews marketability unintentionally force Storm and other (older) women of the network to dress in much more revealing attire?

Competition is the kryptonite of job security. And fresh marketable figures (whether qualified or not) can trump established figures any day. And it could force a network like ESPN to put pressure on its female sportscasters or the female sportscasters may feel to the need to keep up with the Andrews.

But what if Storm enjoys dressing up with “go-go boots” and a “very very tight t-shirt.” And is there anything wrong with that?

By Storm wearing the outfits deemed inappropriate by Kornheiser, she is stating she is not opposed to presenting herself in such wear. And ESPN definitely does not care, because it appears that most of its female sportscasters share the same wardrobe.

Furthermore, the viewers do not seem to mind, as SportsCenter and other ESPN programming featuring female sportscasters, who dress in casual attire, receive high ratings among the 18-45 male demographic, especially from the collegiate sector driven on cold pizza, parties, and 24-hour sports updates.

ESPN reports on its site, somewhere down in the nether regions of unimportant headlines (refer to the Steve Phillips scandal) that they have suspended Kornheiser for two weeks.

According to the network, “Kornheiser’s comments about Hannah Storm were entirely inappropriate.” ESPN goes on to say that Storm is an “integral part of the success of morning SportsCenter.”

The Journalist

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Mike Tirico to Join The Journalist on WERW

January 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm (News, Sports) (, , , , , , , )

Good Morning, Orange… ESPN sportscaster Mike Tirico will be on The Journalist radio show soon…

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Stafon Johnson Accepts Invite to Senior Bowl

January 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm (Sports) (, , , , )

Johnson’s senior season with the Trojans abruptly ended after a weight bar crushed his throat in September.

“This is a great opportunity for Stafon with all that he’s been through and he’s excited to play with some of the greatest players in the country,” USC coach Pete Carroll said in a statement. “He’s grateful to the Senior Bowl for giving him this chance. He’s been a great player for us and everybody is ecstatic about him showing his playing ability there at the Senior Bowl.”

Shout outs to ESPN

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Quiet Please: Monty Speaks on Tiger Woods

January 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm (Sports) (, , , )

Straight from the UK:

“It is a shame that this has happened to our iconic sportsman and I say that as a fellow golfer to a player I have admired,” Montgomerie said. “Nobody is quite sure how long this absence is going to be. We hope he gets back playing and winning tournaments as soon as possible.

“He will come back, but whether he will retain that mystique as an iconic player, I’m not sure. It will be tougher for him, but he’ll be out to prove he do this under extreme pressure,” Montgomerie told BBC Radio. “He has got four more to go to tie [Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major wins] and five to beat him. He will come back and win more majors providing his drive and ambition are still there. And let’s hope they are.”

“There is no question there was an aura about Tiger Woods over this incredible record he has, not just in majors but in other world events. That wall has been split slightly and there are cracks. It gives us more opportunity to find ways of winning these events now and I am thinking of myself as well as my peers.”

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They Shootin’: Gilbert Arenas and Teammate Draw Guns

January 1, 2010 at 10:28 am (News, Sports) (, , , , )

Gilbert Arenas is known for being a quick shooter

What do you do when the guns are drawn?

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Urban Meyer Leaves & Returns?

December 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm (News, Sports) (, , )

Look... I feel GREEEAT!

That money got to him… Florida was like you gonna leave all of this–think about it.

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Urban Legends: The Tim Tebow & Urban Myer Story

December 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Tim Tebow & Urban Meyer are a dynamic duo

Tim Tebow. Urban Meyer.

There is no lukewarm reaction to the mere utterance of those two names.

It is as though they are synonymous with each other.

From Tebow’s brave declaration and delivery of excellence after Florida’s devastating one-point-loss to an unranked Ole Miss in 2008, to Meyer’s verbal spar with first-year Tennessee HC Lane Kiffin, Florida’s duo has forever entered America’s water cooler folklore. And inevitably—they have become one of the most revered college tandem of all time.

But within the fable lies the truth of the men, their program, and their legacies.

The Men

On September 26th in the Swamp, the world saw “Superman” taking off his cape. The combination of Kentucky’s Taylor Wyndham’s brute force sack, Florida’s Marcus Gilbert’s leg, and the impact of the ground led to a pinball effect of hits that caused Tebow’s concussion. And as Tebow was transported to the hospital, Florida HC Urban Meyer and the rest of Gator Nation was left wondering what would become of their beloved hero.

Tebow’s concussion came around the same time a dementia study of NFL players were released for public consumption. The study revealed that memory-related diseases were diagnosed in former players at 19 times the rate for men between the ages of 30 and 49. Though the study was NFL related, its results have a huge ripple effect on the lower levels of football including college, high school, and youth leagues, because of the amateurism at these levels.

In a way, Tebow’s concussion has reopened the never healing sore in the side of America’s passion. Now, symptoms (vomiting, dizziness, headaches, etc.), testing (ImPACT), and prevention (football equipments and NCAA football rules) of concussions will be more closely scrutinized. And each concussion that happens from this point forth will be monitored by teams, programs, and researchers alike, which may give the NCAA its own sample pool to determine the severity of memory loss in its student-athletes.

A short time later, after a devastating loss to then (2) ranked Alabama, HC Urban Meyer was rushed to the hospital. Early reports cited dehydration.

But deeper insight into recent events unearths the final straw that may have broken the camel’s back.

Meyer entered the season facing the rising challenge of the Crimson Tide’s HC Nick Saban and the Volunteers’ HC Lane Kiffin, who both loosened Meyer’s grip on recruiting in SEC country. Meyer faced the pressure of having to repeat as SEC champion and National champion for the third time in four years. And Meyer had to deal with nationally publicized on and off the field issues from Brandon Spikes’ eye-poking incident to Carlos Dunlaps’ DUI arrest.

For the first time in his tenure, winning was beginning to cost Meyer his status and more importantly, his health.

The Athlete

Consider the following: Tebow had led the Gators to a 14 game winning streak (late last season and far into this season) which included a National Championship run and a number one ranking. He was overcoming the flu as he scored two rushing touchdowns against Kentucky, putting him second overall (48) for most rushing TDs in the SEC (49, Herschel Walker). Later on he surpassed Walker by compiling 51 rushing TDs. And he continued his bid for a second Heisman Trophy, trying to become the second player ever to accomplish such a feat. Ohio State’s Hall of Fame running back Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975 was the first.

However, he came up short in the Heisman voting to Alabama’s RB Mark Ingram who lit up voters’ eyes in their only meeting of the season (the SEC title game).

Tim Tebow is more than a quarterback

But there is more to Tebow than the no. 15 jersey that he dawns every game day at Florida. In fact, his eyes (or just a little bit underneath) reveal what makes Tebow tick. On his eye strips are passages of faith. And since his youth, Tebow has restored the nation’s faith in sports role models, while overcoming many challenges along the way.

He abstains from alcohol, sex, and bad football decisions, while doing missions. Rarely does the sporting world produce premiere figures that stand just as grand in the social arena as they do in their own arena. The likes of Muhammad Ali, Roberto Clemente, Jim Brown, Jackie Robinson, etc. appear to be unreachable ideals in today’s onslaught of scandals, endorsements, contracts, and public relations.

The Coach

An exhausted Meyer is resigning

Meyer has the highest winning percentage among FBS football coaches in the past five years (95-18, .841). He has won two BCS National Championships with two different quarterbacks at the helm. He has revitalized a Florida program that was in no man’s land since losing Old Ball Coach Steve Spurrier to the NFL and hiring now Illinois HC Ron Zook. And who can forget the spread-option-offense that he implemented in the SEC that has mirrored Spurrier’s fun and gun offense of the past.

Yet Meyer’s love for the game and the success that came with it became his undoing.

“I have given my heart and soul to coaching college football and mentoring young men for the last 24-plus years and I have dedicated most of my waking moments the last five years to the Gator football program,” Meyer said via his press release. “I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to reevaluate my priorities of faith and family.

Meyer’s work ethic is fabled throughout college football. A man who works from sun up to sun down, seeing any break in the day as time away from finding a recruit or spotting a weakness in an upcoming opponent.

According to ESPN, even his beloved quarterback felt he had too much of an obsession with his profession.

“That’s something we talk about a lot. You’ve got to take care of yourself. Although we’re both very passionate, you can’t always let it all feel like everything is on your chest,” said Tebow last week about his head coach.

The Legacies

Tebow may be the first “Wildcat” quarterback to be selected in the first round of NFL Draft (post Michael Vick). This recently surging formation in the NFL has changed the way some of the league’s personnel are looking at Tebow. He is not the prototypical drop-back-passer with an extremely accurate arm, but he is a multi talented weapon with abilities to break open a game. In the same mold but lacking the quickness and elusiveness of former Syracuse standout Donovan McNabb, Tebow has found ways to break records and win games.

On the contrary, Meyer has the look and coaching skills to match, both of which are the reason why he has notched three BCS Bowl wins under his belt (Utah 2004, Florida 2006 and 2008). That success earned him the honors of Sporting News and Sports Illustrated “Coach of the Decade.” But he lacks the health to compete with the all time winning records set by legendary coaches like Joe Paterno (Penn State) and Bobby Bowden (Florida State), who will be coaching in his last bowl game as well.

Who will replace Tebow or Meyer? Or even DC Charlie Strong who is headed to Louisville, not mention a host of talented players eligible for the draft?

And will they live up to the standards of success set by each?

One thing is for certain, this coming New Years Day in the BCS Sugar Bowl when the one-loss Florida Gators take on the undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats (which lost their HC Brian Kelly to Notre Dame), Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow will be looking to further their legends.

The Journalist

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Urban Meyer Resigns from Florida Due to Health

December 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm (News, Sports) (, , , , , , , )

Courtesy of USA Today

Read all about it

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“The U” in USC is Fading…

December 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

USC as a perennial powerhouse could be a myth this coming decade

The sun is starting to set on USC football this decade, which mirrored “The U” of the 80s in terms of collegiate grandeur and NFL impact.

The storied Trojan football program has relived up to its fabled history, since hiring  HC Pete Carroll that one faithful December day in 2000.

In that one heavily criticized move, then on the hot seat Athletic Director Mike Garrett secured his job and legacy, and USC’s place among the decade’s best. Under the Garrett-Carroll regime, USC has redefined college football excellency in the age of ever-changing coaching carousels. Carroll has brought USC the following during his tenure (Wikipedia):

  • Two BCS Championship Game appearances (win over Oklahoma, and a loss to Texas)
  • Two national championships, including the AP 2003 national championship and the undisputed 2004 national championship.
  • Seven consecutive Associated Press Top-4 finishes
  • A record six BCS bowl victories
  • A record seven consecutive BCS bowl appearances
  • A record seven consecutive years as Pac-10 Champions or Co-Champions
  • A national-record 33 consecutive weeks as AP’s No. 1-ranked team
  • Twenty-five All-American first teamers
  • 53 players selected in the NFL Draft, including 14 in the first round.
  • Three Heisman Trophy winners (Carson Palmer, 2002; Matt Leinart, 2004; Reggie Bush, 2005)
  • Four Top-5 recruiting classes
  • Win streaks for home games (34) and Pac-10 home games (22).
  • In 2007, USC became the first NCAA FBS team to achieve six consecutive 11-win seasons. In 2008, USC added an unprecedented seventh consecutive 11-win season.
  • 28–1 in the month of November
  • Only team in history to win three consecutive Rose Bowl Games

But as the decade comes to a close with USC playing against Boston College in the non-BCS Emerald Bowl, there are major doubts about the future of USC’s perennial dominance not just in the nation, but in their own conference (the Pac-10).

First-year HC Chip Kelly is taking (7) Oregon to new heights as they enter their first Rose Bowl versus (8) Ohio State, since losing to Penn State in the “Granddaddy of Them All” in 1995. Thus, Oregon ends USC’s seven year reign as the Pac-10’s crème de la crème. From the punch felt around the world (i.e. RB LeGarrette Blount vs. DE Byron Hout), to refunding a disappointed alum, HC Kelly has made all the right moves on and off the field for a program seeking a rosy ending to their 2009-2010 campaign.

The Competition: Chip Kelly (Oregon) Jim Harbaugh (Stanford)

Then there’s Stanford’s newly three-year extended HC Jim Harbaugh, whose team upset highly ranked USC in his first year (2007). Just last month, Harbaugh’s team led by Heisman finalist RB Toby Gerhart beat then (7) Oregon and then (11) USC. The sky’s the limit for the (21) Stanford program headed to the Sun Bowl to face another dominant team of the decade, HC Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma Sooners.

A more troubling issue for USC is the recent influx of scandals and rumors, with the only saving grace being RB Stafon Johnson’s miraculous recovery from an unforeseen weightlifting accident.

Nevertheless, all eyes are on USC, more so outside the lines than within the field of play.

The luster began to wear off when the Texas Longhorns, led by the multi-talented QB Vince Young, defeated the USC Trojans in a Rose Bowl for the ages. From then on USC won three consecutive Rose Bowls beating each opponent by at least two touchdowns.

However, allegations of RB Reggie Bush receiving improper financial benefits crept into the national spotlight, taking time and space from the victories.

Now, as Pete Carroll finishes his 9th year at USC, rumors of his alleged affair with a graduate student, according to rival Notre Dame’s former HC Charlie Weis, have taken more press. And USC RB Joe McKnight’s “car troubles” only further taints the program’s Tinsel Town prestige.

In short, USC’s big stage presence is giving way to the behind the scenes, rather than the actual play of the team.

But a return to its winning ways could save HC Carroll, AD Garrett, and the football program.

As I said once to a NCAA football assistant coach, “When you lose, they call it problems. When you win, they call it adversity. Just keep on winning.”

–The Journalist

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Bowlin’ For B.o.B

December 19, 2009 at 11:00 am (Entertainment, Music, Sports, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Read all about B.o.B.’s rise here.

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