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Craig Sager’s son tweets his father will begin treatment for acute Leukemia

Craig Sager Gregg PopovichThe NBA playoffs will get underway this weekend. As usual, TNT will be front and center as it will be carrying three series in the first round.

Unfortunately, it appears one of the network’s more well known personalities will not be present.

Craig Sager’s son tweeted on Thursday that his father, who was thought to be Leukemia free, will begin treatment for the cancer on Friday and that it will likely last 3-4 weeks.

LBS sends prayers to Craig Sager and his family.

H/T Deadspin

Ernie Johnson talks about stacking paper and his 24-inch chrome rims (Video)

Is there a broadcaster out there who’s cooler and smoother than Ernie Johnson? If there is, you’ll have to let me know who it is.

The TNT crew was up to its usual fun and games on “Inside the NBA” following the Nuggets-Warriors game on Thursday. Shaq and Chuck for some reason were talking about getting some swag from show sponsors. One sponsor Barkley kept hassling was Kumho Tires, whom he was begging for free tires. That led Shaq to talk about big cars and rims, which is when he quizzed EJ about 26-inch rims. And Ernie threw it right back at Shaq with epic style. Seriously, his handshake and face after were priceless:

Ernie Johnson handshake

Vin Scully can’t even watch the Dodgers on TV

Vin ScullyVin Scully can’t even watch the Los Angeles Dodgers on TV, and that’s not even an exaggeration or joke.

This is probably more of a regional issue for LA people, so you might not be aware of what’s going on. Time Warner Cable bought the TV rights to the Dodgers and created a sports channel for the team which began airing its games this season. Previously, the Dodgers were on cable channels that were available on all cable providers, such as FOX Sports West/Prime Ticket, or over-the-air channels. But the new channel created by Time Warner — SportsNet LA — is only available on Time Warner Cable.

That means anyone in SoCal who has DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, Cox, Charter, Uverse and FiOS — which makes up about 70 percent of the market — cannot get Dodgers games on TV. What’s worse is that even if you buy an MLB.tv subscription, the games are still blacked out for you.

The huge irony is that the voice and face of the Dodgers himself, Vin Scully, can’t even get the team’s games on TV. Yes, the LA Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth revealed that Scully is a DirecTV subscriber.

Scully is now 86 and only travels to road games within the division. So if he wants to watch his team play when they’re out on the East Coast, he’s screwed just like everyone else in LA.

How long before this gets resolved? That’s what everyone is wondering.

Tip via AH

Did Chicago radio host Les Grobstein crap himself in studio?

Les-GrobsteinChicago sports radio personality Les Grobstein may have had himself a little in-studio accident earlier this week. If you listened to the “The Mully and Hanley Show” on 670 The Score in Chicago Tuesday morning, you would have heard hosts Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley joking about some sort of foul stench that they walked in on.

Mully and Hanley made mention of pink eye, hazmat suits, and horses that poop wherever they stand and can’t help when they go to the bathroom. It was obvious that something was going on, though they didn’t directly reveal what the problem was.

The hosts of “The McNeil and Spiegel Show,” which comes on after Mully and Hanley, were not so kind to Grobstein. They spoke about the incident much more clearly. Deadspin transcribed some of their discussion for us.

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Aaron Rodgers rips analysts covering Johnny Manziel pro day

Aaron RodgersLike many other NFL players, coaches, scouts, executives and fans, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took some time out of his day on Thursday to watch Johnny Manziel’s highly-publicized pro day. Manziel, who decided to put a unique spin on his workout by wearing a helmet and shoulder pads, threw for hundreds of scouts and coaches.

The workout was covered by both ESPN and the NFL Network. We don’t know which one Rodgers was watching, but he wasn’t impressed.

ESPN rolled out Todd McShay, Ed Werder and Bill Polian as its team of analysts. NFL Network had Mike Mayock, Paul Burmeister and Kurt Warner. If Rodgers was watching NFL Network, he had to have been saying Warner is the only one with knowledge. Warner has been to three Super Bowls and has a ring. There’s no way Rodgers would group him in with the others.

If Rodgers was watching ESPN, my guess is he was saying Polian is the only one who should be taken seriously. Werder is simply a reporter and McShay is a draft analyst, whereas Polian spent a number of years as a scout, personnel director, general manager, and team president in the NFL.

In any event, we love when Rodgers criticizes people on Twitter. He’s the best.

Michelle Beadle responds after shot from media critic Tom Hoffarth

Michelle BeadleLA Daily News media critic Tom Hoffarth appeared to take an unsolicited shot at Michelle Beadle over Twitter Wednesday, and the ESPN personality responded with a solid comeback.

In sharing the news that USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism hired Willow Bay — a female media veteran — as its new director, Hoffarth decided to include Beadle for who knows what reason.

Beads only needed two minutes to work up this retort:

And then she tacked this on for good measure:

Hoffarth is a media critic, so it’s natural for him to have many media figures dislike him. But we don’t get the shot at Beadle. Then again, it’s not like Hoffarth has needed a reason to go after female personalities in the past.

ESPN spoke with Bob Knight over rape comment

Bob KnightESPN says it spoke with Bob Knight about his comment Tuesday that the NBA has “raped” college basketball.

“We spoke with him. ESPN regrets the use of the word,” the network said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Knight was appearing on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” when he described what the NBA has done to college basketball by drafting talented freshman as raping the sport.

“If I were involved with the NBA I wouldn’t want a 19-year-old or a 20-year-old kid, to bring into all the travel and all the problems that exist in the NBA. I would want a much more mature kid. I would want a kid that maybe I’ve been watching on another team and now he’s 21, 22 years old instead of 18 or 19, and I might trade for that kid. On top of it all, the NBA does a tremendous, gigantic disservice to college basketball. It’s as though they’ve raped college basketball in my opinion,” he said, via Sporting News.

“Major League Baseball has the best idea of all. Three years before they’ll take a kid out of college, then they have a minor league system that they put the kids in. I’m sure that if the NBA followed the same thing, there would be a lot of kids in a minor league system that still were not good enough to play in the major NBA.”

This was not the first time Knight was criticized for his casual use of the word.

In 1998, Knight was asked by NBC News correspondent Connie Chung how he handled stress.

“I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it,” Knight said.

Indiana’s president at the time said the comment was in “very poor taste” and did not represent the school.

What else can you say about it besides that Bob Knight is just a jerk? I’m really not sure what he adds for ESPN and I don’t understand why they would continue to use him.