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Danielle Trotta offended by Pam Oliver’s ‘young, blond and hot’ comment

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Pam Oliver seemingly pointed out the obvious in her recent essay discussing her demotion with Fox Sports. Whether by coincidence or not, Fox has hired a number of young, attractive blonde women as on-air personalities. Erin Andrews, who is taking Oliver’s old job with Fox’s top NFL crew this season, is one of them. Danielle Trotta, a co-host of Fox Sports 1’s “NASCAR Race Hub,” is another.

Trotta was apparently offended by Oliver’s comments. She felt she was being lumped into a certain demographic and had the following to say on her Facebook page, via The Big Lead:

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Wait, blonde by choice? Does that mean she dyes her hair? Or does that mean Trotta chooses to not dye her hair, thus choosing to remain blonde?

In any event, you can see both sides of the argument here. You can easily see why people like Trotta, Andrews and Charissa Thompson have Oliver convinced that being blonde and “hot” gives you an edge in the industry. You can also see why Trotta would want to be seen as someone who earned her job through hard work, not because of her looks.

Photo: Twitter/Danielle Trotta

Pam Oliver: Fox Sports on-air people are young, blond and hot

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Fox Sports announced earlier this summer that Erin Andrews will be taking over for Pam Oliver for the networks top NFL broadcast team for the 2014 season, and Oliver openly admits she didn’t take the news all that well. In an essay she wrote for Essence, the 53-year-old industry veteran admitted she was “humiliated” when rumors began circulating that Andrews would be replacing her.

Fox seems to be looking to appeal to a certain demographic, and Oliver realizes that. At age 36, Andrews is still young. She is also tall, thin and blond and is well-known beyond the sports world for appearing on programs like “Dancing With the Stars.” Oliver explained why she believes the decision was made to essentially force her out.

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NY Daily News will no longer use Redskins nickname or logo

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The New York Daily News announced on Thursday that it will no longer be using the Washington Redskins team logo or nickname in its print and online publications.

“Enormously popular and deeply ingrained in sporting culture, the Redskins name is a throwback to a vanished era of perniciously casual racial attitudes,” the Daily News said in a lengthy essay explaining the decision. “No new franchise would consider adopting a name based on pigmentation — Whiteskins, Blackskins, Yellowskins or Redskins — today. The time has come to leave the word behind.”

As you can see from Thursday’s NFL preview, which is shown above, the Daily News has replaced the Redskins’ traditional Native American logo with a generic burgundy and gold icon. They also referred to the Redskins as “Washington” but used every other team’s nickname. Here’s a closer look at the logo the Daily News will use from now on:

Simply put, it is a matter of when — not if — Redskins owner Daniel Snyder will be forced to change his team’s name. There will always be people like Sarah Palin and Mike Ditka who think the Redskins name debate is stupid, but we have also seen an increasing amount of broadcasters who refuse to use Washington’s nickname. Then there’s the fact that the US Patent Office has cancelled the Redskins’ trademark. It’ll only get worse for Snyder from here.

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ESPN’s John Anderson: USC is a ‘clown college’

John-Anderson-ESPNESPN’s John Anderson said what a lot of people are thinking on Wednesday when senior cornerback Josh Shaw admitted he was lying about saving his 7-year-old nephew. The Trojans have dealt with a lot of distractions in recent years and rarely ever have a season of just football. Take it away, John.

“If you go back to Pete Carroll and the embarrassment of getting stripped of a national title, the Heisman Trophy that Reggie Bush got back, how they handled Lane Kiffin’s firing,” Anderson said Wednesday. “There was the probation. This is a clown college. How should I look at this place?”

When Anderson says “clown college,” I’m guessing he’s just referring to the football program. USC ranked 23rd in US News and World Report’s national university rankings this year, so we don’t want to insult the 18,000-plus students who study there.

As far as football is concerned, Anderson makes a good point. USC certainly botched the Lane Kiffin firing and there’s no denying the sanctions stemming from Carroll’s tenure were a major blemish. The fact that a senior captain got himself wrapped up in such an embarrassing lie doesn’t help.

Michael Sam is not showering with teammates, according to ESPN

Michael Sam RamsMichael Sam seems to be adjusting to life in the NFL quite well, at least on the field. Sam, who made headlines on Saturday when he sacked Johnny Manziel and flashed the money sign, appears likely to make the St. Louis Rams 53-man roster. But what about his showering habits? It’s important that we hear all about that, right?

Don’t worry, ESPN has you covered. During Tuesday’s edition of SportsCenter, Josina Anderson updated viewers on how Sam is fitting in with his teammates. Things started out pretty normal.

“Defensive tackle Kendall Langford said that Michael Sam is just one of the guys,” Anderson began. “He seems to be taking a rookie approach in terms of just listening and learning at his own pace. He’s just trying to feel his way through and, perhaps, see what guys he can relate to.”

Anderson then brought up showering, and things got a little too personal.

“Another Rams defensive player told me that Sam is respecting our space,” she said. “From his perspective, he seems to think that Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable. Langford and linebacker Alec Ogletree didn’t know that specifically and also weren’t tracking that.

“Langford told me, ‘I have not been in the shower at the same time as Michael Sam,’ but said there could be a million reasons as to why that is. He said (Sam) could be doing extra work on the practice field, riding his bike or doing extra cardio. But overall Langford said he seems to be adjusting to life in the NFL and the speed of the game.”

[Also see: Chris Long rips ESPN for shower report]

If you ask me, that’s too much information. We know having an openly gay player in the NFL is going to create some unprecedented situations in the locker room, but Sam’s shower schedule isn’t something ESPN needs to be passing along to their viewers. This is the exact type of stuff Neil Everett was angry about when he took a shot at the World Wide Leader.

Video via The Big Lead

Jeff Fisher has great response to Adam Schefter report

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Adam Schefter is one of the most well-connected, accurate and resourceful reporters in the NFL. The guy constantly breaks scoops and provides insightful information. Sometimes breaking that news and sharing information doesn’t go over well with the club it affects.

After Sam Bradford left Saturday’s preseason game with a left knee injury, Schefter provided an update on the quarterback’s status:

Schefter having that information clearly bothered Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who was asked about his QB’s status during his postgame news conference.

“I cannot give you details on anybody’s situation right now until we do testing and get MRIs,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said of his injured players.

When told there was a report (Schefter’s) saying there was no damage to Bradford’s ACL, Fisher got defensive.

“Ummm … who’s saying that?” Fisher asked.

“Schefter,” the reporter replied.

“Oh. Oh, you know, I didn’t see Adam in the locker room or the training room today. That’s funny. If you see [Schefter] tell him I say hi.

“Really? Yeah, he knows everything,” Fisher said sarcastically.

Fisher did offer some detail on Bradford, saying it appeared to be a hyperextension of Bradford’s knee and that the QB was walking around normally after the game.

It seemed pretty clear to me that Schefter was dead-on with his info. Why else did Fisher get so defensive?

Neil Everett angry with ESPN over lack of Jason Bitsko death coverage (Video)

ESPN on-air personality Neil Everett took a very brief but very blatant shot at his employer during Thursday morning’s edition of SportsCenter. Everett was clearly upset over the lack of coverage ESPN gave to Jason Bitsko, the 21-year-old Kent State football player who was found dead in his off-campus apartment on Wednesday.

Bitsko, who received an award during this year’s spring game for “exemplifying hard work and dedication,” passed away from an undetermined medical condition. His death has already had a huge impact on the Kent State community, but ESPN dedicated just 30 seconds of coverage to Bitsko. This did not sit well with Everett.

“You know, guys like Bitsko don’t get headlines,” Everett quipped. “Those go to (Johnny) Manziel not starting in Cleveland and (Braxton) Miller unable to play in Ohio.

Point taken. Everett has been with ESPN for nearly 15 years, but I’m sure the World Wide Leader is not going to appreciate him basically bashing the network to its own audience. That doesn’t mean he was wrong.

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Video via Cork Gaines