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Washington newspaper has bitter headline about Thunder advancing to Finals

I’m guessing the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington was representing the feelings of thousands of SuperSonics fans with this headline. Call it classless if you want, but how would you feel if you were a Sonics fan and your owner sold the team to a new owner who moved the franchise to Oklahoma City? Kevin Durant wore a Sonics jersey his first year in the NBA. This was supposed to be Seattle’s team. I feel their pain, I really do. But as we learned with that awful T-shirt, playing this game doesn’t make anything better for anyone. Not only that, but aren’t newspapers supposed to cover things more objectively? I guess we’re in a different age.

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Gregg Popovich’s history of abusing Craig Sager during interviews now in video form

TNT composed a video called “Best of Coach Pop,” and they released it on Monday when the Spurs lost at home to the Thunder in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. If you watch the video, you’ll notice the first minute is spent showing Gregg Popovich essentially abusing TNT reporter Craig Sager during interviews. Sometimes the Spurs coach kept it simple and made fun of Sager’s outfits, but in another clip he wiped his nose with Sager’s hanky. That was pretty darn disrespectful.

Anyhow, the video’s release was perfectly timed, because Popovich had a notable interview with Sager prior to the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Monday. Pop was asked two questions by Sager and gave a pair of two-word answers. Their interview lasted 13 seconds, tops, and that includes the intro and outro from Sager. Video of that is below via Awful Announcing (sadly in choppy form):

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Bill Plaschke tells Jackie MacMullan she looks ‘really hot’ (Video)

LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke got all creepy on everyone when he told “Around the Horn” co-panelist Jackie MacMullan that she looked “really hot” during a filming break on the show Monday. But Plaschke didn’t stop there. Oh no. He even told Jackie that she was “smoking” hot.

“Jackie, can you hear me?” Plaschke asked during a break on the show. “I gotta say something … don’t hold it against me … but you look really hot today. You do,” he told her.

“You really look good today,” he continued. “Not that you don’t always look good, but you are smoking today!”

After host Tony Reali ribbed Plaschke for hitting on MacMullan, the columnist defended himself.

“Why can’t a man give a compliment to a woman?”

To the best of our knowledge, MacMullan is married with children, so if she has a husband, he probably is booking a flight out to LA to tell Plaschke to keep his glasses and goatee to himself. Good thing for him she took it well.

This has also confirmed that the best parts of the show occur during breaks.

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TV anchor Meghan Torjussen says Heat-Celtics game ended in a tie (Video)

Suffice it to say WMTW’s Meghan Torjussen isn’t a big sports fan. The Portland, Maine TV anchor said on the news Sunday that Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Heat ended in a tie. A tie. Sure she may have told that the game was tied at 89, but I can’t imagine someone told her the game had ended.
This is much worse than the Miami anchor screwing up and calling the 76ers the 69ers.

I’m glad nobody was around to record and publicize all the mistakes I made during news updates, but I’m pretty certain I never made a blunder that bad. Yikes!

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Michelle Beadle downplays feud with Erin Andrews, says industry wants a catfight

Friday was Michelle Beadle‘s last day at ESPN before she moves over to a new job with NBC Sports and Access Hollywood. The day marked not only the end of her time on “SportsNation,” but potentially the end of a longstanding feud with co-worker Erin Andrews.

The rivalry between the ESPN personalities apparently was brought public by the ESPN Book (I never read it) in which Beadle, answering questions in an interview, admitted she watched the Erin Andrews peephole video.

She was pressed about that and more during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday after Dan slyly introduced the subject by asking if Andrews attended Beadle’s going away party (she did).

“All I did was answer questions that I was asked,” Beadle said of her comments to the ESPN Book. “If being honest was the problem, then I’m sorry for that. All I did was say I saw the video. Apparently you’re not supposed to say that.”

Beadle says she was called in to talk to her ESPN bosses about the interview, but she’s never discussed it with Andrews.

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Hines Ward joins NBC Sports, will appear on Football Night in America

Hines Ward will be making the transition from athlete to broadcaster now that he’s retired.

The former Steelers receiver has been hired by NBC Sports according to SI media reporter Richard Deitsch.

Deitsch says Ward will serve as an analyst for “Football Night in America,” college football and on the NBC Sports Network.

NBC’s Football Night in America frequently rates as one of the most highly-watched shows on TV, so this will be a huge stage for Ward. He exhibited some charm as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” and his lengthy career with a successful NFL team made him fairly well known. Another plus for NBC is that Hines is a hated player; networks loving having controversial personalities, and Ward fits that role.

I just hope he doesn’t screw up an already outstanding show. Between Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, I love watching Football Night in America, so it will be up to Ward to ease his way in.

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Warren Sapp dropped by Showtime, returning to NFL Network

There was speculation that Warren Sapp might be out of his broadcasting gigs after his false snitch accusation about Jeremy Shockey, especially after he was reprimanded by NFL Network. But Sapp so far has gone 1-for-2 and is producing a batting average good enough to get him into the Hall of Fame.

Showtime announced last week that Sapp was being dropped from his role on the weekly show “Inside the NFL.” But NFL Network made it publicly known that Sapp will be back with them.

NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger told USA Today Sports that “this is probably going to be news to some blogs and articles out there who’ve said his time is up here, but we picked up an option year on his contract.”

That’s big news for Sapp who has bankruptcy debts to deal with. So for those of you who enjoy Sapp’s analysis, you’ll get to see him on NFL Network for the next year. And for those of you who aren’t fans, you can only hope a celebrity death match between Sapp and Trent Dilfer is arranged.

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