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Jim Mora and Doug Gottlieb Have Incredibly Uncomfortable Interview

I was listening to Doug Gottlieb filling in for Colin Cowherd this morning on ESPN Radio when I came across an extremely uncomfortable interview. They had former Falcons coach Jim Mora on the show and Gottlieb wanted to ask him about Michael Vick’s turnaround in Philadelphia. Mora was Vick’s coach in Atlanta and the two were extremely close. With Vick as his quarterback, Mora went 26-22 and reached the NFC Championship Game in his first season in 2004. So when Gottlieb asked if Mora was “bummed out” that Vick didn’t put in more effort during his time in Atlanta, things got testy. Here’s the video via The Big Lead:

It seems like Mora was expecting to do the interview with Cowherd and was disappointed he got stuck with the substitute teacher he deemed inexperienced. Gottlieb should have also done his homework and realized how close Mora and Vick were and then he would have termed his question differently. Gottlieb’s mistake was stating Vick’s behavior in Atlanta as fact instead of asking Mora to compare the two. In that regard, he came across as unprepared and got burned. Still, Mora was unnecessarily testy, but that’s part of his personality. Most of the people reacting on twitter feel like Mora was more inappropriate than the other way around. Even if Mora didn’t agree with the way Gottlieb was doing the interview, he could have been more cordial. It was just awkward all the way around.

PTI, Around the Horn Move to New HD Set for 3D TVs

Fans of ESPN’s afternoon talk shows Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn were in for a welcome surprise when they tuned in on Monday. Both shows had changed up their looks and layouts. The shows announced they’re now in HD, but you can tell it’s actually more than that. The graphics were fuzzy and seemed to be made specifically for 3D TVs.

ESPN is actually leading the way in the 3D TV movement, broadcasting certain sporting events in that manner. Even though I’ve never seen anything broadcast on a 3D TV, I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews. In fact, most viewers had supportive comments on twitter, though hardly any of them seemed to realize the 3D association, focusing mostly on the HD aspect. Here are some of the reviews from people on twitter:

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Chris Berman Rocking the Mustache

Football season is back which means it’s time for four months of anchor Chris Berman’s Sunday NFL Countdown and fastest two minutes in football! Before you get too giddy, we’re here to warn you that the Berman you may be expecting won’t be there. Instead, you’ll see a retro version of Berman rocking the old school stache which seems to be a combination of part Dave Wannstedt, part Bernie Lomax. Check out the Chris Berman mustache pictures present day vs. past:

He called it the Ron Burgundy look but I think it’s just old school. It’s no John Axford, but it’s not bad, Boomer.

Yardbarker Makes TIME’s Top 50 Sites

As you probably have been able to tell, our site is part of the extensive Yardbarker Network. Yardbarker represents hundreds of high quality sports blogs and they pull some of the best stories from around the network for placement on their entertaining homepage. The site has an incredibly clean look, is constantly updated, and it tracks 40 of the top trends in the sports world. Putting all those factors together helped Yardbarker make TIME’s Top 50 sites for 2010 list which is some strong recognition.

In addition to congratulating Yardbarker on the excellent accomplishment, I wanted to share this ringing endorsement. My cousin recently told me that he finally started checking out Yardbarker after seeing it at LBS all the time and said it’s great, “Between your site and Yardbarker, I’ve already seen all the stories by the time I get home to watch PTI.” Amen to that. Congrats to YB and hopefully they continue to receive great recognition.

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50 Best Websites 2010 [TIME]

Larry King Wants to Join MLB Network

Larry King announced on Tuesday night that his run as host of Larry King Live on CNN is coming to an end in the fall. King said he wants to spend more time with his family but that he will still contribute to CNN in the future. Apparently King is also eying another broadcasting opportunity — one with MLB Network as he told Ben Maller on FOX Sports Radio:

“This time I’m gonna get a chance, which I rarely get on CNN, to do sports. I would do sports tomorrow. I told Bud Selig today he’s taking my kids to the All-Star game. And I would go to MLB in the drop of a hat.”

I’d like to do Costas west. We’ve got Bob Costas east doing interviews and games, so if they need a guy, they don’t have a West Coast facility I’d have to setup or lease something, but I’ll talk to Bud at the All-Star game. That will be something that will definitely interest me because baseball is my avocation.”

If you’ve ever been to a Dodgers game and sat field level nearby the third base dugout, you’ve probably seen Mr. Suspenders hanging out in his season seats. There’s no doubt that King is a big baseball fan and that he can probably score a gig there pretty easily. Plus, there aren’t many other people who carry more clout than King. Think he won’t be able to land whatever interview he wants? MLB Network, hello!

Sources:
Exclusive: Larry King eyes MLB Network [Ben Maller]
Statement from Larry King [Larry King Live]

ESPN Summit: Good Idea, Bad TV

Waiting for the second game of the College World Series to begin, I wound up watching a trial balloon show on ESPN that was sandwiched between the end of the 6pm ET SportsCenter and the 7:30pm ET start time in Omaha. After a few moments I realized this was the same program Dan Le Batard’s referenced in a chat that was picked up by The Big Lead a few weeks ago. I wound up trying to watch the program but had a difficult time enjoying it for several reasons.

Let me start by saying that the ironic nature of ESPN putting together their star players for a free agent summit was funny in itself. Secondly, assembling the hosts of PTI Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, along with two humorous debaters in Dan Le Batard and Bill Simmons would make you think the program had to be good. Unfortunately it wasn’t that good and it turned out to be a visual issue of “not enough basketballs to go around.”

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Darrelle Revis and Chad Ochocinco Now Partners? Plus LBS Contest!

Yes, despite going back and forth with words at the end of the season, Jets CB Darrelle Revis and Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco have now teamed up as partners. Revis has joined Chad’s OCNN, Ochocinco News Network, as one of their correspondents. In his first assignment, he even taught some kids how to riverdance and get fined by the NFL just like Chad!

As a bonus, we have a gift from the OCNN up for grabs that will go to the winner of our contest. All you have to do is predict which team will select Jimmy Clausen in the draft. Winner gets a prize from the OCNN sent to you. Anyway, here’s Revis’ debut as an OCNN correspondent. What do you think?