Rich Eisen was too busy observing Yom Kippur to respond to your Michigan heckles

NFL Network host Rich Eisen sent what had to be my favorite tweet of the weekend.

Eisen, like ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, is a proud Michigan alumnus. The Wolverines struggled to beat Akron over the weekend, and needed some help from a running clock to pull out the victory. Eisen and Schefter usually have a thing or two to say about their school over Twitter, but both were silent on Saturday. One Twitter follower noticed the silence and used it as material for some trash talk. But Eisen explained that he was off Twitter that day to observe the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, not because he was embarrassed over Michigan’s close call.

He hammered the Twitter follower with this awesome line:

Totally pwned. Well done, Rich.

In addition to smacking down his Twitter hecklers, I recently learned that Eisen made a cameo on Season 5, Episode 10 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as one of the guests at Sammie Greene’s bat mitzvah:

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NFL cancels Bradley Cooper interview with Rich Eisen for gambling reasons

The NFL is apparently so concerned with distancing any ties to gambling on its games that it cancelled an interview Rich Eisen did with actor Bradley Cooper that was scheduled to air Friday on NFL Network.

Cooper stars in a new movie “Silver Linings Playbook” that opened this week. The actor recorded an interview with NFL Network host Rich Eisen that was headlining “The Rich Eisen Thanksgiving Special” podcast that was going to be televised Friday, but the NFL stepped in on Wednesday and asked for the interview to be removed.

The New York Post reports that the NFL asked the segment to be cancelled because Robert De Niro’s character in the movie is a part-time bookie.

“The segment was pulled because the movie included content related to gambling on NFL games,” an NFL rep confirmed to the Post.

The new promo for the Thanksgiving Special mentions interviews with four actors, none of whom are Cooper.

Even though this particular interview was cancelled, Cooper has made NFL-related appearances to promote the movie. The actor attended a Philadelphia Eagles practice last week and spent time hanging out with DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. De Niro’s character in the movie is obsessed with the Eagles, while Cooper says he has been an Eagles fan since childhood.

The NFL has long been conscious about its image and works to separate association to gambling on games to preserve the integrity of the league. The stance makes sense even though betting is a huge reason for the league’s popularity.

Photo: DeSean Jackson/Twitter

Rich Eisen 2011 40-Yard Dash (Video) Sets Personal Record

Rich Eisen has been a good sport since 2005, running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine each year and allowing us all to laugh at his expense.  His personal best time of 6.22 seconds was set back in 2005.  It goes without saying that Eisen isn’t getting any younger, so expectations should be lower and lower with each passing year.  Come to find out, Rich showed up determined in 2011.  Check out the Rich Eisen 2011 40-yard dash video, courtesy of YouTube user monmouthfalcon70:

That, folks, is a new personal record of 6.18 seconds.  That time is still slower than the slowest athlete at the Combine, but good for him for setting his own goals and achieving them.  Under six seconds in 2012?  Lock it in.