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Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Watch: Blake Griffin’s roast of Caitlyn Jenner was legendary

Blake Griffin Pistons

Comedy Central is airing a roast of Alec Baldwin on Sunday, and one clip from Blake Griffin taking it to Caitlyn Jenner during the program has already made the rounds because of the savage jokes.

The roasters of Baldwin include Robert De Niro, Joel McHale, Chris Redd, Jeff Ross, Ken Jeong, Nikki Glaser, Caroline Rhea, Adam Carolla, Jenner and Griffin. During his time on the mic, Griffin had some great lines, including a few directed at Jenner.

“On behalf of the entire NBA, and half of the rappers on the Billboard charts, I want to thank you for giving your daughters their daddy issues,” Griffin joked in one of his zingers.

Griffin would know – he has dated Kendall Jenner in the past, one of Caitlyn’s daughters with Kris Jenner.

Kendall Jenner has also been rumored to date the following NBA players:
D’Angelo Russell
Chandler Parsons
Jordan Clarkson
Ben Simmons

The Kendall Jenner jokes seem to be great material for the roasts; Jeff Ross got Blake with a really good zinger about her last year.

John C. Reilly to play Jerry Buss in HBO’s Showtime Lakers project

Jerry Buss

HBO has a pilot in the works on the Showtime Lakers, and they just recast one of the leading roles.

John C. Reilly will be playing the role of former Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, according to a report from Deadline. Reilly replaces Michael Shannon, who was previously cast in the role but left the project due to creative differences, the report says.

The pilot is based off Jeff Pearlman’s book about the Showtime Lakers, “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.”

Buss, who died in 2013, bought the Lakers in 1979 and wanted the team to have an up-tempo style of play to attract fans. He had superstars on his team and the plan worked. The Lakers won five championships during that time, became a staple of the Los Angeles cultural fabric and an international sports brand.

It’s unclear when the pilot is set to air, but it sounds like programming many sports fans will not want to miss.

Actor Robbie Amell posts redemption video after catching heat for his football throw

Robbie Amell

Actor Robbie Amell posted a redemption video on Monday night after catching heat throughout the day for his embarrassing football throwing in a movie.

Amell starred in 2015 high school romantic comedy “The Duff” as the “star quarterback.” NFL writer Marcus Mosher posted a clip on Twitter Monday showing Amell’s character in the movie throwing the football. The passes were pretty pathetic looking.

The clip was widely circulated and even seen by FS1 Colin Cowherd, who called it “brutal” and joked he might lead his show with it. Amell saw that and responded by defending himself. Amell said he essentially short-armed the ball because the passes had to be caught by a production assistant who was only a few feet away.

Amell wasn’t about to go out with everyone on the internet thinking he had such a weak arm, so he posted this redemption video on Twitter:

Yup, he’s got an arm.

Amell actually said in an interview that he had previously messed around about his throwing ability before showing off for the film’s director.

“I messed with our director who said ‘Can you throw a football?’ I’m like ‘Of course’. I’m right-handed but just to mess with him I threw it with my left hand with really terrible form and I saw his jaw hit the ground. I said ‘Let me do another one’ and I just launched a bullet right into his chest,” Amell told Kidzworld in a 2015 interview.

We’ve now seen the evidence. Case closed.

Watch: Michael Irvin and Stephen A. Smith brought the energy on ‘First Take’

Michael Irvin was a guest host across from Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take” Monday morning, and oh boy, did he bring the energy.

The former Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver was all kinds of hyped when debating Smith on the program. When they started talking about the Cleveland Browns, Irvin said he thought the Odell Beckham Jr.-Jarvis Landry partnership would work — comparing their friendship to how friends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade flourished together in Miami. There was so much electricity in the room it almost looked like your TV screen would combust:

Is there any wonder how Irvin developed his reputation as “The Playmaker”? He is magnetic.

Irvin says he is headed next to Dallas Cowboys camp in Oxnard, Calif.

Maybe while there he can show Jerry Jones how to really answer a question.

Details of reported cast for ‘Space Jam 2’ revealed

LeBron James Space Jam

Details regarding the anticipated cast for “Space Jam 2” have been revealed, and one of LeBron James’ new teammates is expected to join him in the film.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Wednesday that Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson are among the NBA players expected to have key roles in the movie, alongside LeBron, who will star in the film. Charania further says WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike will have key roles, with several other NBA and WNBA players appearing.

“Space Jam 2” has been discussed for several years, with LeBron’s film company working to put together a sequel despite warnings against it. A previous report said James was having a hard time securing stars for the film, with one MVP candidate saying he preferred to practice instead. Getting Lillard, Thompson and Davis on board shows there were still plenty of other players interested.

The movie was set to film this summer and has a July 2021 release date.

Beyond trying to prepare for their upcoming season together on the Lakers, Davis and James will first attempt to develop chemistry on the screen.

Oakland Raiders selected to appear on ‘Hard Knocks’

The Oakland Raiders built a roster of characters that were meant for HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Fittingly, they were announced Tuesday as the team that will be featured on the training camp show.

“If you’re a fan of football or great storytelling, HARD KNOCKS with the Oakland Raiders is going to be must-see television,” HBO Sports executive vice president Peter Nelson said. “We are so grateful to this storied franchise for opening up its doors and allowing HBO and NFL Films to spend the summer with the Raiders in what promises to be a compelling and engaging training camp.”

“Since the AFL-NFL merger, the Raiders have been a part of some of the most iconic moments in League history,” says NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover. “We at NFL Films have been thrilled and honored to showcase the mythology of the Raiders from the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands, Ghost to the Post all the way to today with Coach Gruden and this unbelievable cast of players and coaches. Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to this season of Hard Knocks.”

This will be the 14th edition of the program, which began in 2001. HBO said in their press announcement that episodes of “Hard Knocks” have averaged 3.9 million viewers over the past four seasons.

What makes the Raiders so perfect for the show? Let’s start with head coach Jon Gruden, who was a television personality for ESPN several years prior to his return to coaching. Then they have Antonio Brown, who forced his way out of Pittsburgh and is now in his first season with the Raiders. They also added Vontaze Burfict, a player who’s been fined more money than any other player in the history of the league. Their GM Mike Mayock also was just a TV analyst for NFL Network.

There should be no shortage of entertainment with this year’s version of the show.

Julian Edelman to star in Showtime documentary

Julian Edelman

Tom Brady made headlines for starring in a documentary last offseason, and his favorite receiver is doing the same heading into 2019.

According to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, a Showtime Sports documentary called “100%: Julian Edelman” is set to air on Friday, June 28 at 9 p.m. The documentary will chronicle Edelman’s path to the NFL in addition to the obstacles he has faced in recent years, which include his four-game performance-enhancing drug suspension last year and the torn ACL he came back from prior to that.

Edelman has always been one of the most interesting stories in football, as he went from being a dual-threat quarterback at Kent State to becoming the 232nd pick in the NFL Draft back in 2009. From there, the Patriots turned him into one of the best slot receivers in football. He has gone on to enjoy incredible success playing alongside Tom Brady and was named the MVP of Super Bowl LIII.

While Edelman is 33 and has battled some injuries, the Patriots recently proved that they still value him a great deal. The documentary should be an interesting one for all football fans.