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Wimbledon in Review

AKIE BERMISS: Summary here.

CHRIS PUMMER: This month’s Wimbledon represented an end of an era for viewers, who have benefited from terrific coverage on NBC for the last 43 years. The tournament signed a new 12-year deal with ESPN, which will show move live matches. Continue reading

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NASCAR 10 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr.

CHRIS PUMMER: Of course the NASCAR season began Sunday with its signature event, the Daytona 500. Besides the fact that a rookie racer won it this year, there’s been significance attached because it was at Daytona where Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed 10 years ago. I’ve been reading about how a lot of people attribute the dip in NASCAR’s popularity and profitability outside of the general economic downturn to the void Earnhardt’s death left among the ranks of NASCAR’s stars.

Was he really such a transcendent figure for the sports? I don’t know that I buy this argument. Continue reading

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Reflections on Dick Vitale

MIKE CUMMINGS: So Dick Vitale signed a new contract that will keep him at ESPN until at least 2015. I don’t think I’m alone in saying, “ARE YOU SERIOUS!?! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!?!?! AWWWWWW!!!” Continue reading

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Yankee Fan Reputation: Deserved?

SHANNON MCCARTHY: Do I think the Yankees have some truly grating fans? Sure. Do I think many that profess to be fans or at least simply like to wear the hats couldn’t tell you the first thing about the bullpen after Mariano Rivera (if that)? Absolutely. But does the entire fanbase deserve to be painted with such a broad brush? Nope.

JASON CLINKSCALES: As long as the Yankees are at the top of the sport’s financial food chain, if not the competitive one, we’ll always see the worst of a good section of their fans. Continue reading

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Shaq To The Celtics

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Shaquille O’Neal to the Celtics is quite a…treat. I’m not sure it will be so successful on the court, but Boston will certainly get a lot from Shaq on the outside of the game.
BRAD GOLDBACH: Shaq will certainly provide entertainment for the Celtics, but I see this as a move that actually makes a lot of basketball sense for the C’s. I know, Shaq and basketball sense do not usually go in the same sentence these days, but hear me out. Continue reading

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Jon Miller

JUSTIN JARRETT: It’s a shame that a generation of baseball fans is likely to remember Jon Miller as the guy who worked with Joe Morgan — and thus a guy who was too often subjected to the mute button — rather than one of the best play-by-play announcers of his time.

Miller gets a bad rap for his association with the universally-hated Morgan, but no one can argue against his voice or his knowledge of the game, and he certainly compares favorably to most of today’s national play-by-play guys.

SAM BORDEN: The best play-by-players are the ones that can overcome and shine through their often weaker analysts. I’m not a huge Miller guy, though I think much of it comes from the stuff he gets wrong — which, I imagine, often stems from him getting older. If I’d been more cognizant of him when I (and he) was younger, than maybe my view would be different.

ERIC NUSBAUM: I am one of those children of the West Coast. I grew up in LA listening to Vin Scully and devoted a great deal of my youthful energy to hating the San Francisco Giants. And yet I find myself a fan of Jon Miller. Continue reading

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SI vs. ESPN

JASON CLINKSCALES: The target on ESPN’s proverbial back has grown with every property the network has acquired over the years. With Comcast hoping to leverage their potential purchase of NBC Universal to ramp up Versus and The Golf Channel and FOX Sports becoming the leading regional sports provider in the country, the new arrangement between Turner Sports and Sports Illustrated is more than another competitor throwing its name in the hat. It’s a symbol of how far Turner Sports has come.

HOWARD MEGDAL: The final point Jason makes is the key one, though I agree with the rest of his take as well: will quality journalism be enough to amass a huge audience to take on ESPN?

That’s a two-part question, really. Can TNT put together an entity that does this kind of journalism, and then, will quality be enough? Continue reading

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Reggie Miller’s Impact

STEPHON JOHNSON: Reggie Miller might have provided some show-stopping performances at Madison Square Garden, but without the New York Knicks, Miller doesn’t have a real legacy at all.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Just a brief bit to add to Stephon’s post. He mentioned in passing that Patrick Ewing was reliant on others to get him the ball. Problem is, others didn’t. Continue reading

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Brittney Griner: NBA-bound?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I believe a woman will play in the NBA in my lifetime. I see no reason to believe all of the varied skills that can lead a person to the NBA are inaccessible to women. Whether it is a sharpshooter with quick release, a freakishly tall center, let alone significant strength, that a woman could possess some of these skills at an NBA level strikes me as a matter of when, not if.

JASON CLINKSCALES: A shot-blocking, rebounding, 6-foot-8 presence with a penchant for dunking? It sounds like an amazing NBA prospect, but more so, it’s might be the dream basketball player to take the women’s game to another level. Brittney Griner certainly fits the bill. And while the YouTube legend she built in high school may have started conversations of her playing with the men in the future, she’s really letting her offensive game grow in her first collegiate season with the Baylor Lady Bears. Continue reading

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Lil Wayne: Go DJ/Not So Hot Boy

LUCAS O’NEILL: There’s a reason everyone loves Lil Wayne.

Well, OK, not everyone. Not me before two years ago, for instance. And
not people who don’t have much use for hip-hop…

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