Batman On Steroids: How The NFL On Fox Theme Song Was Born

It was March 1994, and Fox Sports president David Hill was on the phone with a new employee. Hill himself was something of a new employee. The network was only a few months old at that point, being built on the fly after Rupert Murdoch had unexpectedly outbid CBS for NFC broadcast rights. Hill was known, if he was… » 1/31/14 2:16pm 1/31/14 2:16pm

Every "Suck" Uttered On ESPN Over The Past Month

Right before the weekend, ESPN told its anchors to refrain from saying "sucks" so much on the air. The word is "simply not appropriate for ESPN," wrote ESPN bosses in a memo, adding that they didn't want to turn off "sports fans of all ages." Above, you'll find a video of ESPN's on-air folks—including Scott Van Pelt, Keith… » 12/09/13 12:02pm 12/09/13 12:02pm

ESPN Asks Its TV People To Stop Saying "Sucks" So Much

ESPN is a roll with these memos. Just yesterday the Worldwide Leader told its talent to be extra extra careful when talking about rape allegations ("Today's developments in the Jameis Winston investigation are likely to be emotionally charged. Please consider that ..."). Today, network brass has a new request. Please,… » 12/06/13 7:00pm 12/06/13 7:00pm

ESPN Reminds Talent: Don't Say Anything Stupid About Jameis Winston

Like anyone else, ESPN talking heads can occasionally lapse into dumb talk on controversial topics. Nobody knows that better than ESPN brass, who must see the world as a vast lawn filled with an infinite number of rakes for Chris Broussard to step on. A couple hours ago, the news desk and talent office sent a "let's be… » 12/05/13 4:09pm 12/05/13 4:09pm

ESPN Fired The Guy Who Made That Genius Olbermann/Tupac Video

Remember the Keith Olbermann-as-Tupac video? It was a bit of a thing a couple of weeks ago. We posted it; so did the The Big Lead and Complex and Awful Announcing. Apparently the guy behind it—Will Schleichert—worked for ESPN. He was a PA. Emphasis on the was. He was fired last week. » 12/04/13 3:04pm 12/04/13 3:04pm

At my apartment. I had Thanksgiving dinner at a fancy restaurant with fancy and richer friends and raced home for this catastrophe. My cousin came over. The Jets were gonna win this game and make their march toward the playoffs. It was actually a decent game like five minutes earlier. My cousin—a diehard Jets… » 11/22/13 2:57pm 11/22/13 2:57pm

Olbermann Goes After Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton; Defends ESPN

Yesterday, WFAN's morning boys, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, went after Keith Olbermann and Chris Berman in an admittedly confusing way while discussing Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Apparently Olbermann and Berman are bullies and they're a bunch of hypocrites for talking about this. It was weird, and… » 11/06/13 2:32pm 11/06/13 2:32pm

Opera Star: I'm Obsessed With Manti Te'o

Nico Muhly, the young composer behind the very buzzy opera Two Boys, has a bit of an obsession with Manti Te'o. Two Boys, currently running at the Metropolitan Opera, has a Te'oish plot: It's about a teenage boy who assumed numerous online personalities in order to convince an older teenage boy to—this is, amazingly,… » 10/31/13 4:07pm 10/31/13 4:07pm

How Would Mike Francesa Have Discussed The Civil War?

After his successful Revolutionary War commentary, time-traveling Mike Francesa is back, this time in the run-up to the Battle of Antietam. The best moment comes around the 2:32 mark, when a caller—Dred, from Scottsville (groan)—asks for Mike's take on Harriet Tubman. Mike responds as if she's Al Alburquerque. » 10/29/13 3:54pm 10/29/13 3:54pm

Brian Billick Called The Game For The Cowboys With 1:24 Left

The Lions may have had more than 500 total yards, but Matthew Stafford couldn't connect to Kris Durham on fourth down very late in the fourth quarter. "That's the story of the game," Brian Billick said. Ballgame. The Lions "are gonna come away with the 27-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys," he said. Except they very much… » 10/27/13 5:17pm 10/27/13 5:17pm