27 July 2014

Why Carl Edwards is leaving Roush Fenway Racing

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Roush Fenway Racing announced their 2015 Sprint Cup driver lineup this morning and to the surprise of few, Carl Edwards will not be a part of RFR next year and going forward. Edwards is in a contract year and has been rumored for months to be seriously considering leaving Roush, for whom he has raced for since 2003, and especially so after it was announced that Trevor Bayne would be running in Cup full-time next year. Bayne will join holdovers Greg Biffle, who re-signed with RFR, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. to comprise the Roush lineup.

So why is Edwards leaving? The answer is pretty simple.

2014 NBA Coaching Carousel: Grading the Hires

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The NBA coaching carousel was circling once again this offseason as seven clubs found themselves a new head coach, including some high-profile hires. Which teams nailed their coaching searches and which ones did not? Here is my take.

26 July 2014

Are Sprint Cup and/or Nationwide races on the horizon for Eldora?

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned once again to the legendary dirt track Eldora Speedway this Wednesday for the Mudsummer Classic and once again, it was a big success. The racing was excellent, there was a strong crowd and the ratings were very good as Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. was able to hold off Kyle Larson in a wild finish for the victory.

So what is next for Eldora? Track owner Tony Stewart is interested in bringing Cup and Nationwide action to the track. Could that happen in the future?

Fanatic Radio - 7/26/14

In an fully-loaded edition of Fanatic Radio, Mike and I discuss Rory McIlroy's impressive performance in winning the 2014 Open Championship, the landscape of college athletics in the wake of media days for numerous conferences, the ridiculous Ray Rice suspension, the 2014 NASCAR series as it heads to the Brickyard, and this week's Top 5: best and worst sports stadiums. Listen below or at Blog Talk Radio right here.

25 July 2014

Michelle Beadle absolutely CRUSHED Stephen A. Smith regarding Ray Rice

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It has been over a day since the news was reported that the NFL handed down the disgraceful punishment towards Ray Rice and we have naturally seen some awful responses from it. Deadspin put together a great list of ESPN broadcasters that are carrying the league's water. But there was one reaction that is the worst and it came from First Take's Stephen A. Smith. However, his nonsense was absolutely destroyed by his colleague, Michelle Beadle. Let's take a look.

24 July 2014

Yes, the Ray Rice suspension is a joke and a disgrace

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In 2010, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that his main role is to do what he refers to as "protecting the shield," adding that his job is "to protect the integrity of the NFL." Quite frankly, Mr. Goodell failed in that regard today with the two-game suspension of Ravens running back Ray Rice in the wake of an incident at an Atlantic City casino where he was caught dragging his unconscious then-fiance, and now wife, Jenay Palmer out of an elevator back in February

Bryant Gumbel is dead-on about the Tony La Russa-Mark McGwire Hall of Fame hypocrisy

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Bryant Gumbel is always certain to bring an unvarnished and at-times controversial commentary to Real Sports and he did it once again last night. This topic? Tony La Russa, Mark McGwire and a double-standard regarding enshrinement in Cooperstown. Let's go to the videotape.

Watch Frank Caliendo read LeBron James's letter as Morgan Freeman

Frank Caliendo is making the ESPN rounds as he has got a special airing tomorrow night on the supposed "Worldwide Leader." After a tremendous appearance with Keith Olbermann last night, Caliendo popped on with Mike and Mike to, among other things, read LeBron James's return to Cleveland letter in the voice of the immortal Morgan Freeman. Let's go to the videotape.

22 July 2014

2014 Fox College Football Announcers

The 2014-15 college football season is coming in hot and with that in mind, we now have the commentator crews for Fox's college football coverage for this fall. And there have been some wholesale changes made to both the broadcast crews and the studio show as well. Let's take a look.

2014-15 NHL on NBC Schedule

The NHL on NBC will be in its ninth year this season and it is shaping up to have the biggest schedule yet. 14 games will be on OTA television this year by way of the National Broadcasting Company with the return of a Black Friday showdown and even a regular season showdown in primetime with Flyers-Rangers on February 28th.

Here's is the full TV schedule with announcers to be filled in for every game for the NHL on NBC.