10 January 2014

What is next for Brent Musburger? UPDATED

Monday's BCS National Championship Game was notable in that it was the final BCS Championship Game as college football heads into a new era with the College Football Playoff that commences next season. But was it also notable for potentially being the final game Brent Musburger called as the lead voice for college football on ESPN? The great Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead reported a few weeks ago that Musburger's contract expires within months. Knowing that, are Musburger's days as the voice of ESPN College Football numbered, or his days at ESPN at large?

09 January 2014

Breaking down Washington's hire of Jay Gruden

The third vacancy of NFL head coaching positions has been filled as Washington has hired Jay Gruden, the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, to become their new head coach to replace the fired Mike Shanahan. Gruden, who has been Cincinnati's playcaller for the last three seasons, becomes the first former Arena Football League and United Football League coach to become a head guy in the NFL. Can Gruden be the first consistent winner for the club since Joe Gibbs retired the first time in 1992? Here's my analysis.

08 January 2014

Reacting to the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame vote

For the first time since George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Robin Yount were inducted in 1999, three players were inducted today to the Baseball Hall of Fame on their first time on the ballot as the 2014 class is Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. It is the largest class since the aforementioned 1999 class and already one of the better Hall classes in history. And we came extraordinarily close to the first four player class since 1955 as a crowded ballot left us with some interesting results. Here are my reactions to this year's vote.

Why the Luol Deng-Andrew Bynum deal is solid for both Chicago & Cleveland

You may have missed it initially with all the hoopla surrounding the BCS Championship Game, but there was a relatively major NBA trade on Monday night between two Central Division rivals. The Cavaliers dealt center Andrew Bynum and some draft picks (Sacramento's 2014 top-12 protected first round pick, Portland's 2015 and 2016 second round picks and the right to swap 2015 first rounders if Cleveland is not in the lottery) to the Bulls for forward Luol Deng. It was an interesting move for both clubs and I ultimately think that both sides will be relative winners. Here's why.

07 January 2014

2014 NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions

One round down, two more to go along the road to East Rutherford and now in the Divisional Playoffs, we get our first looks at the clubs in each conference that earned byes past the Wild Card round. The four games this past weekend featured plenty of intrigue and some quality football, should we expect more this weekend with berths in the Conference Championships on the line? Here are my picks.

2014 Winter Olympics on NBC Announcers & TV Listings

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are only a month away from kicking off in Sochi, Russia and they are going to roar onto the networks of NBC Universal, which will over over 1,500 hours of coverage across NBC (185) , NBCSN (230+ hours), CNBC (36 hours), MSNBC (45 hours), and USA (43 hours). To further break down the coverage, we've got the announcers and TV listings for Sochi 2014 right here. Enjoy.

06 January 2014

This Fox Sports Big East commercial is completely and utterly insane

Fox Sports likes to take advantage of their personalities to make unique commercials. You've got Gus Johnson exploding, the Gus effect, Jay Glazer as the ideal wingman, and my personal favorite, Tim McCarver in Auto-Tune. But this one, featuring the aforementioned Johnson and the great Bill Raftery, this is just bizarre. Let's go to the videotape.