So, The Big Lead is reporting that Fox Sports will announce this week that they will replace Tim McCarver with not one, but two analysts, to join the Joe Buck smarm-fest in their number one baseball booth starting this season.
One choice is fairly inspired. The other, is Harold Reynolds.
There have been a lot of pixels spilled about what’s going on in Sochi, Russia in the final hours before the Olympics officially start.
Most of it is about how jacked up the hotel rooms and toilets are for the journalists who are arriving to cover the games. It’s funny, at least to those of us who aren’t there.
The fact that Russia won the “bid” to get these Olympics in the first place is a testament to how corrupt the Olympics are. Sochi is just about the worst place in that backassward country to have Winter Olympics. It’s a seaside resort town that doesn’t get all that much snow. It was woefully unprepared six years ago, and is now just a little big less woefully unprepared now. That fact that the Olympics are there is almost undeniably because Russia bribed IOC officials to get the games. They beat out Salzburg, Austria to get the games. Salzburg. One of the most culturally significant cities in our world, in Austria, one of the most idyllic places to have any kind of outdoor winter competitions.
The story that is more important than whether you can flush toilet paper in a brand new hotel in Sochi, is the one about the dogs and cats.
One of the perks of being a big time journalist like myself is that you get exclusive access to things that mere mortals don’t. I’m used to it, so I was unimpressed when the Cubs asked me to be one of the first to review their new movie “100 Years of Wrigley Field.” They even gave me the option to sub-title the movie, but passed on my suggestion of “Six winning seasons.”
I will say that I was surprised at how much I liked the movie. It really was a great blend of heart-tugging moments, riotous humor and crushing disappointments. It wasn’t just a rehash of existing clips thrown together to make a buck. This isn’t just a movie, it’s a FILM. Honestly, I doubt they give Oscars for straight to video sports movies, but if they did, this would win all of them. It’s already the most prized film in my vast collection.
When Jay Cutler left his groin in a pile in DC several weeks ago, we all thought the season was over. Once again, an injury to the one competent Bears QB on the roster would fell the entire house of cards and we’d have months of terrible football to slog through. But lo, there was another.
The Bears rummaged through the scrap heap and pulled out Josh McCown, and he was pretty good. He nearly won a ludicrous shootout in that game, and then after the bye he got a start in Lambeau Field. Shea McClellin made himself useful for once and broke Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone and McCown played well enough for the Bears to win the game.
After Cutler rushed back (too soon) and got hurt again in a loss to Detroit, McCown played well in a tornadic victory against the Ravens and in a head-scratching loss to the Rams. He did not (despite good stats) play well in a road loss to the Vikings, but then last night he went crazy on the Dallas Cowboys (helped in no small part by two dropped interceptions and another that was called back because of a penalty.)
Alert the affiliates because the winning WGN Radio Cubs color analyst audition “tape” has been submitted. Sure, the Cubs leaked that it was down to the underwhelming duo of Todd Hollandsworth and Ron Coomer for the job, but the fact that they got my Twitter account suspended to keep me silent about just how well my audition went…well, it’s pretty obvious that I’m getting the job.
I expect the announcement any day now, probably at the Winter Meetings where the assembled horde of national baseball media can spend days telling the Cubs what an inspired and brilliant decision they made.
There are a lot of fitness video programs out there. Some work, some don’t, but the ones that sell, sell because they get results and because they have a great pitchman.
Take P90X for instance. After taking the summer off to drink beer, I’m back on round three, and while I have done the workouts over and over by now, I find it amazing that I am not annoyed by Tony Horton or his admittedly lame jokes. I mean this is a guy who says stuff like, “There is no part one or part two. This is part two.” He’s also the guy who at the beginning of the Plyometrics workout introduces Erik Stolhanske (who you may know as Rabbit from Super Troopers) as having only one leg, and Eric points out his prosthesis. Just seconds later, during a stretch Tony says, “Now let’s do the other leg, because we have two of them.” Well, not everybody, Tony.
Anyway, where is this going? Well, if you have a TV, you’ve seen the infomericals for Insanity. Where a bunch of hot chicks and ripped guys jump around showing off their abs. Well, Insanity has finally found the perfect pitchman. Check out who it is.