Archive for July, 2012

Want more sports talk in Atlanta?

Another sports talk radio station is headed to the Atlanta market – and will arrive when football is in full swing and baseball prepares for the playoffs.

The AJC’s Rodney Ho reports that local rock station 92.9/Dave FM plans to become an FM sports talk station in late September or early October. Dave FM’s change could create a major battle in Atlanta, which already has two well-established sports talk stations: 680/The Fan (simulcast on 93.7) and 790/The Zone.

Are you more inclined to give the new station a try, or stick with one of the two established stations? Let us know what you think.

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NBC spoils Missy Franklin’s gold medal race

Missy Franklin poses with her first gold medal (NBC).

Missy Franklin poses with her first gold medal (NBC).

Missy Franklin is the star of the London Olympics for the United States, so naturally NBC wanted to delay her 100-meter backstroke race for prime time Monday night.

But the network spoiled the event for millions of viewers just six minutes before the race, airing a promo for Tuesday’s “Today” show that began, “When you’re 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there’s nobody you’d rather share it with. We’re there when Missy Franklin and her parents reunite …”

And for the benefit of those who might have had their TV muted, NBC showed a full-screen photo of Franklin posing with her gold medal.

The Twitterverse wasn’t kind to the Peacock Network:

  • Emma V. Haberl‏: Dear NBC, thanks for promoting the interview with “first time olympic gold medal winner missy Franklin”…MOMENTS BEFORE AIRING THE RACE.
  • Matt Knisely‏: Biggest failure in Olympic TV History? NBC showing the promo of Missy Franklin winning Gold in the …

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‘Today Show’ crew apparently didn’t recognize Holyfield

Evander Holyfield is just like any other random tourist in London — at least, that’s what it seemed like when he was interviewed by a “Today Show” crew.

Outside Buckingham Palace, the former heavyweight boxing champion was asked what he thought about Queen Elizabeth II’s James Bond intro during the opening ceremony, which he thought was “wonderful,” Deadspin.com reported.

But that was it. There was no acknowledgement of his sporting exploits, including winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Holyfield tweeted Monday morning, “The @todayshow did interview me yesterday and ur right they didn’t mention who I was.”

Perhaps Bond would be proud of Holyfield’s ability to go undercover.

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Jeremy Shockey rips Goodell on concussions

Jeremy Shockey says Roger Goodell has lied to NFL players about concussions. (AP photo)

Jeremy Shockey says Roger Goodell has lied to NFL players about concussions. (AP photo)

Free agent tight end Jeremy Shockey lashed out at Roger Goodell on Twitter, saying the NFL commissioner lied to players about the dangers of concussions.

“The no it all Rog goodell lied to every player and told us concussions will not effect us in life that a LIE!” Shockey tweeted late Sunday night.

“It would be great to give the health study on NFL players on a commercial during the games!! just want the fans and congress to know! FACT”

Shockey, 31, went on to talk about his own future.

“Science tells me I’ll be dead time in 54yrs old!! What would u do?”

More of Shockey’s tweets:

  • “NFL stands for NOT for Long!! in the league and Life”
  • “Its not fair how the nfl uses players then expects them to beat the odds in medical .#’s”
  • “money is great fame is awesome but life is the most important”
  • It’s not clear if Shockey is referring to specific statements by Goodell, who took office in 2006, or the …

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Atlanta snubbed in Olympics telecast?

Observant viewers of Friday evening’s Opening Ceremony telecast noticed something missing in a tribute to past games: Atlanta.

The apparent snub occurred during a film which kicked off the quirky, four-hour extravaganza, produced by British director Danny Boyle of “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting” fame. So far there’s been no official explanation as to why a montage featuring the logos of previous Olympics didn’t include Atlanta.

ESPN notes that a famous Atlantan also was slighted during the telecast: “An entire tribute to the history of British pop music, right down to an East London rapper, and no mention of Elton John? Maybe he’s been disowned because he lives in Atlanta now?”

And who could forget the snub by then-International Olympic Committee czar Juan Antonio Samaranch, who declared Atlanta’s 1996 effort “most exceptional” during that year’s Closing Ceremony? At previous games Samaranch, a former top official under Spain’s fascist …

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Spurrier fires another shot at Ole Miss

Steve Spurrier has found a new foil in Ole Miss. (AP photo)

Steve Spurrier has found a new foil in Ole Miss. (AP photo)

Steve Spurrier has put South Carolina football on the map, and the Old Ball Coach is beginning to resemble the insufferable cad of his Florida Gator days.

And he seems to have found a new foil — Ole Miss, oddly enough — to add to his favorite targets, Georgia and Tennessee.

His latest feud began a couple of weeks ago as he was complaining about Georgia seemingly having an easier schedule than the Gamecocks in the SEC East.

“You think I make the schedule? If I made the schedule Georgia would be playing LSU and we’d be playing Ole Miss,” he said.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze picked up on the slight and responded.

“We do play them in 2013,” Freeze said. “I will circle that one and hopefully change his perspective of Ole Miss football.”

Spurrier, of course, has never let anybody have the last word, so he used a visit to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., this week to comment on Freeze’s recruitment of Penn State …

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Cubs’ Dempster discusses tirade, Braves

Ryan Dempster can veto any trade because he's a player with 10 years of major league experience and five with his current team.

Ryan Dempster can veto any trade because he’s a player with 10 years of major league experience and five with his current team.

Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, the subject of trade talks between Chicago and the Braves earlier this week, had some interesting comments Wednesday night after what might be his last start in a Cubs uniform.

Dempster allowed three runs in six innings of a 3-2 loss to the Pirates and threw a tantrum after being pulled by manager Dale Sveum before the seventh inning. Dempster slammed a cooler lid, tossed aside a cooler and threw a full plastic bottle.

After the game, he talked about his actions, Atlanta GM Frank Wren, and the possibility of being dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.

When asked if he had ruled out accepting a deal to the Braves, Dempster responded, ‘I never said that.”

Dempster has blocked a trade to the Braves so far, hoping he’d instead be traded to the Dodgers. Wren said Wednesday morning that “it’s highly unlikely” the …

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Dooley jokes about Bray incident

UPDATE: Head coach Derek Dooley has responded to the vandalism incident involving quarterback Tyler Bray, saying he was disappointed in his quarterback, and then joking about it.

Dooley’s reaction, reported in the Tennessean:

“He’s made some progress in a lot of areas, but that’s just silly behavior. Any time we get a little negative publicity for our program, we take it seriously.”

“Obviously, his accuracy isn’t where it needs to be. He missed the trash can.”

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Tyler Bray was accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls from his apartment balcony. (UT Athletic Dept. photo)

Tyler Bray was accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls from his apartment balcony. (UT Athletic Dept. photo)

University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has been accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls at cars from his apartment balcony.

Bray, 20, has offered to pay for the damages he inflicted to one of the cars, so he will not be charged in that incident, police told the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

“The victim called us and said she no longer wishes to prosecute,” …

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Panthers’ center promises Super Bowl win

Ryan Kalil says 2012 is the Panthers' year to win the Lombardi Trophy.

Ryan Kalil says 2012 is the Panthers’ year to win the Lombardi Trophy.

Sorry, Falcons fans. No Super Bowl for you. This year, at least.

Carolina Panthers’ center Ryan Kalil has promised his fans — in a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer — that it’s the Panthers’ turn to win the Super Bowl. Why? “Because we have to,” Kalil says, then continues:

For eighteen years we’ve wanted, hoped and tried …

But no more.

A moment is upon us, where dreams become beliefs and yearning becomes conviction.

How do I know?

Because I’ve seen it.

Looks closely and you’ll see it, too. You’ll see July 1st, 1993, when 40,000 of you bought club seats, licenses and luxury boxes, financing the construction of our stadium in a single day.

You’ll see October of that same year, when the NFL owners unanimously selected Carolina as the league’s 29th franchise.

You’ll see two decades of seasons bad and good. But never of greatness.

Now, look closer.

At the daunting, unpaved path ahead, lined with detours, …

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London mascots make Izzy look good

Whatever else the London Olympics accomplish, Atlantans should be grateful for one thing: moving our 1996 mascot Izzy down on the list of most bizarre Olympic mascots.

The Atlanta mascot Izzy was considered strange at the time.

The Atlanta mascot Izzy was considered strange at the time.

Some have described Wenlock and Mandeville as Orwellian.

Some have described Wenlock and Mandeville as Orwellian.

Atlanta’s mascot began life as “Whatizit” but when that name, unbelievably, didn’t catch on, it was shortened to the punchier, pithier “Izzy.” He (she? it?) was widely derided for its cross-eyed face and blobby shape. AJC columnist Colin Campbell described Izzy as “a toothy blue maggot with a case of gas.” And that was one of the kinder descriptions.

But now come the London mascots — there are two of them — Wenlock and Mandeville, whose strange appearance makes Izzy look rather conventional.

Londoners and visitors are apparently not enamored of the pair, the AP reports.

Since they were selected as the official mascots back in 2009, detractors have had a field day with the pair, questioning how …

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