Media Power Rankings for May
There is some familial precedent here:
ESPN officials told Jeff Van Gundy that they wanted him to do this assignment. Jeff
With a self-deprecating manner and a high basketball IQ, Van Gundy has emerged as one of the top basketball analysts. Play-by-play man
Among the most prominent sports media Twitterites at the moment is ESPN's
"The Most Interesting Man in the world is an enigma wrapped in mystery, and he is this amazing man who lives life in a very interesting way,"
No question, the ads are amusing, and Dos Equis is looking into advertising during MLB games and NFL preseason football. But shouldn't Goldsmith get some love for his deeds? This space has an open invite for Goldsmith should Dos Equis free him from his character. Until then, the message is clear: Stay anonymous, my friend.
"I am looking at this as a life-changing opportunity, and I could not be more excited," he said. "For the past six years, my work patterns were pretty staid, and this will be entering a brave new world for me, which will shake me out of my comfort zone if nothing else. I think that's a good thing."
La Canfora said the network told him he would be free to report as he saw things. He was first approached by NFL Network executive producer
"The coolest thing about the entire process is that when Eric first called me, the entire conversation was focused on journalism," he said. "He could not have been any more clear or direct about the mandate to be fearless and courageous in my reporting, and to approach this job as I would any other."
"I thought Bayless was really off base when he said the word 'dangerous' in his characterization of Philadelphia fan behavior," Missanelli told SI.com. "I asked him repeatedly to come up with incidents that would substantiate his point."
You can judge the winner yourself. Missanelli conceded he might have been harsh with his use of the phrase "nitwits like you," referring to the national media, but he was happy with the result (and no doubt with
"My intent was to battle for the Philadelphia fan base, knowing that a Philadelphia audience was listening," Missanelli said. "And I felt I gave him every opportunity to nail me back to the wall. He didn't. Instead, he diverted the issue by questioning my credentials. I said 'Google me' as a way of suggesting that it wasn't really important who I was, but what was important was the topic."
"While Charles often makes jokes about his producer during our telecasts, he used poor judgment on Saturday during our NBA coverage," a TNT spokesman told SI.com. "His comment was inappropriate and TNT apologizes to our viewers. We have spoken with Charles privately about it and will not have any further comment."
The last sportswriter to win the award was
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