In the afterglow of
The public's mass interest in the steroid-era ballplayers naturally brings up a question: Is it time for the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) to make its members' Hall of Fame votes public? The vote here is yes.
But a number of BBWAA members -- there were 539 ballots cast this year -- support making the votes public. (SI's
"I can't think of one female sideline reporter who isn't hot, yet I can think of many male reporters for ESPN who aren't particularly good-looking at all. There's always been this dynamic in pro sports where the men are center stage and they're surrounded by these adornments, these goddess cheerleaders -- they're almost like decorations. You look at ESPN and it's very common to have a pretty woman as the sideline reporter, which is where all the other pretty girls are."
"Nice job, honey."
-- Longtime White Sox announcer
"Based on the sensitive nature of the story and other factors we mentioned, we initially exercised caution and did not report it. Since then, we've been observing how the story has progressed, monitoring other news outlets, and doing our own reporting. We decided to report the story tonight."
"Who was the wag who asked
"Just caught the T.O. segment we aired here on SC - excuse me while I puke. I'd rather clean my toilets than watch that 'reality' show!'"
-- ESPN SportsCenter anchor
The only people at the
Asked for some context on the decision, ESPN senior vice president of corporate communications
Let's hope ESPN reverses this decision in the near future. LaPlaca told SI.com Sunday that ESPN will review the policy this week.
I asked Shanoff how his site could cover Tebow better than a print or online reporter who interacts with the quarterback on a daily basis. "The site's critical quality -- I won't call it an advantage -- is its focus: There are plenty of folks out there covering college football from the national level, covering the SEC as a conference, covering Florida as a beat. But I am the only one focused entirely on Tebow, and that hyper-topical approach is important: It allows me to be nimble enough to get interesting
Shanoff says his site has an end date: April 23, 2010. That's the day after the first round of the NFL draft.
With the explosion of interest in SEC football and the prospect of solidifying himself as the most celebrated player in college football history, Tebow is quickly becoming the most covered athlete south of the Mason-Dixon line. When Tebow talks, people listen, and this week people took notice of those positing the questions. Following SEC Media Day, during which AOL Fanhouse writer
Tebow is a devout (and public) Christian; "an ambassador-warrior for his faith" was how
When asked by SI.com for comment on why he chose SEC Media Day to pose the question, Travis offered this response: "I didn't think Florida would let me past the gate-keepers to ask that question of him in a private setting," Travis said. "So I picked the least public room that I had access to of a very public setting. I also didn't want to try to run up to him and tug his sleeve while he was surrounded by a phalanx of security and Florida officials either. I didn't think Tebow would have a problem answering it because, as I wrote, he lives his faith publicly and he'd see it as an opportunity to further spread the gospel."
Travis said he did not want to ask the question in a post-game setting (his explanation is