Why ESPN3 Coming to the Xbox 360 Isn’t a Death Knell For Cable

I watch more sports than nearly everyone I know. Continue reading

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Lionel Messi, El Experto

I saw this a few times in Peru, and it apparently never went viral in the States, which is a shame. That turn to the camera slays me every single time.

If someone much better at it than me could make a GIF of 0:50 to 0:57, that person can get my undying affection.

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These Are My 2010 College Football Confessions

So there is an EDSBS Confessional post up, and it is chockablock with schadenfreude, chagrin, and gleeful wishes for bon vivant BMOCs in the mold of Rex Grossman, as it should be. You can easily lose an hour over there.

It’s a brilliant concept—what better way to celebrate the slightly terrifying pride and passion most college football fans have than by asking them to flip it and examine their shame?—and I was happy to be a part of it in 2008. (Look, an outdated nom de blog!) I started writing out a comment there, got about 300 words deep, and realized it made more sense to write something here, at this blog that I have and sometimes write on, than to bury all of those thoughts in the EDSBS comments. (Sorry, Jim Bankoff/Chris Mottram!)

And that’s why, after the jump, you get to read my College Football Confessions for 2010. Continue reading

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This BBC World Cup Ad Does the Rainbow Nation Proud

I don’t know if you know this, but this blog is basically all about World Cup ads now. This one’s awesome; South Africa really does pride itself on that “Rainbow Nation” ideal, and this pounds that home with some stirring, goosebumpy color-blocking. Less than a month now.

Thanks to SB Nation.

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Riled Up About Selling Books

I own two of the books pictured. No-Prize to you if you can guess which.

I don’t know whether to be more depressed that Rick Reilly has at least ten copies of his own book on his library bookshelves or impressed that he has eBay Business for Dummies, presumably to help him get rid of those books.

Also, Rick, putting your “curvaceous blonde” wife in an ESPN video as the woman at the party you cannot get just serves to enhance your late-life rep as a charm-impaired guy getting by on name recognition.

(Oh, and the new book turned to face the camera? Lame.)

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Colin Cowherd and Basketball, In Sum

And then there’s this unembeddable video of Colin Cowherd getting his opinions literally rejected by Bruce Bowen.

Basically, Colin Cowherd’s opinions on basketball are suspect.

(Videos via Barking Carnival and The Big Lead.)

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ESPN’s Presentation, Revamped

Yes, that's Tebow on the right.

Pastapadre notes today that a video EA Sports released to reveal Tim Tebow as the cover athlete for NCAA Football 11 also revealed that the game looks like it has ESPN presentation much like the ESPN and CBS presentation in NCAA Basketball 10. That is quite cool: Though I didn’t really love the gameplay in the last version of the college hoops game, the presentation was immersive and compelling, and did a great job of translating what you see on TV to a game you can play, and I assume the better-manned gridiron franchise will take that even further. (Update: Bingo.)

However, this is interesting to me not just as a sports gamer, but as an ESPN watcher, because I forgot that The Worldwide Leader’s changing its on-screen presentation for college football, and maybe more than that. Continue reading

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