LVMSTeam

It’s that time again. The Sprint Cup Series invades Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick have already experienced the thrill of Victory Lane in 2014. Hendrick teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have been the most successful drivers in Las Vegas. Salary Cap restrictions forced me to eschew the [...]

KobePiano

Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers wish that Kobe Bryant was making sweet music on the court and propelling the squad toward a playoff berth. Alas, he’s still rocking the suit and tie while the nameless, faceless Lakers flounder through the 2013-14 campaign. That hasn’t stopped Bryant from continuing his marketing and sales efforts on [...]

VelvetMania

Sometimes you come across the headline for a story that you just can’t ignore. Deadspin’s “Some Genius Painted 35 Black Velvet Portraits Of Pro Wrestlers” reeled me in without hesitation. As a child of the 80s, I openly celebrated the advent of the WWE Network this past month. So, this concept is a winner. Of [...]

The 2014 Academy Awards on Sunday night gave us a number of memorable moments – the pizza guy, the “selfie,” a new type of advertising via Samsung and, uh, Adele Dazeem. That is to say, John Travolta offered a tremendous introduction to Idina Menzel’s performance of “Let It Go.” Unfortunately, he failed to stick the [...]

HarmonPhoenixRoster

NASCAR officials, marketers and those with licenses to sell Sprint Cup merchandise celebrated Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s return to Victory Lane in the rain-delayed Daytona 500. By winning the race, Junior has already put a huge stamp on the 2014 season and has ardent supporters talking “Chase” and “Championship.” But, there are still plenty of events [...]

Springsteen

I saw this earlier on Saturday morning and felt compelled to share. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band performed in Auckland, New Zealand this week. Springsteen opened the show with an acoustic set before breaking into his traditional extended set. Part of that acoustic set became a viral sensation — a rendition of “Royals” [...]

kotwc

It’s an indelible image of the Fall Classic. Mike Piazza’s bat was shattered as he swung at a Roger Clemens pitch. Part of the bat barrel went toward the mound, and Clemens famously threw the sharp piece in Piazza’s direction. Well, that’s not the end of the story. What happened to the bat? Jeff Mangold, [...]

WaffleTaco

The image above displays one of the new items being introduced by Taco Bell as the Yum Brands seeks to compete with McDonald’s in the breakfast space. As put forth in this Yahoo! Finance article , Taco Bell will produce four new items. Check out the list below. – A.M. Crunchwrap — scrambled eggs, a [...]

RFPhoto

Ric Flair celebrates his 65th birthday on Tuesday, as I’ve been reminded by many of my wrestling-loving media brethren all morning. The legendary grappler remains a fixture in the business, particularly as the WWE trumpets the arrival of its 24-hour network. I’ll log a separate post on the network itself later in the week. Well, [...]

Lehigh Bacon

This story came from USA Today earlier today. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, are going to wear a “Bacon-Themed” uniform in games this year. Check out the “For The Win” column. I feel like I need one of these caps for the collection. One question: Is it “Scratch-and-Sniff?”

RodmanVulture

Early in our run on “The Jason Smith Show” on FOX Sports Radio, we were given the story of Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea. He was accompanied by a number of ex-NBA players to produce a basketball game in Pyongyang. Along the way, we watched Rodman lead a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to [...]

Daytona500

The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season kicks off with the proverbial “Super Bowl” of the circuit at Daytona. Those stuck in cold climates will enjoy the sights and sounds from Florida, as FOX Sports starts the season right. Of course, the advent of a new season gives us myriad storylines to track. Tony Stewart, [...]

Jillert Anema coached the Netherlands to 21 Speedskating medals during the Sochi Olympic Games, a remarkable display of dominance. Much had been made domestically about the struggles of the United States in those events, results magnified by the arrival of a new “Super Suit.” Anema quickly dismissed excuse-making, and instead took aim at American football [...]

“The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” is white-hot out of the gate. The latest viral sensation to come out of Fallon’s production team features NBC News anchors Brian Williams and Lester Holt. The editing effort is positively brilliant.

DulliAlgiers

My musical preferences have been well established here inside the Swollen Dome. Well, The Afghan Whigs have announced a tour for 2014 in support of their first album in 16 years – “Do To The Beast.” The tour includes a visit to Coachella in Indio, but you’ll have to wait for that live experience and [...]

Winter has been unkind for many people across the nation. So, it’s no surprise that the arrival of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue warmed the hearts and minds. In addition to the print issue, Sports Illustrated posted a number of videos about the photo shoots online. Kate Upton’s Zero Gravity shoot has been all the rage. [...]

Jeter

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RadioRowSTQ

Last month, radio stations descended on the Sheraton Times Square for the annual congregation that accompanies the Super Bowl. During the week leading up to the game, current and former players, Hollywood stars and media personalities do interviews with these stations, often to promote a product or charitable cause. They generally roll through their careers, [...]

JamaicanBobsled

One of the stories we followed into the 2014 Olympics in Sochi was that of the Jamaican Bobsled Team. Sure, there have been more than a few references to “Cool Runnings” and we’ve all wondered aloud about equipment availability and performance. There was a crowdsourcing effort to raise funds to get the team to Sochi. [...]

Greetings, Everyone – It’s been a wild and hectic week here in New York City as we prepare for the power and glory of Super Bowl XLVIII. I’ve been caught up in the spectacle, the pageantry, the mania of Super Bowl week in New York City (I know New Jersey’s the site for the game, [...]

Romanowski

NFL history is filled with big plays, heroes, villains and unforgettable figures. Bill Romanowski was one of the most outspoken and dominant defensive forces in the game during his career. Romanowski played 16 years in the NFL, spending time with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. He appeared in four [...]

We’re rapidly approaching the deadline for highly-coveted Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. According to YES Network, Tanaka has sorted through the proposals and whittled the number of candidates to two. The Yankees are reportedly one of the remaining teams in the mix after removing Alex Rodriguez’s cash from the books. The other team on the short [...]

Football fans celebrated a huge NFC Championship Sunday with a dominant performance by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and a hard-fought, knock-down Seattle win. Your quick synopsis: New England appeared flat out of the gate, and we watched Manning and the Denver offense chew up clock and decimate the Patriots defense. The Seahawks intercepted Colin [...]

RainnSeahawks

Before he departed for Sundance, Rainn Wilson stopped by “The Jason Smith Show” on FOX Sports Radio to talk about his lifelong love of the Seahawks, the role of Fantasy Football on “The Office” (and Harmon’s sit-start advice failings) as well as his new television and film projects. Come on. Tell me you don’t want [...]

One of the most passionate voices in sports talk, Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR in Seattle, joined “The Jason Smith Show” on FOX Sports Radio to talk up the rivalry, Joe Montana’s critique of Colin Kaepernick, extreme concession stand treats, the “Twelve-Cent Starbucks” promotion, the buzz around the greater Seattle area and, of course, the [...]