Enjoy the next round of World Cup competition. Save the endless spinning of the NBA Free Agency wheel. And hope that the offseason (pre-training camp) NFL chatter circles back to talk of camp battles instead of bathroom photos (Johnny Manziel) and legal woes (Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon). I’m going to slide off the grid momentarily [...]

ElvisSuit

Man, if only I’d hit the proverbial “stock option lottery” some year back, I’d be using every auction tactic in the book to procure this item. I saw that an “Elvis Presley Jumpsuit” was going up for sale on Time.com. I didn’t realize that it was going to be the famous “peacock” piece. Just look [...]

SBTBNewCast

I’m a terrible sleeper. My mind races about the columns to write, stats to pore through and videos to shoot ahead of the 2014 NFL season. Once I’ve risen from bed, it’s impossible to lay back down. As a result, I spend an inordinate amount of time traversing the Internet in search of possible stories [...]

dynamitestatue

What can I say? There are some movies that just hit you the right way. You have the phenomenon known as “being Shawshanked.” That is to say, “Shawshank Redemption” has become one of those movies that forces you to put an end to the channel-surfing and sit on the remote control. Over time, “Napoleon Dynamite” [...]

harry

I know that this story has now been shared and posted all over the blogosphere. Given my Chicago roots, it’s a story that resonates with me and turns back time to “afternoons with Harry” on WGN-TV. I grew up on the South Side, a White Sox fan, but day baseball and stories from Harry Caray [...]

ClubberLang

As we prepare for each edition of “The Jason Smith Show” on FOX Sports Radio, we leave no stone in the sports and pop culture worlds unturned. I saw a notice about an upcoming auction from Grey Flannel that includes one of the finest movie wardrobe entries that I’ve even seen. The robe and trunks [...]

slash

I had the good fortune of attending Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at Staples Center on Saturday. With the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings tied at one game each, the crowd was buzzing a full hour ahead of the puck drop. NHL Dignitaries lined the media area, and the [...]

FallonDrums

For years, we’ve heard the comments about the striking resemblance of drummer Chad Smith and comedian/actor Will Ferrell. I still contend that Farrell has a bit of Mark Lanegan running up there. Anyway, Smith & Farrell agreed to a “Traditional Drum-Off” on Thursday’s edition of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” Ultimately, the Farrell earned [...]

saban

Earlier this week, Alabama running back Derrick Henry posted a picture on Instagram that showed off his new car. As you’d expect, the post led to rumor, conjecture and speculation in the blogosphere. Former college football star at West Virginia Pat White fueled the story with a post on Facebook. White wrote: “Stop pretending like [...]

NikeCleats

Over the past couple days, I’ve seen a few stories about custom cleats and shoes as I traversed the Internet. Michael Jordan’s son gave the world a glimpse of some new golf cleats inspired by the original, iconic Nike “Air Jordan” shoes. You can see a picture of those here. Over at TerezOwens.com, I found [...]

Arenas

Former Arizona Wildcats and NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas has been in the news a bunch of late. Earlier this week, there was a story of Arenas forgiving Donald Sterling. Now, an Instagram video of Arenas counting off jumpshots has surfaced. What’s the big deal? He’s an ex-NBA player chucking up threes and playing pickup games [...]

durant

The announcement of Kevin Durant as the 2013-14 NBA MVP was no surprise. On Tuesday, Durant was formally introduced as the winner of this year’s award, and his speech was a fantastic and emotional ride. Check out how he describes his teammates … and the message for his mom.

Giancarlo

Those who know me are well-acquainted with my “Breaking Bad” fanboy status. OK, I have a number of television shows and films where character and plot information occupies far too much of my brain. Well, Giancarlo Esposito, who appeared as Gustavo Fring on “Breaking Bad” and Buggin’ Out in “Do The Right Thing,” (among countless [...]

hecklers

There’s a bracket challenge for just about everything this time of year. You can roll with snack foods, adult beverages, soft drinks and myriad options. Well, Disney got into the mix as well, creating a bracket challenge featuring the attractions from both Disneyland and Disney World. I’m a fan of many of these attractions, but [...]

We talk frequently about the marketing and sales opportunities available to athletes when pondering possible moves in free agency and desired landing spots. Where are the big dollars to be made? Well, you know about the reach of fast food restaurants. Just take a drive down the street and carry a counter like the doorman [...]

phoenix

I saw this bit earlier this morning and it made me chuckle. I love the idea of the personalized operating system from the movie “Her.” Here’s the premise of the movie from IMDB.com: “A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.” And, of [...]

ElwayQuot

I saw this on my timeline earlier today from ESPN Denver. I don’t think I need to add anything to John Elway’s words.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bootsy

I always say that the world could use a little more Bootsy Collins. As I ponder suit choices for Super Bowl coverage in New York, I can’t help but thing that one of these numbers would bring down the house. Listen to Bootsy’s tribute to Peyton Manning.

As I made my rounds to procure the vital pieces for the holiday dinner (read – liquor and desserts), I heard an interesting piece on NPR that just seemed so appropriate. We’d noticed a change in the shelf considerations at the local grocery stores this fall. The craft beer selections have been creeping into the [...]

The week started strong with a 2-1 record against the spread on Thanksgiving Day. The late touchdown from Roethlisberger to Cotchery (failed 2-point conversion) gave us a curious win. We can keep the discussion of the Mike Tomlin play rolling, as I’m sure the NFL will chime in soon. Game Straight Up Against The Spread [...]

kotwc

Anybody familiar with my work at Yahoo! Sports, FOXSports.com and FOX Sports Radio knows of my affinity for “The Shawshank Redemption,” an obsession that began at its release. It’s on that top-5 leaderboard of movies that you must watch to its conclusion if you spot it on cable television. It’s true. Frank Darabont, Morgan Freeman [...]

JimmieJohnson

With the season finale on tap for Sunday, Donovan McNabb and the FOX Sports Live panel discussed NASCAR and drivers’, particularly Jimmie Johnson, standing in the sports world as “athletes.” McNabb declared point blank that Johnson was not an athlete, prompting rage in the Twitterverse & social media. Of course, it raised the age-old topic [...]