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 [...]

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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” [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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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. [...]

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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, [...]

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The long, arduous road to Super Bowl XLVIII (48) is winding toward a dramatic finish. This weekend, NFL fans and fantasy owners will celebrate AFC and NFC Championship Games. The storylines are everywhere, from the battle for legacy in the AFC between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to the rise of a heated NFC West [...]

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It’s time to rack it up again with another Fair Market Fantasy contest. I had great success in the Wild Card round and won my 10-team contest, getting tremendous value from T.Y. Hilton and Donald Brown in the Colts’ ridiculous comeback victory over the Chiefs. Ladarius Green makes a repeat appearance in my TE slot. [...]

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Longtime listeners to my ranting know of my obsession with Peter Griffin and the one-liners put forth by Seth MacFarlane and his team on “Family Guy.” One episode and its dialogue routinely makes it way into conversations and diatribes and, given the obsession with the Neckbeard of one Andrew Luck, the timing of this article [...]

The 256-game marathon to the NFL Playoffs finally concluded last weekend with a wild, though familiar, ending in Dallas. The Cowboys fell to the Eagles, a game that concluded with a Kyle Orton interception and a lot of hand-wringing. Of course, the close of the regular season also signaled the end of most fantasy competitions. [...]

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It’s finally here. You’ve navigated injuries, failed draft picks, “Ninjas” or “Sleepers” that didn’t wake up, bad beats and the occasional wrong lineup decision. You’ve made your way to the fantasy title game or the runner-up contest. Harmon’s back to help with his Week 16 Championship Fantasy Football Rankings. Do you trust Brees on the [...]