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 […]

joebiden

During the first half of Monday’s highly-watched FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Ghana, there was a moment that sent fans scrambling for the DVR remote. The first-minute goal by Clint Dempsey obviously got a ton of run immediately and dominated the highlight shows and Jozy Altidore’s injury stopped everyone in their […]

We’ve covered the Donald Sterling controversy in Los Angeles with the proverbial blanket, breaking through the economic and societal impact while learning new legal jargon at every turn. It’s become the neverending story, with new medical and legal information arriving on a daily basis to disrupt the sale of the Clipppers. Now, a trial is […]

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” […]

jeterwatch

The Derek Jeter farewell tour continued this week in Seattle, and naturally there had to be a gift bestowed upon the future Hall of Famer. Jeter received a gift from his former double play partner Robinson Cano, who presented him with a $34,000 watch. The watch was of the Jay-Z Hublot line.

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 […]

spellingbee

The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee concluded on Thursday night with a tie after they ran out of words. I’m not sure how that happened, but it did. It was the first tie in the past 52 years of competition. But that wasn’t the story of the night. A young speller named Jacob Williamson earned […]

therippers

I caught this on “The Big Lead” the other day and chuckled quite a bit. Listeners of “The Jason Smith Show” on FOX Sports Radio know of my affinity for commemorative jerseys, theme nights at Minor League Baseball stadiums and the fun side of sports. Every time I see something about “Star Wars” night, “Bacon” […]

VersaceWC

When you need to go suit-shopping for a wedding, business conference or big event, you’re ready (psychologically) to commit a decent-sized expenditure. You get past the “I’ll wear it once” mentality and plunk down a stack of cash or your plastic. Whether you just surrender to your surroundings or embrace the event, you suit up. […]

Sanchez

How Did I Miss This? Sanchez Butt-Fumble Jersey Sold ———— I saw the headline of this story from the Shutdown Corner blog at Yahoo! Sports. One Jets fan pays big bucks for Mark Sanchez’s ‘Butt Fumble’ jersey I immediately started scrolling through the article to see what price was paid for this significant piece of […]

Schuyler

Joey Chestnut retains the belt in the hot dog-eating challenge that occurs annually on July 4. This weekend, Chestnut saw another of his marks fall to the wayside, as Molly Schuyler of Nebraska wolfed down two 72-ounce steaks in under 10 minutes. That’s 144 OUNCES OF MEAT … plus the sides. I’m just awestruck by […]

dufner

This weekend, Adam Scott defeated Jason Dufner in the Crowne Plaza Invitational on the third playoff hole at Colonial. Dufner joked about falling short in the playoff against the game’s No. 1 player. He cites Scott’s ability, of course, but suggests that a secret weapon ultimately felled him. “It’s tough to beat him,” Dufner said. […]

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 […]

wrigleymural

This story got some legs in the blogosphere from a number of sources around my hometown of Chicago. The Cubs put forth a series of murals to commemorate the history of Wrigley Field, as the ballpark celebrated its 100th birthday earlier this season. Paul Sullivan of ChicagoNow issued a blog post earlier this week about […]

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 […]

samrams

Last weekend’s selection of Michael Sam by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft was an historic moment for the league. This summer, Sam will attempt to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. It’s a story that transcended the sports world and became a huge talking point across all media. […]

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 […]

ditka

I saw this one while traversing the hometown newspaper the other day and had to smile. The Chicago Tribune included an article detailing former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka’s decision to become a spokesman for Al’s Beef and Nancy’s Pizza. The original Al’s is nestled behind my high school – St. Ignatius College Prep – […]

manziel

With just a few hours until Roger Goodell strides to the podium in New York, I couldn’t withstand the impulse to finally toss up a full first-round mock draft. I recognize that there will be a number of trades and other surprises to blow this up, but I would be remiss if I didn’t submit […]

Lasorda

He’s one of the faces of Major League Baseball and chief ambassadors of the game. Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is a legend in Los Angeles and has been making the scene for some 40 years. Of course, that means that he’s well-acquainted with embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Lasorda talked with WPBF 25 in […]

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.

CharityBuzz

Since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banished Donald Sterling from the Los Angeles Clippers, he has been celebrated as a hero. Silver’s press conference drew accolades and announced his arrival as the new leader of the NBA world. Now, you can bid on a lunch meeting with the commissioner and other NBA leaders for charity. CharityBuzz.com […]

CrosstownCup

Regardless of the teams’ records, the “Crosstown Cup” battle between the White Sox and Cubs has always been a hot ticket. Of course, those series have normally been played during the summer months and on weekends. This year, the scheduling algorithm and human decision-makers decided to make the four-game series an early-week production. The first […]

TJMRI

The namesake of the once-dreaded surgery, former major league hurler Tommy John, is making autographed prints available on behalf of the “Let’s Do It Foundation, Inc.” According to the website, one of the foundation’s missions: The “Let’s Do It Foundation” wants to again be an original by supporting research in PREVENTING this type of injury. […]