manzielproday

With the “Sweet 16″ getting ready to pop off last night, the football world stopped to watch Johnny Manziel participate in his “Pro Day.” We generally look at these efforts with a shrug unless the player posts a ridiculously poor day. If a quarterback woefully over/under-throws receivers with regularity, a receiver drops multiple passes or [...]

Martinsville

The Sprint Cup Series rolls into Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Carl Edwards sits atop the leaderboard, having generated four top 10s, including a victory, through the circuit’s first five weeks. He’s been challenged by Jef Gordon (on my squad this week), who has rolled up four top 10s of his own. In fact, the leaderboard [...]

Rebhorn

This weekend, Hollywood lost one of its finest actors. Even if his name escapes you, you know the face immediately. James Rebhorn, died this weekend following a lengthy fight with skin cancer. The venerable actor appeared most recently on “Homeland.” You remember him from such films as “Scent Of A Woman,” “My Cousin Vinny,” and, [...]

IMG_1643

I had the great fortune to spend a few minutes with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice during Super Bowl week in New York/New Jersey. He told me tales of his Super Bowl prep work, sleepless nights in anticipation of a scoring opportunity and broke down the goods for the Denver-Seattle game. Rice’s appearance on Radio [...]

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 [...]

HalDouglas

I saw a note early this morning that voiceover legend Hal Douglas had died at the age of 89. Like many people, I’m showing up on time at the movies in order to take in all previews, and he and Don LaFontaine (who died in 2008) were the main voices introducing upcoming film productions. Douglas [...]

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.

DanHodge

Longtime wrestling announcer Jim Ross is a walking encyclopedia about the history of the squared circle and Oklahoma Sooners football. He’s now offering digging into his vault of stories on tour (keep an eye out for a live event in your area) and penning regular columns for FOXSports.com. Ross tackled the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin allegations [...]

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 [...]