Here's One Of The Best Beano Cook Stories

A lot of great stories about the late Beano Cook have been making the rounds this week, but there may be none better than this one, which originally appeared in the Sept. 1, 1982, issue of Sports Illustrated: » 10/12/12 1:05pm 10/12/12 1:05pm

We're Searching For The Greatest Clip In College Gameday History

Back when I was going to school in the early 1990s, watching College GameDay was one of the highlights of my week. It still remains a rare diamond in the ESPN shitpile, left relatively unchanged since the early days of Chris, Lee, and Kirk (adding Desmond Howard to the mix was bullshit). But the show was at its… » 10/11/12 1:25pm 10/11/12 1:25pm

ESPN's Beano Cook Is Dead At 81

Beano Cook, an eminence grise of college football—the closest thing ESPN had to Andy Rooney—died in his sleep last night at 81. Cook went to Pitt and worked there for a decade in sports publicity. While he was at CBS in 1981, he uttered his most celebrated bit of wisdom. Bowie Kuhn had just given the Iranian… » 10/11/12 12:35pm 10/11/12 12:35pm

Cranky Old Sportscaster Unloads On Congress, Curling

Beano Cook is an American treasure, and nearly 66% of you agreed with that assessment about two years ago. From his rapier wit to his extensive knowledge of the game, Cook deserves our respect. But, let's have some fun instead. » 3/08/10 7:15pm 3/08/10 7:15pm

Media Approval Ratings: Beano Cook

The last week has brought something wonderful: Official football preseason guides! Yesterday we bought the Pro Football Weekly version — which has the Buzzsaw in the playoffs! — and last week we grabbed Athlon's college football version. (Illini in the top 20!) Yep: It really never is too early to talk about college… » 6/04/08 1:05pm 6/04/08 1:05pm

Spending a Night With Oscar

The Academy Awards might not have anything to do with sports, but they give me an excuse to run this picture from Sports Wrap. Plus, there's going to be plenty of Jon Stewart, cleavage, and gambling opportunities, all things a lot of us enjoy. Follow after the jump for my bets and my pick for best cleavage. » 2/24/08 6:54pm 2/24/08 6:54pm

We Have To Ask ...

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11 a.m. NFL with Chris Mortensen: Finally, a chance to ask Chris Mortensen a question! I've dreamed of this day. Ummm ... hmm. Yeah. ... Give me a minute. I'm sure something will come to me.
Noon. NBA with John Hollinger: I present to you my Slumber… » 12/07/05 11:00am 12/07/05 11:00am

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11 a.m.. NFL with Chris Mortensen: In emergency situations, do pilots of small aircraft have clearance to land on your head?
2:30 p.m. Snowboarder Ross Powers: Half pipe. Inverted 180. Gap jump. OK that's it, we're bored — next chatter please.
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11 a.m. NBA: Stein, Hollinger, Ford: "Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard ..." Hey, let's shoehorn Tom Tolbert in here and make this chat even more unmanageable.
2 p.m. Texas Tech quarterback Cody Hodges: No offense, but we've never seen a… » 9/28/05 10:49am 9/28/05 10:49am

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10 a.m. Fantasy Football Focus: I'm not sure about my kid's birthdays, but I know Ashley Lelie's career total of receptions of 20 yards or more. My question is: Should I get rid of the kids?
2 p.m. MLB with Baseball America: This is an intervention.… » 9/14/05 10:40am 9/14/05 10:40am