WrestleMania Gets New Orleans Newspaper's Front Page

Today's New Orleans Times-Picayune features five pages of coverage of last night's WrestleMania at the Superdome—an event which managed to bleed over into the public consciousness more than usual, thanks in large part to the end of the Undertaker's streak. Still, it's odd to see wrestling get the front page of any… » 4/07/14 2:14pm 4/07/14 2:14pm

Baltimore Is One Step Closer to Being a Zero-Newspaper Town

It's not even possible to get mad at the Baltimore Sun now. The Baltimore Sun is a nursing home where newspapering goes to die, or to sink into terminal urine-soaked frailty and confusion. Yesterday it announced it had received the commitment papers for City Paper, the city's alternative weekly, b. 1977 – d. TK But… » 2/21/14 3:36pm 2/21/14 3:36pm

9/11 Truther Sneaked Into Super Bowl By Telling Security He Was Late

The most memorable quote from the Super Bowl was, unexpectedly, "Investigate 9/11. 9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government." But how in the hell did that guy make it past so many levels of security to interrupt Malcolm Smith's press conference in the first place? Pretty easily, it turns out. » 2/03/14 9:41am 2/03/14 9:41am

Batman On Steroids: How The NFL On Fox Theme Song Was Born

It was March 1994, and Fox Sports president David Hill was on the phone with a new employee. Hill himself was something of a new employee. The network was only a few months old at that point, being built on the fly after Rupert Murdoch had unexpectedly outbid CBS for NFC broadcast rights. Hill was known, if he was… » 1/31/14 2:16pm 1/31/14 2:16pm

Every "Suck" Uttered On ESPN Over The Past Month

Right before the weekend, ESPN told its anchors to refrain from saying "sucks" so much on the air. The word is "simply not appropriate for ESPN," wrote ESPN bosses in a memo, adding that they didn't want to turn off "sports fans of all ages." Above, you'll find a video of ESPN's on-air folks—including Scott Van Pelt, Keith… » 12/09/13 12:02pm 12/09/13 12:02pm

ESPN Asks Its TV People To Stop Saying "Sucks" So Much

ESPN is a roll with these memos. Just yesterday the Worldwide Leader told its talent to be extra extra careful when talking about rape allegations ("Today's developments in the Jameis Winston investigation are likely to be emotionally charged. Please consider that ..."). Today, network brass has a new request. Please,… » 12/06/13 7:00pm 12/06/13 7:00pm

ESPN Reminds Talent: Don't Say Anything Stupid About Jameis Winston

Like anyone else, ESPN talking heads can occasionally lapse into dumb talk on controversial topics. Nobody knows that better than ESPN brass, who must see the world as a vast lawn filled with an infinite number of rakes for Chris Broussard to step on. A couple hours ago, the news desk and talent office sent a "let's be… » 12/05/13 4:09pm 12/05/13 4:09pm