ESPN has officially announced that Max Kellerman will be Skip Bayless’s replacement on First Take, confirming weeks of reports that he was the leading contender for the job of sitting stone-faced while Stephen A. Smith yells. Kellerman will give up his radio show and duties on SportsNation to take the position.
Tonight’s conclusion of the NBA season also means the imminent conclusion of Skip Bayless’s tenure as a polluter of ESPN’s airwaves. Many of his co-workers, it seems, are happy to see him leave.
Today’s episode of First Take began with Skip Bayless addressing the news that he’ll be leaving ESPN after the NBA Finals. Bayless, Molly Qerim, and Stephen A. Smith took a couple of minutes to reminisce about all the stupid opinions generated by the two.
ESPN provocateur-in-chief and First Take co-host Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN, according to a statement released today by the company:
Last night, the Dallas Cowboys lost in spectacular fashion to the New York Giants when the eventual Super Bowl winners answered a game-tying Cowboys touchdown by returning the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for what would prove to be the winning score. Shortly thereafter, Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy lost his shit.
Stephen A. Smith, ESPN’s professional unintelligible empanada truck, tried to drop exclusive information about Kevin Durant’s free agency last week. Durant scoffed, saying that he, his family, and his friends don’t talk to Smith. Smith had a rebuttal to that rebuttal, touting his supposed insider sources and ending…
For the last two years, the only times I’ve thought very much about Skip Bayless have been whenever I remember that his diet is a cross between that of a dorm room gamer-hermit and that of a long-term fallout shelter resident, the specifics of which we found out in a Washington Post profile from 2013:
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In case you missed it, everyone's getting pissed at Skip Bayless for calling Johnny Football an alcoholic on the air last week. Here's Bethlehem Shoals:
On Monday, First Take aired, again, which means that these United States of America were again blessed as wonder twins Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless shouted about random things they don't know much about. The topic yesterday: how catching a rape charge can boost shoe sales.
First Take panelists Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless continued to discuss the Ray Rice suspension on this morning's episode, and Smith seized on the opportunity to say some deeply stupid things about the responsibility women have to not provoke men into violently attacking them.
This morning, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless shouted at each other about Tony Dungy's comments that Michael Sam's sexuality would be an overriding distraction in an NFL locker room, and whether it was a bigger distraction that Michael Vick's return from prison. I'm sorry, that's the worst sentence I've ever typed.
Looks like Jamie Horowitz, an influential ESPN VP once called "the midwife of Bristol's 'Embrace Debate' era" in these pages, will be leaving for NBC after all. New York Times media reporter Bill Carter tweeted this morning that Horowitz, who'd apparently sulked through his last few months at ESPN after being denied…
ESPN vice president Jamie Horowitz, the midwife of Bristol's "Embrace Debate" era that made us all a little dumber, has been approached by NBC to take control of the Today show, according to two sources. A deal appears likely, we're told, though Horowitz still has to extract himself from his contract with ESPN. At the…
We all remember where we were and what we were doing when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Skip Bayless, as is his habit, even remembers things that seemingly didn't actually happen. The First Take embrace debate train rolled through Dealey Plaza on Friday and argued over whether the NFL should have canceled the…
Behind the scenes with Larry King, Stephen A. Smith, and Skip Bayless: King and Smith compare watches, Bayless takes forever to get his makeup, King really misses newspapers. [Time]
Of all the stupid rhetorical plays columnists use—issuing thundering imperatives, positioning their banal opinions as the exact midpoints between varieties of unyielding madness, championing their cronies' worthless businesses as examples of the disciplinary power of markets, etc. etc.—the funniest are always the ones…
Excerpted from From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sports Writing (University of Chicago Press), edited by Ron Rapoport and featuring stories from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Defender, among other papers. It's an excellent collection, and…