Why Can't Skip Bayless Say Johnny Football Has A Drinking Problem?

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: » 1/06/15 11:47am 1/06/15 11:47am

Skip Bayless Claims Rape Charges Helped Kobe Bryant Sell Sneakers

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. » 10/21/14 1:02pm 10/21/14 1:02pm

First Take Discusses A Woman's Responsibility To Avoid Being Beaten

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. » 7/25/14 11:38am 7/25/14 11:38am

How To Legitimize Bigotry: Embrace Debate

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. » 7/22/14 1:33pm 7/22/14 1:33pm

ESPN First Take Boss Is Finally Leaving For NBC

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… » 5/07/14 2:01pm 5/07/14 2:01pm

Sources: ESPN First Take Boss In Talks With NBC To Produce Today Show

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… » 1/27/14 4:00pm 1/27/14 4:00pm

Skip Bayless Is Making Up Shit About The NFL And JFK's Assassination

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… » 11/24/13 11:17am 11/24/13 11:17am

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] » 10/07/13 12:39pm 10/07/13 12:39pm

Who Is The Most Pompous Sports Pundit? A Scientific Investigation

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… » 9/25/13 3:40pm 9/25/13 3:40pm

9 Things You Should Know About Skip Bayless, According To Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless told Michael Smith and Jemele Hill yesterday that he gave a Washington Post journalist a list of bullet points of "how I would try to capture me." (The Post recently published a profile of Bayless.) » 9/24/13 1:01pm 9/24/13 1:01pm

Why The Young Harry Caray Was The Best Broadcaster In Baseball

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… » 9/19/13 2:05pm 9/19/13 2:05pm

Skip Bayless Is Making Up Shit About The Michigan-Notre Dame Rivalry

This morning we illustrated how one ESPN blowhard will make up facts in order to argue for continuing a college football series lucrative for the WWL. Not to be outdone, Skip Bayless chimed in on the topic this morning on First Take, and somehow managed to get it even more wrong than Mark May. » 9/03/13 1:33pm 9/03/13 1:33pm

ESPN Edits Fart Noise Out Of First Take Re-Air

Scandal! ESPN just aired its Best Of First Take clip show, which included a particularly fart-y piece of footage from this morning's edition of First Take, and where there was once a fart, there is a fart no more! » 5/15/13 3:50pm 5/15/13 3:50pm

It Sure Sounds Like Someone Unleashed A Monster Fart On First Take

OK, so we can't say for sure that this was actually a fart, nor can we say for sure who was responsible for it. But we choose to believe that it was a fart, and that it came from Skip Bayless. » 5/15/13 11:02am 5/15/13 11:02am

Yep, Charles Barkley Still Wants To Kill Skip Bayless

It's been eight years since Charles Barkley first said Skip Bayless was "one of the two people I'd like to kill." He's done little to hide his contempt for Bayless's jackassery ever since. Two nights ago on TNT, Barkley delightfully reminded us his hatred will never die. » 5/09/13 3:42pm 5/09/13 3:42pm

Why ESPN's Chris Broussard Came Out As A Bigot

Outside the Lines is supposed to be the safe haven from all the bullshit. Bob Ley likes to call the show the Switzerland of ESPN. It's the thinking man's sports program—Bristol's answer to NewsHour. Sonorous reporters intoning Serious News. An air of calm, cool reflection about the issues of the day. Even on Monday,… » 5/01/13 4:54pm 5/01/13 4:54pm