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

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

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 2:06pm 9/19/13 2:06pm

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

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, as … » 5/01/13 4:54pm 5/01/13 4:54pm

Bill Simmons Calls The Bayless-Sherman First Take Meltdown "Awful And…

It's been a while, but Bill Simmons has finally weighed in on something ESPN. Naturally, it's about the show that sucks up the most oxygen in Bristol, First Take. » 3/08/13 11:10am 3/08/13 11:10am

Rob Parker's "Cornball Brother" Comment Is Still A Big Headache For ESPN

Well, actually, the Rob Parker cornball comment became a big headache for the CEO of ESPN's parent company, Disney. At a Disney shareholders meeting yesterday, one guy representing a conservative group, the National Center for Public Policy Research, used Parker's comment to demonstrate that ESPN is totally in the tank … » 3/07/13 11:50am 3/07/13 11:50am

Terrell Suggs Tells Skip Bayless He's "Graduated From Douchebag To…

Last year, Terrell Suggs called Skip Bayless a douchebag, a great TV moment that made up for what it lacked in verbal majesty with a certain frankness of expression. Today, First Take debuted its new half-hour live edition for ESPN. Apparently the suits in Bristol are so worked up about the show after the Rob Parker » 2/07/13 5:03pm 2/07/13 5:03pm