Headlines: Bradshaw pained by chicken remark; Barkley leaving TNT?

Scanning media landscape while wondering if Chris Berman’s questions to the candidates last night impacted the election.


Terry Bradshaw is mortified over reaction to a comment he made on Fox NFL Sunday. During a clip of Reggie Bush running for a score, Bradshaw said it was it was “like he was chasing that bucket of chicken with the wind was blowing.”


Bradshaw explained to Michael Hiestand of USA Today that remark was directed toward Jimmy Johnson.

Bradshaw says he wasn’t even aware he said “he” — referring to Bush — when he meant to say “you” as a reference to fellow Fox NFL studio analyst Jimmy Johnson. “I can’t defend myself,” says Bradshaw. “I’ve never been in a situation like this. I don’t know how to react, except to apologize for something I didn’t know I said. I’ve been upset today. It’s not me. I’m shocked.”

Bradshaw said the comment was just part of a running joke Sunday that Johnson’s “big thing is chicken, Kentucky Fried Chicken. He won’t share it with anybody.”

And the comment, says Bradshaw, had nothing to do with Bush specifically. “I always include the (other Fox on-air guys) in the highlights because it’s fun. … It could have been with a highlight about anybody. You never know what’s going to come to mind when you do these things so quickly.”

Jimmy Johnson also tweeted that Bradshaw was referring to him. Fox said it won’t reprimand the analyst.

However, you can be sure Bradshaw won’t be referring to chicken any time soon.


Is Charles Barkley thinking of leaving his studio gig at TNT?  The analyst told SI.com’s Richard Deitsch that he is growing tired of the job.

“I love my job,” Barkley said. “I love the people I work with. And I’m going to  try to do things to keep me engaged. But I have four years left on my current  deal and to be honest with you, it’s going to be a struggle for me to make it  for the whole four years. I really don’t know how much longer I’m going to do  this. I need something more, or something else to do to be honest with you.”

Perhaps Deitsch caught Barkley on a bad day, because it is hard for me to believe he would leave that job.

I’m sure those comments put TNT execs in scramble mode. TNT will find a way to keep Barkley happy. As the post suggests, don’t be surprised to find him on site as an analyst at more games.


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Strong ratings for LSU-Alabama game. Sports Media Watch.

Q/A with Tony Reali on 10th anniversary of Around The Horn. Big Lead.

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe quits blog with St. Paul Pioneer-Press over paper’s gay marriage editorial.

Jon Miller discusses the upcoming EPL deal with NBC Sports. Philly.com.

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