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Really, Jason Whitlock said something stupid? Apparently hasn’t heard Canadians aren’t laid back in hockey

Been a long time since I’ve written about my old pal Jason Whitlock. How is that move to ESPN working out?

Whitlock showed up on everyone’s radar last night following his remarks about NBA players from Canada on Olbermann.

Whitlock’s initial remarks start at the 3:15 mark in this clip.

Even Olbermann realized how ridiculous Whitlock was in his generalization about Canadian NBA players. In a second segment, he brings up the issue again at the 1:24 mark.

In this clip, Whitlock talks about Canadians being laid back in general. Apparently, he never has watched a hockey game, a sport dominated by Canadians. Nobody would call them laid back.

Josh Gold-Smith at Awful Announcing, who is Canadian, writes:

How quickly he forgot about two-time MVP and eight-time All-Star Steve Nash. Since he included all “Canadian athletes”, how about

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Remembering Jim Brosnan: His book ‘Long Season’ was groundbreaking

Before there was Jerry Kramer’s Instant Replay and Jim Bouton’s Ball Four, there was Jim Brosnan’s The Long Season.

In 1959, Brosnan, a journeyman pitcher, kept a diary of his year with St. Louis and Cincinnati. His subsequent book was the first inside account from an active player on the ups and downs of life in the big leagues.

It was a groundbreaking book and one of the most important ever written on sports. For many young fans of my generation, it was among the first relevant books we read.

Brosnan, 84, died on June 28. There were several obituaries and tributes filed about him during the holiday weekend.

From Bruce Weber of the New York Times:

In 1959, Brosnan, who played nine years in the major leagues, kept a diary of his experience as a pitcher, first

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Really, Jason Whitlock said something stupid? Apparently hasn’t heard Canadians aren’t laid back in hockey

Been a long time since I’ve written about my old pal Jason Whitlock. How is that move to ESPN working out?

Whitlock showed up on everyone’s radar last night following his remarks about NBA players from Canada on Olbermann.

Whitlock’s initial remarks start at the 3:15 mark in this clip.

Even Olbermann realized how ridiculous Whitlock was in his generalization about Canadian NBA players. In a second segment, he brings up the issue again at the 1:24 mark.

In this clip, Whitlock talks about Canadians being laid back in general. Apparently, he never has watched a hockey game, a sport dominated by Canadians. Nobody would call them laid back.

Josh Gold-Smith at Awful Announcing, who is Canadian, writes:

How quickly he forgot about two-time MVP and eight-time All-Star Steve Nash. Since he included all “Canadian athletes”, how about

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New Real Sports: Why aren’t people playing golf? The tragedy in Qatar for ’22 World Cup

Bryant Gumbel tackles the drop in participation for golf in the latest edition of Real Sports (tonight, 10 p.m. ET, HBO). All I can say is that even as a 15-handicapper, the pizza-size hole option isn’t for me.

The show also weighs in on the incredible tragedy that is taking place in Qatar; the deaths of migrant workers while building facilities for the ’22 World Cup.

A visit with Joe Goddard: Long-time Sun-Times baseball writer reflects on career

Rick Morrissey made my day with his column on Joe Goddard in the Sun-Times.

Even though he was the competition, Goddard, the long-time baseball writer, took pity on me when the Tribune threw me off the deep end, making me the White Sox baseball writer in the ’80s. Only in my mid-20s, I was fairly clueless. Goddard, though, helped shepherd me through the various obstacles. Otherwise, I still might have been lost in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium when they tore it down. I always will be eternally grateful.

Goddard remains one of the most popular writers ever to work the press boxes in Chicago. Even though he has had some ailments in his older years, he still will be “Young Joe” to all of us.

Morrissey writes:

The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Sunday. Many of you are thinking

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It’s good to be NFL owner: TV windfall gets even bigger as new deals kick in

Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily has a breakdown on the huge money each NFL team stands to earn under terms of the new TV deals.

Kaplan writes:

Each NFL team will get a 20 percent increase in national television money this year compared with 2013 — up $27 million — as a result of the new TV contracts that commence next month, according to sources who have seen the internal figures. Over the following two seasons, the increases will total an additional $23 million per club, at a minimum.

That means by 2016, each NFL team will bring in at least $181 million from national TV alone — more than enough by itself for teams to cover their salary cap expenses.

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Back in saddle: What did I miss?

Still trying to shake out cobwebs after a 22-hour travel experience on Sunday. But definitely worth it if your day started in Monte Carlo. It was the last stop on our week-long cruise that started in Barcelona.

I will say this: Monte Carlo is the only place where a Mercedes feels like the equivalent of a Chevy in the U.S. It seems like every other car is a Bentley, Porsche, Rolls, Ferrari, etc.. Neat place.

Anyway, glad to be back. Well, not so glad, but I still need to save a bit more cash before I can buy my place in Monte Carlo.

Hope all is well. What did I miss?

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Should ESPN’s coverage of World Cup be template for other sports?

With the World Cup winding down, ESPN clearly has emerged as the big winner. The coverage has been outstanding.

Michael Bradley, writing for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University, brings up an interesting point in praising the coverage. He writes:

With four games remaining (two semifinals, the third-place contest and the final), it’s virtually impossible for ESPN to mess this up. It will expand its pre-game coverage to a full hour, but it won’t ruin the games themselves. The great thing is that because the World Cup means so much to the nations involved, ESPN doesn’t have to manufacture hype, as it does in so many other instances. By letting the soccer stand alone, the hysteria is evident. The constant chanting and singing by the fans stands in stark contrast to so much of the manufactured excitement

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Christine Brennan: Tells story of her career in ‘Still No Cheering in the Press Box’

Christine Brennan is the latest entry in Still No Cheering in the Press Box, an on-going project by the Povich Center for Sports Journalism at Maryland. This is the modern version of Jerome Holtzman’s classic, No Cheering in the Press Box.

My long-time friend and Hootie Johnson tormentor tells the story of her interesting and impressive career. Worth a read, especially for young women journalists trying to make it in the business.

Also, the story is worth checking just to see a picture of young Brennan with also young Rick Reilly and Gene Wojciechowski, who had an impressive head of hair.

A couple of excerpts:

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I loved sports, I played sports and played them well. Even though there were no organized teams until my freshman year of high school, I went on and played six sports in … Continue Reading

Programming alert: New Discovery Channel series puts spotlight on unique gym for elite athletes

It isn’t everyday that you get a call from a PR person from the Discovery Channel promoting a new sports show.

I was told that American Muscle “involves sports, but isn’t a traditional sports show.”

Judging from the trailer, it could have some potential. The main character definitely has an unforgettable voice.

And here’s the official rundown from the Discovery Channel:

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This summer, Discovery is teaming up with Mike Barwis, one of the best strength training coaches out there for a brand new sports docu-series AMERICAN MUSCLE produced by Funny Or Die, set to premiere on Wednesday, July 9th at 9pm ET/PT.

At the Barwis Methods Training Center, Mike Barwis and his staff of dedicated, blue collar trainers take on everyone from NFL players, to Wild West bull riders, to paraplegics looking to walk again.

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