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Just in: ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith for a week

The official statement doesn’t use the word “suspend,” but that’s what it is:

“ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week.  He will return to ESPN next Wednesday.”

During his week off, Smith should consider just how close he came to blowing up his career.

More to come.

 

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After last year’s dud, Peter Gammons, MLB Network looking forward to big Hall of Fame weekend

My latest Chicago Tribune column is on Peter Gammons anticipating a much different Hall of Fame weekend than what he encountered last year.

You also can access the column via my Twitter feed at @ShermanReport.

From the column:

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Peter Gammons was on the road Thursday, making one of his favorite drives: His annual trek from his home in New England to Cooperstown, N.Y., for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend.

His anticipation level is considerably different than last year when the steroids-backlash produced an empty ceremony that featured no living player, manager or executive. It gave the long-time baseball writer and TV analyst new appreciation for what he was missing.

“It was so unusual,” Gammons said. “For all the years I’ve gone there, it’s the only time it seemed strange. There’s usually such a buzz with all … Continue Reading

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Just in: ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith for a week

The official statement doesn’t use the word “suspend,” but that’s what it is:

“ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week.  He will return to ESPN next Wednesday.”

During his week off, Smith should consider just how close he came to blowing up his career.

More to come.

 

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Vast majority of papers still use Washington nickname

Josh Carpenter and Alex Silverman of Sports Business Daily polled 48 major newspapers in NFL markets, plus USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times about whether they will continue to use Washington’s nickname. The outcome: 44 still are using it even with the recent uproar.

From the story:

Even with the number of papers not using the name quadrupling in the past year, they are still in the minority. Some major papers cited a desire to abstain from taking a side on the issue, and therefore continue using the name, while others simply have chosen to adhere to the team’s official name. The N.Y. Times continues to use the team’s nickname, but Assistant Managing Editor for Standards Philip Corbett said that the paper’s staff has continued to discuss and cover the issues surrounding the name. He said

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Idiot patrol: They were out in full force last week

During the course of covering sports media since 1998, there have been many instances when I have been forced to write about dumb things people say or do in business.

I have a simple term for it: Idiot patrol.

Last week was a good–or bad week–for idiot patrol, depending on your perspective.

A Boston sports talk show host, Kirk Minihane of WEEI, made disparaging remarks about Erin Andrews. Then during his apology for his initial comments, he went on to slam Andrews even further. He said, if Andrews “weighed 15 pounds more she would be a waitress.”

Then, there was the entire Stephen A. Smith mess. Memo to Stephen A.: Stephen A.: If you talk about domestic violence on TV, you never come close to comments being misconstrued. It’s wrong, end of discussion.

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Random baseball card: Julian Javier, vital cog in great Cardinals teams

I had a reunion Saturday with old pals from the Daily Illini at the University of Illinois. We picked up where we left off 34 years ago, going to the Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field. Not much has changed in the baseball department: St. Louis is a contender, while the Cubs remain forever terrible.

During much of the game, we talked about players from the past more than the present. One of us blurted out Julian Javier’s name. Hence my latest random baseball card.

The second-baseman was a two-time All-Star on those great Cardinals teams of the 60s. He hit .360 in the 1967 World Series.

Here’s to you Julian…and Brueggs, Schlets and Mike.

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No discussion? First Take wimps out by not talking more about Stephen A controversy

From a show that prides itself on being raw and edgy, First Take went surprisingly silent when the controversy involved one of their own.

Monday, Stephen A. Smith offered his apology for his incredibly stupid views on domestic violence during Friday’s show.

Then after Cari Champion weighed in, the show kicked off as if it was a normal Monday in Bristol: Talk about LeBron choosing No. 23 for his new jersey in Cleveland.

Really? Shouldn’t there have been a further examination of what Stephen A. experienced on Friday? Perhaps more talk on why this is such a hot button issue. I have a feeling Skip Bayless was aching to weigh in. I imagine that pre-show meeting was fairly intense.

Nope. ESPN just wants this all to go away. The network issued a statement shortly after Smith’s apology.

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Will James Brown decline to use Washington nickname this year on NFL Today?

The Washington Post’s DC Sports Blog has a post on how D.C.-area native James Brown thinks it is time to get rid of Washington’s nickname.

It is interesting to note that CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus is giving his NFL announcers the choice of whether they want to refer to the nickname this year. Sounds like JB will be talking about the team from Washington.

From the post:

I firmly believe that this is a people issue. If, in fact — to me, this is my opinion only, not representing CBS Sports, or News — if the name is offensive to a group of people, then do the right thing and change the name. It’s as simple as that.

“I know people will engage in an argument and say, well it hasn’t been an issue all this time. Yeah,

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No handicaps for these players: Steve Elkington show finds true winners in golf

Wanted to pass along information about a unique golf show.

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For a very good reason, Edward “EQ” Sylvester may be the most passionate golfer who has ever taken a golf lesson. And as RFD-TV viewers will discover on the fourth episode of the hit show “The Rural Golfer”, Steve Elkington learned a lot more from Sylvester than the 1995 PGA Championship winner bestowed to his golf pupil.

The Rural Golfer airs on RFD-TV at 9:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, with encore shows airing at 12:30 p.m. Sunday (ET) and the following Friday at 6 a.m. (ET).

This week’s episode is one that will stay with all but the most hard-hearted person. It takes Elkington on the road to one of the most renowned public courses in the country – Cog Hill Golf & Country Club outside of Chicago. Known as … Continue Reading

Hey Sports Illustrated, what about the PGA Championship? It’s a major too

Rory McIlroy earned a Sports Illustrated cover for his victory in the British Open.

I imagine this headline on the cover caught the attention of the PGA of America: “Masters Preview 2015: Why wait?”

Michael Bamberger’s story already is pumping up the anticipation of McIlroy trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National next April. Still, I’m sure next month’s PGA Championship in Louisville will feel a bit overlooked. At last check, it still is considered a major.

 

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