Yes, this headline includes ALL CAPS because that’s required for this exchange between WSCR midday co-host Dan Bernstein
and an idiotic caller. Dan Bernstein
goes off on a Steve Alford apologist and UCLA
fan who called in recently. The language is all SFW but remember it’s “LOUD NOISES!!!” as Brick from fictional KVWN San Diego would say.
Steve Alford was recently hired to UCLA
from New Mexico. However, he’s most notorious for what went on during his regime in Iowa
During his time leading the Iowa Hawkeyes
, Coach Steve Alford (@UCLACoachAlford
) was basically a sympathizer to committing sexual assault. Actually, he was more than that
- he advocated the character of a sexual assault recidivist. Alford was also a very powerful enemy to a sexual assault victim...
With the Chicago Blackhawks
taking on the Boston Bruins in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight, a lot of people will be tweeting about it. Some will be hockey
mavens and NHL
experts. On the other side, you’ve got meathead bandwagon idiots who don’t even know what a power play is, believe "Chelsea Dagger"
is not Amstel Light commercial crapola and use the games as an excuse to get blasted.
These five Twitter
habits are a decent litmus test to see who's worth following and who isn't. Avoiding these habits doesn't mean you'll gain followers. (I'll probably anger some of you here and you'll defollow me for it).
These rules apply tonight to the Blackhawks
game, but also apply to every big sporting event. We’ll use the Stanley Cup as an example, but this knowledge carries over to tweeting all live sporting events...
Today’s White Sox
game with the Seattle Mariners was to baseball what tramp stamps are to Tilted Kilt waitresses. Something potentially passable is just ruined by something unsightly. Obviously, I prefer football and basketball to baseball; and educated brunettes to TK staffers. The 24-32 White Sox
visited the 26-33 Seattle Mariners for one game of 162 this season; and it was a double header all by itself.
As the White Sox
entered on a seven game losing streak, this contest obviously had HUGE PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS! It went into the 14th inning tied at 0-0. I could’ve sworn somebody had turned on soccer
. As much physical torture as watching soccer
is, at least the sport has Alex Morgan
and Hope Solo
to look at. Yes, I know Solo is guano crazy. This White Sox
game could be summarized by Darth Helmet in Spaceballs: “no, it’s not what you think. It’s much, much worse!”
The White Sox
scored 5 runs in the top of the 14th inning only to…wait for it…see the Mariners tie it with 5 in the bottom half of the 14th. The White Sox
eventually ended up winning 7-5 in 16 innings. Time of game: 5 hours, 42 minutes. Or the equivalent of three games pitched by former White Sox
ace Mark Buerhle.
This elicited some hysterical reactions on Twitter
from White Sox
experts and local sports media
. Time for one of my tweet fueled stories...
Twitter is a wonderful and strange place. Public figures make very public statements. Some are meant prima facie, some are not. WLS radio host (and part-time practicing attorney, hence my usage of a legal term in the opening graph) Bruce Wolf seemingly took a social media
shot at former Comcast SportsNet employee Susannah Collins
this past weekend. If you take the tweet at stand-alone and face value, it looks like an attack on the relevance of another media
And ill-timed as it's published exactly one month to the day she was fired too...
It’s not the LA Kings
, but the LA Lakers instead, currently taking on the Chicago Blackhawks
in the Western Conference Finals; according to Yahoo. Maybe they were thinking of Phil Jackson
, who coached both the Chicago Bulls
and the LA Lakers, and just got confused. How come both the local and the national media
are SO INCOMPETENT when it comes to covering the LA Kings
The LA Kings
are the reigning NHL
Stanley Cup Champions. They’ve been in existence for multiple decades and Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player in hockey
history, skated for them for several years.
Yet, sports media
doesn't get it.
Yahoo! is the 800 pound gorilla in the room when it comes to internet news. They own Alexa, which is the foremost authority on ranking worldwide traffic of websites. Of course, they overrate the traffic of all Yahoo sites. Alexa is also a great source to see what’s trending on the internet. Minutes ago, Alexa had “cunnilingus” as the #1 most trending term on the internet.
Not shocking at all. Not one bit.
And, REALLY BIG SURPRISE HERE, Alexa almost ALWAYS decides Yahoo links to be “top trending.”
Even when Yahoo does things like this...
Like F. Scott Fitzgerald
famously said, “action is character.”
Most official Twitter
accounts of sports teams are very dry and dull. Or they are excessively positive all the time. The Chicago Blackhawks
account certainly fits this mold. Of course, that really isn’t a surprise given that the Blackhawks
organization is a bit obsessed with controlling the message. The Blackhawks
public relations is kind of like the sporting world’s version of the Glavlit and Pravda in the old Soviet Union combined.
By contrast, the LA Kings’ Twitter
account is an exception.
At times it can be quite funny, snarky and irreverent
The Chicago Blackhawks
beat the LA Kings
2-1 today in game one of the NHL
Western Conference Finals. And as the series progresses, it’s probably a good idea to keep on eye on the LA Kings
account. Like the rest of their 232,000 followers, you’ll be entertained...
There’s been a lot of bad news surrounding Notre Dame
football the past couple years. Manti Te’o, Lennay Kakua
, Tommy Rees
, Lizzy Seeberg
, Declan Sullivan
, Michael Floyd
and now, just this past weekend, starting QB Everett Golson
. (Related: Brian Kelly
discusses post Everett Golson QB situation
Throw in the embarrassment at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide
in the college football
national title game, and Brian Kelly
flirting with NFL
head coaching gigs, and you have enough drama to fill a full season of Friday Night Lights.
Heck, there’s enough material for a few episodes generated by the quarterback position alone: Everett Golson
, Gunner Kiel
, Tommy Rees.
and Jimmy Clausen
was pretty much a real life version of J.D. McCoy from FNL.
And I haven’t even mentioned that star Defensive Lineman Louis Nix
III is now Twitter BFF with porn star Emily Austin
. Not that there’s anything wrong that!
What red-blooded American male wouldn’t want to get to know Ms. Austin! (And why am I using all these exclamation points!) However, at a socially ultra-conservative Catholic school like Notre Dame
, it’s probably frowned upon to have one of your marquee athletes as social media
buddies with the star of Innocent Until Proven Filthy 11
So with all the off-the-field noise and distractions at the most marquee program in college football
history, how does coach Brian Kelly
Time for a Paul M. Banks Chicago Sports Media Watch interview...
(The Big Lead
) Charissa Thompson
, an ESPN
TV host who was once pegged as the network’s next Erin Andrews
, has left for Fox Sports
, multiple sources tell me.After two years at ESPN
, Thompson is returning to Fox, where she worked earlier in her career, at one point co-hosting “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” When reached by phone this morning, Fox PR rep Dan Bell had no comment. ESPN
also had no comment.
-Yes, I know what it’s like to receive a “no comment” style response from Dan Bell, one of Chicago’s very own. South Side!
WMVP’s Sarah Spain
is most likely leaving the Chicago sports talk radio station for a new gig with Fox Sports
1. A source close to Spain claimed that this deal is in the works. We don't have official word yet, but all signs point that way. The ESPN
1000 on-air personality is potentially bolting the talk radio station for a greater, expanded role with the new television network. The higher ups at Fox Sports
1 are hoping that this new network will be able to complete with the World Wide Leader: ESPN
is one of many sports personalities being scouted for Fox Sports
1. They’ve already made a marquee hire in Charissa Thompson
. And they’re looking to add a considerable amount of staff between now and network launch August 17th. I really don't see anything special in Spain's work. I do not find her to be exceedingly talented. Then again, I'm not FS1. Maybe they see something I don't.
Spain tweeted yesterday that she was flying to Los Angeles
; presumably to finalize/further discuss the deal with Fox Sports
. Sarah Spain
has previous experience living in Los Angeles working for Fox Sports
. She used to produce the network’s “The Final Score” highlights show...
Around 10 AM this morning, former Chicago Bears
legend and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement
. Obviously, Twitter
blew up shortly afterward. Urlacher
was THE trending topic; not just for Chicago Bears
and sports news, but news in general.
will have his place on the Bears
Mt. Rushmore of all time players. #54 will also go down as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL
history. Given his storied career, it’s a shame that he went out the way he did. His final season will unfortunately be remembered for:
second half collapse which cost the team a playoff berth, Urlacher
’s rant against the fans, media, Lovie Smith detractors
, and the insult of a contract
that the Bears
It doesn’t do justice to all that he accomplished. He accomplished a bit off the field too: Paris Hilton, Jenny McCarthy
Let’s look at how social media
reacted to the Urlacher