It’s Out of the Question: Shaq may not be all that amused from what pops up on a video Google search for his own comedy series

True or false: TruTV is giving Shaquille O’Neal his own comedy show?

True enough. With some false positives.

A YouTube-driven series that borrows the “Tosh.O” template at Comedy Central, but hopefully less crass, “Upload With Shaquille O’Neal” (info linked here) promises to give the former Lakers center, comedian and rapper (see: Tribute to Kobe Bryant, “Tell Me How My #@& Tastes,” from June 2008) plenty of material to pick from.

Like, clips from the “Shaq Vs.” series he attempted to do for ABC in 2009, two years after he couldn’t simply persuade a bunch of weight-challenged kids to shed some pounds on “Shaq’s Big Challenge” just by yelling at them in 2007?

Google search some outtakes from his current Buick commercial where he can’t get his sweater vest out of the LaCrosse hybrid without pulling his personal emergency break (above).

And there’s some stuff with his now-ex-wife we’re sure he’d just as soon have go away.

Careful what you ask for.

== What kind of rocket scientists are out of control at Cal Tech’s athletic program? (linked here). Can you imagine the new rich storylines that can come from this for the “Big Bang Theory?”

== Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson claim they’ve had a side-splitting laugh as well at Kobe’s expense, after his claim that the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team would beat the 1992 “Dream Team.”

Why is there even a debate?

Jordan is 49, Magic turns 53 next month, there’s Bird pushing 55. And Barkley gotta be past three spins on the weight-o-meter again, right?

As much comedic material that might provide for Shaq, left off the original “Dream Team,” he didn’t really want to get into any more Kobe-bashing when asked about it during his visit to Comic-Con in San Diego (linked here).

== Wouldn’t it be a bigger global scandal if China’s Olympic outfits were made in some U.S. sweatshop?

== How could it have been easier to see Blake Griffin’s knee eventually give out while he was blocking the shot of some Lithuanian on a breakaway in London, rather at the U.S. training camp in Vegas when he was going through the motions?

== If the list must include Andruw Jones, Milton Bradley, Darryl Strawberry, J.D. Drew, Darren Dreifort, Jason Schmidt, Delino DeShields, Dave Goltz, Don Stanhouse and Billy Ashley, then who gets bumped from the Dodgers’ Top 10 all-time disappointments to create space for Juan Uribe? Or was this just too easy to see coming?

== We kept Jose Offerman off that sort of list? How was Steve Howe omitted?

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== Yo, Derek Lowe and Carolyn Hughes: What does a summer in Cleveland smell like this time of year?

== Did the $2.925 million that the Washington Nationals just gave Lucas Giolito cover all his medical expenses as well as his four-year tuition at Harvard-Westlake?

== Penn State officials dispatched a slew of security out to protect the campus statue of Joe Paterno after the Freeh Report came out.

Nothing honorable, let along ironic, about that?

== And on the topic of abandonment issues:

Linda Chase kept her body of her companion Charles Zigler propped up in a living room chair in their Jackson, Mich., home long after he died at age 67 some 18 months ago. She said she wanted to have someone to talk to while she did things like watch NASCAR races on TV.

It breaks our drive shaft that Chase will have to watch Zigler go on the permanent DL for the rest of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But then, was he counted the same way as any of the other expired viewers during Nielsen’s race car rating research?

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Sorry, Quebec* (you’re just not fanatical enough to change your language to suit our fan-unfriendly contest)

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Photos from NHL Stanley Cup security chief Paul Pritchart’s Twitter account @keeperofthecup
The Kings’ Simon Gagne (above, in white shirt) is surrounded by security as he begins his day with the Stanley Cup in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, on Friday. A day earlier, goalie Jonathan Bernier, below right, joined the Cup for a car ride while in Laval, Quebec.

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The Kings’ Jonathan Bernier and Simon Gagne have had their days with the Stanley Cup, taking it to family gatherings and public places around their native Quebec on Thursday and Friday, allowing fans could see the end result of how these contributed to an NHL championship (linked here).

The simple point being, there are fans in Quebec who care about such things.

ESPN and StubHub must realize that, but for now, it’s not all that vital.

The all-sports network and the resale ticket business announced this week that they have teammed up to create something called The Hall of Fans. They describe this place in a press release as “the first independent institution celebrating sports fandom across the country. The newly created institution will induct its first three fans after a nationwide campaign to identify the most remarkable, inspiring and dedicated fans. The three honorees will be inducted into a permanent Hall of Fans exhibit on ESPN’s Bristol, Conn.-based campus in September.”

Next paragraph: “The Hall of Fans is open to fans of any sport who live in the United States and Canada.* ”

Note the asterisk. At the bottom of the release, it says: ” * Excluding Quebec.”

Now what did those crazy Nordique-loving fools and the home turf for all that’s Montreal, supporting 7.9 million residents living in the country’s largest providence (by area) do this time?

Insist on speaking French.

According to an ESPN spokesperson, whose name we will not disclose to prevent embarassment, we got this response when we inquired why Quebeckers are singled out as non-fans: “We were eager to get the contest up and running, so Quebec was excluded for now. We just weren’t ready to run the contest in multiple languages. As the institution expands, we certainly hope to cast a wider net to honor more fans in the future. If I can answer any other questions, please let me know.”

For starters, how about: Could no one find an English-to-French conversion table in time?

The release continues: “To be considered, fans must submit an essay explaining why they deserve a spot in The Hall of Fans at TheHallofFans.com. Fans may also submit complementary photographs and video material to support their case.” Applications are due August 1. Voting of the top 10 finalists will take place from Aug. 21-31.

The theme of the contest is “Many are Called; Three are Chosen.”

And one giant providence is excluded. StubHub execs might remember that when Canadiens’ fans are looking to unload their season seats after another dismal performance.

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Weekly media column version 07.13.12

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(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
An excerpt from the Freeh Group’s report is shown in Philadelphia on Thursday, which determined that Penn State coach Joe Paterno and other senior officials “concealed critical facts relating to (Jerry) Sandusky’s child abuse.”

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What’s included in this week’s sports media column (linked here): Dribble, drabble and donut holes about things in how we measure a sporting event’s lack of success, why the Freeh report seems to generate such emotional reaction and where to go for the best Stanley Cup travel photos.

What isn’t included:

== Heather Cox will be the new sideline reporter for ESPN’s Saturday prime-time college football game, according to a really big source at the BigLead.com.
Not so fast, my friend.
Our source – Cox herself – says there’s hardly a guarantee she’ll even be at the network this fall. ESPN also said it was far too premature to say she’s Erin Andrews’ replacement in that role.
Cox told us from her home in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday that her contract is up at the end of August and she’s also in talks with others networks and has a decision to make soon. She’s been at ESPN for 18 years.
Cox heads for London to work on the beach volleyball sidelines again for NBC’s Olympic coverage. She’ll be the tall one with the red hair who isn’t Scottish, Irish or confused.

== The Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins, who did the last interview with Joe Paterno, has the honors of being the first recognized for a reactionary column to the Freeh report (linked here), where she in essence writes: “Paterno was no more interested in the full truth than Walt Disney … Paterno was no more interested in the full truth than Walt Disney, The only explanation I can find for this ‘striking lack of empathy’ is self-absorption.”

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Vin Scully, second from right, sings during the seventh-inning stretch during the Dodgers’ visit to Arizona before the All-Star break last week. Telecast director Boyd Robertson is to Scully’s right.

== The L.A. Times’ Patt Morrison should have known better than to do a Q-and-A with Vin Scully (linked here) — “Oh, that voice!” — and not expect a crush of reader response (linked here).

The most interesting thing about Scully we didn’t really know about from that interview:

Morrison question: You’re not on the road with the team anymore. Was it hard to make that break?
Scully answer: In the beginning it was a strange feeling to watch the bus pull away. But at this stage of my life, realistically, I treasure the time that I’m off as well as the time that I’m doing the game.
(Nice of Vin not to correct her on her misinformative question).

== Heck, someone named Hugh Hewitt from something called the Washington Examiner (no relation to Huell Howser) did a thorough Q-and-A with Scully that ran last week (linked here), and he’s still gushing about it (linked here). He should be.

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== The Boston Red Sox’s Single-A minor-league affiliate, the Lowell Spinners, gave out a slimmed down Peter King bobblehead on Thursday — and the Sports Illustrated “Monday Morning Quarterback” was there to sign them. SI.com did a series of non-athletes who’ve been given bobbleheads — including the Chick Hearn bobblehead that once sold years ago at the now-defunct Just Sports store, but completely overlooking out the Lancaster JetHawks’ tribute to Antelope Valley Press columnist Brian Golden bobblehead giveaway years ago (linked here).

In 2003, the Spinners issued a Jack Kerouac bobblehead to honor its most famous citizen — a statue that eventually found its way into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The team plans a second Kerouac bobblehead on Aug. 7 — one that will have a bobble head as well as a bobble arm, depicting the author hitchhiking for one of his “On The Road” adventures. Only 1,000 will be available free.

== Are golf fans impatient for Tiger Woods to win another major?
Less than a week before the British Open starts, ESPN’s Curtis Strange offered this not-real-strange take on the subject when asked Thursday in a conference call: “I’m not so sure the public is waiting for Tiger to win a major as (much as) the media is. I know they have questions on, ‘Is he back?’ That’s the catch phrase of the day. I think as far as the players, they watch him play. The comments are just spectacular, stunning on how complimentary they are on how he’s playing. He’s only the threetime winner on Tour this year. He’s leading the money list, I think. He’s playing pretty damned good. … I expect him to do well, I really do. I think he can get away with some driving the ball erratically over there more so than in the U.S. Open Championship, and I think he can iron it, and his imagination and short game is still very sharp.”

== One of the few humorous lines to come from the ESPY Awards ceremony on Wednesday came from the deadpan line delivered by the Kings’ Dustin Brown. Appearing a half-hour in the show to remind fans they can vote live, via Twitter and ESPN.com, for the “Best Team” award, he added: “And when you do, keep in mind the Kings beat the Devils (for the Stanley Cup). The Devils. We saved the world. Vote for us.” The Kings lost that category, to the Miami Heat, but did win “Best Upset” instead, with Jonathan Quick voted as the “Best NHL Player.”

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Does Mark Madsen have at shot at dancing his way back onto the Lakers’ roster? Check the Stanford Intramurals box scores

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Stanford University photo, via WallStreetJournal.com
Mark Madsen, left, who played briefly in a rec league, was recently hired as an assistant coach for the Stanford men’s basketball team.

Mark Madsen is only 36 years old, after all. Two years younger than Steve Nash.

And he’s been staying in shape while playing, according to the Wall Street Journal, in Stanford University’s Intramural basketball league while he’s enrolled in the business school. The story points out that Madsen’s team, for goodness sake, just tore apart another team called Full Frontal Nerdity.

Why wouldn’t that put him on the Lakers’ radar about a mid-mini-sub-micro-level roster exemption spot?

(Turns out, he was kicked out of the Stanford league when an adminstrator told him there’s a rule that prevents former professional athletes from playing in an intramural league that’s assocated to their sport. Madsen argued that he’s not a “former” pro because he’s not filed retirement paperwork. Those Stanford folks — always taking things literally).

He’s resigned to becoming an assistant coach with the Cardinal’s men’s basketball team. But should the Lakers somehow get back to having a championship parade, it wouldn’t be such a crazy idea to find him again for one more victory dance.

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Play It Forward: July 9-15 on your sports calendar

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Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET

83rd MLB All-Star Game from Kansas City, 4:30 p.m., Channel 11:

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Ten years ago this summer, MLB commissioner Bud Selig went in panic mode and threw his hands in the air, declaring a tie is a tie at his own Miller Park — he had no answer as to unlocking the All-Star game at 7-7 after 11 innings. No one was named the MVP. When the game was called, the fans started the “Bad News Bears” chant of “Let them Play!” — others were yelling “Re-Fund!” — but Selig didn’t buy it. Now, Selig is crowing about how the rule that the winning team gets home-field advantage in the World Series has worked, and more want to play in the so-called Mid Summer Classic than before.

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“The fact is that years ago, we ran into a period where there were a lot of players that tried to find excuses and didn’t want to play,” Selig said. “We haven’t had any of that. There were some people who were critical of ‘this time it counts.’ It’s worked well and it worked well right from the beginning. You see players now that are happy to go. In fact, the only people unhappy now are some people who didn’t make it.”

You mean, like the Dodgers’ Chris Capuano (who pitched Sunday)? Or almost half the Cincinnati Reds roster, complaining that NL manager Tony LaRussa still harbors ill will toward them from his days in St. Louis? Maybe Erin Andrews can coax him into revealing his inner thoughts about why he still seems to irk people in baseball. There could come a time in the game when the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw is opposing the Angels’ Jered Weaver, but watch fast — it would be very brief, with pitchers seemingly only willing to go one inning tops these days. The real moment of truth might come in the later innings: Will the Angels’ Mike Trout rob Washington’s Bryce Harper of an extra-base hit? Will Harper throw Trout out at third trying to stretch a double into a triple? Youth will be served either way. Earlier, the MLB Network has the Red Carpet show (1 p.m.), leading into a 2 1/2-hour pregame show (2 p.m.) and a post-game show (8 p.m.). It also has a All-Star highlight show from the 1980 game at Dodger Stadium (11 a.m.).

MONDAY

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MLB Home Run Derby, from Kansas City, 5 p.m., ESPN:

OK, Kemp. Let’s be careful out there. The Dodgers’ hamstrung star has been given 6/1 odds to win this — same as the Angels’ Mark Trumbo — but Bodova.com has Toronto’s Jose Bautista as the 7/2 favorite. Trumbo, by the way, won the 2009 Texas League Home Run Derby in Double-A. But remember, it’s just an exhibition. No wagering. The shame is we won’t get to oooh and awwww at Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who was to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Sunday and miss out on the derby and Tuesday’s game. The former Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks star could be out up to six weeks.

TUESDAY

WNBA: Sparks at Phoenix, 12:30 p.m.:

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Consider this an idea: Play it outdoors. In the summer Arizona heat. Don’t charge admission. But sell bottled water for $15 a pop. And bring Steve Nash back on the trip home. The Sparks continue traveling to Indiana (Thursday, 4 p.m., ESPN2) before enjoying the month-long break for the London Olympics, where Candace Parker is one of the 12 women on the U.S. team.

WEDNESDAY

Minor-league baseball: Triple A All-Star Game from Buffalo, N.Y., 4 p.m., MLB Network:

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Albuquerque infielder Luis Cruz was supposed to be here, but apparently the Dodgers need him more. Dioner Navarro — remember him — is supposed to represent Louisville in this annual minor-league affair, because the Dodgers need him less. The 28-year-old catcher, a 2008 AL All-Star with Tampa Bay but whose work ethic was questioned by Dodgers management before his release, is batting a team-best .349, which would lead the International League if he had enough at-bats to qualify, but he missed some time with a kidney stone. Louisville is the Cincinnati Reds’ top farm team. Last year, it sent catcher Devin Mesoraco to this game. Last week, Mescoraco hit a homer in a game against the Dodgers. A game where Cruz also started for the Dodgers. It’s the circle of baseball life.

ESPY Awards, from the Nokia Theatre, L.A., 6 p.m., ESPN:

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Riddle me this: Rob Riggle, the host? Because Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t have the time or patience to do it anymore since they’ve moved it from across the street from his show on Hollywood Blvd.? Beyond that, we’re not allowed to tell you anything more that could provoke you to watch it, except that if you’re trying to drive down Chick Hearn Court past Staples Center today, it won’t work. Your drive shaft will be wrapped in red carpet.

THURSDAY

Golf: PGA John Deere Classic, from Silvis, Ill., first round, noon, Golf Channel:

Oh, Deere, it’s come to this. Most of the top sluggers will be overseas prepping for the British Open. The rest are here, avoiding the remains of who didn’t notice the deer crossing signs.

FRIDAY

MLB: Dodgers vs. San Diego, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:

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As much as the Dodgers wanted to start the second half of the season at full strength, the truth is that while Matt Kemp is on target to return for this three-game set against the Padres, Andre Ethier and Dee Gordon remain absent while mending injuries. Will Ned Colletti have chased down Chase Headley by this point to switch uniforms and start playing third base? Saturday’s 6:10 p.m. game (Prime) includes the Tommy Lasorda-Walter Alston bobblehead giveaway before things end on Sunday (Prime, 1:10 p.m.).

MLB: Angels at N.Y. Yankees, 4:05 p.m., FSW:

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Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda is 6-3 with a 2.56 ERA at Yankee Stadium, including a win over the Angels back in April where he went eight scoreless innings. But that was before the Angels decided it was time to bring up Mike Trout. “He’s been a game-changer, offensively, defensively,” New York manager Joe Girardi said earlier this season. “The kid has got a lot of talent, a ton. Usually when you see a guy that fast, you don’t anticipate him hitting the ball that hard. What he’s doing at 20, it’s really pretty amazing. You think about it, most guys don’t hit triples down the left-field line.” The series continues with 10:05 a.m. day games on Saturday and Sunday (FSW).

SATURDAY

MLS: Galaxy at Portland, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network:

David Beckham isn’t suspended for this one, right? They’re playing this game in the stadium where the Portland Beavers’ minor-league baseball team once called home. It’s sad how baseball fields are being taken over by soccer pitches.

SUNDAY

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Golf: U.S. Senior Open Championship, from Lake Orion, Mich., final round, noon, Channel 4:

We tried to get into the field during a qualifier — actually, just a round on our own at Woodley Lakes — but our 97-over didn’t meet the tournament requirements. Then, we tried to get in by saying we were Bernhard Langer. Problem is, he’s actually in the field, along with Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Mark O’Meara, Scott Simpson, Fuzzy Zoeller, John Cook, Fred Couples, Tom Lehman and defending champ Olin Browne.

Tennis: WTA Bank of the West Classic, at Stanford, final, 1 p.m., ESPN2:

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Serena Williams is supposed to hustle back after winning the Wimbledon final to defend her title here. Then she’s gotta circle back to London for the Olympics. Without her, the star power of this event really tapers off dramatically for an event where tickets go for as much as $85 for the final.

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Ain’t it a bitch: Fox Sports could have a real Miss America land in its lap, clawing for EA’s job

Laura McKeeman, part of the Tampa Bay Rays’ broadcast team on Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida, will represent the state of Florida at the Miss America 2013 pageant, the Miss America Organization announced Saturday night.

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McKeeman was crowned Miss Florida 2012 in St. Petersburg, Fla., having got to the event by winning the Miss Pinellas County pageant.

Her official biography: “Currently, Laura is working for FOX Sports Interactive and FOX Sports Florida. She covers college football recruiting, basketball, baseball and much more for the entire southeastern United States. Her official title is Southeast Recruiting Reporter. In addition, she is part of the Tampa Bay Rays Broadcast team on Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida providing content for the Rays Live Pre and Post game shows as well as in-game video spots.”

She tweeted out this morning @Laura McKeeman: So honored to be Miss Florida 2012. Thank you all for your support and kindness. It means the world to me!

Learn more of her dreams and aspirations at her website: lauramckeeman.com, which includes a home page of her wearing eyeblack while holding a football and a baseball.

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Q and A: Nomar goes yard on Kemp’s hamstrung decision to go HR Derby — he should know

Nomar Garciaparra feels Matt Kemp’s strain.

In the 1999 MLB All-Star Game Home Run Derby, Garciaparra was recruited to join in the long-ball exhibition. It was a natural – the Boston Red Sox shortstop, at Fenway Park.

One problem: Garciaparra had spent most of that season on the DL with a bad hamstring, scheduled to come back right after the Mid-Summer Classic. He got clearance, did the drill (only hit two) and then played just a couple innings of the game the next day.

Kemp, after missing most of the first half of this season with a bad hamstring, has agreed to captain the NL Home Run Derby team and take his cuts – but not play in the exhibition game the next night in Kansas City. The 27-year-old’s DL stint is set to end when the second half the season begins.

Garciaparra has Kemp’s back on this one.

The 38-year-old Garciaparra, still living in Manhattan Beach with his wife, Mia Hamm, twin 5-year-old daughters who love to play soccer while his nearly six-month old son watches for now, was able to offer Kemp some pointers before an appearance in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game Home Run Derby (linked here).

Now, the ESPN analyst, still living in Manhattan Beach with his wife, Mia Hamm, twin 5-year-old daughters who love to play soccer with a nearly six-month old son watching for now, talks about whether Dodgers fans have anything to worry about with Kemp, as well as other team-related issues of the day:

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Weekly media column version 07.06.12

UPDATED: 10:30 a.m. FRIDAY:

What’s included in this week’s version (linked here): A slightly trunkated version of the Erin Andrews blog-post column from Thursday (linked here), without noting she is the author of erinandrews.com and daughter of a TV journalist at a local Miami affiliate, plus some smokes and chokes items.

What’s not included:

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== Look how we’re going to get readers to actually pick up a newspaper today. Sorry about that if we caught you off guard.

== A tweeted-out version of the column on Thursday created the suspected response, especially after Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch gave it this endorsement: “@tomhoffarth just posted the harshest critique of @ErinAndrews I’ve ever read.” That left the word “harsh” as the operative verb going forward, with re-tweets and all the new people who’ve now become my followers. That’s creepy enough.

== With the power vested in me, I’ll try to drive knee-jerk traffic to something called SportsGrid.com, where a “rising college senior” named Matt thinks I’m unfair (linked here). He makes some fair points. Says some of the things I point out is “fine.” He’s done a fine job himself here. But I’d respectfully debate after I looked up big words like “ad-hominem.”

== And here’s one from this morning by a BigLead gentleman (linked here) who insists I missed the point. Thanks, Ty. Glad to give you someone’s honor to defend.

== I’m getting far more responses like this — starting with the esteemed Jim Romenesko at jimromenesko.com (linked here).

More from veteran TV reporters: “What’s so unfortunate about what she’s done is open the door for so many other unqualified sports reporters to put on tight shirts, high heels, and call themselves professionals.”

Read more of the comments posted on the blog (linked here) for things like “bravo for having the guts to say some things that are very true but others are afraid to vocalize,” or “Lets be serious: the second you have to say “I’m a dork” but then tweet photos of yourself with SI swimsuit models, it’s safe to say that you’re not and a celeb.” Thanks for figuring this out for yourselves.

== Oh, wait, here’s a lad who seems to get it, Irish-style (linked here).

== And finally, another media scribe goes out on a limb: “Andrews a good fit with Fox’s All-Star team” … Oh, wait, that’s just the headline. He doesn’t actually say as much in regurgitating a press release in the column: (linked here).

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Erin Andrews and Fox: A TV reality show ripe for implosion … and the beauty is, everyone will be waiting to watch it

There’s something about marrying Erin Andrews with Fox Sports that’s just not going to end well. We just can’t put our (insert digital body part) on it yet.

The beauty of it is everyone will want to watch it.

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It’s been less than a week since the “it” girl of TV sports media dared to leave behind a less-than-fabulous body of work built at the ESPN machine after eight years to sign up with the famed Los Angeles-based network that’s always looking an attitude adjustment.

Within a day after her announced arrival — network sports chief Eric Shanks actually called the 34-year-old, sweet-as-pie sideline maven one “of the hardest-working, most-respected individuals in sports television” — Fox said her assets would be sent to be part of Tuesday’s MLB All-Star game coverage in Kansas City.

That’s a warmup act to when she’d start hosting the new college football studio show, a gig that starts Saturday, Sept. 1, when USC plays host to Hawaii at the Coliseum, and will include some exposure on the NFL.

Time to gussy up that that Twitter avatar again.

The assumption is someone at Fox watched Andrews carom through week after week as solo host of the early expanded version on ESPN’s “College GameDay,” given an hour to read off her notes and awkwardly ad-lib on ESPNU before the real crew came to start the party. And they still hired her, apparently distracted enough into thinking she did a real swell job.

A byproduct of the media world where it’s almost impossible anymore to be embarrassed by Twitter, YouTube, TMZ, Flickr or a racy text message – and with an appearance on an Oprah show always there to catch you when you need to explain what it’s like to be a victim in a celebrated Peeping Tom case — Andrew’s career arch has been bafflingly spectacular, titillating the masses who’ve apparently just stopped caring.

The Erin Andrews Effect, as sports media phenomena, is attracting more female communications majors into taking as many shortcuts as possible to grab a coveted sideline reporting job or studio host instead of risking the time and challenge necessary to try play-by-play, game analyst, or even what’s still referred to journalism at a magazine, newspaper or website.

You’d think that by now, someone would have realized that her actions speak louder than her nasally vapid words.

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Now, there’s no runoff: Tarmoh gives up the 100m spot to Felix, and could be sprinting to court (?)

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UPDATED: Today, 11:30 a.m.:

Jeneba Tarmoh has withdrawn herself from consideration for one of three Olympic Team positions in the women’s 100 meters, USA Track and Field announced today in a statement.

In an email forwarded to USATF President Stephanie Hightower at 9:37 a.m. Pacific Time by her agent, Kimberly Holland, Tarmoh said, “I Jeneba Tarmoh have decided to decline my 3rd place position in the 100m dash to Allyson Felix. I understand that with this decision I am no longer running the 100m dash in the Olympic Games and will be an alternate for the event. As an alternate I understand that I will be asked to run if another 100m runner decides not to for personal reasons, and/or on the 4x100m relay.”

In a Sunday afternoon meeting with their coach, managers and USATF officials, the athletes agreed to break their third-place 100 meter dash tie in a run-off, which was to be held this afternoon in Eugene.

“We are disappointed that Jeneba has changed her mind regarding her position on the Olympic Team,” Hightower said. “We all worked hard to reach a consensus on the tiebreaker, but we know that Allyson, Carmelita and Tianna will represent Team USA well.”

The Associated Press reported earlier today that Holland sent the email announcing Tarmoh’s withdrawl.

Felix already has qualified in the 200 after winning that race Saturday. Tarmoh is eligible to run in the Olympic 400 relay.

What could be Tarmoh’s next move? Taking the USATF to court? Deadspin.com already offering up the appropriate speculation needed to further the story in this day in age (linked here).

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