It’s Out of the Question: Roussey has style, and Stiles in the wings?

That’s the real Ronda Rousey (USA Today/Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Rowdy Ronda Rousey should surely arouse more than just some rudimentary interest in whether she’ll have her pretty face busted up in an octagon.

And don’t call her Shirley.

When does the movie career launch for this rebellious female with a clause in her UFC contract?

There’s supposed to be a rep deal with the William Morris Agency  already signed, and her peeps have supposedly taken meetings to hear the usual pitches.

Again, Ronda Roussey.

How long do we wait to see the next shrewish Steven Segal of the silver screen?

We’re not talking about getting sucker punched by some Hulk Hogan as “Mr. Nanny” career. Yet, there’s no preconceived concussions that she’s going to pull off some Oscar-like “Million Dollar Baby” thespianistic arm bar either.

As she’s primping in the gym waiting for “Cyborg” Santos to slim down to become her next rock ‘em, sock ‘em punch partner, think Rousey would be up for a comingling with Gina Carano, Lindsay Vonn and Laila Ali for a real hell-cat  “Charlie’s Angels” remake?

Or at bring her on as a stunt double for Danica Patrick on GoDaddy commercials?

Rousey may not give an “It”-girl thought about all this cinematic concocted commotion, and a career as a live version of Ms Pacman could be enough to satisfy her basic instincts.

This time, Julia Stiles

So while all that’s in the rewrite mode, would Julia Stiles (older sister of Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”) be believeable and available to play the role of Rousey in the story of her life? Continue reading

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Weekly media column version 02.22.13

That’s the new Fox Gyro-Cam above, used in Sunday’s Daytona 500 coverage. Fasten your seat belts and barf bags.

What qualified as newspaper column fodder this week: How this weekend’s “Girls Gone Wild” events featuring Ronda Rousey in the UFC octagan and Danica Patrick on the Daytona 500 pole could draw more eyes than any other male-dominated sports event on TV this weekend.

What was left as the remains of the blog: Continue reading

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Where did Ronda Rousey get her social media skills? Maybe it started with her older sister — and ESPN.com reporter

Ronda Rousey’s older sister might be tweeting louder than usual on Saturday. But then, that’s her job.

When the UFC 157 main event takes place at Anaheim’s Honda Center – the first all-female fight between Rousey and Liz Carmouche — ESPN.com reporter Maria Burns Ortiz will do her best to keep her usual yells and screams for her sister in check.

Ortiz, a Boston-based social media columnist for the ESPN website (she’s @BurnsOrtiz on twitter) as well as a contributor to Fox Sports Latino, was an editorial assistant at Sports Illustrated, a reporter at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel and a stringer for the Associated Press. She had been covering soccer for ESPNSoccernet before she took her current assignment nearly two years ago. She is also an adjunct professor in the Journalism Department at Emerson College, used to teach a course on digital sports journalism at Tufts University and was the chair of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Sports Task Force.

Her plan Saturday is to stay engaged in a story she’s doing about UFC president Dana White and how the organization has capitalized on its early adaptation of social media. Meanwhile, her heart will be following Rousey’s pursuit of history. Continue reading

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Roll with it: More chick-related sports (con’t)

It’s not enough that Ronda Rousey has our Saturday night viewing in a committed relationship with her UFC event in Anaheim, and Danica Patrick dance card on the Daytona 500 pole has piqued our interest on Sunday morn.

The San Fernando Valley Roller Derby rolls into the mix as well.

The team called Like OMGs will host the SoCal Roller Derby in its second home match of the season Saturday at 7 p.m. at the North Hollywood YMCA outdoor hockey rink (11455 Magnolia Blvd.). Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets runs $10 at the door (kids 10 and under are free).

The San Fernando Valley Roller Derby, launched in January 2011, is a non-profit, member owned-and-operated league under the rules of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. More info: www.sfvrollerderby.com

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A Magic statue double-double take

We weren’t aware that they’ve got a Magic Johnson statue outside both Staples Center in L.A., and also one at the Breslin Center at Michigan State.

Weird how they look so much the same, eh?

Probably not.

The L.A. version is really a knock off of the East Landsing, Mich., version.

The same guy did ’em both.

As ESPN showed us during the Indiana-Michigan State broadcast today, Magic was able to go to work today and walk past a statue of himself before sitting with Dick Vitale and Mike Tirico on the telecast.

Omri Amray of Highland Park, Ill., is credited with sculpturing the 12-foot Johnson creation sitting in Michigan, dedicated in 2003.

The L.A. piece, standing 17 feet tall, was put up in 2004. It is credited to  Amrany and Gary Tillery.

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