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MLB Network Knows All Black People Look Alike
During a stoppage in play due to an injury, MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian developed a serious case of foot-in-mouth syndrome. Not sure if he was just trying to be funny or if he was serious (or both), but for a white guy to say some random black dude looks like a famous black athlete (say Donovan McNabb) probably isn't a good idea.

Vasgersian responded via Kissing Suzy Kolber and at least owned up to his actions while defending himself against any racial allegations:

“I am an idiot .. Save the racial stuff which is just flat out wrong, almost all of what has been posted on my regrettably horrific timing is spot on .. It was a bad decision made on live tv and i can absolutely understand how that make an announcer sound insensitive. Bad on the spot judgment. Nobody feels worse about it than I do guys.”
Let's hope this is the end of it, as it's perfectly understandable for someone who speaks constantly on live television to make the occasional inappropriate slip-of-the-tongue. I'm sure this incident will spur at least one reporter to call up Donovan McNabb and ask him what Terrell Owens thinks about Vasgersian's comments.
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The Bengals Will Be Featured on HBO's Hard Knocks
This is too good to be true. For the past few seasons HBO has featured an inside look during training camp of a different NFL team. Last year it was the Dallas Cowboys, and reportedly this year it's going to be the Cincinnati Bengals. This is assuming of course that the NFL league office doesn't decide to intervene to avoid further embarrassment.

Between attention whore Chad Ocho-Cinco, legally troubled Tank Johnson and Chris Henry, not to mention the rest of the Bengals wacky franchise, this thing could turn into one long episode of Cops or be more entertaining than most comedic sitcoms. Prepare yourself for plenty of shots of Carson Palmer and Marvin Lewis either rolling their eyes or looking incredulous while wishing they were somewhere else. The good news is, if rookie lineman Andre Smith takes off his shirt, they won't have to bother with any censoring since it's HBO.

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Maria Sharapova Used to Play Tennis
Maria Sharapova appears in a cover shoot along with #1 draft pick Matt Stafford for ESPN the Magazine and as you can tell she really seems to enjoy this photography and fashion stuff. Aside from her recent return to doubles action it's been quite some time since we've seen her actually play competitive tennis. I realize she's been dealing with a shoulder injury, but at some point you have to wonder if she's going to waste away a few years of her playing prime due to her celebrity exposure, ala Serena Williams.
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Paddy Gilmore Swing Experiment
Any golfer whose ever seen the Adam Sandler golf flick Happy Gilmore has likely tried his patented hockey golf swing on the range at least once or twice. My personal experience was I would either blast the hell out of the ball if I made good contact or completely shank it by turning over the club face too quickly. Padraig Harrington decided to give it a try and it turns out the running head start really can make a difference. I'm starting to appreciate Paddy more and more, as I'm not sure many professional golfers would be willing to do this on camera. Of course, Harrington's fun and relaxed attitude towards the game is one of the reasons he's won three majors over the last two years.
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Cleveland Fans Should Worry About Eric Mangini
If you're a Cleveland Browns fan right now, chances are after this past draft weekend you're not a big fan of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who publicly ripped Mangini for his evaluation of receiver Michael Crabtree.
“Crabtree as a receiver has been more successful than that guy has been as a coach. I think he took it upon himself to figure that in a few minutes he had all the expertise on the subject of Michael Crabtree that he needed. And so we’ll see how those non-divas up there in Cleveland do this year."
As a fan of the 49ers (who were fortunate to land Michael Crabtree after he unexpectedly slid down to the 10 spot) I personally would like to thank Al Davis for being an idiot and Eric Mangini for making some teams believe Crabtree was a diva, but Browns fans should be genuinely concerned. Lost amongst the various quotes from Mike Leach was the fact that Mangini never even called him to discuss Crabtree.

If I was going to describe the single most important attribute for a successful head coach in the NFL, I would say preparation. The one thing the greatest coaches of all time have in common - from Lombardi to Walsh to Belichick - was they never entered a game without being meticulously prepared. You always knew these guys watched every piece of game tape they could get their hands on and researched every possible angle of attack. In other words, they always did their homework. The same applies to personnel decisions, whether it's the draft or free agency. So to hear that Mangini didn't even pick up the phone and call the coach of the player widely agreed to be the most talented in this year's draft is, well, shocking. Particularly when you consider that Cleveland had the number 5 overall pick.

On the other hand, Browns fans are accustomed to the strategy and game management of Romeo Crennel, so I suppose they'll be more than happy with their coaching upgrade, even if he was castoff by the lowly Jets.

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Rookie Salaries Have Ruined the NFL Draft
Aside from the ridiculous fines and well-deserved No-Fun-League moniker, the NFL is clearly the best run professional sports league. From the introduction of wild card playoff spots to transitioning to a salary cap structure that still allows enough wiggle room for smart teams to establish dynasties, when it really counts the NFL almost always gets it right. Which is why I'm simply amazed that we're entering another year of a draft system that is so obviously broken.

The basic concept of a draft is to create a balance of talent throughout a league, and in turn create parity so every team can be competitive over time. The teams that performed the worst the previous season are awarded the first picks and therefore should be able to obtain the most talented players entering the league. This system worked great for the NFL for many years, but after more than a decade since the league implemented a salary cap, the system is in disarray because rising rookie contracts have caused a distortion of value. We've reached the point where having a top-5 pick is not necessarily a good thing, and when a team is happier about picking 15th overall than first overall because they may be able to get an equally talented player for half as much money, clearly something needs to change.

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Lindsay Soto's Revealing Interview
Versus' reporter Lindsay Soto took advantage of a stoppage in play during the Sharks/Ducks playoff game Tuesday night to talk with Anaheim's Rob Niedermayer. She was wearing a low-cut blouse and upon leaning over to move the mic closer to Rob, gave him quite a show. Some would say her quick move to cover-up the goods was a bit prudish, but I say Lindsay is a consummate professional who knows that if you stick a great set of breasts in the face of any guy the responses to all of your questions will be, "Ummm... yeah... uh-huh... sure I'm listening to you."

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