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Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Gophers men’s basketball on the radio, sponsored by Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels: A RandBall correspondent who listens to Gophers basketball games on the radio says no joke, that’s what he heard last night. Talk about serendipity for the 2006-07 season.

Waste Management: The very same night, with his own ears, RandBall hears a Waste Management commercial during a Timberwolves radio broadcast. Seriously, we aren’t making it up. You can’t make things up that are this good. It brought to mind the famous Flip Saunders quote, “We’re not in waste management,” which he used to describe a proposed trade with the Knicks seven years ago. These days: The Wolves have no problem with waste management, both as a sponsor and as a philosophy for assembling a roster.

Sean Salisbury addressed the “chew or Jew” question on his radio show yesterday. We’re ready to move on. Perhaps Sean should do the same.

KG is said to be in a Foot Locker commercial set to air during the Super Bowl. See, all the way up to TV now!

The Big Lead has a link to a forum in which someone claims to have made money off latest Bengal to be arrested. We remember when on-line sites started offering odds. We can’t believe there were actual takers, let alone an actual winner. (This, by the way, brings us into the 21st century Interweb era. Phew, our work here is done).

Tomlin or Grimm: This hardly ever happens

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Seriously, we can’t recall a time in which information about a coaching hire was so divergent, to the point that different sources are confirming different coaches will be hired. We’re used to the denials and the hedging, but this? says Mike Tomlin will be the Steelers’ new coach; ESPN denies the report early, then confirms it late Saturday. Even later, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Russ Grimm, not Tomlin, will be the man. Others are saying no decision until Monday, which might give Ron Rivera a chance if the Bears lose today. Not only all that, but ESPN has added a paragraph disputing the Tribune-Review story, which reads “The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that Grimm will be hired as the new Steelers’ coach, but ESPN is sticking by its report that Tomlin will succeed Cowher.” It’s great to have the story first. It’s even better to have the story right. No matter what, somebody is going to take a mighty hit on this story.

How did Robert Smith get that hot scoop?

Monday, January 15th, 2007

OK, Vikings fans, you can “officially” start salivating about drafting Ted Ginn Jr., as the Buckeyes wide receiver has decided to turn pro. But the best part about the whole thing is how he made the announcement in “a statement to ESPN’s Robert Smith.” Such an intrepid reporter, that Bob Smith. Oh, and a former Buckeye. I wonder if that helped.

Quite frankly, we’ve never watched Quite Frankly

Friday, January 12th, 2007

And apparently we never will. Stephen A. Smith’s unpopular show is no longer, so he will have to take his shouting elsewhere. Kudos to the kids at Deadspin and, even more so, Synergy of Sports for digging up the tidbit about the cancellation, which we can’t seem to find anywhere else. It’s theirs and theirs alone! No word yet on whether this means an end to typing columns on a BlackBerry. We certainly hope not, and even more than that, we hope sometime 2 C A col. wrt in textspeak.

MNF bringing sexy … check that … Kornheiser back

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

In fact, the whole Monday Night Football crew is coming back, according to Newsday. That’s right, a whole ‘nother season of awkward banter and news about Tony Kornheiser’s fantasy football team. Sorry, we thought it was a great idea at first, but Kornheiser’s first year was, in a word, disappointing. He has potential. Maybe year two will be different. Maybe Tony will stab Theismann in the leg with a fork to liven things up. We’ll just have to see.