ESPN Axes Ad Campaign For Obvious Reasons

One of the reasons The Worldwide Leader has grown to the level it has is because it quickly quashes anything that has a hint of controversy associated with it. So it’s kind of a shocker that ad agency Anomaly nearly got their campaign for ESPN’s college basketball programming starring “crude stereotypes of students at specific colleges” past them, especially when you read exactly what the mildly-offensive stereotypes were.

Mad Men

(”Who were the ad wizards behind that one?”)

AWFUL ANNOUNCING first broke the news days ago with a full list of the hilariously quasi-racist casting calls they were looking to “represent” a number of schools. Unfortunately, USA TODAY now reports the ad campaign has been canned because the campaign “in no way represent ESPN or the respect we have for the college community.”

As you will see, that’s a big shame.

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Jeter On Camera Phones: “Worst Invention Ever”

Derek Jeter has been the Yankees’ shortstop since 1995, and in that time we’ve seen Al Gore’s baby, the Internet, morph from a primitive means for science nerds to communicate (yeah, Arapanet!) to a sophisticated network of tubes that allows anybody with a camera phone and a USB cable to get their message halfway around the globe in the time it takes to Google “A-Rod’s manly stripper friend.”

Derek Jeter Comic Book Guy

Amazingly, Jeter has somehow managed to stay above the paparazzi fray when it comes to negative publicity, even though he’s one of the most recognizable athletes playing in the largest, media-frenzied market. But that doesn’t mean he’s happy about how technology has made his life more difficult.

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Beijing Cleans Up for Olympics (For a Little While)

Beijing’s city government has solved one of the fears for the Summer Olympics in August: pollution has been banned in the weeks before and during the Games. Environmental action by temporary edict: Al Gore will be so proud.

Beijing's cleaning program

Concrete pouring, excavation, and other smog-inducing activities will cease for a month before the athletes formally arrive. The heaviest polluters have been told to tone it down to the order of thirty percent. Come back, marathoners; all is forgiven!
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Blog-O-Rama: Presenting The Next Erin Andrews

• MR. IRRELEVANT exposes Allie LaForce, a former Miss Ohio & the next Erin Andrews:

Allie LaForce

Oh, and the current Erin Andrews:

Erin Andrews Skin-Tight Pants Photos

Why, she even has her own website up & running! (Which appears to have bee left idle since 2005. Maybe Dan Patrick checks this site everyday, too.)

• AWFUL ANNOUNCING hears that Bob Costas is none too pleased about HBO canceling “Inside the NFL”.

• BILLBOARD is Keeping The Faith that Billy Joel will perform the last-ever concert at Shea Stadium.

• HUGGING HAROLD REYNOLDS slams word that the (formerly Ultimate) Warrior just can’t let Heath Ledger’s death go.

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