On Deadspin’s Empty ESPN Assassination Attempt

Want to know why A.J. Daulerio exposed the personal lives of two inconsequential ESPN staffers this week? Here’s why.

Snippet:

At some media organizations you might get rapped for running a premature story. At Gawker Media, you’ll lose way more points for being scooped on a story you had in your hands.

Nick

Nick is Nick Denton, head of Gawker Media - Deadspin’s corporate parent.  Read the entire memo. It’s short, and to the point, and will illuminate you on why things happened at Deadspin the way they did this week.

Enough of the high-minded, journalistic analysis. What Daulerio did Wednesday was about one thing: employment. Read more…

Is Deadspin Making ESPN A Sympathetic Figure?

One of the weirdest media side effects of the entire Steve Phillips/Brooke Hundley saga, as it unfolds, is DEADSPIN’s curious petulance about the whole saga. As Deadspin indicated, ESPN’s refusal to divulge more information than necessary about the Phillips case a month before it broke was enough justification to air dirty laundry about the rest of the sexual shenanigans they’d heard about the WWL. It merited a post titled “ESPN: The Worldwide Leader In Sexual Depravity.” Unequivocal, that.

Deadspin Threat
(Is that so?)

What ensued? A grand total of two stories, neither about anybody that casual ESPN fans have ever even heard of, before a strangely-worded, incorrectly-termed “denouement” that resolved little. Moreover, it had many in the blogosphere - which Deadspin and Daulerio purportedly represent - questioning what the hell the point of this could have been.

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Speed Read: Wait - WSU Cougar RB Almost Died?

It’s not often that injury news takes us completely aback, but that’s absolutely the case over in Pullman tonight. One slightly mentioned aspect of last weekend’s game pitting Washington State against Southern Methodist was WSU’s tailback, James Montgomery, suffering an apparent knee injury. Not that those aren’t serious, but, y’know… they happen.

James Montgomery WSU

But one thing that doesn’t usually happen is a potentially fatal injury that nobody recognizes immediately. That’s what apparently befell Montgomery during the game; after the game, he reported increasing discomfort with the knee, and went in for surgery on Sunday morning. It probably saved his life.

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Did Josh Hamilton’s Coach Lie About Bar Photos?

David Ortiz has got to be thrilled with the way today unfolded. But for the sudden presence of the immediately-infamous Josh Hamilton photos, his press conference today would’ve been the most talked-about story in sports. As is, he’s basically off the hook for now as the sports world digests the surprising photos and even more surprising admission from Hamilton, given the way most sports figures handle unflattering news these days (DENY DENY DENY).

Johnny Narron Josh Hamilton

Unfortunately, one thing that may get lost in all this Hamilton scorn/praise is the extremely curious reaction to the photos by Hamilton’s personal advisor/coach/chaperone, Johnny Narron, who, as Hamilton’s religious mentor deserves scrutiny in the face of DEADSPIN’s questioning.

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Phew! ESPN Has Confirmed Sports Blogs Do Exist

I was all set to write a negative review on ESPN SportsCenter’s new “Blog Buzz” segment after reading early returns from THE SPORTING BLOG’s Chris Mottram. But before I could clean out the pumpkin bread crumbs between my keyboard keys, AWFUL ANNOUNCING had a post up that caused a pullback.

(Historic thaws: Obama recognizes Cuba, ESPN recognizes indie blogs)

Yesterday’s first iteration of the daily segment was a little embarrassing, as it featured a post from the SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL newspaper and one of ESPN’s own blogs. That sparked Mottram’s justifiable criticism, along with an initially similar reax from AA’s Brian Powell.

But to ESPN’s credit, host Josh Elliott addressed that criticism this morning, acknowledging the concern about the segment by quoting Powell from his AA post. Powell next noted Elliott’s admonition in a post today, which caused me to pause before unloading on what, at first blush, looked like a lame attempt to looking cutting edge by the WWL.

Is “Blog Buzz” a headfake to sports blogs by ESPN or the real deal?

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So now it appears that ESPN might genuinely be interested in recognizing the largest-trafficked, most influential independent sports blogs on the web.

I’m still skeptical though, based on a similar concept that was put forth by the highly-respected SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY. Read more…

Stuart Scott Says He Still Won’t Read Sports Blogs

Even after the Buzz Bissinger blow-up, even after the Scott Van Pelt fond farewell, even after the acknowledgment of a semi-clever Agent Zero pun - Stuart Scott still says he doesn’t read blogs.

stuart scott

Dan Steinberg of DC SPORTS BOG was as cool as the other side of the pillow in wrangling up a quick Q&A with the erudite ESPN anchor. Steinberg saddled up to Scott during Wednesday’s Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am, and teed up a few questions for Stuart.

First and foremost: Does Stuart still shy away from sports blogs?

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Brog: Thank Goodness I Looked Above The Urinal

I’d heard from LAT moles that the sports dept. was preparing an upcoming piece on sports blogs for publish, but didn’t know it was out until I visited (and looked above) the trusty, upstairs urinal at Red Rock in WeHo today:

Los Angeles Times SbB Piece

David Wharton (Fight On!) penned the piece, which reports that sports bloggers are now being more responsible in their posting approach.

Truth is, we’ve been that way for as long as I can remember. We’ve a huge audience going back to 2003, and if we posted anything defamatory, we’d have had our a$$ sued off by now. Nothing’s changed here. Business as usual. Read more…

Blog-O-Rama: Abigail Clancy Forgets To Cover Up

• WITH LEATHER keeps abreast of the topless travels of English soccer WAG Abigail Clancy.

Abigail Clancy Peter Crouch girlfriend

(WL’s got the hook-up for more photos of Abby’s freed funbags)

• Michael David Smith of AOL FANHOUSE has the odds on who’ll become DEADSPIN’s next grand poopah.

• In the meantime, the soon-to-be Leitch-less site thinks it’s fabulous that gamblers can now bet on a gay sporting event.

• LAIST spikes up some provocative photos from last weekend’s Lushness X beach volleyball tournament.

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From A Royals Fan To An Esteemed Cardinals Fan

It’s been a great run for Will Leitch at DEADSPIN.com, and I wish him nothing but the best.

Good Luck Will!

Except on June 17-19.

Finding The Mayne Attraction About ESPN’s Kenny

A.J. Daulerio of DEADSPIN had the recent fortune of sitting down for a chummy chat with ESPN personality Kenny Mayne.

Kenny Mayne Point Of View

The stoic, deadpan, “Yahtzee!”-screaming, kayak-riding Dancer with the Stars was the first subject for the website’s newest venture, “Interviews of a Lifetime” - a feature that will do for sports blogging what “Who’s Now” did for sports television.

But we kid the Deadspinning staff.

So, why did Kenny agree to do the interview? Money? Prestige? The fact he has a book coming out entitled “An Incomplete & Inaccurate History of Sport” which hits bookstores on April 22? The world may never know.

Anyway, some fun facts Daulerio dragged out of Mayne’s mind:

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