Stanford $$$ Flushed Down Coach’s $70K Toilet?

• While Stanford suffers through athletic budget problems, football coach Jim Harbaugh gets himself a new $70,000 private bathroom & shower.

Jim Harbaugh golden toilet

• The SEC is certainly a selfless b-ball conference. When the players aren’t giving up scholarships to allow other people onto the team, their coaches are giving up raises so they can afford team trips to Australia.

• UConn is taking the first steps to curtail catastrophic cheerleader injuries.

• Schools aren’t sold on Bud Light’s plans for college-colored Fan Cans.

• Are fantasy sports a nightmare for relationships & fan allegiances?

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Frank Caliendo’s 10-Year Vegas Deal. Very Funny

Is there a comedian alive who elicits a larger negative reaction than Frank Caliendo? From what I’ve seen of him he’s OK — although to be fair, I never sat through an entire episode of “Frank TV.” My friend Amazing Larry, however, swears that Rumsfeld used Caliendo DVDs to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. He’ll fight anyone who brings up Caliendo’s name, and he will fight dirty.

Frank Caliendo John Madden Monte Carlo Vegas

Most of America agrees, it seems. With John Madden and George W. Bush having shuffled off into retirement, Caliendo’s two big go-to impressions have also vanished. So what’s a one-dimensional entertainer to do? Well, if you’re Carrot Top or Yakov Smirnoff, you sign a long-term contract with a large hotel-casino to be the house entertainment. Except that Carrot Top (The Luxor in Vegas) and Smirnoff (his own theater in Branson, Missouri) perform in relatively prestigous venues. Caliendo, meanwhile, is stuck in … Read more…

TBS Answers Your Prayers, Gives Ax To Frank TV

Folks, much like the end of the Vietnam War, our long national nightmare is finally over. I’m talking about the news in BROADCASTING & CABLE that TBS has canceled Frank TV. Finally, we can now watch baseball playoff games free from the fear of being bombarded with a barrage of advertisements so unrelenting that even Frank Caliendo felt bad about it. You can expect a ticker tape parade down Broadway for the TBS programmer who made the decision to axe the show.

Frank Caliendo is John Madden

But war is hell, and not all the news is good. The same article also has the news that Caliendo has signed a new two-year deal to continue being not funny on Fox NFL Sunday. Fortunately, you know that he’s always going to be on during the last segment of that show, making it possible to find something else to do in the five minutes before your regional coverage of San Francisco at Seattle begins.

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Yeah, Brett, We Get It - You Like Shooting Things

• What’s more hilarious than showing up at practice and noticing that Brett Favre has put a dead animal in your locker? Reportedly it was a wild turkey, but usually when dead things end up stuffed in lockers in New Jersey, it’s not something to laugh about.

Brett Favre hunting

Ozzie Guillen is in love with a certain team on the south side…of the country.

Misty May-Treanor can win gold medals running around on a beach, but she can’t physically keep up in a competition that still includes Cloris Leachman. So now the well-endowed lawyer’s daughter is back in.

Vladimir Putin released a DVD to teach you about Judo. Next in the series of world leader instructional DVDs: Robert Mugabe’s ground-breaking series of curling lessons.

• Even Frank Caliendo has had enough of the Frank TV ads. And he’s the star of the show.

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Frank Caliendo Is Sorry You Have To Watch Him

I’ve found quite a few things to be annoying about TBS’ coverage of the Divisional Series this season.   Whether it’s having to listen to Dick Stockton butcher names and words constantly, having to deal with Cal Ripken Jr. in the studio show, or hearing that god awful Bon Jovi song over and over (Which town!?  Grow some balls and commit, old man!).   Still, there is one man that has been more annoying than all of them.

It seems as though during every commercial break viewers are subjected to a promo for Frank TV.   TBS must show a commercial for the show at least 20 times during a game, and to be honest, it’s driving me crazy.   Sure, it’s better than having to see Dane Cook all the time, but that doesn’t exactly make it tolerable.   Frankly, I think Frank Caliendo owes us all an apology.   Wait, what?

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T-Wolves Owner Claims KG Gave Up At The End

These Sharpton shenanigans are getting really dull.

• Boston beware? T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor claims that Kevin Garnetttanked it” in his last two seasons in Minnesota.

Kevin Garnett Glen Taylor

• Former Mets GM Steve Phillips admits he wanted a player to take amphetamines. Would that make the drugs “Met-hamphetamines“?

Boom! John Madden and Charles Barkley think it’s turrible that Dish Network would serve up ads featuring Frank Caliendo’s impressions.

Jason Taylor gets his groove on for his “Dancing With The Stars” debut.

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Madden, Barkley Suing Over Caliendo Dish Net Ad

We’ve known for some time that John Madden despises Frank Caliendo’s ape-job of him. We also knew that Charles Barkley wasn’t too happy with Caliendo’s impersonation of him, which started on the TNT set earlier this NBA season.


CABLEFAX DAILY has a report today that cements the idea that both men disdain Caliendo’s parodies, as “Madden and Barkley reps ‘have threatened imminent legal action’” over Dish Network commercials featuring Caliendo doing impressions of the well-fatted duo.

Dish Network though isn’t backing down (obviously, Frank TV fans - who isn’t?).

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Vegas Heaves Sigh Of Selief As TNT Re-Ups Chuck

SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY reports that a new deal will keep Charles Barkley entertaining TNT audiences for years to come - well, at least the next four, anyway.

Charles Barkley playing poker

The deal, which promises to put Chuck’s yearly pay in the mid seven-figure range, is expected to be finalized this week. As part of the new contract, Sir Charles will also be making appearances on NBA TV and showing up online with TNT NBA Overtime.

Looks like Chuck will be able to recoup some of his Super Bowl losses. But what if the deal falls through, and Barkley walks? Read more…

Sir Charles Said To Spawn Speedo if Celtics Win 72

Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY catches this promise (or threat?) from Charles Barkley if the Boston Celtics reach 72 wins this season:

Charles Barkley McDonalds cup

I’ll walk from Atlanta to Phoenix in a Speedo.”

Lucky for Chuck that the TNT studios are in Hotlanta instead of New York. Otherwise, that would be quite a chilly first half of the journey for Sir Charles.

But there’s only one word to describe the vision of Barkley bedecked in barely-there briefs:

Charles Barkley Frank Caliendo

Turrible!

Phil Jackson Apologizes For His Brokeback Mountain Comments

PHIL SAYS HE’S SORRY, DOESN’T WANT ANY HORSE HATE: Phil Jackson cowboyed up Wednesday, and apologized for his post-game comments from the night before:

Phil Jackson wince

HOOPS WORLD reports that the Lakers coach lamented the remarks he made Tuesday after LA’s loss to San Antonio. Jackson had said the game was like “Brokeback Mountain”, “because there’s so much penetration and kickouts.”After getting scolded by the NBA, Phil relented on his choice of movie comparison, sincerely saying, “If I’ve offended any horses, Texans, cowboys or gays, I apologize.”

Blazing Saddles

Jackson also acknowledged those who did get a chuckle: “I want to thank all the TV people and journalists who thought it was humorous in the moment.”But he added, “When you take it out of context, it wasn’t funny. It’s a poor attempt at humor and I deserve to be reprimanded by the NBA.”

Jackson further commented that he thinks he should stick to his day job, and let Jay Leno or David Letterman handle the late-night comedy.

Charles Barkley Frank Caliendo

Or even Frank TV!