Fox Sports Asks The Hard ?s: Gay Porn or WNBA?

A couple years ago, after leaving a particularly crappy soul-sucking office job, I made a solemn vow to myself that I would never work in a typical office or cubicle again. No more staring at the portable, thumbtackable walls of a cubicle. No more endless, pointless meetings about nothing at all. I spent the majority of my 20s sitting under the harsh glare of flourescent lighting and decided that I was not going to waste my life as a Dockers-and-polo-shirt-clad cog in someone else’s corporate machine.

Fox Sports Cubed

Then again, maybe if I’d been working at FOXSPORTS.COM, I’d be singing a different tune. They debuted a new comedy-reality-web-show-thingy this week, a sort of “The Office meets talk radio meets entry-level marketing position” series, that makes the office life look, well, pretty damn fun after all.

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Chad Johnson Goes Loco On A Local Reporter

Let’s be honest, some sports reporters just don’t know how to ask questions, and just wind up going in there and wasting a player’s time and making all of us uncomfortable.

Chad Johnson at Bengals practice

Such would have been the case with the Bengals’ Chad Johnson, who gives us yet another shining example of eluding coverage. It’s after the jump, and it is awesome.

I hope he did a creative dance after this, because it’s truly worthy of such.

I’m just happy to see Chad in camp. Well, I’d rather have the Redskins’ two first round picks, but I’ll take what I can get.

Kenny Smith Takes A Crack At Kobe’s Car Jump

By now, we’ve all seen Kobe Bryant’s jacked-up jump over a speeding Aston Martin. Although it was quite a video treat - thanks, Hollywood! - it’s still a dangerous stunt to actually attempt. Even at the start of his own clip, the Lakers star had warned viewers not to try it themselves.

Kobe Car Jump Kenny Smith

Apparently, Kenny Smith wasn’t listening. The “Inside The NBA” co-host figured if Kobe could coast over a car, why couldn’t he? So, Smith brought along a TNT camera crew, slipped on his styling sneakers, and readied himself for the big leap forward.

How did he do? Check out the video after the jump.

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Blog-A-Roni: ‘86 Dodgers Do The Baseball Boogie

• The LADIES… dance over the remarkable sight of the 1986 Los Angeles Dodgers doin’ the Baseball Boogie.

• YOU BEEN BLINDED raises their bids (among other things), as a nude photo of Tom Brady’s gal pal Gisele is on the auction block.

• Trying to cope with the Pope’s new announcement, DEUCE OF DAVENPORT offers up their own seven deadly sins of sports.

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What Does “Nine Years Ago” Have To Do With It?

Chris Berman responds today in the MIAMI HERALD to now-notorious internet videos of him acting like a jackass on the set of Monday Night Football.

Chris Berman Hot Dog

And the only thing more absurd than the unpleasant behavior seen by Berman in the videos is his subsequent reaction to them getting out. Read more…

ESPN Tries To Put Toothpaste Back In (You)Tube

Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY confirms our suspicions about the now-missing Chris Berman videos: ESPN told YouTube to take them down.

Chris Berman Videos Pulled By ESPN Too Late

“How do you get that kind of toothpaste back in the tube? ESPN’s Josh Krulewitz says ESPN, arguing the Berman videos are owned by ESPN, asked YouTube.com to remove the videos — which happened. What about other websites? Says Krulewitz: “We’re in frequent contact with YouTube because they’re the table-setters and the others feed off them.”

Those “others” include the ever-industrious gang led by DEADSPIN’s Will “Banned by ESPN!” Leitch. The Gawker media site is currently hosting the videos, and it’s safe to assume that they will now live a long and productive life thanks to the miracle of .flv files . Read more…

Inevitable: Berman Video Clips Taken Off YouTube

The main account where the Chris Berman videos have been popping up in the last week is no longer hosting the videos.

Chris Berman explodes on-set at ESPN

It was just a matter of time.

The unnamed person who uploaded the videos has admitted that the videos were designed to knock Berman down a peg or two, which, at least to us, they did. And that a video of another announcer might be uploaded in the future. Sadly, it looks like we’ve seen our final episode - at least from that account.

ESPN officially addressed the videos yesterday. We wonder if it’s any coincidence that the videos were pulled the next day. Probably not.

ESPN Defends Berman Over Actions “Years Ago”

Michael David Smith of FANHOUSE reports today that he was contacted by ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz about the Chris Berman videos that have been widely circulated on the internet over the past week.

Chris Berman explodes on-set at ESPN

ESPN’s official statement, via Krulewitz: “The off air videos are now nearly a decade old and do not reflect his typical workplace demeanor, his relationships with co-workers, nor the contributions he has made to ESPN over many years. Chris has a tremendous connection with sports fans and his body of work should not be judged by a few minutes of unguarded language uttered years ago. We aren’t excusing the language used and will be emphasizing to our workforce the importance of using appropriate language in the workplace.

We’re shocked the folks at ESPN are responding to this publicly. From a PR standpoint, it’s probably the worst thing they could do UNLESS they know there are more videos coming (they probably don’t know, so this is a hedge, no doubt). Read more…

Latest Berman Video: Al Michaels Is A “F**khead”

What’s this? Yet another Chris Berman video? Joyfully, it’s true. YouTube member Ampex2000 unleashes the latest from Boomer’s behind-the-scenes braggadocio.

In this installment, Berman practices one of the hardest things he’s ever had to say to former co-worker Al Michaels - “Thanks, Al!” (language slightly NSFW):

Of course, the best is saved for last, as Berman bellows at the end:

See ya then, Al! Sure you can’t wait, ya f**khead.”

We’re Really Rooting For A Ron Franklin Hissy-Fit

Will Leitch of DEADSPIN has a brief Q & A with the guy posting the Chris Berman videos on the internet.

Chris Berman

It turns out he(?) is a disgruntled former co-worker of Berman booger, and the videos are his way of exacting revenge (and entertaining the giddy masses).

The best part of the visit: He/she said “if I have time I have one more that will probably piss off another announcer.