What The World Needs Now Is Glove, Sweet Glove

Political cable TV shows tend to give me a headache; they’re pointless, absurdly partisan, and my dog refuses to stay in the house when one is on. I’ve also used Bill O’Reilly’s voice to drive raccoons from beneath my house (sorry, PETA). But once in a while their posturing can be beneficial and result in good, clean fun.

Rachel Maddow

Cable pundits have long known that any heartwarming story connected to our fighting men overseas is good for ratings. And that goes for the Iraqi citizenry as well, apparently; especially when it involves literally exporting our national pastime to them. And so we learn that as of Monday, Iraq’s National Baseball Team only had one uniform (a Japanese one), and nine gloves for about 18 players. And three baseballs. But don’t worry — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is coming to the rescue! Read more…

Tiki Torches Jenna Wolfe On Air w/Naughty Word

While it appears that former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has made the transition from football player to annoying guy on television pretty smoothly, it appears there are still some wrinkles that need to be ironed out. While Barber was on the gridiron, when a linebacker would insult him on the field after a play, Tiki could turn to him and say whatever he wanted back.

Tiki Barber

That’s not how things work on television, though, and something Tiki said to his MSNBC colleague Jenna Wolfe has gotten him in some trouble. Apparently Tiki doesn’t like Wolfe all that much, and he let her know about it on air. Whether he did it on accident, or on purpose, it’s pretty obvious Tiki called Jenna a “total medal count.” Except take the “o” out of “count.” See the video after the jump.

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NBC Sports Website Merging Back Into MSNBC-dot-com Portal

NBC SPORTS WEBSITE MERGING BACK INTO MSNBC.COM: Just over a year after NBCSports.com struck out on its own, the Peacock website is returning to its MSNBC roost.

NBC Peacock Mascot

SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL reports that NBC’s sports site will now be housed on MSNBC’s Internet portal, hoping to increase viewership that’s fallen way below expectations.As an NBC Sports VP admitted, “MSNBC.com drives a lot of traffic. They’re a big front door.”

When NBCSports.com launched as a separate entity in September 2006, almost 900,000 unique visitors stopped by in each of of the site’s first two months of existence.

Since then, readership had declined to the point where site traffic couldn’t be measured, due to falling below “minimum reporting standards for Nielsen Online.”

Of course, Notre Dame’s fumbling football fortunes haven’t helped the situation, either.

So, after trying to compete with the likes of ESPN.com and FoxSports.com, NBCSports.com has flown back to the nuturing nest of an established traffic grabber.

Hayden Panettiere Heroes

That’s too bad. Maybe more photos of Hayden Panettiere in her “Heroes” outfit could have regenerated more viewers.