All Other Sports

Rugby viewers get bonus porn scene between scrums

Remember way, way, way back in the day when you and your friends all gathered around the television set for a good, clean day of food, football and booze, then, suddenly, it was all ruined made even more awesome because of some nipple slippage rippage during the game’s halftime performance? You guessed it, we’re talking about Super Bowl XXXVIII. As male adults, we all loved it. However, the parents of younger children were far less excited about the whole ordeal; in fact, many were downright outraged. So, can you just imagine the hellish fury that would be unleashed if this were to happen in America?

Fans who tuned into New Zealand’s Prime TV yesterday afternoon were exposed to four minutes of hardcore pornography instead of a rugby match.

The network’s owner, Sky, blames the mix-up on a technical problem. The feed was intended for a different channel. “We apologize for any offense which may have been caused,” spokesman Tony O’Brien tells The New Zealand Herald.

TVNZ reports that regulators have received at least one formal complaint about the incident.

“(I was) horrified! It is not the sort of thing I want my 12-year-old to see on TV,” Lorraine Watts tells ONE News. “It was a full blown sex scene.”

“Full blown sex scene,” you say. Hmmm, did one of the participants happen to be named Mr. Boston?

On a side note, VH1’s “I Love Money” is gonna be CRAZY!


[]: Oops: Station airs pornography in place of rugby match
[Steady Burn]: Kids Rugby Broadcast Accidentally Spliced with Porn

General Sports

If Flavor Flav and TO are on the same TV show then it has gotta be good

Terrell Owens just keeps getting stranger and stranger. First he starts crying over his quarterback instead of throwing him under the bus. Then he begins hanging out with Andy Roddick, making up one of the oddest odd couples ever, and now Owens is working on a television show with, of all people, Flavor Flav. While we would love to tell you that T.O. is going to make an appearance on Flavor of Love (which we’re guessing tastes like STDs), but Owens is actually going to be on Flav’s other show called “Under One Roof” which premiers on April 16 on MyNetworkTV. From what we can tell, it’s basically “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” with Flavor Flav playing the role of Will. Yup, this is going to be interesting.

I am really excited about the show and grateful for the opportunity,” Owens said in a statement Tuesday. “I am looking forward to the experience and working with the cast.”

Flav called Owens “one of my most favorite players in history.”

“One thing special I want to say to Terrell is, ‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of my show and consider this episode one extra touchdown under your belt,'” he said in a statement.

A touchdown under his belt is lot better than some of the other things that could end up under his belt if he heads to the set of Flav’s other show.


[]: NFL Star Terrell Owens To Appear On Flav’s New Sitcom

General Sports

Step aside Justin Timberlake, the dance world has a new J.T.

The latest cast of Dancing With the Stars was announced on Monday and, as usual, there were some sports figures gracing the list; most notable was Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor. While we’d love to crack on Ja-Tay for learning the samba and salsa, there’s not much you can say to humiliate a guy who just spent a season sweating for one of the most pathetic teams in NFL history. And considering that his male competition consists of dorks like Penn Jillette, Steve Guttenberg and Adam Carolla, we figure Taylor stands a decent chance. Anyways, if Emmitt can do it, anybody has a realistic shot.

Oh, but the fun doesn’t end there. Some female sports stars also made the cut.

Kristi Yamaguchi and Monica Seles will be cutting rugs as well. Let’s just hope that DWS provides tighter security than those knuckleheads in Hamburg.


[]: `Dancing with the Stars’ Announces Season 6 Contestants

All Other Sports

Jon Bon Jovi doesn’t like mainstream sports

Are you one of those people who can watch absolutely any trivial garbage that comes across your television screen? If so, then, boy oh boy, do we have the show for you!

NBC announced yesterday that they will have a sports/reality show where people compete for a chance to participate in the U.S. championships which could even lead to a trip to the 2010 Olympics. Not spicy enough for you? Well, what if we throw Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi into the mix? Sounds like a crazy combo already, but you haven’t heard anything yet. So, are you curious to know the sport these athletes will be competing in? Would you believe us if we said curling? Better yet, what if we told you the name of the show was going to be Rockstar Curling?

According to sources, the two rock stars are among a group of entertainment types who rent arena time on occasion to pick up brooms instead of guitars.

Organizers are trying to negotiate a deal to get one of them involved, possibly as a host.

The series is the brainchild of New York-based sports marketing agency mktpartners and Carr-Hughes Productions of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Mktpartners has an office in Toronto and has an advertising commitment from the likes of Tourism Canada, sources say.

“This show is all about the opportunity to expose American viewers to curling,” said Colin Campbell, Canadian president of mktpartners and one of the creators of the show. “We feel there might be some great athletes out there who might develop into good curlers given the chance.

We know lots of people actually enjoy the sport, but we just don’t see how it will translate to the tube. Of course, we thought Pirate Island had more potential than Dancing With the Stars, so what do we know.


[]: Rock stars courted for curling reality show

General Sports

Forget Roger Clemens; you’re telling us Wolf might be juiced!?

If you’ve had an opportunity to watch the souped-up new version of American Gladiators then you already know the show just isn’t what it used to be. Okay, we’ll just say it: it totally blows. But, don’t worry, it probably won’t be around much longer. After all, nothing sinks a crummy, revamped game show faster than a steroid scandal.

NBC has been testing the 12 cast members of “American Gladiators” for performance-enhancing drugs, according to a report today in the authoritative trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable.

The performers – all body builders competing in a new version of the rough-and-tumble show of the early 1990s – were all tested when they underwent their initial physicals, the magazine says.

In addition, cast members’ contracts require them to submit to tests at any time during the competition.

NBC confirmed the steroid tests but declined to give any background on the policy.

It was not immediately clear why NBC thought it necessary to test the competitors for what is clearly an entertainment show – not a sporting event.

Not clear as to why they’d want to test? Are you serious? Haven’t you ever heard of a level playing field? NBC doesn’t want their Gladiators to have an unfair advantage against the regular Joes who compete on the show. Oh, wait, isn’t that the entire point of American Gladiators?


[]: `Gladiators’ Tested For `Roids

General Sports

The new American Gladiators looks an awful lot like 300

See, we weren’t `taking a little dip into our Bolivian marching powder‘ when we brought you the news of a revamped American Gladiators. Just check out this completely overdramatic commercial for the premier of A.G.

“A mystical breed of warrior”?? Somehow we just don’t see mystical warriors sporting names like Malibu, Lace, Sunny, Bronco, Gold, Tower, Dallas, Sky, Laser or Zap.

MLB General

Selig slithers, sarcastic Stern supports

Bud Selig just doesn’t get it. Or he gets it but thinks we’re so stupid that we’ll just accept whatever he says. At a panel discussion sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Selig defended the DirecTV deal.

I agonized over” the decision to go with DirecTV, Selig said. “Obviously our objective is to get our product in front of as many people as possible. … But the number of people who can’t get DirecTV is very, very small.

Yes, only about 5,000 current subscribers will not have access to DirecTV, but of the 230,000 cable customers, how many will want to toss out their entire setup which might include cable specific DVR equipment and install a dish on their roofs just to follow their favorite team?

Now we firmly believe in capitalism and free enterprise but let’s call a spade a spade. This is a move driven solely by dollars and cents. The fact that Bud Selig is trying to sell it like he “agonized” over whether to take the money and run is a slap in the face to all smart consumers. We would respect Bud more if he just said, “DirecTV offered us a deal we couldn’t refuse. We hope the great fans will switch to DirecTV but for those who cannot do so, we still have MLBTV on the internet.”

At the same panel, NBA commish David Stern said that having Congress look into the deal between MLB and DirecTV was ridiculous.

As a taxpayer, I think the most important thing the Senate should be doing is holding hearings on Bud’s DirecTV package. I don’t care about health care or … the war in Iraq.

We have to agree with David Stern (aka The Biggest Badass Commish in History) here. It’s not as much of a time waster as renaming french fries to “freedom fries” but they really should have more things to do. How is it that Stern can step into a PR fiasco for Bud Selig and sound smart?

[AZ Central]: Selig defends DirecTV deal, gets support from NBA’s Stern

MLB General

Jose Canseco desperately needs more attention

…or money, or steroids.

According to a press release, Jose is shopping around a new reality show called “A Day With Jose”.

Contestants will “pitch” their fantasy day ideas to a panel of judges, and 6 finalists will surprise Jose with their planned activities — and compete for the ultimate prize — Jose’s 40/40 DIAMOND RING!

Wow… Joe Canseco’s 40/40 Diamond Ring. Awesome. That’s worth maybe $10k. Meanwhile, the only contestants we think will try out are reality show whores who will use it as a stepping stone to an “acting” career. We’d actually like to spend a day with Canseco and live blog the whole thing:

9:00AM: Showered. Took some steroids with Jose.
10:00AM: Got another supplement. Helped Jose pick out a see through shirt for him to wear.
11:00AM-5:00PM: Grilled Jose Canseco on how much steroids he injected into Mark McGwire’s ass.

Didn’t Canseco try this Day With Jose business 4 years ago?

[Larry Brown Sports]: Jose Canseco’s Trying For a Reality TV Show: A Day with Jose

General Sports

Odds and Ends: The Worldwide Runner Up in Online Sports!

The new king

Duh duh duh… duh duh duh. It seems that FoxSports has overtook in the Nielsen NetRatings. The 800 lb gorilla has been stepped over. This story is getting a ton of play in the blogosphere because bloggers hate ESPN. While Fox Sports, The Sporting News, and especially AOL Sports embraced bloggers, ESPN gave them the finger.

This news that has been dethroned might have been the reason why’s Editor in Chief was relegated to a lesser role yesterday. Seems that the bad karma associated with stealing scoops finally caught up with them. Now if only Versus would get their shit together, we might have an alternative to Sportscenter and Stu “Boo Yah” Scott.

In other news…

[Techdirt]: Why Blacking Out March Madness Online Doesn’t Make Sense

[SignOnSanDiego]: when a Terrell Owens or Michael Vick or Antonio Gates jersey is sold, each of the 32 NFL teams gets about 11 cents.

[isporty]: Top 10 Dirty Sports Names (How is Lucious Pusey not #1?)

[Farther Off the wall]: Which Dodgers monkey/intern designed this tshirt?

And finally, we have two random items. First is this excellent video of Ricky Gervais being brillaint. And second is this tidbit from the New York Post: “New York Ranger Brendan Shanahan was blindfolded and ball-gagged as trannies danced around him.” Sounds like a great time.

General Sports

Beat it Skycam, you’re old news

The latest million dollar dinosaur

As if men don’t sit on the couch and stare at the idiot box for enough hours in a week already, 360 Replays has created some new technology that could permanently change the way the male population across the planet wastes their free time.

The good folks at 360 Replays have just announced the completion of 3D sports replay system that consists of 40 different cameras and can be used to capture and instantly replay video from almost any angle. The system is know as VantEDGE technology that works in the same fashion that your favorite NFL video game will allow you to rotate the camera around the ball carrier while zooming in and out at the same time. The only thing missing from your sports watching experience now is the recliner with a built in fridge.

If that’s not cool enough for you then maybe its practical applications will win you over. How does the sound of eliminating every stupid referee’s decision during an NFL challenge hit you? Or no longer having to scream at the television because the refs couldn’t see that the ball was clearly out of his hands before the buzzer sounded. Well, those days are over because officials will now have the technology to view any play from any angle and eliminate any forced personal judgments.

We see this as a major milestone in bringing together the current need for more accurate video playbacks in many sports, as well as a new way for spectators to view the sport,” said Dean Esler, chief technology officer at 360 Replays. “By combining the ability to record enormous amounts of video with 3D data processing, we are able to provide views from almost any angle which is both entertaining to the viewer, and important to game officials.

On behalf of sports fans across the globe; thank you 360 Replays. Thank you.


[]: 360 Replays releases improved 3D sports-replay prototype