January 26, 1994 |
A bus pulls up to Fox television's first football game and out steps John Madden. September, 1994. "OK! Let's earn that money! There's the kickoff! BOOM! That was some kick, Pat!" "Sure was, John." "WHAM! Good kick! So how much I make there? Ten thousand bucks? KA-CHING! Did you hear that cash register, Pat?" "Sure did, John." "I'll tell ya!" "First and 10, Cowboys." "This is a BIG play, Pat! Even though it's still EARLY, I mean! KA-CHING! Twenty thousand dollars!" "Aikman . . ."
September 17, 1998 |
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. What: "John Madden's Ultimate Tailgating," by John Madden with Peter Kaminsky Publisher: Viking Price: $24.95 Food and football go hand-in-hand with John Madden. So why not a Madden cookbook for football tailgaters?
January 25, 1994 |
Is John Madden worth $8 million per year? Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of the Fox television network, apparently thinks so. As expected, it was announced Monday that Madden will be Fox's lead football analyst beginning next season, and sources are now saying he got a four-year, $32-million contract. Initially, it was reported as a $30-million contract. If the $32-million figure is right, he will make $325,000 per game . Few network analysts make that much a year.
September 6, 2012 |
Will the actors and filmmakers from your favorite movie be making room on their mantels this award season? Or watching the Oscars from afar? Oscar 8-Ball knows all. Throughout the coming months, Gold Standard columnist Glenn Whipp will assess the chances of the films in contention. Maybe that includes "Ted. " Probably it doesn't. Only the magic Oscar 8-Ball knows. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" charmed American audiences and wowed their U.K. counterparts, grossing more than $130 million worldwide since its May release.
April 17, 2013 |
Sochi officials have announced that they hope to make their city safer and more appealing by killing more than 2,000 stray cats and dogs before the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to the RBC Daily newspaper. "It's obvious that there should be no animals on the streets," Sergei Krivonosov, a government official, told the paper. "We have responsibilities to the international community. Killing [strays] is just a faster way to solve this task. " Russian press has reported public protests in response to the announcement.
March 19, 2012 |
Now that one shoe has dropped with Peyton Manning choosing the Broncos, some of the focus shifts to the other -- what happens to Tim Tebow? It's likely that Denver will trade Tebow as soon as possible, and in fact that might have been one of Manning's stipulations for picking the Broncos. After all, considering Tebow's popularity, Manning wouldn't want the distraction of a segment of the fan base pushing for a quarterback change after a bad game. So where is Tebow most marketable?
January 21, 1994 |
Bob Stenner's life was sailing along. He has a great job. As the lead football producer for CBS, he gets to travel to a big NFL game every week. Pat Summerall and John Madden are his buddies. So are a lot of current and former football players. Stenner, a bachelor, lives in a picturesque area of Southern California. His New York colleagues, enduring freezing temperatures, were envious of the warm winter he was enjoying. Things were looking particularly good in early December, when Stenner signed a four-year contract with his network.
November 28, 1999 |
Charles Barkley is 36 and says--as he has before--that this is his last NBA season. For sure, playing for the struggling Houston Rockets doesn't inspire him. "I'm sick of us having team meetings and hearing cell phones and beepers ringing in the middle of them," he told Fran Blinebury of the Houston Chronicle. "We used to come into this locker room before games and watch videotape of previous games or scouting tapes of that night's opponent. Now we're in here watching and listening to BET.
November 5, 2012 |
The drama "Broken" led the way Monday with nine nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, including best film. Rufus Norris was nominated in the debut director and director categories. Also nominated were Tim Roth as lead actor and Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear as supporting actor. Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers" and Peter Strickland's "Berberian Sound Studio" earned seven nominations each. Joining those three titles in the category of best film are "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "The Imposter.