December 12, 2012 |
October 29, 2003 |
Actually heard on ESPN on Tuesday afternoon: "As reported earlier on SportsCenter, sources close to O'Neal say he called Bryant twice this summer and in fact Kobe never returned his phone calls." Stay tuned for further developments in this breaking news story. Such as: Did Kobe really get a smaller piece of Phil Jackson's birthday cake than Shaq? And did that, in turn, cause Kobe not to invite Shaq to spend the night up in his backyard treehouse?
May 8, 2012 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - In the bid to build the perfect sports talk show, competition abounds - from the Web, talk radio and, most important, from established ESPN shows such as "Pardon the Interruption. " And yet within this crowded field, ESPN2's sports-debate show "First Take" - a daily two-hour program that alternates between rancor and depth - has flourished. Featuring the commentator Skip Bayless and a rotation of guests that includes pundit Stephen A. Smith, the show with a mix of hectoring and (sometimes)
July 13, 1996 |
A former aide to President Clinton during his first term as Arkansas governor was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $1,000 for conspiring to misuse a $65,000 loan cited in the Whitewater trial of Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and two other defendants. Stephen A. Smith, 47, pleaded guilty in June 1995 to reduced charges in return for testimony against Tucker and James and Susan McDougal, all of whom were convicted May 28.
July 8, 2006
Adam Morrison has the game of Pete Maravich and Kevin McHale. J.J. Redick may be the next John Stockton. Or was that supposed to be Steve Nash? Dirk Nowitzki plays like Larry Bird. Am I the only one annoyed by the sporting press' constant need to compare a white player to other white players? This doesn't apply just to white commentators or reporters either, but to people like Stephen A. Smith of ESPN and Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith of TNT. Even Magic Johnson gets in on the act. It's OK to compare a white player to a black player, and vice versa.