In case you haven’t seen it yet, ESPN and ABC have produced this opening for their NBA Playoffs TV broadcasts. In the spot, the Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger and Jason Bonham (son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) cover Zeppelin’s classic “Black Dog.” At the very least, it’s an opportunity to look at Nicole.
ESPN’s This is SportsCenter commercials are some of my favorite things the network produces. This time, they catch up with Dwight Howard, who just happens to swoop in to save the day for Hannah Storm. Hilarious.
While I haven’t been able to get my hands on “The Book of Basketball,” the new book by ESPN’s Bill Simmons, this was too funny not to post. Because of the book’s girth (700 pages), the crew from SportsNation wondered if it could literally stop a bullet. While Simmons was a guest on the show, their curiosity was satisfied when my boy Kevin Wildes, SportsNation co-creator, took the book to the local firing range. Enjoy!
So while there might not be anything to do during the summer in Utah, apparently there’s more than enough to do in Birmingham, Alabama. You may have seen some of these shots featured earlier this year in some national Hampton Inn commercials, but after unveilling their third installment – and a “how-to video” in an attempt to silence the skeptics – the boys will be featured on ESPN’s SportsNation either today or tomorrow at 4:00 PM EST on ESPN2.
While ESPN’s Chris McKendry was reporting on Corie Blount‘s day in court live on SportsCenter, watch her reaction when she reads how many pounds of marijuana he was found with and claimed for personal use. Hilarious.
Despite some obvious rust — seeing as he hasn’t played in an NBA game that counted since January of last year — Stephon Marbury looked alright in his Celtics debut, a home win over the Pacers. Even at less than his best (8 pts, 2 asts, 12 mins), anyone can see how Good Steph will help the C’s as a backup point guard; the problem is that everyone is terrified of what will happen if/when Bad Steph shows up. Last night the new Employee #8 had a few timing issues, and naturally he doesn’t know Boston’s playbook yet. But Tommy Heinsohn brought up a good point; since Steph will often be playing against backup point guards, his adjustment period will be that much easier from here on out … If the Pacers hadn’t played the C’s so close, this would have been a good opportunity for Doc Rivers to get Marbury a lot of minutes. T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack will make anyone guarding them have to work, between T.J.’s speed, Jack’s strength, and the fact that both of them are always pushing the pace and looking to shoot. As it stands, Steph could only play in spots as Rajon Rondo (17 asts) had to take care of business … Read More »