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July 19, 2013
Nate Silver—and by extension his FiveThirtyEight brand—is leaving the New York Times and going to ESPN. Sucks to be the Times, which scored big during the last election because they had him on staff. He’s expected to work closely with this guy on the telly.

Nate Silver—and by extension his FiveThirtyEight brand—is leaving the New York Times and going to ESPN. Sucks to be the Times, which scored big during the last election because they had him on staff. He’s expected to work closely with this guy on the telly.

20:57 // 1 year ago
July 17, 2013
The always-feisty Keith Olbermann is coming back to ESPN after a 16-year absence to host his own show on ESPN2, with one major condition: He can’t talk politics.

The always-feisty Keith Olbermann is coming back to ESPN after a 16-year absence to host his own show on ESPN2, with one major condition: He can’t talk politics.

10:17 // 1 year ago
December 1, 2012
Politico is … it’s like ‘Who won the day?’ kind of thing, right? They’re trying to cover it like it’s sports, but not in an intelligent way at all, right? And they want to create noise, basically, right? Their whole thing is, you have to have a lead story about some gaffe that some candidate made on the campaign trail.
Nate Silver • Taking down Politico, which attempted a takedown of Silver just before the election, during an interview with ESPN’s Bill Simmons. Silver, who suffered a pretty solid rip at the hand of Dylan Byers just before the election, now won’t give Byers, who wants an interview with the FiveThirtyEight founder, the time of day. Silver, by the way, knows a thing or two about sports — he spent years devising a baseball-statistics system before moving into politics.
19:08 // 1 year ago
May 2, 2012
11:05 // 2 years ago
March 29, 2012
Today in forgiveness. Key quote from fired ESPN employee Anthony Federico: “We didn’t talk about the headline for more than three minutes.” Nice to hear.

Today in forgiveness. Key quote from fired ESPN employee Anthony Federico: “We didn’t talk about the headline for more than three minutes.” Nice to hear.

19:19 // 2 years ago
February 24, 2012
It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side. We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly unusual circumstances.
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers • On the reversal of his 50-game suspension. Braun, the most recent NL MVP, challenged a recent drug-related penalty and was successful in overturning it. Because his urine sample was not sent to the testing facility on the same day it was collected, the MLB Players Association announced the decision’s reversal. Not everyone agrees with this decision; Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, claimed this reversal to be ”a real gut-kick to clean athletes.” source (viafollow)
11:20 // 2 years ago
February 19, 2012
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February 18, 2012
13:36 // 2 years ago
January 26, 2012
Joe Paterno’s memorial service: A strong defense against a grave offense
Paterno, remembered: During Thursday’s memorial service, numerous speakers remembered the longtime Penn State figure’s life, and his time as a coach, with great reverence, showing respect for the man at a time when his legacy has been clouded by controversy. Speaker after speaker — family, friends, and disciples — spoke reverently of him, emphasizing a legacy that goes far beyond that of an unspeakable scandal, one that improved many lives and the scope of a university. Perhaps none said it better than Nike chairman Phil Knight: “If there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation, and not in Joe Paterno’s response.” Penn State football, under Paterno, was known for its great defense; the defenders came out strong Thursday. source
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Paterno, remembered: During Thursday’s memorial service, numerous speakers remembered the longtime Penn State figure’s life, and his time as a coach, with great reverence, showing respect for the man at a time when his legacy has been clouded by controversy. Speaker after speaker — family, friends, and disciples — spoke reverently of him, emphasizing a legacy that goes far beyond that of an unspeakable scandal, one that improved many lives and the scope of a university. Perhaps none said it better than Nike chairman Phil Knight: “If there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation, and not in Joe Paterno’s response.” Penn State football, under Paterno, was known for its great defense; the defenders came out strong Thursday. source

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23:22 // 2 years ago
November 27, 2011
Syracuse fires Bernie Fine, coach accused of molestation: The case against Fine, who has faced these allegations for many years, intensified in recent weeks for multiple reasons. First, ESPN reported the story after a second victim came forward. Second, a third victim came forward after ESPN ran the story. And third, a particularly devastating phone call with a woman, believed to be Fine’s wife Laurie, was recorded by one of the alleged victims. In the phone call, the woman said this to the victim: "I know everything that went on, you know. I know everything that went on with him … Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues … And you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted …" (To add a particularly strange angle to the story, the victim who recorded the call says he had a sexual relationship with Laurie Fine when he was 18, which he later told the coach about.) All in all, the allegations became too much for Fine to overcome, and the school let him go Sunday night.

Syracuse fires Bernie Fine, coach accused of molestation: The case against Fine, who has faced these allegations for many years, intensified in recent weeks for multiple reasons. First, ESPN reported the story after a second victim came forward. Second, a third victim came forward after ESPN ran the story. And third, a particularly devastating phone call with a woman, believed to be Fine’s wife Laurie, was recorded by one of the alleged victims. In the phone call, the woman said this to the victim: "I know everything that went on, you know. I know everything that went on with him … Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues … And you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted …" (To add a particularly strange angle to the story, the victim who recorded the call says he had a sexual relationship with Laurie Fine when he was 18, which he later told the coach about.) All in all, the allegations became too much for Fine to overcome, and the school let him go Sunday night.

21:33 // 2 years ago