Former Denver Broncos cheerleader Michelle Beisner joins ESPN


Today, ESPN hired Michelle Beisner, more commonly known as “Joe Buck’s new trophy wife.”

I’ve been saying for the past few years that most of the new sideline reporter hires in sports media are drawn from two pools

a.) wannabe actresses/models, note the slash, very important to have that slash in there or

b.) cheerleaders.

With Michelle Beisner, formerly of NFL Network, it’s literally both.

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OUCH! Cubs trade Darwin Barney for player to be named


The Chicago Cubs today traded infielder Darwin Barney and a cash consideration to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. OUCH BABE! Remember when he was relevant? When he was possibly considered “a piece” in “the rebuild?” At least defensively, he was thought to be something, Now this is his fate.  

 The one AAA leader hits once gave Cubs fans such high hopes.

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Bo Pelini brought his cat to Chicago for Big Ten Media Days


We learned today that Kitty Pelini is enjoying a nice slumber at a fine luxury hotel in Chicago during Big Ten Media Days.

Both Bo Pelini’s cat and his parody Twitter account have become almost as famous as he is. The Nebraska Cornhuskers Coach, noted for his “colorful” personality, inspired one of the most popular and funniest sports figure parody accounts around in @Faux Pelini.

The real Pelini is well aware of Faux Pelini and once tweeted at him asking for cat back. 

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Jay Rodriguez could be Liverpool’s alternative to Loic Remy



Striker Jay Rodriguez may snub contract talks with Southampton – with LFC and Tottenham poised to swoop. Obviously, Spurs may have an advantage in this situation, as his former manager has moved to the North London side. However, we found out yesterday that one time Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal target Loic Remy is not coming to Anfield.

The Reds triggered his $14 million release clause, says The Sun, comes from the Daily Mirror, via Fox Sports “Paper Chase., however the deal fell through, and as you might expect, Brendan Rodgers was pretty disappointed about it.

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Man United increase Juan Cuadrado bid to £30m, Barca also interested


Manchester United are close to agreeing on a deal for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado. It would be a £27.5 million move according to talkSPORT. Now there reports that United have increased the bid to 30 million. Barcelona are also interested in the Colombia international, but Spanish news outlet Sport claim that United are in pole position following their formal bid for the player.

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Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel has bright future in broadcasting


Tottenham Hotspur Goalkeeper Brad Friedel is a great soundbite, and an even better conversationalist. The 43-year-old is now probably the Spurs third team keeper behind Hugo Lloris and Michele Vorm.  His playing time will be sparse for the North London side once the season kicks off.

However, once he plays, he’ll break the record as oldest player in the Premier League. (he already holds that distinction for both Spurs and Aston Villa). As Spurs wrapped up the American portion of their preseason tour, Friedel received a very, and I mean very warm, reception as he stepped off the pitch.

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VIDEO: Liverpool fans sing You’ll Never Walk Alone in Chicago


Liverpool defeated Olympiacos 2-nil at Soldier Field in Chicago today. Yes, it was just a meaningless preseason friendly, but they did do some ” You’ll Never Walk Alone ” today before the game here. Just like they did at Fenway Park earlier in the week in the 1-nil loss to AS Roma.

I shot some video of #YWNA from the press box today. You can view it below:

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Legal drinking age law denies Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling an award


Raheem Sterling, in the sixth minute, scored the only goal today as Liverpool defeated Olympiacos 2-nil at Soldier Field in Chicago. Yes, it was just a meaningless preseason friendly, but Sterling was still denied the “Man of the Match” award. Him not getting the designation isn’t the reason. Why he was denied the award- that it was what the story is here.

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AUDIO: Brendan Rodgers talks Dejan Lovren, Loic Remy and more


Brendan Rodgers gave a brief, but very entertaining press conference today in Chicago. Following Liverpool’s 1-nil triumph over Greek champions Olympiacos, Rodgers was asked about the good news and the bad news in the transfer market today. He talked about why the Loic Remy deal did not go through and what Dejan Lovren brings to the table.

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Dejan Lovren confirms move to Liverpool


Dejan Lovren is the next player coming to Liverpool. Lovren has told Croatian media outlet that he signed a contract with Liverpool on Saturday. Lovren has also reportedly said that the club will confirm the big £20 million transfer at 11pm today

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Ohio State once again Big Ten favorite, MSU not far behind


Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away.  The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well. 

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Frank Thomas Cooperstown special on CSN must see TV


Retired Chicago White Sox legend Frank Thomas is an MLB analyst for Fox Sports 1 and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. As Thomas enters the Hall of Fame today, CSN Chicago presented a documentary on the extraordinary career and life of Frank Thomas.

Narrated by radio host and lifelong White Sox fan Richard Roeper, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” premiered Thursday, July 17. I originally did a preview on this documentary, which got a whopping 17 page views! 17!!! For the greatest player in White Sox history, going into the Hall of Fame.  Tells you everything you need to know about how White Sox content, or baseball content in general, does on the web. When you consider that my site got 38,000 page views the day that I ran it, and the site in general gets 20,000 page views a day.

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