If you have Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir on your talent roster, then you use Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir every chance you can. Weir and Lipinksi, who received lots of critical acclaim for their figure skating analysis on NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games, as well as for their conversational rapport on topics ranging from twizzles to tres chic attire, return to the Kentucky Derby.Follow paulmbanks
Hilary Knight is a forward on the United States women’s national hockey team. Knight won a Silver Medal with the U.S. at Vancouver in 2010. Her comments on the U.S.-Canada rivalry were some of the best soundbites of the Olympics:
“Hatred is pretty good. When we get between the glass and it’s the U.S. versus Canada, it’s everything on the line.”
“It is intense, blood boiling. It is physical.”Follow paulmbanks
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is making its 12th Euroleague Final Four appearance this weekend, but they will almost seem like strangers crashing the party, as they are the only squad that did not make it to last season’s Final Four. This will also be Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv’s first Final Four appearance since 2011, when they lost to Panathinaikos Athens in the championship game.Follow paulmbanks
If you are a fan of CSKA Moscow, you probably just purchase your Euroleague Final Four tickets when the season starts, as 2013-14 marks the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that the Russian powerhouse has played in the Final Four. With all-around star Victor Khryapa- a former 1st-round pick in the NBA draft- leading the way, CSKA Moscow is feeling very good about their chances of winning a seventh Euroleague championship.Follow paulmbanks
Real Madrid began the 2013-14 basketball season in dominant fashion, winning their first 27 games in the Spanish ACB league and their first 13 games in the Euroleague. And while there is certainly nothing wrong with entering this weekend’s Final Four in Milan with an overall record of 44 wins against only seven losses, the defending Euroleague runner-up has struggled as of late.Follow paulmbanks
Regal FC Barcelona’s basketball team is no stranger to the Euroleague Final Four, as they make their 13th overall appearance, including their fifth in the last six seasons. The boys from Spain will be looking to win their third Euroleague title, having won championships in 2003 and 2010.Follow paulmbanks
Johnny Weir is one of sports broadcasting’s brightest stars. A large reason for that is his candor, and the fact that she never shies away from that candid opinion. Weir and his tag team partner Tara Lipinski or “I love my blonde little munchkin” as he calls her were fashion critics for Access Hollywood’s coverage of the Academy Awards.. This weekend, the duo reprise that role, serving as Kentucky Derby Fashion Analysts for NBC.
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir had a media session previewing their coverage of the Derby yesterday and apparently, Johnny Weir doesn’t think the state of Kentucky is synonymous with high fashion sense. He’s not wrong. When I think of the Bluegrass state I think of Coach Cal, Big Blue Nation, bourbon, KFC, Pitino, the movie Goldfinger and that’s about it.
Here’s what Johnny Weir said:Follow paulmbanks
As far as Sochi Winter Olympic commentators go, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir just owned it. They were dominant in Sochi. The duo’s on-air performance drew rave reviews from media critics and led to NBC using Weir and Lipinski again as fashion critics for Access Hollywood’s coverage of the Academy Awards.. This weekend, the duo reprise that role, serving as Kentucky Derby Fashion Analysts for NBC.
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir had a media session previewing their coverage of the Derby yesterday, and I asked Lipinski over the phone about that clever “Big Lebowski” skating routine. (Just wait till you read Weir’s hilarious response!)Follow paulmbanks
The ESPN 30 for 30 series (along with Grantland, Outside the Lines, Nate Silver, Jay Bilas and a couple other programs/personalities) comprises what grown-ups and intellectuals go for when consuming the World Wide Leader.
If you’re under 14, or your intellectual development is, then by all means enjoy all the SportsCenter, NFL Primetime, Baseball Tonight, Numbers Never Lie, First Take, Around the Horn, Skip Bayless, Chris Berman, Jemele Hill, Ray Lewis, Darren Rovell, Stephen A. Smith rubbish that you wish. While you’re at the kiddie table, we’ll debate the best ESPN 30 for 30 films of all time.
And it’s highly debatable, as there’s so many great documentaries to choose from. Near impossible to limit this list to just ten. Here’s the ESPN 30 for 30 episode list Click the titles where highlighted for more on each one.Follow paulmbanks
Lolo Jones is a little bit…well, whoever nicknamed her “Coco Loco” is kind of a genius. The hurdler/sprinter and America’s second most famous virgin (Tim Tebow is number one) is constantly making headlines for saying and doing controversial things.
“Coco Loco” sounds like a drink you could possibly order on a cruise ship off the coast of St. Thomas, but it’s also a phrase that comes to mind when you look at Lolo’s bracket picks for the 2014 NCAA Tournament.Follow paulmbanks
Nastia Liukin, a current student at New York University, is trying to help grow the popularity of gymnastics in the United States. Yesterday, NBC Sports, Universal and USA Gymnastics announced an extension of their current broadcast rights deal. That includes Nastia Liukin Cup which was shown on Universal Sports on Feb. 28.
Liukin won gold in the all-around at the 2008 Beijing Games, landing her many endorsements later, including the high profile Subway ads.
“OMG? The Fritos go ON the sub?”Follow paulmbanks