Sports

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2012 | 11:11 PM EDT

CNN's Piers Morgan scored a huge get Tuesday night with the first major television interview with Masters Champion Bubba Watson.

When Morgan asked his guest why he was granted this honor, Watson marvelously answered, “Because when you were on this other show ‘America’s Got Talent,’ you were a pr--k!" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Clay Waters | April 6, 2012 | 8:15 AM EDT

Sorry, Masters golf tournament, you may be the most prestigious contest in the sport, but you don't meet the exacting standards of feminist activist/NYT golf writer Karen Crouse: "High-ranking players with daughters are not willing to talk about it. Somebody has to make a stand. Why not me in my own little way?”

The New York Times reporter is not done with her crusade against Augusta National. After excoriating the club's all-male membership policy in both a column and news story yesterday, the opening day of The Masters, Crouse told Golf.com's Damon Hack that she did not want to cover the tournament again until a woman was admitted to the club.

By Noel Sheppard | March 21, 2012 | 1:37 PM EDT

It didn't take ESPN.com long to attack Tim Tebow in its piece about him being traded to the New York Jets.

In the very first sentence, the football star was referred to as a "polarizing quarterback":

By Clay Waters | March 19, 2012 | 3:26 PM EDT

Last year at NCAA basketball tournament time, President Obama's "pool" garnered fawning coverage, with New York Times political reporter Michael Shear praising the president's round-ball acumen when some of the president's early predictions came through: "Mr. Obama knows his hoops."

This year the praise can be found in the sports section itself. Reporter Mark Viera covered the North Carolina State-Georgetown University game under this headline: "N.C. State, President's Pick, Sends the Hoya to Another Early Exit."

By NB Staff | March 17, 2012 | 1:03 PM EDT

You wanna talk politics, current events, or the economy? Be our guest.

With March Madness in full swing - and other sporting events - have at it.

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 11:13 AM EDT

Bill Maher sure hates red states.

Three days after referring to Alabama and Mississippi voters as "toothless," HBO's Real Time host on Friday called basketball's March Madness "the only place where you’ll ever hear the phrase 'Kansas is advancing'” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Clay Waters | February 21, 2012 | 1:45 PM EST

Veteran New York Times media reporter David Carr’s Monday column self-righteously attacked an unfortunate headline on an ESPN mobile website, “Chink in the Armor,” that was widely interpreted as a purposeful slur on the ethnicity of benchwarmer-turned-NBA-sensation Jeremy Lin: “Media Hype For Lin Stumbles On Race.”

Giving no benefit of the doubt to the ESPN editor, who has since been fired, Carr declared the headline one of myriad “underlying racist tropes that still lurk in the id of American sports journalism.” This lecture comes from a reporter who last year characterized Midwesterners as folks with “low-sloping foreheads,” akin to cavemen.

By Ken Shepherd | February 20, 2012 | 4:43 PM EST

Sheesh! What have taxpaying homeschooling parents ever done to the Washington Post?

There's a bill working its way through the Virginia General Assembly that would, if passed, require that public high schools in the Old Dominion allow homeschooled children to try out for athletic teams for the school which they would attend  were they enrolled in the public school system. Post staffer Anita Kumar reported on the issue in the February 6 paper. In the two weeks since then, Washington Post staffers and editors published three separate opinion pieces against the HB947, nicknamed the "Tebow Bill."

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2012 | 1:22 PM EST

When asked his opinion of New York Knicks basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, George Will said on ABC's This Week Sunday, "It’s nice to see Harvard produce someone who’s not a net subtraction from the public good" (video follows):

By Brent Bozell | February 11, 2012 | 8:05 AM EST

Super Bowl XLVI was a good football game, marred once again by the bohemian elite at NBC. NBC could have prevented, but failed to stop, the broadcast of a female rapper "flipping the bird" at 114 million viewers during Madonna's halftime show. It was another "fleeting expletive" of the hand-gesture variety, and somehow, despite elaborate rehearsals, no one at NBC could seem to stop it.

The same network skillfully edited God out of a clip of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during last year's U.S. Open golf tournament.

By Noel Sheppard | February 5, 2012 | 11:19 AM EST

A rather extraordinary thing happened on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday.

The host actually defended Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney from the media's proclivity to take his statements "entirely out of context" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | February 4, 2012 | 11:06 AM EST

I'm sure y'all want to talk about the Super Bowl. As a Niner fan still grousing about the clear fumble that was wrongly whistled dead with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship game, I can't possibly root for the Giants. And I think we've all had enough of the Patriots.

So who do you root for? Exactly what pleasure can come from this game besides the commercials and the beer?