5 items from 2014
With apologies to “My Way,” “Regrets, I’ve had a few” turns out to be an understatement in regard to Brian Bosworth, who parlayed his dominance as a college linebacker into a burst of media stardom and even a schlocky movie career, with the seemingly inevitable Icarus-like fall from those dazzling heights. Tearfully relating his story to his son, Bosworth is ripe fodder for Espn’s “30 for 30″ documentary banner, inasmuch as his alter ego, “The Boz,” in hindsight appears to have anticipated the coalescing sports-media nexus, as sportswriter Rick Reilly notes, in a manner about 30 years ahead of its time.
Bosworth grew up with the familiar demanding taskmaster for a father, whose approval he struggled to gain. Eventually, his athletic skills led him to the University of Oklahoma, where he became the de facto on-field persona of Coach Barry Switzer, adopting an attention-getting buzz cut and giving provocative quotes to the media, »
- Brian Lowry
March is about to get mad.
Beginning tonight, sports fans (and a lot of non-sports fans) will spend most waking hours pouring over brackets and RPIs, trying to figure out who will be the next Davidson or Lehigh, and watching more TruTV over 3 weeks than they will rest of the year combined.
Espn is smartly capitalizing on the momentum of March Madness by debuting its latest 30 for 30 documentary on Sunday at 9 p.m. Est, following its annual Bracketology special. For the uninitiated, the 30 for 30 docs series began in late 2009. Its mission: shine a light on incredible, real-life sports stories that might not have received the coverage they deserved (or have faded with time for whatever reason). Requiem for the Big East—Sunday’s special—is the 60th feature-length 30 for 30 documentary. It promises to be a lovely, bittersweet ode to a brand of college basketball lost to realignment and the changing »
- John Gilpatrick
Exclusive: High net worth individuals have become the life blood of Hollywood, and one to watch is Black Label Media’s Molly Smith. She’s the daughter of Federal Express’s Fred Smith, who backs Alcon. She also was a producer of The Blind Side, before launching the financing/producing shingle. Molly Smith hosted and backed the CAA party at the recent Sundance Film Festival, as well as an exclusive dinner to honor Julie Huntsinger and the Telluride Film Festival held in Park City. Smith has an emerging slate that includes (with Alcon) the Reese Witherspoon pic The Good Lie, Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean Marc Valle’s next pic Demolition, the Denis Villeneuve-directed Sicario, and the Barry Switzer pic Bootlegger’s Boy. She runs Black Label with Trent and Thad Luckinbill. Black Label Media is also building its brand another way, by empowering new writer voices. The label »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
You've got your chili and beer bread or your chicken wings and refreshing beverages ready to go for Super Bowl Xlviii, now you just need to know what time the festivities kick off. Zap2it is here to help.
Update: Terry Bradshaw will not be a part of Fox's Super Bowl coverage Sunday because his father just passed away.
The 2014 Super Bowl pre-game show starts at 2 p.m. Et and runs through the afternoon, with the official kickoff time scheduled for 6:25 p.m. Et on Fox.
Here's a rundown of the full schedule for Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2), all times Eastern:
Weather Games: When MetLife Stadium was named the location for Super Bowl Xlviii, no one knew whether it will be 45 degrees with light winds or 10 degrees and snowing on Super Bowl Sunday. While cold temperatures and winter conditions could play a role in this year's contest, »
The Cleveland Browns have never reached the Super Bowl, but they’ll pop up on television this Sunday during the commercial teaser for Draft Day, the Kevin Costner movie that hopes to be football’s version of Moneyball. The sports-movie icon plays Sonny Weaver Jr., the embattled general manager of the mediocre Browns, who have an opportunity to trade up for the No. 1 pick.
Jennifer Garner plays the team’s salary-cap guru — and Sonny’s girlfriend — Denis Leary is a coach somewhat modeled after Barry Switzer, and Frank Langella is the team’s spotlight-hungry owner. Ivan Reitman directed the movie »
- Jeff Labrecque
5 items from 2014
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