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6 items from 2012


Rob Parker suspended from Espn's 'First Take' over Robert Griffin III comments

14 December 2012 5:25 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

It hasn't been a banner week for Espn commentators.

Shortly after the sports-media behemoth suspended two Washington, D.C. radio hosts for calling a transgender athlete "it," Espn has suspended "First Take" regular Rob Parker over comments he made about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Parker is off the air "until further notice," a network spokesman tells Si.com.

"First Take" -- which is sort of ESPN2's version of "Crossfire" -- was talking about comments Griffin, who's African-American, made in reference to questions about his race

"For me, you don't ever want to be defined by the color of your skin," Griffin said at a press conference Wednesday. "You want to be defined by your work ethic, the person that you are, your character, your personality. That's what I've tried to go out and do. I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don't »

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Skip Bayless wins Most Annoying Espn Anchor in Channel Guide’s 2012 Viewer’s Voice Awards

26 October 2012 11:29 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Do you have an opinion about sports? Then Skip Bayless disagrees with you. Whether it’s his rabid Tebowmania or his manufacturing controversies out of nothing, the bloviating Bayless is like that idiot in the bar who needs to be put in a headlock. Most Annoying Espn Anchor — Skip Bayless Skip Bayless 24% Chris Berman 21% Colin Cowherd 17% Kenny Mayne 16% Stephen A. Smith 12% Lee Corso 10% Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding. For a complete list of 2012 Viewers Voice Award winners see final ballot, visit us on Nov. 1! Channel Guide Magazine, the only [...] »

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Video: Mark Cuban Fights Skip Bayless To The Death On 'First Take'

22 June 2012 12:07 PM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

Ugh. I guess we have to do this, because Twitter is talking about it, even though it would be more pleasant to commit self-immolation than to watch a segment from First Take. Deep breath. Ok, we're good. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appeared on Espn today to give Skip Bayless a piece of his mind. And it wasn't pretty.

Sometimes it takes a douchebag to sink a douchebag, and sometimes it takes a semi-articulate person capable of basic critical thinking to outwit Skip Bayless. Cuban essentially repeated the party line when he attacked Bayless: Skip's opinions are based on generalities and are designed to be inflamatory to gain a response from viewers. Shock!

Cuban's basic premise is that Skip Bayless is a self-promoter who inserts himself more than necessary into the LeBron James narrative and doesn't give enough credit to the Mavs for stopping James. Fair enough. Whatever. 

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Tim Tebow spoofed in John Legend song 'Extra-ordinary Tebow'

3 February 2012 10:55 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

It's no secret that Espn's Skip Bayless is a fan of Tim Tebow. In fact, it's a rare day that the broadcaster doesn't talk about the Denver Broncos quarterback on the sports network's program "First Take." But it turns out that not everyone is a fan of Bayless's non-stop cooing.

Singer John Legend, a noted sports fan, decided to give Bayless a good-natured ribbing about his man crush during Wednesday's (Feb. 1) broadcast of the Espn show. Legend performed an original song "Extra-ordinary Tebow" in which he mocks Bayless for his non-stop Tebow coverage.

The song features lyrics like "They can't get enough of you/a non-stop honeymoon" and "Maybe we should take it slow/just not on every show/Skip won't you let it go." Bayless, needless to say, appears miffed at the suggestion and shakes his head in disapproval.

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Steven Tyler's national anthem: How'd he do?

23 January 2012 9:41 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

For the Afc championship game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon (Jan. 22), "American Idol" judge and rocker Steven Tyler took the microphone to belt out "The Star-Spangled Banner." How do you think he did?

What do you think the "American Idol" judges would say about this rendition? We feel like Simon Cowell would call it "rather ghastly" and Randy would probably tell him he's "pitchy."

Reviews are pretty harsh around the interwebs. Espn's Skip Bayless tweets, "How could Patriots be inspired by that awful anthem sung by Steven Tyler? At least give him some screaming guitars to camouflage voice."

Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock pulls no punches with his tweet, "Steven Tyler far more obscene than Janet Jackson's t****."

And Fox News' Greg Gutfield says, "i went outside to put a raccoon out of its misery - then i realized my neighbor was watching Steven Tyler sing the Star-Spangled Banner. »

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Steven Tyler Gets Low Marks for Pitchy National Anthem

23 January 2012 5:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It wasn't a performance that would get him to Hollywood. Steven Tyler took some heat Sunday after singing an off-kilter, screechy version of The Star-Spangled Banner before an NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass. The crowd at the game began heckling the American Idol judge, 63, as he worked his way through the national anthem, missing notes and flubbing lyrics. He sang "as bomb bursting in air" instead of "the bombs bursting in air" and "oh the land of the free" instead of "o'er the land of the free."Espn analyst Skip Bayless »

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