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SBD/January 21, 2011/People and Pop Culture
This Week's Newsmakers: Tom Jackson's Objectivity Questioned
Published January 21, 2011
WIN: UNIV. OF TEXAS -- The Longhorns ink a lucrative long-term deal with ESPN to start their own TV network. The agreement will boost the coffers of the school’s academic and athletic departments and will likely provide a template for other big-time programs looking to start their own networks. The channel promises to raise the profile of
LOSE: TOM JACKSON -- The veteran ESPN analyst’s credibility is called into question this week after he says he used his pregame prediction on “Sunday NFL Countdown” as a way to pump up the Jets and create an “us against the world” mentality for their playoff game against the Patriots.
DRAW: VENUS WILLIAMS -- Prior to retiring due to injury during her third-round Australian Open match Friday, the tennis star gets harsh reviews for her yellow, lattice-style dress during the second round. Williams' "Alice in Wonderland"-inspired dress is described as a "mix between Solid Gold Dancer and Edward Scissorhands." Another pundit says Venus is "turning into the LADY GAGA of tennis." The criticism of Williams' garb might normally be a sidebar, but it is the biggest news coming out of an otherwise uneventful Aussie Open, and has clearly given Venus the attention she was seeking with her choice of attire.