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SBD/May 20, 2011/Media
Reading Room: ESPN Tell-All On Best-Seller List Even Before Book Release
Published May 20, 2011
MANIC MONDAYS: USA TODAY Friday published an excerpt from the book where ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said, “The whole time I was on ‘Monday Night Football,’ Chris Berman never mentioned my name. He loathes me, in part because of the stuff I used to write about him.” Berman: “In the mid-90s, somebody said I was in a bar and used a pickup line on a woman wearing a leather bra and she left with me. … Kornheiser, chose to run with it, and the Internet chose to run with it for years. I don’t even know what ‘it’ is, but it’s a very dangerous thing, especially when a colleague piles on and gives credence to it.” Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Bill Simmons said "MNF" play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico “never wanted to work with Tony. He made a decision that he wasn’t going to sell him at all and that he was going to undermine him as subtly as he could” (USA TODAY, 5/20).
SUBTLETY IS A VIRTUE: In the intro to the 6:00pm ET edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter" Thursday, anchor Steve Levy said, "We've got you for the next two hours or so right up until 'Kia NBA Countdown.' That's not to say we're going to let those guys have all the fun preparing for Game Two of the Western Conference Finals" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 5/19).