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TV Timeout: Needle In A Haystack

TV Timeout: Needle In A Haystack

The role of PEDs in baseball has remained fresh in the media cycle, thanks in part to former MLBer Jack Clark accusing Angels 1B Albert Pujols of using banned substances. ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said, “Baseball players have lost the presumption of innocence.” TBS' John Smoltz said there's "going to be a strong push" by the players, "as there should be, to make the risk/reward not so great" and penalize the players who use PEDs more ("PTI," ESPN, 8/9). ESPN's Pablo Torre, on MLB suspending Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez 211 games: "(MLB Commissioner Bud Selig) is the guy who is trying to single-handedly change his legacy from the guy who is very soft on steroids to the guy who is very hard on steroids and Alex Rodriguez, for better and for worse, has been the poster boy for that effort" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/9).

SIGN OF THE TIMES: N.Y. Daily News’ Mike Lupica, on the Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel autograph controversy: “Is this Biogenesis or is this a college boy signing some stuff? … I want to see the NCAA take the most exciting player in the sport out of play this season because of rules that just do not fit the modern culture of sports." Lupica added, "If I’m going to keep one guy in college sports, Johnny Manziel or Mark Emmert, the president of the NCAA, I'll go with Manziel.” The Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan said, “I love college sports, I’ve been around college sports as a fan my whole life but it’s like defending your relationship with a hooker. … It’s a business” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/11).

HOMECOMING: ESPN President John Skipper on the status of the Keith Olbermann program: “So far it’s going great. There’s always some scary moments as you sort of think about getting a show up and launched this quickly but we’ve done this a lot. We‘ve got some excellent producers on this show. Keith is up for it. It’s been astonishing to sort of watch the rehearsals and see what he can do in a room with a pen and piece of paper in an hour” (“Reliable Sources,” CNN, 8/11).

FAMILY TIES: Denver Post’s Woody Paige, on Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations Jeanie Buss saying that the "Laker way" isn't the same since the passing of her father, Owner Jerry Buss: "It seemed to me … her statements were a putdown of her brother (Lakers Exec VP/Player Personnel Jim Buss) who's running the franchise. She probably should be running it. But I do think if Dr. Buss were still alive and healthy that he would have probably prevented what occurred from occurring." ESPN's J.A. Adande said, "It's healthy that Jeanie Buss acknowledges that things are different" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/9). ESPN’s Colin Cowherd said that Dr. Jerry Buss “had vision and you can’t will vision to your kids. It’s not hereditary.” When Buss passed away the Lakers lost “his vision” and that he was the guy that “understood branding and image” (, 8/9).

TEX THAT TO THE BANK: Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira, who rang the opening bell at the NYSE this morning, discussed managing his money and portfolio. Teixeira said, "It's very important for players to take responsibility for their careers. I think a lot of us sign a contract at 18 or 21 years old, we let our agents run everything, we let other people just kind of tell us what to do and I've just taken it upon myself to follow smart people." Teixeira noted he is friends with 76ers co-Owner David Blitzer and they "love talking sports and getting together," along with The Goldman Sachs Group President COO Gary Cohn and Marquis Jet Founder Kenny Dichter ("Squawk on the Street," CNBC, 8/12).

EXTRA POINT ATTEMPT: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bryan Burwell, on the Manning brothers new DirecTV commercial in which they rap: "How about that Manning family? Already the first family of NFL quarterbacks. P&E Diddy – that's Peyton and Eli to you squares – are now on the cutting edge of the New Orleans rap movement too" (“The Sports Reporters, ESPN, 8/11).
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