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TV Timeout: Misery Loves Company
FS1 host Regis Philbin appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” last night to discuss the debut of the network and his new show “Crown Goes Wild.” Philbin said he grew up playing “baseball and a little football” in the Bronx and that he is a Yankees fan. Host John Oliver noted that he is a Mets fan because “as a British person I associate sport with misery” (“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central, 8/14).
TOO THE RACES: ESPN's Tony Reali said the PGA Tour has "officially banned" the caddie races at TPC Scottsdale because "according to a Tour executive, the caddies were at risk for injury and some felt like they were being turned into a carnival act." ESPN's Pablo Torre said as "far as being a carnival goes, the decorum train kind of left the station when it was called the Waste Management Open so let's stop and talk about that reputation there. Also, do we really need less athletic activity in golf?" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 8/14).
CUBBY HOLE: ESPN’s Colin Cowherd said of his impression of Wrigley Field, “The stadium does need upgrades because free agents aren’t going to go to places that don’t have the appropriate batting cages in the tunnel and you don’t want to play for a team where your stadium, which you play at 81 times a year minimum, is the worst stadium luxury-wise. Players are spoiled and pampered and the free agents are going to take that into consideration” (“The Herd,” ESPN Radio, 8/14).
WINTER CHILL: Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert discussed the controversy surrounding Russia’s anti-gay laws and the ’14 Winter Games. He said, “The International Olympic Committee has bravely stood up to (Russian President Vladimir Putin) and said, ‘Whatever you want Vlad.’” Colbert: “The IOC is just asking gay athletes to knock it off for a couple of weeks. … But to be safe, I think they should bring the Olympics back to its Greek roots when nothing gay ever happened" (“The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central, 8/14).