David Kirkpatrick

June 14, 2010

The World Cup on the web

Filed under: Media, Sports, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 8:20 am

Here’s a CIO.com guide to four online World Cup fixes.

From the link:

1. Live Streaming

ESPN3.com is streaming 54 World Cup matches for free. Head to their website and click “Watch Now” for the current match, where you can also view up-to-date stats.

Univision will also be streaming matches online for free (but this site is in Spanish). To watch, click “Ver partido en vivo” from the orange box in the top right corner.

November 27, 2009

NFL Network inadvertendly airs blue language

Filed under: et.al., Media, Sports — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:47 am

So (expletive) what.

And why is ESPN breathlessly reporting on this non-story?

From the link:

The NFL Network accidentally aired a vulgarity yelled by Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as he chastised his players on the sideline of their Thanksgiving night game against the New York Giants.

Coming out of a commercial break following a series of false starts near the goal line that resulted in Denver settling for a field goal, the NFL Network showed a clip of McDaniels, who yelled at his players: “All we’re trying to do is win a (expletive) game!”

May 19, 2009

Wisdom from teh internets

Filed under: et.al., Sports — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:08 pm

Here’s an actual question from an ESPN chat with UFC president Dana White:

Is your eight sided octagon a trademarked fighting arena?

I’m thinking about trademarking the lesser known seven-sided octagon.

December 5, 2008

O.J. Simpson heading to prison

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:33 pm

Over his “memorabilia episode.” Minimum of nine years and maybe even up 33 years.

From the ESPN link:

A broken O.J. Simpson was sentenced Friday to at least nine years in prison and as many as 33 years for a hotel armed robbery after a judge rejected his apology and said, “It was much more than stupidity.”


The 61-year-old football Hall of Famer stood shackled and stone-faced when Judge Jackie Glass quickly rattled off his punishment soon after he made a rambling, five-minute plea for leniency, choking back tears as he told her: “I didn’t want to steal anything from anyone. … I’m sorry, sorry.”


Simpson said he was simply trying to retrieve sports memorabilia and other mementos, including his first wife’s wedding ring, from two dealers when he stormed a Las Vegas hotel room on Sept. 13, 2007.

July 20, 2008

Frank Luksa on Cowboys past

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:41 pm

Here’s a great column penned by Frank Luksa, longtime Dallas Cowboys beat writer for Metroplex papers. He covers tales from training camps past.

From the link:



On his first day as the Cowboys’ receivers coach, the meticulous Raymond Berry demonstrated how to run a sideline route to rookies. Berry made his usual precise numbers of steps, cut toward the sideline and landed — 1 foot out of bounds.


“The field is too narrow, Tom,” he announced to Coach Landry.


“No, Raymond,” Landry said, “we’ve been out here forever.”


This was the sixth year the Cowboys had practiced on the same field without complaint, yet Berry instinctively found it out of line.


“Either the hashmarks aren’t right or the field is too narrow,” the former Baltimore Colts star receiver insisted. Landry shrugged, called for a tape measure, and field dimensions were plotted to the exact inch.


Berry’s sense of precision was validated. The field was 11 inches too narrow.

June 7, 2008

It’s the end of an era

Filed under: et.al., Media, Sports — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:14 pm

Deadspin editor Will Leitch is quitting to join the staff of New York Magazine. I don’t read Deadspin as often as I once did (I even own a “You’re with me leather” t-shirt), but read through today and found Will’s announcement from a couple of days ago.

Will’s almost three years atop the site he founded was a good ride. Who can forget Carl Monday or Dee Mirich. Or the Bill Simmons comment page take-down on ESPN the very first day of comments. Simmons’ Page Two work still doesn’t allow comments because of that Deadspin reader fueled rampage.

Will says he’ll still post at Deadspin after starting his contributing editor position. It just won’t be the same.

From the first link:

We started this site on September 8, 2005, with a simple headline: “Welcome to Deadspin. We Come With a Pure Heart and Mirthful Disposition.” We think that’s still pretty much true; we try to keep our disposition mirthful at all times. But sometimes that’s more difficult to do than others; this is one of those times.

It is with heavy heart — yet mirthful disposition! — that we announce that our time as Deadspin editor is about to draw to a close. After almost three years of plugging away around here, we are leaving as editor of Deadspin on Friday, June 27. We have accepted a job as a contributing editor for New York magazine. We’re excited about it, but, obviously, this has been our baby and our life every day for three years — which is about four decades in blog time — and we’re too emotional about the whole thing to get into much more detail about how we feel about the whole matter.

We’ll still be writing for the site, even after we’re not the editor anymore, so you’re not gonna get rid of us that easily. (We kind of love it here; we have nothing but manhugs and fistpoundsfor the Gawker crew, and vice versa.) We’ll go into the details more over the next few weeks, but we’ll just leave you today with a simple quote of “It’s probably time,” and then try not to dribble tears on our keyboard.

March 4, 2008

Brett Favre retires

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:36 pm

After 17 seasons the Packers’ Brett Favre calls it a career. Early in his playing days I wasn’t a huge Favre fan, but as time moved on I really began enjoying watching him clearly enjoy playing football. Congrats on a good, long run Brett.

I did find one rumor that Favre quit after Moss chose to return to New England rather than sign a free agency deal with the Pack.

More roundup from the AOL.com Fanhouse blogs: Green Bay playoff hopes get longer, agent says he wants to play another year, ESPN to become the all-Favre, all the time network.

February 19, 2008

Two great ESPN stories

Filed under: et.al., Sports — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:37 am

Here’s links to two great ESPN stories.

This is a bit about Bill Simmons’ experience in the Big Easy (New Orleans for those who don’t know that term) covering the NBA’s All-Star celebration. I love ‘nawlins and Simmons did a great job of re-selling the city as a tourist attraction.

This story might even be better. This is an article outlining Michael Jordan’s advice to the NBA. This bit might as well be a blueprint on how to walk the earth as a citizen to be admired. Not for anything special, but how to just be yourself.

Sound, sane words from MJ. Ought to be required reading for every high school senior in the US. Hell, translate it and make it a must-read worldwide for all ages.

February 14, 2008

The latest in football tech is the nadir of on field fashion

Filed under: Science, Sports — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:24 pm

A new anti-concussion football helmet? Don’t see this decidedly uncool model making it in the NFL.

Link goes to Paul Lukas’ Uni Watch column at ESPN. Check out his blog here.

February 4, 2008

Is Spygate now Spyscam?

Filed under: Media, Politics, Sports — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:41 am

Gregg Easterbrook drops the mask, so to speak. He writes the Tuesday Morning Quarterback column at ESPN.com (and previously at ESPN.com and NFL.com before again returning to the mouse) and it’s part funny, part satire, part pompously under-informed, part just a cool bit of sports opinion. I enjoy TMQ, warts and all.

Easterbrook is also a respected journalist and think tanker. The article linked above is Easterbrook writing as a journalist, and opening the notebook up a bit more than most journalists would reveal. Over this entire season he ragged the Patriots, and head coach Bill Bilichick, for the Spygate business. He also went after the league, his onetime employer.

This story covers the process of how and why Spygate became a story again right before New England tried to win another Super Bowl. The gist is the NFL, by choice, didn’t face any scrutiny before it had no choice at pre-game press conferences. The other point is evidence gathered by investigative reporting made it obvious there was more to the story of New England’s cheating.

At this point Congress is in the picture and things will not get any easier for a Patriot team that just lost a heartbreaker of a Super Bowl.

February 2, 2008

Super Bowl XLII preview

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:06 pm

Here we are a bit more than twenty four hours before kickoff and all is excitement and questions.

Will the game be another thriller like these teams came up with in the last game of the season? Will the Giants, and Eli, be overawed at the sheer spectacle? Is the current line of New England by 12 points to high? Too low? And about the Patriots, is Tom Brady’s ankle ready to handle full speed contact?

Here’s some of the facts. The line opened at the Pats by 13 1/2 and has only drifted down to the Pats by 12. The over/under is 54. When the ball is finally kicked off sometime after 6 pm EST tomorrow there’s a decent chance of rain, and the temperature should start in the high-50s and drop a bit from there as the game goes on.

I’ve actually managed to avoid a lot of overwrought hype these last couple of weeks, but a few things made it through the stranglehold this political cycle has on my imagination. (more…)