Blow up ESPN now!

Denver Post columnist and frequent ESPN commenter Woody Paige and host Jay Crawford are being sued by a woman who is claiming the two repeatedly sexually harassed her while she did makeup for the show “Cold Pizza”. The woman has also said she was fired because she complained about the two’s sexual advances to management.

Ragone said Paige, a columnist with The Denver Post, repeatedly made vulgar remarks about her appearance. Crawford, she said, made unwanted sexual advances, told her she only got the job because of her looks and contributed to a locker-room atmosphere by making disparaging remarks about another hair stylist.

You know when there are those certain franchises in sports that have a ton of veteran players who aren’t playing up to their bloated contracts anymore and need to just blow it up and rebuild? Well, that’s ESPN right now, and I’m not even basing it off of this recent issue (they could both be innocent for all I know). Get rid of Boo-Yah Center, Chris “I’m a shell of my former self” Berman, Paige’s tired act, Skip Bayless, loud mouth Stephen A. Smith and possibly the worst of them all when he’s really on his game, Sean Salisbury.

Seriously, what does that network bring to the table anymore? They’ve tried so hard to get “in your face” with sports coverage that I can’t even stomach to watch even 10 minutes of SportsCenter anymore. I’d keep Chris Mortensen, John Clayton (obviously not for looks), Peter Gammons, Mike Tirico, Michael Wilbon, maybe Tom Jackson and then start over.

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Rookie QBs: To play or not to play?

Word out of Browns camp is that Brady Quinn has a chance to start this year, which raises the age old question: should rookie quarterbacks line up behind center or carry a clipboard? In my latest column for, I take a look at past examples like Peyton Manning, Daunte Culpepper and Tim Couch for answers.

Bulls land Weird Al

With the ninth pick in the draft, the Chicago Bulls took forward Joakim Noah out of Florida. Is it just me or did Noah look like Weird Al Yankovic before he put the Bulls hat on? Anyway, even though he’s not expected to dominate at the next level offensively, Noah has a non-stop motor, will crash the boards and plays hard on every play. Kind of like how Ben Wallace played in Detroit before he stole $60 million from Chicago last year.

Noah was the third Gator selected in the top 10 of the draft, joining Al Horford (No. 3 to Atlanta) and Corey Brewer (No. 7 to Minnesota). I made the same remark in regard to Ohio State in the blog about Greg Oden, but what a year for Florida. A national championship in football, basketball and now three players go in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Can’t get much better than that.

Sonics select Durant, will acquire Green

With the second pick in the NBA draft, the Seattle Sonics selected Texas forward Kevin Durant. Even though Greg Oden was selected first overall by the Blazers, many believe Durant has the best chance to win Rookie of the Year honors.

Seattle is also expected to ship Ray Allen to Boston for the rights of Georgetown’s Jeff Green, who the Celtics took with the fifth overall pick. ESPN is reporting the deal is basically done – Green already did an interview commenting how excited he is to play with Durant – but nothing is final as of this point.

Blazers select Oden

With the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Portland Trailblazers selected OSU center Greg Oden. Expected to be a defensive specialist at first, the thought by many analysts is that Oden will eventually win multiple championships for this franchise, but that’s always the idea when you take a player first overall isn’t it?

First the Buckeyes reached the NCAA National Championship in football, then again in basketball, and now have a player taken first overall in the NBA Draft. Albeit OSU lost in both of those championship games to Florida, but nevertheless, that’s a hell of a year.

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