ESPN won't be grounding its fleet of aerial camera, even though one went haywire and nearly decapitated University of Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt during the Insight Bowl on Friday night. An ESPN spokesman says the issue that caused the scary scene has been "isolated and addressed" and that the network will be taking extra precautions to make sure the remaining six cameras don't plummet from the sky and hit anyone [AP]
It's Black Monday in the NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams have wasted no time in firing their head coaches. Former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher -- probably the most desirable coaching candidate on the market -- was spotted in the lobby of the Atlanta hotel where the Buccaneers stayed before yesterday's loss to the Falcons, but according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, he just happened to be there to watch his son play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and didn't talk to anyone from the club, a crazy coincidence that seems like it also has to be the truth. [PFT]
These are the shimmery, reflective helmets that the Oregon Ducks -- who have never seen a weird uniform they don't like -- will be wearing when they play the University of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl game tonight. Very distracting! [SB Nation]
If you're one of the nearly 2.8 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York and New Jersey who lost access to the MSG sports networks starting at 12:01 a.m. on New Year's Day, don't plan on being able to watch New York Knicks basketball games or hockey contests involving the Rangers, Islanders, Devils, or Sabers anytime soon. An MSG spokesman says there's been "no progress of any kind" on a new deal for the cable company to carry the network's programming, and that talks won't resume unless Time Warner initiates them. Considering the company has been fighting a similar battle with the NFL Network for the better part of a decade, that might take some time. [The New York Times]
Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier has apologized to fans of the team for naming the non-French speaking Randy Cunneyworth interim head coach after the firing of Jacques Martin last month. Gauthier said he's "sorry if we upset people because that certainly wasn't our intention" and stressed that Cunneyworth is just occupying the job for the remainder of this season. So lay off, Quebec separatists. [AP]
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