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Drew Magary on the potential of The Red Zone Channel

In the latest edition of his always-profanely-fantastic Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo column for Deadspin, “Big Daddy Drew” starts off by unleashing something deservedly fierce on DirecTV.  But eventually he settles into some serious worship of The Red Zone Channel (which does, in fact, rule).  Not only that, he calls for its expansion:

I want a Red Zone Channel that works for ALL of TV. Last Saturday night, there was a baseball playoff game on AND three solid college football games on (PSU-WIS, OSU-MIZ, FLA-LSU). Shouldn’t there be a Red Zone Channel for THAT? I have a LAST button on my remote, but that only toggles between two channels. That’s not enough. I want the television to intercut for me between 375 different channels. I want a man in a production truck outside my house watching 300 monitors at once and determining what, at that instant, will give me optimum viewing pleasure. I want to be able to watch the following all within a ten-minute span:

-A home run
-A touchdown
-The only sex scene from a movie showing on HBO
-Bear Grylls eating something he shouldn’t be eating
-Skirt shot of Campbell Brown
-The part on “House” where House has his epiphany (“Flu! Of course!”)
-The parts of “The Daily Show” where Stewart isn’t interviewing some boring asshole
-Any time on “South Park” when Cartman says something
-The part on “Project Runway” where Heidi emerges from behind the scrim in a skirt the size of a wristband

I don’t see why this should be so hard.

Nor do I.


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October 16, 2008 at 10:24 pm

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Sarah Palin roots for the home team. All of them.

In Florida last week, referring to the Tampa Bay Rays beating the Chicago White Sox:

“You know what that tells me?  It tells me that the people in this area know a little something about turning an underdog into a victor.”

In New Hampshire yesterday, referring to the Boston Red Sox and the 3-1 hole they’re in to those same Tampa Bay Rays:

“Red Sox fans know how to turn an underdog into a victor.”

Any predictions on what she might say in to fans of the World Series-bound Phillies during her scheduled visit to Pennsylvania later this week?

[Both quotes via NY Times political blog The Caucus]

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October 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm

BJ Upton’s laziness makes him a great role model for black kids

ESPN is the unquestionable champion of terrible sports coverage, and Scoop Jackson is its unanimous MVP.

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October 16, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Powers of a Ten

The magical goodness and mystical prowess behind Angelina Jolie (and her lips), revealed.

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October 16, 2008 at 9:41 pm

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Twitter CEO Re-Shuffling: Dorsey out, Williams in

Ev Williams is replacing Jack Dorsey as Twitter’s CEO, according to a blog post by Williams on the official Twitter Blog.  Williams will take control of day-to-day operations, while Dorsey will remain with the company as chairman and board member.

Dorsey originally created Twitter under Williams’ think thank blanket company Obvious Corp. (previously Odeo), and it was later spun off as Twitter Inc. with Dorsey in the CEO seat.

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October 16, 2008 at 9:32 pm

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Android Market to offer app refunds

One of the biggest advantages Google has by jumping into all this phone jazz after Apple is thechance to flat-out copy some of Apple’s successful innovations, but maybe even bigger is their opportunity to improve on some of the iPhone’s shortcomings.

+1 to Google for recognizing one of the biggest App Store flaws:  The inability to return apps that don’t live up to expectations.  From Computer World:

The Android Market business and program policies also include an item that says users can return any application for a full refund within 24 hours of the time of purchase. In the absence of a trial version of applications, this offer will let users return an application that might not deliver exactly what they expected.

24 hours is a pretty damn satisfactory cushion, considering I usually realize I’ve made a crappy app purchase within about 90 seconds.  There’s a huge downside to a cushion that big:  24 hours would provide enough time to not just return the apps that suck, but also the really good apps you realize you just won’t use all that much.  Good for the consumer, but terrible for developers, considering the cell phone app stores are proving to be the greatest enabler of regrettable impulse buys since the supermarket gum rack.

Anyway, here’s to hoping Apple takes notice and offers something similar.  [via Daring Fireball]

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October 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm

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Rappers’ Real Names

Rappers’ Real Names. I’m not sure how much street cred Busta Rhymes carries today, but it’s got to be more than he’d have if he’d stuck with “Trevor.”  [via GorillaMask]

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October 16, 2008 at 6:28 pm

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