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Joe Santoro: Nude video of ESPN reporter no surprise

The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, otherwise known as the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network, is everything that is wrong with sports journalism today. ESPN is now banning all New York Post staffers from appearing on their YouTube Network with Commercials because the Post dared to publish blurry photos taken from a video showing ESPN reporter Erin Andrews nude. The video, by the way, has been on the Internet for weeks. Why should it surprise anyone (especially ESPN) that an ESPN reporter was filmed nude? When you hire bimbos and#8212; male and female and#8212; well, you get what you pay for. Andrews (surprise, surprise), like most ESPN personalities, is not on ESPN because of her sports knowledge. All ESPN knows is what it steals from newspapers and wire services. Their best (and only true) reporters are all former and current newspaper people. So who is ESPN kidding by banning Post staffers from their network? This is the best thing to happen to Andrews in her career.

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The United Football League insists it will play a two-month schedule starting in October with a four-team league in Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York and Orlando. Believe it when you see it. There are only two things wrong with the new league. One, we donand#8217;t need more football. Weand#8217;ve already had all of the silly pro football leagues (USFL, WLAF, WFL, Arena League and XFL) that we can stomach. Heck, more than half of the NFL teams are unwatchable. And, two, the biggest name to sign with the league is former Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman (former Nevada Wolf Pack linebacker Ezra Butler was drafted by Las Vegas). Excited? Of course not. Given all that, if Michael Vick were smart (the jury is still out), heand#8217;d jump at the chance to help the league get off the ground. Vick and#8212; even a fat, out-of-shape version and#8212; would tear up the league, show the world he isnand#8217;t a monster and get a nice NFL contract when the UFL season ends in November.



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Jeff Garcia is telling the world that he wants to start for the Oakland Raiders this season. The world and#8212; and the Raiders and#8212; needs to tell Garcia to shut up. The last thing the Raiders need is for Garcia to start this season. Yes, Garcia is a better quarterback than JaMarcus Russell right now. But the Raiders and#8212; a team that wouldnand#8217;t win more than eight games even if Peyton Manning were their quarterback and#8212; invested a whole lot of money in Russell. The time has come to see if Russell is ever going to be a productive starter. The last thing Garcia needs to do is cause problems.



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Chad Qualls has certainly enjoyed an amazing baseball career. The former Wolf Pack pitcher came out of nowhere to win 22 games in two seasons (1999 and 2000) in college, get drafted in the second round by the Houston Astros and is now in his sixth big league season. He will turn 31 years old on Aug. 17 and he is clearly one of the most underrated Wolf Pack athletes in the schooland#8217;s long history. Qualls, who is a very solid 28-21 in his career with 33 saves and a 3.31 earned run average, is one of the most sought-after relievers as the trade deadline (July 31) approaches. A team like the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays or Colorado Rockies would be very lucky to own Qualls down the stretch.

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OK, San Francisco Giants, what are you waiting for? The Boston Red Sox go out and get two powerful left-handed bats in Adam LaRoche and Chris Duncan in one day and the Giants, well, have yet to do anything. Yes, there is still a week to go before the deadline, but time is running out. The Rockies, along with a half-dozen other teams, are about to pass the Giants in the wild card race. A playoff spot cannot be won by pitching alone.

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It would be a shocker if former San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in Juneand#8217;s amateur draft, doesnand#8217;t sign with the Washington Nationals before the Aug. 17 deadline. What is Strasburgand#8217;s option? Playing in an independent league for $1,000 a month? Strasburg and his agent, the evil Scott Boras, are just playing games right now. Itand#8217;s been reported that Boras is asking for a package in the neighborhood of $50 million. That is a ridiculous price for a guy whose claim to fame is that he dominated the Mountain West Conference. Boras and Strasburg will come to their senses.

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At first glance, it would be easier to compare Lance Armstrongand#8217;s performance in the Tour de France to that of Brett Favre going 9-7 with the New York Jets last year. A lot of hype, some excitement at the beginning and a big letdown at the finish. Well, first of all, Favre didnand#8217;t take more than three years off. And, second, you canand#8217;t just hand off or punt when the going gets tough in cycling. If Armstrong finishes in the Top 5 in France he should be given Sports Illustratedand#8217;s Sportsman of the Year award.

and#8212; Joe Santoro writes a weekly column for the Sierra Nevada Media Group.


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