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ESPN Recruits Hannibal Buress as an NBA Reporter

ESPN and Grantland sent Hannibal Buress to a Cavs/Pelicans game to try to report on unibrowed superstar Anthony Davis. Unfortunately, Davis was injured and left the game after only seven minutes, but Hannibal managed to make the most of his courtside access anyways. Even if Lebron refused to answer his questions.

Weird Al Reminds You That Your Team Sucks in "Sports Song"

It's a new day, which means there's a new Weird Al Mandatory Fun music video for your enjoyment. After "Tacky," "Word Crimes," "Foil," and yesterday's "Handy," today Yankovic dropped the video for the above original ditty "Sports Song" via Funny or Die, which is a pretty good summation of sports fans for those of us who find the whole thing pointless.

Peter Serafinowicz Does Wonderful World Cup Commentary

Comedian Peter Serafinowicz (Look Around You, Running Wilde) has been providing live commentary on recent World Cup matches via his account on the website Mixlr, despite not  being familiar with soccer and apparently analyzing a different sport.

Here's a bit from his recent commentary on the US-Ghana match (via Sports Illustrated):

Well I’m afraid this game has entered rather boring territory again. … I’m looking at the clock and it’s 59:30 and I’m thinking, “Goodness gracious. 60 minutes in, I mean, two-thirds of the way in and still, what a boring game.

What a game. We’ve had sad goals, happy goals, people jettisoned into the sea.

In [...]

'New Girl' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Post-Super Bowl Episodes Got the Big Ratings You'd Expect

Last night, Fox gave its coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot to sitcoms New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and both shows got a lot of viewers, like shows that air after the Super Bowl always do. According to Nielsen ratings, New Girl, which aired first and featured Prince as a guest star, received 25.8 million viewers and an 11.8 rating with adults 18-49, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which had guests Adam Sandler and Fred Armisen, got 14.8 million and a 6.7. This is the first time a sitcom aired after the Super Bowl since The Office in 2009, which received 22.9 million viewers. Although Brooklyn Nine-Nine's two recent Golden Globe wins [...]

Kevin Hart Is Making a Basketball Comedy with LeBron James

Kevin Hart is set to write and star in Ballers, a comedy in which the diminutive standup will play LeBron James's brother – alongside LeBron. Hart will play "a man who lives in the shadow of his NBA superstar brother (James), but gets a chance to prove himself when he and some pals attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami."

At this point, LeBron's only acting experience has come in commercials and in ESPN specials, so it'll be interesting to see what he brings to a full-length movie. It's something he's wanted to do for a long time, since being the best basketball player on the planet [...]

Court Jester: The Comedy of Blake Griffin

In the Venn Diagram of life, there have been a few people who meet in the middle of comedy and professional basketball. Michael Jordan was there, unintentionally, via Space Jam. Larry Johnson and Penny Hardaway had some moments in their 90s commercials. And for a long time, no one could touch Shaquille O’Neal both on and off the court.

And then there's Blake Griffin. A former number-one draft pick who has a quiet demeanor off the court, he's slowly built his comedy chops while no one was looking. While other athletes took to the gym in the off season, Griffin took an internship at Funny or Die. That, coupled [...]

Will Ferrell Gave a Pep Talk to US Soccer Fans in Brazil, Offered to Join the Team

The US is set to take on Germany in the World Cup very shortly down in Brazil, and it looks like they have a secret weapon on their side: Will Ferrell. He showed up at the US fan HQ down in Brazil and gave a rousing speech in which he offered to join the team, despite not being in the best shape. He knows that you don't need to be all that athletic to play soccer as long as you're willing to bite your opponent without remorse. U-S-A! U-S-A!

Will Ferrell to Star in a Drama About the 1973 Battle of the Sexes Tennis Match

Will Ferrell is going dramatic again, this time in a movie about the iconic 1973 tennis match known as "The Battle of the Sexes" between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Variety reports that the movie is called Match Maker, and it's a drama written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).

The film is based on a 2013 ESPN article about the match called The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes, written by Don Van Natta Jr. Ferrell will play Riggs, a 55-year-old retired player, who went up against King, a 29-year-old tennis champ, [...]

Listen to Scott Aukerman, David Wain, Tom Scharpling, and More Cover 'The Super Bowl Shuffle'

Radio host Sean Cannon assembled an all-star team of celebrities to record a new version of sports novelty song "The Super Bowl Shuffle" for the charity Reading Is Fundamental. The cover track features comedians Scott Aukerman, David Wain, Tom Scharpling, Kyle Kinane, and Dave Hill, and non-comedy people Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav), Honus Honus (Man Man), John Roderick (The Long Winters), pro wrestler Colt Cabana, and internet celebrity cat Lil Bub.

Listen to the new version of "Super Bowl Shuffle" below:

Will Ferrell Did a North Dakota Local Newscast, Called Some Women's Curling as Ron Burgundy

The Anchorman 2 marketing blitz continued this weekend, with Will Ferrell appearing in character as Ron Burgundy for both an entire North Dakota local news broadcast as well as at a Canadian curling tournament. Ferrell played it pretty straight in ND, reading actual news stories with that silky baritone alongside one of the actual anchors. He showed up wearing a kilt to the curling tournament, so he played that one a little less straight. Check that out below.

Ferrell will also be hosting SportsCenter this Thursday at 6pm on ESPN, and will presumably show up in character in a few dozen more places before the movie is actually released [...]

This Week In Web Videos: B1G Ten Trash Talk

There's like one month a year when I don't feel like a total misfit: late July/early August. Hockey fans have forgotten all about the Cup, we're weeks and weeks past the NBA Finals, and Sunday afternoon football is a distant fleck. Sure, baseball's happening but, as long as you don't live across the street from Yankees Stadium or the Green Giant, few people seem to give a fly ball fuck and, if they do, they're comparatively quiet about it. This is my time. It's when I feel good about humanity, about our collective ability to discuss things other than balls being thrown for money. But bliss is fleeting and [...]

Angels Trade the Cruel Passage of Time to the Cubs for a Reminder of Your Own Mortality, by Pablo Goldstein

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian reports that the Anaheim Angels have traded minor league infielder Matt Scioscia to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Trevor Gretzky.

Gretzky, the son of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and an abrupt reminder of how little time you have left in your short, insignificant life, was selected in the seventh round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The left-hander is expected to start for the Inland Empire 66ers where he will bat 5th in the lineup and emphasize the coming winter of your existence.

Scioscia, the son of longtime Angels manager and former big-league catcher Mike Scioscia, will make his debut for the Boise Hawks later this year. While the infielder [...]

Nick Kroll Stole the Stanley Cup

Here's an April Fool's video Nick Kroll made for the NHL, in which he, Seth Morris, and Charlie Sanders steal the Stanley Cup and hold it for ransom and then eventually get into a bunch of trouble a couple weeks later.

Welcome to My Football Party, by Patrick Walczy

Hey, Jeff! Come on in! You’re just in time, man, the game’s about to start. By the way, how do we know when the game’s about to start? I’m messing with you, bro. I know it’s when that little guy makes the kickoff. So glad the wives suggested this while they do their Sunday shopping. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Sunday shopping, but bro time is important too, and that’s according to a recent study at Princeton’s Behavioral Science Institute. Looks like you could use a cold one. Here you go. It’s a kale smoothie with four scoops of protein powder. Gameday? More like Gamewhey, mother [...]