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Saved by the Bell’s Dustin Diamond Seeking Redemption in Bell Biopic

Originally posted on TIME:

Dustin Diamond, best known for role as Saved by the Bell’s “Screech,” doesn’t understand why he has such a bad reputation.

Like why fans believe he’s actually the aggressive guy they saw on reality show Celebrity Fit Club. (“It was scripted on my end,” the 37-year-old tells TIME. “I had to outdo Gary Busey! I didn’t think the fans would think of everything being real.”)

Or why they were turned off by his self-released and allegedly staged adult film, pleasantly titled Screeched — Saved by the Smell. (“Paris Hilton made $14 million for her sex tape . . . As an opportunist, I thought I could easily fake it and get a stunt double,” he said. “But people just ran with it. Everyone has a sex tape, but I was making porn. And I wasn’t, it wasn’t me. My conscience is clear.”)

And then there was his…

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Welcome to the Confusing Football League


The pursuit of Weston Dressler by CFL teams remains an enigma.

Originally posted on Ottawa Citizen:

From somebody foreign to the scene, the Canadian Football League can seem like an odd place indeed.

Consider the initial reactions of Redblacks practice roster wide receiver Eddie Poole, a Florida native trying to get his feet wet at TD Place after picking up his passport and arriving in Canada for the first time late last week. He might have wondered whether CFL stood for Confusing Football League.

There are the complexities of import/non-import quotas, single points for missed field goals, the overwhelming size of the field compared to the NFL (“seems like heaven to me, so much space,” he says) and the real head-scratcher — trying to get up to speed on how it’s mathematically possible for a pair of 1-7 teams to be playing each other for a playoff spot this weekend.

“It’s confusing, to say the least,” Poole said of Friday’s pivotal game between the Redblacks and…

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Detroit bowl game gets a new title sponsor too


R.I.P., Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

Originally posted on CollegeFootballTalk:

The Bahamas Bowl was not the only bowl game to receive a new title sponsor today. The new bowl game in Detroit, not to be confused with the bowl game previously held in the Motor City, received a new title sponsor as well. Say hello to the Quick Lane Bowl.

The Detroit Lions are organizing the new bowl game in Detroit, which replaces the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Having a local industry partner was important for the Lions. Staying true to the roots of the old Motor City Bowl, a partner in the auto industry seemed like a logical choice from the start.

“With a national platform to showcase the city of Detroit as well as Southeast Michigan football tradition, it was important for us to partner with an organization like Quick Lane who has a strong local and national presence,” said Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand, per…

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Bahamas Bowl orders fried chicken title sponsor


Two new title sponsors. One is a food brand, the other, a bowling alley.

Originally posted on CollegeFootballTalk:

The brand new bowl game this college football season being played in the Bahamas will have a hint of southeastern seasoning in the air. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has been named the brand new title sponsor for the Bahamas Bowl.

“Popeyes is honored to partner with the Bahamas Bowl to bring this historic bowl game to college football fans everywhere,” said Hector Munoz, Vice President of Marketing for Popeyes via press release. “Like college football, Popeyes enjoys a rich tradition and passionate fans, and we look forward to a great game and a lot of fun in the Bahamas.”

This is the first time Popeyes has been a corporate title sponsor for a bowl game. The restaurant chain can be found in 27 countries including Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Costa Rica, but not in the Bahamas (yet).

The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will be played on December 24 with conference…

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Dodger reality for the young and/or delusional


Good thoughts.

Originally posted on Dodger Therapy:


Note to the delusional or just very young Dodger fans that can use that as an excuse for not knowing better…

The Dodgers will win the West. They have as good a chance as any to win it all. They have three very strong starters (assuming Ryu comes back healthy and Greinke shakes off his recent malaise (for him anyway), so that means they can beat anyone the days they pitch. They have superstars up and down the roster, most of who have underachieved in 2014 but could wake up in the post-season. The team has won in spite of never truly being hot. They’ve won with subpar years from many. They’ve won with Donnie. They’ve won with a partial bullpen. They’ve won with no offense at all from catcher. They’ve won with poor defense. They’ve won even though they’re 0-44 in games they’ve trailed through 7 innings…

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CBS Sports to Make TV History with All-Female Sports Talk Show This Fall


I might have to watch this.

Originally posted on The Big Lead:

allie laforce cbs sportsCBS Sports will make television history in September when it debuts the first all-female sports talk show, the network confirmed exclusively to The Big Lead.

The weekly show, which will air on CBS Sports Network, will not only feature an all-female cast, but will also be produced and directed by women.

“We’re really excited and proud to be launching the first ever all female sports talk show,” David Berson, the President of CBS Sports told The Big Lead. “We have been discussing and developing the show for well over a year. Internally and externally, there’s been universal enthusiasm and across-the-board support.”

LesleyVisserBerson would not confirm any names connected to the show – it’s still unclear if the as-yet titled show will have one central host – but multiple sources revealed to The Big Lead six names who are expected to be regulars: CBS Sports veteran Lesley Visser, Dana Jacobson (who…

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Preds’ Paden Headed To Canada

The Orlando Predators have had a successful season, and it’s partially due to rookie wide receiver Khalil Paden, out of Northern Arizona by way of San Jose State.

During the season, the 24-year-old Paden ranked second on the Predators in receptions (81), receiving yards (1,402), and touchdown receptions (23.) Yesterday,  two days after Orlando eliminated the Pittsburgh Power from the playoffs, Paden was placed on the “Other League Exempt” list.

Earlier in the day, Paden was signed by the Canadian Football League’s newest team, the Ottawa RedBlacks.  This is the second CFL team to sign Paden to a contract, as last season, the Calgary Stampeders inked him to a deal which never materialized.

Hopping from league to league has become a habit for Paden, who also spent time as a member of the defunct United Football League’s Sacramento Mountain Lions in that league’s 2012 season, which was abandoned in mid-October after only being partially completed.

In his lone UFL season, Paden caught seven passes for 147 yards and no touchdowns.

This is a great move by the expansion RedBlacks, who enter their bye week at 1-4, sitting in a three-way tie for last place in the CFL’s East Division. Paden’s arrival strengthens a struggling receiving corps.

With five games completed, Marcus Henry (299 yards and one touchdown) leads the RedBlacks in receiving, while Kierrie Johnson (214 yards and no touchdowns) is second in that category. Johnson hasn’t caught a touchdown pass since the 2012 season, when he was on the B.C. Lions.

Paden enters the fold at the best possible time for Ottawa. With him lining up, expect the RedBlacks’ receiving yards to rise quickly.

For those who haven’t seen Paden play, here is a highlight reel of him in action as a member of the Mountain Lions:




Here’s one of him doing 1-on-1 drills vs. defensive backs while in college at Northern Arizona:


(Go ahead and mute the background music on those videos.) Good luck to Paden in Canada.



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