By JOHN C. COTEY, Times Staff Writer
Published January 14, 2005
Randy Moss moons the Green Bay Packer fans on Fox. ESPN, which has probably done its share to encourage such behavior by showing everyone else's showboating, takes the high road and doesn't replay it.
Don King sues ESPN for $2.5-billion for referring to him as a "snake oil salesman" among other things. And Vikings owner Red McCombs asks Fox to take Joe Buck - the best sportscaster in the business, by the way - off Sunday's playoff game involving his team because of his (over?)reaction to Moss' antics.
Why does ESPN need the fake stuff - Playmakers and Tilt, for example - when the real stuff is so much more entertaining?
Not sure which of these stories made me laugh harder. But if King is suing for being called a huckster, everybody should run for cover.
Tennis up down under
ESPN will televise more than 600 hours of tennis in 2005, starting Monday with the 100th Australian Open.
For the first major of the season alone, ESPN will have 76 hours in the next two weeks, leading to the women's championship Jan. 28 and the men's final Jan. 30.
Around the dial
Barry Pepper was nominated for outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries by the Screen Actors Guild for his portrayal of Dale Earnhardt in ESPN's 3. . . . Lisa Leslie will join ESPN as a studio analyst for NCAA women's basketball, beginning Sunday. . . . The U.S. Army High School All-American Bowl will air at 1 p.m. Saturday on Ch. 8 and feature 78 of the country's best players. Last year, Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson played in the game. ... Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Stephen A. Smith will get his own ESPN show in June, Quite Frankly. . . . Best Damn Sports Show Period host Chris Rose is leaving to concentrate on his play-by-play duties for the Arena Football League and NFL Europe, with an eye toward an NFL job for Fox, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.