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• ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis 2019 (Aug. 1-4 U.S. Bank Stadium, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC) has signed Wendy’s as an official sponsor, joining returning sponsors Harley-Davidson, Hotels.com, Monster Energy, Nexcare First Aid Products, Pacifico, SoFi and The Real Cost (FDA). Geico will again serve as the official music stage sponsor.

On-site activation in X Fest is provided by Marvel, Go RVing, US Marines, TINCUP Whiskey, TRIA, FloWater, Star Tribune, Shred Hate, 93X, The CW, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, MN United, City Pages, GO MN, iHeart Radio and Minnesota Wild.

• ESPN said that the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship – won by Novak Djokovic over Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) – earned an overnight rating of 3.0 for its more than five hours of coverage up 114% vs. the championship match a year ago for Djokovic vs. Kevin Anderson. The match peaked at its conclusion with a 4.6 rating. At 4:57, it was the longest match of the Gentlemen’s Singles tournament this year and the longest Gentlemen’s Singles final in Wimbledon history. It also was the first men’s singles Major championship to be decided by a tie-break.

• New York Life has signed as a founding partner of the ESPN-owned ACC Network, the national network dedicated to Atlantic Coast Conference sports coverage, scheduled to launch Aug. 22. New York Life remains the official life insurance company of the ACC as well as the exclusive presenting sponsor of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament which airs across the ESPN and ACC networks. 

• The Baseball Hall of Fame has signed a deal with VIDSIG, Inc., a San Francisco-based software company that offers live one-on-one video interactions between athletes and fans. The technology will allow Hall of Famers to “hold virtual meet-and-greets or autograph sessions through the use of a computer from the comfort of the athletes' homes.”

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

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AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

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Weekend Box Office July 5-7
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Jun132016

Nike: Ads, J.B. Smoove Show Legendary Jordan 'Flu Game' Nothing To Sneeze At

By Barry Janoff

June 13, 2016: Was it the flu? And what type of flu? And did he contaminate his teammates, fans, his coach and others? Or maybe it wasn't the flu but the anchovies on his pizza.

On June 11, 1997, Michael Jordan played in what has since become known as his legendary 'Flu Game," scoring 38 points in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 90-88 win over the Utah Jazz

Jordan played 44 of 48 minutes with severe "flu-like symptoms" — subsequent stories attributed his illness to food poisoning from a bad slice of pizza he ate in his hotel room — with stats that also included seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

As a result of his output, Chicago took a 3-2 lead and then went on to win the NBA title in six games two days later at home.

Jordan himself often later recalled, "(Playing that game) was probably the most difficult thing I've ever done."

To celebrate the 19th anniversary of the event, Nike's Jordan Brand has unveiled a humorous campaign that includes a series of spots with comedian/actor J.B. Smoove (Jerry Brooks) which offer alternative reasons to why Jordan appeared to be so sick.

And in a bit of in-your-face humor, Jordan Brand also opened a pop-up store in Salt Lake City, home of the Jazz, which sold Jordan shoes and ran a continuous loop of the Flu Game.

The effort also includes Internet and social media.

Under the umbrella theme, Greatness Overcomes, (#GreatnessOvercomes), J.B. Smoove-led spots offer a variety of wild theories on how Jordan got the flu. They were filmed in Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR., in rooms filled with past and current Air Jordan shoes and other memorabilia.

In "Tongue Theory," Smoove, standing in front of a showcase filled with classic Nike Jordan's, offers, "You know how many viruses are floating around in the sky? Jordan could have gotten sick by holding this tongue out every time he drove to that basket. Viruses just jump on your tongue and start dancing.

"Viruses dance all the time," Smoove continues. "Every time Jordan goes to the hole, he puts that tongue out. A virus jumps on his tongue and starts doing the running man. Once you put your tongue out your mouth, viruses will jump on your tongue."

In "Coulda Been The Shoes," Smoove blames Jordan's own footwear. "It's very possible that his Jordan shoes got him sick. People say it all the time: 'Those shoes are sick. How'd you play last night, Jordan? Oh, I had a sick game last night.' He might gotten sick off his own damn shoes!"

"Pizza Theory" switches gears to focus on the room service order in his Salt Lake City hotel room that Jordan had the night before the game. "When you intentionally put anchovies on your pizza among the regular ingredients, you are trying to get me sick. Michael Jordan don't even like anchovies. He likes pepperoni. Cheese, Sausage. Extra cheese. Was this pizza the Grassy Knoll of this night?"

Jordan's long-time teammate, Scottie Pippen, makes a guest appearance in "Ice Cold."

"Scottie Pippen. My man!" Smoove says to Pippen. "The Flu Game. That night you had a triple-double," he mis-remembers: "18-11-10." Pippen's actual stats were 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists. But Smoove continues, "Pat yourself on the back. Remember that game. Michael Jordan. 38 points, five assists, three steals. Sick as hell. But what kind of flu was it? To this day it's a mystery."

Pippen asks, "What's your point?" Smoove offers, "It's a conspiracy." Pippen replies, "Not buying it. Greatness overcomes anything."

J.B. then re-creates the post-game scene hen Pippen literally had to help carry Jordan off the court. "Jordan is sick. You helped Jordan up. He is sweatin' all over you. All over your shirt. And you say to yourself, 'Man, don't you breathe on me. Don't get me sick.'"

"What If?" sees Smoove contemplating an outbreak caused by Jordan's mysterious illness.

"The referees could have got sic. The audience could have got sick. The coach could have got sick. The mascot. The little girl who sang the National Anthem could have got sick: 'And the rocket's red glare . . . Bleeeehh.'

"But you ran up and down that court. Making shots. Getting rebounds. You got a game to win. It's the NBA Finals. Greatness overcomes."

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