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Jeter bombshell colors 'Bronx Bombers'

In 2000, Jeter became the first player to

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Who knew when I saw “Bronx Bombers’’ Tuesday that Derek Jeter (played by Christopher Jackson) was less than 24 hours from officially becoming a legend-in-waiting to join his fellow historical characters in the play?

So starting Wednesday the sight of Jeter in the company of actors playing Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and the rest of the old gang on Broadway surely had...

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Bob Costas to miss third straight day of Olympics

It's impossible not to feel a little bad for Commack's own Bob Costas as he continues to battle infections to his eyes in the middle of his high-profile biennial Olympics gig.

But, alas, Costas will be forced to miss his third consecutive day of hosting duties because of the ongoing ailment and again will be replaced in prime time Thursday by Matt Lauer.

On a conference call from Russia...

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Howie Rose, Josh Lewin likely back in Mets radio booth

The new Mets radio announcer Josh Lewin will

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So as I was saying on the blog Monday, Howie Rose and Josh Lewin likely will move with the Mets from WFAN to WOR this season.

Still nothing official, but ESPN New York reported Tuesday night that Rose and Lewin will be back, and I am told the official announcement should come by week's end.

WOR had strongly considered bringing a former player into the booth alongside Rose, but nothing...

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Jerry Seinfeld's favorite thing on TV? MLB Network!

Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Jason

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Jerry Seinfeld recently told FoxSports.com's "The Buzz with Jimmy Traina'' that while there are 21st century shows he enjoys, such as "Mad Men" and two starring former "Seinfeld" colleagues in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Veep," his taste in TV-watching tends more toward unscripted comedy as a fan of the Mets in particular and baseball in general.

"I like the MLB Network; that's my favorite...

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NBC lists Bob Costas as day-to-day

Commack's own Bob Costas will take Tuesday night off, ending a streak of 157 consecutive prime time Olympic hosting starts for NBC.

Costas has been suffering from an eye ailment; he will be replaced by "Today" show host Matt Lauer.

Here is NBC's news release on the matter, complete with Costas' explanation of what he has been going through.

“As a practical matter, I simply couldn’t...

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Michael Kay's simulcast ratings become more realistic

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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I do not plan to do regular updates on Michael Kay's TV simulcast ratings, but I did promise several Twitter followers last week that I would update them after his first week on the YES Network, so here goes:

Kay averaged 0.61 percent of homes on his first day last Monday, which is quite impressive - and not sustainable.

After that he settled into more realistic territory closer to what...

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Sochi Olympics off to good ratings start

Leanne Smith of the United States in action

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Do I find it odd that I watched (almost) every minute of Winter Olympics coverage in, say, 1972 and '76, when now that it is my job I have very limited interest (until the hockey tournament starts)?

Well, yes, I do find that odd. But in fairness, no matter what I think - or what mainstream sports talk radio hosts and callers say about how little they care - the Games remain a ratings powerhouse...

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Art Howe does not blame Philip Seymour Hoffman for portrayal

Art Howe managed the Mets during the 2003

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Super Bowl Sunday, left behind an impressive body of acting work, but his foray into sports flicks was tinged by controversy.

His portrayal of former A’s (and Mets) manager Art Howe in “Moneyball’’ – the third-highest-grossing baseball movie in history – came as a surprise to many who have known and worked with Howe.

 But as unhappy as Howe was...

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(Very) young baseball stars headed to Yaphank - and CBSSN

ESPN long has ruled the kids-playing-baseball-on-cable-TV universe, what with its blanket, hours-eating coverage each August of the Little League World Series.

But there are more 12-and-under players where those came from and the best will appear Aug 1-11 on CBS Sports Network – and in the flesh in Yaphank.

The seventh National Youth Baseball Championships, featuring top travel teams...

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Ed Sullivan loved having sports guests

The Beatles first American debut was live on

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Ed Sullivan has returned to the spotlight in a new millennium, what with Sunday being the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on his iconic variety show.

So let’s take this opportunity to pay tribute to the man’s love of sports – including a decade as a sports writer and editor in the 1920s – that extended even to his romantic life.

Sullivan was engaged to Sybil Bauer,...

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