Arash Markazi

Arash Markazi is a Los Angeles-based staff writer for SI.com.

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  • 03:44 PM ET  07.21
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Matt Leinart was technically at ESPYs week even though he never surfaced at any ESPYs events. He did, however, attend a dinner that Bacardi hosted for the Matt Leinart Foundation where he invited Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew and few other close friends where he admitted he's different from the Vincent Chase lookalike that entered the NFL and ruled college football four years ago. He skipped on a pre-ESPYs party to tuck-in his son, Cole, after the dinner and skipped the awards show altogether to take his son to the fair. In between sipping on mojitos, I was able to ask the proud dad a…
  • 12:14 PM ET  07.26
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SI.com recently ran a special section on the favorite venues of some of its writers. I had written one awhile back for the section, here's what I wrote about my favorite venue: Dodger Stadium.  Everything about Dodger Stadium is distinctly Los Angeles. The multi-colored beach ball flying over your head, the topless sun bather with his feet propped up on an empty seat in front him getting grilled like Dodger Dog, the bleach blonde beauties swigging back long necks as they squeal when Russell Martin come up to bat and, of course, the sprawling views everywhere you turn.…
  • 03:09 AM ET  07.21
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The easiest edit that ESPN made during Sunday's tape-delayed ESPYs came fairly early in the broadcast when Justin Timberlake was teasing Paul Pierce about his "injured" knee in Game 1 of the NBA Finals during his opening monologue. In describing how Pierce quickly came back after being taken off on a wheelchair, Timberlake joked that Pierce was back on the court, "shucking and jiving." The comment, which was cut out of the broadcast that aired Sunday night, was met with silence from the crowd when the show taped on Wednesday before Timberlake transitioned into…

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