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HBO Releases ‘Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off’ Documentary Trailer

“I have found my sense of purpose and shaped my identity through skating, and it nourishes my mental health immensely. I’ve said many times that I won’t stop skating until I am physically unable.”

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HBO has released a trailer and poster art for its upcoming documentary on skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.

Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off will premiere April 5 on HBO and stream on HBO Max. Directed by Sam Jones (who made the 2002 Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart) and produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, the film chronicles Hawk’s life and career as he became one of skateboarding’s most influential and impactful figures and a name known throughout pop culture.

The documentary will feature unseen archival footage from Hawk’s early days in skateboarding, following his ascension from a teenager to a competitor who pulled off one of the sport’s most difficult tricks — the “900,” a vertical jump with an aerial spin of 2 1/3 revolutions — at the age of 31. The film also chronicles Hawk’s struggles with fame and the constant risk he puts his body through, in addition to the the effects those have on his family.

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Anyone familiar with Hawk knows that this documentary isn’t him taking a victory lap or settling down to look back on his life. The 53-year-old continues to skate and take risks. Earlier this week, he told fans on Instagram that he broke his femur in a skating accident and shared photos of the x-rays, along with him standing and walking on the injured leg.

Hawk acknowledged the timing of suffering the injury just before HBO released the trailer for Until the Wheels Fall Off.

“There is a strange irony that this happened on the even of HBO releasing a trailer for Until the Wheels Fall Off, Sam Jones’ documentary about my life & career, which has a strong focus on the philosophy of how I/we do this at our age,” Hawk wrote.

“The answer is complicated, but ultimately it’s because I have found my sense of purpose and shaped my identity through skating, and it nourishes my mental health immensely. I’ve said many times that I won’t stop skating until I am physically unable. A broken leg — with plenty of hardware — will probably be the biggest test of that creed.”

The documentary will also feature a soundtrack sure to appeal to viewers, whether they’re fans of skateboarding or not. Among the artists whose work will be in the film are The Clash, Joy Division, The Sex Pistols, Echo and The Bunnymen, XTC, Oingo Boingo, Pavement, New Order, and The Replacements. That music is sure to reflect the era during which Hawk grew up and reached fame, as well as the culture surrounding his sport.

The poster art for Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off can be seen below:

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Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off premieres on HBO April 5 and will also be available for streaming on HBO Max.

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline

“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”

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Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.

Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.

“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”

Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.

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