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Mike Tirico returns to his SportsCenter roots

It’s been a while since ESPN’s Mike Tirico has anchored a SportsCenter. Over the years, he’s focused on play-by-play whether it was the PGA Tour on ESPN/ABC, college basketball and football, Monday Night Football or the NBA. He’s proven to be one of the network’s most versatile announcers whether it be as host or calling games. Tonight, Tirico returns to his studio roots...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

New Syracuse AD Needs To Address Attendance Issues

Last week Mike Tirico said on ESPN radio that he wants Syracuse’s next athletic director to make the Orange football program the best in the northeast. That certainly tops the wish list of every Syracuse fan, but in the short term that’s a long shot. Whoever replaces Daryl Gross should initially try to fix Syracuse’s attendance problem. Fans only really come out in large numbers...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico made a terrifying smoothie on Monday Night Football

The NFL saw their latest primetime blowout with Panthers-Eagles being a 45-7 game at one point before two garbage time touchdowns from Carolina.  With this weirdly historic stretch of blowouts in primetime, the announcers have to be prepared to keep up interest somehow.  Both by the fans, and for themselves.  For Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico, that means channeling Chip Kelly...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tirico thinks Washington nickname should go, but still will use it

Mike Tirico always is extremely thoughtful in everything he does during a telecast. That goes 10-fold for the Washington nickname controversy. Yesterday during an ESPN teleconference, he spoke candidly about his views on the Washington nickname issue: ******* We broadcast a Washington preseason game and then ESPN released a network policy I think it was five days after that game...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Tirico Raps Like Drake Then Immediately Regrets It

ESPN’s Mike Tirico pulled a quick one on the listeners of the Raptors-Nets Game 7 game on Sunday, rapping about Toronto’s Global Ambassador, Drake. Going with Drake’s “last name ever, first name greatest” line form Drake’s song Forever, Tirico threw out a “Last name Graham, first name Aubry. Drake is the name the kids call me.” The post Mike Tirico Raps Like Drake...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Mike Tirico raps Drake’s name

Drake’s beloved Toronto Raptors fell at home in Game 7 to the Brooklyn Nets 104-103.  Don’t feel so bad for him, because Drake can now root on his beloved Miami heat against the Brooklyn Nets in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs. ESPN’s cameras naturally found their way to the world renowned singer, and Mike Tirico had some fun with it. This is now the only acceptable way to show...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Vine: Mike Tirico Raps About Drake During Raptors-Nets Game 7

The dueling fan-bases of the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets, highlighted by their rap superstar fans—Drake for Toronto and Jay Z for Brooklyn—has been one of the biggest talking points in the hotly contested seven game first round series. While we weren’t lucky enough to catch Mike Tirico throw down any bars from 99 Problems or Izzo during the games at Barclays Center, he...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Tirico drops Drake joke during Raptors-Nets game 7

It seems that everyone these days wants to talk about Toronto Raptors global ambassador Drake and during today’s game seven ESPN telecast, Mike Tirico tried to drop a funny drake reference. Mike decided to parody Drake’s first line from “Forever” by calling him by his birth name, Aubrey Graham. Sadly for Mr. Tirico, the joke didn’t go well and he immediately regretted over...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Video- Damian Lillard’s Three Sends Portland To The Second Round

We’ll be collecting other calls of this ridiculous game ending shot as we can find them. Below Mike Tirico with a pretty stellar call of Lillard’s buzzer beating series ending shot.  Below the local Portland radio call featuring Brian Wheeler (good to start 1:02 in).The local Portland television call (hoping for a better version, turning up audio suggested) .
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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