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WATCH: Charles Barkley bounces first pitch

Charles Barkley threw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game on Tuesday night.  We’ve seen a lot of god-awful first pitches this year and while this isn’t on par with 50 Cent, it’s still pretty bad for a Hall of Fame athlete.  Barkley’s pitch falls short and wide right. On the bright side though, at least there’s not a horrible hitch like in his golf swing!  So...
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BTN channels History in debuting new Treasure Hunter show

With the rise in conference networks across the sports media landscape, the impetus for those networks to create compelling original programming continues to grow.  Big Ten Network has been a leader of the pack when it comes to original series in both quantity and quality.  Whether it’s rivalries as old as the institutions themselves, controversial events, or documenting both...
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Your Week 3 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, September 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm,  Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy WolfsonSunday, September 21 Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, FOX 1 pm, Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Pam Oliver Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints, FOX 1 pm, Chris Myers, Ronde Barber & Jennifer Hale Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, FOX 1...
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Brian Cranston promotes MLB Postseason with one-man show

Brian Cranston is one of the best actors going today, and he was commissioned to promote the MLB Postseason on TBS in this one-man show commercial. This is pretty fantastic. Cranston can do it all, and seeing him in all of these multiple uniforms acting out historic MLB moments is amazing. There’s also Pedro Martinez training (if you want to call it that) Cranston dressed as a...
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Matthew Berry, fantasy football, and the challenges of #TooSoon

The past week saw plenty of NFL stories that went far beyond the on-field games, particularly those on Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald. While those stories had on-field implications (and thus, fantasy implications), some felt the severity of the off-field incidents should preclude any early discussion of what those incidents and the punishment for them (or...
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Brian Urlacher leaves Fox Sports to spend time with family

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has ended his time at Fox Sports after 13 months, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Urlacher worked mainly on Fox Sports 1, appearing on the canceled Fox Football Daily and Fox NFL Kickoff. There was no immediate word on who will replace Urlacher on Fox NFL Kickoff along with Joel Klatt and Randy Moss. I thought Urlacher...
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Tim Tebow was a natural on his Good Morning America debut

Tim Tebow made his debut on Good Morning America during a segment called “Motivate Me Monday.” He looks more relaxed than you could possibly imagine for his morning show debut. More and more people are becoming convinced this television thing might work out for him after all… The segment features Deven Jackson, a ten-year old determined to still play football despite losing...
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Ray Lewis has some VERY profound thoughts on momentum

Ray Lewis was a polarizing figure as an NFL player and the jury is certainly still out on his abilities as a television analyst.  After last night’s Monday Night Football game, Lewis dropped this gem from the Department of Redundancy Department. How huge is momentum?  It’s HUGE… Thank god we have Ray Lewis to explain things to us https://t.co/dIHeTRDEBp — Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat...
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ESPN announces new slate of 30 For 30 films for the fall

30 For 30 is one of the best things ESPN has ever done. Incredible content is released under the banner of the critically-acclaimed series each year, and we’ve been jonesing for some new films after this summer’s Soccer Series concluded. Finally, we have our wish – the newest series of 30 For 30 will kick off on Tuesday, October 7th, and some of the featured films look incredible...
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Vikings message board shuts down thanks to Adrian Peterson controversy

The Minnesota Vikings reinstated embattled running back Adrian Peterson to the team after deactivating him for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.  The Vikings’ decision to stand by Peterson was already controversial before new allegations of child abuse arose Monday night.  One group of Vikings fans were so disgusted they shut down a popular message board for the team. The...
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Rihanna to CBS: “F— you.”

Last week CBS pulled their theatrical opening featuring Rihanna and Don Cheadle for the debut of Thursday Night Football.  This editorial decision was taken in light of the Ray Rice controversy and the network’s pregame coverage for the Steelers-Ravens game.  The decision was probably a sensible one considering the hard news element of the pregame show and the fact that a planned...
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ESPN.com is undergoing a dramatic redesign today

For the first time in five years, ESPN.com will undergo a complete redesign as they look to keep pace with a more mobile-friendly platform.  Just how much of a change will sports fans notice? Constant change is a part of life on the internet.  Every time you log into Facebook, it’s different than the time you logged on before.  Twitter is looking at making fundamental changes...
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Viewing Picks for September 16, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football 2014 Australian Rules Football League All Australian Awards — Fox Soccer Plus, 6:30 a.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily: The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network...
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Fran Fraschilla said he could have scored on James Harden

James Harden’s defense is notorious as being as laughably bad as the worst primetime network sitcom.  Basically, James Harden’s defense is the Cavemen of basketball.  During the FIBA World Cup, which the USA won easily amidst a lot of worrying that they wouldn’t, Harden was able to take his defense to the international stage. ESPN international basketball analyst extraordinaire...
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Broncos fans want Phil Simms to stop calling their games

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have called plenty of Denver Broncos games over the years given the team’s long-term success.  And now Broncos fans are coming together to gently ask CBS to never have them call another Denver game again, specifically the former Giants quarterback.  Nantz can stay. Broncos fans (apparently) think Simms has a deep-seeded bias against their team.  Perhaps...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 9/15 – 9/21

Monday, September 15Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves (MLBN 7 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Yankees at Rays]Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Phillies at Padres]Tuesday, September 16Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN 8 pm) TBACincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8 pm) Len Kasper, Jim DeshaiesSeattle Mariners at Los Angeles...
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A frustrated Jason Kipnis went off on an Indians fan on Twitter

On Saturday night, the Cleveland Indians lost a heartbreaker against the Detroit Tigers, falling 5-4 after a two-run homer in the eighth inning. Frustrated with losing another tough game to a division rival, an Indians fan tagged second baseman Jason Kipnis in an angry tweet. Kipnis didn’t just let it roll off his shoulders. @TomHorsman Pardon my language but you're a ****...
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NFL Ratings, Week 2: CBS, Fox down, NBC up

Regional Window (Fox) Blackouts: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Washington Fox drew a 12.3 rating for their regional window, which featured Seattle/San Diego in most of the country. This was down nearly four percent from last year’s 12.9. Locally, the Saints and Browns were up, but most of Fox’s window featured teams (the Giants, Dallas, Seattle, San Diego, Arizona, Detroit...
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The AA Sunday Studio Show Spectacular: That Other Pregame Show

This week and throughout rest of the NFL regular season, Awful Announcing will review the Sunday NFL studio shows. It’s a Herculean task, but it’s a project that requires strength, discipline and patience. And while the ratings for the NFL pregame shows were down in Week 1, the network sports divisions still believe in them and continue to develop them as shoulder programming...
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What’s next for Fox Soccer after their Gus Johnson experiment failed?

The broadcast world was delivered quite the surprise when Sports Illustrated reported on Sunday night that Gus Johnson would be stepping down from his post as lead soccer announcer for Fox Sports.  With much fanfare, Fox announced that Johnson would be their lead soccer announcer for the 2018 World Cup more than five years ahead of time.  Unfortunately, Johnson didn’t even make...
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After leaving HBO, the NHL heads to Epix for documentary series

The NHL will be changing homes to take viewers inside the teams competing in their outdoor games this season. After three seasons of HBO collaborating with the league on 24/7, the NHL will take its talents to upstart Epix, according to ESPN. The subscription-based network will produce two “insider” style series: one for the Winter Classic featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and...
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Steve Spurrier called out Paul Finebaum after beating Georgia

Leave it to Steve Spurrier… aka the ol’ ball coach… aka H.A.S… to call out a prominent media member in his postgame press conference after a victory over a Top 10 team.  After defeating Georgia at home, Spurrier zeroed in on Paul Finebaum and had a laugh at his expense, burying him with the typical Spurrier charm. “I knew we had a good chance to beat ‘em when I heard...
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Charissa Thompson made peace with Michelle Beadle

Charissa Thompson of Fox Sports Live had a wide-ranging interview at Sports Illustrated this week that touched on a number of topics including Fox Sports Live’s ratings, colleague Katie Nolan’s thoughts on women in sports media (she didn’t necessarily agree with Nolan’s take), and Thompson’s long road to an on-air position.  Her journey to Fox Sports Live and being one...
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Cris Carter’s emotional message on child abuse from NFL Countdown

ESPN’s NFL Countdown discussed Adrian Peterson and the fact the Minnesota Vikings were deactivating him following his indictment for injuring a child. The topic struck a chord with former Vikings receiver Cris Carter who took a few moments to reveal some information about his own upbringing. Carter states that his mother did the best she could while raising seven children, but...
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Brent Musburger dropped a “Boom Goes the Dynamite”

This is a moment that should go down in television history.  On this fantastic Kentucky TD run against Florida, Brent Musburger decided to drop one of the most infamous lines in sportscasting history. Boom goes the dynamite. Best call from yesterday's games: Brent Musburger "Boom goes the dynamite!" on Boom Williams TD run: https://t.co/zDtWsHdFS7 #SEC #Kentucky ...
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