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Viewing Picks for April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER!!!! All Times Eastern College Baseball Illinois at Penn State — Big Ten Network, noon Georgia at Florida — ESPNU, noon Vanderbilt at Arkansas — ESPN, 1 p.m. Kansas at Oklahoma — Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m. College Lacrosse Stanford at USC — Pac-12 Networks, 4 p.m. College Softball Minnesota at Michigan — Big Ten Network, 3 p.m. Syracuse at Florida State — ESPNU...
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Taiwanese animation explains the SEC Bag Man

Last week at SBNation, Steven Godfrey wrote an excellent piece about the SEC Bag Man and how they funnel money to recruits and players. The article was the topic of the latest Taiwanese animation video of American news, and the results were pretty spectacular. Why do all of the bag men featured look like Jabba the Hutt?! [NMATV]
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Screengrab Snafu: Chicago Unsportsmanlike

Go unsportsmanlike! (s/t Puck Daddy, CBC) pic.twitter.com/f264VxLtKB — Nina Falcone (@NinaFalcone) April 19, 2014
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Cameraman bites the dust tracking home run trot

Fox Sports 1 is televising Angels-Tigers this afternoon.  After a home run by J.B. Shuck of the Angels, FS1 went to a very typical shot of a cameraman tracking him around 3rd base.  Lest you think this is as easy as it sounds, here’s your reminder that carrying a giant camera while trying to run and shoot footage at the same time isn’t that simple… [Brace Hemmelgarn]
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WWE is blacklisting Nancy Grace

Any current and former WWE wrestlers (er, superstars) are persona non grata on Nancy Grace’s HLN show after the wrestling world fell into an uproar over Grace’s segment last week about the death of the Ultimate Warrior. Warrior passed away last Tuesday, hours after making an appearance on Raw following his Saturday induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Grace insinuated that Warrior’s...
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Stephen A. Smith yells about hockey on SportsCenter… again

I get that this is supposed to be facetious and funny, but there’s a little truth in every bit of sarcasm.  At the beginning of SportsCenter Saturday morning, Sara Walsh and Bram Weinstein were teasing highlights from baseball and (GASP!) the NHL Playoffs. Stephen A. Smith then appeared on screen yelling about the NBA… because ESPN pays him hundreds of thousands of dollars to...
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The Toronto Sun trolls the Brooklyn Nets

Game one of the Easten Conference Quarterfinals between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors is set to take place today. But before the game on Saturday morning, the Toronto Sun trolled the Nets in the most perfect of ways. #TOSunFront: #RAPTORSvsDINOSAURS – it's on! http://t.co/pxWM8v3BYS #RTZ #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/LHWrVcWHTl — Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) April...
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Craig Sager releases statement on leukemia treatment

This week Craig Sager’s son revealed on Twitter that his father was to undergo treatment for leukemia just as the NBA Playoffs were set to begin.  Turner Sports has yet to have an official statement on the matter, but they have released a statement from Sager himself. It’s a short statement, but it possesses his trademark sense of humor and even makes reference to his tete a...
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Jay Onrait proves that there is a kid named Fox Sports One!

The best part of Fox Sports Live and Fox Sports One are the entertaining Canadian anchor duo of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole.  So when an ESPN executive bashed FS1 during Disney Investor Day at Bristol, you knew the boys of fun would have the last laugh. Referencing all the morons who have cursed their children by naming them “Espn” over the years, ESPN executive Artie Bulgrin...
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MLB Network is crushing ratings records this April

No one told MLB Network that baseball is scuffling on a national scale. During the first two weeks of the 2014 MLB season, MLB Network set records for total day viewership. From March 31-April 6, MLB Network’s total day viewers averaged 130,000, the highest mark in network history. That high watermark lasted for all of a week, because the week of April 7-13 ended up improving on...
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Viewing Picks for April 19, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN Arena Football Los Angeles Kiss at Iowa Barnstormers — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. Australian Rules Football Sydney Swans vs. Fremantle Dockers — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Essendon Bombers vs. St. Kilda Saints — Fox Sports 2, 5:30 a.m. Boxing Showtime Championship Boxing, Washington, DC Light Heavyweight Championship Unification Bout Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut...
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Your NBA Playoffs Announcing Schedule for 4/19 – 4/24

Saturday, April 19 G1: Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors (ESPN 12:30 p.m.) Dave Pasch, Jon Barry & Chris Broussard G1: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers (ABC 10:30 p.m.) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy & Lisa Salters G1: Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (ESPN 7 p.m.) Mark Jones, Doris Burke & Israel Gutierrez G1: Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN 9...
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LISTEN: Hawk Harrelson bleepin excited for this double play

Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson has been given a new lease on life so far this season, what with his team actually finding ways to win games and not being crushed by one walkoff defeat after another. Last night during the 8th inning, the White Sox turned an important double play to quash a Red Sox rally.  Hawk got so excited that he let out what is quickly turning into...
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The Green Bay Packers oddly went after Aldon Smith this week

The ongoing situation with Aldon Smith is sad. Over the last two plus years, he’s been arrested for DUI twice, been stabbed at his house, entered rehab, and most recently, been arrested after an incident with the TSA at LAX. There’s really no need for any more dirt to be piled onto him, yet that’s exactly what the Green Bay Packers have done this week. On Thursday, the Packers...
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“Nobody’s naming their kid Fox Sports One” – ESPN execs dismiss competitors

ESPN had a Disney investor summit on their Bristol campus this week.  Can you think of anything dripping more with corporate synergy than Disney Investor Day at ESPN? Surprisingly enough, these are secretly great opportunities to hear the real thoughts from executives on the state of the cable sports world.  It’s rare to hear the corporate suits at a place like ESPN talk so freely...
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Athletes and celebs are strangely excited to see A Haunted House 2

Marlon Wayans’ comedy horror film A Haunted House 2 comes out in theaters today.  I know you all can hardly contain your excitement. But a weird thing happened today.  Two of sports’ biggest stars – Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and Angels OF Mike Trout both tweeted to their oodles of followers to go see the movie.  If that wasn’t weird enough, they used the same exact...
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Craig Sager battling leukemia according to son’s tweet

This is some sad news from the NBA media world.  Thursday night Craig Sager’s son tweeted that his father would be undergoing leukemia treatment for the next 3-4 weeks and would be away from the sidelines.  The news comes just as the NBA postseason is set to begin. My Dad's 3-4-week acute leukemia treatment starts tmrw.Be thinking of him & let's get him back on the...
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Real Tweets from Real People – #AskEmmert

Mike & Mike had NCAA President Mark Emmert on their program Friday morning.  As part of the interview, the show’s Twitter account asked fans to tweet in their own questions to Emmert by using the hashtag #AskEmmert. #NCAA head Mark Emmert will join us in studio at 8 ET. Have any questions? Send them with #AskEmmert pic.twitter.com/2G3zqHEnXn — Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike...
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That Dan Dierdorf retirement did not last long

Last year, long-time NFL analyst Dan Dierdorf announced that he would retire from the broadcast booth and ride off into the sunset. Dierdorf cited the week-to-week travel to NFL cities and artificial joints that he said made broadcasting games a difficult grind over the past few years. Dierdorf told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in January: “I just have to get away from going to...
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12 networks will broadcast live EPL matches on the season’s final day

It’s been a very successful debut season for Premier League on NBC. Record ratings, almost universal critical adoration and a compelling year in English football. They’ve had almost everything go their way. NBCUniversal is capping that off with what they’re calling “Championship Sunday” on May 11th. The final day of the Premier League season features all 20 teams playing...
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Viewing Picks for April 18, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN Australian Rules Football Collingwood Magpies vs North Melbourne Kangaroos — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. Boxing Friday Night Fights, Verona, NY Boxcino Tournament: Middleweight Semifinals Vitalii Kopylenko vs. Willie Monroe Jr. and Raymond Gatica vs. Brandon Adams — ESPN2, 9 p.m. Golden Boy Live, San Antonio, TX Welterweights: Alan Sanchez vs. Jorge Silva — Fox...
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Donovan McNabb had to spend a day in jail ☆

Today, news broke that former NFL QB and current Fox Sports Live analyst and NBC Sports Radio personality Donovan McNabb was arrested. At first, the reason was unknown, and then TMZ broke that it the arrest was for a DUI. Via Pro Football Talk: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio confirmed in a statement that McNabb was booked in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Detention facility...
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Fan campaign leads Warriors to bring back beloved broadcaster

I’ve watched a lot of different sports and heard a lot of different local announce teams over the years.  And I can say without question that Golden State Warriors TV analyst Jim Barnett is one of my favorites.  The 69 year old has worked for almost three decades as an analyst for the Warriors and he is one of the most enjoyable listens working in today’s NBA.  His partnership...
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Deadspin adds Dave McKenna to cover the ESPN beat

Deadspin’s piercing coverage of ESPN has long been one of the anchors of the biggest sports blog on the web.  The ESPN-Deadspin rivalry goes all the way back to 2009 and the infamous ESPN Horndog Dossier under former editor A.J. Daulerio.  For the last several years, the Gawker outlet has emerged as the biggest thorn in the side of Bristol, Connecticut. The feud would make for...
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Dick Vitale Live Tweeting Concert Tour: Elton John

We’ve covered Dick Vitale live tweeting concerts before – earlier this year, he documented his trips to both Billy Joel and Barry Manilow concerts. On Wednesday night, Vitale did it again, live tweeting his experience at the Elton John concert at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The experience crossed the high bar that was set by his first two concerts. Having dinner @ Il Mulino...
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