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Viewing Picks for September 23, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNews, 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, 8 p.m. College Volleyball Women’s Cal at Stanford — Pac-12 Networks, 9 p.m. UCLA at USC — Pac-12 Networks, 11 p.m. CONCACAF...
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Phil Simms outsmarted by cup of tea

Phil Simms is a 2-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.  A 2-time Pro Bowler. And a Super Bowl MVP.  He’s called a number of Super Bowls as a top network analyst since 1995. This is Phil Simms trying to drink tea.  And failing. This is the most important GIF you'll see today. Maybe ever. http://t.co/GQmBzrXLOW — Stephanie Haberman (@StephLauren) September 22, 2014 And...
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Nick Saban doesn’t think you should buy that dress

Nick Saban can come off as humorless, but the Alabama football head coach allows himself to laugh from time to time. In an ad for Alabama-based Regions Bank, Saban is brought in to serve as a voice of reason and prevent a banking client from falling into the pits of online shopping. He follows the process of playing one down at a time, one game at a time, but also thinks that dress...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 9/22 – 9/28

Monday, September 22 Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves (MLBN 7 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Royals at Indians] San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN 7 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Rockies at Padres] Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (WGNA 8 pm) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies Tuesday, September 23 Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (ESPN 8 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Stucliffe San...
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NFL Ratings, Week 3: CBS up big, NBC and Fox down

Fox (Regional Window) Blackouts: New York, Buffalo, Boston, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Cleveland 1. New Orleans (MIN vs. NO) - 44.9/67 2. Milwaukee (GB vs. DET) - 42.2/70 3. Minneapolis-St. Paul (MIN vs. NO) - 31.7/66 4. Philadelphia (WSH vs. PHI) - 31.3/59 5. Phoenix (SF vs. ARZ) - 25.2/48 6. Detroit (GB vs. DET) - 24.6/48 7. Dallas (DAL vs. STL) - 23.8/49 8. Washington...
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Florida receiver tweets he wants a new quarterback

Florida has had a tough time so far this season. After its 42-21 loss to Alabama Saturday, the doubts about the team got even stronger. Fans have been voicing their opinions about firing the coach, replacing the quarterback, and even wanting to switch Florida to the ACC. Ok the third one isn’t true but Gator fans aren’t happy. And neither is Florida receiver DeMarcus Robinson...
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ESPN will, unsurprisingly, cover a lot of Derek Jeter’s final week

Have you heard of a fellow named Derek Jeter? If so, you may be aware that he is retiring from the sport of baseball at the end of this season. Given the way the Yankees have been playing, that will almost definitely be this Sunday. Now, we try to speak with both reverence toward the athlete that Jeter was and cynicism toward the public figure Jeter that the media swoons over and...
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Sports networks are slowly making progress with adding women’s voices

This year has brought to the forefront a discussion worth having in regards to the current place of women in sports media.  Although one might think that progress has naturally been made over the years and that in 2014 the industry would finally be somewhere close to being equitable, the past calendar year has proven that to not be the case.  Not by a longshot. In fact, going back...
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WATCH: John Oliver slams Goodell's press conference

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has been one of the biggest highlights of HBO’s schedule in recent months. Oliver has skewered everyone worth skewering, and has even delved into the sports world (with an epic takedown of FIFA president Sepp Blatter). Oliver went after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Sunday for his pathetic press conference last week, and while the segment...
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Peter King’s got marijuana jokes, everyone!

During Sunday night’s dominant victory over the Panthers, Steelers running backs LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell both cracked the 100 yard mark.  In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peter King named the pair his offensive players of the week.  He also went there with a cheeky reference to Bell and Blount’s marijuana arrest. Peter King is the last sportswriter in...
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Hines Ward has the best and most pointless job in all of television

Sunday Night Football is the most-watched series in all of primetime television.  It’s also earned well-deserved plaudits from critics as one of the best productions in all of sports.  Everything about NBC’s production of Sunday Night Football is first class – from the announcers, to the game production, to what happens in the studio. NBC has amassed a wide array of talent...
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The AA Sunday Studio Show Spectacular: The NFL Today

The NFL is in Week 3, but as far as the Awful Announcing Sunday Studio Show Spectacular, this is Week 2. Last week, we reviewed one of the newest entries into the Sunday NFL pregame foray, CBS Sports Network’s That Other Pregame Show. This week, we examine the oldest NFL pregame show, the NFL Today. Dating back to the 1960′s, the NFL Today set the standard for pro football studio...
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Viewing Picks for September 22, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football 2014 Australian Rules Football League Brownlow Medal — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. Final Verdict — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. Great8 Plays — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU Championship Drive — ESPNU, 6 p...
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Is this now open season on the NFL?

With this being a season unlike any other for the National Football League, one wonders if this has become a watershed for the league. As more unflattering stories are uncovered, is this a turning point? For years, the NFL has been the Teflon league, the untouchable 800 lb. gorilla in the room that can do no wrong. But in this TMZ era where no league is safe, could we see more stories...
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Ray Lewis: “There’s some things you can cover up”

“There’s some things you can cover up and there’s some things you can’t.” This is a thing Ray Lewis said on national television.  This is one of the most astonishing quotes in the history of television.  The only thing that could have been more mind-blowing would be if he had said “If I did it…” The 2000 murders of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar still go unsolved...
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MLB Network is giving Derek Jeter a hero’s send off next Thursday

Derek Jeter’s final home game ever (assuming the Yankees don’t somehow surge and make playoffs) will be next Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. MLB Network isn’t resisting the opportunity to pay homage to Jeter one last time. As the game is on a Thursday, MLB Network will broadcast the game under their Showcase banner. Bob Costas, Jim Kaat, and Tom Verducci will be on...
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Blind announcer calls baseball on the radio

Many of us take our sight for granted, but imagine that you’re blind. What would you do? What would you think you could do? Well, for 23 year old Bryce Weller of Peoria, IL, being sightless hasn’t stopped him from being close to sports. Blind since birth, Weller has not seen a baseball game or any of the sports he has grown to love. Weller said, “Being blind is not too fun...
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What will MLB Postseason ratings look like this fall?

This fall, the MLB Postseason will air on five networks for the first time ever: Fox, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, TBS, and MLB Network. Needless to say, there is a growing belief among pundits that there could be some confusion among fans tuning in for the games. When that belief is combined with declining national ratings, there are questions about what the ratings will look like for the...
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Viewing Picks for September 21, 2014

All Times Eastern CFL Calgary Stampeders at Montreal Alouettes — ESPN2, 1 p.m. Ottawa Redblacks at Saskatchewan Roughriders — ESPN3, 4 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Notre Dame at Virginia — ESPNU, noon Delaware at Stanford — Pac-12 Networks, 4 p.m. Women’s Michigan at Rutgers — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. South Carolina at Auburn — SEC Network, 1 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia...
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Television And Radio Calls Of Arizona Hail Mary

If you were asleep, or even worse have DirecTV, you missed quite the finish in tonight’s Cal vs. Arizona game. Cal led 31-13 heading into the 4th quarter. An 18 point lead is never a sure thing, but Cal actually added 2 more touchdowns to bring their point total to 45 points. It wasn’t enough though as Arizona scored 36 points (5 touchdowns (two without XP) and a field goal)...
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2014 NHL Network preseason broadcast schedule

Hockey returns officially on October 8th, but the NHL’s pre-season begins tomorrow. NHL Network will be the home of any and all preseason coverage, with no games on NBCSN for the second straight preseason (three, if you count the lockout year, which had no preseason). The network also returns its two-hour daily talk show (and probably the nominally best thing on the channel),...
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2014 WNBA postseason posts largest TV audience since 2007

Did you watch the WNBA postseason? That question may result in plenty of laughter, but the 2014 WNBA postseason has posted significant gains which deserve some attention. ESPN, ABC, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS televised a total of 10 games and reached an average of 489,000 viewers. Compared to 2013, the WNBA playoffs saw a 90% increase. The Finals, a series which featured the Phoenix Mercury and...
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Derek Jeter a Fraud? Yankee fans are suckers? So says SNY’s Chris Carlin

The season-long Derek Jeter farewell tour for the most part has been met with genuine affection from fans. There have been the occasional anti-Jeter column or rant calling the tour over the top or even going to the point of calling the New York Yankees shortstop selfish. It’s rare to hear Jeter hate in his own city of New York, but as the days dwindle to his final game, one pundit...
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Rachel Nichols was the star of the Roger Goodell press conference

Roger Goodell’s first public appearance in ten days did not go swimmingly well for the NFL Commissioner. During a press conference at the New York Hilton, Goodell was meant by a pack of hungry reporters carrying the rancor and skepticism that is normally seen during a presidential media session. Reporters went after Goodell with a vengeance forcing him to stumble and scramble during...
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Vernon Davis’ superhero comedy is a ‘Project Greenlight’ finalist

Being one of the best tight ends in the NFL evidently isn’t enough for Vernon Davis. The man has aspirations beyond football. He wants to be an action star. He wants to be a superhero. If that’s what Davis wants in his future, he got to indulge one of those wishes in a short film called Captain Torpedo. However, what may look like a goof could turn into bigger things for Davis...
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