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Jimmy Fallon gives the Seahawks and 49ers superlatives

Jimmy Fallon’s Superlatives segment on The Tonight Show is one of our favorites, and he’s gone after sports stars on occasion. On Wednesday’s show, he stuck superlatives onto members of the Seahawks and 49ers, who faced off on NBC Thursday night. The results were predictably hilarious. Poor, poor Colin Kaepernick. First he gets compared to a chain-smoking mall elf, then he...
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NFL Network, NBA on TNT, NBA TV, Golf Channel and MLB Network Ratings Buzz: November 17-23

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Kansas City at Oakland Thu 8:27PM-11:38PM 191 4.7 7653 2 TNF POST-GAME Thu 11:44PM-12:13AM 29 1.9 2821 3 TNF PRE-KICK Thu 8:00PM-...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: November 17-23

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers Wed 8:03PM-10:44PM 161 0.3 497 2 F1 RACING: Abu Dhabi Sun 7:28AM- 9:52AM 144 0.3 473 3 PREMIER LEAGUE: West Brom...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: November 17-23

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NFL REGULAR SEASON: Pittsburgh at Tennessee Mon 8:15PM-11:18PM 183 8.1 12766 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFTERNOON: Minnesota at Nebraska Sat 12:00PM- 3:24PM 204 2.2 3362 3...
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Kurt Vonnegut had a very brief tenure at Sports Illustrated

Did you know that American author Kurt Vonnegut worked at Sports Illustrated? Well he did in the 1950s – for a few hours, at least. Reminder that Kurt Vonnegut very briefly worked for Sports Illustrated: pic.twitter.com/hkxg2qJmmp — Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) November 26, 2014 @maxthegirl @sarahditum It's an anecdote told by his son, Mark, in 'Armageddon in Retrospect...
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Cricket fans pay Twitter tribute to Phillip Hughes

A tragic story slipped under the radar in America this week. An Australian cricketer named Phillip Hughes died on Thursday after he was hit in the neck with a ball earlier this week. Australian doctor Peter Brukner said the injury suffered by Hughes had only been reported 100 times. The 25-year old immediately underwent surgery and was placed into an induced coma before passing...
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This story of Gregg Popovich and Craig Sager will warm your heart

If you’re looking for a feel-good story that shows us there’s a lot more important things in life than spending hours in the freezing cold outside Best Buy looking to save $100 on a TV, check this out. NBA.com has posted a heartwarming story about TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager and his battle with cancer.  Included are details about his fight throughout the last year and...
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The NHL will auction off TV rights to the World Cup of Hockey

It’s not even the worst kept secret in sports anymore, because it’s been the worst kept secret in sports so long. The NHL, in conjunction with the NHLPA, is going to stage a World Cup at some point in September of 2016. It will be held entirely in Toronto (past World Cups had been staged in multiple countries at a time) and feature eight teams, though whether they’re entirely...
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Black Friday Viewing Picks 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Viewing Picks College Football Viewing Picks College VolleyballWomen’s Colorado at Utah — Pac-12 Networks, 2 p.m. Stanford at Cal — Pac-12 Networks, 6 p.m. Oregon at Oregon State — Pac-12 Oregon/Pac-12 Washington, 6 p.m. Washington at Washington State — Pac-12 Networks, 8 p.m. Arizona at Arizona State — Pac-12 Arizona, 8 p.m. USC...
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Your Week 14 College Football Announcing Schedule

Thursday, November 27 7:30 PM- LSU at Texas A&M (ESPN) Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder (Compass Media) Drew Bontadelli, Tony Hill 7:30 PM- TCU at Texas (Fox Sports 1) Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Molly McGrath Friday, November 28 11 AM- Northern Illinois at Western Michigan (ESPNU) Mark Neely, Ray Bantley Noon- Nebraska at Iowa (ABC) Bob Wischusen, Matt...
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What we’re thankful for in sports media in 2014

As you get ready to enjoy gorging yourselves on food and then passing out on the couch while watching football, here’s your Thanksgiving Day appetizer – our contractually obligated list of what we’re thankful for this year in sports media.  And if this snark-free feel-good stuff isn’t quite your thing, you can flip over to our list of the Turduckens of the Year from yesterday...
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NBCSN sets records for a single cable network with Formula One

Because of the time of day/night/morning it often airs, Formula One might be the most anonymous of the “key” sports properties NBC/NBCSN broadcast. That said, the network has done a decent job of promoting it and seems to be connecting to the core fans of the circuit. They’ve done that so much so that in just their second year covering it, they’ve broken records. NBCSN averaged...
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‘Undrafted’ another promising NFL Network original

The NFL Network often gets praise, and deservedly so, for its series A Football Life. The show chronicles the, well, football lives of some of the greatest and most beloved (and occasionally hated, ahem, Art Modell) and famous figures in the history of the sport. To less fanfare, the network debuted a companion series on Tuesday nights that portrays the very opposite of that show’s...
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Viewing Picks for Thanksgiving Day 2014

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’sBattle 4 Atlantis, Atlantis Arena, Paradise Island, BahamasSemifinals Butler vs. Oklahoma — ESPN, 1 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Georgetown — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. Losers Bracket North Carolina vs. UCLA — AXS TV, 7 p.m. UAB vs. Florida — AXS TV, 9:30 p.m. Great Alaska Shootout, Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage, AK1st Round Colorado State vs. Missouri...
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Your Week 13 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, November 27 Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, CBS 12:30 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, FOX 4:30 pm, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Erin AndrewsSeattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, NBC 8:30 pm, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michelle TafoyaSunday, November 30San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, CBS 1 pm,...
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John Beilein goes off on ESPN for late tip-off time

Last night, tip-off of the final of the Legends Classic between Villanova and Michigan got pushed back 15 minutes, to 10:15 PM ET because of a football game between Ohio and Miami (OH). The game aired on ESPN2 and was an extremely close contest until Villanova ultimately came away with a 60-55 win, thanks to this sick block by JayVaughn Pinkston (which I could watch all day, but...
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AA Podcast #104 – Sarah Spain

In today’s episode we welcome ESPN’s Sarah Spain. Sarah is a contributor to espnW, ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago, and appears on a number of television platforms. We talk about her increasing national exposure at ESPN, Chicago sports and a number of other topics including… - Her start in the industry in Chicago. - What has changed for her since becoming a national personality...
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ESPN’s Twitter suspensions are ultimately pointless

When you were a kid, did your mom ever take away your favorite video game? Were you initially annoyed that your time with the game was taken away? Probably, but you eventually got over it and just threw on some other game or just relaxed and played Madden for a few hours, right? It’s hard not to see Twitter suspensions like that. We’ve seen them happen a lot in recent years,...
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Bill Belichick Master Troll is at it again

As opposed to other people in sports who simply hate talking to the media with every fiber of their being, at least Bill Belichick provides the world with the gift of his sardonic sense of humor. Bill Belichick with a succinct answer on how Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are similar: pic.twitter.com/0pOyB9ckQu — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 26, 2014 Just one time, one...
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The 2014 Turduckens of the Year in Sports Media

While we approach a time of being thankful at Thanksgiving, we also approach that time of year that the calendar dictates we recognize all those individuals that truly put the “Awful” in Awful Announcing this year.  But this isn’t just your normal list of turkeys of the year.  In honor of the great John Madden, our turkeys list is bigger, badder, and better than the others...
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Jay Onrait sings his way through this promo

It feels like it’s been a loooooong time since we checked out the antics of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole over at Fox Sports Live.  So here’s your reminder that these two Canucks aren’t your usual sports anchor duo.  Watch as Onrait adds a little something extra to what would be a run-of-the-mill promo about the Las Vegas Invitational on Thanksgiving Day. Was that the theme...
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CBS basketball announcer looks painfully sunburnt in Cancun

‘Tis the season for college basketball tournaments in exotic locations.  It sounds pretty awesome to be able to cover some college basketball in Cancun… except if you forgot your sunscreen.  Poor Steve Wolf of CBS Sports Network looks like he fried on the beaches of Cancun for several hours.  It could be worse, at least he doesn’t have one of those awful sunglasses tanlines...
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Week 12 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams have the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Byes: Carolina, Pittsburgh 1. Green Bay (Milwaukee market) (Fox) - 44.2 The Packers are #1 again, though Milwaukee had their lowest rating since Week 7 for the game against...
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Viewing Picks for November 26, 2014

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’sBattle 4 Atlantis, Atlantis Arena, Paradise Island, Nassau, BahamasQuarterfinals Butler vs. North Carolina — ESPN2, noon UCLA vs. Oklahoma — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. UAB vs. Wisconsin — AXS TV, 7 p.m. Florida vs Georgetown — AXS TV, 9:30 p.m. Cancun Challenge, Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico3rd Place Game Virginia Tech vs. Miami ...
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Richard Sherman protests Lynch fine, mocks NFL in presser

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had a unique way to protest the $100,000 fine given to teammate Marshawn Lynch for not speaking to the media . During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Sherman brought a cardboard cutout of teammate Doug Baldwin to the podium, trashed the NFL, plugged his endorsers, and took no questions from the media. Sherman did all of his talking...
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