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Conor McGregor has fun tearing down Chad Mendes on TV

You may not know the name Conor McGregor yet, but rest assured, you will in time. McGregor is a fast-rising UFC featherweight, known just as much for his antics outside of the Octagon than his prowess inside of it. The Irish McGregor was in studio on Tuesday’s episode of Beyond the Octagon in the UK, and fellow featherweight top contender Chad Mendes was Skyping into the show....
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Real Tweets from Real People – America wants Tim McCarver back!

The 2014 World Series represented a little bit of history.  It was the first Fall Classic in 62 years (give or take a couple) that did not have Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth.  The longtime broadcaster retired from national duty and was replaced by two men, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. The trio of Reynolds, Verducci, and Joe Buck called their first World Series game on...
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Viewing Picks for October 22, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball ESPNU College Basketball Media Days — ESPNU, 3 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon SVP & Russillo — ESPNews, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. College Volleyball Women’s Kansas at Iowa State — ESPNU, 7 p.m. LSU at Mississippi ...
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ULL marching plows through ESPN sideline reporter

If you were watching Sun Belt football on a Tuesday night instead of the World Series, first of all you are some kind of dedicated football addict. Second of all, you saw this great clip. Laura Rutledge, meet the University of Louisiana-Lafayette marching band. Band, meet Laura. The ULL band had better coverage on the sideline reporter than its team on that TD. https://t.co/DlukJviYaG...
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Your NHL Announcing Schedule for the week of 10/21

United States Tuesday, October 21 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Wednesday, October 22 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday, October 23 Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET (NHL Net) - Local Announcers Saturday, October 25 Boston...
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Men in Blazers hilariously try to explain this crazy Puma commercial

Your browser does not support iframes. The Men in Blazers show Monday nights on NBCSN is off to a great start if you’re a GFOP. The duo of Michael Davies and Roger Bennett have taken their unique, trademark brand of humor in a seamless transition to the 30 minute television format.  There was a lot to laugh about this weekend from the EPL, including Mario Balotelli’s suboptimal...
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The Falcons are going to Spain!

It’s been a real struggle for the Atlanta Falcons this season, as it has for everyone in the NFC South.  This week, the Falcons travel to Wembley Stadium in London to face the Lions. Someone should tell the Falcons that London is in England… not in Spain. @awfulannouncing This has the Falcons flying to Spain on the map.This is why they suck.No idea where they are going. pic...
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Yes, Les Miles has to play a quarterback next season

After LSU’s dominant 41-3 win over Kentucky, Tigers head coach Les Miles was asked if he and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had thought about who would start at quarterback next season. As most of you will know, coaches don’t like to deal in the hypothetical. LSU still has four games this season to play with the current options at quarterback. While most coaches – Nick Saban...
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Bo Pelini says the ESPN-SEC relationship is not good for college football

Before we get started, that’s the greatest sports picture of the year, right? College football is a universe filled with conflicts of interests and complex relationships.  Athletes and institutions, sponsors and scholarships, television networks and conferences. There’s a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” nature about the sport that always lies somewhere beneath...
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Bill Simmons goes the diplomatic route in first post-suspension comments

Bill Simmons has been back from his three week suspension for a few days now.  Relegated to Instagram pictures at the golf course for that time, one might think Simmons would come firing on all cylinders with the ESPN-branded muzzle removed. Alas, anyone hoping for more fireworks and a Simmons-led revolution has largely been disappointed.  Simmons has kept things very low-key...
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Daniel Cormier is the new full-time UFC Tonight co-host

After Chael Sonnen’s firing  in the summer, the UFC had a spot to fill on the UFC Tonight desk alongside of Kenny Florian. Fox and the UFC used various fighters in the role, and they kept coming back to the same guy – Daniel Cormier. Fox made it official on Monday – Cormier would be the new full-time co-host of the studio show. Cormier is an interesting figure in the MMA landscape...
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Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge' and 'sizzle'

First Take has done it again! One of the worst shows on television, which has routinely gotten in trouble for stepping out of line with baseless and offensive social commentary, has done it again. Skip Bayless recently said something so incendiary that it’s difficult to fathom someone actually speaking these words in public.  After discussing Cowboys RB Joseph Randle’s arrest...
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New technology, graphics, statistics brought to NHL telecasts

Hockey fans have noticed something different on select NHL telecasts this season. Along with the usual graphics, Fox’s regional networks have been displaying something else (for most of the game) up on their usual graphic overlay. It’s a live count of each team’s shots on goal, as shown by this highlight from the weekend. Fans have been anywhere from ambivalent to actually...
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Viewing Picks for October 21, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette — ESPN2, 8 p.m. 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 Playoff: Top 25 — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. One-on-One: Jim Mora/Steve Sarkisian — Pac...
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SI’s Robert Klemko facing charges after fight with cab driver

Earlier this year, Robert Klemko of The MMQB and Sports Illustrated made news when he was briefly arrested in Ferguson, Missouri while covering the protests there. Klemko is in trouble with the law again, and this time under much different, and more troublesome, circumstances. According to CBS Chicago, Klemko is facing two charges after an incident with a cab driver in the city...
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Here’s the NFL games Fox and CBS protected against flexing

You’d need a couple Ph. D’s to understand the full mechanics of the NFL’s complicated, yet highly useful, flexible scheduling system.  There’s much more to it than NBC and the NFL picking which game they get to put on Sunday Night Football. Namely, Fox and CBS are able to protect certain games throughout the season.  After all, those networks are also paying oodles of millions...
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NFL Ratings, Week 7: Dallas stays hot for Fox

Regional Window (CBS) 1. Kansas City (KC vs. SD) – 36.1/59 2. Indianapolis (CIN vs. IND) - 33.7/58 3. San Diego (KC vs. SD) – 31.7/60 4. Cleveland (CLE vs. JAX) - 31.4/60 5. Cincinnati (CIN vs. IND) - 27.4/51 6. Chicago (MIA vs. CHI) - 25.7/51 7. Jacksonville (CLE vs. JAX) - 22.4/41 8. Nashville (TEN vs. WSH) - 22.3/40 9. Dayton (CIN vs. IND) - 21.3/42 10. Washington ...
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Your World Series Announcing Schedule

2014 World Series: Kansas City Royals vs San Francisco Giants FOX Sports Game: Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci; Reporters: Erin Andrews, Ken Rosenthal Studio: Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler, Frank Thomas, Nick Swisher; David Ortiz (First two games) Deportes (Spanish): Pablo Alsina, Duaner Sanchez, Jose Tolentino Streaming: FOX Sports Go; MLB.com Other Broadcasts ESPN Radio...
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The AA Sunday Studio Spectacular: Football Night in America

After five weeks of reviewing Sunday morning NFL pregame shows, we now reach into primetime as we look at NBC’s Football Night in America. Established in 2006 when NBC returned to the NFL as the pregame show to Sunday Night Football, Football Night in America began as a highlights program airing all of the day’s action airing at 7 p.m. ET. First originating at NBC’s world headquarters...
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BREAKING – Maryland moves back to the ACC

It’s tough to remember all the comings and goings of conference realignment, so maybe we can give the SI editors for this one.  At this point, I think the Big Ten would rather give up Iowa… I just noticed @SInow thinks maryland is still in the acc cc: @tarheelblog @lebrownlow pic.twitter.com/mJC4AoDbTR — OlioReader (@OlioReader) October 20, 2014 … or Michigan. (H/T The...
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A look at the new direction of HBO’s Real Sports

I’ve long been a fan of HBO Real Sports but have found the 2014 season to be my favorite. When Real Sports debuted this season in January, there were many noticeable changes in terms of content, contributors, on screen look, and overall tone. As the year went on, I became curious about the show’s new direction and what the future may hold. With that in mind, below is an interview...
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'Walking Dead' may end NFL/ESPN’s 27-year winning streak

The Texans visit the Steelers tonight for ESPN’s weekly broadcast of Monday Night Football.  For the wide majority of the last decade, the game would have automatically been a shoe-in for the most watched show in cable television that week.  Since moving to ESPN in 2006, Monday Night Football has enjoyed an unprecedented run of success at the top of the cable world.  For 8...
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News station congratulates Gary Payton for breaking TD record

All this time I thought Peyton Manning broke the TD record, turns out it was Gary PAYTON! Who knew?! #PeytonRecord pic.twitter.com/KlIcFRtZ8V — Ashoka Moore (@AshokaESPN) October 20, 2014 In fairness to KOMO in Seattle, the Broncos probably would have been equally as better off with Gary Payton at quarterback during last year’s Super Bowl. But really, come on.  “Peyton...
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30 For 30 Review – When The Garden Was Eden

Director - Michael Rapaport Length - 90 minutes with commercial (77 minutes without) Installment - #65 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To - Bad Boys, The Fab Five Grade/Ranking - Mid to high teens out of 65. Review -  For whatever reason, I set the expectation this would be a middle of the road or perhaps even a bottom third 30 for 30 mainly because the two...
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Notre Dame-Florida State is the highest rated college football game of the year

The numbers are out, and ESPN/ABC pulled in big numbers for a regular-season college football game, the Notre Dame-Florida State blockbuster from Saturday night. The game received plenty of attention throughout the week. Moreover, as ABC’s prime-time centerpiece, the contest kicked off at 8:22 p.m. Eastern time following an extended pregame lead-in. All that advance suspense then...
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