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Viewing Picks for April 17, 2014

College Baseball West Virginia at Oklahoma — Fox College Sports Central, 7 p.m. TCU at Texas — Longhorn Network, 7 p.m. LSU at Mississippi — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. Baylor at Kansas State — Fox College Sports Pacific, 7:30 p.m. Loyola Marymount at BYU — BYUtv, 8 p.m. Seattle at New Mexico State — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 8 p.m. Arizona at USC — Pac-12 Networks, 10 p.m...
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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are back, and so are CBC’s awesome montages

Not that they ever leave during the regular season, but I’ll take any chance I can get to celebrate Tim Thompson’s excellent work. His montages often dig up some of the coolest old hockey footage to mix with modern highlights. Even when I don’t like the songs he picks to set them to, he manages to make me a fan. Tim made his playoff debut tonight on CBC, and it was set to the...
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NBCSN sets full-season NHL records

I was very curious to see how this NHL season would play out from a TV ratings perspective. There were signs to suggest that the NHL’s shortened 2012-13 season had factors that led to unsustainable TV ratings for future years. The season being shortened and an emphasis on in-conference rivalry games isn’t something the league can match every year. NBC managed to squeeze out another...
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ESPN.com asks most ESPN poll question in history of ESPN polls

It may be April 16th and the middle of the NFL offseason, but you can’t spell “elite” without Eli. I honestly can’t think of anyone outside of Bristol, Connecticut or New York City that cares about this question at all.  Nevertheless, it’s good to see ESPN change things up a bit and go down the list to #8 on their Most Reliable Debate Tropes.  They are in review: 1)...
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Your Stanley Cup Playoffs Announcing Schedule, Part 1

United States Wednesday, April 16 Montreal vs. Tampa Bay, Game 1, 7 p.m. ET (CNBC) - Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, David Amber Columbus vs. Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Mike Emrick, Pierre McGuire Dallas vs. Anaheim, Game 1, 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - John Walton, Butch Goring Thursday, April 17 Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers, Game 1, 7 p.m. ET (CNBC) - Ken Daniels...
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Chris Chelios picks his employers on Fox Sports Live yet again

Before the NHL season began, Fox Sports 1 analyst Chris Chelios picked the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.  This was noteworthy because Chelios isn’t just any NHL analyst working at a major sports network, he also works in the Red Wings front office as Advisor to Hockey Operations. At the time, Chelios’ FS1 picks were an obvious conflict of interest that put the network...
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AA Q&A: John Buccigross and Barry Melrose on hockey at ESPN and more

We cover it early on in the interview, but it’s kinda crazy that John Buccigross and Barry Melrose have been working together for 15 years now. From Buccigross’ tenure on NHL2night from 1998-2004, to countless SportsCenter hits, to the semi-regular show they host for ESPN.com covering the coolest game on earth. Though Steve Levy and Linda Cohn may have an argument, they are...
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Screengrab Snafu: We finally found a way to clone Jose Tabata

.@awfulannouncing Twice The Tabata. pic.twitter.com/xywg6JlBfj — Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) April 16, 2014
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Rate the local MLB announcers – AL West

I really get the vibe that the American League West is a division that doesn’t exactly inspire much discussion in either way about their broadcast crews, but we’ll see today. Give each broadcast crew a rating, and if you have strong opinions in either direction, let us know in the comments. We’ll use your feedback in the final rankings of the broadcast teams. For more on the...
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30 for 30: Soccer Stories Review – Hillsborough

Title – Hillsborough Director – Daniel Gordon Length – 2 hours with commercials Installment – #1 of 8 in 30 for 30′s Soccer Stories Review – When the warning came on the screen at the beginning of Hillsborough, you knew you were in for an emotional roller coaster not typical of other sports documentaries. “This documentary contains violent and disturbing content. Viewer...
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Florida sportscaster who reported in 2013 that Michael Phelps would return is having the last laugh

You may remember last year when a Florida TV sports anchor named Peter Busch reported that highly decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was going to come out of retirement and attempt a return to competition. EXCLUSIVE: I have confirmed that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback. http://t.co/5zNAU2Yzzz — Peter Busch (@peterbuschTV) May 17, 2013 Busch of WBBH-TV in Fort Myers...
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Things are getting ridiculous with Ron Jaworski and Johnny Manziel

Remember back at the end of February when ESPN turned Ron Jaworski’s over-the-top thoughts on Johnny Manziel into the major news story of the day?  It was everything annoying about ESPN all wrapped up into one neat little package – celebrity obsession, making the news instead of covering it, embracing debate, and the ESPN Echo Chamber turning one analyst’s opinion into a 24...
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Keith Hernandez ogles female fan eating huge hot dog

Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez has already been in the news this week thanks to the Brooklyn Cyclones and their upcoming “magic loogie” bobblehead giveaway. Now, he’s relevant for another reason. Hernandez and play-by-play man Gary Cohen were calling the Mets-Diamondbacks game on Tuesday night for SNY when the cameras found a couple in the stands eating one of the infamous...
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Viewing Picks for April 16, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN College Football ESPNU Signing Day Special — ESPNU, 3 p.m. CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. College Football Live — ESPNU, 5 p.m. College Softball Wisconsin-Green Bay at Wisconsin — Big Ten Network, 4 p.m. Wisconsin-Green Bay at Wisconsin — Big Ten Network, 6:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State-Fullerton — ESPNU, 7 p.m. College Water Polo...
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ESPN’s Hillsborough documentary can’t be aired in the United Kingdom thanks to British laws

The British do many things very differently from North Americans, and one example shows up with ESPN’s latest 30 For 30 documentary, a look at England’s Hillsborough Stadium disaster 25 years afterwards. The documentary’s airing Tuesday night on ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern, but viewers in Britain likely won’t be able to watch it legally for at least a year. That’s not thanks...
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E:60 on Boston Marathon bombing will feature President Obama and more

ESPN’s E:60 will premiere its new season on Tuesday, April 15th with a special episode covering the Boston Marathon bombing. Titled E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest, the episode will look at the one-year anniversary of the bombings and remember the lives lost that day as well as check in one the lives of those who survived. President Barack Obama will have...
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Joe Buck and Greg Norman will reportedly call the US Open for Fox

After Greg Norman revealed in August that Fox had offered him a job to be their lead golf analyst, there was only one direction that Fox was going to go in their maiden voyage with the USGA. Now it looks like we’re getting very close to seeing it become a reality.  Sports Business Journal reports that Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be the men in the 18th tower to be the faces...
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New York columnist writes terrible, bizarre anti-stats column

I’ve learned to tune out the seemingly never-ending parade of writers who resort to ad hominem attacks when they write columns about sabermetrics. More often than not, the columns go something along the lines of “derp derp computer geek mom’s basement spreadsheets watch the game” without really providing any sort of actual criticism or context, just mindless complaining that...
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Rate the local MLB announcers – AL Central

The American League Central has a number of broadcast crews with plenty of tenure, but little national exposure. Well.. except for some guy in Chicago, of course. Give each broadcast crew a rating, and if you have strong opinions in either direction, let us know in the comments. We’ll use that feedback in the final rankings of the broadcast teams. For more on the series and what...
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Behind the scenes with ESPN’s biggest hockey fans at the Frozen Four

Hockey on television, at least the discussion of it, is often so caught up on the business side of things. We get into how television ratings are doing, who’s televising the games, how much the games are being covered by other networks. What we don’t talk about much is the technical side of it, which I think is a bit of a shame, because it’s an interesting process. I attended...
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Your Tupac Moment of Zen… Brought To You By Jim Tressel

For every dark night, there's a brighter day -Tupac Shakur #QuietTime — Jim Tressel (@JimTressel5) April 15, 2014
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Joakim Noah hates snow in April just like you do

It’s been a brutal winter across America, one of the worst and longest on record.  We’ve experienced double digit negative temperatures in the midwest and what has seemed to be constant snowfall.  And now it’s April 15th and it’s snowing again.  Two days ago it was 80 degrees.  Seriously.  Now it’s 30 degrees and snowing.  MAKE UP YOUR MIND ANGRY WEATHER GODS!!! Bulls...
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Video: Here’s the most anti-climactic final out call ever

Here’s an amusing clip from last night’s Nationals-Marlins game.  Washington won 9-2 and Nats radio announcer Charlie Slowes seems to be caught off guard for the final out and calls it as a normal pitch until he realizes the game is actually over.  Either that, or he’s bored out of his mind for an April game against the Marlins, and who could blame him for that! So that’s...
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ESPN names World Cup hosts

Another day, another talent announcement from ESPN with regards to their World Cup coverage this summer.  This time, it’s the studio hosts that will guide viewers through the month long competition in Brazil. It can’t be underestimated how important the role of the studio hosts were in ESPN’s acclaimed 2010 World Cup coverage from South Africa.  As far as ESPN personalities...
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Viewing Picks for April 15, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN College Basketball Texas-Arlington at Texas — Longhorn Network, 7 p.m. Kansas State at Nebraska — Big Ten Network, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Oklahoma State — Fox College Sports Central, 7:30 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 5 p.m. CONCACAF Champions League Final, Leg 1 Cruz Azul vs. Deportivo Toluca...
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