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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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Rate the local MLB announcers – NL East

The National League East is a division where people generally have strong opinions about the broadcast teams – and most of it isn’t positive. On the bright side, this division did give us our first viral announcing moment of the baseball season thanks to Keith Hernandez, a female fan, and her hot dog. Give each broadcast crew a rating, and if you have strong opinions in either...
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There’s a new dating site specifically for Green Bay Packers fans

Nothing is more frustrating that trying to navigate the landmine that is online dating. Or dating in general. Or even worse, being on a date that you think is going well, and then they exhibit one of your deal breakers, so you’re left to wallow in self-pity in your pajamas, wondering why you even went out in the first place. For sports fans, often times, deal breakers come in the...
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30 For 30 Review – Bad Boys

Director – Zak Levitt Length – 2 hours with commercials (102 minutes without) Installment – #61 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – The Fab Five, The U Grade – Mid to late twenties Review- Spanning the entire sports documentary space, I have to admit I have a bit of a sweet spot in terms of preferred time setting for films. I was born in 1982 and by 1988 was...
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Xander Bogaerts wants to be the next US Airways social media manager

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is off to a bit of a slow start on the field this season, but don’t let that slow down his game off the field.  According to Hall of Very Good, Bogaerts had only tweeted once since Christmas before Wednesday night.  He returned to social media with a bang though, doing what any 21 year old professional athlete might do… Accidentally tweeting...
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Sorry Jason Whitlock: No Pulitzer Prizes awarded to sportswriters this year

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy of our partnership with The Sherman Report and veteran sports media writer Ed Sherman. Dang Jason, you were snubbed again for the Pulitzer. If recall last year, Jason Whitlock took considerable flak for writing that he did Pulitzer Prize caliber work in 2012. He even compared himself to Mike Royko. He bemoaned the fact that contest isn’t...
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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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