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AA Q&A: Jim Nantz

Jim Nantz has been with CBS Sports since 1985. He hasn’t hosted The Masters for that long, it only seems that way. Nantz has been a college football studio host twice for CBS, called play-by-play on the sport, been on the PGA Tour and The Masters, hosted The NFL Today from 1998 through 2004 and since then, he’s been the main play-by-play man for the NFL on CBS. Nantz has called...
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Ranking every primetime game on the 2014 NFL schedule

This year’s NFL schedule features 51 primetime games and 54 nationally-televised games, with one more scheduled to be added on the final Sunday of the season. There’s also a chance that as many as eight Sunday night games will be flexed between Week 5 and Week 16.  But working only with what we know right now, we’ve gone ahead and ranked the 54 games you’ll have access to...
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Mo’ne Davis leads ESPN to record Little League World Series rating

We are a nation of celebrities.  And nowhere is that more true than in sports.  Whether that be LeBron James or Johnny Manziel or Tiger Woods or even that brief spell where Jeremy Lin held the nation in the palm of his hand, we are helplessly obsessed with their every move, every tweet, and every breath.  Celebrities rule the world. Even when those celebrities are 13 year old...
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Mike Francesa is not playing nice with Doug Gottlieb

Doug Gottlieb moved his radio show to New York where he is now sharing the same building with Mike Francesa.  On Gottlieb’s first day in his new place, he got a warm welcome from the Sports Pope, who gave his entire staff a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and bottles of Diet Coke.  Because if there’s one thing Mike Francesa is about, it’s extravagant hospitality...
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Snafu: Baltimore Ravens vs Chicago White Sox?!?

If this isn’t an intriguing matchup, I don’t know what is… Gonna be a tough night for the sox pic.twitter.com/vwECP1O3RW — Jose (@jozay85) August 20, 2014 SportsCenter is already prepping their “Would the Ravens beat the White Sox at football worse than the White Sox would beat the Ravens at baseball” debate.
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Sports Jeopardy will debut next month

Sports trivia wonks like me are eagerly anticipating the debut of Dan Patrick’s Sports Jeopardy on Crackle.  Details have been released about auditions and Patrick has made note of a few attributes of the show while on the radio, but now we finally have a launch date and weekly schedule. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the debut episode of Sports Jeopardy drops on September...
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Icelandic announcer reaches octaves previously unattainable by humans

The European soccer season is already underway and we have a very early contender for goal call of the year.  This clip comes from last month’s Europa League qualifier between Iceland’s Stjarnan and Scotland’s Motherwell and is just now making the rounds online. Stjarnan defeated Motherwell in extra time of the second leg thanks to Atli Johannsson’s strike in the 113th...
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Viewing Picks for August 21, 2014

All Times Eastern Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, PA Elimination Games Mexico vs. Japan — ESPN, 3 p.m. US Mid-Atlantic (Philadelphia) vs. US Great Lakes (Chicago) — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. Lemming Report — CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m. 2014 Alabama Football Preview — SEC Network, 8 p.m. 2014 Auburn Football...
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At least Katie Nolan’s first pitch is better than 50 Cent

Katie Nolan, formerly “the girl who’s blowing up the internet” at Crowd Goes Wild (don’t you miss Regis Philbin’s sports cameo?) recently threw out a first pitch at a Trenton Thunder game. This is better than your average first pitch blog post because there’s a helpful video vignette that builds towards the dramatic moment. You can draw whatever innuendo you would like...
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Interview with CBS’ Lesley Visser

Lesley Visser has been one of the pioneers for women in sports media. She joined the Boston Globe in 1974 during an era when the paper had Bob Ryan covering the NBA, Peter Gammons on MLB, Will McDonough on the NFL and Bud Collins on tennis. After covering college basketball, horse racing, the NBA, MLB, tennis and other sports, she became the first woman to be a beat writer covering...
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LLWS more than tripled White Sox in Chicago

I’ll confess that I am not a fan of the Little League World Series.  I know, I know… that makes me an evil monster.  I accepted that fact a long time ago, though.  The thought of watching 13 year olds do something instead of much older, much better professionals has never really appealed to me.  Nobody would ever think about watching Pop Warner football instead of the NFL...
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Premier League ratings set opening week records

The first weekend of the English Premier League season was certainly the most hyped in its history on this side of the Atlantic.  Last year’s season brought record ratings as NBC’s banner coverage earned plaudits for its quality and for making every game available across its network and streaming platforms. The momentum for the EPL was always going to grow after this summer’s...
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From Birmingham to Bristol: Paul Finebaum on his sudden, meteoric rise

It’s good to be Paul Finebaum these days. He has a daily ESPN radio show that is simulcast on the new SEC Network. He will be featured prominently on the SEC Network’s pregame coverage on Saturdays and on ESPN’s College GameDay. And Finebaum has a new best-selling book, “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why The SEC Still Rules College Football.” It is co-written...
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Mo’ne Davis makes Sports Illustrated cover

13 year old pitcher Mo’ne Davis is taking the country by storm thanks to her exploits at the Little League World Series.  Now she’s reached a pinnacle that is traditionally climbed by the biggest names twice her age – the cover of Sports Illustrated. What a great moment for her and for Little League baseball.
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Mike Ditka: “What are you going to call them, a Brownskin?”

Until now, the narrative surrounding the Redskins nickname debate has been relatively one-sided as person after person in the NFL and media worlds come out in opposition to the name.  With the news that prominent NFL television commentators like Tony Dungy and Phil Simms will attempt to boycott the name this season, the mainstream quest to change the name is gaining even more steam...
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Curt Schilling: Chewing tobacco gave me cancer

ESPN baseball analyst and former World Series MVP Curt Schilling has been battling cancer since the early stages of 2014.  While he has stepped away from his national television duties to seek treatment, the details of his cancer had been kept mostly quiet. Until now. In an appearance on WEEI Radio in Boston, Schilling revealed that he has been battling squamous cell carcinoma...
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Brian Cranston met Vin Scully, and was simply delighted

Before Tuesday night’s Padres-Dodgers game, Brian Cranston met Vin Scully in the broadcast booth before serving as the guest public address announcer. He seemed simply tickled to meet the broadcasting legend, and Cranston’s work over the PA was pretty solid as well. I love how Scully was so accommodating towards Cranston, and didn’t seem star struck at all before immediately...
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Bob Costas throws bad first pitch, demands a second

Before Tuesday night’s Reds-Cardinals game in St. Louis, Bob Costas threw out the first pitch. His first attempt at least made it to the general area around home plate, but it sailed wide. Then, Costas did something unprecedented – he demanded a SECOND first pitch, as the MLB Tonight studio crew got on his case. His second attempt was *much* better, but I wonder if A.J. Pierzynski...
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NFL wants Super Bowl halftime performers to pay them???

The Super Bowl halftime show has been quite the hot topic ever since Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during the 2003 contest. Since then, the NFL has picked its performers with kiddie gloves and added double sided tape to the list of wardrobe requirements. Well, now the league is adding something new: pay it forward. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL is asking...
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Viewing Picks for August 20, 2014

All Times Eastern Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, PA Double Elimination Japan vs. Republic of Korea — ESPN, 3 p.m. US West (Las Vegas, NV) vs. US Mid-Atlantic (Philadelphia) — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Basketball Exhibition, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY United States vs. Dominican Republic — NBA TV, 7 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30...
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Hawk Harrelson takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

So many people have done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that I’m afraid people who haven’t been challenged yet are starting to feel left out.  And now that we’ve reached the point where so many people have done the challenge, it has to take something special for one to become newsworthy. Hawk Harrelson is one of those people. The Hawk is one of the last people you would expect...
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#MACtion is staying on ESPN thanks to massive new contract

Everyone loves #MACtion. Thanks to some creative scheduling, the Mid American Conference has broken through the ranks of the have-nots in FBS college football.  If you’re not a part of the powers that be in the sport, it can be very tough to find relevancy.  However, thanks to their primetime games early in the week, the MAC has been able to gain what amounts to an exclusive...
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Peter Gammons wasn’t having any of Chris Russo’s crap on Wednesday

Peter Gammons appeared on the MLB Network program High Heat with Christopher Russo, and the legendary sportswriter wasn’t about to lay down for Russo and take his crap. Gammons was very combative towards Russo during the seven minute segment, burying nearly every Russo point and getting in several snarky replies. The best part had to be Gammons telling the clearly animated Russo...
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Interview with Bart Scott of CBS’ The NFL Today

On Monday, CBS Sports held its annual NFL on CBS Media Day in New York allowing reporters to hear from the network’s announcers and analysts. Awful Announcing was there to talk to some of the people who will call and analyze the games during the 2014-15 season. Former New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott joined CBS last year as part of the CBS Sports Network...
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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods star on The Tonight Show

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  Unfortunately, only one of them took part in any golf-related activities. Because of his latest injury, Woods had to watch as McIlroy and Fallon took part in Fallon’s Facebreakers challenge, with the pair chipping balls at glass panes.  Who would have ever thought we’d see Tiger Woods relegated...
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