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Viewing Picks for January 30, 2015

All Times Eastern BobsledFIBT World Cup, La Plagne, France Women’s 2-Man — Universal Sports, 1 p.m. (same day coverage) BoxingFriday Night Fights, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, CTLightweights Karl Dargan vs. Tony Luis — ESPN2, 9 p.m. College BasketballMen’s Harvard at Princeton — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Yale at Columbia — American Sports Network, 8 p.m. Marist at Niagara...
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(VIDEO) Jay Bilas unloads on horrible call

A bit of Bill Walton must have rubbed off on Jay Bilas when the two called a game together a couple weeks ago.  Ohio State’s Sam Thompson was inexplicably called for an over the back call on this putback dunk.  Bilas called it “the worst call in the history of basketball.”  He might not be wrong. The post (VIDEO) Jay Bilas unloads on horrible call appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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NBC’s figure skating coverage beat UFC on FOX in Saturday overnight TV ratings

GREENSBORO, NC – JANUARY 24: Ashley Wagner reacts after the Championship Ladies Free Skate Program Competition during day 3 of the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Greensboro Coliseum on January 24, 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Would you have taken figure skater Ashley Wagner over UFC fighter Anthony Johnson last...
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Marshawn Lynch might be fined six figures over his hat? Are you serious, NFL?

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been attending all the media sessions in Glendale, Ariz. at Super Bowl XLIX. Throughout his mandatory appearances, Lynch has said nothing of note, repeatedly stating the only reason for his presence is to avoid a fine from the NFL. Unfortunately for Lynch, he might be fined anyway. During Media Day on Tuesday, Lynch wore a hat signifying...
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Fox Sports has promise, but there’s plenty of work to do after USMNT debut

Ed Note: This post appears courtesy our friends at 32 Flags, Bloguin’s international soccer vertical. When it was announced that ESPN and Fox Sports would split a 10-game schedule of United States men’s national team games, there was a collective groan from most of the soccer viewing public. The hardcore fan had been put off by years of feeling like a second and mainly third...
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Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz featured on MLB Network Presents

New Baseball Hall of Fame inductees (and current MLB TV analysts) Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz will be featured on next week’s episode of MLB Network Presents, airing at 9 PM on Tuesday. This episode will feature behind the scenes footage of Martinez in the Dominican Republic following his election to the Hall of Fame, and features interviews with Pedro and his wife, Carolina...
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The Atlanta Hawks now have the best Twitter account in sports

The Atlanta Hawks have been all the rage in the NBA this season.  Their 17th straight win last night now puts them in the Top 15 of all-time NBA winning streaks.  At 38-8, they have the best record in the Eastern Conference by 7 games and are doing it with a perfectly assembled lineup of guys who have never been considered as star players. They’re also having a blast on social...
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Super Bowl XLIX should smash TV viewership record yet again

For 11 out of the past 13 years, the Super Bowl has seen an increase in viewership, culminating in the record 111.5 million people that tuned in for last year’s game.  Eventually, the list of the most watched programs in American television history will be nothing but Super Bowls as the game competes only with previous incarnations of itself for the top spot. The growth of...
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Drew Brees talked DeflateGate and almost broke Conan’s set

Saints QB Drew Brees was on Conan O’Brien’s show to talk about, what else, DeflateGate.  Conan had Brees test two footballs to see if he could tell the difference between a properly inflated ball and one that was slightly deflated.  Of course, since Brees is one of the greatest QBs of all time, he could tell exactly how many PSI was in each football. The funny thing about...
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Here’s your hottest Marshawn Lynch take

addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Ok, I promise this is the last thing you’ll hear about Marshawn Lynch vs The Media.  Ok, I can’t promise that at all… but this is a tweet that cannot be ignored.   It comes from Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and it just might...
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Dan Dakich will get extra security in Iowa on Saturday

No announcer has had a wilder month than ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich.  First there was his radio feud with WEEI in Boston that raged during AFC Championship Week.  Then came a brief dust-up with Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery after Dakich called out Hawkeye center Adam Woodbury as “gutless” for poking the eye of two Wisconsin players.  On, and in between...
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Key & Peele released another hilarious football video

Key & Peele’s football videos have been on point this fall and winter, and they took it to another level with this look at the “East West Bowl Pro Edition”. For as ridiculous as it was to see the pair and their checklist of ridiculous names, it was somehow even more absurd to see legitimate football players reading off their own ridiculous names. ….and Aaron Rodgers...
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Viewing Picks for January 29, 2015

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s DePaul at Providence — Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m. Michigan State at Rutgers — Big Ten Network, 6 p.m. Saint Louis at George Mason — A-10 Network, 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Bryant at St. Francis (PA) — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. Maryland at Ohio State — ESPN, 7 p.m. Dayton at UMass...
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North Carolina news anchor reveals he has ALS

Larry Stogner, a long-time news anchor with ABC owned-and-operated WTVD in Durham, North Carolina had been the the subject of recent viewer speculation. His speech had slowed and some wondered if he had had a stroke or was suffering from another malady. He addressed it in a very emotional video message to viewers last Friday that caught many of his friends and co-workers by surprise...
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Did one Phillies beat writer plagiarize another?

We’re going down the plagiarism road again, and unfortunately, this is a situation that happens all too often these days in the day of aggregation. On Tuesday, Philadelphia Daily News Phillies beat writer Ryan Lawrence posted a column about a potential Jonathan Papelbon trade to the Milwaukee Brewers. In the column, Lawrence included some details about Papelbon’s no-trade clause...
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The NHL All-Star Game didn’t do so hot in the ratings

during the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena on January 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. While all the All-Star ratings focus has been on the Pro Bowl’s dip in viewership this year, similar issues plaguing the NHL All-Star Game shouldn’t be ignored.  The NHL’s exhibition took place at a weird timeslot on a late Sunday afternoon at 5 PM on NBCSN (presumably so it...
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Ten Super Bowl commercials already unveiled

Ed Note: This post appears courtesy our friends at Awful Advertisements, who will be covering all the commercials swirling around Super Bowl Sunday. Many people look forward to the Super Bowl not because of the game but because of the commercials. These spots cost big money and a growing trend is companies releasing their commercials early in hopes of getting some extra bang for...
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Best prop bets about the Super Bowl broadcast

Perhaps the most ridiculous part about the Super Bowl each year is the “exotic” prop bets that Las Vegas casinos roll out for the game. This year is obviously no exception to the rule, and some of the props this year will require paying attention to some small details from NBC’s broadcast. For instance, in case you like counting words, how about either of these two props...
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SportsCenter adds 3 new “millennial” reporters

You’ve probably heard a lot of nasty things about the millennial generation.  They’re lazy.  They’re entitled.  They expect everything to be handed to them and can’t be bothered to finish the job that they sta… yada, yada, yada, I can’t be bothered to finish that thought. Have no fear fellow millennials, because ESPN is here for you!  ESPN has hired three new reporters...
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Marshawn Lynch vs The Media: Who ya got?

Super Bowl Media Day was as big of a clown show as ever this year.  Of course, one of the star attractions was the one player who didn’t want to be there – Marshawn Lynch.  The Seahawks RB and his laconic personality stonewalled every question sent his way.  Naturally, that led to many NFL media members blasting Lynch for his being so difficult and making a mockery of the...
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ESPN expands its National Signing Day Coverage

For the 10th consecutive season, ESPN has National Signing Day covered from start to finish. The annual day when high schoolers commit to where they will play college football takes place Feb. 4 and ESPN will have everyone involved, especially its new networks. ESPNU will be the primary home of the coverage, airing 11 hours of coverage throughout the day from 8 a.m. ET to 7 p.m....
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WWE Network hits the 1 million subscriber mark

WWE Network and the organization as a whole is badly in need of good news.  The streaming network has been struggling to gain subscribers, the stock price has crashed thanks to poor numbers and a bad TV deal, fans revolted against the Royal Rumble, and even this week’s scheduled television tapings were canceled due to snow in the northeast. Well, WWE finally got that good news...
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NBC details its six-hour Super Bowl pregame schedule

No annual sporting event gets as much attention and hype as the Super Bowl, which is why the network airing said game doesn’t hold back with its pregame coverage each year. NBC will be no different this Sunday, with six hours of content leading up to kickoff, starting at noon ET. The bread and butter: Bob Costas will of course be the primary host, with contributions from Dan...
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Viewing Picks for January 28, 2015

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s Wake Forest at Florida State — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Penn State — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Temple at Central Florida — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. SMU at South Florida — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Seton Hall at Marquette — Fox Sports 2, 7 p.m. South Carolina at LSU — SEC Network, 7 p.m. Duke at Notre Dame — ESPN2...
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NBC adds Dale Jarrett to NASCAR coverage

NASCAR on television is approaching a new age as NBC Sports and Fox Sports will team up once again to provide coverage of America’s most popular racing series.  While Fox is continuing their relationship with the sport, NBC is replacing ESPN as NASCAR’s other major rightsholder and making its return to the track after several years out of the sport.  In that regard, NBC has...
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