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Joe Girardi is upset about ESPN following Michael Pineda

During Wednesday night’s Yankees-Red Sox game on ESPN, Michael Pineda of the Yankees was ejected for having a large glob of pine tar on his neck. It was the second time that Pineda had a pine tar incident against the Red Sox this year, and the common sentiment among baseball fans and analysts is that Pineda should have done a better job at mucking up the ball if he was going to...
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Raptors facing uphill climb against playoff hockey despite lack of Canadian teams

We all know hockey is king in Canada. But Toronto is a home to a team in three of the four major North American sports, as well as a Bills game once a year. How popular can the other major leagues be in a nation so nuts about the sticks and pucks? An interesting test case is this year’s Toronto Raptors team, which has advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2008. Their...
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AA Roundtable: NFL schedule release takeaways

in Joe Lucia: I don’t get it. I don’t understand why people get so wound up with the placement of games that won’t happen for another four months. You already know which teams are playing each other. How silly is it to get so deeply involved in primetime matchups and weekly schedules months in advance when teams can go from great to awful in an instant? Last season, the Sunday Night...
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Screengrab Snafu: The Pacers are collapsing so bad Frank Vogel is now Tony Romo

@awfulannouncing Frank Vogel is Tony Romo! pic.twitter.com/oVan0iXTvX — Troy Allen (@troyallen14) April 24, 2014
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Twins player hits home run while mom is being interviewed

During Wednesday night’s Twins-Rays game at Tropicana Field, Fox Sports North was interviewing the mother of Twins DH Chris Colabello while he was at the plate. During the (brief) interview, we found out that Wednesday was Colabello’s mother’s birthday, and Chris rewarded her by hitting a home run to dead center off of Jake Odorizzi. We’ve seen situations like this happen...
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Clippers TV analyst accidentally mixes up MVP and Most Improved Player Award Ballot

Often, we throw out the phrase “YOU HAD ONE JOB” for certain things, but sometimes people just flat out make mistakes when it comes to awards voting. The most famous example of recent vintage is the Professional Hockey Writers Association voting for Alexander Ovechkin as a first-team All-Star at one position and a second-team All-Star at another. While not nearly on that scale...
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Viewing Picks for April 24, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN Boxing Friday Night Fights Special Edition, Palm Springs, CA Jr. Middleweights: Josesito Lopez vs. Aron Martinez — ESPN2, 9 p.m. College Baseball Texas A&M at Mississippi State — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. USC at UCLA — Pac-12 Networks, 9 p.m. College Baseball Live — ESPNU, 7 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. College Football Live...
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Breaking down the prime-time NFL packages for 2014

The NFL now technically has four separate prime-time television packages on four different networks, with CBS and NFL Network basically splitting the Thursday batch. And so when the league finally released its full 2014 regular-season schedule on Wednesday, it gave us an opportunity to break down who got the best and worst run of games among the four. 1. NBC (full schedule here)...
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Pearlman’s ‘Showtime’ shows access isn’t essential to telling complete story

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy Ed Sherman and the National Sports Journalism Center. Today’s journalism lesson comes from Jeff Pearlman. Subject: How to write a 482-page book without ever getting access to the three main characters in the story. Pearlman’s latest, “Showtime,” is a detailed and entertaining account of the great Lakers teams during the ‘80s. He...
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Let’s laugh at Keith Hernandez struggle with the Cardinals lineup

Maybe Keith Hernandez spotted another attractive lady downing a giant hot dog, because he’s not exactly focused on the St. Louis Cardinals lineup.  Watch the Mets analyst fumble through the outfield and infield before finishing strong with Yadier Molina. His cohorts in the SNY booth can only laugh at him, and that camaraderie is one of the reasons why this team rated so well in...
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Pierre McGuire loves his junior hockey references

Pierre McGuire is a man who knows a lot of things about hockey. That’s not exclusive to the NHL. As viewers of the NHL on NBC and NBCSN are often quick to mention, the man seemingly knows the high school, college and/or junior hockey team of every player who has ever played in the game. It got to the point where we at Awful Announcing were curious: just how often during each game...
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American soccer fans aren’t getting any closer to accepting Gus Johnson

Before this knockout round of the Champions League began, I called this slate of European games a “make or break” season for Gus Johnson as a Fox Soccer announcer.  In his second year with Fox Soccer, this would be the time the narrative would be set on Johnson’s viability as a soccer announcer. Without the ability to lean on his rookie status, this is the time for American...
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Video: Blue Jackets beat Penguins in dramatic Game 4

The Penguins-Blue Jackets series is turning out to be the star attraction of the Stanley Cup Playoffs thus far.  It’s a series that has featured one dramatic turn after another and Game 4 was the best and most exciting chapter yet.  After the Penguins took a 3-0 lead in the 1st period, Columbus clawed back to tie the game 3-3 in the final minute. 3 minutes into overtime, Nick...
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Your 2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule

2014 is a new era for the NFL as they expand to broadcast television for two nights a week.  After a prolonged period of intrigue, CBS emerged as the surprise winners of an 8 game primetime package.  Gone are the days when NFL Network produced their own games on Thursday nights – this is CBS’s show now with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling the action throughout the slate of...
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Your 2014 Monday Night Football Schedule

ESPN will air their 9th season of Monday Night Football in 2014 and the 45th year for the revered franchise overall.  Unlike their Sunday Night Football brethren, there are of course no flex games for MNF.  That has led to the insanely expensive ESPN schedule in recent years suffering from some primetime duds.  The addition of Thursday Night Football on CBS has led many to believe...
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Your 2014 Sunday Night Football Schedule

Another NFL-related national holiday on the calendar was celebrated today with the release of the 2014 NFL schedule.  It says everything about the NFL’s stranglehold on the nation that the revealing of the 17 week regular season schedule is treated with the same hype as the Beatles appearing with Sullivan.  Nevertheless, here we are. We begin with NBC’s Sunday Night Football...
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Fox Sports 1 dedicating tribute show to Derek Jeter

We’re less than 20% of the way through Derek Jeter’s final MLB season, and the retirement tour is already getting kicked into high gear. Fox Sports 1 will be airing an hour-long tribute show to Jeter at 8:30 PM next Tuesday, featuring interviews with current and former players and people around baseball heaping praise onto the Yankee captain. I understand why this is happening...
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NBC golf announcer Notah Begay calls Daniel Snyder’s foundation a “gimmick”

Notah Begay III is an on-course reporter for NBC Sports’ coverage of the PGA Tour.  But he found himself speaking out about the NFL this week with regards to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins and their nickname.  Begay is a Native American and has his own foundation to benefit children’s health in those communities. To dispel the negative publicity...
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So how much is a NFL Playoff game worth? Try $100 Million!

Earlier this week, ESPN made it official that it would carry one NFL Wild Card Playoff game beginning with the 2014-15 season. For those who follow the industry and ESPN in particular, it was not a surprise. Of all of the NFL’s TV partners, ESPN pays the most in rights fees for Monday Night Football, over $1 billion annually for the TV contract that expired and reportedly $1.9...
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Matt Harvey deletes Twitter account because the Mets are cramping his style

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey decided to commemorate the 6 month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery with a picture on Twitter.  The picture shows Harvey smiling and offering his middle finger to the camera from the time of the operation. Matt Harvey tweeted a picture of himself flipping the bird, then he deleted it and now it’s gone forever. Unless… pic.twitter.com/oz6SswfrlT...
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SEC Network releases commercials for every school, here are the best

Announcing a new network is one thing, but getting the word out is another. The ESPN-affiliated SEC Network launches on Aug. 14, the first day of the college football season. The network unveiled 14 school-specific ads, showcasing something special about each institution. Each of these 14 ads will run in the regional area of the schools, helping spread the word about the SEC Network...
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Colin Cowherd’s latest John Wall rant shows ESPN at its worst

I feel sorry for Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog.  That seems a little odd to say given he’s a funny, successful writer at the Washington Post.  But I do feel sorry for him… simply because Colin Cowherd has said so many dumb things about DC professional athletes that Steinberg has had to transcribe over the years.  Poor guy.  Nobody deserves that. First it was Cowherd’s...
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New media deal has Crimson Tide seeing green

Ed Note: The following occurs courtesy Bloguin’s national college football site Crystal Ball Run. The cost of conference media rights for conferences has continued to grow over the years as television networks see greater profits to be had with live sports programming. Schools affiliated with the power conferences tend to cash big checks when it comes to splitting the total revenue...
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Ryan Dempster is joining MLB Network

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who walked away from his contract with the Boston Red Sox earlier this offseason, is joining MLB Network as a studio analyst. Dempster will make his debut on Wednesday from Wrigley Field during High Heat with Christopher Russo at 1 PM, and will also show up on Intentional Talk following the broadcast of Wednesday’s Diamondbacks-Cubs game...
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Viewing Picks for April 23, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN College Baseball USC Upstate at South Carolina — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. Florida A&M at Florida — Fox College Sports Pacific, 7 p.m. Iowa at Creighton — CBS Sports Network, 7:30 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 5 p.m. Inside College Football: Spring Special: Storylines of the...
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