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Viewing Picks for June 18, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN College Baseball 2014 NCAA College World Series, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, Omaha, NE Cal-Irvine vs. Texas — ESPN, 8 p.m. College World Series Postgame — ESPNU, 11 p.m. College Basketball Inside College Basketball: Draft Special: The Backcourt — CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Cycling Tour de Suisse, Switzerland...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Local news report captures USA goal live

Live television is just the best.  In the home of the Timbers, Portland, Oregon, KGW dropped in on reporter Drew Carney doing a live stand-up from a World Cup beer garden.  Because who in their right mind wouldn’t want to be watching the World Cup at a beer garden in Portland? The news program joined Carney at precisely the time John Brooks scored the USA’s game winner against...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Could Jimmy Graham's Twitter bio cost him millions?

All-world tight end Jimmy Graham trying to make the case that he isn’t a tight end may seem like a silly semantical argument to the majority of football fans and people with rational minds.  However, it makes a big difference in terms of the paycheck he is able to collect from the NFL’s franchise tag. With the Saints franchising Graham this offseason, he’s due just over $7...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN draws record audiences for the United States’ victory over Ghana

The U.S. men’s national team may be about to produce an indelible moment for soccer in America. The USMNT’s victory over Ghana last night drew a combined 15.9 million viewers between ESPN and spanish-language Univision. ESPN alone drew 11.1 million viewers for the match, making it the most-watched men’s soccer game in network history. It’s worth noting that the English-language...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Vin Scully and Keith Olbermann’s tributes to Tony Gwynn

MLB legend Tony Gwynn sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 54 after a battle with cancer.  Gwynn was beloved not just for his incredible ability at the plate, but also for his affable personality.  Every good thing written about Tony Gwynn was deserved and then some. Yesterday there were several tributes to Gwynn from all around the media.  Larry Brown has a great collection...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Buster Olney made a nice barehanded grab of a foul ball

During Sunday’s Angels-Braves game on Sunday Night Baseball this week, ESPN’s Buster Olney did something I can only dream of – he caught a Jason Heyward foul ball. Olney’s catch was actually pretty great, as he reached across his body with his right hand to grab the lightly hit bouncer. At least he gave the ball to a kid. I can’t fault Olney for that one. [MLB.com]
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL on TV in 2013-14: Opportunity in America, the end of an era in Canada

I was at Yankee Stadium in January, looking out at nearly 50,000 people about to watch yet another NHL triumph at an outdoor venue. And my thought at the time was, “well, this is just another good thing the NHL did.” They sold out Dodger Stadium, they sold out Michigan Stadium… now they’re gonna do two nights at Yankee Stadium, and they’ll do good TV ratings for them, too...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

US Open ratings tanked for NBC thanks to Martin Kaymer’s blowout

Human beings can be very fickle creatures.  That fickleness is quite evident when it comes to television ratings for professional golf, where we as a sporting public are much more interested in the few golfers that reach celebrity status than the game itself. When Tiger Woods was running roughshod over the US Open at Pebble Beach in and won by 15 strokes, it was hailed as one of...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Taylor Twellman on John Brooks’ goal and another defining US Soccer moment

At some point, the United States will stop playing heart-pounding, pulsating World Cup matches for a while.  That point in time hasn’t been reached yet, so we should all enjoy an unprecedented run of exciting games and finishes on the world’s biggest sporting stage while we still can.  John Brooks joined the likes of Abby Wambach and Landon Donovan with his 86th minute header...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Brian Williams “Baby Got Back” mashup

If there’s one gift Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show has given the world that stands above else, it is the Brian Williams rap mashups.  The latest edition is perhaps the finest – Baby Got Back.  Sit back and enjoy the finest of viral videos the internet has to offer… That Kathie Lee Gifford cameo… wow.  If Brian Williams ever decides to hang up the old anchor chair,...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 17, 2014

All Times Eastern College Baseball NCAA College World Series, Omaha, NE Losers Bracket Texas Tech vs. Mississippi — ESPN2, 3 p.m. Winners Bracket TCU vs. Virginia — ESPN, 8 p.m. College World Series Postgame — ESPNU, 11v p.m. College Basketball Inside College Basketball: Draft Special: In the Paint — CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPNU...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: John Brooks’ game winner for the USA vs Ghana

John Brooks etched his name into American soccer lore with the game winner in the USA’s opening match against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup.  The 21 year old American defender connected on a Graham Zusi header on a corner kick in the 86th minute to give the USA a 2-1 victory over Ghana.  The USMNT finally exercised some World Cup demons, defeating the nation that had knocked them...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA players read mean tweets about themselves on Jimmy Kimmel Live

By now, I’m sure you’re all familiar with the semi-regular segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live in which celebrities read mean tweets about themselves. The clips are hilarious, and the tweets so funny that Gawker suspected they were coming from professional comedians and/or writers for the show. In any case, last night’s edition featured NBA players (and Bill Simmons!) as a tribute...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 6/16 – 6/22

Monday, June 16 New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN 8 pm) Dave O’Brien, Eduardo Perez Tuesday, June 17 Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers (MLBN 7 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Phillies at Braves] Wednesday, June 18 Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins (MLBN 12:30 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Twins at Red Sox 1 pm] San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (WGNA 2 pm) Ken Harrelson...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Google is funneling soccer fans to ESPN for World Cup highlights

If you use Google to search for sports scores and highlights, you may have noticed a common result when searching for World Cup highlights – you’re consistently getting sent to ESPN. Google and ESPN have reportedly teamed up to provide highlights to fans looking for them during the matches. For example, if you search for today’s Germany-Portugal match, you’ll get a nice little...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: BBC commentator utterly confused by World Cup replay

We had a bit of history during yesterday’s France-Honduras game at the World Cup – the debut of goal line technology.  And naturally, it was bound to confuse somebody. That somebody was Jonathan Pearce of the BBC.  As the video replay was showing the 3rd French goal, he shouted that it was a no-goal midway through the replay when the ball was bouncing off the post.  Of course...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN is leaving behind a huge World Cup legacy for Fox

The early ratings for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has proved so far that it’s been a hit for both ESPN and Univision. And ESPN in its farewell season until at least 2022 is leaving a legacy that willl be hard to match by Fox when it takes over the World Cup next year. ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa proved that it could cover an international event...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Roger Maltbie’s cart driver arrested at US Open

One of my favorite experiences working for this website was getting the chance to follow around Roger Maltbie and NBC’s on-course golf reporters at the Presidents Cup for this piece.  Being on the ground with the on-course reporters gave me a new appreciation for the job and amazing insights into one of the most unique jobs in sports media. At 62 years of age, Maltbie doesn...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Which one of these hot soccer takes is the hottest?

There’s just something about soccer that produces more madness and lunacy amongst the American writer than any other entity, maybe except healthcare.  During the World Cup, this insanity gets magnified by exponential leaps and bounds.  We have to validate the “Americanness” of the event, people suddenly break the news that soccer is not a “high scoring” sport, and then...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup Final closes with decent Game 5 numbers

I have spent a couple of years yelling into the vacuum that is the internet that an Los Angeles-New York Stanley Cup Final would be fine, but not the game breaker that the National Hockey League — at least in the eyes of many media pundits — needs. Now, the two teams playing didn’t exactly hurt my point, but it turned out to be true. However, there’s something to be said...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Don Cherry Playoff Wardrobe Retrospective: (2014, Part II)

Now that the NHL season is over, it’s time to put a bow on our Don Cherry Playoff Wardrobe Retrospective series for another year. Sad, we know. But cheer up, and get your retinas ready. Unlike last season, the polarizing Hockey Night in Canada pundit gave us so many eye-popping outfits this time around that it required two separate posts. You may remember that we gave you an...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Six Atlanta Falcons storylines for 'Hard Knocks'

The Atlanta Falcons aren’t exactly a franchise that evokes razzle and/or dazzle, but the Falcons will nonetheless be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer. Here are six storylines to keep an eye on. 1) Veteran stars try to hang on: Steven Jackson, Osi Umenyiora and Devin Hester have been to a combined seven Pro Bowls, but all are past their prime and on the wrong side of...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 16, 2014

All Times Eastern College Baseball NCAA College World Series, Omaha, NE Losers Bracket Texas vs. Louisville — ESPN2, 3 p.m. Winners Bracket Vanderbilt vs. Cal-Irvine — ESPN2, 8 p.m. College World Series Postgame — ESPNU, 11 p.m. College Basketball Inside College Basketball: Draft Special: Lottery Preview — CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m. College Football College Football Live...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN asks if Game 5 is a must win for the Heat

ESPN has fallen under criticism in recent years for always having to turn everything that happens in the sports world into something that has to be debated.  Furthermore, the network tends to fall on the same cliches and questions time and time again.  One of those cliches is just how “must win” a game might be for a certain team. Considering the Miami Heat trail the San Antonio...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Finals ratings still ahead of last year through four games

As we approach our first elimination game of the 2014 NBA Finals, ABC, ESPN and the Association have a good reason to be pleased through the first four games. As San Antonio blew out Miami on Thursday, viewership on ABC averaged 14.964 million viewers and garnered a 9.3 rating. Those are both good numbers and won the night for ABC over all competition. However, there are a couple...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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