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Auburn announcer doesn't remember what he said during classic call

Auburn football had one of the most improbable seaons, maybe ever, and their play-by-play announcer was there for it all. Rod Bramblett has been the voice of the Auburn Tigers for years, but this season was unlike any other. One of the key moments in Auburn's national championship run was the deflected pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis to beat Georgia. It was one of the...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 1/27-2/2

United States Monday, January 27 Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti  Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda Tuesday, January 28 Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Wednesday, January 29 NHL Stadium...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Eric LeGrand is headed to the Super Bowl

The great @Gil_Brandt has just made @EricLeGrand52 dream come true. He has given him two tickets to SB 48 pic.twitter.com/lfp53bnboE — Bob Papa (@BobPapa_NFL) January 27, 2014 Eric LeGrand is a profile in courage. Ever since he was paralyzed when he was playing for Rutgers, he has maintained a high profile to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries. LeGrand has his own foundation inside...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

SNL's solution to a potential Olympics boycott

  The 2014 Sochi Olympics are almost here and in light of Vladimir Putin's comments and Russia's notorious anti-gay policies, SNL decided to tackle what would happen if gay athletes acutally boycotted the games. The result? The U.S. Men's Heterosexual Figure Skating Championship. And, it wasn't pretty. I think the male half of the heterosexual couple really steals the...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Chelsea fans are excited about signing players who don't exist

While the Premier League is known for their passionate, tribalistic local fanbases, its worldwide popularity also leads itself to developing legions of frontrunning bandwagoners.  Perhaps no team is more synonymous with this type of fan than Chelsea, a London club that shot to prominence thanks to new owner Roman Abramovich and his Russian oil money and won its first top division...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

NESN has to make two decisions before Red Sox Spring Training

(Jerry Remy on left, Jenny Dell on right. Picture courtesy Ian Bethune, Sox and Dawgs) While the winter is still pulling a punch over most of the country, baseball teams are preparing for Spring Training next month. And as regional sports networks are finalizing their plans to cover their local teams, one has yet to make personnel decisions on two members of its broadcast team...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

First Take asks if Tim Tebow could lead this year's Broncos to the Super Bowl

?!?!?!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/MrGA5UdYL1 — Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) January 27, 2014 O_o Tim Tebow last played for the Denver Broncos three seasons ago.  But in fairness to First Take, "Could Craig Morton lead this Broncos team to the Super Bowl" isn't as interesting of a topic. And believe it or not, this is the second consecutive year First Take has asked whether...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The 2013 NFL season in 160 seconds

If you've been hiding under a rock for the past four months and are in desperate need of getting caught up on the NFL season that was before the Super Bowl, then have no fear.  ESPN put together one of the best videos of the week with Trey Wingo narrating The NFL Season in 160 seconds.  Wingo is great, but I kinda would have rather heard Chris Berman try to talk without taking...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Al Michaels epic gambling reference for the Pro Bowl win

When it comes to veiled gambling references in professional sports broadcasting, Brent Musburger and Al Michaels are the Ali and Frazier of the field.  With NBC having the rights to the Pro Bowl and not the Super Bowl this year, Michaels and partner Cris Collinsworth made the trip to Hawaii for their final, meaningless assignment of the year.  And since broadcasting an exhibition...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Grammys in GIFs

That awkward Sunday in between the NFC and AFC Championship Games and the Super Bowl can be a bit of a wasteland for sports fans.  The Super Bowl bye week finds us still fully engaged in football season and it doesn't matter if they played the game on an island of molten lava, the Pro Bowl is not an option.  Besides, the Royal Rumble is by far the better fake sporting alternative...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Soccer broadcaster Ray Hudson really likes hockey

There are many play-by-play voices, but there's only one Ray Hudson. The soccer broadcaster for beIN Sports is well known for his theatrical goal calls and hyperbolic descriptions. We know he loves the beautiful game, but if his Twitter account is any indication, he loves hockey too. Hudson watched the NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens on Friday...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 27, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men's Duke at Pittsburgh -- ESPN, 7 p.m. Norfolk State at Savannah State -- ESPNU, 7 p.m. Colgate at Lafayette -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma -- ESPN, 9 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Southern -- ESPNU, 9 p.m. Villanova at Georgetown -- Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. Women's Purdue at Illinois -- Big...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Vin Scully narrates intro for Dodger Stadium NHL game

Dodger Stadium played host to the NHL on Saturday night by way of the highly anticipated Stadium Series outdoor game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. And what would a game at Chavez Ravine be without Vin Scully? The legendary baseball broadcaster crossed over to hockey and narrated the opening for NBC. It was a perfect way to launch the broadcast...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the narrative on Grantland's Dr. V story shifted, and what lessons that can teach us

The Grantland piece "Dr. V.'s Magical Putter" led to plenty of criticism and eventual apologies from ESPN and BIll Simmons, but that wasn't the initial reaction for many. Upon first read, the piece received plenty of praise from established journalists (and this writer); it was the outcry from the LGBT community and supporters that prompted reexaminations and the eventual apologies...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Fox increases stake in YES Network to 80%

21st Century Fox has increased their stake in the YES Network from 49% to 80%, according to a press release issued on Friday. The Yankees still have a 20% stake in the network, but Fox has now moved into the position of holding a majority of the company's ownership as opposed to a plurality. The initial details of the purchase gave News Corp (which later transferred the ownership...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

SportsCenter proclaims wrong Australian Open winner

If you woke up this morning and scrolled through your Twitter timeline backwards to find out who won the Australian Open, you may have seen the above SportsCenter tweet from 5:25 AM ET proclaiming victory for Rafael Nadal.  There's just one slight problem with that. Nadal didn't win.  He was upset by Stan Wawrinka in 4 sets - 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. It's easy to see what happened...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Fox forces a group of Seahawks fans to be quiet during NFC Championship

This is absolutely hilarious. Knowing that Seattle Seahawks fans pride themselves on being loud as part of the "12th Man" at home games, Fox Football Daily conducted a social experiment during the NFC Championship. Bringing in a group representing a Seattle youth football league, host Joel Klatt told them they would receive a check for $5,000 if they remained quiet during the...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 26, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Viewing Picks FA Cup 4th Round Sheffield United vs. Fulham -- Fox Sports 2, 7:55 a.m. Chelsea vs. Stoke City -- Fox Sports 2, 10:30 a.m. Golf PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open, La Jolla, CA Final Round -- Golf Channel, 1 p.m./CBS, 3 p.m. LPGA Tour Bahamas LPGA Classic, Paradise Island, Bahamas Final Round -- Golf...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dodgers have a weird thought on a hockey game in Dodger Stadium

"It's a perfect day for hockey." -said no one in Los Angeles, ever. #StadiumSeries pic.twitter.com/9W3WvF6G8G — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 25, 2014 The NHL's Stadium Series brings the game to classic outdoor venues this winter. It's a brilliant campaign that should bring some much needed additional exposure to the sport. Perhaps the most unique venue is Dodger...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

A TMZ Sports TV show is on the air

Back in August, our Ben Koo told you that gossip giant TMZ was planning bringing back the TMZ Sports brand and planning to make the whole concept operational. All this after trying once before earlier in the decade and deciding to kill it in 2011. Now it appears that TMZ Sports is fully operational with a page on the TMZ website and now, a new show that's been airing in seven...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dallas Stars love trolling Justin Bieber

Unless you've been living under a rock or avoiding every type of media since Thursday, you're well aware of Justin Bieber's arrest and subsequent hilarious mugshot. The Bieber situation has taken ahold of the sports world in addition to the entertainment world, as the "free Bieber" movement spread to ESPN and Jay and Dan once again apologized for the Canadian pop star on Thursday...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Weather Channel has a forecast we'd rather avoid

Winter storms are unpleasant under normal circumstances, and we've already seen a lot of the country get hammered with them pretty often thus far in 2014. However, last night, The Weather Channel presented us with something even worse than your average snow with -50 windchill: I'm confused. cc @awfulannouncing pic.twitter.com/TPU8648ZPr — Reva Friedel (@revafriedel...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: NBC trying to add Lindsey Vonn to Olympics coverage

Lindsey Vonn may still have a presence during NBC's Winter Olympics telecast despite the knee injury that knocked her out of competition. NBC is reportedly in talks to add Vonn to their coverage of the Games, though she's not expected to travel to Sochi because of her injury. The quotes about Vonn came from Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC's Olympics coverage. Bell was...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Mets want to break up their radio crew for no good reason

The New York Mets have used the duo of Howie Rose and Josh Lewin on the radio for the last two years, and the pair has received numerous good reviews. Of course, the Mets want to blow up that pairing and pair a former player with Rose as the Mets switch radio stations from WFAN to WOR for the 2014 season. I don't understand why the Mets would want to do this - the logic is...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 25, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Showtime Championship Boxing, Washington, DC IBF Jr. Welterweight Championship Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean -- Showtime, 9 p.m. Boxing After Dark, New York, NY WBO Featherweight Championship Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos -- HBO, 9:45 p.m. College Basketball Viewing Picks College Football 2014 Senior Bowl, Mobile, AL ...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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