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Was it really a great year in sports? Hmm…

Ummmm… pic.twitter.com/LgpbtNUJYP — Pat Lackey (@whygavs) December 26, 2014 There’s something to be said about tact and context when writing headlines and sub-headlines.  This paper’s editors obviously didn’t think twice when associating “horrible NFL domestic violence scandal” with “GREAT SPORTS YEAR, EVERYBODY!” Let’s shoot for a better 2015, everyone...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister did something pretty cool this Christmas – he bought Starbucks for a bunch of his Twitter followers. Merry Christmas Eve! Have a Starbucks on us! Have the barista scan the pic below. Don't be a grinch, please use for 1 pic.twitter.com/Npzh6QiyRa — Doug Fister (@dougfister58) December 24, 2014 There was no indication of how much money...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 27, 2014

All Times Pacific College Basketball Viewing Picks College Football Viewing Picks Golf Golf Central Special: Men’s Major Review — Golf Channel, 8 p.m. Hockey2015 IIHF World Junior ChampionshipPreliminary RoundGroup B, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Denmark vs. Sweden — NHL Network, 10 a.m. Switzerland vs. Czech Republic — NHL Network, 2 p.m. Group A, Bell Centre...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Twitter user goes crazy, drives 35 miles to fight about Kobe

On Christmas evening, the Twitter world lost their minds as one of the most bizarre, ridiculous stories unfolded. A user with the handle @MyTweetsRealAF had a disagreement about Kobe Bryant with a user named @SnottieDrippen, and then drove 35 miles to fight him. It’s the ultimate showing of holiday spirit! This whole sequence was a spectacle. Here’s a brief tweetcap, and just...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Network, NBA on TNT, NBA TV, Golf Channel, MLB Network and WWE Ratings Buzz: December 15-21

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Philadelphia at Washington Sat 4:31PM- 7:36PM 185 4.4 7176 2 NFLN SAT NT KICK-OFF1 Sat 7:40PM- 7:57PM 17 3.3 5504 3 THURSDAY NIGHT...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: December 15-21

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal at Liverpool Sun 10:52AM- 1:13PM 141 0.4 827 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United at Aston Villa Sat 9:56AM-11:57AM 121 0.3 687 3 NHL REGULAR...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: December 15-21

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NFL REGULAR SEASON: New Orleans at Chicago Mon 8:15PM-11:34PM 199 7.1 11072 2 SPORTSCENTER (live) Mon 11:34PM- 1:00AM 86 2.1 2879 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME: Nevada...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

(VIDEO) Inside the NBA’s special Christmas Day feature on Craig Sager

On the Christmas night edition of Inside the NBA, TNT ran a lengthy special feature on sideline reporter Craig Sager.  He’s been battling leukemia for the better part of the year and been one of the most inspiring figures in sports.  Sager has previously said he hopes to return to the sidelines in early 2015. This phenomenal segment from Turner Sports features interviews with...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The year’s 10 most notable sports media stories

2014 was a big year in sports media circles, with a whole host of major stories. However, some of the highest-profile ones may wind up not leading to large changes, and some that didn’t get a massive amount of play at the time may wind up having huge implications for media consumers down the road. Here’s a look at the 10 most notable sports media stories of the year, ranked not...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Ross calls Shaq being thrown through a Christmas tree

Merry Christmas you filthy animals. H/T @jwilliamsonair The post Jim Ross calls Shaq being thrown through a Christmas tree appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 26, 2014

All Times Pacific College FootballHeart of Dallas Bowl, Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech — ESPN, 10 a.m. Quick Lane Bowl, Ford Field, Detroit, MI Rutgers vs. North Carolina — ESPN, 1:30 p.m. St. Petersburg Bowl, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL North Carolina vs. Central Florida — ESPN, 5p.m. Crunch Time: Playoff Special — ESPNU, noon Journey...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Curt Schilling tweeted advice to Johnny Manziel

How did you spend your Christmas Eve? If you’re ESPN MLB analyst Curt Schilling, you spent it tweeting unsolicited advice to Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel. @JManziel2 Didn't ask for it, but I'll throw it out there. If being the best doesn't consume your every waking thought, do something else. — Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) December 25, 2014 That’s… odd to say the...
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December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dr. Jerry Punch to remain with ESPN

One of ESPN’s longest-tenured on-air personalities will remain with the network. Dr. Jerry Punch who has been synonymous with the network’s NASCAR coverage as well as working on college football, has signed a new contract with the Worldwide Leader. Punch, whose career with ESPN dates back to 1984, has been most recently focusing on NASCAR either as a lap-by-lap announcer or a...
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December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Rich Eisen has been the face of NFL Network since it launched in 2003. Over the years, he has hosted NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay Final, NFL GameDay Morning, Thursday Night Football, the Rich Eisen Podcast and now, the Rich Eisen Show on DirecTV, the NFL Now app and Fox Sports Radio. Before joining NFL Network, Eisen spent seven years at ESPN co-anchoring SportsCenter with Stuart...
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December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Christmas Day 2014 Viewing Picks

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! All Times Pacific College BasketballMen’sDiamond Head Classic, Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI5th Place Game DePaul vs. Loyola Marymount — ESPN3, 10:30 a.m. 7th Place Game Ohio vs. Nebraska — ESPNU, 1 p.m. 3rd Place Game Colorado vs. Hawaii — ESPN2, 3:30 p.m. Championship Game George Washington vs. Wichita State — ESPN2, 6 p.m. College Football...
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December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Week 17 NFL Announcing Schedule

Sunday December 28 Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens, CBS 1 pm, Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon & Jamie Erdahl San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, CBS 1 pm, Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts & Jenny Dell Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots, CBS 1 pm, Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, CBS 1 pm, Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein Indianapolis...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Is SI ashamed to mention Jameis Winston on its cover?

Sports Illustrated published four regional covers this week spotlighting the four starting quarterbacks for the four teams in the inaugural college football playoff. But one of these covers is not like the rest.  While the Alabama, Ohio State, and Oregon covers all mention the names of Blake Sims, Cardale Jones and Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston’s name is suspiciously absent,...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

NBCSN to air a “Road to the Winter Classic” marathon

One of the complaints about this season of “Road to the Winter Classic” is the access to the show. Previously aired on HBO, this season is being shown on Epix. Some of you may be asking “What’s Epix” or “There’s a channel called Epix” and you would be right for doing so. To say Epix is not as widely distributed as HBO is a huge understatement. While it can be seen...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Blazers announcer botches Damian Lillard call

Damian Lillard is quickly becoming one of the NBA’s best clutch players.  Tuesday night in OKC, Lillard hit a three to send the game into OT that looked a lot like the one he hit against the Houston Rockets in last season’s playoffs. That shot certainly entered the memory of Blazers analyst Mike Rice.  But in calling back to the Rockets buzzer beater, Rice had a slight...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

WatchESPN is finally coming to DirecTV in new deal

Bringing a nice holiday present to DirecTV subscribers, Disney and the satellite provider signed a major agreement that fills in some programming holes that had been sorely lacking. This keeps ESPN and its family of networks including ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes and SEC Network on DirecTV’s channel lineup. It adds the seasonal ESPN Buzzer Beater (college basketball) and...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu – Duke faces its toughest game of the season, Duke

Duke has a hell of a tough game coming up @awfulannouncing pic.twitter.com/mgPhBJZfYe — Jordan Jurgens (@jdjurgens) December 24, 2014 10-0 Duke vs 10-0 Duke.  The only question is this – who is Dick Vitale going to root for? The post Screengrab Snafu – Duke faces its toughest game of the season, Duke appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley would pay recruits to go to Auburn

Charles Barkley’s honesty and outspokenness makes him a treasure in the sports media. In an interview with Seth Davis at Campus Insiders, Barkley tells it like it is with the NCAA. He says he would give a kid coming out of high school $100,000 to get them to Auburn. In addition, he talks about the ongoing scandal at North Carolina and his total lack of respect for the NCAA. ...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 24, 2014

All Times Eastern College FootballBahamas Bowl, Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky — ESPN, noon Hawaii Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI Fresno State vs. Rice — ESPN, 8 p.m. All SEC on CBS Team: Julio Jones: Alabama vs. Auburn 11/26/10 — CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m. ESPNU Film Room: College Football Playoff — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m....
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

You can now own an Adam Schefter ugly Festivus sweater!

This is real: @FreshBrewedTees now selling an @AdamSchefter ugly "Festivus" sweatshirt pic.twitter.com/I8e5Q5ucPv — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 23, 2014 Earlier this week we showed you the fantastic Spider 2 Y Banana shirt that paid tribute to ESPN’s Jon Gruden.  Well, somehow we’ve found a way to one-up that shirt with this Adam Schefter Festivus sweater. ...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 12/23 – 12/29

Tuesday, December 23 Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers (NBAtv 7 pm) Local Broadcast Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day Washington Wizards at New York Knicks (ESPN Noon) Dave Pasch, Jon Barry Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (ABC 2:30 pm) Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat (ABC 5 pm) Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy Los...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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