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The best TV news bloopers of 2012

Occasionally at AA, we'll take a jaunt away from the sports world and take a look at the foibles of wider television and media.  In no way is awful announcing exclusive to the likes of Tim McCarver and Skip Bayless.  No, there were plenty of bloopers, gaffes, and laughs to be had from the news world as well.  Enjoy this video compilation put together by FunnyLocalNews of the...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Five takeaways from 2012 in sports media

It's been an eventful year in the sports media world, but it hasn't been an easy-to-summarize one. The year's top sports stories have run the gamut from horrifying to exhilarating, with everything from the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State scandal to the Olympics to the Lance Armstrong saga getting plenty of attention, and there have been huge developments on the media front...
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December 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Twitter Wars - Doug Gottlieb vs Richard Deitsch

What would the end of 2012 be without one last Twitter War?  It's been a while since we've seen SI's Richard Deitsch step into the squared circle as bitter rival Darren Rovell retired earlier this year with his move to ESPN.  As Rovell has departed from the scene, Deitsch has yet to find a new foe to engage in a battle of wits.   Deitsch is one of the top combatants...
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December 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Mike Goldberg taking time off, will miss UFC 155

Saturday's UFC 155 from Las Vegas, featuring a clash in the main event between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title, will be missing a familiar face. Long-time UFC play by play announcer Mike Goldberg will miss the event according to MMA Junkie, and be replaced by Jon Anik, who joined the UFC in 2011 and will be making his PPV debut for the company...
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December 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Jay Glazer learns he may in fact be an ESPN "source"

Sean Payton agreed to a new contract with the New Orleans Saints Friday, ensuring the suspended coach would return to the Saints sidelines for the foreseeable future and hopefully placing the bounty scandal well and truly behind us all.  In the wake of the news, another controversy developed regarding ESPN's well-documented sourcing issues.  An ESPN news editor engaged in a...
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December 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons pokes fun at Chris Berman's 2 Minute Drill picks

Chris Berman's 2 Minute Drill has been a part of SportsCenter for as long as I can remember.  The formula for the segment has remained relatively unchanged for years - Berman talks for well over 2 minutes for whatever is on his mind, mixes in recycled footage that's been played dozens of times before (have you ever seen him shoot the cannons at Tampa Bay or tell Howie Long...
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December 29, 2012  |  Discuss

What in the world is going on with ESPN's Lomas Brown?

Lomas Brown was a 7 time Pro Bowler, 3 time First Team All Pro, and a Super Bowl champion during his 18 year NFL career as an offensive lineman.  He's been nominated for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He had a lengthy career the wide majority of NFL players could only dream of and then parlayed that into a second career as an ESPN NFL analyst.  Brown isn&...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Cheers and jeers for the sports media world in 2012

2012 has been one of the most interesting years to ever cover the sports media world. There's been plenty to like in terms of new deals, innovations, and trends... and of course, plenty to not like. With a nod to the classic TV Guide staple, we've put together this list of the good (cheers!) and bad (jeers!) for this year. At the end of the day, I'm sure there's some...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu: It's been a rough year for Mark Lindley

How pathetic is the Arizona Cardinals quarterbacking situation?  They feature not one, but two quarterbacks at the bottom of ESPN's Total QBR rankings.  Any time you rank below Brandon Weeden AND Mark Sanchez in any metric ranking quarterbacking skill, it may be time to consider the CFL as a real option.  To add insult to injury, ESPN couldn't even care enough to get Ryan...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss
STUDIO HORSEPLAY

Shaq gives Kenny Smith a piggyback ride

If you could sum up the unique qualities of Inside the NBA in just a couple moving pictures, it has to be Kenny Smith riding Shaquille O'Neal around the Turner studio.  I'm not sure what the explanation is for this Thursday night piggyback ride, including Kenny Smith spanking Shaq to aid his giddy up, but maybe there doesn't need to be one.  Maybe we just need to sit...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Monday Night Football hits four-year ratings low

Another Monday Night Football season is in the books for ESPN, and the results aren't good. The ratings for this year's season were the lowest since 2008, a four year low for ESPN due mostly to some terrible matchups and ugly blowouts that killed any sort of momentum ESPN had. The highest rated game of the season featured the lone Cowboys appearance on Monday nights this...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Urban Meyer will make a brief return to ESPN

Although Urban Meyer left ESPN under a cloud of speculation and false denials, it appears all is still well between the current Ohio State coach and his former employer.  You may recall the circus that happened with Meyer denying what we all knew and even asked to be taken off an assignment with the reports of his leaving Bristol for Columbus at a fever pitch.  This fall, Meyer...
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December 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Your Week 17 NFL Announcing Schedule

Sunday, December 30 Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts [CBS 1PM] Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals [CBS 1PM] Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills [CBS 1PM] Marv Albert, Rich Gannon Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers [CBS 1PM] Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans [CBS 1PM] Don Criqui...
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December 27, 2012  |  Discuss

NBA ratings remain great on Christmas Day

The NBA's Christmas Day marathon on ESPN and ABC proved the league is still the unquestioned king of the sports world on December 25th. ABC's doubleheader of Lakers-Knicks and Thunder-Heat drew overnight ratings of 5.9 and 6.0 respectively. The early game (between mega markets Los Angeles and New York) was the highest rated game in the early afternoon timeslot since 2004...
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December 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Robert Flores flashed a crotch chop at the end of SportsCenter

You never know quite what you're going to get from Robert Flores on live television, which is why he remains one of our favorite SportsCenter anchors.  If you follow Ro Flo on Twitter, you'll know he's a huge wrestling dork.  So when hosting SportsCenter with former Raw announcer, former Executive Assistant to Mr. McMahon, and former Interim Raw General Manager Jonathan...
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December 27, 2012  |  Discuss
REVENGE FOR THE FALLEN

Duhamel defends Tebow against Merril Hoge

Actor Josh Duhamel defended Tim Tebow against the criticism from ESPN broadcaster Merril Hoge, who said Tebow was phony.

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December 26, 2012  |  Discuss

New NBA on ESPN studio showing signs of improvement

If you're anything like me, you probably watched more NBA basketball yesterday than you have for the entirety of the regular season thus far.  There's something about the Christmas Day showcase that makes it the unofficial start of the regular season, at least in the consciousness of a sizable swath of sports fans. So for me, this was the first time to really check out...
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December 26, 2012  |  Discuss

The NBA celebrated Christmas Day with ugly sweaters

Christmas Day is the NBA's day on the sporting calendar and the league rejoiced the only way they know how - ugly Christmas sweaters!  While nobody reached the fright of Daryl Johnston from this past Sunday, there were several individuals paying tribute to this storied Christmas tradition.  Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons did their part for the ESPN studio during one of the late...
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December 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Barry Melrose speaks about those 16 games as Lightning head coach

One of the great sporting headscratchers in the last decade was the Tampa Bay Lightning's decision to hire ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose to be their head coach in 2008, a full 13 years after he last stood behind an NHL bench.  The mulleted one's stint as Lightning head coach was nothing short of a disaster.  Melrose was fired after 16 games and the ugliness continued afterwards...
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December 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Now it's Jeff Van Gundy's turn to rant against Northern Illinois

One of the eccentric charms of Jeff Van Gundy as ESPN's lead NBA analyst is his eagerness to go on bizarre tangents and rants.  It could be rants about flopping, his thirst for blood, or anything else that's happening in the world.  I'm waiting for the day when Van Gundy is dissecting a pick and role replay and blurts out "and what's the deal with airplane...
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December 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Your NBA Announcing Schedule For 12/26 - 12/31

Happy Boxing Day! Wednesday, December 26 New York Knicks @ Phoenix Suns (NBAtv 9PM) Local Broadcast Thursday, December 27 Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT 8PM) Kevin Harlan , Steve Kerr Boston Celtics @ Los Angeles Clippers (TNT 10:30PM) Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber Friday, December 28 Denver Nuggets @ Dallas Mavericks (NBAtv...
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December 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Daryl Johnston wishes you a very scary Merry Christmas

What better way could we celebrate Christmas Day at Awful Announcing than this frightening sweater Daryl "Moose" Johnston wore during Sunday's Cowboys-Saints game.  I know the "ugly Christmas sweater" thing can be ironically trendy, but sweet baby Jesus, that thing makes Don Cherry and Craig Sager wince in pain. But in all sincerity, a very Merry Christmas...
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December 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Twitter Wars: Michael Smith vs Dave Dameshek

It's Christmas Eve, which means this is no time for a Twitter War.  This is a time to spread holiday cheer, a time to be joyful, a time to be kind and generous and giving to your fellow man.  A time to put aside differences and come together.  A time... aww forget that, let's play the feud! The two gentlemen above, ESPN's Numbers Never Lie host Michael Smith and...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL flexes Cowboys-Redskins to Sunday Night Football for Week 17

The NFL has revealed their choices for the Week 17 flex games and to the surprise of nobody, the de facto NFC East title game between the Cowboys and Redskins has been chosen for the final game of the regular season Sunday Night.  Since the new flex scheduling, Sunday Night Football has always received the matchup with the most clear playoff implications on the line.  That included...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Here's the new low for SportsCenter segments about Tim Tebow

From ESPN President John Skipper... "We've had some good discussions internally about trying to be careful. In some ways, the more difficult internal conflict is between long-term story telling and ratings. We all know that if you focus on the Tebow story, for the next 10 minutes you're going to do better. But the question is trying to take a long-term perspective...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss
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