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Viewing Picks for October 17, 2014

All Times Eastern CFL Ottawa Redblacks at Hamilton Tiger-Cats — ESPN2, 7 p.m. College Basketball ESPNU Midnight Madness — ESPNU, 6 p.m. BYU Boom Shakalaka — BYUtv, 8 p.m. ESPNU Midnight Madness — ESPNU, midnight College Field Hockey Boston College at Louisville — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 3 p.m. Rutgers at Penn State — Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m. College Football Fresno...
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TV call of Travis Ishikawa’s pennant winning homer

The San Francisco Giants are the National League champions for the third time in five years, thanks to a walk off, three-run homer by Travis Ishikawa in the ninth inning. Joe Buck was on the call for Fox, and his call was perfect – a throwback to history. The last time an NLCS was won with a walk off homer? Yup – 1951. Bobby Thomson. [SBNation] The post TV call of Travis Ishikawa’s...
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The Patriots mock the Jets with Buttfumble #TBT

The Jets and Patriots are squaring off tonight on Thursday Night Football. To commemorate the occasion, the Pats posted this on their official Twitter account as their Throwback Thursday…. https://twitter.com/Patriots/status/522844705516568576 #Buttfumble #Neverforget The post The Patriots mock the Jets with Buttfumble #TBT appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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Dissecting Deadspin’s Corey Gardner gaffe

Deadspin has substantial egg on their face thanks to Dave McKenna’s story about U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner (currently a Republican congressman from Colorado) not playing high-school football being proven substantially wrong. To their credit, they’ve largely faced up to the blame for it, publishing an update (but not an official correction or apology), as well as a...
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Your Week 8 College Football Announcing Schedule

Thursday, October 16 7:30 PM- Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh (ESPN) Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder 10 PM- Utah at Oregon State (FS2/Pac-12 National, AZ, OR, & Mtn.) Tim Brando, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft Friday, October 17 8 PM- Fresno State at Boise State (ESPN) Dave Flemming, David Diaz-Infante, Allison Williams 9 PM- Temple at Houston (ESPNU) Eamon McAnaney...
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Unconventional analyst: Tom Verducci set to make World Series history in Fox booth

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy the fine folks at the National Sports Journalism Center. Howard Cosell and Tom Verducci don’t have much in common, but they will share a bit of history next week. When Verducci works Fox’s coverage of the World Series, he will join Cosell as the only non-player or manager to sit in the TV analyst’s seat for the game’s biggest games...
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IMPORTANT – Jerome Bettis on the state of NFL punditry

Here’s a rare moment of genuine honesty from the sports media world with former Steelers RB and current ESPN NFL analyst Jerome Bettis.  The Bus falls on his own sword to be frank with you, the viewer: “We are in the media and our opinions, they really don’t matter to be quite honest with you.” Can we apply this rule across the board and start with Skip Bayless, please?...
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TBS caught an unlucky break despite a decent MLB postseason

The MLB on TBS is often maligned for not necessarily seeming like a year-round baseball network that then jumps head-first into the deep end once the playoffs come around. The network only airs a dozen regular season games, and on Sunday afternoons, before taking a Wild Card game, two division series and a league championship series. It’s a lot of baseball after months and months...
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ESPN won't replace Bill Simmons on ‘NBA Countdown’

I don’t know if there’s a show in the sports television that garners as much attention for its changing cast as ESPN’s NBA Countdown. Between the network’s inability to find a cast they like or connects with audiences with the looming shadow of TNT always there, to the Magi Johnson c drama to the Bill Simmons drama to the Bill and Magic possible drama. There’s always...
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Rachel Nichols’ CNN show has been cancelled

Despite recent buzz following Rachel Nichols from some of her excellent interviews, viewers still were unable to find her show on CNN. Unguarded, which saw Nichols hosting a show that gave viewers a bird’s eye look at some of the top stories and newsmakers in sports, has been cancelled by CNN in the midst of the network drastically reshuffling their lineup. The network (and corporate...
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FS1 experiencing significant growth thanks to MLB playoffs

Major League Baseball’s postseason has been a blessing for Fox Sports One. The network has had its ups and downs since its inception, but its coverage of the 2014 MLB playoffs have resulted in a notable surge in ratings. Since the 2014-15 television season began just three weeks ago (TV seasons apparently line up with the start of hockey season), FS1 claims it has been the fastest...
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The 11 most infamous Twitter accounts in sports media

Every year there are lists of the best and worst Twitter accounts in sports and media.  Now there is nothing (perhaps outside of Latin American goal calls featuring lasers) that we love more than putting together arbitrary lists for our own bemusement.  Mike Goldberg being taken off of the NFL on Fox thanks to his “f— you” tweet got us thinking not about the best and worst...
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Jameis Winston is strangely moving back up on Mel Kiper’s big board!

Remember way back, oh, a couple weeks ago when it was major news that Mel Kiper Jr. had dropped Jameis Winston 22 spots on his big board?  Remember when Kiper went on ESPN and talked about Winston’s maturity level and shouting an internet meme and yada, yada, yada? Winston hasn’t shown any signs of getting out of trouble.  In fact, he’s only deeper in personal and professional...
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ABC is turning Robbie Rogers’ life into a sitcom

If you’ve followed soccer or even just the movement for acceptance of LGBTQ athletes in sports in recent years, you may be familiar with the story of Robbie Rogers. Rogers, who came up in MLS with the Columbus Crew and eventually made it as far as Leeds United in the English Championship, came out in May of 2013. Following a brief retirement, Rogers returned to soccer, and to MLS...
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Viewing Picks for October 16, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball BIG Basketball Media Day 2014-15 — Big Ten Network, 9 a.m. ESPNU College Basketball Media Days — ESPNU, 3 p.m. College Football Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Colorado School of Mines at Fort Lewis — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. Utah at Oregon State — Fox Sports 2/Pac-12 Networks/KEVU/KFBI/KMYU/KPDX/KUBN, 10 p.m./Pac-12...
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The NHL on NBC Twitter account asks the hardest-hitting question ever

Don’t laugh, you guys. I think they’re gonna get a lot of bold, scorching takes on this important issue. On the real though, this tweet was meant to serve as supplement to a discussion between Bob McKenzie and Mike Milbury at the first intermission of NBCSN’s Boston-Detroit telecast that was actually quite entertaining. So, you know, one out of two ain’t bad. The post The...
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ESPN Has An Interesting Screengrab Snafu

I have no idea what happened here. A failed reference to the famous Chapelle show skit on playing basketball with Prince perhaps? Any ideas? H/T @cburgel The post ESPN Has An Interesting Screengrab Snafu appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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Seth Maness’ girlfriend criticized Mike Matheny on his Twitter account

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came under a firestorm of criticism for his managing during the Cardinals’ 5-4, ten inning loss in Game 3 of the NLCS to the Giants. One of the critics appeared to be Cardinals reliever Seth Maness, who was retweeting negative thoughts of Matheny after the game. Huh, well that’s something. Maness only threw six pitches in the ninth and...
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Your Week 7 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, October 16 New York Jets at New England Patriots, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, October 19 Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers, FOX 1 pm, Sam Rosen, John Lynch & Pam Oliver Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams, FOX 1 pm, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens, FOX 1 pm, Justin Kutcher, David...
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Bill Simmons in Chapters: The Complete Series

Over the last decade, Bill Simmons has become one of the most important figures in sports. He’s an incredibly popular ESPN columnist and podcaster, the editor-in-chief of his own site at Grantland, a key figure in the 30 for 30 series’ formation, a regular presence on TV and an opinionated personality whose three week suspension for criticizing Roger Goodell has both made...
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Week 6 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams have the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Byes: Kansas City, New Orleans 1. Seattle (Fox) - 43.1 Seattle drew about their season average for that crazy game against the Cowboys, but lead the league in local ratings...
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Cleveland sports radio host takes Ebola fear-mongering to a new level

We hear the phrase “stick to sports” way too much when a sensitive social situation arises in this country or abroad. Most people just want to use sports as a getaway to escape the serious matters going on in the real world. But in this situation, the “stick to sports” mantra really should apply. Nick Camino, a talk show host on Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 and sports anchor for...
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Royals videobomber scares reporter

Johnny Kane of KMBC was filing a report about the Royals’ most recent victory over the Orioles when a videobomber snuck up behind him.  That’s nothing new on the local news scene.  What is new about this videobomber is that he screams at the top of his lungs and jolts Kane.  Maybe he’s seen one too many scary movies this Halloween season… H/T Comedy Wizard The post Royals...
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Bill Simmons In Chapters: Welcome To The Trade Machine

Over the last decade, Bill Simmons has become one of the most important figures in sports. He’s an incredibly popular ESPN columnist and podcaster, the editor-in-chief of his own site at Grantland, a key figure in the 30 for 30 series’ formation, a regular presence on TV and an opinionated personality whose three week suspension for criticizing Roger Goodell has both made...
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Microsoft is coaching NFL announcers not to say their tablet is an iPad

The NFL takes its sponsorships very seriously. There’s the official beer (Bud Light), official cell phone wireless company (Verizon), official sandwich (Subway), official fast food restaurant (McDonald’s), official soft drink (Pepsi), official headphones (Bose), official credit card (VISA), official athletic shoe (Nike), official package carrier (FedEx) and so on and so forth...
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