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Viewing Picks for March 7, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Friday Night Fights, Pala, CA Lightweights: Rustam Nugaev vs. Marvin Quintero -- ESPN2, 9 p.m. College Baseball Hawaii at Texas -- Longhorn Network, 7 p.m. College Basketball Men's Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, St. Louis, MO Quarterfinals Wichita State vs. Evansville -- Fox College Sports Pacific, 1 p.m. Missouri...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon parodies Allen Iverson's practice rant

I have no earthly idea why the Tampa Bay Rays are taking time to pay tribute to Allen Iverson having his jersey retired by the Philadelphia 76ers, but I'm thankful that they did.  Here's manager Joe Maddon paying his respects to The Answer by doing the only thing that's suitable - a parody of his famous practice rant.  Maddon's performance isn't quite going...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

AA Podcast #81 - Seth Greenberg, ESPN

In today's podcast we're joined by one of the best new television analysts working in sports today - ESPN's Seth Greenberg. After a lengthy coaching career, Greenberg moved to Bristol from Virginia Tech after the 2012 season and he's quickly cemented himself as one of the sport's most enthusiastic and insightful voices. Today we talk about a number of topics touching...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ken Griffey Jr. apologized to Linda Cohn for trainwreck interview

Yesterday former MLB superstar Ken Griffey Jr. went on SportsCenter and gave a brutal, lifeless, deadpan, trainwreck of an interview to anchor Linda Cohn.  As much as Cohn tried, she couldn't get more than one word out of Griffey on more than one occasion. Shortly after the interview aired, and after a mountain of negative publicity, Griffey posted this message on Instagram...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Payton temporarily morphed into Hawk Harrelson during an FS1 basketball broadcast

Fox Sports 1 broadcasted a decent basketball game Wednesday night - #3 Arizona going on the road against Oregon State.  The Beavers played the Wildcats tight throughout in a highly competitive game with definite upset potential.  With just over 3 minutes left in the second half and the score 66-64 with Arizona holding onto a 2 point lead, FS1 invited Fox Sports Live Gary Payton...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Verne Lundquist is not a fan of Dick Vitale

As March Madness approaches, one of the more beloved announcing teams is Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery. They've already been assigned to one of the NCAA Tournament regional finals by CBS/Turner Sports. Of course, Verne is also coming off one of the more exciting SEC football seasons where he had the dramatic "Prayers at Jordan Hare" calls in successive weeks...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jay Bilas has been busy making some amazingly ridiculous videos with Wendy's

Jay Bilas is a smart, funny, self-deprecating kind of guy.  Anyone who follows him on Twitter or enjoys his work on ESPN's NCAA basketball or NBA Draft coverage is likely aware of this.  But Bilas has been taking his comedic game to the next level by producing some incredible spoof interviews with himself, dressed as ridiculously over-the-top basketball characters.  It'...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis columnist rips absurdity of The Cardinal Way

If you're a baseball fan like me, and you don't really like the St. Louis Cardinals, you were probably just a little sick of the endless conversations during last October's postseason about "The Cardinal Way." If you're not familiar, The Cardinal Way is a hacky columnist mindset that essentially believes that the St. Louis Cardinals play the game of baseball...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Russo has an MLB Network show debuting on Opening Day

If there was one thing the sports world didn't need, it was another talk show. Good news, though - MLB Network has us covered with the Opening Day premiere of High Heat with Christopher Russo, an hour-long daily MLB Network show that will air at 1 PM (noon if there's an MLB Network game telecast at 1 PM on the network). On his new show, the Mad Dog will open with a monologue...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley says he would never work for ESPN because they manufacture stories

There may be no more quotable interview in sports than Charles Barkley.  On Wednesday the Chuckster made one of his routine appearances on the Dan Patrick Show and spoke some truth about the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports.  It's rare that you see major network personalities criticize competitors in any way, especially ones that are television partners in broadcasting...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

10 teams that are over or under-represented on the MLB on Fox schedule

We've talked a lot about this year's MLB on Fox/FS1 schedule at this site, and for a couple of reasons. One is because it's the lone Major League Baseball TV schedule that -- save a couple of weeks at the end of the year -- is planned out for most of the season before it starts. Secondly, because it's a bit of a different paradigm in years past.  Fox stipulated...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for March 6, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men's Atlantic Sun Tournament, Campus Sites Semifinals East Tennessee State at Florida Gulf Coast -- CSS, 6:30 p.m. USC Upstate at Mercer -- CSS, 8:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, St. Louis, MO 1st Round Drake vs. Evansville -- Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. Bradley vs. Loyola (Chicago) -- Fox College...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC had to provide make good ads for the Olympics

NBC experienced mixed results for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It saw record ratings on NBCSN averaging the ten highest-rated weekdays in the channel's history.    Online, hockey provided NBCOlympics.com with the biggest audiences for a live event breaking the record for Super Bowl XLVI. And that's even with cable and satellite subscribers needing to authenticate their...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ken Griffey Jr.'s painfully awkward interview on SportsCenter

God bless Linda Cohn.  She tried as best as she could to get a decent interview out of Ken Griffey Jr. but he was clearly in another universe.  Griffey appeared on the afternoon live SportsCenter in a promo spot for Upper Deck and Cohn asked him questions about his favorite cards growing up and thoughts on today's MLB. Griffey's responses were... less than forthcoming...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami pitcher had perfect game announced by his brother

I like to believe there's sometimes more to life than just mere coincidence and random events.  What happened in Coral Gables Tuesday night is more evidence that somewhere up there the baseball gods do exist, and they allow us to enjoy some awesome moments from time to time. Miami senior Javi Salas threw a perfect game in a 17-0 home victory against Villanova.  It was just...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

TSN brings deadline day music to Tradecentre

TSN is going about their Tradecentre show as usual on NHL trade deadline day. That means 10 hours of coverage, over 30 on-air personalities, and Brian Burke showing up with his tie off. Sometimes, it can get a little monotonous and time is needed to be filled. Canada's Sports Leader appears to have found a solution for that in Lester McLean. He is, as described by the TSN...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Curt Schilling needs additional surgery during ongoing cancer treatment

Last month, ESPN analyst and former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling announced he'd been diagnosed with cancer. He underwent successful surgery and was undergoing radiation treatment. It appears Schilling will now have to go under the knife again. That's part of the update he left on his Facebook page on Monday: “Week 2 begins with radiation and unfortunately...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Dish Network Making Hay With Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend Strategy

We live in interesting times. Comcast is buying Time Warner, Aereo's existence is on the line in court, Netflix is cutting deals with Comcast, Apple is trying to find a seat at the telecom table, and Dish Network has turned a new leaf as it continues to go on the offensive on adding upstart sports channels amid talks of a sports television bubble and a growing reluctance by chief...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Keith Olbermann rants about LeBron hype, but neglects the biggest offender

Keith Olbermann's return to sports has been very refreshing.  It's brought something different to late night sports television and he's found a way to successfully merge his sporting and political styles and personalities to create an entertaining show.  Olbermann's opening rants aren't filled with the bitterness of his "Mr. Bush... SIR" days, thank...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL trade deadline is producing some great Twitter reactions

Of all the major sports, NHL players are the best follows on Twitter.  They seem to collectively have a pretty good sense of humor and are more relatable than athletes from other major sports.  Any athlete that doesn't use their Twitter feed for an endless collection of Instagram links or RTs of birthday requests is a winner in my book.  But some of these NHL players trading...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC boasts most-watched month of Premier League soccer in U.S. history

February was a great month for NBC Sports. Aside from the obvious boost in ratings for the Winter Olympics, the network also boasted some truly impressive numbers for its coverage of the Premier League. Soccer coverage during the month of February was the most-watched in U.S. history.  Just how big were ratings? Pretty big, relatively speaking. A total of 17 Premier League games...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for March 5, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing All Access: Canelo vs. Aruglo, Episode 2 -- Showtime, 10 p.m. College Basketball Men's NEC Tournament Quarterfinals St. Francis (NY) at Mount St. Mary's -- Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. Nebraska at Indiana -- Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Louisville at SMU -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Duke at Wake Forest -- ESPN2, 7 p.m...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Latest Dancing With the Stars cast has several sports ties

How we’ve already had 17 iterations of this show is beyond me, but Season 18 of Dancing With The Who The Hell is That is back! Set to premiere on March 17th (set your DVR’s, you’ll be out celebrating being Irish), the show’s cast was announced earlier today, via ABC. This season’s dynamic lineup of stars -- including two Olympic Gold Medalists, a game show host, a...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

This week's NBA television schedule - 3/4

Tuesday, March 4 Miami Heat @ Houston Rockets (NBAtv 8PM) Local Broadcast New Orleans Pelicans @ Los Angeles Lakers (NBAtv 10:30PM) Local Broadcast Wednesday, March 5 Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets (ESPN 8PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy Atlanta Hawks @ Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN 10:30PM) Mark Jones, Jon Barry Thursday, March 6 Miami Heat @ San Antonio...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN, NBCUniversal and Viacom fined for airing Olympus Has Fallen trailers

Ed Note: The following appears via our sister site Awful Ads.   ESPN, NBCUniversal and Viacom have been fined for airing Olympus Has Fallen trailers which contained tones from the Emergency Alert System. Though each network deserves a hefty fine for airing trailers for a movie which was truly horrible, they're being fined because the trailer's Emergency Alert System...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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