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Baseball Hall of Fame voter admits to losing his ballot

We’ve already run down a list of the worst Hall of Fame ballots of 2015.  One ballot that didn’t make it on our list or any others was that of Paul Hoynes from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Hoynes simply didn’t fill out a ballot.  Not because of protests over PEDs.  Not because he wants the rules changed about how many eligible players he can vote for. No, Hoynes simply...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The New York Times cleverly trolls the New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are a raging dumpster fire. A calling-all-cars, hide-the-women-hide-the-children dumpster fire. Once a proud NBA franchise, the Knicks are somewhere between Courtney Love and Rush Limbaugh on the competence scale. Unfortunately, some poor minions have to actually cover this team for a living. Yes, they get paid well, but it is still a soul-crushing experience...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

D-League broadcaster loads telecast with wrestling catchphrases

A year and a half ago, Adam Lefkoe’s WrestleCast took the world by storm. This week, things have been taken to a whole new level. NBA D-League broadcaster RJ Choppy of the Texas Legends loaded up his call of a Legends-Santa Cruz Warriors game with an unhealthy amount of wrestling catchphrases. Let’s count the references… -“Ayatalloh of block & rollah” -“It doesn’t...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Could ESPN step into the daily fantasy ring?

If you’ve watched any sporting event, you’ve seen ads for daily fantasy game sites like DraftKings, FanDuel and others. They make a lot of money and the advertising dollars from daily fantasy sites are the one of the fastest growing sectors across the sports networks. And as more sites pop up, they know they need to gain access to fans by advertising on the cable sports channels...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

We’ve finally learned more about the Hawks’ “Swipe Right” night

At this point, you’ve probably seen the fact that Tinder is sponsoring an Atlanta Hawks game on Wednesday, January 7th. Well, in case you were looking for more details, NBA.com has them: “Hawks games have always been a great place to meet fun and vibrant people and we think ‘Swipe Right Night’ will take that to a whole new level,” said Hawks CEO Steve Koonin. “We were...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel goes off on Toronto reporter who insinuates he’s to blame for Carlyle’s firing

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at Puck Drunk Love. Any time that a coach gets fired, it makes for a tough and awkward time in the locker room. Players have to deal with the insinuation that the firing was their fault, and usually the players that are targeted are the best of the bunch. Alexander Ovechkin has dealt with insinuations that he is uncoachable every...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

(VIDEO) SportsCenter anchor is not happy with spoiling highlight

https://twitter.com/worldofrj/status/552702858664349696 On the late night SportsCenter, anchor Chris Hassel was reading a Sharks-Wild highlight.  As the highlight moves to the game winning goal in overtime, the score flashes on screen before the goal is scored.  Hassel furiously exclaims, “Oh, we just gave it away!” While many out there think he then says, “nice going a...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Curling Night in America is coming to NBCSN

I’ve always been a fan of sports with more of an international flavor: Aussie Rules Football, darts, rugby, you name it.  And barring ESPN televising Premier League Darts this year after Gary Anderson’s dramatic World Championship win over Phil “The Power” Taylor,” this may be the next best thing.  Beginning in late January, NBC will debut “Curling Night in America”...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 7, 2015

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s Purdue at Wisconsin — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Seton Hall at Xavier — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. North Carolina State at Virginia — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Temple at Tulane — ESPNews, 7 p.m. Syracuse at Georgia Tech — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Florida at South Carolina — SEC Network, 7 p.m. Boston University at Navy — American Sports Network, 8...
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Report: Jim Harbaugh to be part of ESPN's title game coverage

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be a part of ESPN’s coverage of the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Citing sources, the Free Press says the Harbaugh will be a guest on ESPN next Monday in Arlington, TX which is the site of the National Championship Game. It’s not known what role Harbaugh will play at...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame induction brought out his best

On Tuesday, Pedro Martinez was one of four players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. After the announcement, Pedro made an appearance on MLB Network. After a relatively basic interview with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Ron Darling, and Bob Costas, Kevin Millar jumped into the fray, and Pedro had no issues having some fun with his former teammate. Ignoring Millar’s offensive...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 1/6 – 1/11

Tuesday, January 6 Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks (NBAtv 8 pm) Local Broadcast Wednesday, January 7 Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers (ESPN 7 pm)  Mark Jones, Doug Collins Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves (ESPN 9:30 pm) Ryan Ruocco, Jon Barry Thursday, January 8 Houston Rockets at New York Knicks (TNT 8 pm) Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber Miami Heat at Portland...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The worst 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballots

This is a column I put together every year, and I relish it. Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame generates a level of fervor and outrage that is foreign to that we see with other Halls of Fame across sports. Yet, each year, the outrage continues and, if anything, gets louder. This year, the BBWAA got it right. Four players – Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 1/6 – 1/11

Tuesday, January 6 San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild (NBCSN 8 pm) Gord Miller, Pierre McGuire Wednesday, January 7 Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins (NBCSN 8 pm) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olcyzk, Pierre McGuire New York Rangers at Anaheim Ducks (NBCSN 10:30 pm) Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Thursday, January 8 Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild (NHLN 8 pm) Local Broadcast New York...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics broadcasters encouraging league-wide Stuart Scott tribute

Celtics radio broadcasters Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell paid tribute to Stuart Scott using his catchphrases during the course of their home game against the Hornets.  Grande dropped “boo-yah” for a Celtics three and Maxwell chimed in echoing even more of Scott’s trademarks. Grande and Maxwell are actively encouraging other NBA broadcast crews around the country to follow...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFL teams eligible for 'Hard Knocks' next year

If nobody else volunteers, the NFL can now force certain teams to participate in HBO’s Hard Knocks. This year, nine teams are eligible because they haven’t been to the playoffs in two years, they don’t have first-year head coaches and they haven’t been featured on the program in the last 10 years. We rank them from most to least enticing: 1. Washington Redskins — Robert...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s 2015 and Mike Francesa still hates Fox Sports 1

New year, same preemptions for the sports pope.  Mike Francesa started the year with 90 minutes on Monday on Fox Sports 1 before jumping over to FS2 for an FA Cup game.  As he came on the air, he complained about dealing with the same “nonsense” over his national simulcast issues. Of course, soccer outrates Francesa by a wide, wide margin so you can’t blame Fox for constantly...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN finally says why they approve of Skip Bayless calling Johnny Manziel an alcoholic

ESPN has been silent on the outrageous matter of Skip Bayless recklessly calling Johnny Manziel a liar and an alcoholic.  Until now.  Richard Deitsch got a comment from the network on Bayless’ comments and lack of discipline over the remarks at SI and they’ll predictably leave you scratching your heads… “When discussing the widely reported public behavior, Skip based his...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Let’s hope ESPN learns Cardale Jones’ name by Monday

There’s one tidbit from the national semifinals that it would seem appropriate for us to address before we move on to the Oregon-Ohio State National Championship Game.  That would be the matter of learning how to pronounce the name of the Buckeyes starting quarterback, Cardale Jones. Throughout the early stages of the semifinal game, play-by-play man Brad Nessler kept pronouncing...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN, NBC break out new scorebugs for new year

One of the silly things we like to over-analyze a bit here at Awful Announcing is scorebugs. You know, the little box that shows up on the screen with information like the score, the yardage situation, timeouts, the count, and so on. We hadn’t really seen a large change from ESPN in recent years, but they started the bowl season a couple of weeks ago with a bang and a new graphic...
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Viewing Picks for January 6, 2015

All Times Eastern Auto Racing 2015 Dakar Rally: Stage 2-Villa Carlos to San Juan — NBCSN, 4:30 p.m. College BasketballMen’s Virginia Tech at Florida State — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m. Michigan at Penn State — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Saint Louis at George Washington — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Arkansas at Georgia — ESPN, 7 p.m. UConn at South Florida — ESPN2...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Wild Card Weekend sees slight viewership dropoff from 2014

With ESPN entering the NFL Postseason fray for the first time, it would be natural to believe that there would be a dropoff in Wild Card Weekend viewership from the year before. And that assumption would be correct. While the NFL did see some very good numbers for the four games last weekend, overall viewership was down from 2014. All four games averaged just shy of 30 million viewers...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Tinder is sponsoring an Atlanta Hawks game

Well, that’s one way to meet people! On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Hawks are hosting a Swipe Right Night, sponsored by Tinder. That’s…interesting. Like, are you supposed to just go and hope you meet someone at the game? Sit in your seat and swipe right until you find someone to meet you for a beer in the concourse? I am not familiar with the Hawks’ arena so I am not sure...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Ratings Buzz – 2014 Network Viewership Rankings

With World Cup soccer from Brazil, the continued successes of “Monday Night Football”, “Pardon the Interruption”, “SportsCenter”, “Around the Horn” as well as its NBA postseason coverage, ESPN was primetime’s No. 1 cable network for 2014. Comparatively from 2013, it increased 6 percent in viewership at 8-11 p.m.; up 5 percent in total day (6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.). NBCSN...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals send out hilarious tweet after playoff defeat

In today’s sports world, every professional team has a Twitter page, Instagram and so on. Social media is the order of the day, and the Arizona Cardinals are no exception. The team tweeted throughout Saturday’s Wild Card playoff game against the Carolina Panthers, which Arizona lost 27-16. The contest was ugly for the Cardinals, who were playing a third-string quarterback in...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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