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The Top Ten Announcers of 2013

Which announcers reigned supreme in 2013? Which play-by-play callers, analysts, hosts and reporters were head and shoulders above the rest this year? Let's take a look at the announcers who rose to the top of the field in 2013 and made our list for Best of the Year. This list is in alphabetical order. Kevin Burkhardt In his first season on the NFL on Fox, Kevin Burkhardt...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Ratings, Week 16: Patriots lead the way

Pregame Fox NFL Sunday kept its winning streak over CBS' The NFL Today going, with a 3.4 to 2.7 victory in the Noon ET hour. Fox (Regional Window) Fox's regional window belonged to CBS last year and had the Cowboys, Saints Redskins, Lions, Giants and Seahawks all playing in games that meant something to either them or their opponents, which meant solid ratings...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for Christmas Eve 2013

All Times Eastern Boxing Boxing's Best of 2013 Bradley vs. Provodinikov -- HBO2, 11 p.m. Cotto vs. Rodriguez -- HBO2, 11:55 p.m. College Football Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, HI Boise State vs. Oregon State -- ESPN, 8 p.m. Golf Ryder Cup 2014 Preview -- Golf Channel, 6 p.m. MLB Baseball: Our Game -- MLB Network, 11 a.m. Baseball: Something Like a War...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 12/23-12/29

United States Monday, December 23 Minnesota Wild vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Dave Strader, Pierre McGuire Saturday, December 28 Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. ET (NHL Net) - Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, David Amber Canada Monday, December 23 Minnesota Wild vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN2) - Dave Strader, Pierre...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Do not mess with Garrick Sherman

“@GottliebShow: Things worse than Garrick Sherman’s beard …go” your ability to stay eligible at Notre Dame — Garrick Sherman (@gsherm11) December 22, 2013 Specifically, Doug Gottlieb should not mess with Garrick Sherman. His offhanded comment about Sherman's beard did not go over well, however Sherman OWNED Dougie with his response. This was of course in reference...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Jon Gruden will be involved in coaching rumors till the day he dies

The Ballad of As Jon Gruden Coaching Rumors Turn is a neverending soap opera that will go round and round and round, seemingly till the end of time.  Ever since joining ESPN, Chucky has been linked with almost every coaching vacancy in the NFL, college football, ahd major pee wee leagues.   Much was made of Gruden signing an "exclusive" five year extension with Bristol...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington politician sends angry tweet about "racist wasteland" after ...

And you thought it was only athletes who behaved badly on Twitter?  Ha!  Democrat Joe Fitzgibbon represents the 34th district in Washington's House of Representatives.  He's also a moron. After the Seahawks lost their first home game in almost forever to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16, Fitzgibbon went to Twitter to reach out to his constituents and let them know...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Cam Newton just isn't good enough for Peter King

The vendetta that SI's Peter King has against Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is certainly interesting. Newton was the 2011 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year with Carolina, has increased his QB rating in each of his three seasons in the league, and has led four fourth quarter comebacks this year - twice as many in his first two years combined. Newton led the Panthers to a 17-13...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys-NFC East Week 17 flex game for 3rd straight year

For the third consecutive year, the most popular team in America's most popular sport will try to avoid elimination in the 256th and final game of the NFL regular season. And for the third consecutive year, that game will be televised nationally in prime time on NBC.  The NFL confirmed Sunday that the de facto NFC East title game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

The Red Wings and Maple Leafs reportedly banned HBO from their locker rooms after losses

HBO's 24/7 is a series that, regardless of sport, prides itself on providing unlimited access to various teams and athletes in a way no one else can. This current season of the show, featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings on the road to the Winter Classic, already started off with a dull premiere episode. Now, things seem to be getting even worse.  Reports...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 23, 2013

All Times Eastern Boxing Boxing's Best of 2013 Froch vs. Kessler -- HBO2, 11 p.m. Kovalev vs. Cleverly -- HBO2, 11:55 p.m. College Basketball Men's Diamond Head Classic, Honolulu, HI Semifinals Iowa State vs. Akron -- ESPNU, 5 p.m. ESPNU, 9 p.m. Consolation Semifinals George Mason vs. Oregon State -- ESPNU, 2:30 p.m. ESPNU, 11:30 p.m. ...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Fox Sports Radio announces new lineup for 2014

Changes are coming to the Fox Sports Radio lineup in 2014 and voices you may have grown accustomed to hearing will be missing. The new lineup for 2014 is missing notable names such as Pat O'Brien, Rob Dibble, Amy Van Dyken and Steve Hartman. While the new roster for Fox Sports Radio hasn't been completely finalized, it's clear the network is making some big changes for...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 22, 2013

All Times Eastern College Basketball Viewing Picks English Premier League Swansea City vs. Everton -- NBCSN, 11 a.m. Premier League Live -- NBCSN, 10:30 a.m. Premier League Goal Zone -- NBCSN, 1 p.m. Match of the Day II -- NBCSN, 11 p.m. Match of the Week -- NBCSN, midnight Golf Golf Central Special: LPGA Year in Review -- Golf Channel, 6 p.m. Ryder...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Darnell Dockett tweets offensive joke, but doesn't care if you're offended

Arizona Cardinals defensive linemen Darnell Dockett is one of the more controversial tweeters in sports with zero filter.  There was the time he tried to court Katherine Webb and the time he live tweeted a police stop amongst many examples.   This time though, Dockett leaped over acceptable social media boundaries by channelling his inner Jason Whitlock.  Dockett tweeted this...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Outside the Lines returns to its old timeslots after the Super Bowl

Ever since September, one of ESPN's most prestigious programs, Outside the Lines had been languishing in new timeslots on ESPN2. The daytime edition which had been airing at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN before the NFL regular season began was pushed to ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m. ET. And the Sunday edition which had been at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN was pushed earlier to 8 a.m. ET on ESPN2, although a repeat...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons will be an executive producer on Million Dollar Arm

ESPN''s Bill Simmons will be an executive producer, along with Connor Schell, on the film Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, and Lake Bell. Million Dollar Arm tells the true story of a sports agent attempting to recruit a pair of teenage Indian cricket players to play professional baseball. Simmons, of course, has been listed as an executive producer...
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December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade do wheelbarrow videobomb

The Miami Heat are well known for their videobomb antics during postgame interviews.  Last night we saw LeBron James and Dwyane Wade do a human wheelbarrow behind Chris Bosh.  LeBron should be careful.  WIth as old and fragile as Wade is, he shouldn't be taking these kind of extreme risks.  What if he would have dropped him and Wade fell on his knee or elbow?  You'...
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December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez's book deal is apparently a lie

Remember on Wednesday, when we talked about Alex Rodriguez shopping a book and getting offers of over $5 million? Well, everything doesn't appear to be on the up and up there, according to the New York Daily News. A recent published report has the embattled slugger “about to seal a multimillion dollar deal for a tell-all book” chronicling his feud with Major League...
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December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

NESN broadcaster mispronounces Rocket Richard's name

Boston has a pretty rich hockey history. The Bruins are part of the NHL's Original Six, and along the way, they've developed a pretty intense rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens. So when NESN showed the results of a poll about hockey movies during the Bruins-Sabres game on Thursday night, it wasn't a shock to see The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard with just 3% of...
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December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Your Week 16 NFL Announcing Schedule

Sunday, December 22 Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills [CBS 1PM] Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein Denver Broncos at Houston Texans [CBS 1PM] Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars [CBS 1PM] Andrew Catalon, Adam Archuleta Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs [CBS 1PM] Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf Cleveland Browns at New York Jets [CBS 1PM] Marv Albert...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

AA Q&A: Chris Spielman on Bowl Season, The B1G, and the Spielman Fund

Few people have had as decorated a playing career at the high school, college, and NFL level as Chris Spielman.  The former Ohio State linebacker has served for the last decade as an ESPN college football analyst and he was kind enough to spend a few moments with us today to talk about the upcoming bowl season that starts tomorrow.  You can view the entire bowl schedule along with...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Who is the longest tenured NFL announcer on national television?

Before we answer that, who would you guess as the man who has called National Footbball League games on network television for the longest period of time? Would you guess Pat Summerall? Dick Enberg? Dick Stockton? Maybe even the late Charlie Jones? While each of those would be good choices, in each case, you would be wrong. Neither man is the longest-tenured NFL announcer on national...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

CBS, ESPN, Fox up as college football season winds down

With the bowl season beginning this weekend, it's a good time to recap the overall ratings for college football in 2013. CBS, ESPN, and Fox finished up compared to 2012, while ABC and NBC were down. CBS averaged 7.4 million viewers for their SEC telecasts in 2013, a 20% jump from 2012 and its best season since 2001. ABC ranked second in total viewers, averaging 4.8 million...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

The Phillie Phanatic stars in "What's the Phanatic say?"

The Phillie Phanatic is one of our favorites here at AA, and the clip of him harassing Dick Enberg and Mark Grant from September was a riot. But this clip is a little different - the Phillies produced a "What Does the Fox Say" parody video starring the Phanatic. It's nowhere near as fantastic as the video put together by the Mavericks in October, but if you're a...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley is not amused by Inside the NBA antics

Inside the NBA has been the best studio show in sports for several years now and it's random moments of inspiration like this that are the reason why.  Watch as Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Shaq start doing their own drumline while Charles Barkley sits there totaly unimpressed.  Why is he being such a Grinch?  Did he have a bad experience in 6th Grade band?  That has to...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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