After the Monday Night game between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans, ESPN NFL analyst Steve Young went on the air to talk about how unpredictable an NFL regular season can be when this happened...
NBA? I'm glad Suzy Kolber caught it right off the bat, but Young was completely oblivious to the fact that he completely confused the NFL, the league of which he is a Hall of Fame member of, with the NBA.
Then later this happened...
Wait, what?! Did he just say the Houston Texans have "the biggest dick in the league"? I'll let Steve Young be the judge of that one.
Maybe you should go back to the hotel, Steve, and get some rest and clear your head.
Hockey fans, you will get your hockey fix soon enough.
The Kontinental Hockey League has announced that the league and ESPN3 have agreed to air some of its games during the NHL lockout.
The KHL announced on its website that the US coverage of the KHL games will start next week on ESPN3, ESPN's online streaming channel. A total of five games will be aired in the next week. The first game to be shown on ESPN3 will be Dynamo Moscow facing Ak Bars on Wednesday.
The Russian hockey league has also announced that they are trying to close in on acquiring Canadian television rights.
ESPN baseball analyst Rick Sutcliffe told Michael Kay on ESPN Radio that suspended San Francisco Giants slugger Melky Cabrera should be deported for his PED use and subsequent cover up.
Sutcliffe said on "The Michael Kay Show", "First of all this guy is over here in the United States on a working visa and he broke the law, what's he still doing here?"
"Forget the 50 game suspension from baseball, why is he still here? That visa should be taken away and he should not be allowed to play over here again or work here again."
Cabrera has not been charged with any crime.
Cabrera was suspended last week after testing positive for testosterone and attempted to avoid the 50 game suspension when he created a fake website selling a fake product to quell the rumors of suspected PED use.
ESPN soccer analyst and former US soccer player Janusz Michallik was asked a question about Manchester United picking up Robin van Persie from Arsenal while on ESPN2. Well, Michallik stumbled on his response and thought he was off-air.
Cleveland Indians television analyst Rick Manning may want to think the next time he tries to make a clever remark.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a double last night of the center field wall that barely missed leaving the park and Manning comes up with this gem.
I wouldn't have expected anything less from the team that still has Chief Wahoo as its mascot.
First of all, he got the ethnicity wrong. Sushi is a Japanese cuisine and Choo is Korean.
Second of all, have you learned nothing from the Jeremy Lin situation. It may have been a harmless joke, but even the slightest, most innocent remark can offend people, case in point ESPN's "Trailer park day" remark.
It was just an innocent remark with no ill will towards Choo and probably won't get in any trouble, but next time he just needs to think.
Today, ESPNSoccernet published an interview with German soccer star and newest member of Arsenal, Lukas Podolski.
Except for one little thing. Its completely made up.
Podolski took to his Facebook page to tell his followers that the whole thing is made up, posting, "Hey guys, on the ESPN website there is an interview published I never gave. It contains parts, which are completely made up. Please ignore it! Cheers, Poldi"
The "interview" was placed prominently on the front page of ESPNsoccernet about an hour after Podolski's Facebook post.
Officials at ESPN have pulled the article off its site, but has yet to make an official statement regarding the allegations Podolski has claimed.
During an interview on WEEI radio in Boston, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said that his baseball fortune is "probably all gone" now due to his failed business venture, 38 Studios.
He also said in the interview that part of the blame should be placed on Rhode Island officials and Governor Lincoln Chafee.
Schilling admits that he was partly to blame for 38 Studios failing, but said that Chafee had a lot of blame due to the governor questioning the firm's solvency were harmful as Schilling tried to raise private capital to stay afloat.
Chafee, an independent, vocally opposed the state's plan to loan money to 38 Studios during his gubernatorial campaign in 2010, but became the "company's biggest cheerleader" after the deal was finalized.
Schilling goes on to blame Chafee even further when he accused him of failing to work with an investor who was willing to put an upwards of $20 million into the floundering company. The investor walked away after they became frustrated with Chafee's inaction.
Schilling made just over $114 million during his MLB career and he never took any money from the company, not even a salary.
"It's been kind of a surreal 60, 75 days," Schilling said of the company's collapse. "It's crushing and devastating to see it fail the way that it did." He also said that he never intended to hurt to workers of 38 Studios.
Schiiling also said that losing his fortune will be a life changing thing for his family. "I would imagine the next foreseeable time our lives is going to be consumed by this. It's a life changing thing."
Schilling also said of his family, "will probably start to change and be very different for us."
38 Studios closed its doors in May of 2012, laying off its workers in Rhode Island and Maryland.
Lately, I have been pondering about what is the greatest sports theme song of all time?
Excluding John Tesh's amazing "Roundball Rock" for NBA on NBC, a classic, what could it be?
Here's one that could be: The old NBA on CBS theme.
The quintessential basketball theme of the 80s. You hear it and just wait for Magic and Larry duking it out at the Garden or the "Bad Boys" of Detroit throwing punches.
Another nomination is the old Hockey Night in Canada theme.
You know its great when an entire nation and Wayne Gretzky spoke up and tried to save it (to no avail however, CBC lost the rights).
Or what about Wimbledon on NBC?
Waking up as a child on a Sunday morning and hearing this as Andre Agassi took to the hallowed grass of Centre Court is perhaps my earliest tennis memory. I look forward to Wimbledon every year, but now the song is silenced because ESPN now has the exclusive rights to Wimbledon. You will be sorely missed.
There's countless others that I don't have the time to put on here. Hit up my Facebook page (link to the right of the screen) and tell me your favorite theme.
For Showtime's boxing coverage, they decided to bring on former boxing judge Chuck Giampa and use his vast knowledge of boxing to help fans know how to score fights. Or as Giampa puts it, "taking you inside the mind of a judge".
...and nothing else apparently.
It is a pretty bad performance, but it was his debut, so I guess we can cut him a little slack. So I've decided to compile a list of the worst calls of all time.
#5- Dick Vitale's Improv
A lot of people don't like Dick Vitale, I appear to be in the minority, but even I agree this clip is bad. After Dan Shulman gets knocked over by Duke's Kyle Singler, Dickie V decides to throw in a little improv. Bad idea.
So he's saying its a charge?
It seems like Dick Vitale is just afraid to take control and call the game for just a few moments.
#4- Chip Caray's Basehit Caught
I don't like Chip Caray. Chip is definitely the weak link in his broadcasting family, his father, Skip, was a longtime announcer for the Atlanta Braves, and his grandfather, Harry, was the very popular Chicago Cubs announcer.
Chip continuously gets things wrong and this clip is a perfect example.
The way the ball was hit, it was clear it was going to be an out, but Chip allowed himself to be a fan for a moment and called it a basehit. A hit that would have won the game.
No wonder why the Cubs fired him.
#3- Tim McCarver Can't Count
Tim McCarver has been in the game for a long time. Hard telling why, but he has been there awhile. In Game 1 of the epic 2011 World Series, McCarver makes one of his many blunders by saying the word 'strike' has five letters.
...or as Family Guy sees it
#2- Everything Pam Ward Does
Pam Ward of ESPN gives female broadcasters a bad name. A lot of female announcers do a good job, like Beth Mowins and Doris Burke, but its Pam Ward that ruins all the work they put in.
Here are just some of her fumbles:
"He has thrown three picks, but no interceptions"
When announcing a game in Lexington, she called Lexington "Louisville"
After a punt, she said the fair catch had been caught, but it was rolling down field.
"A 100 yard touchdown return for the touchdown
...and there's many more.
ESPN just needs to cut their losses and let her go.
#1- "Boom Goes The Dynamite"
The only reason that Pam Ward isn't #1 on this list is simply because "Boom Goes The Dynamite".
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has had a rough couple of days. His team blew the chance to go to the Super Bowl, TWICE, and then the following morning had to talk to blowhard and Charles Barkley's "favorite" analyst Skip Bayless on the inane babble debate show that is The Skip Bayless and Steven A. Smith Show, oh, urr, uh, ESPN First Take.
Skip Bayless tried to do what he does best to Terrell Suggs, provoke Suggs into a rant about the Patriots getting some "home cooking" towards the end of the AFC Championship Game.
So Suggs said what many across the nation have been thinking for years now:
Philip Rivers' abysmal performance on Monday Night Football cost his team the win and gave the red hot Chiefs a share of the AFC West lead. Rivers threw two interceptions, now a league leading 11 interceptions, zero touchdowns, and one very costly fumble. With the Chargers in range for a game ending field goal, Rivers fumbled the snap from center Nick Hardwick that the Chiefs recovered in an improbable turn of events. The Chiefs then forced overtime and won the game with a Ryan Succop field goal.
Philip Rivers is continuing to drag the Chargers team down. The Chargers should have won last week and again should have won last night, but alas Rivers turnovers late in the game caused a Chargers loss in both games. One has to wonder if Philip Rivers has a case of the yips. Looking at Rivers' play and body language last night, it appears as if Rivers' has lost all confidence in himself and needs to regain it soon or the Chargers are headed for a tailspin. ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer has said his costly fumble will haunt him still ten years from now and will continue to chase demons. Quarterbacks are headcases and if they let things haunt them and keep thinking about the past then they will continue to play poorly. Rivers needs to get better and play smarter. Things won't get better next week when they face the 7-0 Green Bay Packers.
With Rivers' and the Chargers poor play, head coach Norv Turner could find himself out of a job. Turner has had many chances with this club and it appears as if time is running out. You can't put all the blame on Turner however, some of the blame belongs to Philip Rivers. Not only is Rivers' recent poor play costing his team, but it could be costing his head coach his job.
Another question is, "Is Philip Rivers an elite quarterback?" Rivers has a ton of talent, true, but he seems like he doesn't play up to his potential. Rivers, in my opinion, will never be among the elite like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, etc. Rivers still has time to turn this ship around, but how many opportunities will he get? The Chargers every year are picked as a sleeper team, but disappoint a legion of Charger fans everywhere. You can compare it to Peyton Manning in the way that Peyton never won in the postseason after winning a ton in the regular season. Manning eventually figured out how to win in the playoffs and won the Super Bowl. Rivers, on the other hand, can't win in the REGULAR SEASON, so how can he win in the playoffs.
In four playoff appearances, Rivers has only made it to the AFC Championship once and has a record of 3-4. This was when the Chargers continually had one of the best defenses in football, and in a league where defenses win championships, the blame falls squarely on the offense. The Chargers had both LaDanian Tomlinson and Shawne Merriman in their prime and yet failed to win a Super Bowl, or even make it to one. The Chargers are nowhere near talented as they were three, four years ago. I don't see the Chargers as a contender anytime soon.
I was watching ESPN First Take the other day (I don't know why either) and I swear Skip Bayless was on 90% of the show. First Take used to consist of a mix of inane debates, interviews, and games that are embarrassing for everybody involved. Remember "Sibling Sez" or "Disney Olympics". Boy I do hope Dana beats Jay this year! Now it consists of just those same inane debates with Skip Bayless and any ESPN analyst they wrangle up or bribe just to appear on the show.
The things Bayless say are outlandish and just plain insane. I don't like LeBron either, but Bayless makes him look like he's no better than Kiki Vandeweghe. He thinks, for some reason, Troy Aikman is gay (don't pretend like you didn't say it, Skip) even though he was married and has two kids. He seems to dislike Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson even though they are superstars. Countless other things have been said but I cannot fit them all on this post.
I don't think Skip believes the things he says all the time. He just says these things because he feeds off the anger and the haters out there. ESPN is clearly marketing him with the "I Heart @RealSkipBayless" shirts and when ESPN sees something they want to promote they promote the hell out of it (The Longhorn Network, QBR, etc.).
ESPN needs to show less of Skip Bayless, and First Take for that matter, and focus on sports instead of trying to get into stupid debates, playing hacky games, and SportsCenter anchors trying to come up with stupid catchphrases (I kid you not I heard someone use a line from those JG Wentworth commercials as one). ESPN controls most everything in sports. So we sports fans really have no where to turn and until that time we just have to deal with the inane babble of Skip Bayless and others trying to be the next Chris Berman.