In what may be one of the better live broadcasting follies of the year, CBS focused in on/borderline stalked San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak as he prepared for a potential game-winning kick in the final minute. And by preparing, I mean taking a covert leak with the help of a wingman/equipment trainer. While it's possible there is another explanation, the footage below seems to be pretty convincing:
Novak was not called upon to kick a field goal at the end of regulation, but did miss a 50+ yard try in the waning moments of overtime, setting up the Broncos and you-know-who with great field possession. The Broncos and Tebow ended up capitalizing, setting up an interesting blog chatter showdown as TebowMania will now have to fight for attention with Novak's whiz.
With guys not wanting to go back to the locker room (especially the kicker) and not wanting to just piss in their pants (probably hard to pass off as "sweat" when you're the kicker), Novak improvised. Frankly, if it wasn't for CBS, I think he would have gotten away with it. Alas, it didn't work.
I would imagine a lot of us can sympathize with the scenario, although the ridiculous need to urinate is typically the problem of the elderly or drunken man. I guess that Gatorade was just too damn good to pass up and Novak was apprehensive about attempting a very important kick with the thought of desperately needing to pee on his mind.
The announcers never acknowledged the scene and I am guessing they just didn't see it because it's too funny to really ignore without even a chuckle.
The million dollar question: Is he just unleashing the stream on the grass, dirt, or drain, or was he containing with a cup?
Further support for your theory would be to compare (or contrast) TBS ratings for the Division Series games with Little League World Series games.
That baseball is getting lost on TBS has to do with two things, neither of which has to do with "gravitating" to ESPN:
*No one, even people who find the postseason on TBS, knows that they do regular season games - as far as they're concerned, baseball = Fox and ESPN
*TBS' only other sports at this point are NCAA tournament games, unlike TNT which has NBA, NASCAR, etc.
Baseball's current contract expires after next year I believe, and I suspect we are going to see some changes. ESPN will want back in the postseason. TBS will only stay in the baseball business if they can get some more visible regular season packages where they get first choice, which probably means some of ESPN's nights. FX and Versus/NBCSN will want in as well, especially if the NFL's Thursday Night Football negotiations drag out long enough that MLB goes first.
You kind of insinuate that it's not good to have ESPN only having some of your programming, but the reality is that if you go elsewhere than your league is not going to get promoted. Better to partner with ESPN and stay in their good graces and just not have your bigger games on a random channel like TBS.
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A few things: first, I said MNF has not been relevant since they left ABC. Back in 2005, MNF had relevance as the de facto NFL Game of the Week. Second, I misspoke when I said NBC is the best picker of games as they don't really pick games (NFL Films COO Howard Katz places teams in a time slot) until flex scheduling, which MNF doesn't have so it's not really a fair comparison. I got carried away there. Third, I don't deny that the NFL brings in money and viewers. But how do you honestly think they sell it to advertisers and promote it on air? The fact that it is live, professional football. No mention of any history, quality commentators or good matchups. No, it's the N-F-L and that's all you need to know. Don’t believe me? Just watch their ads from the past five years. The other networks have the other intangibles plus the fact that's it football, explaining how they are expanding their audience and outrating ESPN despite the fact that ESPN is a basic cable channel with almost as much reach. Finally, FYI, I avoid ESPN whenever possible (i.e., a favorite team's game is broadcasts on one of the RSNs or the over the air networks).
Wow hamlinfan93, you have it all figured out. You should be working as a VP of sports programing at TBS or NBC. I'm sure they need your wisdom to save them from the evil of da, da, dum - da, da, dum! "MNF has ZERO significance"! According to who? You and your expert scientific opinion of your own mind!I love it when individual know-it-all arm chair whacks, pontificate as if they really know wtf is going on. Were you fired from ABC/ESPN or something? Its a TV network and you sound as if they took your first born.
Your comment "The only reason MNF matters is so ESPN can say "Look at us, we're an all sports channel with football, we're so special." How about this reason: It makes them money, it brings them advertising dollars, it drives revenue. Just like every other network which broadcasts anything. But no that can't be the reason you say, they have football because they want to say look at us, we have football! Did you personally get that quote as you hid in a closet undetected at an exec meeting in Bristol? Bravo Einstein!
Of course a major network pro football game is going to have a greater viewership than any game on cable... new flash this just in- I wonder if more people read the NY Times online than this web blog. I wonder why? Hmm greater viewership? Duh. And who in the hell is an apologist for a TV any network? I mean, do you get a prize or something? I say the same thing I guess who would hate a TV network to the extent you have a bug up your arse over?
NBC, the best picker of games? so your saying that that NBC match-up of Steelers vs Colts was more desirable than ESPN's Cowboys vs Redskins? I'm sure it was last year. Or how about this upcoming clunker on NBC- Viking vs Bears. Bet they wish they had the Lions vs Bears. My point is, the season being played will ultimately dictate what the best match-ups will be; there is no sure thing on paper week 1-8 (oops no Peyton Manning this year? What do you mean the Eagles are imploding? )
You guys literally obsess over the demise of ESPN as if your lives will not be happy unless they are taken out by any means necessary. Like you pray and wish for a great white hope of a contending network to rise up and save you from ever uttering the words of ESPN again. hamlinfan93 If it bothers you so much, don't watch!
@morganwick, it seemed like it was a compliment to me, and it definitely made the proposition of preferring ESPN over its competitors. @berkeley blogger, shame on you. TBS indeed has randon programming save for Conan, but Turner Sports as a whole across both channels is a significant cable player in terms of sports (though not a direct competitor to ESPN, admittedly). The only reason TBS has games is because Turner wants regular season coverage but NASCAR on Sunday afternoons on TNT is a conflict, so they have no choice but to put these games on TBS, which is less visible because it has fewer sports. If not for the obvious NASCAR conflict, they'd move to TNT in a heartbeat. Even with that, at this point, if I'm a league, I want to sign a cable deal with Turner and leave ESPN as a remote possibility. I'd even field offers from Versus/NBCSN, HBO and Showtime first. That's how bad ESPN has become; movie channels produce sports better than an all sports channel.