Fresh off a dismal stint as a college coach, basketball vagabond Isiah Thomas is making his return to television. The former NBA on NBC analyst is joining NBA TV as a studio analyst and will make his debut this Friday. Here's the news from NBA TV...
Ohio State defeated Winthrop tonight 65-55 in Columbus, but the most memorable aspect of the game won't be anything that happened on the court, it'll be the remarks of Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey in his postgame press conference. Kelsey took the opportunity to give his reflection on the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and plead with the powers that be and anyone who was listening to make a change.
In the wake of the tragedy, there have been emotional tributes and respects paid from all over the sports world from New York to Italy and almost everywhere in between. Kelsey's remarks are some of the most humble and eloquent you will hear regarding the tragedy and the call to action for all moving forward.
It's that time again for our favorite post of the year - the best and most memorable bloopers, gaffes, and screwups from the year that was in 2012. While I like to think we're able to cover a lot more ground than we used to, the heart and soul of AA remains the clips you'll see below. If you're super nostalgic, you can take a look back at the Top 10 gaffes of 2010 and 2011. This year though, it's such a stellar field we had to expand to the Top 12 for 2012 and even included some honorable mentions as well. Enjoy our gift to you this holiday season...
12) Phil Simms explains the mystery of the forward pass
"For it to be a forward pass... it's got to go FORWARD."
Despite a 3% increase in ratings for Monday Night Football on ESPN, the NFL's overall ratings this fall are down 2% from last season and 3% from 2010. However, ratings are up 18% overall from 2008, signifying that the league is still doing great at the end of the day... just not as good as they've done the last two seasons.
People (myself included) wonder just what the appeal is of bowl games like the New Mexico Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Beef O'Brady's Bowl, and so on and so forth. Well, here's why there are so many bowl games: people watch them. The New Mexico Bowl on Saturday (which featured a thrilling comeback from Arizona to beat Nevada 49-48 in the final seconds) outrated Butler's basketball upset over #1 Indiana on CBS. The bowl game on ESPN drew a 1.9 overnight, while the hoops game drew just a 1.5 in the same timeslot. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (which began at 4:30 and featured Utah State and Toledo sleepwalking through three quarters before exploding in the fourth) also outdrew #1 getting upset, drawing a 1.8 overnight.
The first two of 35 bowl games to air this winter were both slightly up from last year. The New Mexico Bowl's ratings increasing 19% from 2011 (Temple-Wyoming) and holding strong with 2010's UTEP-BYU matchup. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was slightly up from 2011 (Ohio-Utah State), and was even with 2010 (Fresno State-Northern Illinois).
In case you aren't aware, the NHL is still locking out its players and the cancellation of the entire 2012-2013 season is now a real possibility. While the league tries its best to finish off the sport in America as part of some grander evil scheme (I smell a Cold Waresque espionage conspiracy), hockey continues to fade from the national consciousness. This doesn't change ESPN's plans too much, ya know, because they don't really cover the NHL to begin with. However, there is one person at ESPN that is actually paid to talk about hockey. That one person finally made it on to SportsCenter this morning in a segment that is sadder than the NHL Lockout.
Need more proof that a #1 ranked Notre Dame team is one of the strongest and most relevant brands in all of sports? Tonight at 7:30 PM ET, ESPN will air a half hour Pardon The Interruption special looking back at the show's last decade covering Notre Dame. Last month, Grantland posted a similar video with the first PTImeline about LeBron James that was well done and fascinating.
Monday Night Football doesn't have the advantage of flex scheduling, which has the potential to produce late season stinkers like the Jets/Titans game the nation witnessed tonight. But thankfully, the 2012 New York Jets may be the greatest example of sporting schadenfreude we've ever seen. Gang green bumbled and stumbled and finally fumbled away the game and their season.
Even though Mark Sanchez threw 4 INTs, the Jets somehow still had a chance to win after a shanked punt with under a minute to play. Naturally, Sanchez fumbled the snap on the first play of the drive and after the ball was kicked away, Tennessee recovered for the victory. Mike Tirico then delivered this brilliant line burying putting a nice Christmas bow around the Jets season...
"That's the way this game should end, that's the way the Jets season should end. Ugly, and a loss!"
After hearing Tirico and Jon Gruden call the 4th Quarter with the enthusiasm of a preseason game, it was fantastic to hear Tirico bury the Jets with so much glee and vigor. What delicious irony that their overhyped, oversaturated, disastrous, comical season would end on ESPN airwaves.
By the way, Tim Tebow had a better QB rating than Mark Sanchez tonight thanks to his 0/1 passing for 0 yards. I smell a quarterback controversy!