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Earlier today we detailed the various coverage of Kevin Ware's awful injury ranging from the live CBS broadcast to ESPN's decision not to air the injury to some online outlets and their editorial decisions on how to cover such a traumatic event. Thankfully, Ware underwent successful surgery and the injury is not believed to be career-threatening. For the most part, the networks did what you would hope in being extra careful in choosing to air the injury, knowing full well that anyone who really wants to see it can find it on a thousand internet sites.
The toughest challenge is for the broadcasters and CBS largely handled the situation respectfully. Another broadcast group that had to describe the events live was the Louisville radio team. ESPN Radio host Bob Valvano serve as the team's radio analyst. His comments after the game provide insight into something no broadcaster can prepare for and the overwhelming emotion of the moment. Even after the game, Valvano recounts Louisville players crying in the locker room and how even the Louisivlle broadcasters were moved to tears by what they witnessed. Valvano posted the following on his Facebook page and here's the statement in full...no comments
Who could have ever expected Baseball Tonight to lead with Yankees-Red Sox today? On Opening Day, I couldn't possibly imagine ESPN giving more attention to the Yanks and the Sox than the other 11 games taking place today, especially considering one of those teams finished with the third worst record in the American League last season. It's not like ESPN is going to funnel down the entire 2013 MLB season into a running diary of two northeastern franchises, both of whom may miss the playoffs this year.
Nah, that would be so unlike them!
Pic via Lanano comments
John Kruk made his debut in ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball booth for their Opening Night Rangers-Astros broadcast. The real-time results ran the gamut of reactions. Some thought Kruk exceeded expectations, others thought he simply represents ESPN's best option at the moment, then there were even more that were driven to madness.
Kruk did provide a couple memorable soundbytes by poking fun at drinking the ESPN company Kool-Aid and expressing his distaste for Dodger Stadium. The latter didn't sit well with the folks running the Los Angeles Dodgers Twitter account, who had this cheeky reply.no comments
After a less-than-thrilling quartet of games over the weekend, the Final Four is set. Two teams from the ACC (sorry new and old Big East folk alike), one from the Big Ten, and one from the Missouri Valley Conference. Louisville and Wichita State do battle in the early game on Saturday with Syracuse and Michigan in the nightcap. The championship game takes place from Atlanta in its customary insanely late Monday night timeslot. Here's all the information you need to know as March Madness hits its April conclusion...no comments
You would think this shot was of a losing team moments after the buzzer. Unfortunately it was one of many surreal shots of players, coaches, and fans reacting to Kevin Ware's gruesome injury.
I was about seven minutes behind watching the Louisville-Duke game when I started seeing the tweets roll in on Kevin Ware's terrible injury. After seeing some of the social media discourse taking place, I hit fast forward and actually went past it when I then saw Tyler Thornton, a Duke player who had just made a three point attempt, staring over at the injured Ware. The whistle had not yet been blown but upon seeing the extent of the injury from a distance, Thornton made a face and turned his back to it and what would have been a Louisville possession. Thornton then covered his eyes with his hand, turned back to see if what he initially saw was not a momentary illusion, grimaced again, before grabbing his heart visually disturbed.
I rewound to see what exactly happened having fast forwarded past it. Upon seeing it in real time, I let out a scream and watched the reaction shots CBS played before realizing I hadn't breathed in quite some time and my jaw was wide open.
For fans not old enough to remember Joe Theismann's injury on Monday Night Football, here was this generation's squeamish sports injury moment. A big game with a big national audience and an injury that was so unnatural, that many watching there and on television had some type of physical reaction.
The visual of Ware's leg itself was enough to make you cringe or squirm but many other shots coupled with it also added to the somber reality of the moment.
In particular there is a split second after the Thornton three falls when the entire Louisville bench just feet away sees the extent of the injury and collectively jumps and squirms in a manner that you just never see in any setting. It was later reported that some thought members of the Louisville bench vomited.
Ware's unfortunate injury quickly put CBS, ESPN, and others in a tough spot as it was going to overshadow any other sports story and potentially any news story of the day. It had to be covered, yet the footage was so disturbing that many viewers and readers were going to be physically, mentally, and emotionally affected by viewing it. Below is a look at how media companies handled footage of the injury.no comments
I have to say, I was expecting a bit more from TNT's sideline fashionista in celebrating the Easter holiday at yesterday's Michigain-Florida game. After seeing what Don Cherry did for St. Patrick's Day, I was expecting something a little more... loud? (Yes, I'm well aware of how insane that sounds looking at a man wearing a purple suit and a pastel polka dotted tie.) I suppose you couldn't blame Florida's poor start on shooting at the Sager end of the floor. Here I was hoping for a suit entirely made out of lucky rabbit's feet, alas, it wasn't meant to be. In the March holiday department, this round goes to Cherry.
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Clemson at North Carolina -- ESPNU, 6 p.m.
College Basketball Invitational
Game 1: George Mason at Santa Clara -- AXS TV, 10 p.m.
Tournament Countdown: The Experts -- ESPNU, 1 p.m.
Tournament Countdown: Katz Korner -- ESPNU, 4 p.m.
Bridgeport Regional, Bridgeport, CT
UConn vs. Kentucky -- ESPN, 7:30 pm.
Spokane Regional, Spokane, WA
Georgia vs. Cal -- ESPN, 9:30 p.m.
Leeds United vs. Derby County -- beIN Sport, noon
The Haney Project: Michael Phelps: An Island Retreat -- Golf Channel, 9 p.m.
Feherty: Bobby Knight -- Golf Channel, 10 p.m.
Boston at New York Yankees -- ESPN, 1 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh -- WGN America, 1:30 p.m.
San Francisco at Los Angeles Dodgers -- ESPN, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at Atlanta -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Arizona -- ESPN2, 10 p.m.
The Rundown (season premiere) -- MLB Network, 11 a.m.
Baseball Tonight -- ESPN, noon
MLB Tonight -- MLB Network, 1 p.m.
MLB Now (series premiere) -- MLB Network, 8 p.m.
MLB Tonight -- MLB Network, 9 p.m.
Baseball Tonight -- ESPN2, 1 a.m. (Tuesday)
San Antonio at Memphis -- NBA TV, 8 p.m.
Indiana at Los Angeles Clippers -- NBA TV, 10:30 p.m.
NBA GameTime -- NBA TV, 1:30 a.m. (Tuesday)
NFL Live -- ESPN, 4 p.m.
Path to the Draft -- NFL Network, 6 p.m.
Colorado at Detroit -- NBC Sports Network, 7:30 p.m.
NHL Live -- NHL Network, 5 p.m.
NHL Live -- NBC Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.
NHL on the Fly -- NHL Network, 7 p.m.
NHL Live -- NBC Sports Network, 10 p.m.
NHL Tonight -- NHL Network, 10 p.m.
NHL Overtime -- NBC Sports Network, 11:30 p.m.
6th Round Replay
Chelsea vs. Manchester United -- Fox Soccer, 7:25 a.m.
Scottish Premier League
St. Johnstone vs. Dundee United -- Fox Soccer Plus, 2:55 p.m.
NFL AM -- NFL Network, 6 a.m.
The 'Lights -- NBC Sports Network, 6 a.m.
Morning Drive -- Golf Channel, 7 a.m.
The Dan Patrick Show -- Audience Network (DirecTV)/NBC Sports Network, 9 a.m.
Tim Brando Show -- CBS Sports Network, 9 a.m.
The Box Score -- Audience Network (DirecTV)/NBC Sports Network, noon
Sky Sports News -- Fox Soccer, 2 p.m.
SVP & Russillo -- ESPNews, 2:30 p.m.
Outside the Lines -- ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.
The Best of the Dan Patrick Show -- NBC Sports Network, 4 p.m.
ROME -- CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m.
The Crossover -- NBC Sports Network, 6 p.m.
Fox Soccer News -- Fox Soccer, 10 p.m.
Lead Off -- CBS Sports Network, midnight
UNITE -- ESPNU, midnight
Decade's Best: 10 Years of Tennis Channel -- Tennis Channel, 10 p.m.