Congratulations to Altitude for botching a soccer lineup like nothing I've ever seen before for their Colorado Rapids broadcast on the weekend. They managed to get just three of the eleven starters for the game correct. They also managed to place all three Rapids goalies in the Starting XI, one thankfully between the pipes. Not to mention forwards, midfielders, defenders, and goalies placed randomly around the pitch.
To make it even better, Marcelo Balboa is the Rapids color analyst.
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I realize dubbing Jim Ross' commentary of Mick Foley being thrown off the Hell in a Cell over certain plays in sports is a thing that's been around for a while, but it's never fit a play as perfectly as DeAndre Jordan's dunk over Brandon Knight. From the sound of the table crash matching Knight's body hitting the floor to the kids screaming and Jordan's amazing facial reaction, this is a 10 out of 10. Well done, internet. Just be ready for Adrian Wojnarowski to throw a wet blanket on your dubbed commentary fun.
Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney is known for two things:
1) Her unimpressed face that launched an internet meme and Tumblr page.
2) Her Olympic medals.
Maroney has willingly participated in this meme explosion, which has lasted far longer than it had every right to last. Her latest foray into not being impressed is via a 7-Up Ten commercial with Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel.
In addition to not being able to get her last name right ("Macaroni"), Guillermo, bless his heart, gives us about 15 seconds of truly awful, yet hysterical, "gymnastics." Behold:no comments
The AA Podcast is back after a not-so-brief hiatus and to bring us out of hibernation we welcome The Gaffer, Christopher Harris, of EPL Talk. EPL Talk is one of the top independent soccer blogs on the web and The Gaffer is one of the most respected and influential voices when it comes to the soccer media and announcers. With Gus Johnson's installation as Fox's top soccer announcer looking ahead to the 2018 World Cup, we ask Chris what he makes of the decision and whether or not the experiment can work. We dive into Johnson's first month announcing as well as...
-The motivation for Fox to reach a new demographic through Johnson.
-Is there a need for an American soccer voice? Were there others passed over for Johnson?
-The strengths and weaknesses of Gus' soccer play by play.
-Why The Gaffer feels scocer fans are "being used as guinea pigs for this experiment." -The EPL's move to NBC and the end of an era for Fox Soccer.
-Is Manchester United's title lead over Manchester City insurmountable?
-What MLS needs to do to catch up to the EPL as a television product.
All Times Eastern
Big East Tournament, New York, NY
South Florida vs. Seton Hall -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Rutgers vs. DePaul -- ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.
Horizon League Championship, Valparaiso, IN
Wright State at Valparaiso -- ESPN, 9 p.m.
Northeast Conference Championship, Brooklyn, NY
Mount St. Mary's at Long Island University-Brooklyn -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Summit League Championship, Sioux Falls, SD
South Dakota State vs. North Dakota State -- ESPN2, 9 p.m.
NAIA Division II Championship, Point Lookout, MO
William Penn vs. Cardinal Stritch -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.
Big East Championship, Hartford, CT
UConn vs. Notre Dame -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Summit League Championship, Sioux Falls, SD
South Dakota State vs. South Dakota -- ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.
NAIA Division II Championship, Sioux City, IA
Davenport vs. Indiana Wesleyan -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
Katz Korner -- ESPNU, 3 p.m.
College Basketball Live Scoreboard -- ESPNU, 5:30 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPN2, 11 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPNU, 11:30 p.m.
Inside the PGA Tour -- Golf Channel, 6:30 p.m.
Golf Channel Academy: Gary Player: Short Game -- Golf Channel, 7 p.m.
In Play with Jimmy Roberts (series premiere) -- Golf Channel, 10:30 p.m.
MLB Spring Training
Detroit vs. Philadelphia -- MLB Network, 4 p.m. (same day coverage)
San Diego vs. San Francisco -- MLB Network, midnight (same night coverage)
MLB Tonight -- MLB Network, 11 p.m.
World Baseball Classic
Pool 1, Second Round, Tokyo, Japan
Netherlands vs. Japan -- MLB Network, 6 a.m.
Pool 2, Second Round, Miami, FL
Italy vs. Dominican Republic -- MLB Network/ESPN2 (en Español), 1 p.m.
Puerto Rico vs. United States -- MLB Network, 8 p.m.
World Baseball Classic Today -- MLB Network, 9 a.m.
Atlanta at Miami -- NBA TV, 7:30 p.m.
NBA GameTime -- NBA TV, 10:30 p.m.
Free Agent Frenzy -- NFL Network, 10 a.m.
NFL Live -- ESPN, 4 p.m.
Boston at Pittsburgh -- 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.
CONCACAF Champions League
Quarterfinal, 2nd Leg
Seattle vs. Tigres U.A.N.L. -- Fox Soccer, 10 p.m.
UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, 2nd Leg
Barcelona vs. Milan -- Fox Soccer, 3:30 p.m.
Schalke vs. Galatasary -- Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Sports Net, 3:30 p.m.
UEFA Champions League Pregame -- Fox Soccer/Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Sports Net, 3 p.m.
UEFA Champions League Highlights -- Fox Soccer Plus, 11 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
Outside the Lines -- ESPNnews, 2:30 p.m.
SportsNation -- ESPN2, 4 p.m.
Best of the Dan Patrick Show -- NBC Sports Network, 4 p.m.
Sport Science: Greatest Athletes of All Time -- ESPN2, 5 p.m.
ROME -- CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m.
The Crossover -- NBC Sports Network, 6 p.m.
Lead Off -- CBS Sports Network, midnight
UNITE -- ESPNU, midnight
BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, CA
Men's 3rd Round/Women's Last 16 -- Tennis Channel, 2 p.m.
Only two months after the Manti Te'o saga provided a compelling example of how big media outlets can be suckered by a false story, another case has shown up that may reflect even more poorly on the sports media. That would be the case of Tia Norfleet, who's been profiled for years everywhere from ESPNw to The Washington Post to FanHouse/The Sporting News to The Huffington Post, often in such glowing terms as "the only black woman to be licensed by NASCAR."
The problem? As Viv Bernstein wrote in The New York Times last Wednesday, Norfleet's record comes nowhere close to what she's claimed; she has not been approved by NASCAR, only has a license to compete at the lowest level of stock-car racing (which doesn't come with a vetting process), and has only entered one low-level sanctioned race (where she completed a grand total of one lap). She also reportedly has a criminal record in Virginia and Georgia for assault and drug-related offenses.no comments
We've documented some of the foibles of Spring Training with Dick Enberg calling a flyball a home run and this Flint, Michigan sports anchor botching a Tigers report, but this quote from ESPN's Doug Glanville tops them all. Early in Monday's broadcast of Cardinals-Yankees, Glanville offered this insight on the Yankees injury situation:
"They have basically Brokeback Mountain going over here. I mean everybody's on the disabled list or hurt in some form or fashion."
Doug Glanville clearly has not seen Brokeback Mountain, because... yea as Boog Sciambi said, let's just leave it alone.
H/T Scott B.no comments
CBS and Turner revealed their announcing lineup for this year's NCAA Tournament today. The unveiling of the March Madness announcing lineups is always one of the most interesting of the year because the announcers and broadcasters play a more pivotal role in the NCAA Tournament than perhaps any other sporting event. From the long hours in the studio jumping back and forth between games to the memorable calls of the tournament, and even which announcers get the plum assignments, there's plenty of talking points behind the mics.
This year's lineup isn't all that different from what we saw in 2012. In fact, the only change as far as the 8 broadcast booths go is new CBS acquisition Doug Gottlieb replacing Bob Wenzel, which is certainly an upgrade. There are no changes to the teams that will announce a second weekend of games as well (with Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, and Len Elmore just pipping Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel) and no changes to the studio, except once again, the addition of Gottlieb once we reach the Sweet 16. Here's all the details from the First Four to the Final Four...no comments
During the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl run this season, much of the focus was on Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis and his pregame speeches and dancing that motivated the team all the way to the Lombardi Trophy (or something like that). However, despite Lewis' exuberance, one Ravens player didn't react like the rest of the team did. Quarterback Joe Flacco actually was amused by Lewis and his pregame shenanigans. Flacco explained in an interview with USA Today:no comments