Because in the end... it's all about Skip Bayless. Every great athletic performance in the history can somehow be attributed to the words of the First Take carnival barker. Try to digest this tweet from First Take without gouging something out...
Super Bowl XLVII was far from the broadcast equivalent for Phil Simms of going 22/25 in Super Bowl XXI. CBS's top NFL analyst was caught contradicting himself repeatedly throughout the game and missed out on late game strategy. While not quite reaching Chris Berman levels, the Twitterati was left unimpressed. One of those newfound announcing critics was the NBA's best scorer, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who had this to say about the announcing on display:
If this happened on ESPN, they would force Joe Flacco to offer a sincere apology on the podium while accepting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. It's not quite a wardrobe malfunction, but it's always nice to get one past the censors with 110 million people watching at home.
A power outage at the Louisiana Superdome delayed the Super Bowl for over half an hour in one of the most surreal scenes in sports. Power was completely out in the CBS booth with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms and the network had to lean on sideline reporters Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots for updates. On the radio side, Dial Global tweeted this picture of play by play man Kevin Harlan having to broadcast the power outage to the nation via landline phone. Hooray technology!
This may be one of my favorite announcing related pictures in history as Harlan looks like he's a 1950's news reporter instead of calling the biggest game in American sports. All he needs is an official old timey press hat. That was truly a power outage with no regard for human life.
Ray Lewis, one of the NFL's most prominent players, was linked with performance-enhancing drug use in a Sports Illustratedarticle this week shortly before the Super Bowl, an article that also said some Alabama Crimson Tide members received PEDs from the same salesman in the case the night before the BCS championship game... and yet, the story hasn't stimulated a lot of wide-ranging discussion about PEDs in football with the Super Bowl later today. Lewis refused to address the issue in his media remarks, while there hasn't been much discussion at all of what went on with the Alabama players, and both stories have largely faded from the public mind. Meanwhile, a Miami New Timesreport linking Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and other baseball stars to PEDs is still creating a massive stir. The differing reaction to the two stories has some, like CBS Sports' Matt Snyder, questioning if there's a double standard at play:
After years of no universal ranking system, the UFC will be introducing their own cumulative ranking system, voted on by members of the media. The rankings, which will be compiled by FightMetric after every live UFC show, will be posted on UFC.com 24 hours after each event. The rankings will also be used on UFC broadcasts to better explain where a fighter stands in the pecking order of each weight class.
Nothing quite entertains me like prank callers annoying New York radio kingpin Mike Francesa. Francesa has been bothered in the past by callers making fun of his on the job sleeping habits, but credit to Steve in Hempstead for going a new direction and asking the host how many pushups he could do. The reaction is priceless as Francesa is furious Steve (if that is his real name) would be on hold so long just for a gag. I say that's commitment to the cause that should be applauded. You've got five plus hours on the radio Mike, you've got to spice things up every now and then.
America's unofficial national holiday is just a couple days away as most of western civilization will grind to a halt for Super Bowl XLVII. Below is a smorgasbord of information to plan your Super Bowl Sunday around including pregame, postgame, TV, radio and more. Once again, President Barack Obama will appear on the CBS pregame being interviewed by Scott Pelley.
Last May, ESPN's Colin Cowherd went on an unbelievable, inaccurate rant attacking the city of New Orleans as "America's least safe major city." Of course, Cowherd's rant was factually incorrect and had no basis in reality. It was just another nasty stereotype on which he's built his radio career. Cowherd was incredulous over the NFL considering playing the Pro Bowl in New Orleans (they didn't) and criticized the city hosting so many major sporting events in the last few years. Let's take a look back, shall we?
You may have thought those comments would create an awkward situation with Cowherd being in New Orleans for an entire week for Super Bowl XLVII, but incredibly, miraculously, Cowherd has changed his tune on The Big Easy.
Throughout the week, Colin Cowherd has praised New Orleans repeatedly as "the service capital of the world." He's talked with Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo about the city hosting major events as "one of the Meccas." In fact, he was in agreement with SVP and Russillo that he had no problem with the same city or cities hosting major events year after year. (Quite the stark change from bemoaning New Orleans hosting the Pro Bowl of all things.) He's talked glowingly about the food and the climate and going out on the town and how the city is a party and even encouraged his listeners to come to New Orleans and bring their significant others!
Judging by everything he's said on the radio this week, Colin Cowherd has had a great time in America's "least safe major city"...
ESPN's Dan Le Batard and UFC fighter/pro wrestling villain Chael Sonnen have quite the colorful history of interviews. Sonnen made another appearance on Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable this week to promote the newest season of The Ultimate Fighter where he stars with Jon Jones as coaches. The two go back and forth and round and round with Sonnen's masterful trolling act on full display and Le Batard barely keeping himself together without bursting out into laughter. The final exchange sums up this interview as Le Batard tells Sonnen, "It's literally always a pleasure" and Sonnen replies, "I can literally never say the same, but you're always welcome."