Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim has launched an astonishing assault against ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz Wednesday night. At Boeheim's press conference after the #6 Orange were upset by Connecticut, Katz asked the coach a question about the Syracuse-UConn series and Boeheim responded by saying he wasn't going to answer it. He also included these choice words about Katz recorded by WAER:
Gus Johnson made his widely expected Fox Soccer debut today calling the Champions League first leg match between Manchester United and Real Madrid. WIth the soccer community's noted zeal and high standards for announcers and Fox going all-in with Johnson for the 2018 World Cup, there was more riding on this debut than any in recent memory.
So did Gus rise and fire in his television transition to the beautiful game? Here's 5 Takeaways from Gus Johnson's Fox Soccer debut...
I'll have a full recap of Gus Johnson's Fox Soccer debut coming after the game, but for now enjoy his first goal call - a Danny Welbeck header from a corner kick. Manchester United leads Real Madrid 1-0 in the first half. It's a solid, if not understated call from Gus, which must have shocked soccer purists who expected to be cleaning up his brain matter off the field.
Move over Tebowing, Kaepernicking, Gangnam Style, and Call Me Maybe. The Harlem Shake is the latest "sensation" to sweep the Internet. As nearly every team, group of friends and office tries to submit their own version of the Shake, TSN SportsCentre decided to jump in on the action.
The Canadian SportsCentre is everything the United States version wishes it could be. It's relevant, insightful and perhaps most importantly, fun. SportsCentre doesn't waste hours of your day analyzing what Tim Tebow ate for lunch or endlessly comparing Michael Jordan to LeBron James because they know no one cares. Instead, they offer news and analysis (mostly on hockey) presented by some of the most entertaining anchors on television (see: Jay Onrait and more Jay Onrait).
The American version would be wise to take some notes instead of just increasing the amount of pointless drivel they throw at viewers.
During Tuesday's Michigan-Michigan State basketball game in East Lansing, Samantha Ponder (formerly Samantha Steele) was doing a courtside report when Michigan State mascot Sparty rolled in behind her and flexed in awesome Sparty fashion. Ponder seemed none the wiser to the mascot making an appearance behind her.
Once again, Sparty proves that he's the best mascot in college sports, as if we didn't know that already after this summer's "Call Me Maybe" parody that he starred in with the other Big Ten mascots.
For her part, Samantha Ponder had this reply on Twitter:
Just saw that I got photo bombed by Sparty last nite! Our date meant nothing to u?! Ill get my revenge next Tuesday. twitter.com/samsteeleponde…
Perhaps in advance of the announcement of Fox Sports One (and potentially Fox Sports Two), Comcast has announced an agreement with Fox to add live and on demand programming from a total of 20 channels, including Fuel TV, which had not been widely carried nationally by Comcast prior to the agreement. Fuel, which has been branded as the home of the UFC since the MMA behemoth's debut on the Fox family of networks in September 2011, is expected to be rebranded as Fox Sports Two in the coming months following the rebranding of Speed as Fox Sports One.
During Tuesday night's Suns-Lakers game at Staples Center, former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal was in the house along with comedian Will Ferrell, on site as usher "Ted Vagina." During a timeout in the third quarter, Ferrell wearing a red blazer worn by the security staff at Staples Center, stood on the court before escorting the NBA great from his courtside seat, seemingly ejecting him from the arena.
Who knows what Ferrell was doing dressed up as an usher at Staples Center - secretly filming a movie, preparing for a movie, crossing it off his bucket list? This was a pretty funny prank all-around, and a bit of a departure for Ferrell from his most common role of late: bizarre Old Milwaukee commercials.
A major story going unnoticed by the wide majority of sports fans is developing this week in a New York courtroom. ESPN, the largest and most powerful network in the country, is squaring off with Dish Network, the nation's third largest pay TV provider. Dish is suing ESPN for $152 million in damages, accusing Bristol of breaching their contract with Dish by giving other providers more favorable licensing terms. Now the lawsuit filed in 2009 is finally going to trial. (Hooray American legal system!)
At the heart of the lawsuit is a "most favored nation" clause between Dish and ESPN which basically ensures Dish receives comparable terms from ESPN as its rival competitors. That's the substance of Dish's opening argument via Bloomberg:
The Miami Heat's 107-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday afternoon on ABC drew a 5.0 overnight rating. Excluding Christmas Day games, it's good for the second-highest regular season overnight on ABC since they've been airing the NBA in 2002. This year's game trails just a Lakers-Heat matchup from last March, and is tied with a Lakers-Cavaliers game from February 2009 and a Lakers-Celtics game from January 2011.
Bostn Bruins play by play man Jack Edwards is cementing himself as one of the biggest characters in all of announcing. Rarely do we get a glimpse of the announcers themselves during an excitable moment in a game, but thankfully NESN had a camera fixed on Jack Edwards for one of those moments tonight. This NESN GIF of Edwards nearly leaping out of the booth with jubilation over the Bruins tying the Rangers in the final minute tonight is simply phenomenal.
I think Jack-o needs to show more excitement for his Bruins. He's really lacking in that hometown enthusiasm department.
If there's video of the measured, dispassionate goal call, we'll try and update if it comes along.
UPDATE: And just like that, here's the video & audio, also courtesy of NESN...