Did you think the NHL's enormous ratings the first couple of days of the 2013 regular season were a fluke? Think again.
NBC Sports Network's inaugural "Wednesday Night Rivalry", a broadcast which featured the New York Rangers defeating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in OT, was the most-watched regular season game on cable in 11 years and the most-watched regular season NHL game in NBC Sports Network's history.
For the third time in recent weeks, a figure loosely related to sports is going outside of the sports bubble to tell their story on TV. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the supporting character in the Manti Te'o/Lennay Kekua hoax, was interviewed for several hours yesterday by Dr. Phil.
25 years ago today, Providence traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers in a Big East conference game. Pitt point guard Sean Miller fed forward Jerome Lane, who unleashed one of the craziest dunks we've ever seen in basketball. Lane not only soared above the Providence defender, but seemed to float in midair for a moment before unleashing his vicious slam that not only pulled the rim off the backboard, but shattered the glass.
Play by play announcer Mike Gorman (also of the Boston Celtics) could only shout "OHHHHH!" after the dunk, and affter about seven to eight seconds of silence after his initial reaction, color commentator Bill Raftery said the now iconic line of "SEND IT IN, JEROME!" While Raftery has had numerous fantastic calls throughout his years in broadcasting, none has more staying power than his call of Lane's vicious dunk during that January game 25 years ago. Tomorrow, College Gameday will commemorate Raftery's call that's one of the most famous in all of sports.
Could you imagine if this happened today in this new age of viral videos? There are just so many great things about this clip, from the dunk itself to the raw emotion of the calls from Gorman and Raftery. Lane's dunk was truly before its time.
With Tiger Woods playing at Torrey Pines in this weekend's Farmers Insurance Open, it's the first time the PGA Tour begins to sneak into the general consciousness of sports fans in 2013. To mark the occasion, the PGA Tour is enacting one of the most backwards media policies in recent memory.
The PGA Tour sent an e-mail yesterday to members of the media telling them that any digital play by play would not only result in their press credentials being yanked, but also all credentials from other journalists working for that outlet. Also, you don't even have to be covering the event on-site to have your credentials pulled. Here's the threat via Golf.com...
Thursday, CNN and Turner Sports announced the hiring of Rachel Nichols, formerly of ESPN. Nichols willl host a weekend sports program on CNN in addition to covering multiple sports across Turner's network. Details from the announcement:
Charles Barkley left his studio mates in Atlanta Thursday night to call Suns-Clippers from Phoenix with Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller. That decision left the bullseye squarely on Barkley's ample backside as the NBA on TNT halftime crew of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaq, and Chris Webber mercilessly mocked Barkley. Smith's Kenny's Pictures was devoted to calling out various Barkley quotes from the first half, including Barkley's waxing habits...
You wouldn't think First Take would find a way to jam a totally fabricated, ridiculous, absurd, laughable, insane Tim Tebow debate topic into Super Bowl 47 pregame chatter... would you? No. That'd be asinine. Asking "Could Tebow have led 49ers to the Super Bowl" is as moronic as asking "Could Tebow fix the Lakers" or "Could Tebow solve our national debt crisis?"
At the end of the Drexel-Hofstra game on Wednesday, the game was tied at 52. With 5.9 seconds left, the inbounds pass went to junior guard Franz Massenat, who was swarmed by a pair of Hofstra defenders and couldn't even get to half court. Just before the final horn sounded, Massenat threw up a prayer of a shot that somehow went in.
Drexel radio announcer Rob Brooks went absolutely haywire after the buzzer beater, with his voice actually cracking at times, While it's a good call from Brooks, I think he oversold the gravity of it a little bit, considering that Drexel is having a down year after a stellar 2011-2012 season that saw them make it to the NIT quaterfinals, and that they likely won't be playing in the postseason this March. I prefer the call from last Saturday's Butler-Gonzaga buzzer beater compred to this one, but that's not saying this is a bad call.... it's just not as consequential in the grand scheme of things.
If you have two or more email addresses, you've probably fallen victim to all of those pesky tabs and accidentally sent a message from the wrong account. But if you operate a Twitter account for a major company and also have your own personal account, those sorts of mistakes can be slightly more dangerous.
Take this random tweet Thursday from the NFL on CBS.
That was sent our way by @xSmootx on Twitter, who figures the mistaken tweet wasn't deleted for about 10 or 15 minutes.
These things happen. Pretty harmless... unless of course Wells Fargo has bought itself one or more of those $4 million, 30-second ads on CBS during next Sunday's Super Bowl.
If that's the case, well, then, pretty harmful, and CBS will "love" explaining this one to executives at the fourth-largest bank in the United States.
If you're not a fan of European soccer, you're missing out on some tremendous announcing. In fact, listening to Ray Hudson call La Liga games from Spain is sometimes more enjoyable and exciting than what actually takes place on the pitch.
In this case, beIN announcer and former German World Cup champion Bodo Illgner wanted to use some American slang to describe a blunder that took place in a Copa Del Rey match between two Spanish teams, Real Betis and Atletico Madird.
"How do the Americans say? Shit happens."
As someone that has listened to Illgner call numerous games on beIN, I have to admit that this was a refreshing change compared to his usual bland, boring commentary. Keep at it, Bodo! If anyone gives you trouble for this hilarious bit of analysis, just throw that American slang their way and feel free to channel your inner Ron Jaworski.