Well, it is Friday the 13th, a fact that I did not realize earlier tonight when I tweeted this regarding Justin Verlander throwing another no-hitter through 5.1 IP against the Royals. It was just a harmless tweet... what could it really do??? Of course, since it is in fact Friday the 13th, Verlander allowed a hit approximately 13 seconds later. Sorry, Detroit. So, to raise everyone's spirits, I share with you ESPN's Mike Greenberg screaming like a Scream Queens contestant thanks to one of the Mike & Mike staffers dressing like some sort of cross between Rey Mysterio, Dracula, and Nacho Libre. By the way, if you're looking for a scary movie to watch on Friday the 13th, I recommend Nacho Libre. That thing was frighteningly bad. In fact, I would rather listen to Colin Cowherd narrate Pride and Prejudice than watch that atrocity again. I'm rambling now... let's just enjoy the clip before I jinx something else...
Congratulations, casual golfer! You could have had a chance to beat Tiger Woods yesterday at the Players Championship, where the eagerly anticipated "Tiger becoming Tiger again" didn't quite happen. Woods said he felt his problematic left knee buckle during his first tee shot and was barely able to walk through the front nine, shooting a 42(!) in the process.
"The knee acted up, and then the Achilles followed after that, and then the calf started cramping up," Woods said. "Everything started getting tight, so it's just a whole chain reaction."
There were also some good ol' fashioned horrible shots which were unrelated to the leg.
"It grabbed me on the tee shot there. But the pitch shots weren't [due to injury]. Those were just bad pitch shots. Those were just awful."
Tiger Woods had 99 problems at the tournament, but for the first time in a long time, a female was not among them. Somebody tell that to Dan Hellie of WRC in Washington D.C.
In Mr. Hellie's defense, Tiger is probably knee deep in hookers right now. Look, I've shot more than my share of 42/9's in my day and it ain't pretty. You don't just chalk that up as a loss, hop in the Escalade, and go pick up the kids from mommy's. You drink heavily at the turn, leave with half your clubs, head straight to the Jiggly Room to throw down a couple more vodka-Gatorades and find a lady of the night to lick your wounds.
The Final Four in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are set. In the East, it's Bruins-Lightning and in the West, it's Sharks-Canucks. NBC/Versus have all the games, but 12 of the possible 14 games are scheduled to be on Versus. Only Game 4 of both series will be televised on NBC. And, as a treat for our Canadian readers (we gotta have some, right?), we also have the TV schedule and announcers up North as well. I've always been partial to Jim Hughson from hours and hours and hours of playing NHL 2000 as a kid. Here's the entire schedule from our pal Ken at Fang's Bites...
#3 Boston vs. #5 Tampa Bay
Game 1: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8 p.m., Tampa Bay at Boston – VERSUS, CBC
Game 2: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 8 p.m., Tampa Bay at Boston – VERSUS, TSN
Game 3: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 8 p.m. , Boston at Tampa Bay – VERSUS, TSN
Game 4: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 1:30 p.m., Boston at Tampa Bay – NBC, TSN
*Game 5: Monday, May 23, 2011 8 p.m., Tampa Bay at Boston – VERSUS, CBC
*Game 6: Wed., May 25, 2011, 8 p.m., Boston at Tampa Bay – VERSUS, CBC
*Game 7: Friday, May 27, 2011, 8 p.m., Tampa Bay at Boston – VERSUS, CBC
Versus/NBC: Mike Emrick/Ed Olcyzk/Pierre McGuire (Games 1, 5-7)/Joe Micheletti (Games 2-4)
CBC (Games 1, 5-7): Bob Cole/Gary Galley/Mike Milbury/Scott Oake
TSN (Games 2-4): Gord Miller/Pierre McGuire
#1 Vancouver vs. # 2 San Jose
Game 1: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 8 p.m., San Jose at Vancouver – VERSUS, CBC
Game 2: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 9 p.m., San Jose at Vancouver – VERSUS, CBC
Game 3: Friday, May 20, 2011, 9 p.m., Vancouver at San Jose – VERSUS, CBC
Game 4: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 3 p.m., Vancouver at San Jose – NBC, CBC
*Game 5: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 9 p.m., San Jose at Vancouver – VERSUS, CBC
*Game 6: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 9 p.m., Vancouver at San Jose – VERSUS, CBC
*Game 7: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 8 p.m., San Jose at Vancouver – VERSUS, CBC
Versus/NBC: Dave Strader/Brian Engblom/Darren Pang
CBC: Jim Hughson/Craig Simpson/Glenn Healey/Elliotte Friedman
The AA wake over Gus Johnson's CBS departure has finally almost lifted. The sun hasn't stopped coming up in the mornings and Gus is finally out from under Jim Nantz's thumb. Meanwhile, things at the network he left behind might be brightening as well with rumors in the New York Daily News suggesting Marv Albert could fill Gus's bombastic shoes.
According to the NYDN's Bob Raissman, Marv is in talks with CBS to fill the vacancy in college basketball and NFL coverage left by Gus Johnson's move to FOX. If this move does come to fruition, it is undoubtedly a home run for CBS's sports coverage. While we all love what Gus Johnson brought to the table, without question Marv Albert is on the Mount Rushmore for greatest announcers of all time. Come to think of it....why hasn't anyone been inspired by AA to have a website dedicated to Non-Awful Announcing. They can have their own Mount Rushmore banner with Marv, Dick Enberg, Mel Allen, and Pam Ward (kidding!).
Of course, Albert has proven himself throughout his distinguished career as the preeminent basketball announcer of generations past and present. Any fears of his transition from the NBA to college basketball were squelched with his superb performance for CBS/Turner in his partnership with Steve Kerr during March Madness. There's no doubt Marv's gravitas would be a big plus to add to CBS's regular season college basketball.
While Marv is well-known as a basketball announcer, he's no stranger to football either. In the last decade Albert worked Monday Night Football on radio for Westwood One for seven years. You can click the link here to get a taste of Marv's football chops from Super Bowl XLIV, courtesy of SI's Hot Clicks. One would also think if Albert joined CBS's NFL crew he wouldn't be subjected to working with Steve Tasker every week on games like Bills/Dolphins like Gus Johnson had to endure. Albert's move to CBS is only rumor for now, but fans around the country would surely not mind hearing an emphatic YES! every now and then on the network next year. And while Gus Johnson is a favorite of many, there's no doubt a legend like Marv Albert would be an upgrade, which is a win for CBS and for fans of not-awful announcing.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics in five games with their 97-87 win in Miami. The Heat closed the game on a 16-0 run, including the last ten points from the most dramatic man in sports himself, LeBron James. But, it was after the game was over that LeBron continued to make headlines. A mere 307 days after one of the most ridiculous moments in sports history, LeBron James apologized for The Decision...
"I knew deep down in my heart, as much as I loved my teammates back in Cleveland and as much as I loved home, I knew it couldn’t do it by myself against that team,” James said.
“The way it panned out with all the friends and family and the fans back home, I apologize for the way it happened. I knew this opportunity was once in a lifetime. To be able to come down here and pair with two guys and this organization — in order for me to move on with my career, that team that we just defeated, we had to go through them."
Is this apology too late for many fans? Absolutely. I'm all for forgiveness, but excuse me if James' apology seems hollow...
Bad news for fans of douchebags and hypocrites, your boy, Mariotti, just got charged with three felonies. Mariotti is charged with felony stalking, domestic abuse and assault charges after he confonted his ex-ladyfriend once again. These charges are another strike against Mariotti and further proof of his habitual "off the field" problems. If convicted, Jay faces 5 years in prison.
Even though the chances were already slim of Mariotti making a comeback, these new charges will definitely serve as the final "mute" of his TV career.
For a cheap laugh it's always enjoyable to watch a real man scream like a girl. I'm sad to say that I've fallen victim to this before and sometimes even followed it up with a loud high pitched scream and blabbering, odd jibberish intermixed with swear words. Kenny Smith doesn't have that problem, and luckily avoided any damage to his image by taking this prank last night on TNT in stride.
A great idea and well executed. Unfortunately though Smith didn't flinch leaving, which definitely lessened the potency of this prank. Kudos to TNT for again having some fun with their studio broadcasts which has been a staple for them that NBA fans have grown accustomed to.
First thing's first... I'm the biggest Saints fan you will ever meet. Seriously. February 7, 2010 is the happiest day of my life. As a diehard Saints fan, the Reggie Bush Era has been one of both incredible highs and deflating lows. There has been a fair share of highlight reel plays like his breathtaking TD in the 2007 NFC Championship Game and his best game ever as a pro in the 2010 Divisional Game against the Cardinals. However, there has also been way too many injuries and ineffective performances to justify his massive contract from being the #2 overall pick in the 2006 Draft.
Reggie Bush's career in New Orleans is now at a crossroads. The Saints can't pay a role player (a darn good one at that) $11.8 million in the last year of his contract, but he is still probably worth more to the Saints than any other team. In recent weeks though, it appears that the stress with Reggie Bush's uncertain future has spilled over into misstep after misstep due to the terrifying athlete trap known as Twitter. Reggie Bush is just the latest athlete to fall victim to the dark side of 140 character public statements.
First, there was his poorly timed and worded Tweet after the Saints traded back into the first round to select Alabama RB Mark Ingram...
reggie_bush It's been fun New Orleans.
Bush's Tweet was a Class A example of how an athlete should not use Twitter. (Rashard Mendenhall's insane Tweets don't even deserve classification.) This whiny, "woe is me" Tweet doesn't sell to fans, his fellow players, or his . Furthermore, Ingram and Bush theoretically wouldn't even get the same touches in Sean Payton's offense. Ingram fills the Pierre Thomas/Chris Ivory every down back role while Reggie Bush has become the prototypical "satellite" player as a runner, receiver, and returner. The Ingram v Bush situation was downplayed through Saints coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees, but this only began his Twitter tailspin...