Morehead (heh) shocked the fighting Pitino's in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. You can tell Bill Raftery is already in mid-tournament form with the emphatic "ONIONS!" call in this clip.
[Video Via Mocksession]
Thursday, March 17
12:15, Tampa: (5) West Virginia vs. (12) UAB/Clemson (CBS) -- Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, David Aldridge
12:40, Wash D.C.: (8) Butler vs. (9) Old Dominion (truTV) -- Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Lewis Johnson
1:40, Denver: (4) Louisville vs. (13) Morehead St. (TBS) -- Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser
2:10, Tucson: (7) Temple vs. (10) Penn State (TNT) -- Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Sam Ryan
2:45, Tampa: (4) Kentucky vs. (13) Princeton (CBS) -- Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, David Aldridge
3:10, Wash D.C.: (1) Pittsburgh vs. (16) UNC Ash./UALR (truTV) -- Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Lewis Johnson
4:10, Denver: (5) Vanderbilt vs. (12) Richmond (TBS) --Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser
4:40, Tucson: (2) San Diego State vs. (15) Northern Colorado (TNT) -- Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Sam Ryan
6:50, Tampa: (2) Florida vs. (15) UC Santa Barbara (TBS) --Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, David Aldridge
7:15, Denver: (3) BYU vs. (14) Wofford (CBS) --Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser
7:20, Wash D.C.: (3) UConn vs. (14) Bucknell (TNT) -- Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Lewis Johnson
7:27, Tucson: (4) Wisconsin vs. (13) Belmont (truTV) -- Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Sam Ryan
Games in Washington DC will be on Sirius 125/XM 241
Games in Denver will be on Sirius 127XM 242
Games in Tucson will be on Sirius 126/XM 243
Games in Tampa will be on Sirius 91/XM 244
Games in Charlotte will be on Sirius 125/XM 241
Games in Chicago will be on Sirius 127XM 242
Games in Cleveland will be on Sirius 126/XM 243
Games in Tulsa will be on Sirius 91/XM 244
Well, thank goodness they notified ESPN back in the Fall. You know, because it's not like Bristol has had any notable sex-related stories in recent memory like Steve Phillips, peeping producers, or the Deadspin files. At least everything here with Beadle & Barnaby seems all nice and wholesome. I can't imagine ESPN wants any more news about relationships of any kind involving its staff or on-air personalities in the public domain considering the hammering they've taken in recent years... and considering the many shoes that will potentially drop in the near future - just wait till the book comes out. Seriously, that book better have something on par with "you're with me leather" or I'm going to be very disappointed.
I am guessing we all have nightmares of everything going wrong at work or school, but rarely does that ever happen in real life. Unfortunately for Doug Gottlieb, everything imaginable did go wrong and it was in just under a minute and on national television.
It reminds me of the time when I had the worst first date ever in high school, which included my credit card being rejected trying to buy movie tickets (she had to pay), we were kicked out of sneaking into an R rated movie, and then my car broke down after failing to see any movie.
Gottlieb's string of bad luck includes a touch screen that revolts and turns into a non-functioning SportsCenter logo rotated sideways, accidentally picking the wrong team to advance to the final, and then his phone going off to the dismay of SportsCenter anchor David Lloyd, who confiscates the phone and walks off-set. At least his pants didn't rip or fall down, I guess.
Just another epic case of the Mondays.
Lost a bit in this weekend's college basketball storylines were the first impressions of Turner announcers merged with CBS talent. This was essentially a dry run at what you'll be seeing in the NCAA Tournament with Steve Kerr joining Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg for the Final Four (he's partnered with Marv Albert and Craig Sager for earlier rounds) and Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith in studio along with CBS veterans Seth Davis, Greg Gumbel, and Greg Anthony.
At first glance it seems that the meshing of talent is still in a feeling out process. Barkley and Smith were confident and made their ascertaions on the released brackets but seemed to stay at a basic level when discussing the teams in the tournament. Davis and Anthony, who cover NCAA hoops for CBS all season long, would typically drill down deeper in their analysis by providing names of players, going over matchup styles, and citing games earlier in the season.
With Gumbel sitting in the middle of the two sets of announcers, there seemed to be a bit more argumentative banter as Barkley and Smith's broad analyis often clashed with Davis and Anthony. Most of the Twitter reaction seemed to find fault in Barkley and Smith who cover the NBA for Turner and are only now being fully counted on for their college basketball analysis.
Most thought that the show was business as usual and others look forward to the idea of Barkley and Davis becoming more combative as they begin to let it rip as the tournament gets underway. My take is that the casual basketball fan will enjoy the additions of Barkley and Smith to the studio while the NCAA enthusiast/purist will be proactive in evaluating if the Turner duo have properly researched and scouted the teams. Even the best analysts have been hit or miss as prognosticators, but I think Barkley and Smith are under some pressure to deliver a good track record of predictions to build some level of credibility with the hardcore college basketball affecianados.
You mean there's other basketball games on this week!?
Monday March 14
San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat (ESPN 8PM) Michael Tirico, Hubie Brown - American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Orlando Magic @ Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN 10:30PM) Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, Chris Mullen - Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday March 15
Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trailblazers (NBA TV 10PM) Rick Kamla, Kevin McHale, Chris Webber – Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Wednesday March 16
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Miami Heat (ESPN 8PM) Michael Tirico, Hubie Brown - American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors (ESPN 10:30PM) Marc Kestecher, Mark Jackson - Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Thursday March 17
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Portland Trailblazers (NBA TV 10PM) Local Broadcast – Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Saturday March 19
Denver Nuggets @ Miami Heat (NBA TV 7:30) Local Broadcast - American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL