Earlier tonight, MSG's Al Trautwig made a Freudian slip by calling Amare Stoudemire's bulging disc a "bulging dick." Incredibly, not even hours later, Jonathan Coachman of ESPN2's NBA Coast to Coast did Al one better. After the Knicks highlight, he talked about Amare's bulging "dicks." That's right. Dicks! Plural! I can imagine one being difficult enough to deal with... but two? That's just historic. How many sportscasters around the country are now living in fear of anybody they cover suffering from a bulging disc? It makes a bruised coccyx seem relatively tame in comparison...
Last we saw Al Trautwig of MSG Network in New York, he was trying his hand at being the newest Incredible Hulk. Tonight, Al was much calmer, but happened to join what is a very exclusive club of sportscasters (somewhere Steve Levy is smiling). You see, it was revealed today that Amare Stoudemire is suffering from a bulging disc in his back. Whlie the injury is certainly a serious one for Stoudemire, it led to this Freudian moment of comedy for Al Trautwig.
Instead of Al calling the injury a "bulging disc" he of course called it a "bulging dick." My favorite part of the clip is Al referring to the injury as being "much more complicated" than Jeremy Lin's sore left knee. You don't say. The good news is that Amare won't require surgery... that could have been awkward. According to legend, at least Patrick Ewing can empathize with what Stodemire is going through...
Update: Later in the evening, Jonathan Coachman also fell victim to the dreaded "bulging dick" except twice as nice.
Monday March 26
Denver Nuggets @ Chicago Bulls (NBA TV 8PM) Local Broadcast
New Orleans Hornets @ Los Angeles Clippers (NBA TV 10:30) Local Broadcast
Tuesday March 27
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Philadelphia 76ers (NBA TV 7PM) Local Broadcast
Los Angeles Lakers @ Golden State Warriors (NBA TV 10:30PM) Ernie Johnson, Brent Barry, Chris Webber
Wednesday March 28
Orlando Magic @ New York Knicks (ESPN 7PM) Dan Shulman, Doris Burke
San Antonio Spurs @ Sacramento Kings (NBA TV 10PM) Local Broadcast
Thursday March 29
Dallas Mavericks @ Miami Heat (TNT 8PM) Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers (TNT 10:30PM) Marv Albert, Mike Fratello
Friday March 30
Dallas Mavericks @ Orlando Magic (ESPN 8PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy
Portland Trailblazers @ Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN 10:30PM) Dave Pasch, Jon Barry
Saturday March 31
New Orleans Hornets @ LA Lakers (NBA TV 3:30) Local Broadcast
Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks (NBA TV 7:30PM) Local Broadcast
New Jersey Nets @ Sacramento Kings (NBA TV 10PM) Local Broadcast
Sunday April 1
Chicago Bulls @ Oklahoma City Thunder (ABC 1PM) Mke Tirico, Hubie Brown
Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics (ABC 3:30PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy
Denver Nuggets @ Orlando Magic (NBA TV 6PM) Local Broadcast
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Portland Trail Blazers (NBA TV 9PM) Local Broadcast
It had been over 900 days since Tiger Woods last won an official PGA tournament before Sunday. With his victory at Bay Hill, Tiger Woods finally broke his winless streak and did something few men in the universe are capable of doing at the present time - compete with Tim Tebow for space in the headlines of the New York tabloids. Tiger's victory isn't just great news for his game though, it's of course great news for the sport of golf. While Phil Mickelson has seen a revival in his game this year, and Rory McIlroy has asserted himself as a superstar with crossover appeal, neither is the proven ratings king that Tiger Woods is. Simply put, the sport of golf has missed this Tiger Woods for two and a half years. The dominant, best player of all time, not the hapless, wayward shell of his former self. And, with his victory, the sport got a huge boost in the ratings yesterday, even defeating the NCAA Tournament while Tiger was closing out his victory according to CNBC's Darren Rovell:
That number is a great one for the PGA Tour considering Bay Hill is a non-major event. It's even better news for the PGA considering it was going head to head against UNC-Kansas in the Elite 8 and a NASCAR race in Fontana. The NCAA game didn't have good news on the ratings front according to SBJ's John Ourand:
NCAA ratings had been holding steady throughout the tournament, but Kentucky's blowout win over Baylor surely had to hurt their Sunday ratings momentum. Overall, the tournament hasn't produced the kind of memorable moments we have come to expect. Yet, with four nationally recognized powerhouse programs in the Final Four, I'd expect ratings to increase dramatically from last year when both VCU and Butler were involved.
Today though is all about the PGA Tour high fiving each other because their messiah has risen from the ashes. With Tiger back in the win column, as well as Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy getting victories this year, one can argue that golf hasn't been in a stronger position in a decade, since Tiger Woods ruled the sports world before his personal life began dominating headlines. Tiger's win at Bay Hill will only serve to make this year's Masters a huge event for CBS. And if Tiger is in a back nine duel on Sunday with either Phil or Rory, it could be a history making event for the most prestigious golf tournament on the calendar.
Saints head coach Sean Payton will begin serving his one year suspension handed down from Roger Goodell beginning April 1st. While Payton will be exiled from his coaching duties, could he possibly look elsewhere to stay connected with the NFL? Would television come calling for the now disgraced head coach? Within Judy Battista's New York Times article on the Saints moving on without Payton was this interesting nugget. It seems only one network, Fox, is interested in giving Sean Payton a temporary home...
Payton will lose at least $6 million in salary from the Saints and could seek work elsewhere, perhaps in television. On Friday, representatives for ESPN, NBC and CBS indicated that they had no plans to hire him. But Fox Sports, which carries N.F.C. games during the season, is open to the possibility. “Our feeling about Sean is that he’s bright, articulate and obviously contemporary,” said Lou D’Ermilio, Fox’s senior vice president for communications. “Any network with N.F.L. rights would have to consider it.”
Fox would make sense as a landing place for Sean Payton as they carry NFC games and Payton would be very familiar with most of the talent. Having an intelligent, contemporary voice to provide analysis provides extra insight for viewers (see Shaka Smart last week on TBS's NCAA coverage or Terry Francona in last year's ALCS). Clearly, from a purely analytical perspective, Payton would be a home run addition either in the booth or the studio for any network. We're talking about a Super Bowl winning head coach who is arguably one of the five best coaches in the league right now... but then there's that messy bounty situation...
Tim Tebow's noon ET press conference is the biggest event in the history of sport. Move over Roman gladiators, move over Greek Olympians, move over Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods. The New York Jets have their new situational backup quarterback!!!!
Tim Tebow arrived in New York today. The press conference was carried live on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNEWS. The press conference was carried on a multitude of websites. And, the press conference was carried on four local broadcast networks in New York. But clearly, the most unbelievable coverage of the Tim Tebow press conference was going to be on ESPN2's First Take. It was there you could watch this...
Let's break down what you can see on ESPN2...
1) Tim Tebow's press conference
2) Skip Bayless tweeting at his laptop
3) The Twitter feed of Skip Bayless BEING BROADCASTED LIVE ON TELEVISION!!!
4) The destruction of American civilization
Before today, I didn't think state controlled media was a good thing. I firmly believe not even the cruelest dictator would allow this though...
Well, here we are again. After batting around the Twitterverse from Jamie Edmondson to Richard Sandomir and Bomani Jones, CNBC's Darren Rovell finally got back to his old favored sparring partner in the Twitter squared circle, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. Deitsch is the Frazier to Rovell's Ali, the Palmer to his Nicklaus, the Nadal to his Federer, the Red Sox to his Yankees, the Antony to his Octavian... well, you get the idea.
Deitsch and Rovell are the two best sports tweeters out there (they even have trophies in the form of Muppets to prove it), so it's always a highly anticipated event whenever they go toe-to-toe on the 140 character field of battle. It had been a while since Deitsch and Rovell engaged each other over a lengthy exchange of tweets. While this conflict wasn't quite the full-blown conflict of Rovell v Sandomir or Rovell v Jones, it was still worthy of gettin your popcorn ready.
Believe it or not, once again Deitsch and Rovell squared off... over tennis. While tennis may not be on most of our radars as sports fans with the NCAA Tournament in full swing, the insane NFL offseason, and Wimbledon still a few months away, 60 Minutes brought the nation a profile on Novak Djokovic, winner of 4 out of the last 5 grand slam tournaments. Here's the segment...
As Rovell began tweeting about a missed opportunity for Djokovic's sponsors, Deitsch saw his opportunity to pounce. Let's face it, Rovell tweeting about missed sponsorship opportunities by Sergio Tacchini isn't exactly viral material. It was a surprise attack from out of nowhere that picked up where their previous tennis debate had left off - Rovell claiming tennis is in real trouble in the United States and Deitsch buffering those claims. Was Deitsch able to get the best of Rovell once more, or could Rovell bounce back and claim a victory in this skirmish? Here's how it played out...
There haven't been a huge number of upsets, not a ton of exciting finishes, and no buzzer beaters this year. But, March Madness is still March Madness and next week we finally arrive in New Orleans for the Final Four. After a tournament that has been notable more for bad officiating and lane violations than one shining moments, at least we have a very compelling Final Four on paper. Bluegrass rivals Kentucky and Louisville will play in Game 1 on Saturday night, while Ohio State and Kansas will play in the late game. The CBS pregame coverage starts at 4:00 ET with Greg Gumbel and a cast of thousands live in New Orleans. As always, the championship game comes your way Monday night.
Saturday March 31
#1 Kentucky vs #4 Louisville (6:09 CBS) - Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Steve Kerr, Traci Wolfson
#2 Ohio State vs #2 Kansas (9:49 CBS) - Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Steve Kerr, Traci Wolfson
Monday April 2
UK/UL winner vs OSU/KU winner (TBA CBS) Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Steve Kerr, Traci Wolfson
With the second weekend of the tournament featuring both the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, we've brought both polls into one place for your voting pleasure! Clark Kellogg holds the lead after the first weekend over Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller and Bill Raftery. Miller and Raftery are departing the television broadcasts (Raft will still be working radio though), so they'll need as many points as they can get from these two votes. Remember, these are two separate votes, so there are plenty of BP points up for grabs. This week, with the number of nominees limited, you can vote for up to three quotes in each poll. For both the Sweet 16 and Elite 8, we'll still award the Top 10 quotes from each round. Whose going to lead going to New Orleans? That's for you to decide!
Sweet 16 Nominees (vote for up to three)
1) "People say he can run and jump. So can a deer. And you wouldn't put a deer in the game." - Charles Barkley (via AA)
2) "You're hot." - Lesley Visser (via AA)
3) "Nail. In. The. Coffin." - Reggie Miller as Louisville goes up by FIFTEEN with 58 sec. left (via SeahawkSanders)
4) "The teacher vs. the mentor" - Len Elmore (via swampdavid1)
5) "Big time Snatch!" - Bill Raftery (via JasonShubnell)
6) "Good call there by Ted Valentine" - Reggie Miller (via RYbbc34)
7) "if you look at the score you will know who is winning the game" - Charles Barkley (via tec6062)
8) "Thomas I think got the slap from the rear." - Bill Raftery (via AA)
9) "Terrence jones showing you his full package" - Clark Kellogg (via zacdefran)
10) "You just got Dieng'ad" - Reggie Miller (via Josh_Batelli)
11) "Indiana leavin a little cheese at the free throw line." - Clark Kellogg (via AA)
12) "It shouldnt matter if the elbow was inadvertent or advertent" - Len Elmore (via xavmcd)
Elite 8 Nominees (vote for up to three)
1) "Florida is gonna focus on 2 big areas. Long rebounds, 50/50 balls, and no turnovers." - Reggie Miller (via socialmiscondct)
2) "Beal for the lead... Boynton for the lead..." - Kevin Harlan (via everyone)
3) "Winner advances to the Elite 8 in New Orleans." - Marv Albert (via revafriedel). The Final Four is in New Orleans, but we kinda knew what Marv meant.
4) "If they would have thrown a funnel cake in there it would have been heavenly." - Clark Kellogg (via AA)
5) "Still got a little gitch in his hiddy-up" - Clark Kellogg (via ClintHedges)
6) "Get the towel out, cause that baby was wet when it came down" - Bill Raftery (via jtylercampbell)
7) "I'm an analyzer." - Kenny Smith (via ACJoeyJones)
8) "They let them bang, then on the third blow called a foul" - Dave Sims (via mmenniger)
9) "Every rule ain't a rule" - Charles Barkley (via Jthethird)
10) "Dribble trenepation" - Charles Barkley (via jtylercampbell)
11) "You used to get it up prematurely" - Bill Raftery (via Anthony_Broome)
We've reached the final step before the Final Four next week in New Orleans. Before we get to the details for the open thread, here's your Elite 8 announcing schedule...
Saturday March 24
West Regional Final: #4 Louisville vs #7 Florida (4:30 ET CBS) - Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller
East Regional Final: #1 Syracuse vs #2 Ohio State (7:05 CBS) - Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery
Sunday March 25
South Regional Final: #1 Kentucky vs #3 Baylor (2:20 CBS) - Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg
Midwest Regional Final: #1 UNC vs #2 Kansas (5:05 CBS) - Marv Albert, Steve Kerr
We'll have all the nominees from the Sweet 16 for you to vote on tomorrow, and the Elite 8 nominees to follow soon thereafter. I'm hoping Reggie Miller has a strong performance in his last NCAA game of the year so we can get to the full ten nominees for the Elite 8 action! As always, leave us all the announcer and analyst quotes in the comments below or tweet them to us at @awfulannouncing and/or by using the hashtag #BPAA.