When watching the local news last week in Jacksonville, the opening introduction said this:
“Tebow is in town. Does the hometown hero sign with Jacksonville? Jag fans certainly hope so.”
After hearing that comment, I looked at the TV in disgust and asked myself “Is this real life?”
Being a Jacksonville native, Jaguar fans are used to hearing a select group obsess about getting hometown hero Tim Tebow in a Jags uniform. And that was even before it was reported Peyton Manning was going to sign with the Broncos. Now, Manning is close to finalizing a 5 year $95 million dollar deal that will most likely cause Denver to release Tebow if the Broncos can’t find a team willing to trade for him.
Already, many people are rolling the red carpet out for Tim Tebow to return home.
Time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to step up and do the right thing for business: Go out & get Tim Tebow.
The national media has always pushed the issue of “Tebow for the Jags” in which they drum up the usual “BUT HE WILL SELL TICKETS” nonsense, to which most local fans just associate with a lack of research on their part. ESPN's Adam Schefter placed Jacksonville as Tebow's top destination on Monday Night's SportsCenter. Here's the transcript:
"None is more obvious than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who with one trade can replace the tarps they've used to cover seats with TebowMania instead. Tebow's from Jacksonville. He would sell tickets, inject excitement, make the Jaguars more relevant than they've been since David Garrard led Jacksonville to a memorable playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. And all it takes is one simple deal."
It's one thing when the national media gets caught up in the Tebow to Jacksonville hype. That's predictable if not frustrating. It’s completely ridiculous though when the local media and city representatives get caught up in that hype...
Courtesy of Tonight's Healthy Scratches, in what other sport can you see something like this three seconds into a professional game?!? Watch the video below, and you'll see why hockey is awesome; as there's no better way to start a game than with three simultaneous fights and blood flying all over the place:
That is how you announce an unexpected brawl on national television. You can hardly even notice Pierre McGuire.
Hated rivals the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils played the last of 3 tough games this season. And again per THS, Blueshirts coach John Tortorella made his displeasure with Devils bench boss Peter DeBoer known following the early-game fracas. Tortorella was seen on NBC Sports Network profanely screaming at DeBoer, suggesting he, um, kindly go back from whence he came. DeBoer wondered why it seemed to be the case that he was being criticized for doing the same thing Tortorella had done at the Prudential Center just days ago (courtesy of Peter Botte of The New York Daily News via Twitter):
"I guess in John's world you can come into our building and start your tough guys, but we can't do the same in here. He's either got short term memory loss or he's a hypocrite."
Love the fighting or hate it, it's something unique to the sport; which has the potential to make any given game on any given night a lot more interesting and exciting.
A bit of a shakeup this week as TNT goes with a Monday doubleheader so as to not compete with their Turner brethren at CBS and the NCAA Tournament. Also, TNT goes to the bullpen for Matt Devlin and Dick Stockton with Marv Albert and Kevin Harlan working the tourney. Also of note is ESPN switching their top two teams. Mike Breen will work with Hubie Brown and Mike Tirico with Jeff Van Gundy. ESPN has rotated their announcers quite frequently throughout the season, time will tell whether or not this means Hubie may be added to the NBA Finals to replace Mark Jackson or if ESPN will go with Breen and Van Gundy in a two man booth.
Monday March 19
Chicago Bulls @ Orlando Magic (TNT 8PM) Matt Devlin, Chris Webber
Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets (TNT 10:30PM) Dick Stockton, Mike Fratello
Tuesday March 20
Phoenix Suns @ Miami Heat (NBA TV 7:30) Matt Winer, Brent Barry, Bill Laimbeer
Wednesday March 21
New York Knicks @ Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN 7PM) Mike Breen, Hubie Brown
Los Angeles Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks (ESPN 9:30PM) Mike Tirico, Jeff Van Gundy
Thursday March 22
Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks (NBA TV 8PM) Local Broadcast
Friday March 23
Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN 8PM) Mike Breen, Hubie Brown
Denver Nuggets @ Utah Jazz (ESPN 10:30PM) Mark Jones, Chris Mullin
Saturday March 24
Dallas Mavericks @ Houston Rockets (NBA TV 8PM) Local Broadcast
Sacramento Kings @ Golden State Warriors (NBA TV 10:30PM) Local Broadcast
Sunday March 25
Phoenix Suns @ Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA TV 3PM) Local Broadcast
Miami Heat @ Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN 8PM) Mike Tirico, Jeff Van Gundy
Memphis Grizzlies @ Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN 10:30PM) Dan Shulman, Chris Mullin
The practice of interviewing coaches during games is a relatively new concept in sports television. Sure, the halftime interviews are customary in sports like basketball and football. But, in sports like baseball, hockey, and soccer, coaches are now starting to be interviewed during the action. Mostly though, these interviews are just as full of cliches and coachspeak than any others.
But then, over the weekend, something interesting finally happened. As the local Portand Timbers announcing crew was interviewing head coach John Spencer during their MLS tilt with FC Dallas, something surprising happened... a goal! The reaction from the broadcasters (John Strong and Robbie Earle) and Coach Spencer was as excited and shocked as you would expect.
If anything, perhaps this is an area where MLS could further carve out its niche on NBC Sports Network, where Earle serves as pre-match analyst. What would stop MLS from regular in-game interviews with coaches to discuss strategy and the way the game is unfolding? If anything else, maybe we'll get more great clips with excited English and Scottish accents on display.
Charles Barkley currently leads the standings for the 2012 Billy Packer Chronicles. And, judging by this clip, it's a safe bet that he'll continue to lead those standings heading into the Sweet 16. But, it's up to you to decide that. Charles' thoughts on Hardcore porn Pawn and the rest of the best quotes from the weekend have been collected for your voting pleasure. Remember, you can vote for up to five. We'll be back again on Thursday with the updated standings and the Sweet 16 Open Thread. Here are your second round of Billies nominees...
1) "He once ate the entire turkey at Christmas, not this year, he's svelt." - Tim Brando on MSU's Derrick Nix. (via AA)
2) "Kendall Marshall is the Central Nervous System of the Tar Heels" - Steve Lavin (via verdint)
3) "Victor Rudd broke out the crank!" - Ian Eagle (via Irish1one)
4) "It's weird that when you challenge shots, the shooting percentage goes down." - Clark Kellogg (via ryan_balke)
5) "3 point lead and a timeout! No, excuse me, foul." - Tim Brando (via crippenstation)
6) "I absolutely guarantee that I'm right. Unless I'm wrong." - Seth Davis (via crippenstation)
7) "Even inspector gadget couldn't stop this one" - Jim Nantz (via jordangreene87)
8) "And yet, only a 2 possession, actually a 3 possession game, 5 point deficit" - Clark Kellogg (via RYbbc34)
9) "You want a sandwich, Verne? Pickles, burger, Mayo!!" - Bill Raftery (via LochNessMunchys)
10) "And Norfolk State, shocking victors over Duke yesterday." - Verne Lundquist (via AA)
11) "David Stockton, really has changed the complexity by his hustle & determination." - Reggie Miller (via AA)
12) "The rim looks as wide as the Pacific Ocean" - Bob Wenzel (via RyanECU)
13) "There's a block charge" - Reggie Miller (via Michael Necci)
14) "This Kentucky team sure has raised a lot of eyebrow lately" - Ernie Johnson (via arineliza)
15) "To me the pink elephant in the room was not their zone" - Kenny Smith (via The Notorious SK)
16) "I like the loosies..." - Bill Raftery (via LochNessMunchys)
17) "That's just a gangster move right there" - Len Elmore (via jackhammer619)
18) "I know what I'm gonna watch tonight! Oh, sorry, wrong spelling... I saw four letters and got excited!" - Charles Barkley on Hardcore Pawn (via AA)
Vote for Your Round of 32 Billies Nominees (vote for up to five)
Since 2008, Bob Knight has been a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He has largely avoided the level of controversy that plagued the latter stages of his coaching career in Bristol... except when it comes to one team and one coach in particular. Kentucky and John Calipari. Over the weekend, Knight mentioned a mysterious team from the SEC on upset alert that shalt not be named. Does it speak well for ESPN and Bob Knight when he won't utter the name of the school that is the odds on favorite to win the NCAA Tournament?
Wow, Bob Knight really is refusing to utter the word "Kentucky." Basically put Cats on upset alert but refers to 'em as team "from the SEC."
This situation between Knight and Kentucky is so blatantly childish that even Rick Reilly criticized his ESPN colleague on Twitter. You know we're deep in a quagmire if Rick Reilly is being the voice of reason.
What happens to Bob Knight if he says the word "Kentucky"? Does his lower jaw fall off? Snakes spring from his hair? My God, does he smile?
Now, Knight isn't completely immune to speaking the name of Kentucky on ESPN airwaves. When Mike Greenberg asked Knight about Kentucky on March 14th's Mike & Mike show, Knight did speak the name "Kentucky" once when talking about the Wildcats entering the NCAA Tournament after a loss in the SEC title game. However, Knight went out of his way to speak in generalities and mentioned no Kentucky players or Calipari by name when answering the question.
Knight's grudge against Kentucky and John Calipari is well documented...
Turner and CBS have released the dates and times for the Sweet 16 games on Friday and Saturday as well as the announcing assignments for the four regionals. Before we get to the dates and times of each game on Thursday and Friday, here's the regions where the announcers are headed. There are no real surprises with CBS's top team of Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg getting the most glamorous team left, Kentucky, and the South region. The most compelling regional site though may be Boston, which is where Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery are headed.
Boston: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery (Syracuse, Wisconsin, OSU, Cincinnati) Phoenix: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore (MSU, Louisville, Marquette, Florida) Atlanta: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg (Kentucky, Indiana, Baylor, Xavier) St. Louis: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr (UNC, Ohio, Kansas, NC State)
All games in the Sweet 16 are on CBS and TBS... which means we go back to thinking truTV doesn't exist for another 51 weeks.
THURSDAY, MARCH 22
7:15 PM ET CBS Wisconsin vs. Syracuse - Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser
7:47 PM ET TBS Louisville vs. Michigan State - Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore, Marty Snider
9:45 PM ET CBS Cincinnati vs. Ohio State - Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser
9:47 PM ET TBS Florida vs. Marquette - Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore, Marty Snider
FRIDAY, MARCH 23
7:15 PM ET CBS Baylor vs. Xavier - Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson
7:47 PM ET TBS North Carolina vs. Ohio - Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager
9:15 PM ET CBS Kentucky vs. Indiana - Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson
9:47 PM ET TBS Kansas vs. N.C. State - Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager
The votes have been tabulated for our first ever NCAA Tournament quote contest and it's actually one of Turner's transplanted NBA personalities that has taken the early lead. CBS's lead college analyst Clark Kellogg is the only announcer to make multiple appearances in our first countdown from whatever it is you want to call the First Round of the tournament and the First Four. We'll be back this afternoon with a new poll from the weekend, but for now, enjoy these amusing quotes from the earliest stages of the big dance. The envelope please...
10) "Norfolk-sanity has started." ~ Kenny Smith (via crippenstation)
9) "The game is a lot easier when the ball goes in the basket." - Dan Bonner (via sctvman)
8) "He'll be Dairy Queen'd, DQ'd." - Clark Kellogg (via AA)
7) "And Bak Bak with the miss miss!" - Ian Eagle (via AA)
6) "And the Hilltoppers just keep... hill topping." - Clark Kellogg (via ktquick)
5) "His mother is a nurse in the state of Minneapolis." -- Bob Wenzel (via MCPitlik)
4) "They are confident strokers." - Bill Raftery (via KSJ49)
3) "What a dodge to bullet." - Reggie Miller (via sudikoff)
2) Seth Davis: "Can I ask you a question? Do you know what network we're on?" Matt Winer: "I have no idea." Davis: "Do you really not know?" Winer: "I'm really not sure." (via tomatPSU)
1) Charles Barkley: "I was 10-2 yesterday... 10-3 I think." Ernie Johnson: "There were 16 games yesterday." (via AA)
Round of 64 Top 5
1) Charles Barkley 10 pts
2) Matt Winer 9 pts
T3) Reggie Miller 8 pts
T3) Clark Kellogg 8 pts
5) Bill Raftery 7 pts
Others receiving votes - Bob Wenzel 6 pts, Ian Eagle 4 pts, Dan Bonner 2 pts, Kenny Smith 1 pt.
With the NCAA Tournament being televised on truTV, it's been hilarious to watch seasoned basketball announcers like Marv Albert and Jim Nantz read ads for ridiculous reality shows like Lizard Lick Towing and Hardcore Pawn. On Sunday night, the Xavier/Lehigh game ran into the originally scheduled broadcast time for Hardcore Pawn. As Ernie Johnson was reading an ad for the show, Charles Barkley had his mind on something hardcore alright...
Ernie Johnson: And just ahead on truTV, Hardcore Pawn.
Charles Barkley: I know what I'm gonna watch tonight!
Greg Anthony: What are you going to watch tonight?
Charles Barkley: Oh, sorry, wrong spelling... I saw four letters and got excited!
Ernie Johnson: Step away from your television set.
With that kind of advertisement, the ratings for Hardcore Pawn may go through the roof. Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long. Just wait till NCAA Tournament games begin to be televised on Cinemax.