Maybe, just maybe, we can get one tribute "WAM!" from Jim Nantz this year. Maybe.
Maybe, just maybe, we can get one tribute "WAM!" from Jim Nantz this year. Maybe.
It's Saturday, so it's time for Screengrab Snafus! Jason H. sends us this screengrab that might explain the recent troubles of the Knicks and Celtics, playing two games in the same night against each other and all.
The worldwide leader in sports had a bit of trouble keeping their college logos straight this week. First, check this screengrab of musical chairs we caught on a discussion of the number two seeds for the NCAA Tournament...
Secondly, from chifan414 is this screengrab from the ACC Tournament. Giving Florida State the logo of the Florida Gators is probably near the top of the list of things not to do with the Florida State logo...
Can you tell what's wrong with this screengrab sent in by mikemoreau?
From Memo comes this screengrab from the SportsCenter rundown (which seems to be the New York Yankees of Screengrab Snafus) of Kobe Bryant beating the "buzer"...
And finally, who knew Big East expansion would go this far (h/t natekotisso)...
That was your week in Screengrab Snafus, next time be careful out there!
What do you get when you combine Mark Cuban, Bill Simmons, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, a poorly-conceived gay joke and ESPN's editing practices? A controversy! We apologize for the quality of the preceding statement disguised as a joke, but it's still funnier than the one Cuban actually uttered during the conference's final panel, billed as a "Live B.S. Report: Cuban one-on-one with Simmons" and sponsored by Grantland. Cuban responded to some comments by Simmons about both he and his daughter liking the Kiss Cam with "That's because you and your boyfriend are always on it." (If you're completely unfamiliar with Simmons, well, you're probably not reading this site, but for the record, he's married to a woman.)
Cuban quickly tried to backtrack with ""Or his girlfriend, this is gender-independent commentary," but as Yahoo!'s Dan Devine pointed out, it really isn't. However, Cuban has since offered a profound apology on his blog and has promised to do better in the future. While the NBA might do well to consider fining him to show consistency with how they handled homophobic comments by Joakim Noah and Kobe Bryant, or at least to have him lead the way on a new pro-tolerance public service announcement, this still counts as a reasonably mild controversy compared to some comments we've seen sports media figures make about homosexuality. In fact, the most interesting angle of it may be how ESPN conveniently edited the entire exchange out of their posted podcast, and how they told Devine that Simmons' podcasts are "routinely edited."
From one angle, editing a podcast isn't necessarily unethical. Many of the podcasts out there are edited before publication, and sometimes that can be a positive; listeners only have so much time, so you don't want to bury them with stuff that didn't work. However, the issue is one of expectations; if listeners are promised a full, uncensored and unedited discussion and instead are getting a carefully worked-over conversation, that can be problematic. It also depends what the editing is for; just cutting uninteresting material is one thing, while avoiding controversial comments is something else entirely. If Simmons' podcasts are routinely edited, it makes the listener wonder what else has been cut out. (By the way, it's notable that Simmons is now being billed as "Grantland's Bill Simmons" in ESPN releases.)
The first football jersey I ever had was a full Bobby Hebert football uniform that I proudly wore to celebrate my 4th Halloween. Before Drew Brees and Aaron Brooks and after Archie Manning, there was the Cajun Cannon. Those Saints teams were known for the dominating Dome Patrol defense, but Hebert did make one Pro Bowl in 1993 and had offensive weapons like Eric Martin, Dalton Hilliard, and Quinn Early. Sadly though, Hebert's Saints were also known for making the playoffs four times without a win. Those were the days, indeed.
Since his playing days have ended, Bobby Hebert has hosted a radio show in New Orleans and came to fame earlier this year for this long, maybe-not-so-professional dressing down of LSU head coach Les Miles during a postgame presser after the Tigers (and Hebert's benched son T-Bob) got smashed by Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. So maybe it's not a surprise to see Hebert go back to the fringes of reality when talking about the Saints BountyGate scandal.
Hebert claims the national media is jealous of the Saints because of their home victories over the Giants and Patriots. He goes on to say it's a conspiracy theory to bring down the Saints to prevent them playing a Super Bowl at home. And then he calls out Fran Tarkenton for his WSJ column (even though he respects him) as "the only guy Fran I know that's successful."
I'm all for a good conpsiracy theory... but I'm not sure we can play that card in this case. There's the small element of those 50,000 pages of evidence to get around. I'll always be a Bobby Hebert guy, but yea, he's officially taking up real estate in Crazy Town.
Last we saw Andrew "McLovin" Perloff of the Dan Patrick Show, he was breaking his own glasses preparing for his game with the Harlem Globetrotters. Today, in his weekly "Against the Grain" segment, he attempted to use miniature plastic NFL helmets and a fourth-grade level posterboard presentation to discuss the future of NFL quarterbacks. Thankfully, no $400 glasses were harmed, but the helmets predictably start falling on the floor and the segment totally breaks down until the posterboard itself eventually falls. The only thing missing from this clip is the brief "Technical Difficulties" on the local FS Ohio feed that was a stroke of ironic brilliance. I would call this segment a trainwreck, but it is so beautiful and laugh out loud funny, it may be the best thing you see all day. Here's the footage from the Dan Patrick Show...
This isn't the real brett farve. I apologize to everyone.— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre4) March 9, 2012
Well, it was bound to happen one of these days: Brett Favre's Twitter account has been hacked. The brand spanking new account was hacked on Monday, and since then, the hacker has been pretending to be Favre. He finally admitted to being a "parody" account this morning, hilariously misspelling Favre's name in the process. Favre's people released a statement saying it was actually Favre tweeting at BrettFavre4 for the first couple days of the account until the hacker took over.
If you're going to hack a celebrity's account, you need to go all-in, and instead of pretending to be them...you have to just be an asshole and try to sully their name. What's the big deal about hacking Brett Favre's account, and then going on having conversations with people like you're actually Brett Favre?
The good parody accounts on Twitter say some of the most outlandish, hilarious things, though some parody accounts go over like a fart in church. If you're going to hack an account, take it over, and turn it into a parody account, at least do it right instead of getting a little creepy, like what happened in the Favre situation.
Adele is a really great artist.— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre4) March 6, 2012
Some example tweets post-hack included mundane garbage, like "Adele is a really great artist" pictured above. There's also a tweet proclaiming that Mizzou would "take over" the NCAA tournament (especially odd considering that the real Favre went to Southern Miss, an upper level bubble team), a tweet proclaiming that "No one does it better than
@StuartScott and @notthefakeSVP. Love watching those guys," and of course, a million retweets of fans calling him the best ever and so on and so forth.
I'll give the execution of the hacking an F. So many missed opportunities. This moron didn't even bother tweeting Jenn Sterger once??? Pathetic.
Furthermore, Favre's account apparently got compromised because of a bad password. I wonder what it was. Probably something like "gunslinger4". Or maybe it was the classic "password123." Neither option would surprise me at all.
Favre and his people are still working on getting back control of the account.
[h/t: Busted Coverage]
ESPN has done a great job promoting the upcoming documentary about Magic Johnson's shocking retirement announcement in which he revealed he was HIV positive. Given the Selection Show lead in and historical nature of the subject matter, it's sure to be a ratings blockbuster. In fact, I know it will be as throughout the last two weeks, almost daily I've had a conversation in which someone brought up their anticipation to see it. The majority of those conversations were initiated with comments like this:
"You going to watch that Magic Johnson 30 for 30?"
"That Magic Johnson 30 for 30 looks awesome."
"It's been so long since the last 30 for 30. I am stoked for the Magic Johnson one."
(Female voice) "Ben, I would like to come over, cook you a terrific dinner, watch the Magic Johnson 30 for 30, and then makeout in between games of Madden."
Ok, maybe that last one may or may not be true. Do a Twitter search for some combination of "30 for 30, ESPN, Magic, and The Announcement" and you're sure to get a good chunk of results that are similar in sentiment.
The buzz is great and you'd be pretty hard pressed to find a sports fan who hasn't enjoyed ESPN's new found zeal for well produced documentaries. The problem, well it's not really a problem, is that this isn't a 30 for 30. As you see below, the 30 second spot that you've seen many times doesn't mention 30 for 30 at all. That's been the case in the other nine films that have come out over the last year since 30 for 30 culminated with Pony Excess.
The brand is now 30 for 30's parent, ESPN Films, but the differentiation is very very murky. The same music, the same narrator, and basically the same exact product (a high end and poignant sports documentary)...
Yes, yes, yes, it's been a while since we've checked in on AA's favorite political punching bag, Craig James. The analyst turned Senate candidate is still chugging along in Texas well behind the front of the field. Recently, we told you about his front-running endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum... hasn't really helped James in the polls. Then, there were the questionable comments James made towards homosexuals. Now, surprisingly, it's someone else who is in the news because they are supporting James' Senate run.
I know, it's shocking to me, too. Someone actually thought it was a good idea to publicly support James' fledgling political career. Even more surprising is that the endorsement for James has come from a fellow football analyst. Of course, this time it's none of James' former coworkers at ESPN that would be crazy enough to come out in public support. Instead it's FOX NFL analyst, and fellow Texan, Daryl "Moose" Johnston. Moose has switched his support from Tom Leppert, the former mayor of Dallas, to James.
And just how does Johnston explain his support of James?
“I knew him as a man. I knew him as a husband and father. I’ve always respected his integrity. And I really, really respect him for doing this.”
“When we talk, we come from the same perspective. So for me, it was pretty simple.”
It certainly seems that Johnston knows a different Craig James than those that know him in the blogosphere. Integrity? Respect? Same perspective? Did Moose Johnston also try to get his child's college coach fired? Perhaps Daryl Johnston has been hanging around Tony Siragusa too long and it has clouded his judgment. Oh, and don't worry, I'll resist the easy jokes about Johnston (the fullback) leading the way as a blocker for James (the halfback). Crap, does that count?
Those of you that follow this site closely will know my admiration for nearly everything Aussie, especially their sports and commentators. I'm more of a rugby union and Aussie Rules football fan myself, but this video from the NRL, Australia's National Rugby League, is too good not to share. The following clip takes us to the rivalry game between the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs in the opening week of the 2012 NRL season.
Sydney find themselves trailing by two with the final hooter approaching and one last gasp chance to rescue the game. Just listen to the Aussie commentators go absolutely bonkers as Sydney string passes together and break through the South Sydney line of defense. In a dramatic finish, Anthony Minichiello races behind the defense and latches on to a grubber kick from Boyd Cordner to win the game in heroic fashion for Sydney, 24-20. Here's the outstanding call from Triple M radio in Australia...
The Miami Heat-Los Angeles Lakers game on Sunday, March 4th, drew a record amount of viewership for a non-Christmas, regular season NBA game on ABC. The game averaged 7.037 million viewers, and drew a 4.3 rating, tied for the highest all-time with a Lakers-Celtics game from last January.
Interestingly, the game received a higher rating in Miami (13.9) than it did in Los Angeles (9.6). Could this be a sign that the Lakers are losing some of their local market to the Clippers this year? Perhaps.
National interest in the game was high after Heat star Dwayne Wade broke Lakers icon Kobe Bryant's nose in the All-Star Game a week and half ago. Bryant has been wearing a facemask since the incident, including during Sunday's game. The game was also marketed as one of the NBA's "Latin heritage nights" with the teams branded as "El Heat" and "Los Lakers." If you're going to be that transparent with a PR attempt, at least translate the teams' names too. "El Heat" just sounds ridiculous.
[h/t: LA Times]