Tim McCarver has been known to go on random tangents during Fox baseball telecasts. We've seen him opine on climate change, the evils of social networking, hard rock lyrics, and Lord knows how many other completely-unrelated-to-baseball topics. The late innings in Game 4 of the ALCS doesn't seem like quite the best time to float into the outer reaches of McCarver Space, but that's exactly what happened last night when the analyst went on a rant about the unwritten rules of golf and comparing them to baseball.
Seriously, this happened. There was even a prepared graphic, which means that Fox had planned on Tim McCarver talking about golf etiquette during Game 4 of the ALCS. More specifically, making fun of golf etiquette. Here's the image via Geoff Shackelford...no comments
Most of us who pay attention to these kinds of moves were decently excited: One of ESPN's best known funnymen was back on their flagship program, trying to keep the nightly highlight (but mostly analysis) show quirky and sarcastic - like it was in the old days. But while we were enthused for the return of Mayne to the SportsCenter desk after a five-year absence, it's becoming apparent that Mayne gave up the majority of his job titles in order to continue working for ESPN.
In an interview with TheWrap, Mayne explained his new contract with the Mothership and said that ESPN would re-sign him for SportsCenter and trash his other responsibilities, like football coverage, ESPN the magazine assignments and horse racing. His fantastic online series "Wider World of Sports" will continue, but "will not be a prominent part of his new job description."
"It was kind of like, 'Here’s what we want from you,' and the other stuff was off the table," Mayne said. "So it was either quit or do this, and doing SportsCenter is not the worst thing in the world."no comments
All Times Pacific
Pac-12 Men's Basketball Media Day Special -- Pac-12 Networks, 11 a.m.
ESPNU College Basketball Media Days: American Athletic Conference/Pac-12/SEC -- ESPNU, 11:30 a.m.
Ohio State at Penn State -- Big Ten Network, noon
Pepperdine at BYU -- BYU TV, 6 p.m.
Oregon at Washington -- Pac-12 Networks, 7 p.m.
Michigan State at Minnesota -- ESPN2, 5 p.m.
Northern Colorado at Northern Arizona -- Fox College Sports Pacific, 7 p.m.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Las Vegas, NV
1st Round -- Golf Channel, 2 p.m.
European PGA Tour
Perth International Open, Perth, Australia
2nd Round -- Golf Channel, 9:30 p.m. (delayed)
19th Hole -- Golf Channel, 9 p.m.
IndyCar Championship Preview -- NBCSN, 5 p.m.
American League Championship Series
Game 5: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers -- Fox, 5 p.m.
The Rundown -- MLB Network, 1 p.m.
MLB Tonight -- MLB Network, 3 p.m.
Baseball Tonight -- ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.
American League Championship Series Pregame -- Fox, 4:30 p.m.
MLB Tonight -- MLB Network, 5 p.m.
Baseball Tonight -- ESPN2, 8:30 p.m.
MLB Tonight: League Championship Series -- MLB Network, 8:30 p.m.
Miami at Brooklyn -- TNT, 5 p.m.
Minnesota Timberwolves Team Preview -- NBA TV, 3 p.m.
Memphis Grizzlies Team Preview -- NBA TV, 3:30 p.m.
Miami Heat: 2013 NBA Champions Film -- NBA TV, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia -- NHL Network, 4 p.m.
NHL Live -- NHL Network, 2 p.m.
NHL Tonight -- NHL Network, 7 p.m.
NFL AM -- NFL Network, 3 a.m.
Morning Drive -- Golf Channel, 4 a.m.
The Dan Patrick Show -- Audience Network (DirecTV)/NBCSN, 6 a.m.
Tim Brando Show -- CBS Sports Network, 6 a.m.
The Box Score -- Audience Network (DirecTV), 9 a.m.
SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports -- NBCSN, 9 a.m.
SVP & Russillo -- ESPNews, 10 a.m.
Fantastic Finishes -- Fox Sports 1, noon
Fox Soccer Daily -- Fox Sports 1, 12:30 p.m.
Highly Questionable -- ESPN2, 1 p.m.
NASCAR Race Hub -- Fox Sports 1, 1 p.m.
Outside the Lines -- ESPN2, 1:30 p.m.
Crowd Goes Wild -- Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.
Pardon the Interruption -- ESPN, 2:30 p.m.
ESPN FC -- ESPN2, 2:30 p.m.
ROME -- CBS Sports Network, 3 p.m.
BTN Live -- Big Ten Network, 3 p.m.
Fox Football Daily -- Fox Sports 1, 3 p.m.
Sportfolio -- Bloomberg, 6:30 p.m.
Olbermann with guest host Colin Cowherd -- ESPN2, 8 p.m.
Fox Sports Live -- Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.
Lead Off -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.
Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden
2nd Round -- Tennis Channel, 1 p.m. (same day coverage)
The USA-Mexico soccer rivalry took a fascinating turn on Tuesday night when the USMNT pulled out a late winner against Panama. The win gave Mexico one last chance to clinch a World Cup spot after falling to Costa Rica. In some sort of Bizarro World twist, it's Mexico who should be admiring the USA's soccer heroics.
Shortly after the USA win, the U.S. Soccer Twitter account quickly reminded Mexico who they should be thanking with the hashtag #YoureWelcomeMexico.no comments
Before Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday between the Dodgers and Cardinals, Will Ferrell announced the starting lineup for the Dodgers as only he can. He added a superlative to every player's name, including Adrian "AI YAI YAI YAI YAI" Gonzalez, Andre "I Know You Didn't" Ethier, "He Says The Chupacabra is Real" Yasiel Puig, and "He Absolutely Loves Katy Perry" Juan Uribe.
But his best comment was for starting pitcher Zack Greinke - Today's Winning Pitcher.
If the Dodgers don't win on Wednesday, they'll be staying in LA for the Postseason. Bringing in Ferrell is a nice way to pull out all the stops for potentially the final game at Dodger Stadium this year.no comments
Here's your weekly look at NFL ratings, which shows the pure dominance of the league from a local and national level.
Despite a change in lineup, The NFL Today still couldn't catch Fox NFL Sunday. Fox defeated CBS by a score of 3.3 to 2.5.
CBS (Regional Window)
The Eye Network had a regional window that they tried to boost by sending studio commentators out to game sites. The Pittsburgh/Jets and Jacksonville/Denver-led window seemingly wasn't boosted, however, as CBS drew a 10.9 overnight. This was down five percent from the comparable window last year, which drew an 11.5 and featured the Cowboys taking on the Ravens as the featured game.no comments
Week 7's Top 10 and updated standings are after the jump! Find out who closed ground on the leaders this week and made a huge jump up the standings...no comments
Ed Note: The following New York Giants "Twitter War" comes courtesy Bloguin's national NFL hub This Given Sunday and our own Brad Gagnon.
It was clearly light-hearted, but that didn't make it any less weird to see two embattled young New York Giants take shots at each other on Twitter Tuesday night. After all, the Giants are 0-6 and David Wilson and Rueben Randle -- picked first and second in last year's draft -- have both made a few notable mistakes along the way.
It all started when Randle retweeted Wilson's fairly positive tweet, adding "hell up."
I'm old, so I had to look this up. But Urban Dictionary says it essentially means "shut up."
This is what ensued...no comments