If you're a fan of The Dan Patrick Show, you've likely been looking forward to this moment for a long time. One of the running bits on the show is the Wheel of Punishment where the Danettes take turns spinning a wheel and having a dastardly fate placed upon them. Thus, the reasoning why Seton O'Connor was placed in an octagon with NFL on Fox reporter and MMA madman Jay Glazer.
Thankfully, the MMA "fight" plays out in a comedic way with Glazer playing nice and not sending O'Connor to the hospital. He even takes a phone call during the fight, which unfortunately is not related to breaking any NFL scoopage.no comments
Trades are something that happen very rarely in the sports media world as networks compete with one another for sports rights. We've seen some networks team up on certain packages to lock out another competitor (think ESPN and Fox joining forces to keep NBC out of the Pac 12) but rarely do we see the kind of wheeling and dealing that often makes things interesting.
One of those rare deals is reportedly happening very soon as Geoff Shackleford reports ESPN is trading Day 1 of next year's Ryder Cup to NBC for increased access to English Premier League highlights.
As with all the best trades in sports, the deal makes sense for both sides.no comments
Yesterday, Villanova beat La Salle to improve to 10-0 on the season. Villanova grad and Fox studio analyst Howie Long felt the need to head on over to the FS1 studios during the Syracuse/St. John's recap with a special message about his alma mater.
Rob Stone got a kick out of it at least.
(h/t BrianEwart)no comments
Sports Illustrated announced their much ballyhooed Sportsman of the Year award during halftime of last night's Sunday Night Football game. The venue of the announcement might have given away the fact that this year's choice played in the NFL and that held true as Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning took home the award/trophy/certificate/whatever he gets for being picked as the winner.
Manning's choice as Sportsman of the Year is, let's be honest, rather uninspiring. It feels like he's getting it as some kind of lifetime achievement award because he hadn't yet received the honor, like when it was given to Derek Jeter (2009) and Brett Favre (2007).no comments
Michelle Beadle's name hasn't popped up too much lately on the sports radar after the former SportsNation host has had an apparent falling out with NBC Sports with the cancelation of her NBCSN show The Crossover. However, her name has been seen in headlines in a place you wouldn't expect.
Beadle was reportedly involved in an incident at WWE's Tribute to the Troops taping in Washington last week. Beadle will serve as the host of the show, which is airing on NBC later this month. On Thursday, Beadle sent out a couple of tweets indicating that there had been some friction in her life.no comments
The Tony Romo Narrative may be the weirdest thing in sports right now. It always used to be that Romo was a choke artist as he led the Cowboys to late season disappointment after late season disappointment. We all had a good time making fun of Romo and the Cowboys because there are few things in life greater than Jerry Jones schadenfreude.
Now, a weird thing has happened where The Internet has decided it's going to do everything in its power to NOT blame Tony Romo for the Cowboys' failures, even when he plays a huge, blatant role in their screw ups. I must have missed the meeting. Darn it, that always happens.
Sure, the Cowboys have one of the worst defenses in NFL history, their coach is questionably compotent, and their owner is a hot mess, but Tony Romo does play the most important position in professional sports and has to take some proportional amount of blame and/or praise, right?
Take yesterday for instance, when the Cowboys blew an unblowable lead to the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers at home thanks in some quantifiable part to two late Romo interceptions.
Totally not his fault. Apparently.
Except that it was... according to some people.
Enter the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, who posted this peculiar tweet on Sunday.no comments
Saturday night's UFC on Fox event didn't draw a huge base of viewers, picking up just a 1.0 overnight rating in viewers 18-49 and 2.41 million viewers. The UFC card was beat by Christmas classics on CBS Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Almost immediately after the numbers came in, there was hand-wringing about why this was terrible news for the UFC. But beneath the surface, there's more to it than that.no comments
All Times Eastern
Mississippi Valley State at Northwestern -- Big Ten Network, 7 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at Duke -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
New Mexico at Stanford -- Pac-12 Networks, 10 p.m.
College Football Live -- ESPN2, 5 p.m.
Golf Central Special: PGA Tour Year in Review -- Golf Channel, 6 p.m.
This is only something nerds like me could truly love and appreciate. Fox has taken to labeling their 4 PM ET NFL broadcasts "America's Game of the Week." It's a bit silly for several reasons...
1) Fox is showing multiple games at 4 PM ET. So while Cowboys-Packers was going to most of the country, a lot of viewers were watching Saints-Rams or Titans-Cardinals instead. Are all of them "America's Game of the Week" or just the main one? Should it be "America's Games of the Week"?
2) When Fox has the national late afternoon game, CBS still has regional broadcasts so it's not like Fox has the NFL all to themselves in that timeslot.
3) Fox and CBS split the late national window throughout the season, so either "America's Game of the Week" alternates between networks or the CBS marketing department just hasn't hatched a catchy brand name for it yet. Like, "North America's Game of the Week."
4) The only true national telecasts are on NFL Network, NBC, and ESPN.
So perhaps this was a bit of a subtle dig from NBC towards their friends at Fox, labeling next week's Bears-Eagles game as "America's Game of the Week." The NFL flexed the game away from Fox and put it on NBC for a nationwide audience.
The question is whether America is really big enough for TWO Games of the Week.no comments