November is behind us, and Fox Sports 1 had a good month - in fact, a *very* good month.
November 2013 featured FS1's two most-watched weeks, and the network's two most-watched events: Oklahoma-Baylor on November 7th and the Oregon-Oregon State Civil War on November 29th. The Civil War just edged out the Big 12 matchup, drawing 2.179 million viewers compared to 2.11 million viewers. The Civil War also won the day for sports programming on cable TV - including ESPN, which aired the finals of the NIT Tip-Off between Duke and Arizona.no comments
This clip comes from a week ago when New Mexico State played Colorado State, but it's such an incredible announcing blunder, we are contractually obligated to share it with you.
The Aggies make a free throw to tie the game at 83-83, and analyst Joe Cravens is adamant that New Mexico State should have fouled Colorado State. The Rams take the ball down the court for the winning layup, but the entire time Cravens is screaming at New Mexico State to foul. Even while the play is being reviewed, Cravens is adamant that New Mexico State should have fouled.
"I have no idea why the Aggie player didn't foul right there. You've gotta foul there! Wow."
"I don't know whether he had the score confused or not... that has got to be a foul. I talked about a learning experience here... I had know idea what Daniel Mullins was thinking at that time."
There's someone who definitely has the score confused here, and it's not anyone on the court.
"Score tied 83-83 with 7 seconds left, there is only one option in all of the world there, you have to foul on the catch and they had a great guy to foul."
One option??? Have you ever seen a team intentionally foul in that situation? Did Joe Cravens try to learn basketball from a Washington Generals tutorial???
The play by play man tries to talk some sense into Cravens, but to no avail. He continues to argue that the only sensible thing in the world would have been New Mexico State intentionally fouling when tied and voluntarily giving Colorado State 2 free throws to try and take the lead.
"Really you had no choice as to who you want to foul with 7 seconds left, you have to go for a steal and then foul immediately."
Simply amazing. He's the only person I've ever seen vehemently argue in favor of intentionally fouling when tied in the final seconds to try and lose the game.
Of course, Colorado State did make a layup to win the game on the possession, so maybe he knew what he was talking about.
H/T Markno comments
A week ago, Auburn upset #1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl thanks to a the Tide attempting a 57 yard FG that fell short and was returned by Chris Davis of the Tigers. That wasn't the first field goal miss though. Alabama kickers went 0-4 on the day with Cade Foster missing 3 attempts. Additionally, Nick Saban chose to go for it on 4th and 1 deep in Auburn territory late in the 4th quarter instead of trying a field goal to go up 10 - one of many costly decisions relating to the kicking game.
During Friday night's MAC champinoship, David Pollack made a comment about Alabama needing a kicker with a strong leg. After NIU's Mathew Sims made a 51 yard FG, Pollack tweeted his analysis and was met with stern opposition from Foster himself as well as All American Classy Guy A.J. McCarron...no comments
It's the FINAL WEEK of the 2013 Pammies! And it's come down to a two horse race for the title - Gary Danielson takes a 3 point lead into the last week over Matt Millen so there's everything to commentate for. Lou Holtz and Mark May are locked in a battle for third, too. Check out the entire standings and this week's schedule below.
Don't forget to leave Pammies quotes in the comments below or tweet them to us by using the hashtag #PWAA. Enjoy your football Saturday!no comments
Tim McCarver's grand exit from Fox in October could simply be an exit from the national spotlight. Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that there have been discussions involving the Cardinals to bring McCarver in on a limited basis.
The 72-year old McCarver reiterated to Caesar that he wasn't retired and might be open to another job.no comments
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Showtime Championship Boxing, Brooklyn, NY
Judah vs. Malignaggi -- Showtime, 8 p.m.
Boxing After Dark, Atlantic City, NJ
Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Joseph Agberko -- HBO, 9:45 p.m.
All Access: Broner vs. Maidana (series premiere) -- Showtime, 7:30 p.m.no comments
Kobe Bryant is coming back for the Lakers on Sunday against the Raptors. Instead of simply tweeting out the news, or posting a picture, the Lakers went all out to create this ultra-dramatic video that they posted on Facebook. Kobe's jersey shines in the sun, and is torn to shreds in the rain before the sunlight apparently puts it together again and makes everything right with the world.
It reminds me of a Superman trailer, with Kobe's gold jersey standing in for Superman's red cape. But I wouldn't be surprised if there's some other marketing involved - "the legend continues", which is shown at the end of the video, is the subtitle of the new Anchorman movie. If you Google "the legend continues", the first search results are for the new film. Talk about a potentially subtle piece of advertising...
A Redskins team spokesman whined last week to the team’s beat reporter about WJFK’s weekly parodies at the expense of the team and while doing so dropped the two most overused words in the English language: legal action.
Via the Washington Post:
The bits, performed by host Danny Rouhier and produced by Ajay Atayee, are a mock play-by-play of a Redskins game, voiced primarily by Rouhier as a fake Larry Michael and fake Jurgensen. Actual clips of Cooley — like Jurgensen, a former Redskin — are included in the routines.
In addition to mocking the team’s poor play, the routines have skewered everything from long waits and high prices at FedEx Field (“This score means all fans in attendance can wander the parking-lot wasteland and sit in traffic. All that for 50 bucks!”) to Snyder’s occasional litigiousness (one segment is fake-sponsored by “Michaels, Michaels, Michaels & Michaels — official suing partner of the Washington Redskins”).
Apparently when the station’s program director told the team to take a chill pill, it smoothed things over. Either way, the Redskins ownership must have more important things to do with its time than try to violate the First Amendment rights of a talk radio station. Come on.no comments
This coming from John Ourand at the Sports Business Daily, Fox Sports is expected to retain the rights to the UEFA Champions League, the European soccer club championship. The surprising news is that ESPN which is losing the FIFA World Cup after next year and possibly MLS too, did not even submit a bid.
On Tuesday of this week, UEFA received bids from beIN Sport, Fox, NBC and Univision. The organization was hoping for bids equaling or surpassing $100 million per year, but all of the networks came short of the total, so UEFA threw them out for a second round of sealed envelopes on Thursday.
Ourand reports that after not seeing much change in the bidding, UEFA opted to renew its rights deal with Fox which has aired CL matches since the 2009-10 season. According to Ourand, the winning bid was significantly lower than the annual $83 million fee NBC is paying the English Premier League, so you know that the networks were hoping to get the Champions League on the cheap.no comments