German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund were faced with a must-win game at French side Marseille to guarantee making the last 16 of this year's Champions League. Even though they played most of the match a man up, they were still tied 1-1 entering the 86th minute. That's when winger Kevin Grosskreutz lifted a shot just past GK Steve Mandanda and into the net for a 2-1 victory even as he slipped on the attempt
The German call of the goal is loud. Very, very loud. The announcers are effusive in their thanks to Grosskreutz for rescuing Dortmund from the Europa League. Danke Kevin. Danke Dortmund. Danke football. Danke Wayne Newton.
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The Ohio State men's basketball team defeated their undefeated start to the season by beating another pushover at home last night in Bryant University 86-48. The highlight came afterwards during this interview between BTN's Jim Jackson and Buckeye center Amir Williams. Jackson asks Amir about his progress this season and the big man almost goes a place where he shouldn't go on live TV, then stops himself after he got the first half of the word out for a great postgame interview moment.
The best part of this clip is you can see Thad Matta in the background during the interview behind Williams, metaphorically riding his back even after the game.
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All Times Eastern
Maryland at Boston College -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Florida Atlantic at DePaul -- Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.
Kentucky at DePaul -- Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.
CFB Daily -- ESPNU, 1 p.m.
Great8 Plays of 2013 -- ESPNU, 4 p.m.
College Football Live -- ESPN2, 5 p.m.
Red Carpet Special at the College Football Awards -- ESPNU, 6 p.m.
One2One: Barry Sanders -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
College Football Awards -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Inside College Football: Bowl Preview -- CBS Sports Network, 7:30 p.m.
College Football Awards: Recap Special -- ESPNU, 9 p.m.
Bowl Mania -- ESPN, 9 p.m.
The ratings for the 2013 MLS Cup were pretty disappointing. Actually, disappointing would be putting it kindly considering the 2013 Cup produced the lowest ratings of any Cup game in MLS history. The broadcast had an average audience of 505,000 people, a mark which fell well below the previous smallest audience of 748,000 viewers back in 2010.
How bad is this news? Pretty bad. As World Soccer Talk points out, the 505,000 total trailed an old episode of Everybody Loves Raymond on TBS. The dismal Cup rating also follows an MLS season which saw ratings tumble by 29% on ESPN and 8% on NBCSN.no comments
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has had a very good year. He's been voted as National League Most Valuable Player. His team went to the playoffs for the first time since 1992. And now he's engaged to be married.
McCutchen appeared on "Ellen" this week and after making a bit of small talk about his season, Ellen DeGeneres asked him if he was "single or dating." Andrew quickly pointed to his girlfriend of four years, Maria Hansloven, who just so happened to be in the studio audience. He then asked the producers to play a video in which he professed his love for her. Very nicely done.
After the video was finished playing, Ellen summoned Maria to the stage where McCutchen proposed to his girlfriend.no comments
Thierry Henry says 'fu**ing' twice on Sky Sports. https://t.co/ngRgqg9ExW— Football Vines (@FootbalIVines) December 11, 2013
Don't think broadcasters and athletes dropping F-bombs and swearing when they aren't supposed to is something only limited to America. No bleeping way! New York Red Bulls striker and Arsenal legend was a guest analyst on Sky Sports in the UK for their Champions League coverage and causally dropped not one but two F-bombs. He did so as effortlessly and gracefully as he did when he was scoring goals for the Gunners not so long ago.no comments
One of the trademarks of Fox Sports Live has been putting their analysts in more general roles to commentate on the news of the day and differentiate themselves from SportsCenter. When FS Live launched, it featured an athlete panel that harkened back to the days of Best Damn. The panel's role has been reduced and athletes now focus more on their particular sports throughout the program.
On Tuesday's FS Live, NBA analyst Gary Payton joined Dan O'Toole to do highlights for the night's top story - the Pacers-Heat showdown in the Eastern Conference. That's quite normal. Former players sitting in with anchors for an extended highlight package happens all the time these days as they drop tidbits of analysis and insight.
During his highlight, Gary Payton gave a shoutout to Rick Balboa instead of Rocky, forgot players' names, and repeatedly shouted the NBA Jam catchphrase "He's on fiiiiire." Like, for almost every made basket.
That was an experience. Someone should have never told him using a catchphrase was a good idea. Payton's idea of analysis is basically just repeating what happened, except more loudly. Other highlights from Payton include calling C.J. Watson "the layup king" for some reason and being totally unable to control the volume of his voice. This highlight is most definitely on fiiiiiiire becasue of the massive amounts of dynamite that just went boom.no comments
Bill Cowher, you dirty dog. pic.twitter.com/j1MmHT9I6S— Official Guyism.com (@Guyism) December 11, 2013
There's no more blatant and weird act of cross-promotion than the relationship between The NFL Today and Victoria's Secret. Every year a Victoria's Secret model goes on the CBS pregame show to advertise the fashion show airing in primetime on the network. Every year there's some really awkward interaction between the football guys and the Victoria's Secret model.
CBS took went NEXT LEVEL cross-promotion with this shot of Bill Cowher last night. Dare I say he looked giddy to be there. Hopefully he didn't step out on the stage and try to trip one of the models ala his successor in Pittsburgh.no comments
ESPN MLB analyst Mark Mulder is taking some time off from his broadcasting duties in an attempt to return to the mound. The former Oakland Athletics and St Louis Cardinals pitcher has thrown for several teams already this month, and plans to do so for more before the end of the year.
The 36-year old Mulder hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008 following a series of shoulder injuries. Mulder has been one of ESPN's MLB analysts since 2011, and is one of the better ones they have. Losing him to a major league team would be a huge, and unexpected, loss for the Worldwide Leader.
The potential comeback is an interesting story, and one that everyone (including ESPN) will be rooting for. Imagine if Mulder does succeed in his return to the majors and pitches well - ESPN would have a bounty of storylines and features to run with. But if the comeback does indeed happen, ESPN should consider adding to their stable of MLB analysts - their pool for baseball analysts isn't nearly as large as their seemingly never ending parade of football analysts, and creating some new stars will eventually be necessary after the departures of Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Terry Francona, and maybe Mulder over the last year-plus.