Here are a couple videos from the NHL All-Star Weekend of Joey the Junior Reporter. Joey rose to prominence back in November by interviewing some Chicago Blackhawks players, and now, he's back in the spotlight on a much bigger stage.
In this first video, Joey trolls a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and a Philadelphia Flyers fan.
Ouch. Cold. You don't really expect that from a child, but these things happen sometimes. I wonder if he was fed those lines, or if he came up with them on his own.
Next up, Joey hits on NHL reporter Heidi Androl.
Well done Joey, well done. You just achieved what many men four or five times your age wish they could accomplish: back an attractive sports reporter into a corner with a leading question that she can't say no to, otherwise she'll look like a heartless wench.
The NHL All-Star game takes place Sunday at 4 PM on the NBC Sports Network
Whatever you think about Kevin Garnett the basketball player, the man certianly knows how to give an entertaining, if impossible to understand post-game interview. And who else does KG make the most music with in these interviews than TNT's dapper Craig Sager. A while ago we showed you video of KG calling Craig Sager's legendary outfits "B.S." on national TV. There was also this famous interview where KG told Sager to burn his entire suit until he was naked as the day he was born. To tell the truth, in that case KG was probably right.
So, after a monumental comeback in Orlando Thursday night, it was only natural that KG would spout off with one of the more memorable interviews so far in 2012. Surprisingly, KG actually tells Sager he looks good in his, relatively, conservative outfit. But, in a typically rambling stream of consciousness, KG begins by talking about the "G.D." bar fight he had just been through. Perhaps after realizing the ridiculousness of asking Craig Sager about his experience in bar fights, KG accurately noted Charles Barkley has experience.
A short discussion of the actual game was then followed by more KG randomness congratulating Ray Allen on the birth of his child, complimenting Sager, and telling his "Boo" to go to bed. Yes, KG you were "all over the place", and it was fun to watch. Maybe there'll soon be room for another larger-than-life personality on the Inside the NBA set someday.
On Inside the NBA last night, Shaq did it again. At the end of the show, he gets up with his shirt and jacket on... to reveal that his slacks are off, and that he's showing off his drawers. Shaq then walks off the set before doing a little dance to end the show.
What may have been more traumatizing was the video that TNT played as he was walking off the set, showing Shaq on the beach in a pink Speedo, with SHAQ written on the back of them. Yeah... a little much. You can say what you want to say about Shaq's analysis or his actual announcing ability, but the fact remains that he's really adding another level of entertainment to Inside the NBA, and is meshing well with the rest of the hosts. I don't think any of us expected something like this to happen, though. I guess we need to take the good with the bad with Shaq.
The most notable element of this year's State of the Union address? The shocking transformation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She's really let herself go. Nobody's being fooled by the Just For Men in the mustache anymore, Kathleen.
That screengrab and the following were sent to us by reader Jason Heminger. I know it's going to be tough for Cardinals fans to move on without Albert Pujols, but isn't transferring those years in St. Louis to the Angels before he sees a pitch adding a little insult to injury?
Pretty impressive for the Red Wings to tally three assists before their recent game against the Blues even began according to NHL on the Fly. That may or may not be an NHL record... (h/t aragnone)
And finally, bubbaprog alerts us to this CBS graphic documenting the tenure of Michigan basketball coach "Jim" Beilein. Hey, at least he was more successful than RichRod.
That was your week in Screengrab Snafus, next time be careful out there!
ombudsman: one that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints
It's no secret we've been criticial of the Poynter Institute as ESPN Ombudsman. Poynter is a respected entity, but their tenure as ESPN Ombudsman has been shocking. Article after article has appeared as if it has come straight from the mouths of ESPN's Public Relations department instead of an ombudsman. Take their defense of the Longhorn Network or their mind-boggling role in #FreeBruce. Their "investigating" has consisted of giving ESPN's side of the story while dismissing complaints. Meanwhile, legitimate criticisms of ESPN continue to go unanswered from their own ombudsman. Only this article about ESPN's stumbles in covering the breaking Penn State story really hits the mark.
September 2nd, 2011 Poynter said about Bruce Feldman, "He suggested that his conflicts, created by writing the book, are tiny compared to those of Craig James, the ESPN announcer named in Leach's lawsuit. If the allegations in the lawsuit are accurate -- that James hired a PR firm to smear Leach -- then ESPN has an even bigger problem that we'll certainly be writing about."
That was 147 days ago! What else does Poynter need? An ESPN analyst is running for United States Senate and there is e-mail documentation from months ago that confirms the "allegations" Poynter speaks of and yet they continue to remain silent. As that day counter continues to rise, the legitimacy and impact of Poynter's role as ESPN Ombudsman becomes an even bigger letdown. Poynter took six weeks between posts on their ESPN blog from December-January, so we know time wasn't a factor.
Yesterday, Poynter came out with a lengthy article dissecting the one thing ESPN has taken the most criticism for in the last three months - Tebowmania. And perhaps to nobody's surprise, the Poynter Institute found nothing wrong with ESPN's obsession over Tim Tebow. Let's dive in and see Poynter becoming a champion to the cause of ESPN and Tebowmania and why it's just as baffling as Tebowmania itself...
Dirk Nowitzki is hilarious as a guest color commentator during Wednesday night's Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves game. Dirk explodes in disbelief during a crazy Jason Terry to Brandan Wright alley-oop, which admittedly, is something I don't think anyone has ever seen before. Because it's Brandan Wright.
"Ohhhhh my God, Oooooooooh!"
"Shut it dowwwwwn"
"Let's go hoooooome! That's a wrap!"
Unfortunately for the Dallas Mavericks, they lost (again) to the Minnesota Timberwolves, this time by 15 points. It looks like Kevin Love, and Ricky Rubio with his near triple-double, got the last laugh.
UFC fighter Chael Sonnen was on Highly Questionable with Dan LeBatard yesterday, and to say that the Miami loudmouth columnist was flabbergasted by the interview was... well, it was appropriate.
For those who are confused, Sonnen isn't a champion, and isn't undefeated. He lost a middleweight title bout to UFC kingpin Anderson Silva in August 2010 after dominating for four rounds and tapping out after falling into an armbar in the fifth. After the fight, Sonnen tested positive for high testosterone levels, and was suspended for a year. His comeback fight was this past October against Brian Stann, who he submitted in the second round. It's also worth noting that Sonnen was also beat by submission in the UFC in February 2009 by Demian Maia, who is also competing on this Saturday's card.
Sonnen was also convicted of money laundering in January 2011 and plead out to receive a fine and two years of community service. So now that we've established that the man is a chronic liar and nutcase who has a history of insane interviews... why not watch him fight?! Sonnen will face Michael Bisping, another loudmouth who loves to talk a mean game, this Saturday on UFC on FOX, with a main event of Rashad Evans vs Phil Davis. The winner of the main event will receive a title match against champion Jon Jones, and the winner of Sonnen's fight will receive a title match with champion Anderson Silva.
If Sonnen is able to defeat Bisping and gain his rematch, expect a lot more crazy interviews like this. Sonnen has been insufferable since his fight with Silva, and another match on the horizon would simply push him to the point of irritation.
There might be nothing in sports that agitates me more than when the greatest athletes in the world flop around like they just collided with a Transformer. A players acting ability depressingly is a valued skill in many sports and can easily alter the outcome of the game. If "swagger" can be a rating in Madden then it is just a matter of time before flopping takes over our beloved video games.
Anyways, I was actually in the Breslin Center last night for Izzo's 400th win so this quote was brought to our attention last night when a Minnesota player Vlade'd after being backed down by Michigan State's Derrick Nix. Here's the play and BTN's Shon Morris reaction.
You heard it right. Morris said, "the last time I saw something flop like that, I threw tartar sauce on it and hit it with an oar." Well, I agree with the sentiment, but I do not agree with the way he prepares his fish. Another enjoyable thing about this clip is the maniacal cackling in the background by Gus Johnson.
Speaking of Gus, here's his call of Draymond Green rising and firing and knocking down a three at the buzzer at the end of the first half.
I do believe Gus Johnson did just moan in reaction to a buzzer beater. No doubt about it now, he LOVES his college basketball.
Real Madrid and Barcelona played the second leg of their Copa del Rey Quarterfinal on Wednesday. Barcelona went into the second leg at home leading Real Madrid 2-1 after their victory at the Bernabeu. The match featured every highlight possible and the magisterial Ray Hudson of GolTV was there to call every goal, tackle, and irritated conference around the referee. The fifteen minute highlight package below is a nice summary of the game and as always, we've transcribed Ray's remarkable commentary for each goal below. The latest selection features magnetism, the solar system, and dripping honey... somewhere Brent Musburger just made another Honey Badger pun.
"Left open... MAGIC!!!... Well cut apart from the genius of Messi again, he draws the defense to him like a magnet. And once more, Casillas' men are playing poker with a witch. They're gonna lose. Messi magisterial. Pedro, that man I told ya about people, he's a goal scorer and he's a real talent. Holds up beautifully and what a dispatch. Fabulous by Messi, magic feet dripping honey on it with every touch and then he's got the awareness, the dexterity, and that x-ray vision like Superman through steel to put it on an absolute scalding altar. Again from this angle, again, the gazelle running around cheetahs, but look at that pass people. It's absolutely monumentally perfect."
2-0 Dani Alves
"Does it the Brazilian way, which is nothing less than perfection. And Dani Alves says look at this Kaka, look at this. He absolutely flamethrows this in its top corner. If Casillas is stretching out his arm to this and gets a hand to it, he would have had it taken off. Look at the technique again, he takes the spin of the ball into account, he takes the planets in the solar system into account as well. That is an impossible strike made easy from Dani Alves."
"Well that's lit the blue touch paper for sure and gives them a real good set of hope here. And who else is it? I'll give you 15 guesses and your first 15 don't count. Mesut Ozil takes it in stride beautifully, doesn't even look for the pass, knows instinctively because he's taken half a dozen pictures in his wonderful computer mind before he receives the ball."
"YAH!! It's that magnificent directness I was warning about... that's wonderful coolness under pressure and grace. Nice little stab ball over the top, beautiful little flick from Benz, and a nice finish tucked away nicely past Pinto. WOW!!"
In the newest AA Podcast we welcome Tony Dungy of NBC's Football Night In America. Tony won a Super Bowl as a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers and as a coach with the Indianapolis Colts. He's also a best selling author with his first book Quiet Strength selling well over a million copies. For the last few years, he's been a fixture on NBC's Football Night In America and helped make it the premier pregame show in the NFL. In the podcast, Tony chats with AA about...
-The challenges he still faces as an analyst -Tim Tebow and how his faith impacts his public persona -Will Peyton Manning be in a Colts uniform next year and beyond? -Which QB Tony would take heading into the Super Bowl: Brady or Eli? -How to stop Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. -What the Giants and Patriots need to do to win the Super Bowl. -Will he ever leave the studio and head back to the sidelines?
All that and even more NFL topics with one of the most respected voices in sports on this edition of the AA Podcast. Follow Tony on Twitter here and check out all of our podcasts on ITunes.