Thursday, November 21
Thursday, November 21
Most of the time we do a Twitter Wars post, it takes a theatrical, comedic approach to media members scuffling in social media. Even in the midst of a Twitter fight, I'm convinced the parties involved are playing to the crowd just as much as they are trying to "defeat" their "combatant." After all, there is always a bit of an element of the ridiculous to adult sportswriters arguing on Twitter.
But then I came across this Twitter War between Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, and Campus Insiders and former Sports Illustrated writer John Walters. And, woo boy is this a nasty one. This Twitter fight is no laughing matter as the two sportswriters exchanged personal shots including Davis taking a shot at Walters' departure from SI and Walters mocking Davis' father Lanny helping the Redskins in their ongoing nickname saga.
For the backstory - Walters is a former SI writer who now operates his own independent site, Medium Happy. (In the interest of full disclosure, AA syndicated a post from Walters last August when he was freelancing for another Bloguin site.) In the wake of the controversial Oklahoma State report from SI, Walters wrote an entry on his personal blog about the inner workings of Sports Illustrated and the perceived lack of fact-checking that went into the story.
Davis is a Sports Illustrated writer who hosts his own show on Campus Insiders. What started as a simple tweet about Johnny Manziel turned into quite the ugly spat. Just another thing we can blame Johnny F'n Football for...no comments
The 2014 Olympics will be here before we know it. It's actually less than three months away at this point. NBC revealed this week that of all people, Bob Costas will host its primetime and late night programs from Sochi from February 6 through 23. It's a stunning announcement that's sure to surprise the sports world, if not the universe as a whole.
It's a bit shocking that NBC went to the young upstart in Costas. It's not like NBC doesn't have other qualified studio hosts to introduce figure skating, curling or Maria Sharapova-led tourist segments. Dan Patrick, Mary Carillo, Liam McHugh, Michelle Beadle, and Ryan Seacrest were all in the running. In fact, many experts had Seacrest pegged as the money line favorite.
In a press release, NBC Olympics Executive Producer Jim Bell said, “There is no one better than Bob to lead us..." That remains to be seen. It takes a lot of skill to say "We'll be right back after this message..." or introduce a human interest story, or send it out to the ski jump.
How will this new face transform NBC's critically acclaimed, universally adored primetime Olympics coverage? The staff of Awful Announcing will be waiting with baited breath to see how it turns out.no comments
Fox NFL Sunday is going to look a little different this coming Sunday. For the first time since the network acquired NFL rights 20 years ago, Fox Sports is giving Howie Long a day off. What's the occasion you ask? For the first time, Long's sons will be playing against one another in an NFL game. With the Rams facing the Bears in Week 12, it'll feature St. Louis DE Chris Long facing off against his brother, Bears rookie guard Kyle Long. Via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:
It's pretty cool for Fox to allow Long to watch both of his kids play against one another this week. Long's one of the underrated analysts in the league because he keeps a level head and never gets as caught up in the hijinks of his compatriots. The set should be plenty full with the likes of Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, and Terry Bradshaw. However, I wonder if this would present a great opportunity for one of Fox Sports 1's new analysts - anyone from Brian Urlacher to Randy Moss to to Scott Fujita to Donvon McNabb (as long as he doesn't cost NASCAR) could fill Long's slot.
Nevertheless, we can all look forward to Howie Long getting the Archie Manning treatment from the Fox cameras on Sunday while he anxiously watches his sons do battle from the stands.no comments
Peter Gammons is one of the most respected, revered sportswriters in America. But he made a stunning comparison today when discussing the Alex Rodriguez saga. When he was interviewed on Mike Lupica's ESPN Radio New York show, Gammons relayed thoughts comparing A-Rod to the Boston Marathon bombers in how he's handled his battle with Major League Baseball.no comments
Ed Note: AA is pleased to welcome one of the best WWE bloggers on the web, Arda Ocal, for coverage of the squared circle for the first time. In his debut column, Arda examines this weekend's Survivor Series pay per view and whether or not it's still one of the company's "Big 4" events.
This Sunday, WWE presents Survivor Series on Pay Per View. This event is regarded as one of the Top 4 WWE yearly Pay Per View Events, along with SummerSlam, Royal Rumble and the "Super Bowl" of Sports Entertainment, WrestleMania.
For the past several years, however, one has to wonder if that title is in name only.
Debuting in 1987 in Richfield, Ohio, The Survivor Series is the second longest running WWE Pay Per View event (Wrestlemania began in 1985). In the early years, the card was comprised primarily (often entirely) of multi-man (or woman) elimination tag team matches, now known as “traditional” Survivor Series matches. The events happened on Thanksgiving in November regardless of what day it fell on - this was later changed when WWE adopted an all-Sunday PPV event schedule.
At first, much like another WWE PPV event, the Royal Rumble, the matches presented were interesting and unique. But at years went by, the traditional Survivor Series matches began to lose their appeal, and by the late 90s/early 2000s, Survivor Series events were being presented largely with no such matches present (Survivor Series 1998 contained no traditional Survivor Series matches).
The PPV buyrates for Survivor Series support this argument – taking a look at the last 6 years, including the main event and the number of traditional Survivor Series matches:no comments
Thursday, November 21
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons [NFLN 8:25PM] Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock & Alex Flanagan
Sunday, November 24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions [FOX 1PM] Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Laura Okmin
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers [FOX 1PM] Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Erin Andrews
Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins [FOX 1PM] Chris Myers, Tim Ryan & Jennifer Hale
Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams [FOX 1PM] Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens [CBS 1PM] Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns [CBS 1PM] Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans [CBS 1PM] Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs [CBS 1PM] Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals [CBS 4:05PM] Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders [CBS 4:05PM] Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants [FOX 4:25PM] Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots [NBC 8:30PM] Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michele Tafoya
Monday, November 25
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins [ESPN 8:40PM] Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters
Bye: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawksno comments
It's not very often you hear sports announcers drift into politics. When they do, it's usually to disastrous results (see James, Craig). In fact, sports and politics are separated almost as rigidly as church and state. One is supposed to be kept out of the other... except when ESPN goes and hires Rush Limbaugh, of course.
That's why it was a surprise to see the esteemed voice of the NHL, Doc Emrick, wade into those waters with this cheeky dig at the epic fail that is Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare website that's been about as functional as the Jacksonville Jaguars this season. I take that back, at least Jacksonville has won one game.no comments
CBS Sports.com's Gary Parrish has a weekly column called Poll Attacks, which is pretty self explanatory. However, his most recent column from Monday may feature by far the worst pollster in the history of ever. After a weekend of several upsets in college basketball, the ballot of Mike Barber of the Richmond Times Dispatch COMPLETELY IGNORED what happened:no comments
Retired linebacker Channing Crowder has a very odd admission he felt compelled to share with NFL Films, who was doing an obscure trivia segment for NFL Films Presents. While I was happy to learn that Eli Manning juggles, Peyton gleeks, Mike Tomlin was a Geography prodigy growing up, Jeff Fisher can't hear out of his right ear, and LaRon Landry has a pet monkey inspired by Ace Ventura, what really stole the show was Crowder's response below.no comments