This is a real thing that was "debated" on First Take this morning. Whether or not the San Antonio Spurs... in GAME 6 OF THE NBA FINALS... should rest their best players and concede victory in a game that could win them the NBA title. This is a thing Skip Bayless advocated San Antonio doing "if they could get away with it." Whatever that means.
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While News Corp. Chairman and Global Media Titan Rupert Murdoch plans his next move in his impending divorce, he's also thinking about his worldwide empire and how he can create a new sporting event. The Guardian in the UK reports that Murdoch who owns channels in Italy, Germany, the UK, Asia and of course, the US, wants to start a new "Super League" soccer tournament that would involve teams from the English Premier League, Germany's Bundesliga and Spain's La Liga.
The Chicago Blackhawks fell to the Boston Bruins 2-0 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, giving the Bruins a 2-1 series lead. As the Blackhawks were getting dominated by the Bruins, a Chicago area radio station Q101 said the team was "raped basically" on Twitter, setting off a brief firestorm for their poor choice of words.
@BrianYarvual it was in reference to a bruin man handling a blackhawk against his will, move on
The fact that this station thought that comment was at all appropriate and initiall responded by saying "move on" is mind-boggling. Their apology for saying the game was rape was the typical "sorry you were offended" junk that is par for the course in incidents like this.
We included a word in our tweets this evening during the game that offended some ppl. That was NOT intended.Pls accept our apology.
Q101 used to be one of the most popular radio stations in the Chicago market before it was sold. The intellectual property of the station was purchased by Broadcast Barter Radio Networks, who turned the station into an internet-only format. Many Chicagoans feel that the new station is nothing but a shadow of its terrestrial self and have distanced themselves from the new station.
But to get back to the original point, I don't think Q101 really attempted to antagonze anyone. They just have no awareness or common sense. That's obviousty not an excuse or a justification, but it does explain how something like this is able to happen so routinely.
The island nation of Tahiti qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup by winning their first ever Oceania Nations Cup last year. They became the first country either than Australia or New Zealand to win the competition in a historic upset. Tahiti is ranked 138th in the FIFA World Rankings, tied with Syria and just ahead of Afghanistan. They rank behind countries like Burundi, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turkmenistan, and Belize. Tahiti are 5000/1 odds to win the Confederations Cup with Japan the next closest team at 40/1. They have one, yes, one professional soccer player.
Tahiti also has the best official Twitter account of any national soccer team in the world. Just observe their tweets from the opening 6-1 loss to Nigeria in which Marama Vahiruau is compared to Lionel Messi and the optimistic, exuberant hashtags are aplenty...
Fox 5 Atlanta had a ridiculously clumsy, blooper infested beginning to their 12 PM noon newscast on Monday. Anchor Buck Lanford comes on the air with no idea what he's doing. Buck attempts to go to a weather report, but instead attempts the worst segue in local newscast history by going to a reporter on site covering a murder trial.
However, if that were the case, why has the tweet been taken down? What's even weirder is that the account does not show any tweets since June 11th and we're in the throes of the NBA Finals. Perhaps TNT needs to have the small child taking pictures of his or her feet give up their access to the social media account.
Thanks to 106.1 The Ticket in New Orleans, we now have full audio of the embarrassing and shameful attempt at a joke that was aired on Atlanta sports radio station 790 The Zone this morning. The segment mocked Steve Gleason, who was a safety for the Saints but now suffers from ALS.
Gleason can no longer eat, speak or walk on his own, and that was apparently enough for the guys at "Mayhem in the AM" to run with. Who in their right mind would find this funny, let alone appropriate? Those involved have been suspended, and that might only be the tip of the iceberg now that we have the despicable audio.
With the Stanley Cup Final in Boston and the series tied at 1-1, we're joined before a pivotal Game 3 by NBC's voice of the NHL - Mike "Doc" Emrick. Doc is widely regarded as the best play by play man in sports and has been honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame. We talk to Doc about the Bruins-Blackhawks series and some of the traits that make him one of the elite announcers in the business. Topics include:
-How he keeps going for multiple overtime games.
-The Doc Emrick lexicon and his legendary vocabulary repertoire.
-The way the NHL has bounced back after this year's work stoppage and the significance of an Original Six Final.
-The connection between the Bruins and the city of Boston.
-The potential for this Final to rate as one of the best ever.
-The players that will be key for both teams the rest of the series.
The NBA Finals continue to draw solid ratings for ABC, yet they're still down from previous years. Sunday's Game 5 picked up an 11.4 overnight rating, which was down 10% from Game 5 of the Finals in both 2012 (Heat-Thunder) and 2011 (Heat-Mavericks), both of which drew a 12.6 overnight. It's also the lowest rating for a Game 5 since 2009's Lakers-Magic matchup, which drew a 9.4 overnight.
Locally, the ratings are also down from prior years. Game 5 in San Antonio drew a 37.6 rating, which is down 16% from Game 5 of 2005's Spurs-Pistons series (45.0 overnight), and down 13% from the series-high of 43.7 in Game 4. In Miami, the game drew a rather low 28.8 rating, the lowest thusfar of the series and down 29% from the Game 5 clincher last year (40.3) and down 12% from Game 5 in 2011 (32.7).
Father's Day could be blamed for the low ratings, though the final round of the US Open was only down single digits from last year and was up 20% from 2011. The stigma of "boring team" is still firmly affixed to the Spurs, and the blowouts that have taken place in four of the final five games of the series aren't too much to draw in casual fans. However, the disappointing performance by the NBA Finals this year is something that any other major sport aside from the NFL would graciously take.