How would you like to be the CBS intern that watched every New York Jets game this season to keep track of animated reactions for Rex Ryan to come up with this stat? I suppose it has to beat watching every New York Jets game this season to keep track of Tim Tebow Wildcat plays or terrible Mark Sanchez interceptions.
Well, this is one of the more unfortunate snafus we've ever featured. Instead of a segment about Ben Roethlisberger's short passing game "Dink and Dunk" ESPN labelled it in their Monday Night Countdown rundown as "Roethlisberger Drink and Drunk." Unlucky mistake or not-so-subtle dig at Roethlisberger's checkered past? Whatever the case, Chris Berman had to come on the air and apologize for the mistake (video here). Yikes.
After Jimmie Johnson wrecked at Phoenix, Brad Keselowski assumed the points lead in NASCAR's Chase with just one race remaining. Keselowski leads by 20 points and can clinch his first title with just a 15th placed finish next week. But Keselowski wasn't in the mood for celebrating after his turn of good fortune following Sunday's race. In his post race press conference, Keselowski went on an awe-inspiring profane rant against fellow drivers.
One of the coolest things ESPN does every year is its 24 hour college basketball Tip-Off Marathon. For college basketball fanatics, it's a unique way to start the season with 24 straight hours of basketball on ESPN networks starting at midnight tonight and running through Tuesday. For insomniacs, at least it gives you some variety of programming options at 4 AM to go along with infomercials and House reruns. This year's slate kicks off with West Virginia at Gonzaga and ends with a doubleheader from the Champions Classic - Michigan State vs Kansas and Duke vs Kentucky. It'll also be our first chance to hear Bob Knight call a Kentucky game as he joins Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale on the call...
In our second Sacramento Kings related post of the day (that has to be a record or something), Kings sideline reporter Jim Gray interviewed Lakers forward/enigma Metta World Peace after Sunday's Lakers victory. The interview begins on an eye-raising note as Metta tells Gray to call him "Ron." Gray goes on to ask Metta Ron Artest about advice for suspended Kings center DeMarcus Cousins because of his experience with "issues."
As the interview ends, Ron World Peace invites Jim Gray to party with him and "pop bottles." Sadly, Gray turns him down because he only parties with Kobe and LeBron. I'm assuming. It's unfortunate, Metta World Peace popping bottles with Jim Gray has 30 for 30 written all over it.
Publicly wishing for anyone's death seems like a bad plan, but that hasn't stopped media personalities from doing so. We saw this in October with Columbus radio host Scott Torgerson, who was suspended and then fired over tweeting that he wanted Desmond Howard to die, and it's happened again north of the border this past week. Ahead of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders' Western semifinal clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders Sunday, Sportsnet 960 The Fan (Calgary) morning radio host Dean (Boomer) Molberg said on-air Wednesday he hoped the Riders' plane into town would crash and several particular players would die.
He quickly apologized on the web and offered another apology on the air Thursday, but has since been suspended through the end of the CFL season (the Nov. 25 Grey Cup). Much like what happened with Torgerson, this should serve as a call for media types everywhere to step back and realize that sports are just a game in the end, and it's probably not worth hoping for anyone's death. Jokingly or not. Even if you want to drum up that hate, it's probably not the best idea to take public statements of it to this level.
In one of the weirder stories we've ever seen related to announcers, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended two games by the NBA for a confrontation with Spurs analyst and former player Sean Elliott. It all happened after the Spurs beat the Kings 97-86 Friday night. During the 4th Quarter, Cousins apparently dared to talk some trash to Tim Duncan. Elliott saw this in the booth and gave the combustible Cousins a lecture. Somehow, Cousins caught wind of Elliott's criticism and went to confront him after he wrapped up the broadcast. Here's how Mike Monroe of MySanAntonio.com explained the entire sequence...
I know most people love Charles Barkely the on-air personality, but you can't help but find great enjoyment in the turrrrrrrribleness of his golf game. I mean, his swing is honestly one of the worst things I've ever seen. I'm not even a golfer myself, yet I'm confident 99.9% of America could pick up a club and swing it better. Wasn't Hank Haney supposed to fix this?
Barkley's fellow Inside The NBA crew put together this humorous compilation of all the golf clips they could find of the Chuckster. And Charles doesn't even have an answer to them razzing him about it, as he can do nothing except sit there. Not like I can blame him, as he and the whole world knows how ridiculous his "swing" is, if you could call it that. Watch the clip, much like John Sterling bloopers, it's the perfect way to start your week.
Honestly, the entire countdown could have been Gary Danielson quotes this week from Saturday's Texas A&M-Alabama game. Buuuuut, that really wouldn't make the vote for the Pammies too exciting, and we can't ignore all the other announcers around college football now, can we. But, maybe Gary can sweep the medal stand this week and secure second place this year. Check out all the nominees and vote after the jump...
There are no ties in the NFL! No, wait, there are ties? Yes! There are in fact ties in the NFL! Who knew! Well, evidently, not Fox's graphics department after the 49ers-Rams game. After the 49ers and Rams finished with a 24-24 tie, it was indeed the end of the first overtime... and the end of the game. You see, because, it's the only overtime period. It's amazing that there is still confusion over tied games in the NFL after all these years. Donovan McNabb you are not alone!