In the newest AA Podcast one of the funniest men in all of sports, David Feherty of CBS Sports and the Golf Channel, stops by to talk about his acclaimed new show Feherty on the Golf Channel and countryman Darren Clarke's win this past weekend in the British Open. AA also chats with David about...
-The recent successes of golfers from Northern Ireland and the dominance of European golf.
-Opening up about his battles with alcoholism and depression.
-The challenges of Feherty the television show.
-The chances of Tiger Woods breaking Jack's major record.
-The future of the game of golf with or without Tiger.
In between, David shows his incredible sense of humor that got him through the lowest points in his life and has brought him to being one of the most likable announcers in sports. This is a candid, reflective, hilarious, and insightful interview from one of the absolute best in the business. You can also download all of our podcasts on iTunes as we will hope to bring you more of the best in the sports media in the future. Hope you enjoy!
Stephen A. Smith vs Craig James
Stephen A. Smith
Fact File: ESPN NBA reporter/analyst/debater... well, actually he's not around that much anymore
Why He's Here: Stephen A. is a hard man to find these days. After the mistake that was Quite Frankly and his period of overexposure, Smith faded away. Somehow, he has a job hosting shows on ESPN Radio in New York and Los Angeles and still makes the sporadic TV appearance appearing on First Take, subbing for Jim Rome, and in other various nether regions of the leader. It's enough for us to give Screamin' A. a place on the list.
Round 1 Result: Defeated Stuart Scott 51.45% - 48.55%
Round 2 Result: Defeated Tony Siragusa 63.91% - 36.09%
Fact File: ESPN college football game and studio analyst
Why He's Here: James became an integral part of one of college football's biggest stories when his son Adam's allegations of being locked in a closet led to Mike Leach's firing at Texas Tech. This led to an awkward series of revelations made by Leach about Craig's meddling in his program, lawsuits, and other developments. ESPN was put in the position of having one of their analysts be an integral part of the controversy. How did Craig James respond? Well, rumor has it he wants to be a Senator of course. And now that his coverup and controversy briefly resulted in the "suspension" of respected CFB writer Bruce Feldman, James is more despised than ever.
The Mike Leach Book Excerpts Make Craig James Look Like An Even Bigger Douche
Craig James Wants You To Help Texans Help Save America
Announcer working Alamo Bowl gets Alamo Bowl coach suspended
Craig James running to the Senate
Craig James loses it
Round 1 Result: Defeated Mike Patrick 75.17% - 24.83%
Round 2 Result: Defeated Rick Reilly 66.32% - 33.68%
Craig James defeated Stephen A. Smith 60.76% - 39.24%
In my opinion, Jay Bilas tweeting Jeezy lyrics provides tremendous upside and potential to the internet. I picked a couple highlights from his twitter feed, but I highly recommend going to his page because there is so many to enjoy from these last couple of days. Obviously, many were suspicious and the prevailing thought had to be that Bilas had been hacked...I mean, just soak this in.
I mean, no way that could be this guy, right?
I follow Jay on twitter and he's definitely an interesting follow. The majority of Bilas' tweets usually deal with the always controversial issue of amateurism and the legality of the NCAA to enforce their rules. You know, typical nerd Duke stuff. It always seemed liked Bilas was kind of reinforcing that other ugly Duke stereotype, that one where those who attend school in Durham are a bunch of L7 weenies that are destined to be the next generation of Judge Smails'. Well, Jay kind of shattered that one here.
I can't help but think that Bilas being a Jeezy fan isn't somewhat a product of him rebelling against the terrors of his work environment. Jay has the extremely unenviable position of spending the majority of his time with Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament bubble snub, Digger Phelps. Digger's idea of cool is wearing ties that match his highlighter and picking Notre Dame basketball to win it all every year. Digger is so obnoxious he even somehow makes me do the impossible, feel sympathy for a Dookie. Traveling around on a bus with him just might be how we should punish prisoners in the future.
No doubt in my mind that the Jay Bilas and Young Jeezy combination has to go down as one of the highlights in the history of this "series of tubes" that we call the internet.
Here is your 2011-2012 NBA on TNT crew and schedule [via press release]. Seeing as there is currently a lockout and it's unlikely the season will start on time (if at all), this will obviously need updating. Let's just hope there is a season, so we can see Shaq and Sir Charles in business together sooner, rather than later.
The NBA on TNT’s marquee roster of NBA announcers includes the studio team featuring two-time Emmy® Award-winning host Ernie Johnson, two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith, four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, along with select studio appearances by five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber. On-site game announcers include: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), five-time NBA champion Steve Kerr (analyst), Reggie Miller (analyst), Mike Fratello (analyst), David Aldridge (reporter), Cheryl Miller (reporter) and Craig Sager (reporter).
TNT’s 52-game schedule is listed below. All times shown are Eastern.
TNT 2011-2012 NBA REGULAR SEASON TELECAST SCHEDULE
Nov. 1 Tuesday 7 p.m. TNT NBA Tip-Off ‘11 presented by Autotrader.com
8 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Dallas Mavericks
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ L.A. Lakers
Nov. 3 Thursday 8 p.m. Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers
Nov. 10 Thursday 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Portland Trail Blazers
Nov. 17 Thursday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics @ Orlando Magic
10:30 p.m. New York Knicks @ L.A. Lakers
Nov. 24 Thursday 8 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers @ Atlanta Hawks
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Hornets @ L.A. Clippers
Dec. 1 Thursday 8 p.m. Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Denver Nuggets
Dec. 8 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics @ Portland Trail Blazers
Dec. 15 Thursday 7 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks
9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks
Dec. 22 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Denver Nuggets
Dec. 29 Thursday 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Orlando Magic
9:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Jan. 12 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Memphis Grizzlies
10:30 p.m. Orlando Magic @ Golden State Warriors
Jan. 16 Monday 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ L.A. Lakers
Jan. 19 Thursday 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Utah Jazz
Jan. 26 Thursday 8 p.m. Miami Heat @ Orlando Magic
10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ L.A. Clippers
Feb. 2 Thursday 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ Golden State Warriors
Feb. 9 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Sacramento Kings
Feb. 16 Thursday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Portland Trail Blazers
Feb. 20 Monday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Golden State Warriors
Feb. 23 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Denver Nuggets
******NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND ****************
Feb. 24 Friday NBA Rookie Challenge
Feb. 25 Saturday NBA All-Star Saturday
Feb. 26 Sunday 2011 NBA All-Star Game from Orlando
Mar. 1 Thursday 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Orlando Magic
10:30 p.m. Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers
Mar. 8 Thursday 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Phoenix Suns
Mar. 19 Monday 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Orlando Magic
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets
Mar. 29 Tuesday 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ L.A. Lakers
Apr. 5 Thursday 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Orlando Magic
10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls
Apr. 12 Thursday 8 p.m. Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors
Apr. 17 Tuesday 8 p.m. Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ L.A. Lakers
The NBA on ABC/ESPN schedule is after the jump...
Here is the national MLB TV schedule for the week. Sunday Night Baseball will be in Cincinnati to see Brandon Phillips and the Reds host the Braves. It will be interesting to see how Fox treats their broadcast of the same game with Reds pbp man Thom Brennaman being joined by former Red Sean Casey in the booth. The early week is highlighted by the Cardinals visiting New York to take on the Mets.
Tuesday July 19
Philadelphia Phillies @ Chicago Cubs (MLBN 8PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Atlanta @ Colorado - 8:30PM]
Wednesday July 20
St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets (ESPN 7PM) Dave O'Brien, Nomar GarciaparraThursday July 21
St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets (MLBN Noon) Local Broadcast [Alt: San Diego @ Florida]
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays (MLBN 7PM) TBA [Alt: Detroit @ Minnesota - 8PM]
Friday July 22
Atlanta Braves @ Cincinnati Reds (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: San Diego @ Philadelphia]
Saturday July 23
San Diego Padres @ Philadelphia Phillies (FOX 4PM) Kenny Albert, Eric Karros
Atlanta Braves @ Cincinnati Reds (FOX 4PM) Thom Brennaman, Sean Casey
Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins (FOX 4PM) Dick Stockton, Rod Allen
Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians (WGNA 7PM) Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone
Milwaukee Brewers @ San Francisco Giants (MLBN 9PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Colorado @ Arizona - 8PM]
Sunday July 24
Seattle Mariners @ Boston Red Sox (TBS 1:30PM) Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, David Wells
Chicago Cubs @ Houston Astros (WGNA 2PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Atlanta Braves @ Cincinnati Reds (ESPN 8PM) Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Bobby Valentine
We've been closely following the Bruce Feldman suspension "timeout" due to his involvement in Mike Leach's autobiography. Matt had a great piece last week and things have moved fast since the story broke, as ESPN has scrambled to try to save face. Today, they got some good air cover, as the Poynter Institute, who serves as ESPN's Ombudsman, jumped in with a thinly veiled defense of ESPN's handling of the situation. The piece included feedback from only ESPN personnel and failed on many levels to have an honest conversation about the incident, the fallout, and ESPN's continued involvement with Feldman or Craig James.
AA editor, Matt Yoder, sent me this note when I asked him for his thoughts, as he can be the voice of reason whenever some of us at AA get a little riled up:
"Read the Poynter piece and all I can say is that it only leaves more questions. Without word from Feldman or Brooks, are we just supposed to believe ESPN's word passed down to Poynter that Bruce wasn't suspended? That seems baseless and does nothing to fix the credibility gap at hand. The Poynter piece is so nuanced and muddied that it really ends up saying nothing. It also never speaks of the elephant in the room - if Feldman suffered a conflict of interest, what was ESPN thinking with Craig James?"
Matt's take was one of many in disbelief that the Ombudsman piece seemed like an extension of ESPN PR and damage control. In fact, here are some tweets that caught my eye in the hours after the article went live and a takedown of Poynter's disappointing article...
Chris Berman vs Michael Irvin
Fact File: Host of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, Home Run Derby, and golf's US Open, occasional SportsCenter anchor and baseball play by play man
Why He's Here: How much time do we have? Chris Berman has been synonymous with ESPN for over 30 years, but his schtick of nicknames, bad jokes, and bellowing humor has grown old. His protection of the NFL and the stars of the league leave his journalistic bite at zero. The #1 best selling ESPN book painted him as a man drastically out of touch with the modern day world, and it shows.
Round 2 Result: Defeated Mark May 70.09% - 29.91%
Fact File: NFL Network studio analyst
Why He's Here: The former Cowboys receiver is the poster child for the staged guffawing that has infested NFL studio shows. Irvin has never lasted in one place too long, jumping from Fox Sports Net to ESPN and now to NFL Network. Irvin can be sincere, honest, and moving when he wants to be (see his Hall of Fame speech and statements in Out Magazine), but it's rarely ever seen in his television work.
Round 1 Result: Defeated Dick Stockton 71.61% - 28.39%
Round 2 Result: Defeated Pierre McGuire 69.1% - 31.9%
Chris Berman defeated Michael Irvin 58.9% - 41.1%
Do something about this guy, ESPN. Here's the maddening clip from SportsGrid...
Tuesday: Berman vs Irvin
Round Two of the Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament is in the books. We had a massive number of people vote throughout the last week as we cut a field of 16 First Round winners down to the Elite Eight of Awful Announcing. If you still aren't aboard the Joe Morgan Memorial bandwagon, we are holding a month long tournament to place a current sports media personality on Awful Announcing's Mount Rushmore to replace not so current awful announcer Joe Morgan. You can get caught up on everything that's happened so far with the full First Round results here and the full Second Round results below...
1) Skip Bayless defeated John Sterling 64.14% - 35.86%
2) Joe Buck defeated Deion Sanders 55.21% - 44.79%
3) Colin Cowherd defeated Joe Theismann 61.71% - 38.29%
4) Chris Berman defeated Mark May 70.09% - 29.91%
5) Jim Gray defeated Thom Brennaman 77.89% - 22.11%
6) Craig James defeated Rick Reilly 66.32% - 33.68%
7) Stephen A. Smith defeated Tony Siragusa 63.91% - 36.09%
8) Michael Irvin defeated Pierre McGuire 69.1% - 30.9%
Our readers and voters have stayed with the spirit of the Joe Morgan Memorial and not limited themselves to the broadcast booth throughout the tournament. Eight men remain covering eight different areas of the sports media. The diverse field includes a play by play man (Buck), booth analyst (James), radio host (Cowherd), debater (Bayless), reporter (Gray), studio analyst (Irvin), studio host (Berman), and, well, whatever Stephen A. Smith does these days. The Elite Eight has again been drawn at random, but the rest of the tournament is now bracketed out as well now that we've reached the quarters. We start Tuesday with our first matchup below (Berman/Irvin) and will go right down the list through Friday with one quarterfinal taking place every day from Tuesday-Friday. The semifinals and final will then take place starting Monday the 25th. See you tomorrow for the beginning of the Elite Eight!
Wednesday: James vs Smtih
Thursday: Cowherd vs Bayless
Friday: Buck vs Gray
The Lake County Fielders are a minor league baseball team that plays their baseball in Lake County just north of Chicago in the North American League. The Fielders are partially owned by actor Kevin Costner, known for his own Minor League baseball exploits in Bull Durham. The Fielders also happen to be the worst run organization in professional sports. Yes, even worse than the LA Clippers, Dodgers, or Mets. Earlier this month, former MLB manager Tim Johnson and LCF players quit over not being payed by deadbeat managing partner Rich Ehrenreich. Acting manager Pete LaCock (bwahaha) then produced one of the most ridiculous baseball games known to mankind against Jose Canseco's Yuma Scorpions earlier this month. I'll let Matt Lindner (who also sent in the clip) of Bloguin's great baseball blog The Outside Corner explain...
What unfolded after was one of the most bizarre baseball games on any level. Acting Fielders manager Pete LaCock put out a sort of opposite day lineup, with pitchers playing in the field and position players pitching. Canseco responded in kind, wanting to level the playing field and leaving his team with a battery consisting of himself on the hill and former Rays outfield prospect Joey Gathright playing catcher for the first time in his life. LaCock's debut as Fielders manager would prove to be his swan song as well, as he wound up quitting himself following the game due to the payroll dispute.
In a testament to just how strange this game actually was, Canseco pitched more like former teammate Dave Stewart than he did when he made his Major League pitching debut for the Texas Rangers, a start that ended in an arm injury requiring Tommy John surgery. Canseco used a knuckleball to hold the Fielders' makeshift lineup to one run en route to an 8-3 victory before a reported crowd of several thousand surely bewildered fans.
Last week, the Fielders made minor adjustments to the roster, trading nine players and releasing fourteen more. The Fielders play in a makeshift temporary stadium outside Chicago and there's no word on if the new roster of players are actually getting paid or not (they have lost 5 straight but remain 25-20 on the season). To add to all of the insanity, Fielders play by play man Qumar Zaman (seen here trying out for the Wrigley Field PA job) then took it upon himself to quit his job on air after a recent game. Listen and be thankful that you don't work for the Lake County Fielders...
I love this speech. It's not a psychotic or angry rant, but more in the defiant martyr category. I immediately thought of CM Punk when I heard his "voice of the voiceless" quote, and that connection was confirmed when Qumar brought up him and his buddies getting together to watch the Money In The Bank PPV. Awesome. (CM Punk FTW!) Qumar exposes the embarrassment of the Fielders front office and talks about nearly everyone associated with the Fielders not receiving a paycheck. He even throws in the Murrow slash Olbermannesque "good night and good luck" to close on a high note. The awkward applause in the booth ends his on air resignation perfectly. Where's Crash Davis when you need him.