Chris Berman must have figured he could get away with anything on ESPN baseball last night because nobody would be watching -- the NBA Finals began around the same time on their sister station and it was the middle of a Tuesday.
First, his brain flatulated thatmost, not all, of the Giants' walk off wins this season have come at home and, then, he gave Cardinals' reliever Fernando Salas a rather unfortunate nickname, 'Tossed Salas.'
Have a listen [via Media Bistro]:
"Well they have 7 walk off wins thus far, most of them at home."
This may be the single greatest quote in the history of Awful Announcing. I must have missed it, but the Giants' walk off wins on the road are surely the greatest feat in baseball history... winning a game on a walk off hit in the top half of an inning, why, that's unheard of!! Someone get me those box scores!! I wonder why more teams haven't tried the road walk off win strategy. Maybe Boomer is onto something here... or, maybe he should just go rumblin, bumblin, and stumblin and walk off ESPN for good.
Rampage Jackson has never been one to handle interviews in a traditional way, and the one following his win at the most recent UFC PPV was no exception. MMA reporter Karyn Bryant decides to try her luck following his win, and for about 75% of the interview she somewhat suceeds. That is until B.A. asks about her ethnicity and finds out that she is part Jamaican and busts out the cheeseball "you're Jamaican me horny" line. Predictably, it's downhill from there, with compliments to her body, almost motorboating her, and then bringing up past instances where he has dry humped a reporter. You gotta love when a post-fight victory interview ends with the reporter scurrying away as Rampage says the hilariously awful line of "get away from me, get away. Before I hump you in front of everybody. Get away, get away."
Mike Brown was considered a leading candidate, but then he took the Los Angeles Lakers head job. Dwane Casey, Lawrence Frank and Brian Shaw are now said to be on the Warriors' short list.
Put Mark Jackson on that list, too. He appears to be a finalist.
Jackson -- the former New York Knick, Indiana Pacer and current analyst for ESPN and ABC -- is very much being considered for the Golden State job. In fact, Jackson has had two conversations with the Warriors, including one with owner Joe Lacob, according to NBA sources...
Jackson is considered an intriguing candidate in some circles. Despite having no head coaching experience, he is frequently mentioned when jobs come open, and he has expressed a desire to coach.
Jackson played 17 seasons in the NBA and ranks third on the all-time assists list. He was known for his court smarts, leadership and getting the most out of his ability. Jackson has a strong presence, but as a tactician and X-and-O guy -- very little is known.
This is far from the first time that Mark Jackson has been mentioned as a head coaching candidate. He was very close to the Knicks job before Donnie Walsh went with Mike D'Antoni at the last minute. Mark Jackson's name has also been mentioned with past openings in Minnesota, Indiana, New Orleans, and pretty much every other job opening in the NBA. The analyst clearly wants to coach and it seems like it's only a matter of time until Jackson is walking the sidelines instead of sitting in the broadcast booth. Breen, JVG, and Jackson are the best current three man booth in sports and really did rescue ESPN's NBA coverage after a few years of failed experiments (Al Michaels anyone?). I wonder if he'll still yell "momma there goes that man" as a coach though...
Tuesday May 31
San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN 7PM) Chris Berman, Rick Sutcliffe
Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN 10PM) Local Broadcast [Alternate Game: NY Yankees @ Oakland]
Wednesday June 1
Houston Astros @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 2PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN 8PM) Dave O'Brien, Nomar Garciaparra
Thursday June 2
Pittsburgh Pirates @ New York Mets (MLBN 1PM) Local Broadcast
San Francisco Giants @ St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 8PM) Bob Costas, Tom Verducci [Alternate Game: Minnesota @ Kansas City]
Friday June 3
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN/WGNA 8PM) Matt Vasgersian, Tom Verducci [Alternate Game: Minnesota @ Kansas City]
Saturday June 4
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals (FOX 4PM) Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Cincinnati Reds (FOX 4PM) Thom Brennaman, Eric Karros
Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants (FOX 4PM) Kenny Albert, Mark Grace
Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox (WGNA 7PM) Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone
New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Angels (MLBN 9PM) Local Broadcast [Alternate Game: Houston @ San Diego - 8:30]
Sunday June 5
Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals (TBS 2PM) Dick Stockton, John Smoltz
Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox (WGNA 2PM) Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone
Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets (ESPN 8PM) Dan Shulman, Orle Hershiser, Bobby Valentine
I was too young to remember Derek Jeter's debut in 1985. His first decade in the majors was pretty quiet until he began to make some noise in 1995.
There is Jim Rome vs. Jim Everett and of course Floyd Mayweather vs. Brian Kenny and today we were given another ESPN classic argument as Skip Bayless and Chris Broussard minced words over LeBron James.
A stupid debate based about journalistic integrity that arose from another stupid manufactured debate. That's what happens when you have 4+days without basketball. Digging into this one is a bit painful and similar to trying to identify who is to blame for the latest Indiana Jones movie.
Bayless seems a little too overtly jaded when discussing James. Broussard does seem to be a bit taken aback about the tenor of the comments made by Bayless but is able to stay a bit more professional though out the exchange. Bayless on the other hand leaves us with this classic pose as he sarcastically shouts "Ohh I'll take that to the bank."
It's been almost a decade of Bayless and he is continuously regarded as one of ESPN's worst personalities. If bloggers have had any role in the removal of Joe Morgan and Stephen A Smith off of the air, we can only hope this helps the case against Bayless.