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Every time I look through the channel guide, I see something UFC related on FS1.  At a certain point, it's not even worth looking, I'm not interested in UFC at all, and I suspect the same is true for the overwhelming majority of sports fans.  

5 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-1-needs-to-pass-the-dvr-test-in-year-2.html

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Hard to believe that many people watched the ESPYs, what a worthless event.  

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nicks-kid-choice-sports-awards-beat-the-espys.html

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Yeah, no way anybody could ever have known about the tornado warning if they hadn't cut into the broadcast.  Surely not from the half dozen prior warnings they'd apparently scrolled during the broadcast, or from emergency alerts sent to cell phones, or from any of about a billion Twitter feeds.  


Nope, because this is the year 1974, when local news actually provided a somewhat relevant service.  You're not saving anyone's life, you're giving your weather suit some unscripted screen time.  

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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@Buffalo_Brave Your facts are a little screwed up, since there was no domestic outdoor soccer league for 12 years, with the NASL basically doing a death rattle for their last four years of existence.  


Clearly it went away.    

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-massive-world-cup-ratings-really-mean-for-american-soccer.html

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He's a child.  

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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@topthecharts3 And the flaw in comparing the NASL to MLS is that without a representative national team in a sport with an enormous international tournament, the league was doomed to failure even though it enjoyed temporary popularity.  The US didn't qualify for a World Cup for 4 decades, so there was no galvanizing event every four years for "casual" fans to grab onto.  


And nobody ever said MLS was ever going to challenge the NFL.  But things DO change.  It wasn't even 50 years ago that the NFL couldn't give away tickets to what became the first Super Bowl.  

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-massive-world-cup-ratings-really-mean-for-american-soccer.html

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Yeah, those soccer games just last forever.  Now let's all tune in for a 3 1/2 hour NFL game with beer and pickup truck commercials every 5 minutes like true Americans.


And my great grandfather was born here over a century ago with many other first-generation Americans, and has been dead for two decades, yet I'm watching soccer.  I'm quite sure all those people in bars and parks have similar stories to tell, and aren't the evil Mexican border jumpers Coulter is clearly and ignorantly suggesting.  

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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@spencerj05 I meant those three sports in conjunction, but even so, I don't think there's a case to be made in favor of baseball any time after the 1994 strike, and that's the absolute latest.  

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-massive-world-cup-ratings-really-mean-for-american-soccer.html

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@spencerj05 @JPjr1 Or, what he's saying is that a lot can change in 20 years.  The NFL went from a blip on the radar in the early 50s to a giant by the early 70s.  MLS hasn't even been in existence for 20 years.  

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-massive-world-cup-ratings-really-mean-for-american-soccer.html

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As you pointed out, the reality is somewhere in the middle, which is what both sides of the "debate" need to understand.  There are enough people in the US for soccer to occupy a niche, much like the NHL does.  


The old curmudgeons of the world need to understand that soccer really isn't going away this time, so while they're free to ignore or dismiss it because it's not the NFL and exists outside their comfort zone, they do risk sounding ignorant and out of touch by doing so.  


I'm sure you can find a few people who remember when baseball, horse racing and boxing were the most popular sports in America.  Times change.  

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-massive-world-cup-ratings-really-mean-for-american-soccer.html

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@KevinTheNYRBlog @rangermom @Pvelyk @RSJem The Kings played an inside out game designed to do exactly that.  A scoreless first period was their goal after being blitzed early in both games out in LA, and they got a bonus by getting a goal with under a second left after dodging a huge bullet when Zuccarello's chance went off the post.  


I just really hate the idea that their effort or enthusiasm gets questioned because the Kings played a very sound defensive first period and kept things to the outside.  There are two teams playing in the series, and the one with the size advantage played a stout defensive period on the road.  That has a way of making the Rangers look like they didn't have any jump, but that ignores the fact that they were literally a millimeter away from scoring the first goal.  

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Pvelyk @RSJem Jesus, nobody is saying the losses are okay, we're saying the "lack of effort" explanation is absurd.  If that's too difficult of a concept for you to grasp, I don't have anything else to tell you.  Believe me, I'm well aware that they're down 3-0 in the series.  

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Pvelyk @RSJem I'm not trying for a moral victory, I'm saying that questioning the team's effort as a common and repeated snap judgment is utter BS. Frankly, it's lazy analysis.   

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Dminches Couldn't agree more.  Too many people go immediately to effort when there's a lopsided final score.  Doesn't show even the slightest bit of analysis.  

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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This is the kind of stuff that really bothers me, any time a team gets shut out or loses by a few goals, people default to saying the effort wasn't there.  If Zuccarello's shot goes in instead of clanging off the inside of the post, would their effort have been better?  If Carter's shot had gone in 0.8 sec later and been waved off, would their effort have been better?  Some people always try to boil it down to effort even when that's not an accurate assessment.  The Rangers had the puck all night, they had chances that hit the post, they had chances that hit Quick's paddle and the butt end of his stick.  The puck didn't go in, but I don't see how that's from a lack of effort.  


And once it got to be 3-0, all the effort in the world wasn't going to do much to crack LA's shell - that's a championship level hockey team locking it down defensively and keeping things all on the outside.  


You can say they were irresponsible defensively (Moore on Carter's goal specifically) and lacked finish around the net (I can cite 5 or 6 glorious chances that wouldn't go) but they weren't out there not trying.  It just didn't work out.  



2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Braydon Coburn is -5, and has a stupid name.  

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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The problem with Gus Johnson isn't (solely) his broadcasting style, it's the fact that it's incredibly difficult to provide solid commentary without a background of knowledge about the sport - particularly one as free-flowing as soccer.  I wouldn't expect Martin Tyler to be able to broadcast an NFL game, because he's likely unfamiliar with the game, having not grown up with it.  


On television, soccer broadcasts need to be conversational, and Gus simply does not have the fundamental understanding of the game or its history that would allow him to do that.  So he's stuck doing play-by-play (which is largely unnecessary on a visual medium) without the ability to understand or discuss what's really going on.  

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/american-soccer-fans-arent-getting-any-closer-to-accepting-gus-johnson.html

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Someone should have told him that standing around MSG (other than Knicks/Rangers game nights) and Times Square is the last place you'll find any actual New Yorkers.  Talking to people in the taxi line with suitcases?  Yeah, those people just got off the train from Boston or DC, or took NJ Transit in from Newark Airport.  


The only New Yorkers he did find were the ones who walked past him without even turning their heads.  As they should have.  


Except for the guy who said Hoiberg would be better than the Knicks current coach, despite not knowing who Hoiberg was.  He's 100% correct.  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Because FOX/CBS want that 4:30-730pm ET window for their national broadcasts.  They don't want the 4th quarter, they want 3-3.5 hours.  

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/why-doesnt-the-nfl-stagger-sunday-games-like-march-madness.html

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A Tavares-type injury to Lundqvist or McDonagh is a nightmare scenario.  Losing in the gold medal game to a guy who was here for 10 minutes barely even counts as a bad day.  

6 months ago on Rangers Well Represented in Olympic Semifinals

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If my experience on NHL 14 last night is accurate, Taylor Hall is unstoppable if you give him an inch of open ice.  

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Callahan Back on Power Play; Talbot to Start Tonight

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He got a shot on goal?  Out of how many attempts?  

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Del Zotto Mistake Free In First Game With Preds

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@KreiderisTheChosenOne He took his "pond hockey" team all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.  We should be so lucky.  

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Blues 2, Rangers 1

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@GetTheKingACup The guy played out of his mind last night.  That save off of Nash's deflection was all reaction and instinct on a shot heading into the top corner of the net.  What else do you want to do on that play?  Low shot, perfect deflection, and the guy got his glove on it.  


I'm sure the Caps say the same thing you just did every spring when Hank stops every single thing they throw at him.  

9 months ago on Kreider Doing It All But Scoring

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They are really all pressing right now because the puck isn't going in.  They don't need to change anything about their approach, but they do need the dam to break to get things rolling offensively.  If there's one problem to have offensively, it's the one they're having - generating a million chances and dominating the game but running into hot goaltending.  It won't last forever.  

9 months ago on Kreider Doing It All But Scoring

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@Kevin DeLury @RSJem Keep it in the room, unless you want to tell the assembled media that Hagelin "sucks" on the power play, right?  That's what calling someone out actually looks like.  Stating the obvious about a soft goal when asked is fair play.  


There's far too much concern over the feelings of these guys, as if we can even psychoanalyze them from afar.  

9 months, 1 week ago on Lundqvist Has to Make That Save

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People really need to figure out that what AV said is not "calling Lundqvist out" and that if Hank's confidence is that easily shaken by a factual remark, we have much bigger problems.  

9 months, 1 week ago on Lundqvist Has to Make That Save

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@shoot_the_goalie They've won 3 games in a row and 7 of 9, I'll make any irrational comparison I like.  


Obviously it's not fair to put him in Leetch's class at this point, but his game is moving in that direction now that the shackles are off and his coach is actually allowing him to utilize his skills.  

9 months, 1 week ago on It Doesn't Get Better Than This Play

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@KreiderisTheChosenOne Yeah he'll never put up 100 pts (or even 80) but with the leeway he has now to carry the puck and join the play, he's showing good enough offensive instincts & ability to score 15+ goals and have 50+ points per season when he hits his prime.  

9 months, 1 week ago on It Doesn't Get Better Than This Play

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McDonagh is turning into Brian Leetch before our very eyes.  

9 months, 1 week ago on It Doesn't Get Better Than This Play

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I certainly don't think it warrants a lawsuit, but Chamblee has been clutching his pearls ever since Tiger didn't disqualify himself from the Masters - he's brought it up constantly.  This response from Tiger's team is exactly what Chamblee wanted out of this, acknowledgment.  Should have just left it alone.  

10 months ago on Tiger Woods camp threatens lawsuit against Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee

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Looks like every single former SPEED viewer with an IQ above 70 is represented here.  

12 months ago on Speed fans are angry about Fox Sports 1

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If it's truly taking over for SPEED, TWC in NYC would be 123 for SD and 774 for HD.  

1 year ago on What channel is Fox Sports 1?

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Most speedy wingers do, it's a waste of their talents to play them on the 3rd and 4th line because they don't have anybody to get them the puck and nobody skilled enough to give them enough space to actually score.  

1 year, 2 months ago on Kreider Tip Helps Rangers Survive Another Day

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He might as well have been gliding around the rink at Bryant Park.  

1 year, 3 months ago on Ovechkin Doesn't Like to Hustle

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The Caps are unconcerned with Rangers forwards down low, so they pressure the points much more.  And the Rangers also are more likely to cycle down low and attempt something in the crease/slot area rather than using their point men.  


And who can really blame them?  Especially with Del Zotto hell bent on either wrecking Capitals shin guards or firing shot after shot off the end boards.  

1 year, 3 months ago on Where the Rangers Goals Are Coming From

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Puck luck is an interesting thing sometimes, and Chimera seems to have it against the Rangers.  Last night's goal was a softy from the boards, he did literally nothing except have the puck land on his stick for the OT goal a few years ago.  His goal in game 2 last year was a dribbler off a scramble in front when Hank left the net and was beaten to the puck.  


Not that he hasn't been a major pain in the butt, but he's been quite fortunate in the goals department vs the Rangers for some reason.  

1 year, 3 months ago on Forget About Ovechkin, Someone Get a Body on Chimera

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Supply/Demand.  It's not rocket science.  

1 year, 5 months ago on Rangers Season Tickets to Increase Next Year

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Someone should paint him toe-dragging a 64 oz soda past Mayor Bloomberg while smoking a cigarette in the park.  

1 year, 5 months ago on Nash Takes Manhattan

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 @Zubov What a fraud he is.   That said, that little weasel could be the thing the Rangers need to come together.  Just have to hope whoever he takes a run at is ready, and Mashinter can knock Neil's lights out.  Assuming he doesn't turtle, which he undoubtedly will.  

1 year, 6 months ago on Will Neil Catch Del Zotto With His Head Down Tonight?

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I love how Chris Neil is the victim when he was the one who went head hunting on Brian Boyle.  I hope he gets run over by a dump truck on the way to the arena tonight.  

1 year, 6 months ago on Will Neil Catch Del Zotto With His Head Down Tonight?

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 @Mills Lane And you have way too much time on your hands if you're on a Rangers board putting up dozens, if not hundreds, of posts.  Your mom is calling from upstairs, lunch is ready.  PBJ with the crusts cut off, just how you like it.  

1 year, 6 months ago on Sidney Crosby is a Whiny Bitch Who Gets Away With Murder

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 @Mills Lane You haven't provided a single "fact" that isn't purely anecdotal in nature.  Learn the definition of words before you use them.  

1 year, 6 months ago on Sidney Crosby is a Whiny Bitch Who Gets Away With Murder

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 @Mills Lane Because other players in the league actually get called for penalties when they commit them.  Unlike Sidney, who committed at least two last night and was sent to the box zero times.  You don't get to whine if you always get the benefit of the doubt.  

1 year, 6 months ago on Sidney Crosby is a Whiny Bitch Who Gets Away With Murder

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I know this one guy who had the exact same injury, then the next day he got hit by a bus.  

1 year, 6 months ago on Callahan May Not Be Out of the Woods

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