National college football writer for Examiner.com, FWAA and National Football Foundation member, podcast host at No2MinuteWarning.com.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/skip-bayless-is-already-calling-lebron-james-lecramp.html
Looks like we were experiencing some technical issues Thursday morning with the playback of this episode, but I believe it has been fixed. Not sure what the problem was but please let me know if you are having any issues playing this episode.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crystalballrun/
I have always believed in the philosophy that a no-hitter late in the game needs to be broken up by a no-doubt-about-it base hit. This is a play I would have ruled an error in the first inning or the eighth, regardless of the situation in the box score.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Let's see, we have a table. Now just need some chairs and a ladder.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/video-journalists-fight-with-each-other-and-table-live-on-air.html
And last I checked, Boomer Esiason DID put a uniform on.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Will write about this later on Crystal Ball Run, but like you said this is a huge boost for the college football credibility of FOX Sports 1. Having someone who will break some college football stories and provide such insight is fantastic for FS1.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
As a sidenote, this was one of the (if not THE) first games aired by the Big Ten Network I believe.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crystalballrun/
I remember listening to the Penn State season opener while driving out to Harrisburg to visit some friends, getting periodic score updates from this one. It was not until hours later I learned Michigan ended up losing this one. This is one of the all-time games in the sport, at least in the modern era. That Appalachian State team was really good though. I would not count on that lightning striking twice this season, because this year's team is far from the caliber of that FCS powerhouse in 2007.
I actually liked the movie. Not great, but it was a fun flick.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on ESPN, NBCUniversal and Viacom fined for airing Olympus Has Fallen trailers
Bacon bowls. Flip a muffin pan over, wrap some bacon around the bottom of the pan that sticks out for the muffins and wrap it up in bacon, then place in the over, bacon-side up. Then pour some scrambled eggs in or whatever else you can think of and enjoy. There's something like this sold on a TV commercial now too, so keep an eye out.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Want to Win A Free $40 Jack in the Box Gift Card? Here's Your Chance
Berman? As in, Chris Berman? This is a joke, right?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on AA Roundtable: ESPN's College Football Future
I have Comcast and have had FS1 since launch.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on It may be time for Fox Sports 1 to panic over this number
The MLS was doomed when they dared to schedule against college football championship games, specifically the SEC. Awful planning.
7 months, 1 week ago on The 2013 MLS Cup was the least-viewed ever
Davonte Parker is out tonight (Thursday) for Louisville.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Dirty Dozen: Crystal Ball Run staff picks for Week 7
Good list, but what about Washington State?!?
10 months, 1 week ago on Ten Places College GameDay Needs to Visit
Did you not watch the week one opener between Utah and Utah State? That was a great college football game. And North Dakota State's upset of Kansas State, I believe was on FS1 as well. A month in, FS1 has had some pretty good college football highlights. Please note: I may be biased.
10 months, 1 week ago on Where is Fox Sports 1 after one month?
It took this long for this statement, why?
11 months ago on Ryan Braun admits PED use in written statement
Why rush a decision without knowing for sure what the best option is? This is not Rob Bolden vs Matt McGloin part two, but I can understand where the negative reaction comes from. O'Brien is working with two quarterbacks ho have never played a game at this level, so I don't think a 2-QB rotation at the start of the year would be all that terrible until one separates from the other.
11 months ago on O'Brien Fails To Name A Starter...Again
Somebody in the NCAA offices has half a brain. Kudos on making the right decision, even if it came under pressure.
11 months, 1 week ago on NCAA reverses course, MTSU's Rhodes ruled eligible
@bigjohn33 I think you mean Fox Sports Tres.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Fuel TV website confirms Fox Sports 2 rebrand
And really, what's so bad about two more years of Utley in Philadelphia? And perhaps more importantly, what's next on the Phillies to-do list?
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Philadelphia Phillies agree to two-year extension with Chase Utley
Carlos Hyde may be cleared from any potential charges with video evidence surfacing in his favor: http://www.bloguin.com/crystalballrun/2013-articles/july/ohio-state-rb-hyde-could-make-quick-return-thanks-to-video-evidence.html
12 months ago on Ohio State dismisses Hyde, investigates Roby following troubling weekend for Buckeyes
This show line-up reminds me of a college football program trying to form an identity by throwing whatever they can think of together and seeing if it works. Sometimes it works, but often it does not. While ATH has lost it's sizzle for my tastes, I'm not sure this show has enough to hit the ground running to make a serious run at ESPN's core evening programming. But, we'll see.
1 year ago on Cast announced for Regis Philbin's Fox Sports 1 show
@andycoppens @Cheezdog Might want to address the people at EA Sports and let them know of the error. There will be a uniform update next month that will fix a number of issues. Louisiana Tech already confirmed their uniforms will be adjusted in the game with the first uniform update.
1 year ago on The 2013 Wisconsin Football Season.... As simulated by NCAA 14
1. Copy and paste first few paragraphs in to a new post.
2. Replace "New Mexico State" or "NMSU" with "Idaho."
3. Click post for related Idaho story.
1 year ago on The Independent Review: New Mexico State isn't in a conference?
For highlights I have been turning to NBC Sports Network's The Lights. 30 minutes, all the highlights. I believe CBS Sports Network has something on their network but I can't recall what it is called. I haven't watched it. Looking forward to seeing what FS1 ends up doing once they go live.
1 year ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter
I realize there are a couple of players I may have missed here. There are a couple players no longer associated with the team but remain on scholarship as well. I did not include them intentionally.
1 year, 1 month ago on Penn State’s “Emmert Curse” claims another victim at Florida State
Congrats on the new position Tim, and best of luck to everyone at The B1G Time moving forward. Just to throw this out there, you are always welcome to chip in over at NittanyLionsDen.com as well, and I'll do what we can to share your content here with our PSU community as well.
1 year, 1 month ago on We're Expanding.... to Penn State coverage!
I really like Willie Taggart at South Florida, but I feel O'Leary has more to work with to make a bit of noise this season. So I'll lean toward O'Leary for this one.
1 year, 2 months ago on The American Preview: Crystal Ball Run makes their championship picks
I forgot to add my coach of the year candidate. Give me George O'Leary at Central Florida.
I'll be honest, I want to give credit to FOX Sports West for coming up with a plan to at least give you all of the action. It sounds complicated, but they did try to please everybody from the sound of it.
1 year, 2 months ago on How to make two fan bases angry at once | May | 2013
I have always been in favor of (more) FCS programs like the game used to include. One thing I would like to see added is a playoff format option. No word on if that will be included this year or not, but I know I would appreciate the ability to include that in dynasty mode, since thing will be changing in 2014. Of course, supposing there is a game next year, that may be a feature they need to keep separate in order to get people to buy the game next year.
1 year, 3 months ago on NCAA Football 14 Brings Realism To Presentation
Jose DeLeon. You all remember him, right?
1 year, 3 months ago on This day in 1993: Phillies 6, Astros 3 (10 innings)
Kratz's father is part owner of the company.
1 year, 3 months ago on Phillies catcher Erik Kratz is shilling turkey bacon | April | 2013 Articles
Chase Utley is one home run away from 200 career HR. Some more Phillies milestones and franchise marks via Macho-Row.com: http://www.macho-row.com/2013-articles/april/phillies-milestone-watch-for-2013.html
1 year, 3 months ago on Eleven Milestones to Watch For This Season
We know Rutgers is listed twice. This will be fixed ASAP!
1 year, 4 months ago on Crystal Ball Run's Helmet Madness Bracket!
@z3r019 @Jrider Typo! Thanks for pointing it out! It has been corrected. Thank you for reading.
1 year, 5 months ago on Evaluating College Football's First-Year Head Coaches: Mike Leach
Shame on me. I had seen this video before but forgot all about it. Everything about this video screams Shippensburg video quality. Some things have never changed, and I love it.
1 year, 5 months ago on Video: Darth Vader helps New Oklahoma State coordinator explain trick play
@andycoppens To be fair Andy, he was asked about the topic in an interview. He didn't bring it up on his own, and the topic came much deeper in an interview focused on violence and focused more on gun violence.
1 year, 5 months ago on Obama calls on NCAA to examine football player safety
Aaron, this is the second domino to fall. Idaho fired their head coach recently too.
1 year, 8 months ago on Kentucky fires Joker Phillips
If the NCAA would turn this idea down, that is a disappointment for Temple, who will lose out on a game. There is a chance that game will determine whether or not Temple will even be bowl eligible, so there really could be a lot riding on the game as a result for Temple, and the Big East.
1 year, 9 months ago on Is Temple trying to schedule a game for this December?
Don't forget about the USFL's plans to return, of course that won't happen for a while.
1 year, 9 months ago on UFL scrambling to buy time
@lfink73 Please contact us so we can ensure you receive your prize!
1 year, 10 months ago on Contest: Guess the passing yards, win a mini helmet! | September
@lfink73 Wow! SO CLOSE to getting it dead on! Matt McGloin passed for 197 yards according to the final official game stats. Congratulations on being our winner!
I'll see it. Not sure what I would expect to see. And worse yet, I'll go to see it knowing it will only displease me. Maybe I need help.
1 year, 10 months ago on Is a movie about Paterno in the works?
@meghankrane Should be a good one. I've been saying Missouri is my sleeper pick in the SEC East this year, so a win would set them up nicely.
1 year, 10 months ago on Upset Alert, Week 2 - SEC rookies look for big wins
Clearly these people are not reading Awful Announcing regularly. The shame they all should have.
1 year, 10 months ago on Real Tweets from Real People - Beth Mowins IS NOT Pam Ward
Of course the announcers played the homer side by suggesting he got thrown out for sitting on the bench. Um, no he didn't.
1 year, 11 months ago on VIDEO: Kemp, Mattingly ejected in explosive fashion | August | 2012 Articles
Great first piece on the site John. Welcome to the team.
1 year, 11 months ago on Rick Reilly and Notre Dame: Takes one to know one
"There were no shoutfests or grand proclamations that either made Xavi step up his game because of their criticism either."
You mean ESPN doesn't need two guys screaming at each other with generalities and un-informed analysis? Who'd a thunk it. As much as ESPN gets picked on for pumping up Skip Bayless, they must be given credit for the way they present a sport the way it should be presented.
2 years ago on 11 thoughts on ESPN's Euro 2012 coverage | July
@Betsy A Pudliner While Sandusky is clearly the most vile person in all of this, let's be real about this and admit that this is more than a Sandusky issue. Obviously we will let the courts play out but it sure seems difficult to argue that some representing Penn State University did not execute a proper response to potential harm being doen on their campus.
Like it or not the alleged actions and inactions of Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz does reflect poorly on the university, and casts a darker cloud over the university. I ma not suggesting the school cannot survive (I would argue it has and will be just fine in the long term). I'm merely extending the question and conversation. Curious how others feel too.
2 years ago on Cup of Joe - Should Penn State abandon history? | June
@Betsy A Pudliner Fair enough. I think what the original article by Tim over on BSD was addressing more was the larger perception of PSU. Whether that is a concern to you or not is entirely your respected opinion.
Not really taking sides on the topic here, just expanding on what I thought after reading Tim's post.
"When he was on the post, what were the different defensive schemes that Oklahoma City ran last night?"
"They had, they used Sefalosha on him, they used Durant on him..."
"Ibaka was supposed to come hard...."
"I just asked a simple question."
The problem, ESPN, is that Skip Bayless is not equipped to actually talk about the inner workings of a sport. Please, stop trying to tout him as the authoritative voice on the sporting world. Let him write a column on your website if you want.
Thank you Mark Cuban.
2 years, 1 month ago on Skip Bayless is going to regret that debate invite to Mark Cuban | June
@reh9993 I agree with you to a point. I still believe Paterno could have, and perhaps should have, done more. I would like to think I would have done more in the same situation but who knows. As far as Paterno could have been concerned, the issue was dealt with appropriately.
And while Paterno was a recipient of plenty of national attention, which comes with being the face of the program, it really is hard to argue that Paterno should not have been fired given the circumstances. The manner in which it was handled, on the other hand, could have been done differently and I think that, more than anything, is what continues to rub some people the wrong way.
2 years, 1 month ago on Dick Vitale still supporting Joe Paterno, not afraid to defend his point of view | June
@Aaron Torres Big Silas Redd fan. Does things the right way, says the right things. Good head on his shoulders, for sure. But I would be more worried about the play of the offensive line, not the quarterback.
2 years, 1 month ago on Heisman Week: Pac-12 loaded with dark horses | June
Should Hamels be suspended? Absolutely, no doubt. But I have no problem with Cole Hamels telling the truth afterward. I'd rather a pitcher own up to going after a hitter rather than being a coward and trying to lie about it the way Ubaldo did.
2 years, 2 months ago on Should Cole Hamels be suspended for hitting Bryce Harper? | May
Yeah, it is the typical Nike-ploy but I kind of like the updated logo. I might still prefer the original logo, bu I have no real issues with the new one. That said, I just wish Purdue would stick to using the "P" for their logo.
2 years, 2 months ago on Purdue Unveils New Logo
We are the Champions by Queen
“Played way too damn much”
Must be a fan from New England. Right?
2 years, 3 months ago on How Star Trek and Star Wars Led to the Geeky TV Shows We Watch Today
Thanks for the link Josh. Just to clarify though, the Notre Dame spring game coverage opportunity will close at noon eastern on Wednesday, so please get in touch NOW if interested. The Stanford opportunity may close at the end of the week.
2 years, 3 months ago on Daily Huddle 4-10-12
You need the embed code?
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2 years, 3 months ago on Dugout Digest: Opening Night | April
Danny O'Brien lobbying just reached Russell Wilson levels, right?
2 years, 4 months ago on More Uncertainty at QB for Wisconsin? | Football
Welcome aboard Dave. Looking forward to working with you here.
2 years, 4 months ago on Introducing...The Pigskin Pundit | February
Why did amaro give Kendrick two years? Because he is a decent option for long relief out of the bullpen and more than capable of making a start or two if needed. We don't know if Vance Worley will suffer a sophomore slump or not, or whether Joe Blanton will bounce back to his innings-eater capabilities. If a start struggled and needs time off, Kendrick will be the first option out of the pen, and considering he showed some improvement last season that seems like a good option to have.
I shared my thoughts on Kendrick over on Macho Row yesterday: http://macho-row.com/2012-articles/february/kyle-kendrick-signs-two-year-contract-with-phillies.html
2 years, 5 months ago on Phillies give Kyle Kendrick two years, but why? | February
Put anti-Rovell sentiment aside here. What he did was perfectly fine, initially. If what he says is true, then he did his own reporting and confirming, as any good journalist would have done, AND he credited the reporter who first reported it, as we would like to see done everywhere.
Sandomir is right in that the way Rovell spread his message did come off a little arrogant, though. But I'm fine with it. What gets me is how Rovell feels compelled to RT what Sandomir is arguing to him, and throw his own input in before the RT, thus talking down to Sandomir in front of all of his followers. If he could just simply reply to Sandomir so we didn't all have to see it, that would have been mroe appropriate.
Of course, I didn't write the rules of Twitter, right?
2 years, 5 months ago on Twitter Wars: Darren Rovell vs Richard Sandomir | February
I'll add one to the pot, to make sure we touch on the MAC at least once. I am curious to see what Temple does in year two under Steve Addazio (I know, perhaps locally biased here) but the question for me is this: Temple has supposedly been recruiting at the top of the MAC the last couple years. When does it become time to make that push for a MAC championship for this program? They continue to struggle against their top opponents. Is this the year the Owls finally get by Toledo and Ohio?
2 years, 5 months ago on Top 10 off-season storylines in the non-AQs | February
Welcome aboard Andy (and staff).
2 years, 6 months ago on Welcome to Our New Home | Other
@Blatant Homerism And just to throw it out there, Penn State has already said their players deserve a bowl trip and they will accept a bowl invite.
2 years, 8 months ago on Could Scandal Lead To A Bowl-Less Postseason For Penn State? | November
I know it's a popular thought, but there is no way Penn State does not receive a bowl invite. Too many fans travel to see Penn State for all available bowls to pass on them, scandal or not.
@collegiatestdms But with the budget they have, it has the potential to be back at the top with the right moves. Of course, the entire future is somewhat foggy right now.
2 years, 8 months ago on Joe Paterno By The Numbers | November
Clearly you missed the big news last year that Paterno underwent eye surgery and has better sight now than he ever had before. He said he didn't even need his glasses any more and he wore them more because they were a part of him. Think Drew Carey.
It's really quite simple. Andrew Luck is the best player, regardless of the opponent. Better stats? Maybe not, but to me it's not about just the stats. Without Luck, Stanford is in the middle of the pack. I think almost any other team you could take that player out of the picture and hav close to the same result, and to me that includes Kellen Moore at Boise State and RGIII at Baylor.
Just my opinion.
2 years, 9 months ago on Bloguin Heisman Poll Week Seven | October
I do think the Big East needs to roll the dice with a hard gamble on an ultimatum with Notre Dame. It probably won't work, but at this point it is a critical move that could pay dividends. But a conference can't let one school take control like this. We see what happened in the Big 12 with the Longhorn Network. If NBC is interested in picking up a Big East football contract, that could change things as well.
2 years, 9 months ago on Hey Notre Dame: Time for Action in the Big East | October
Whoops! I said "Big 12 South" when referring to the PAC 12 South game.
2 years, 9 months ago on Upset Alert: Going from coast to coast this week | October
So 150 all-purpose yards from a running back and two touchdowns in a game the quarterback was struggling is a bad thing? Part of being a Heisman player is making the plays your team needs to win in the clutch. If not for Lattimore, does South Carolina even beat Vanderbilt?
2 years, 9 months ago on Bloguin Heisman Poll Week Four | September
Boise State does six games on national TV the rest of the season, including one on ESPN, between Versus and the CBS College Sports Network. I know it is not ESPN, but he will still be readily available to those with a sports package and the ability to use a TV Guide channel instead of complaining about not knowing where to find these channels.
He's heating up!
2 years, 10 months ago on Houston Nutt's Hot Seat Grows Warmer | September
Those blasted turtles!!!!
2 years, 10 months ago on The A-Z of Shredder's insults
@bama519 That is a fair point and I should have mentioned that in more detail. It was a part of my thinking for this game.
2 years, 10 months ago on Upset Alert: Utah looks for statement win at USC | August
Well I'm not sure I can add too much more to this discussion guys. Sorry I missed out (again) on this.
I will say that it never made too much sense to me that UCLAhas faded away the way they have. I think ever since they lost that rescheduled game at Miami the Bruins have just continued to fall. USC took control of the area but there still should have been plenty of resources to buiuld a pretty decent program across town.
UCLA will be back some day. Their athletic department is too successful for it not to be. I think with the new division format we may see the Bruins start to climb back in to the Pac 12 picture, but I don't see it happening for another few years.
2 years, 10 months ago on Meeting Of The Minds: Troubled Bruins | September
@TomPerry Thanks, and trust me, iMovie did the brunt of the fancy stuff.
2 years, 10 months ago on Upset Alert: TCU and Texas A&M brace for rivalry showdowns | August
And I say "You're crazy" with the utmost respect, Aaron. :)
2 years, 10 months ago on Why Florida State Will Win The 2011 BCS National Championship | College Football
You're crazy, but at least you back it up.
I actually think FSU is going to be in the picture all season long, although I think 2012 will be their time. I think 2011 will be a prelude to something really special in the next couple of years.
@aluf I don't think the threat to transfer really plays a role in the decision making. If anything, that's what would hold him back from getting the job.
2 years, 10 months ago on Quickie Poll: Bolden or McGloin | August
We're being technical here, but the exit from the Big 12 is contingent upon being accepted by another prospective conference. But they will be accepted so I guess they are as good as gone.
The question for me is now what happens with Oklahoma. Assuming Texas is comfortable with the possibility of being an independent with their own ESPN-aided network (good for them), then Oklahoma becomes the Albert Pujols of the college football realignment process. Every conference should want them, and every conference would benefit from having them.
Forget Missouri, I'm going after Oklahoma if I'm the SEC, Pac 12, or Big Ten.
2 years, 10 months ago on College Football Anarchy 2.0: Texas A&M Officially Withdraws From The Big XII | August
I guess we jinxed just about everybody. So maybe we should book Ohio State vs. South Carolina now?
2 years, 10 months ago on Crystal Ball Run's 2011 National Championship Picks | August
I failed to respond to this chain of conversation while I was preventing my parents' basement from flooding, so I'll add my two cents quickly here in the comments section.
I absolutely love seeing a few marquee match-ups early in the season, including week one. Sure, they are more attractive than games against FCS opponents but they also serve as a measuring stick for each team. If you start the season against another Top 25 program it is your chance to prove to everyone just how good you are, and that can set the tone for the remainder of the season. And let's face it, if you are good enough, you can recover form a loss in the polls if needed.
For schools like Boise State, this may be the one chance during the season in which people will take them seriously as a power program. They need games like this to generate some media attention, and I'm OK with that. Go out and schedule these tough games, even if it is more for a paycheck in some instances. Win them and earn more respect. Lose them and I don't want to hear about your one chance on the national stage and disrespect.
I would love to see some of the conferences organize some form of pre-season deal similar to what we see in basketball, with the Big Ten-ACC challenge for example. Set up one week in September and have your conference go toe-to-toe with the other in a series of games. If it helps getting some more SEC schools to visit the North, I'm all for that!
2 years, 10 months ago on Meeting Of The Minds: Are Big Week 1 Showdowns Good For The Game? | August
Mike Missanelli (the author of the Philly.com column) is a Penn State alum, and he wrote a book about the 1986 team in the last couple of years, for what it's worth.
2 years, 11 months ago on Cup of Joe: August 16 | August
Shame on me for not mentioning this game in my Favorites post on Michael Robinson. If not for a couple of seconds in Ann Arbor, he might have been playing in this very game. I wonder if it would have ended in as dramatic fashion?
2 years, 11 months ago on My Favorite Game: Texas 41, USC 38 (2006 Rose Bowl) | August
@CollegeWolf Thanks! I'm always trying to get this site out there and hope to have some more announcements like this in the near future!
2 years, 11 months ago on Nittany Lion's Den joins Daily Local News Blogtown | August
Also, Nebraska gets to make back-to-back visits to Beaver Stadium and Michigan Stadium. Gulp!
2 years, 11 months ago on College Football 2011: The Best and Worst Schedules | August
Really interested to see how this plays out Ryan.
2 years, 11 months ago on 2011 Big Ten Season Review: Look into my crystal ball! | August
Let's get this party hopping!
2 years, 11 months ago on Samaki Walker Tried To Eat His Pot | July
Just curious, who out there actually wants Gruden as a head coach at Penn State? Better yet, why?
3 years ago on Cup of Joe: June 30th | June