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Yoder, please. If ESPN gave a damn about public perception they would have shelved "First Take" a long time ago. But "First Take" gets ratings, & ratings equal money. Given that fact I'll wager ESPN doesn't do anything. Oh, maybe they'll issue a wishy-washy statement of some sort, but that's about it. Being a major media outlet they know as well as anyone that the largely media driven outrage cycle lasts a few days to maybe a week, max. Everyone will soon be on to the next outrage, & ESPN will continue raking in the profits.

3 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-worst-nightmare-has-come-to-life.html

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The awards show at which Erin Andrews was not in attendance had a larger audience than the awards show at which she appeared. Coincidence? I think not!

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nicks-kid-choice-sports-awards-beat-the-espys.html

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A long time ago now, someone at ESPN felt that handing a cheerleader a microphone and pretending she was some manner of sports journalist was a swell idea. It wasn't. Nearly every enterprise depending on Erin Andrews to capably assume a role other than vacuous eye candy has been an embarrassment. Yet on this very blog one can find entry after entry chronicling these failures, and practically every one takes great pains to excuse the common denominator from any responsibility. "That's not Andrews' fault ..." has essentially become Awful Announcing's catch phrase. I'm reminded of the words of Christopher Moltisanti, who said, "I think you should mentally prepare for the possibility that Visiting Day sucks." It's long past time those in charge of this blog did the same RE: Erin Andrews.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/erin-andrews-off-fox-college-football-coverage.html

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ENTERTAINMENT and sports programming NETWORK


That seems like a fairly straightforward mission statement to me.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/22415.html

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I find the inevitable advent of a Jon Stewart rant to be a most helpful barometer for identifying when any given issue has ceased to be at all interesting, or relevant ... if indeed it ever was.

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

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Nantz, Simms, & Wolfson. The Axis of Drivel. Nantz is a tool, Simms is a human turnip, & Wolfson has a voice that could castrate a bull. Does *anyone* apart from the CBS brass enjoy listening to this group?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nfl-on-cbs-broadcast-teams-revealed-for-2014-season.html

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Yes! As a football fan I simply cannot get enough of Tracy Wolfson's grating voice, abrasive personality, & overwhelming air of vacuous incompetence ... Thanks, NFL Network!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/alex-flanagan-being-replaced-on-notre-dame-football-and-football-night-in-america.html

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I've often been driven to tears by Doris Burke's complete ineptitude, so it pretty much evens out.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/doris-burke-almost-driven-to-tears-by-turnovers-interview.html

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I can't wait to hear Tim Tebow's opinion on how the Knicks must feel about Donald Sterling's comments, & whether they merit a spot on the Mt. Rushmore of racism!

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sarah-spain-pops-the-bristol-bubble-with-knicks-exasperation.html

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Costas is a hypocrite, & a coward. Would he dare broach the eminently relevant topics of traumatic brain injury, or Jovan Belcher's inebriated state? Of course not. The NFL, NBC & their alcohol-peddling sponsors would never stand for it. Rather he chose to ignore the issue of causality altogether in favor of making reactionary & uninformed statements about an illusory "gun culture" amongst athletes, never bothering to follow up w/ the story as vital details emerged. It's not journalism. It's not even remotely intelligent. But it is a classic case of media whoremongering, which is about all that Costas & his increasingly obnoxious & pedantic brethren are good for.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bob-costas-defends-his-political-statements-on-late-night.html

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Gee, it's a good thing the word "rape" only has one definition, or this might be nothing more than yet another case of knee-jerk offense taking by uninformed reactionaries ...

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/audio-bob-knight-says-the-nba-has-raped-college-basketball.html

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CBS should hire Billick, & throw Phil Simms into the summit crater of an active volcano.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/brian-billick-out-at-fox.html

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Naturally. Because we'll all begin mistaking ESPN for a legitimate journalistic outlet now that "Ron Burgundy" isn't appearing.

The 'E' is for 'Entertainment', & the 'N' does not stand for 'News'. Everyone would be well served to remember this when the likes of Bayless & Smith begin hollering their sure-to-be reasonable & well informed opinions on the topic of rape.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Ron Burgundy appearance on SportsCenter canceled

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This is the dumbest, most unnecessary apology in the history of television. Come to think of it, I'm deeply offended that ESPN felt this was in any way, shape or form an issue. I trust  sincere Twitter mea culpas will be immediately forthcoming ...

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Another SportsCenter anchor has to apologize for Jeremy Lin comment

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I cannot speak to how a professional locker room ought to function. But as someone who was bullied in school, I find I have no respect for a person who apparently refuses to stand up for himself. Expecting others to shield you from unpleasant people to the extent that you would rather quit your job than confront a blathering jackass displays a clear lack of basic social skills. Incognito comes off as a colossal jerk, & Martin a self-loathing whiner. No one should be taking sides on this issue, because all involved are wrong.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Mike Golic and Dan Le Batard battle over Dolphins bullying scandal

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The quote for (4) is incorrect. Gary Danielson exclaimed "What a win for Gus Manziel!" Had a helluva week, did Gary.

9 months, 1 week ago on Vote for your Week 8 Pammy Nominees!

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Maybe, just maybe, the problem isn't the matchup, but the idiots in sports media who will be broadcasting & covering the Series ....

9 months, 1 week ago on This year's World Series promises to be the most insufferable ever

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Carrie Underwood is insufferable. Enough with the damn theme songs. The current Monday Night Football intro is easily the best of the bunch, mainly because all it's trying to sell is football.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Mike Francesa hates the Sunday Night Football theme

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I believe it's also a direct response to FOX Sports Live, which has a distinct "Hey, remember when watching highlights used to be fun?" style.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on There's more to Kenny Mayne's SportsCenter return than meets the eye

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I imagine Rog & his team of idiots sitting down w/ a meeting agenda headed "Thursday Night Football: How can we make something awful even worse?"

9 months, 2 weeks ago on There could be more Thursday Night Football on the horizon

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Nary a mention of how astoundingly bad the network's presentation of games, suck or no, has been? Terrible broadcasters, & a completely unwatchable mess of a pregame/half time group. It doesn't matter how compelling the match-up, I simply cannot stand viewing football on the NFL's own network. What I wouldn't give for a stadium sound only feed. Honestly, how incompetent does the NFL  have to be to turn a veritable can't miss into an I-don't-want-to-watch?

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Relatively speaking, Thursday Night Football sucks

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Not so much of a stretch. Bayern-Munich made Man City look like an MLS side.

9 months, 4 weeks ago on NBC schedules EPL/MLS doubleheader

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Seen? Let's not confuse being available with being watched.

9 months, 4 weeks ago on CBS Sports Network is now seen in 53 million homes

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Terrible officials are terrible. Rhoads should be thankful he doesn't coach in the Big Ten.

9 months, 4 weeks ago on Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads goes off in postgame press conference

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Nothing will ever top Don Earle's enthusiastic & entirely genuine call "He hit the post! He hit the f*ckin' post!"

10 months ago on Hockey announcer swears after botching name

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Seeing as how the networks themselves are often biased for or against certain athletes, cities &/or teams, I'm not sure the Chelios thing is all that unique, or worth griping about.

Assuming it is an issue, sports networks should either end the practice of hiring ex-players to be talking heads (I wish, but it ain't gonna happen), or audiences learn to accept that almost none of these people are going to be able to be objective.

10 months ago on Chris Chelios picks his employers to win Stanley Cup on Fox Sports Live

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Rece Davis' response to that Jesse Palmer line was going to be my favorite broadcasting moment of the past week, at least until Collinsworth went for broke w/ an absolute gem of willful ignorance.

10 months ago on Vote for Your Week 5 Pammy Nominees!

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This is easily my favorite Collinsworth moment, & considering how much the guy runs his mouth that's a real accomplishment.

10 months ago on Cris Collinsworth is blissfully unaware of Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

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And Orakpo appeared in one of the most annoying commercials in recent memory.  Karma's a bitch.

10 months ago on Brian Orakpo is displeased with Dick Stockton

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"Slowly but surely, NBCSN is becoming the destination for hockey fans."

It's easy to be "the destination" when none of the other networks have any interest. That said, just because NBC has cornered the hockey market doesn't mean their product is any good. I've found their Game of the Week & Playoffs coverage to be uneven at best, & tedious at worst. Without an infusion of new voices it's hard to imagine these additional shows will be any more compelling ... & those who aren't so enamored of Pierre McGuire verbally fellating Sidney Crosby at a near-constant rate will remain SOL.

10 months ago on NBCSN launching two new NHL shows

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Good luck with your internship at the NBC Sports Network! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you score a coveted position on one of their awesome doe estrus infomercials ... er, hunting shows!

10 months, 1 week ago on NBCSN cancels Michelle Beadle's show The Crossover

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NBC has managed to take the flaming ineptitude with which they've all but completely ruined Olympic coverage & extend it to an entire sports network. Thankfully, there are more than ample alternatives for the viewing public. I only hope Michelle Beadle manages to escape the ignorant clutches of NBCSN, & soon. 

10 months, 1 week ago on NBCSN cancels Michelle Beadle's show The Crossover

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Ford Keys To The Game

Pam Oliver: Keep out of the way of the &@^%$*# marching band!

10 months, 1 week ago on Pam Oliver almost gets taken out by Ohio State marching band

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You don't want "Keys to the Game". I don't want "Keys to the Game". No fan watching football, or baseball, or synchronized underwater basket weaving wants "Keys to the Game". The simple fact is no one on this planet gives a fart in the wind about "Keys to the Game" save for FOX, & whichever automobile manufacturer they can scam into sponsoring this useless nonsense.

10 months, 1 week ago on Fox's keys to the game are befuddling

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LeBron should debate Johnny Football. Topic: If Tin Tebow were President of the United States, how should he handle the current unrest in Syria?

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Your contractually obligated ridiculous LeBron James SportsCenter moment

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How does Dilfer escape criticism? The man never shuts up, & comes off like he invented the damn game. He's the Tim McCarver of NFL color commentary. I'm almost relieved when Berman starts yelling, as it signals a blessed respite from Trent's insipid blathering.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Real Tweets from Real People - Chris Berman MNF

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They've been left dumbfounded by her surpassing vacuousness.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Erin Andrews photobomb to end all photobombs

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Goldsh-t is my favorite Bond villain.

11 months ago on VIDEO: Diamondbacks broadcaster accidentally calls Paul Goldschmidt "Goldsh-t"

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Urban Meyer is a classless, egotistical dolt. It was only a matter of time before repeated & obvious enabling of criminal behavior in pursuit of winning football games came back to bite him. Kudos to 'Rolling Stone' for making a point of noting a pertinent angle in the Hernandez saga which Meyer apologists would prefer remain unmentioned.

11 months ago on Rolling Stone needlessly fails in playing the Urban Meyer card

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Fox Sports Live's greatest sin is wasting Charissa Thompson, who can intelligently discuss multiple sports, as a moderator for ex-jocks.

11 months, 1 week ago on Fox Sports Live panel needs overhauling

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This guy ought to have been covering the Boston Marathon bombing/aftermath.

1 year ago on BBC reporter tells it like it is with Royal Baby coverage

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FOX has been as terrible for MLB as it has been good for the NFL. I probably watch 200+ games over the course of a season, but on FOX only when I'm forced to. Their broadcasts are utterly impossible to stomach.

1 year, 1 month ago on Why are MLB on Fox ratings tanking?

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In all fairness it's really no different than what the Flyers do to the ice on a nightly basis.

1 year, 1 month ago on The Philadelphia Flyers are promoting the weirdest offseason event ever

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Goalies are head cases. I'm not gonna worry until she starts begging Drake to slay her lady parts.

1 year, 3 months ago on Hope Solo plays a "joke" on her own Twitter followers only she gets | April | 2013

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That's nothing. Have you seen the mascot for the Fox College Football Studio Show? A tall, beaked thing that continually squawks nonsense. They call it "Erin Andrews".

1 year, 3 months ago on Baseball Tonight has a scary mascot | April | 2013

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"Also, Dude, 'Chinaman' is not the preferred nomenclature."

 

Even Walter knew better.

1 year, 3 months ago on Sportscasters: This is not how to refer to Tianlang Guan | April | 2013

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Doherty is simply embracing der Worldwide Führer's order to #EmbraceDebate.

1 year, 4 months ago on ESPNU's Matt Doherty calls out Charles Barkley | March | 2013

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To CSN Chicago this kind of incident is an embarrassment. At ESPN they call it 'First Take', & suspend only those employees who dare label it unprofessional.

1 year, 4 months ago on Kendall Gill reportedly suspended for season after punchup with Tim Doyle | March | 2013

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I could not possibly care less about a "world tournament" of baseball, even if the U.S. contingent was made up entirely of players from my favorite MLB team. The WBC is yet another idiotic Bud Selig gimmick, nothing more & nothing less. Real baseball begins on 31 March/1 April.

1 year, 4 months ago on The World Baseball Classic could fall further from our consciousness | March | 2013

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