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I don't think Larry is one to hold a grudge. But the Giants are too good to take a flyer on a hard-throwing reliever trying to re-make himself as a knuckleballing starter. It would be interesting to see somebody give him a try, though. He'd probably have to be willing to start in AAA.
1 day ago on Dodgers DFA Brian Wilson, who’ll probably reinvent himself now
This is less an "overbranding" problem then a poor branding problem. Good branding allows you to apply it to all your products. Totally legit to keep the brand in place for Saturday games, which shows the basic failure in their brand name.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sec-cbs-dominated-college-football-yet.html
Buck is awful. His comment about Manzell was ridiculous, although at least it was based in reality--Manzell didn't look great in his one game. The (fake) mooning the fans comment was a result of Buck not actually knowing anything about the teams whose games he's calling. Which is pretty much his MO in football: coming unprepared.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@jbrinks #2 isn't part of the list?
1 day, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/15-best-bill-walton-quotes.html
IIRC, ESPN wouldn't take Walton off of Arizona games when HE asked to not announce the games because HIS SON was playing for the team. This petition will get nowhere.
5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/the-locker/theres-petition-ban-bill-walton-broadcasting-arizona-games.html
@Eric Well, then feel better. 2016 is the last year the A's are going to get revenue sharing.
5 days, 2 hours ago on Bye now, you’re an All-Star: a look at Billy Beane’s trades
This is literally the first thing I've read that acknowledges that the A's got Lester and Samardzija and Hammel's 2014 production. Everyone else is like, "the A's got nothing for Cespedes or Russell."
5 days, 22 hours ago on Bye now, you’re an All-Star: a look at Billy Beane’s trades
@Livineasy I'm assuming that the answer is that it goes directly to the blog's mission statement: "The site focuses mainly on the perils and follies of the Sports Media, but also critiques and reviews those within the Sports World."
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
I don't know why he's surprised. His side ticked two key boxes for ESPN protection:
1. Sports celeb
2. Right wing political position stated in any place other than on ESPN's website.
I don't see why the Law Twitter suspension isn't bigger news. Two ESPN employees got in a Twitter debate about evolution. ESPN suspended the one who believes in evolution.
So, just to be clear: at ESPN, it is okay to tweet an evolution debate with another employee if you DON'T believe what is clearly true, but it is not okay to tweet an evolution debate if you DO believe in what's clearly true.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-twitter-suspensions-ultimately-pointless.html
If they want to suspend Law for this, stupid but fine, I guess. To suspend Law but not Schilling shows either (a) ESPN's (well-known) right wing bias in upper management; (2) it's coddling of current and former athletes, or (c) both.
My vote is for (c).
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Better watch out. You never know when the deadly news will kill you or your loved ones.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/the-locker/theres-breaking-news-theres-deadly-breaking-news.html
@CollegeWolf Agreed, the description here is a list of reasons why they wouldn't trade him.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner
Can an entire film really be built around the dislike of one player?
--I think it's fair to say that when it's the most hated player from the most hated program: yes
we’ve really never gotten a 30 for 30 about a Duke player like Laettner
--true but there was one based on the '92 Duke-Kentucky game. I also read the Gene Wojekowski book, so I have trouble differentiating the two. At least one featured a ton on Laettner. But maybe that's the book.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-newest-30-30-hate-christian-laettner.html
At least ESPN didn't joke that it would be funny if one of their viewers got raped.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/the-locker/tosh-0-shreds-espn-stealing-web-redemption-series.html
@sfitz0076 So if, say, the CEO of a big company hosts a big party--privately hosted, nothing to do with the company--and goes on a racist rant, the company shouldn't have anything to say about that? Interesting. And absurd.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/stephen-smith-sends-ominous-threat-michael-carter-williams.html
@TwittinSports1 Yeah, but at least they don't have a racist nickname.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
I'm totally sure it was intended as satire, but it's still gross and offensive.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/artie-lange-tweeted-terrible-terrible-things-first-take-host-cari-champion.html
My two big problems with Buck are:
1. His contempt for his job and his fans, which, as I noted below, he wore on his sleeve in Game 6
2. His consistent ignorance and lack of preparation. The DH comment in Game 6 (and his pride in his ignorance) is one example. On the whole, this is way less of a problem for him in baseball (where he knows a fair amount) compared to football (where he knows next to nothing and clearly doesn't prep for the specific teams whose games he is calling).
I actually don't have a problem with his supposed bias. I hear a bit of it occasionally -- like anyone, he does like some teams more than others and occasionally you get that sense. But I don't see him as an outlier in that regard. So, yeah: disdain for his job and the fans, and not knowing what he's talking about. He's far worse than many announcers and paired with Reynolds just seals it. I'd love to see the Smoltz/Vasgersian be the lead team, but that's a pipe dream. And my guess is that Smoltz won't work with Buck.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
One one hand Minihane is a total d-hole who deserves all the criticism he gets.
As for men in the industry, I'd say this about Joe Buck: if his dad were not Jack Buck, Joe sure as heck wouldn't be Fox's lead announcer for football and baseball, and likely wouldn't have a Fox job at all. I think your general point is valid, but Buck isn't the best example of it.
As for Tony Dungy, I don't know if bigot is the right word or not, but he said he'd rather not have a gay player on his team because all the press, etc., would be a distraction. If a business decided not to have a black employee on those grounds, it would be illegal in every state. As for a gay employee, only in some states. Bigotry or not, that view IS highly offensive, unless you don't think gay people deserve equal rights. I'd probably say it's more ignorant than bigoted, but it's still really bad and Dungy did deserve to be condemned for it, even taking his comments in context.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@GreenLantern411 @NoahRosenthal and the N-word means "a black person," but it has offensive connotations. Same with using oriental to describe a person. You are simply wrong that there is nothing inherently offensive or derogatory about it, unless your view is that no words are *inherently* so (which, I suppose, could be a valid view -- it's only context and social norms that make words offensive). But, other than as a matter of degree, there is no basis to distinguish oriental from the N word. Harrelson's comments were offensive both for his stereotyping and his word choice.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@GreenLantern411 The N-word is in the dictionary, too. Oriental is used to describe THINGS from the orient. Asian is used to describe PEOPLE from Asia. Even better, use their actual nationality. Even better, don't stereotype players based on where they are from.
@jlowderman @dtom_molonlabe Except that she's not a humorist, she's a (putatively) serious commentator. Yes, this one was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, but it was so absurdly offensive, especially in light of the fact that she is not a humorist, that it evokes this response.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
The prospect of either personal humiliation or major injury is required to count as a sport.
-- I have good news for Ann Coulter, then. Soccer is the leading cause of concussions in high school age girls, and the leading cause of concussion in all youth sports. It's also the leading athletics cause of major leg injuries among children. Oh, and soccer players have gotten murdered for playing badly. I'd say that beats humiliation any day.
The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO’s “Girls,” light-rail, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton.
--I like Beyonce, Hillary and light rail, but not soccer or Girls. Where does that leave me? Oh, the identity crisis!!!
Soccer is like the metric system, which liberals also adore because it’s European.
--I'm liberal, but I don't like the metric system. I mean, it makes a ton of sense, but I don't want to re-learn how to measure the milk for my pancakes.
I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer.
--um, dudes, I don't think you're attacking her for the right reason here. The problem with her statement is not that people with native-born great-grandfather's also like soccer. The problem is that she's a racist, xenophobic scumbag who doesn't think you're a real citizen if your great-grandfather was an immigrant. And, again, what about people like me: my great-grandparents were all immigrants, but I find soccer terribly dull? Oh, right. She's not racist against me because my great-grandparents, though immigrants, came from Europe, not Latin American (which is more than a little ironic, because she hates Europe).
One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.
--Yup, there it is. "New Americans." And she's right, they are "new Americans." My son was born last year. He is a new American (with American born parents). My friend from Guatemala's son was born three years ago. He's a new American (with Guatemalan born parents). Because newborn citizen is a new American.
I can't stand Rick Riley, but I thought this column was more tongue in cheek than you did.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rick-reillys-letter-to-derek-jeters-unborn-children-is-kinda-creepy.html
What I read about the reality show is that it's not going to go into the locker room or the games or practices. In that case, how is it any of the NFL's business? Do they also need to know what movies he sees in the off season before they draft him? He didn't "hide" anything; he just didn't tell them something that should not be relevant.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/michael-sam-hid-reality-show-from-nfl-teams-till-after-the-draft.html
Best pass rusher ever.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/screengrab-snafu-michael-sams-drop-in-the-draft-makes-even-less-sense-now.html
@GruneLaterne @BASportsGuy Who is going to get run hard because of Belt's injury? Morse? More innings, but less running. Posey, who will get more breaks from catching? Colvin/Blanco? Who cares? Seriously, the only person who is going to play more because of Belt's injury is Morse, who won't get subbed out late in games as often.
7 months, 1 week ago on Are the Giants really that much better now than a year ago?
All fair points, but CBS reporters better watch out. One would think that, as a part of their contract with CBS, the NFL will at some point demand that CBS reporters not tweet draft spoilers.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dont-be-angry-at-people-tweeting-draft-spoilers-tonight.html
Also, if the podcast is distributed for free and doesn't include any MLB copyrighted material, how can they force this to happen?
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Could you imagine any other profession obsessing over the size of someone’s hands?
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/heres-the-absurdity-of-nfl-draft-hoopla-in-2-tweets.html
It strikes me that another factor in Simmons's change is just growing up. He's older. He's married. He has a kid. That's gotta have had a major effect.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-evolution-of-bill-simmons-from-sports-guy-to-sports-mogul.html
I'd say she's too young if she her frame of reference is Nelly or the Pack. How about Cool Like Dat by Digable for an older sneaker reference in a song?
9 months ago on Signs That Your Sneakerhead Girlfriend Might Be Too Young For You
If a free agent player can't announce, why can, say Tony Dungy. He's certainly shown some interest in getting back into the game, so don't the same "vested interest" concerns arise for him (or any other former coach/exec who might want back in)? As usual, there's a rush to hold the players to more rigorous standards than executives and owners.
9 months, 1 week ago on Should current NFL free agents be working as analysts on NFL broadcasts?
Any news on why this is? Is it because Nate Silver didn't want to report to Skipper and Stiegman?
9 months, 1 week ago on ESPN combines ESPN Films, FiveThirtyEight and Grantland into one creative unit
The first tweet's not really that obvious. The twitterverse seems to have a reading comprehension problem.
He says: "The only way San Antonio or Miami don't win the championship is if neither team makes the finals."
In other words: if either team makes the finals, they will win, regardless of whom the other team in the finals is. Is that really so obvious? There are certainly a lot of people who think OKC could beat Miami, and people who think Indiana could beat San Antonio.
The only thing obvious here is that this is what Johnson was saying. Yet, for some reason, people have chosen to read his tweet to say: "If both Miami and San Antonio make the finals, one of them will surely win."
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Real tweets from real people: Magic Johnson, master of the obvious
@justme21 -- except that we already knew that. Escobar was never really in contention for the rotation to start the season (which is pretty apparent since they announced this before playing any spring games). It was clear they re-signed Voegy to be in the rotation. Petit, another righty, is likely next in line. Or maybe Loe, also a righty.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Bumgarner gets Opening Day nod over Cain, as he should
Seems more interesting that Huddy is in front of Lincecum.
He says his name is Casey Ryback, because he knows that the Seahats stadium will be UNDER SIEGE by Niners fans!!!
11 months ago on 49ers fan erupts after Seattle radio prank call
Doesn't this approach assume a wide gap between the players? Let's say Scutaro, Posey, Sandoval and Belt are all identical players. Isn't it a mistake to give up a lot of ABs for Belt to gain a few ABs for the other three? In that case, don't you put Belt in the top 4, move Pence and Morse down 1 and drop Crawford to 8th?
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Major League Baseball Line-up Revolution: The Mobius Theory
Ack, no questions about his fellow Penn alum, Doug Glanville?
12 months ago on Talking shop with MLB Network's Mark DeRosa: "I want to be great at something else"
1 year ago on The integrity clause for the Heisman Trophy has to go
Now: Jeff Neiman on a minor league or minimum deal!
1 year ago on Source: Giants are close to signing Tim Hudson
Obvious response: since the use of the word "Redskins" is mandatory, it must be completely mandatory. Next issue of the paper should just be the word Redskins printed over and over and over.
1 year, 1 month ago on Pennsylvania high school refuses to say Redskins, is overruled by school board
@Tony Clifton I didn't realize I was limited to answering the specific question posed in these comments. I'm so sorry to have disappointed you.
1 year, 1 month ago on Debating Damon: which woman would you choose to go on Bruce’s show?
I reject Leitch's fundamental premise. Jerks and bigots will be jerks and bigots whether we talk about it or not. Good people rightly feel obligated to speak out against them.
I didn't hear him, so maybe it's different on the air, but I see no contrition here. It's a "I'm sorry you were offended by what I said" apology, not an "I'm sorry for what I said." Nowhere near good enough. The Tweets are even worse. He's very careful to use the passive voice -- "lessons were learned" -- but in case you're confused, they weren't learned by Damon Bruce.
1 year, 1 month ago on Damon Bruce returned to the airwaves today, ending 2 day suspension
Does anybody decide what sports to watch based on what channel it's on? I mean, doesn't this reflect (at least as to game ratings) that FS1 simply doesn't have the games people most want to see?
1 year, 1 month ago on Fox Sports 1's ratings aren't all doom and gloom
@sir boxington You don't seem to understand the sentence you quote. It is very much possible (and in fact, reality) that Twitter is a small percentage of fans, but that there is still useful information that can come out on Twitter, especially from athletes, coaches, etc. Those two points have nothing to do with one another.
1 year, 4 months ago on Is there a disconnect between Twitter and reality?