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Putting Fowler in as the main guy was a mistake - he can not carry a big game.  

20 hours, 18 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/brent-musburger-will-call-iron-bowl-saturday-night.html

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The PR folks at ESPN are trying to spin this as a "not an employee" thing.  But the program has big ole billing on their careers website http://espncareers.com/college so...maybe they're not paid?  so congrats for having slave labor churning out content you can easily disown i guess?  campus connection is ESPN's Foxconn?

5 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espnu-reporter-jokes-fsu-school-shooter-targeted-jameis-winston.html

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I prefer to think of Chris Fowler as Robert Baratheon - he proved his mettle on the battlefield to secure what was rightfully his


and then turned out to be just some meh guy who didn't really bring much to the iron throne.

6 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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i believe you have the wrong video embedded.  though watching a girl get puked on via a tuba has its own merits

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/the-locker/tosh-0-shreds-espn-stealing-web-redemption-series.html

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he deserved to be banned.  of course, skip bayless can talk about how kobe turned rape into marketing and ESPN will throw money at him

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-banned-artie-lange-airwaves.html

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@simondelmonte  golic + ombdsman + suspension + no suspension for the first take clowns.  it's not an overreaction at this point.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bill-simmons-goes-scorched-earth-calls-mike-mike-absolute-garbage.html

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simmon's BS report with Miller of the ESPN and SNL books sure did sound like he was thinking about leaving ESPN

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bill-simmons-kinda-sorta-calling-roger-goodell-liar.html

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@stholeary i think it's just more of a commentary on what has happened to what used to be a much-watched TV show.  last week GameDay spent more than an hour of air time covering the SEC.  no other conference got more than 16 minutes.  Less than one minute of air time was given to the ACC.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thestudentsection/

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are you serious about this?  what would other sanctions do?  how's about "hey everyone else, don't do this"


if they don't heavily...and i mean HEAVILY...punish UNC for this, there is absolutely ZERO incentive to not create the same scheme at every other school.  you do realize that there has been no punishment whatsoever for this scandal so far, right?  that all these "corrections" that have been made are based off of a plethora of internal investigations that were conducted so as to give the air of righteousness without actually finding anything.  please don't confuse the football scandal of agents and payments and runners with this academic malfeasance.  they are two wholly different entities.


the criminal does not get to determine his sentence.


every championship won during this time must be vacated.  every win must be vacated.  the NCAA needs to make the last 20 years of UNC athletics disappear from the record books.


otherwise, every other school may as well set the same damn thing up.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thestudentsection/

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This is from the same site that torched Jen Sterger's career so they could put a dick pic up - after she told them everything that was exchanged was off the record.


Not a good week for "new media" between these guys and SBN.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dissecting-deadspins-corey-gardner-gaffe.html

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@czs0224 @GoalieLax no worries bruh - I can handle posting in two places at once

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sb-nation-turned-todd-gurley-scoop.html

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i don't agree with the "neither right nor wrong" sentiment.  journalism is being overrun by editorial glibness.  while the consequences aren't nearly as severe, is this any different that fox news pushing an anti-climate change agenda?  there's a reason why newspapers had "from the editor" and "opinion" pages separate from the "news" pages.  if a newspaper editorial board supports banning gay marriage, is it their right to ignore court rulings? 


i think what SBN did and the indifference of pieces like this is a devastating insight into what has become of journalism.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sb-nation-turned-todd-gurley-scoop.html

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so bring back the guy who couldn't beat out these guys?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/the-locker/daily-news-calls-tim-tebows-return-jets.html

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the sooner we ban tobacco the better.  i smoked and dipped for about 10 years.  i live every day with that specter looking over my shoulder.  i only hope that quitting 6 years ago will save me from this.  i want to be there for my daughter as she grows up

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/curt-schilling-chewing-tobacco-gave-me-cancer.html

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@nickp what NBC did with a full season of EPL far surpasses what ESPN has done with the WC.  It's easy to do a WC when you're an hour off from the time zone and there are non-overlapping games.  don't let a relatively easy WC cover let you forget how sparse the ESPN EPL coverage was

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-soccer-plans-post-world-cup.html

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@michaelstephens  where to begin...


no, the large part of the anger isn't because of the media.  the large part is because people are opposed to accepting homosexuality.  the media is just a small part.  take away 100% of the extra talk about Sam.  take away the vidoe of him kissing.  people would still be disgusted by him and not like him being in the "man's game" of football.  the media is a very small part of that.  to imply otherwise would mean that before the information age, people were more accepting of homosexuality because "everybody wasn't talking about it all the time"


and no, bigotry isn't more complicated than that.  bigoted opinions being "complicated" is the shroud people put up alongside "you're intolerant of my intolerance so you too are a bigot."  if you're not accepting of people because of a certain natural trait, you're a bigot.


yes, it's fair to say the audiences are youunger.


yes, it could be considered pandering to some degree.  but there are differences within pandering.  on this topic, Stewart and Oliver are pandering about inclusion.  about social advancement.  about maturing acceptance in our society.  Fox panders to secularist behavior.  about seperate but alomst-equal.  about how a kiss is the downfall of our modern day society.  there is a chasam larger than the Valles Marineris between those two types of pandering.  your argument is trying to make it binary when it's not.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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I'm amazed that ESPN even kept him.  Anyone with an MBA, a course or two in sports/entertainment business or law, and the insta-access ESPN grants you could easily do this job.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/hes-baaaaack.html

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LOL at the editor's note at the top trying to push this bullshit off as some crap commentary on spring games in general.


GTFO - maybe the fry-cook georgie boys will fall for that, but the purpose of this is clearly not that

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crystalballrun/2014-articles/117-fans-attended-georgia-techs-spring-game.html

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Well, they don't have to play Navy again, so that can only help them. #goB1G

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crystalballrun/

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if by "something special" you mean a solid 4-bid conference, then lol yeah something special

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/runthefloor/

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not only does it get people to go to a movie, it gets people who would never, ever write about shtick comedy to blog and tweet about it.


you did exactly what they wanted.

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/athletes-and-celebs-are-strangely-excited-to-see-a-haunted-house-2.html

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i can't give a shred of credit to that site (or gawker in general).  they're a cesspool slightly higher than a TMZ.  AJ ruined Jen Sterger's over the favre pic when she explicitly told him it was off the record and he could not go public with it.


let's be honest - they don't really give two fucks about ESPN - they're just chasing SEO friendly headlines.  it's not journalism - i'm making a buck on ESPN's brand and the mouth-breathers who eat up shit like emails from shitty kickball team captains

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

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I'm amused that ESPN killed the big east and then has the balls to do a requiem for it.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on 30 For 30 Review - Requiem For The Big East

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ESPN breaks up the Big East - makes film lamenting the Big East is broken up.


DIAF ESPN

9 months ago on 30 for 30 will remember the Big East

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As a reminder - it's the coaches and schools that put these rules in place, not the NCAA.


And, as the NCAA pointed out yesterday, the pasta thing isn't governed by any rules.  Try to keep up.

9 months, 1 week ago on Oklahoma secondary violations proves NCAA has lost it's mind

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Here are some counterpoints on why it may not.


1. 3.8M average?  OK, now what's going to be the average of the games that actually get shown on the network?  I know they're promised some more marquee games, but let's not kid ourselves.  The 1-AA and Sun Belt OOC games are going to be the majority of the inventory (when it's not two bad SEC teams playing each other).


2. 3.8M average?  AMC delivers 7 times that on a Walking/Talking Dead Sunday at $0.25 a sub.  ESPN wants more than 5 times that in SEC country.  You might be willing to pay, but what about those who aren't?  Which leads to point #3


3. You think that you leaving isn't expected in making this decision?  Churn is all part of the game.  Think about the people who don't care about college football (and based on the numbers, there are a whole hell of a lot of them) who might switch from Dish to DirecTV because Dish is foisting this extra sub fee on their customers.  Now think about how many people live outside of SEC country and might get pissed off about getting charged for a sport they don't care about in a region they don't live in.  The potential of a large downside for DirecTV is there.  But how much of an upside is there for them?  Because....


4.  This is filling a niche that doesn't really need to be filled.  What was the count last year - 10 SEC games that didn't get televised?  Now customers everywhere are being asked to subsidize those 10 god-awful games that couldn't get crammed anywhere?


5.  The big, bad NFL and the Sunday Ticket.  Long story short, so long as DirecTV has the ticket, college football will be secondary and optional in their business model.  


Finally - social media is a echo chamber on things like this.  Look no further than Sharknado for your proof.  There was *much* more social engagement on that movie than there will ever be on whether DirecTV gets the SEC Network - unless you really think missing out on UT Chatanooga playing Alabama is going to drive 5,000+ tweets per minute.  But in the real world, Sharknado had just 1.4M viewers during that twitter storm.  

9 months, 1 week ago on Will DirecTV carry the SEC Network?

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rapid fanbase?  SEC speed?

10 months, 2 weeks ago on The SEC Network is going to cost a lot of money

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And mocking the FIFA candidacy?  Child, please.  That was a fantastic effort, even if it was flawed and doomed to fail from the start.  Christ, how can anyone not applaud someone for trying to change the awfulness of FIFA, even if their effort winds up as a longform?  If anything, that "blow" was the biggest flop of this whole thing.

11 months, 1 week ago on Twitter Wars: Grant Wahl vs The World

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@KSJ49 if you don't think that there needs to be a loud, vocal opposition to Bayless, regardless of how low he hangs (eww), I can't help you.  I'm glad he does it.  ESPN is great at creating echo chambers.  People like Deitsch are necessary voices to remind others there are other sides.

11 months, 1 week ago on Twitter Wars: Grant Wahl vs The World

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I kinda agree on SBN.  Sadly, it seems to be littered with people who are trying to be EDSBS circa 2007.  Even EDSBS itself has become a caricature of itself at this point.  Spencer Hall can write really excellent things, but he's trapped in a persona that has gotten stale.  Honestly, if b/r wasn't around with its terrible slideshows, SBN would be the one we all make jokes about.

11 months, 1 week ago on Twitter Wars: Grant Wahl vs The World

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Navy 42 Army 17 - getting back to putting the pedal to the metal.  Not quite as bad as what Paul Johnson did to them in the 2002 game, but it's gonna be brutal.  


People speak of Army "closing the gap" because of last year's game.  I believe Niumatalolo played conservatively with a freshman in at QB.  His ability to pass on a weak Army defense will only make it easier of the running game.


Keenan Reynolds will tie Ricky Dobbs' NCAA record of QB rushing TD's in a season with his first TD on Saturday.  I expect him to add at least 4 more TD's to that record between the Army game and the bowl game against MTSU.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Army Navy Game: Crystal Ball Run makes their picks

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14,400,000/1,019,000 = 14.3


or are you saying spanish speakers don't count as people?

11 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Championship had 28.5 times as many viewers as MLS Cup

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I'd give more credit to Cox and ESPN if they didn't shovel shit like First Take and Tebowmania.  Draping themselves in the flag of journalism for something like this is horseshit.  If they want to get away with stuff like this, they have to stop the other things.  You do not get to have your cake and eat it, too.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Jameis Winston walks away from interview with Heather Cox

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only one of those calls gave me goosebumps - Abby's header - amazing moment!

1 year, 4 months ago on Greatest Call Tournament - Round 1 Day 2

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Not everyone can be as insightful as, say, Erin Andrews.  I mean when you listen to EA talk about sports, it's clear she didn't just ride her looks to a studio show on Fox.  

1 year, 6 months ago on Katherine Webb's 15 minutes are still not yet up somehow | May | 2013

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what kind of options don't have reads?  seriuously.  you're called "awful announcing."  you should be at the forefront of calling out how stupid it is to call something a "read option."  ALL OPTIONS HAVE READS.

1 year, 7 months ago on ESPN's magic pixie dust makes you want to watch the NFL Draft | April | 2013

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and him quitting is just another example of a writer who thinks their needs and wants come first, making himself part of the story instead of just reporting on one

1 year, 7 months ago on CBS's Dennis Dodd gives up his Heisman vote | March | 2013

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I don't think weaned means what you think it means

1 year, 8 months ago on Saying Good-Bye to the Big East Tournament

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the fact that idiotic "golf boys" crap has been on sportscenter for multiple days makes First Take look down right Cronkiteian

1 year, 8 months ago on Bill Simmons' critique of First Take exposes ESPN's identity crisis | March | 2013

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I'm just amazed that the people at NBC didn't come through with a better offer to the Big East.  They read too many CBS stories and thought they could get away with something.  But hey, at least the Ivy League will continue to lock down that 3:30pm football slot.

1 year, 8 months ago on What is the relationship between ESPN and Fox going to mean in the future? | March | 2013

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If katz burned his confidentiality, he deserves both barrels.  No sympathy for a journo who burns that trust.

1 year, 9 months ago on Jim Boeheim calls ESPN's Andy Katz an "idiot" and "disloyal" | February | 2013

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David Amerson >>>>>> Mathieu - much more ball hawking, much less drug suspensions

2 years, 3 months ago on 50 Reasons to be Excited for the 2012 College Football Season | College Football

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Paul Johnson has a winning record when team have more than a week to prepare. Don't believe the hype.

3 years ago on Five Burning Questions: Breaking Down Virginia Tech At Georgia Tech With The Key Play | November

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