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@JoshTheRadioDude @davebiddle Josh, I can't believe I'm defending Bayless because I can't stand the guy, but how do you know with 100 percent certainty that he doesn't have some inside sources telling him Johnny has a drinking problem? And "slander" means you intentionally lie about someone to defame them. I think Bayless actually believes Johnny is an alcoholic. So, slander would be almost impossible to prove here.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/the-locker/espn-finally-says-approve-skip-bayless-calling-johnny-manziel-alcoholic.html
If this was anyone except Bayless (OK, not Stephen A either) we would be saying he's right. Listen, is Manziel an alcoholic to the level where he gets up first thing in the morning and has some booze? I strongly doubt it. Is he an alcoholic by definition? I would bet anything that he is. At the very least, he's a "party animal" and party animals rarely make for good NFL QBs. There are exceptions to the rule, but look around at the best QBs in the NFL: None of them are party animals: Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees ... on and on and on.
*Remembers Tony Romo*
OK, good point. But there's always an exception to the rule. And I'm not even sure Romo is a party animal. He's a ladies' man, but seems to be more into golf than going out clubbin'.
Anyway, the point of the matter is that the best QBs in the game are not party animals and it's rare you see a big partier like Manziel make it as an NFL QB. Add in the fact that he's vastly undersized (not just his height; he's a slender guy who is easy to bring down) and Johnny Football has bust written all over him.
@michaelfm2440 Skip, is that you?
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/skip-bayless-powerful-man-espn.html
Good read per usual, Ben.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/10-bold-sports-media-predictions-2015.html
I'm going to start Vining EPL highlights just for the hell of it now.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bleacher-report-uk-twitter-suspended-epl-vines.html
These are conflicting statements:
"Now it has all come crashing down for Horowitz. However, both Page Six and CNN reportthat he’ll have to be paid for the remainder of his contract which is in the neighborhood of $3 million."
By definition, if someone is giving you $3 million (especially for not working), nothing is crashing down on you.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/former-espn-first-take-producer-jamie-horowitz-fired-nbcs-today.html
I feel immature for loving this. That said, I absolutely love this.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bill-simmons-goes-scorched-earth-calls-mike-mike-absolute-garbage.html
Lookin' forward to it Ben. Good review from you as usual.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/30-30-review-brothers-exile.html
Oh man, I feel sorry for that guy. But definitely hilarious. Can't stop laughing.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/chevy-guy-stole-show-world-series-trophy-presentation.html
"Later, Davis added: “At the end of the day, it’s really not rocket science."
Seth Davis with the double-cliche' for $300!
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/unconventional-analyst-tom-verducci-set-make-world-series-history-fox-booth.html
SB Nation could have handled it better. Since the news was going to get out anyway -- whether they broke it or not -- they should have just broken the story, and then added a caveat that they strongly disagree with the NCAA's rules on this matter. Ignoring the story did nothing to advance the cause of athletes getting paid, if that truly was their intent.
Perhaps they didn't believe there was enough validity to the story ... and now they're saying they decided not to run the story on some moral high ground. Who knows. But I'm not going to praise SB Nation for the way they handled it.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sb-nation-turned-todd-gurley-scoop.html
Who was the reporter? Do we know that yet?
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/this-is-the-worst-question-ever-asked-by-a-sports-reporter.html
You gotta admit Florio has a great point here though:
"McShay and those of his ilk routinely put ideas in the heads of players that have no relevance to what NFL teams actually think. Soon, McShay undoubtedly will unveil his incredibly-too-premature list of the top players for 2015, and he’ll include in that list — you guessed it — underclassmen.
Last year, McShay put Tennessee offensive lineman Antonio Richardson at No. 16 on the top 32 players for the 2014 draft. Inevitably, Richardson gave up his final year of eligibility at Tennessee to enter the draft. And Richardson wasn’t drafted.
Ditto for Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy. Ranked at No. 19 last year by McShay, Purifoy left school early for the draft. And Purifoy wasn’t drafted.
Then there’s LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson. He was No. 22 on McShay’s top-32 list last May. Johnson left school early to enter the draft. And Johnson wasn’t drafted."
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-florio-is-taking-shots-at-todd-mcshay.html
Another good write-up Ben. You and I have the same habit of watching bad CNBC shows.
Get ready for some incoherent emails from Notaro, er, I mean, Steve Stevens.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/is-it-going-to-take-the-nfl-flexing-nuts-to-get-cnbcs-money-talks-cancelled.html
Fantastic read, Ben. I'm also a loyal viewer of The Profit who often comes away shaking my head with how certain things are done on the show. But overall, I'm a big fan of the show and will definitely be tuning in for Season 3 in October.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theapparty/2014-articles/cnbcs-the-profit-is-an-entertaining-hot-mess-that-makes-little-sense.html
It's outstanding. I can't believe Pelini had a good enough sense of humor to pull it off. Well freakin' done.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
If you had to drink every time Francesa said "They didn't get to leave at all in the old days" during that 20-minute clip, you would die of alcohol poisoning.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
What a strange move -- FS1 must really be desperate. Who (outside of New Yorkers) is going to care about listening to a New York homer do a bad radio show?
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Mike Francesa reportedly joining Fox Sports 1
Agreed with every one ... except Ian Eagle. He is extremely annoying IMO.
1 year, 1 month ago on The Top Ten Announcers of 2013
OTL and 30-for-30 ... far and away the two-best things that ESPN produces.
1 year, 1 month ago on Outside the Lines wins prestigious journalism award
"Going off topic" should only be penalized if the "off topic" discussion is boring. Many times during a sports broadcast, a brief "off-topic" discussion between the announcers can be quite interesting and entertaining.
1 year, 1 month ago on Who are statistically the worst NFL announcers?
If you're going to rank this one just outside the top 10 ... you have to put it at No. 13, Ben. (JMO.)
Great review, per
usual. Detailed, but you don't give too many spoilers. As for Hai Waknine,
I imagine getting him to talk much about anything is a chore. Gangsters usually
don't like discussing their trade. ;-)
I look forward to
watching the film.
1 year, 1 month ago on 30 For 30 Review - Youngstown Boys
Sideline reporters can't win. Ask a softball: "She's a floozy; why is she allowed on a football field?" Ask a tough question: "Who does this broad think she is asking a hardball question like that? Even though it's a question that EVERY COLLEGE FOOTBALL FAN has been wondering themselves. The nerve of this girl."
1 year, 1 month ago on Jameis Winston walks away from interview with Heather Cox
@Andy Finkelstein The idea that he was "starting to slip" is faulty, IMO. There is a reason so many disliked him. He's been awful for years IMO. And his terrible speaking voice doesn't help the situation. (Kind of important when you're an "announcer.")
1 year, 2 months ago on Dan Dierdorf retiring from CBS after this season
There will be a lot less saliva on the CBS microphones.
How do you know they were all Browns fans? Obviously some of them were, but are you sure some of the comments weren't made by Bengals fans? Also: Love the final line of the story. Browns fans should be thanking WTOL that they missed the Bengals scoring 31 points in the second quarter. Haha.
1 year, 2 months ago on WTOL in Toledo faces the wrath of Browns fans
Haha. If that show doesn't use Harlan in its promos they are missing the boat. It has to happen.
1 year, 2 months ago on Kevin Harlan isn't sure whether he can read this promo
Wow, more proof that Tiger Woods is an extreme asshat. Shocking.
1 year, 2 months ago on Tiger Woods v Brandel Chamblee feud is nothing but bad news for golf media
This is even better than "Hey Stu, can you say I had it first on Twitter?" and I thought nothing could ever top that.
1 year, 3 months ago on Rick Reilly's father-in-law says he was misquoted... by Rick Reilly
These should be two separate arguments. The most-racist nickname? Definitely Redskins. Most-racist mascot? Chief Wahoo.
1 year, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115106/ranking-racist-sports-team-mascots-names-and-logos
The media is accused (and rightfully so) of burying its collective heads in the sand during the "Steroid Era" when it was obvious guys like McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, et al were using, but no one wanted to rock the boat. But when someone calls a spade a spade -- says it's obvious Pujols is/was on roids -- he gets ridiculed and then sued. I have no doubt Clark will "win" the lawsuit because Pujols' lawyers won't be able to prove malicious intent. Especially since it's a common opinion in the baseball world that Pujols was an obvious user. But just the fact that Jack Clark is being painted as some evil guy here is funny to me. I can't think of a more-obvious PED user than Albert Pujols. Unfortunately for the Angels, it looks like he stopped using after getting that monster contract. No question he was using in St. Louis though.
1 year, 3 months ago on Albert Pujols is suing Jack Clark over steroid allegations
Seriously though, what do you think about Harold Reynolds?
1 year, 3 months ago on Who are the leading candidates to replace Tim McCarver?
Is that video seriously titled "Pam Oliver unfazed by band?"
If "unfazed" now means "completely frazzled" I totally agree.
1 year, 4 months ago on Pam Oliver almost gets taken out by Ohio State marching band
He was talking about the guy about to come to bat next for the Reds ... Corky Miller.
1 year, 6 months ago on Thom Brennaman on Pirates pitcher: "This guy sucks"
The "Eric The Clown" line was pretty good though from Florio. All Seinfeld fans can appreciate that one. But Florio getting owned by a team mascot? That's a win for humanity.
1 year, 7 months ago on Twitter Wars: Mike Florio vs The Jaguars Mascot
I seriously had to listen to that 10 times to finally understand what Chuck Wagon was saying at the very end. "They'd need DNA to find out who did it after I got done with him." Classic.
1 year, 8 months ago on Charles Barkley shares his thoughts on Skip Bayless | May | 2013
IMO, they were letting him down easy. It's much-more comfortable to fire someone and say "Hey, the ratings are low, we have to make a change" instead of "You really suck and we need to find someone to replace you who can avoid sucking."
This makes it seem like it might have been more "bad luck" rather than someone being incompetent. Just my take. It's not like FoxSports came out and said that was the reason they were letting him go. It's what he said was told to him when he was let go.
Also, isn't "hockey" and "low ratings" synonymous? I'm confused.
1 year, 10 months ago on Fox Sports Detroit fires Red Wings analyst Larry Murphy over low ratings? | March | 2013
1 year, 11 months ago on Jay Mariotti is back to work at ESPN ...sort of | February | 2013
What a joke. I feel sorry for the people who believe all the lies coming out of the Te'o camp. Said people are obviously extremely gullible or stupid, or both.
2 years ago on Manti Te'o's first television interview will be with...Katie Couric?
I used to think Michael Smith was a douche. Now I know he's a douche.
2 years, 1 month ago on Twitter Wars: Michael Smith vs Dave Dameshek
Man, she was dating Drew Stubbs over the summer. She moves on quickly. Also, Drew Stubbs ALWAYS strikes out.
2 years, 1 month ago on Samantha Steele is now engaged to Christian Ponder
Anyone else so happy that it's no longer Jon Miller and Joe Morgan that they don't even care? Ha. Shulman/Hershiser are great. I agree that I expect Kruk to be a downgrade from Francona (who was great) but overall, I think the 3-man team will work. And did I mention it's way better than Jon Miller/Joe Morgan?!
2 years, 1 month ago on John Kruk will join Sunday Night Baseball in 2013
If there was any doubt if Wilbon was a complete douche, he removed it. What a tool.
2 years, 3 months ago on Capital Combat: Michael Wilbon vs Dan Steinberg
So effing hilarious. You can see him mouthing the words to his producer "What did I do?" He looked terrified that he had just done something stupid live on the air. Man that's funny. And now he tries to act like he never fell asleep. Just man-up and admit it. Haha.
2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Francesa appears to fall asleep talking to Sweeny Murti
I love how he goes to great lengths to explain why he was tired ... but also says he DID NOT fall asleep. This guy = no credibility.
2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Francesa attempts to explain NapGate
Good stuff, Ben. Interesting read. I'm floored that Bleacher Report was sold for so much. Good for them though.
2 years, 5 months ago on Understanding Turner's Acquisition Of Bleacher Report
Clown question, gal
2 years, 6 months ago on Video: Reporter crushes Adam Scott after British Open collapse
@PackerFan PackFan, the clear difference is that I fully admit to being sophomoric.
2 years, 6 months ago on Twitter Wars: Darren Rovell vs Richard Deitsch III | July
I realize no one likes Rovell (and with good reason) but Dick Deitsch is a douche in his own right. When his argument doesn't start to go his way, he immediately resorts to personal attacks. Pretty immature for a guy who tries to take the "I'm more mature than you stance." Also, Deitsch's profile pic looks like someone who should be in a straight jacket. What is he doing there?
Yeah, it's not like Rovell didn't credit the guy. From his first tweet on the subject, Rovell mentioned Sandomir. All above board. As much as this kills me, Rovell did nothing wrong here. Sandomir comes across as the asshole who throws a fit for no reason.
2 years, 11 months ago on Twitter Wars: Darren Rovell vs Richard Sandomir | February