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@billknust Jim Neidhart isn't Canadian. And I suspect Edge and Christian might take umbrage to being overlooked. Great article overall though.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/wrestlemedia-favorite-media-feuds-wwe-ppv.html
I figured with the Blue Jackets switching conferences and playing the New York area teams more often that they would get more exposure on SportsCenter. But if the NHL overall is going to receive minimal coverage then the rub from playing extra games vs. the Rangers, Islanders, etc. is going to have a very limited impact.
It's too bad for them -- Blue Jackets home games are a fun experience even for me as a Predators fan.
1 year, 1 month ago on This is the only way for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get SportsCenter coverage
Great poise by the play-by-play guy there -- but you have to be careful when you're positioned near the action. Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHCSP7BL_AQ
1 year, 2 months ago on This is what it sounds like when you get run over calling a basketball game
The advertising value of live sports cannot be overstated. DVR-proof in an era when few other things are.
1 year, 5 months ago on ESPN re-signs with Little League World Series at double the rights fees
I wish there was a version of the Mike Keith radio call of the Music City Miracle play that didn't have Pat Ryan trying to talk on top of him. There are some real gems in this mix, though.
1 year, 6 months ago on Greatest Call Tournament - Round 2 Gowdy Bracket
Really more 1997 for the nWo peak, but this was a good article nonetheless. People who see the Heat as heels will tune in next season wanting to see the babyfaces (any other team) get revenge.
1 year, 7 months ago on The allure of hating the heel
Very cool -- nice hearing two of my favorite broadcasters teaming up. And I had forgotten about the CFL's attempt at expansion into the United States...
1 year, 8 months ago on Blast from the past: Gus Johnson and Mike Mayock call the 1994 Grey Cup
I know four guys who were at the University of Tennessee in January 1996 who did a pro wrestling style double hair vs. hair bet on Super Bowl XXX (Cowboys over Steelers) -- but hair grows back. Tattoos don't go away. Brutal...
1 year, 8 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Update-Its-payday-on-the-legendary-Super-Bowl-tattoo-bet-picture.html
For his sake, I hope Florio never has to deal with having migraines. They are a hell like no other, a pulsating source of inescapable, nauseating pain that radiates from inside of your head.
1 year, 10 months ago on Mike Florio questions Percy Harvin's migraines with no evidence | March | 2013
"Maybe we should put up a firewall. Some guys break the news; some guys analyze it." That seems reasonable to me. There is always a price to be paid for inside access.
1 year, 10 months ago on How I respond to the haters
If they don't go OL, the "JJ Watt effect" of wanting a 3-4 DE playmaker could happen.
1 year, 11 months ago on 2013 NFL Draft: Chiefs Bringing Back Albert and Bowe Leads to Clearer Draft Board
I've called basketball games on the radio from courtside close enough to where the coach could hear me... and from literally the rafters for others. Closer is definitely better, but especially when it comes to the quality of NBA broadcasts you would think that would trump a few extra courtside seats. I guess not...
1 year, 11 months ago on It was the perfect storm" - Anonymous NBA announcer on this week's missed buzzer beater | March | 2013
Last summer he posted "Ouch" for some reason, which I naturally bookmarked and saved to retweet right after LSU's first loss last fall.
1 year, 11 months ago on Les Miles is struggling to figure out this Twitter thing | February | 2013
That was an odd hypothetical comparison to choose, but it did make me wonder: did A.C. Green cry after his first time?
2 years ago on Doug Gottlieb had a very weird sports radio minute
I've found Billick to be an underrated color commentator, but his performance yesterday was underwhelming, to put it mildly, which was too bad. Moose is a good color man IMO, but being saddled with Tony Siragusa's nonsensical comments hasn't done him any favors.
2 years ago on Video: Brian Billick calls a Seahawks victory after the Falcons win
It's interesting that Mike apparently presumes the caller to be somehow trying to plug Nick & Artie (which doesn't have a New York City terrestrial radio clearance) as opposed to referencing how Artie fell asleep many times late in his run with the Howard Stern show.
2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Francesa victimized by another prank caller
It's silly that Callahan lost his job over that. Hopefully that situation will be rectified.
Last year while doing color commentary for the Father Ryan High School/Battle Ground Academy game on ATW Sportscast I was surprised to hear Titans play-by-play man Mike Keith doing PA duties for the night for BGA. You never know who you'll hear/see behind the mic...
2 years, 5 months ago on High school PA announcer fired for attending rival team's playoff game?
I'm disappointed that Herm Edwards sending Dwayne Bowe on a doughnut run to Krispy Kreme didn't make the list. "And the sign's gotta say HOT!"
2 years, 5 months ago on Top 5 Hard Knocks Moments
Didn't WCW try this (unsuccessfully) circa 1989? I'll pass on the motion sickness cam, thank you...
2 years, 5 months ago on UFC to introduce "ref cam" on Saturday
Agreed on the shame in the lost opportunity to give legitimate hockey broadcasting opportunities to capable women in favor of a pathetic stereotyping approach to the sport that will likely appeal to very few people, regardless of gender.
2 years, 8 months ago on CBC misses opportunity to capture real women hockey fans by partnering with “While the Men Watch” | May
Good info... go Predators!
2 years, 9 months ago on Predators, Red Wings first round schedule announced...
Great overview -- very well done.
3 years ago on 2012 Senior Bowl: Most Impressive Prospects Overall and By Position From This Week | Articles
I enjoyed Brian Kenny's show -- it was a definite strength for ESPN Radio, even with its frequent preemptions.
3 years ago on Latest 'Odd Couple' ESPN Radio Show Debuts Tonight | January
I also snapped a photo of my TV screen with the dueling refs pointing in opposite directions during last Sunday's Titans/Steelers game. Pretty funny to see it play out like that.
3 years, 3 months ago on This Week In Screengrab Snafus - 10/14 | October
It's remarkable how much Adam Silver resembles Tony Hale (the actor who played Buster) in those side-by-side shots. Well done!
3 years, 6 months ago on Casting The New "Arrested Development" Movie, NBA Style | July
In defense of LeBetard, he was in a tough spot in how to respond. Attack ESPN and he'd be biting the hand that feeds. Attack Ryan's article and he'd look like a shill. Ignore you and he'd look like he's afraid.
His response was about as effective of a retort as I could imagine him being able to conjure up under the circumstances. The line of "I pompously deserve better" was pretty clever.
3 years, 6 months ago on When Did ESPN Lose Its Journalistic Integrity? | July
Well done, Ben. You did an excellent job in responding, point-by-point, to many of the problems I also saw within the McBride article, and I concur with your analysis.
3 years, 6 months ago on We've Lost The Ombudsman | July
Good article, Ryan. You make some excellent points and I concur with your conclusions.
Great article, Matt, and I concur with your statements and conclusions. Bruce Feldman is a well-respected sports journalist, and you'd think that someone like him who started with ESPNET in July 1994 wouldn't be treated this way. He has provided ESPN with 18 years of outstanding sports journalism, providing their brand with online credibility in its infancy. He hasn't rested on his laurels, either; for evidence of that, simply look to his 12/29/2010 Insider piece which detailed how the Sugar Bowl CEO lobbied Ohio State to let Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, et al play against Arkansas.
My hope is that, whenever he is able, Feldman will jump to a competitor like Yahoo Sports or another comparable online sports news outlet that actually appreciates reporters who produce excellent work. My hope is that ESPN's short-sighted decision to indefinitely suspend @bfeldmanespn will lead to him receiving lucrative opportunities to ply his craft elsewhere.
3 years, 6 months ago on The Bruce Feldman Suspension Is ESPN's Waterloo | July
This is like something World Championship Wrestling would have done during its dying days.
3 years, 6 months ago on Justin Timberlake And Joe Buck Make The All Star Game Memorable For The Wrong Reasons | July
Noah, along with using poor judgment, had some unfortunate timing. Had he said what he said during the replay, or with his head turned and his mouth not visible on camera, or said it after they cut away two seconds later, this likely would be a non-story.
3 years, 8 months ago on VIDEO: Now It's Joakim Noah's Turn To Use A Gay Slur | May
This was a great move by FOX, who I hope also manages to land Ron Franklin for some college football play-by-play work. Plus, while Gus Johnson being gone from the NCAA men's tournament games is too bad, he'll still get to call plenty of college hoops games for multiple outlets.
3 years, 8 months ago on Gus Johnson Officially Joins FOX | May
I could see Gus Johnson landing a Fox/TNT combo deal similar to Kevin Harlan.
3 years, 9 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://awfulannouncing.com/2011-articles/may/breaking-news-gus-johnson-done-with-cbs.html
Nice recap -- I concur with your analysis.
3 years, 9 months ago on The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From ESPN's NFL Draft Coverage | April
That's a great screencap of Wall. He handled the awkward question well, though.
3 years, 11 months ago on Craig Sager Makes It Weird In Rookie/Sophomore Post-Game Interview With John Wall