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Dude - its Baltimore we're talking about; at least Ray Rice didn't murder anyone, right?

Ohhhhhh wait...

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-baltimore-ravens-are-a-pr-dumpster-fire.html

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you're the one who defended barstoll by posting an example of a "good deed". here's an example of a "bad deed". do they cancel each other out?

https://twitter.com/jon_bois/status/492728857028751361

condoning rape is a good start, but it isn't nearly as bad as Ray Rice actually beating his fiance.

they are what they post.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sam-ponders-twitter-feed-proves-her-point-about-women-in-sports.html

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doing X+1 amount of good doesnt negate doing X amount of bad. never has, never will. the only way to negate doing bad is to not do bad stuff.

i mean, Ray Rice did a whole lot of good in his community, i'm sure. however, no amount of doing good by his community can ever justify putting his fiance on ice and dragging her like a rag doll across a hotel lobby.

if it does justify it, hypothetically, what's the exchange rate between good vs bad? how many hours must someone spend at a food bank to earn a free wife beating? its an absurd premise.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sam-ponders-twitter-feed-proves-her-point-about-women-in-sports.html

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i give him a pass here. he lives in philly 8-9 months out of the year. male cop or not, its likely the best piece he's seen in a loooong time.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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so how many people are actually gonna pay money to go see an NFL-sponsored circle-jerk that has been meticulously groomed to fulfill the PR needs of The Shield?  

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-nfl-had-a-scene-cut-from-draft-day.html

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well, that's exactly the point.  with a max 0.4 rating every once in a while, people *aren't* watching it, at least not to the point where the network is breaking even on ad revenue to support its programming costs, even with *some* providers having it as a premium pay channel.  

channels that cater to a minority of a minority of a minority of a minority demographic of the viewing public (read: viewers who are males, who are aged 16-34, who are sports fans, who are auto racing fans) are all destined to fail at some point.  

don't worry, somewhere somehow a nascar channel will pop up at some point; after all, they're the only programming  that the people who really didn't tune in to Speed in the first place tuned in to anyways.  everything else will just have to be picked up on the internet somewhere; there isn't a broadcaster out there willing to set aside a channel for the remaining average 50,000 viewers. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Speed fans are angry about Fox Sports 1

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incredible - more comments on this post than in almost all other posts in august combined!  oh, the miracle of web forums...

and speaking of audience participation, maybe fox would have kept speed channel had their 'loyal fans' actually watched speed channel?  had they actually drawn more than a 0.4 for anything?  hell, even indycar can pull a 1.0 most weeks when they actually race - if you can't outpull Indycar (or Golf Central on Golf Channel, for that f'n matter), you don't deserve to be on the air. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Speed fans are angry about Fox Sports 1

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i'm just thrilled that Kluwe is a /b-tard too. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Chris Kluwe rants at Skip Bayless

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"The idea that they co-opted fun in sports and that ESPN and "SportsCenter" is some kind of a trip to the dentist is laughable."

No, its not laughable - its true.  If you're a sports fan who wants to watch highlights about sports and not get your molars drilled out with Tebow this, Sanchez that, Lakers here, Patriots there...Sportscenter is pretty much the worst place to go in the history of worst places to go.  

I'm sure that SVP is having fun - hell, you'd have to pry me off the ceiling with a garden rake if you'd pay me as much as he makes to BS about sports for a living.  Its the rest of us that are miserable though, although its not SVP's fault or anyone's fault in front of a camera, for they really aren't the puppet masters here.  SVP doesn't feed the teleprompter, and SVP doesn't mark up the shot sheets.  

The fact that ESPN is even really addressing and legitimizing this type of "fun" trolling from FS1 is testament to the fact that they're self-ware that this really is an issue.  And lets be real here, it IS an issue.  

Hopefully a little bit of competition in this space helps everyone to raise the game for the better, and not have a big ol race to the bottom.

1 year, 2 months ago on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN battle over who's really having more fun

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does that pic of Dickie V mean to allude "tired, overplayed, cliched, bordering on obsolete, and the-better-of-the-alternatives-because-there-arent-really-any-alternatives-yet"?  

i agree.

1 year, 2 months ago on The State of ESPN

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regis is like 108 years old - any run he's gonna have these days is likely to be short.

1 year, 2 months ago on Is Regis Philbin's run at Fox Sports 1 going to be a brief one?

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doesn't ESPN already have a corner on this market? 

1 year, 2 months ago on TMZ Sports concept being revived

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please do this more.  especially to football.  and hockey.  and basketball.  and every other sport where announcers feel the need to be equal to what is shown in video and not complementary. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Fox Sports Detroit airs announcerless game

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I think that most people will credit the source as much as the source does...ESPN is in essence telling us not to care by putting OTL in an awful timeslot and pelting us with garbage instead.  Maybe its a big case of the boy who cried wolf - ESPN has cried wolf enough times by making a big deal out of nonsensical things like which hat an NFL qb is wearing, whether some douchy Jets fan should keep cheering for them, etc.

When they actually *DO* decide to report *real* news, maybe we're all just too fatigued to really care?  When you turn the volume up on absolutely everything, you turn the volume up on nothing. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Outside the Lines at the front of Biogenesis reporting, but does anyone care?

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he looks like a fat Steve Urkel. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Should Mark May check himself in the mirror before blasting Johnny Manziel?

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@Mark Wallace Graham ESPN, not ESJN.  they've never been about anything close to journalism

1 year, 3 months ago on Is ESPN stumping too hard for Yasiel Puig?

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I think these numbers just scream panic in Bristol.  What made ESPN the force that it has become is that whenever possible the average sports viewer is naturally drawn to a single source for diverse sports news. ESPN has always been convenient and efficient in providing the most amount of sports news in the shortest amount of time, compared to its competition at the time.  Anyone who has ever studied marketing or consumer sciences that consumers flock to the most convenient and efficient alternative.

What these numbers show now is that people are willing to visit multiple singular sports news sources, which is more time consuming, less convenient, and less efficient, than watch ESPN for their sports news.  In essence, viewers are literally going out of their way to seek sub-optimal alternatives to ESPN than to actually watch ESPN.  That's not a good place for ESPN to be living. 

The emergence of Fox Sports 1 poses a very real threat to ESPN, so long as FS1 doesn't royally choke and stay disciplined to providing what the consumer is looking for:  the ESPN of 5-10 years ago.  The formula hasn't changed much at all since ESPN created it, it just needs to be followed and kept honest.

1 year, 3 months ago on How worried should ESPN be about declining ratings?

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sweet - thanks to the HRD being streamed to mobile devices, i can actively ignore this unabashed attack on my cochlear nerves while on the go!  thanks espn!!!

1 year, 3 months ago on Chris Berman will once again call the Home Run Derby

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Couldn't agree more - I wish the play-by-play crews on the NFL and CFB broadcasts could take note. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Silence is golden for ESPN booth during Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph

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@JimPeterson@ZZtop_VH "With all due respect to you, you do realize hockey isn't exactly on ESPN's radar?"

Well, that in large part is the problem - which is symptomatic of SportsCenter becoming not simply a reporter of sports news, but as another mouth perpetuating the narrative of a broadcaster that owns broadcasting rights to certain sports leagues that it must promote whenever possible.  The conflict of interest is alive and well. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter

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@BenKoo @mrr24 I personally get mine from the general internet - I typically browse through MLB.com or NHL.com or pretty much anywhere else *other* than SportsCenter.  I don't need the mindless drivel of "commentary" or "analysis" that some talking heads in an insulated studio in Connecticut provide, I'd much rather listen to the actual game broadcasters give their in-the-moment reaction to a pivotal play.  

Its like how MTV used to have music videos, to an extent...SportsCenter used to have sports highlights.  Now its just large-market team news du jour with a lot of people yelling over each other.  Forget it. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter

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I've heard better singing in the first few weeks of American Idol.  He sucks.  And why was his nose blue? 

1 year, 4 months ago on Bruins' Anthem Singer Rene Rancourt Pulls Off a Triple Fist Pump

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@mapleleaf  

*neighbors.

you're welcome.

1 year, 4 months ago on Sportsnet analyst Craig Forrest calls Sydney Leroux "classless"

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@The_Lakelander couldn't agree more here.  back when the deal was signed, it wasn't a bad deal per se (*a* deal is better than *no* deal), but with the passing of time and the transformation of the network across half a dozen different target segments, the deal turned sour pretty quickly.  the boston consulting group report released a few months back touched on the possibility that nbc sports is in breach of contract for their lack of support in providing for a stable promotion base for the series - i for one would welcome a challenge to the nbc sports nightmare. 

1 year, 4 months ago on 2013 Indianapolis 500 draws lowest overnight rating ever

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man, carpenter would go insane at crapitals games listening to fans yelling to shoot the puck into the hoop. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Bob Carpenter is not impressed with Nationals fans

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i don't feel for them one bit.  they work for a shitty company producing a shitty product, and through association they're to blame for it.  

if you're in the sports entertainment business, and you're not working for a company not named ESPN, you're a part of the problem and not a part of the solution. 

hopefully, and given the track record of ESPN making personnel decisions this is a likelihood, ESPN kept the idiots and fired the ones who are competent so that maybe - just maybe - they can hitch up with Fox Sports 1 and finally provide us with an alternative to the drivel that spews forth from bristol. 

1 year, 5 months ago on ESPN reportedly laying off hundreds of employees

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used to listen to him on a local central michigan sports talk syndicate - he's a complete and utter hack.  one of those "old-media" types who fails to realize that his listeners want straight shooting, not always unabashed homerism.  doesn't really have anything original to say, just kinda blabbers out nails that have been hammered many many times prior.  his sunset is approaching quickly.

1 year, 5 months ago on A Detroit Red Wings writer urges you to feel sorry for his team | May | 2013

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good god i've been waiting for years for a sane, relevant counterpoint to the caricature that ESPN has become. 

 

i am praying that this new sports news station is everything that ESPN isn't.

1 year, 5 months ago on Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole will shape identity of Fox Sports One as ESPN alternative | May | 2013

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this is like sports' version of paula abdul doing american idol. 

at this rate, just give "good job, good effort" kid a mic. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Is Tim Tebow's next job as a college football TV analyst? | May | 2013

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"it's looking more and more like ESPN is just being used as a stepping stone..."

 

and for good reason - ESPN's become a caricature of itself in recent years, and for most of these talent its only a matter of time before they find themselves in the middle of a manufactured controversy, either by choice or by chance. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Charissa Thompson reportedly leaving ESPN for Fox | May | 2013

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Broussard's comments are irrelevant until someone can actually prove that this whole "God" or "Christ" thing really exists and imparts any meaningful influence on anything.  Until that happens, what he says, and what anyone else says on the matter, is just noise. 

1 year, 5 months ago on A personal response to Chris Broussard's comments on Jason Collins | April | 2013

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not the anchors' fault that the interview went south - i mean, they pretty much giftwrapped him a few softballs, and he literally just watched them roll to the backstop.  he's a dbag who gives dbags a bad name. 

1 year, 6 months ago on This is what happens when you try to interview Ryan Lochte | April | 2013

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i would pay serious money to hear this guy provide his insight on why Bobby Mo storming the court last night is yet another side-effect of Obamacare...

1 year, 7 months ago on This is sports talk radio in all its glory | March | 2013

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probably fits right into his buttcheek dimple. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Chris Berman has a George Costanza wallet situation | March | 2013

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order of preference for listening/watching Pens games:

1) Sync up Lange to the TV broadcast

2) Disconnect the center channel speaker from the surround sound so only ambient arena sound is heard (especially effective on national broadcasts)

3) staring at the empty wall

4) Root/national broadcast on mute

5) Root/national broadcast on volume level 3. 

1 year, 7 months ago on ADAM: Why I've moved over to Mike Lange

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that's why he only gets 7:00 a night - we're saving him for the big show.  or something.

point of note to any budding scientists/mathematicians/statisticians out there: if you're going to report on the output of a model that you created, take care to actually compare the output to reality.  if your output is shit, your model is shit. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Tyler Kennedy: Most Valuable Penguin?

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espn doesn't "report"; "reporting" suggests journalism and discovering stories. espn recycles.

1 year, 10 months ago on Big Ten Adding Georgia Tech and Virginia a done deal?

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 @juanbond  @RagsAREOver_rated Jizz should have some decent output till his first tee time...

2 years, 6 months ago on Rinkotology

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