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I have found myself watching fewer and fewer races for a few reasons. There seems to be only a few super competitive drivers each week, Johnson, Kyle Busch and makes for very boring racing when only 4,5 guys have a legitimate chance to win.
Plus throw in the fact that you never know when the darn race will begin and it gets frustrating. The NFL for example when it says 1pm for a kickoff and they mean it. NASCAR you just don't know when the green flag will drop. Until they can balance out the racing and get more drivers a chance to win viewership will continue to go down.
Plus you could say they need more personality, Johnson is vanilla, so is Kenseth. At least Kyle Busch and Brad Keslowski and Tony Stewart have some personality.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nascar-ratings-have-been-hideous-this-season.html
I would say that two that were left off that deserved to be on are Rebecca Lowe and Arlo White of NBC's soccer coverage. They are well prepared and very professional. I enjoy and learn something from them every time I watch them.
7 months ago on The Top Ten Announcers of 2013
On the flex scheduling angle, CBS wasn't going to give up Chiefs-Broncos and outside of that there just weren't many compelling matchups for SNF. One could say Philly-Arizona and I would watch that but I bed Giants-Redskins would have done better ratings because of the large markets and NFC East angle. NBC was in a tough spot with the slate of games available to them.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on This weekend in NFL stupid
That Berman video is priceless. It's amazing how he stops, then waits and then goes back at it.
That Olberman segment is Keith at his best, he can be a handful but when he is in the zone he is as good as it gets.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Oh please, please, please let us have a WFAN v Keith Olbermann feud
I agree with Matt here. Golic is such a meathead and he thinks its so easy to just resort to violence. It's more manly to walk away and handle like an adult, then to just give into anger and violence. Anyone who blames Martin is missing the point that, this is not Martin's fault this is on Ingognito and his actions. That is where the attention needs to be focused.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Mike Golic and Dan Le Batard battle over Dolphins bullying scandal
The Ravens-Broncos game is a poor example as it was the first game of the year and most of the starters had well over ten days off from the last preseason game.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Relatively speaking, Thursday Night Football sucks
+1000 I like the sabermetric tools as well, but Kenny comes off as a bully. He's smart and we get what he is trying to do, but tone it down. He even complained about a no hitter because it wasn't a perfect game. Enjoy the game, share your knowledge and people will be curious. He is hurting more than helping at this point.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The sabermetric debate is turning into First Take
@brianros1 I agree that NBCSN would do a better job, I just wonder with the start of the NHL if MLB would not want to go that route to ensure they get first billing.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The MLB and TBS are just a bad match
That's pretty classless. Especially since its been what 10 years since Pitino coached the Celtics and they have a title since then. Why would any guest want to come on their show now is beyond me.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Rick Pitino gets hung up on ten seconds into interview
It's encouraging for the league. NBCSN does a nice job producing the games and you can tell they value the property unlike ESPN. NBC has found a couple of sports the NHL and the EPL with a die hard fan base and are authentic when showing the games. It gives hope that there will be competition for ESPN yet.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on NBCSN scores second most-watched NHL telecast on opening night
@Parmark Yeah you would think Ford or whoever is the current sponsor, might ask Fox to do a little better job with it or it might not be sponsored anymore.
10 months, 1 week ago on Fox's keys to the game are befuddling
I used to like Whitlock and thought he wrote some thought producing stuff. But lately he comes off as a brat and a bully. The worst part of this incident is how he used his twitter account begging for an interview. As if we should all wait and see what the great and mighty Jason Whitlock has to say on the matter. He can't get enough attention it seems, its sad to because he is a good writer.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Jason Whitlock is already being reigned in by ESPN
The fact that Rovell had to tell everyone about his donation and bragging about it, pretty is the most Rovell move ever. It sums it up with that guy.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Twitter Wars: Richard Deitsch vs Darren Rovell IV
@WayneBeamer I agree 100%. The show is so cliched now and if I have to listen to Greenberg keep talking about himself. I love Feinstein's morning show on CBS radio, I realize not a lot of markets have it yet, but its a smart and funny show and they talk about other things besides the NFL and College football how refreshing.
11 months ago on Fox Sports Live panel needs overhauling
I was watching their preview shows and the chemistry was there, nothing was forced and they beat any one topic over the head. And when they disagreed it didn't result in a shouting match. Very professional and I think NBCSN has a hit with the EPL.
11 months, 1 week ago on Match of the Day is NBCSN's crown jewel
I was impressed too, being similar to the author as this was my first attempt to seriously follow soccer. I thought the production values were high and you could feel the intensity from the crowd and they did let it breathe. Even the matches I had no rooting interest in were fascinating to watch. By the way I chose Tottenham as my squad.
11 months, 1 week ago on NBC's Premier League coverage impresses a newbie
@seisto That may be true, but aren't you afraid you will forget FS1 and then never check it out. At least that is my concern. And yes I am getting into the Premier League on NBCSN, pretty excited for that.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Fox Sports 1 may not be on your TV this Saturday
If this doesn't get resolved somebody at Fox should get fired. I have Direct TV and I am sure I will quickly forget about Fox Sports 1. I already had to check to see where Speed was and who knows how long term damaging this will be if they fail to get on these networks.
@leviramsey @ckeenan22 It would be a major blunder by FOX not to get this done, with how much hype there has been. People will quickly forget if its not on their TV. I am sure this is a big game of chicken that will get done at the last minute.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on ESPN and Fox Sports 1 begin to play the feud!
@tks5058 And the Pac 10 Network and Direct TV. I don't think they still have it.
It's all for naught if FS1 isn't on most of the major carriers soon. Heard they aren't on DirectTV, Dish, Time Warner among others at the start. That would be a horrible way to start. Although I am looking forward to them when I can watch them.
He must know how to put together a good slideshow.
12 months ago on NFL columnist Mike Freeman moving from CBS Sports to Bleacher Report
At least with Wojo and Forde and those guys you aren't getting bs. I just want a show that is smart and on topic. I don't want fluff, I don't get why any one has not figuered this out yet. I am nervous that Fox Sports 1 will fall into the ESPN trap.
12 months ago on NBCSN adding two new shows in August powered by Yahoo Sports partnership
@BillPayne I completely agree. Fox is top notch when it comes to NASCAR and Mike Joy is up with any play by play man in any sport in my opinion. I have Direct TV and its channel 220 used to be in the 600's and I don't have any special package and its on there.
1 year ago on NBC reportedly wins back NASCAR rights
TNT didn't do a good enough job explaining that to the viewer, so I would have reacted differently knowing that ahead of time and there were fewer cautions at the start of the race. I am sure these are the times TNT hoped to get the commercials, instead they had to cut away from live racing. Just do a better job of reminding the viewer and the situation will be better next time.
1 year ago on NASCAR fans up in arms over commercials
I just want balance and fairness. I don't need 30 minutes of LeBron when there were 15 baseball games last night. SportsCenter is failing because its insincere to the viewer. I liked the lights but I don't often watch TV before work, but it was the right idea. Maybe Fox Sports 1 can find that balance. I think people would flock to it if they do and then maybe Sports Center would have some honesty about how bad its become.
1 year ago on Do we really want an old school highlights show?
I also liked the trick shot bowling competitions. Some pretty crazy stuff. While watching the worlds strongest man, I saw a dude with a fridge on his back and his buckled in, pretty gruesome stuff but that was still awesome to watch.
1 year, 1 month ago on The ESPN Alternative Programming Power Rankings
It was a draw until Dwyer came on and schooled Rovell about the nature of the business and Rovell looked like a tool in response. It's almost too easy to troll Rovell at this point.
1 year, 2 months ago on Twitter Wars: Darren Rovell vs The World | May | 2013
Billick can grind my gears at times, but found him to be very solid during the draft with insightful analysis. I also liked Charles Davis not that he is a day one addition but he seemed to know the players well and didn't come off as a blowhard.
NFLN should go with Eisen, Mayock, and Billick for day one that would be ideal.
And until Berman is no longer doing ESPN day 1 I won't be watching ESPN plain and simple. He is all about himself and its so old and tired at this point.
1 year, 2 months ago on Four analysts we'd prefer to see broadcast Round 1 of the NFL draft | April | 2013
Well written Matt. Very powerful stuff, as a fellow Christian I am proud of what you wrote and agree 100% with you. Nice job.
1 year, 2 months ago on A personal response to Chris Broussard's comments on Jason Collins | April | 2013
HAHA! That was laugh out loud good stuff. I love the Linda Cohen-can't talk about the NHL it might exist otherwise. ESPN should change their name to JOKE because that is what they are. They have good people but the suits just want to run it in the ground. Fox, CBS, and NBC secretly love this gives them an opportunity to catch up with the ESPN.
1 year, 3 months ago on Potential violations of ESPN's Draconian social media policy | April | 2013
Maybe I am in the minority but I wish they still had NBC Sports Talk with EK and not the crossover, the Crossover is ok but not my cup of tea. But Sports Talk was refreshing how it cut out the BS and they had a variety of guests to comment on their particular sport. I would think they could find a slot for that show.
1 year, 3 months ago on NBC Sports Network ratings are showing small signs of life | April | 2013
I am not a fan of Ohio St. but on this one I am on the Buckeye's side. Mark May is an arrogant blowhard who is terrible at his job. Its a joke that he has such thin skin that is an issue.
1 year, 3 months ago on Mark May's feud with Ohio State fans continues | April | 2013
Dr. Jack was always about the game and teaching the game to listeners. He was great at not making it about himself. I am glad he is going out on top but will miss his style.
1 year, 3 months ago on Dr Jack Ramsay to retire at the end of the season | April | 2013
I realize that EK is not everyone's cup of tea but I like him, I think he has interesting opinions and is strong with them. I am tired of Mike and Mike so EK is a good change of pace. It will be interesting to see how the lineup develops over the next few months.
1 year, 3 months ago on Looking Over the NBC Sports Radio Lineup | April | 2013
Honestly I doubt this changes anything. They pass Simmons opinion off as one opinion and not that of the larger audience. Lets face the suits at ESPN have their heads buried in the sand far enough they are not going to hear anything. It's a shame too because this would be the wakeup call. Whats even more a shame is that NBCSN and CBS network aren't yet strong enough to take advantage of this and that Fox Sports 1 isn't launching until August which seems like light years away. The only way ESPN listens is when there is real competition at their door step.
1 year, 4 months ago on Bill Simmons' critique of First Take exposes ESPN's identity crisis | March | 2013
That was a nice chuckle. If First Take debated this list, would that cause the world to go into some endless loop then?
1 year, 4 months ago on A complete list of ESPN personalities who should cover the Chicago Blackhawks | March | 2013
Wow. I just lost a lot of respect for WIlbon, I thought he was better than this. And calling out one of the most respected and best NBA reporters is just amazing. I sure WIlbon wouldn't call out one of the ESPN guys for the same article. Everyone at ESPN is so dang sensitive. Chill out and cover real sports.
1 year, 4 months ago on Michael Wilbon defends Magic Johnson, calls out Adrian Wojnarowski | March | 2013
@modsuperstar I slightly disagree with your point, but understand where you are coming from. From that perspective that says more about ESPN's lack of foresight or understanding the fundamental differences between NHL vs. NBA and either way this reflects poorly on ESPN. They are just forcing anything into a box to create debate, its a shame since there are so many organic topics to have legitimate debate about but ESPN keeps lowering the bar. This is still an ESPNFAIL.
1 year, 4 months ago on Stephen A. Smith rants on ties in hockey, which don't exist anymore | March | 2013
At some point the bubble will burst and that will hurt ESPN and other places. It just sucks that because sports is a different animal we won't see more online offerings of live events so people can avoid giving an arm and a leg to ESPN.
1 year, 5 months ago on Dish Network dispute indicates skyrocketing fees in store for ESPN | February | 2013
@Broncos Rule Fair enough I guess I was talking about Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside and John Buccigros on twitter. I don't expect the TV side to worry about the NHL. Basically at this point I rarely watch ESPN only live games. That's why I hope NBCSN keeps growing and I would love to see them have a more NHL oriented show.
1 year, 5 months ago on ESPN's John Skipper: "We are doing hockey highlights." | February | 2013
They have good hockey people but they are way under utilized. ESPN is spoiled and when they don't get their way they act like you don't exist.
At the very least there is some real competition for ESPN which hasn't had much in the past. What is surprising is that with this competition or soon to be ESPN's bad stuff (First Take) is so bad it outweighs their good stuff (30 for 30 etc), I feel they take viewers for granted but they will be hurt by these other offerings and viewers having more choices is never a bad thing.
1 year, 5 months ago on Fox's ambitious plan to challenge ESPN fits with historical approach | February | 2013
This could have only gotten better if the ring was damaged in the mail or went missing.
1 year, 5 months ago on Jay Cutler & Kristin Cavallari will have an E! wedding special | January | 2013
I love Mayock. I watch ND games despite not being a ND fan because he teaches the viewer alot about the game and isn't arrogant about it. Simms is ok to me, it seems like their isn't much up and coming talent.
1 year, 5 months ago on Top potential candidates to replace Phil Simms at Super Bowl L | February | 2013
That saying should say "Did First Take misuse journalism"-YES YES and YES!
1 year, 5 months ago on Let's check in on First Take's Signing Day coverage... | February | 2013
@Magister Calvert Not sure that I agree, obviously the east coast has more people so the tendency to show their stuff more to attract more eyes but they show Kings games, they showed a St. Louis-Minnesota game the other night. I think their NHL coverage is fairly balanced when it comes to getting other teams on the air.
1 year, 5 months ago on Joe Posnanski to leave Sports on Earth for NBC Sports | January | 2013
Wow there is no filter for these guys, just take two seconds about what you are saying and it would save you so much effort backtracking. Now when this child gets old enough someone is going to bring this up to him.
1 year, 5 months ago on LeSean McCoy apologizes for Twitter meltdown | January | 2013
HAHAH! What a joke. What did ESPN think Cutler went Gulioly style on RGIII before the game. I may be stupider for reading that question but it was worth the morning laugh.
1 year, 6 months ago on Is this the dumbest question in ESPN history...
I wonder what the girls think after sobering up and seeing the video again. That reporter is a total pro and he gets mad props for how he handled that.
1 year, 6 months ago on Female Texas A&M fans stumble into live report