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I don't see how this is surprising. Given the 24hr news cycle's obsession with all things viral it was only a matter of time before people began taking every opportunity to go into business for themselves and get their 15 minutes.


And since "viral" is the hot new buzzword in advertising and entertainment, I wouldn't be shocked if shows find these people and bring them in hoping to ride that for some free press.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theapparty/

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My guess is he was trying to say "there's something in the water", and slipped into telling us what he felt might be in there.

6 months, 1 week ago on Warren Sapp slips and says "there's something in the steroids"

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@mwailes@awfulannouncingExcept he's representing ESPN. People on Twitter can be jerks, but that's why "block" exists.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Twitter Wars: ESPN's Steelers beat writer embraces debate

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I wonder how quickly Brown realized the error of keeping @ESPN on all of those replies insulting the guy's sister.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Twitter Wars: ESPN's Steelers beat writer embraces debate

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How about they just cancel the promotion on the grounds that they're using fans who have paid large sums of money to be at a World Series game to take part in a promotional campaign but likely wouldn't be seeing any compensation in return.

10 months, 1 week ago on Chevy wisely cancels "Silverado Strong" World Series promotion

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@kenosando Modern announcers seem to view themselves as equally important (if not moreso) than the event they are describing.

Guys like Buck, Berman, and to the most extreme Hawk. They're too worried about getting in their catchphrases and cute quips that the moment is lost in their own arrogance.


Example: Buck ruining the Freese homerun a few years ago by stealing the "See you tomorrow night" call.

10 months, 1 week ago on This field goal call is juuuuust a bit outside

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Not quite as entertaining as "Line drive BASE HIT...caught out there." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RHcGWHuThE

10 months, 1 week ago on This field goal call is juuuuust a bit outside

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At least FOX probably has a REALLY good shot of that Cardinal's reaction to the pick-off. We know how much they love to mix those into replays as well.

10 months, 1 week ago on Cardinals radio laughs at holding the runner

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This. This is the greatest.

1 year, 1 month ago on BBC reporter tells it like it is with Royal Baby coverage

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Ugh. No no no no no.

The biggest problem with using Twitter as a measuring stick for popularity or quality is that those who try to use Twitter chatter tend to only pay attention to mentions of the subject.

So while "Sharknado" may have been a hot topic on Twitter, that just means people were tweeting things that included the words "Sharknado" or "#Sharknado".

That would include any of the following:

"30 minutes into Sharknado. It sucks. Turning it off."

"What is this Sharknado everybody's talking about?"

"I'm not watching Sharknado."

"Shut up about Sharknado already."

and the ever popular:

"Why is Sharknado trending?"

And that's before we even factor in spam bots that will tweet out random bit.ly links with "Sharknado" and "#Sharknado" attached because they scanned the top trends for things to add to their phishing scams.

1 year, 1 month ago on Is there a disconnect between Twitter and reality?

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It makes perfect sense. When you look at somebody like Skip Bayless or Stephen A. Smith, the reason they've become such large "personalities" is because they don't bother with fact or reason when making an argument. They just state their opinion, loudly, and keep doing so as much as they can in hopes of drowning out whoever they're "debating".

Meanwhile, if you're trying to argue from a position of fact and reason you won't be able to talk as quickly or as loudly because you're focused on drawing the correct facts and properly assembling your arguments. And it's hard to get a word in edgewise if the opposition won't shut up.

1 year, 3 months ago on Incredibly depressing study finds that sports pundits are better off being confident than accurate

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Is Rovell famous for doing anything other than being a complete toolbox on Twitter?

1 year, 3 months ago on Twitter Wars: Darren Rovell vs The World | May | 2013

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Just so we can be clear on what is happening here:

 

A journalist is reporting accurate and sourced information as it breaks....and is getting chewed out by his readers because he's "spoiling" what they're seeing on a television broadcast specifically designed to generate ratings and ad revenue by withholding said information.

 

This is a thing that happened.

1 year, 4 months ago on People were very angry at Jason La Canfora for tipping picks | April | 2013

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It's a good thing she's an attractive young woman. Or else the national press would've never believed (or cared) that this happened.

1 year, 4 months ago on Tampa Bay Rays reporter almost gets beaned in unbelievable picture | April | 2013

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Your comparison of this to the Jersey Shore is quite interesting. In your humble opinion...which of the two had a more genuine look at it's "stars". Or is the horrific truth that these are real people and this is what society considers entertaining these days?

1 year, 4 months ago on Few people are interested in what Ryan Lochte would do | April | 2013

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The comparison to Sandusky is the media's response. You've got two people who abused their authority to have sexual relationships with children. One was an older male and young boys, the other a young attractive female and a young boy.

 

One was a monster from day 1. The other is getting a TV series.

1 year, 10 months ago on Former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones reportedly scores reality show

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So you're saying this isn't nearly as bad because the woman in question is a hot cheerleader? Thank you for proving my point.

 

The woman in question is a teacher, who abused her position as a teacher to have sex with an underage boy. There's a reason "statutory rape" exists. it's too protect underage children from being taken advantage of by people who are supposed to be caretakers.

 

Both Jones and Sandusky took advantage of their position to have inappropriate relationships with children who were supposedly under their care.

 

Your suggestion that it's okay because Jones is a hot cheerleader suggests we'd be having a different discussion if she weren't attractive. Or if, God forbid, she were a male teacher.

 

Jones is a teacher, who is trusted with teaching kids the ways of the world. And when your students are teens coming to terms with sexuality, one of those teachings is maturity, restraint, and responsibility.

1 year, 10 months ago on Former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones reportedly scores reality show

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What a great concept! TLC should pick it up and air it alongside Toddlers & Tiaras as part of their new "TV for Pedophiles!" programming block.

 

On a more serious note, it's disgusting that not even a few months removed from the conclusion of the Sandusky case, we're already being expected to be accepting ofa child rapist because "she's hot".

1 year, 10 months ago on Former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones reportedly scores reality show

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Is it common practice for ESPN's Bottom Line to include a breakdown of each pass and why it wasn't completed? Because that "0-1 (J. Hill dropped 33-yd pass)" bit is just hilarious on it's own.

 

I'd liken it to "Jeter: 0-1 K (But it looked like he checked his swing)"

1 year, 10 months ago on The "Monday Night Tebow" Tebow Tracker

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"I don't know who Tim Tebow is. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for analysis, I can tell you I don't have the knowledge. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a great guest for people like you. If you don't let go of Tim Tebow now, that'll be the end of it. I will not sit with you, I will not talk to you. But if you do, I will talk to you, I will answer you, and I will entertain you."

1 year, 11 months ago on SportsCenter asked Liam Neeson about the Jets, and it was a disaster

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A NY-based paper listing both NY teams amoung the least unbiased? Are we going to audit for bias in these findings? Maybe it's just "confirmation bias", but I know whenever I hear highlights from Yankee games that guy calling it comes across as the biggest homer there is.

1 year, 11 months ago on WSJ study deems White Sox announcers most biased by a wide margin

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Here's my take on "That Call" as it'll apparently go down.

It was a horrible call, however...we've seen the "real" refs make the same types of horrible calls in games in the past. And we will see them again when they inevitably return. And aside from this call, I'm concerned that people are starting to also center on a bad pass interference call that was/wasn't made. As if pass interfence isn't already poorly handled by regular officials.

The kinds of blown calls that concern me aren't poorly handled judgement calls (or blown reviews, something again that Hochuli and Co. are quite guilty of as well) it's the lack of fundamental football knowledge that these replacements have demonstrated.

These guys have been running games since the preseason, where we saw them give teams the wrong number of timeouts, forget how many men are allowed on the field, announce the wrong team...every single time, as well as walk off incorrect yardage on penalties.

Screw botching a confusing interception/reception call. I've seen that before. How about forgetting to blow the whistle on a dead play, leading to an offensive player taking an unneccesary hit? How about walking off an extra 10 yards on a penalty, drastically impacting a drive. Or how about the debacle from the Vikings/Niners game when they forgot how many timeouts the Niners had?

So while we can gnash our teeth all day long about That Call last night, can we at least not pretend that THIS is the reason the real officials need to come back?

1 year, 11 months ago on The amazing, full Packers radio call from Monday Night Football

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So if you paid the additional fees for these services to be able to catch moments EXACTLY like this, and then they fail to deliver, I would assume that refunds and account credits are in order.

 

Not that I wouldn't be on the phone immediately threatening to cancel my account and find a new provider the second this happened.

1 year, 11 months ago on Chevy commercial almost cuts off Lions Hail Mary

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Or instead of making the main @MLB account private, they just use their infinite resources to create some garbage @MLBGIVAWAY account that they can make private and give away prizes from that.

1 year, 11 months ago on MLB makes Twitter private to give prizes away | September | 2012 Articles

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If this starts to catch on, wouldn't it eventually lead to fatigue down the road as more and more young pitchers are taught that 75 pitches is when they're arm starts to fall off?

 

This is essentially turning starters into front-end Closers. But instead of being responsible for holding a lead, they're job is to shut down the offense while their own hopefully puts some runs on the board early. If you want to take this experiement to it's logical end...why not just start grooming a crop of pitchers that all can pitch a few innings on short rest, resulting in a staff full of closers that come in, record 6 outs, and then sit down for a few days before going again?

2 years ago on Four-Man Rotation: A Rockies Revolution | August

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I would be more supportive of Hawk's tirades if their size and scope wasn't directly related to the negative impact on "his" Chicago White Sox. I've seen many a bad call go in their favor with nary a peep out of him.

2 years ago on Video: Hawk Harrelson goes on another anti-umpiring rant

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Personal Favorite: "Never seen her, in a big competition, leave her legs together." (around the 0:44 mark)

2 years ago on The very best of Olympic announcers ripping Olympic athletes

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