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A ridiculous opening segment.
The apology by Stephen A. served its purpose.
Cari commenting was telling as she must have been criticized for saying "Yes, yes, yes" the whole time last Friday as she does 1,000 times on every show. Also interesting Cari said "I knew what you were going and trying to say" letting us all know what we already know that the whole show is far from spontaneous. And then there is Skip who gets to act like he is above it all and not even be seen in the segment because he is the moral fiber of the show.
Then, three minutes later and all is right with the world as the show devotes a segment to Lebron's number. Good lord.
Well, I hope all is not right with the world this time and pressure continues to not make this all so easily forgotten.
The sad thing is if First Take actually got canceled Skip would find a job on a rival network in about five minutes.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/video-stephen-a-smith-apologizes-for-domestic-violence-comments.html
I don't understand all the Pierre bashing that goes on here and other sites. I think he is competent and intelligent and his love of the game is undeniable. I don't know how much involvement he had with inventing "Inside The Glass" but he was the first to actually do it and now everyone does it. I certainly would not want to watch a game now without someone down there. Just like everyone else, I could go without Pierre doing 20 nights in a row during the playoffs and I'm sure others at NBCSN who miss out on doing games feel the same way. But, no denying his passion for wanting to do it and I never see any gaps in preparation from being overworked.
2 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/a-compilation-of-pierre-mcguires-most-awkward-moments.html
"This is First Take. We're keeping it real". - Stephen A. Smith :(
"I'm with you, Stephen A." - Skip Bayless :(
"Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes (background vocals)" - Cari Champion :(
5 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/michelle-beadle-calls-out-first-take-for-ray-rice-segment.html
CBS did a pretty good job with the talent they had left. I would personally switch #1 and #2 but we all know that will never happen. Gumbel should be moved down, McCatee should read his prepared analyst questions on golf and tennis and Anderson should be a good addition when he gets the chance. Too bad Marv has no "friends" that would allow a one season promotion before saying goodbye to the NFL.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-we-know-about-the-nfl-on-cbs-in-2014.html
I heard Nantz and Simms will still do CBS doubleheader games so they will do two games a week half the season. Eagle and Fouts will lead on the other half.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-we-know-about-thursday-night-football-this-season.html
I would rather hear Nessler and Mayock once a week than Nantz and Simms twice a week.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-we-know-about-thursday-night-football-this-season.html
I think you should reverse the first sentence. The NFL needed CBS. They want these games on the #1 network since they assume people already used to watching CBS on Thursday will watch the NFL on Thursday. I think as long as CBS continues their long reign at #1 the NFL will want to be on CBS and that is why CBS got these games for a discount.
DirecTV will lose a lot more than 2,000 subscribers in the South if they fail to pick up the SEC Network.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dodgers-time-warner-directv-still-lobbing-grenades-at-each-other.html
I would not call the FOX issue "frightening". FOX cuts their schedule in half and elects to go primetime during the NBA and NHL playoffs instead of the next six weeks when there is absolutely zero competition. Plus, they show no flexibility in their schedule because they think they know in February who is going to be good. As I said before, they should have started their schedule with the All Star Game, gone primetime now until college football and then early Saturday afternoon until the pennant races are decided. I bet ratings would be much higher under that scenario.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-on-espn-is-up-despite-a-poor-home-run-derby.html
Exactly. If FOX thought this was a serious issue, then they should have had her interview him at the top of an inning to give her more time or tape it and show it in its entirety later on. She was out of time so she tried to end the interview with her "social media" comment which I really don't think is as dumb as the article above makes it out to be.
I'm not saying Erin Andrews never deserves criticism but I think in this instance it is unwarranted.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/this-adam-wainwright-thing-is-the-dumbest-sports-controversy-of-the-year-for-so-many-reasons.html
I don't know what else Erin Andrews could have done last night. She asked the appropriate question and allowed a full answer. Meanwhile, the third out is happening at the same time so any chance for a follow up was eliminated.
I pretty much agree with the article above. I like Joe Buck, too, when he decides to show up. Reynolds has yet to reach his potential and Verducci is strong. I certainly think it is an improvement from the analyst who talked down to us for 30 years.
I still think Vasgersian and Smoltz should be the "A" team since they can commit to doing games every single week. And NFL and golf should be enough for Joe Buck.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Agree. But, FOX should be more flexible and pick the game up for primary coverage since it is more attractive than any game they are currently showing.
Joe Buck is announcing a last place team tonight.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/saturdays-tigers-royals-game-will-be-aired-on-tape-delay.html
I think FOX should start their season coverage with the All Star Game and go primetime through the end of August when they can have all the attention instead of competing with NBA and NHL playoffs. Then, continue in September earlier in the day until all playoff spots are decided. They should also have a more flexible schedule to ensure quality matchups. I also think FS1 should figure out a consistent timeslot for all their games either Saturday at 4 or maybe try Tuesday or Thursday night instead. Sometimes I forget FS1 even has a game until it is too late since it could be at 1, 4 or 10.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-and-the-red-sox-yankees-problem.html
Great game, too. :(
Chris McKendry has done Wimbledon before.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-the-championships-wimbledon-2014-on-espn.html
@eslrush NBC has had priority over the CBC back years to when they got to show Pittsburgh vs Ottawa during the day.
And I don't know why the NHL should care about the CBC anyway since their future role will be to only simulcast the Rogers feed.
The only thing disgraceful about the scheduling is making the Rangers play back to back Sunday and Monday after being the only team to have to play back to back last Tuesday and Wednesday.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-announcing-schedule-for-the-stanley-cup-playoffs-part-3.html
@DanielOrmsby Way to state the obvious.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
I remember a few years ago NBC had a double OT game that went beyond 7 p.m. They kept going with it. Of course, NBC does not have "60 Minutes" breathing down their neck.
They did switch a game one time to VS when an early OT game went into Kentucky Derby coverage.
Your point about NBCSN showing a Sharks CSN feed is fair but NBCSN also showed the CBC feed of Tampa Bay vs Montreal. I'm sure Lightning fans would not call that neutral.
Totally agree about Nantz. I bet in Week 16 he lobbies to do a Thursday, Saturday and Sunday game so his "friends" have the privilege of hearing him three times.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-2014-thursday-night-football-schedule.html
nfl.com is listing MNF game times as 8:30 which would only be 10 minutes earlier than last year. I assume 8:15 will be when the broadcast officially starts.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-2014-monday-night-football-schedule.html
MLBN is showing Diamondbacks @ Cubs Wednesday. They have been heavily promoting the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html
Michael Kay can sometimes wear out his welcome but at least he takes some series off. I like the way the Yankees keep it fresh usually changing at least one member of the crew for each series. I'm glad I'm not a Red Sox fan because listening to Don Orsillo for 150 games a year would bore me to death.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-al-east.html
It's funny that on the day Carton joked "I want to pour BBQ sauce on Suzyn Waldman and lick her up and down" that Boomer is the one that gets in trouble.
Anyway, since starting up on CBS Sports Network I have watched them everyday and no longer watch "Mike and Mike". Boomer and Carton always make me laugh.
If anyone in the media world actually watched their show instead of pouncing on one story in a newsfeed and copying it and reporting it as their own, I'm sure they could find worse things to criticize them for.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/boomer-esiason-issues-non-apology-apology-for-paternity-leave-comments.html
Buck should be replaced not because of performance but because he simply does not call enough games. Let him go to the NFL full time and get a new duo that can be counted on to work every week.
10 months ago on Who are the leading candidates to replace Tim McCarver?
The last I checked ESPN and NBC have full winter sports schedules, too, so why would they want to pay premium prices for a winter World Cup? I guess there is always the CBS Sports Network.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Could Fox Sports block a 2022 Winter World Cup?
@DanielOrmsby @tonyc Actually 4:25 started last season.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Why don't we have a Monday Night Football doubleheader every week?
ESPN should space out the two games a little more especially when a team like the Eagles is involved in the first game. CBS and FOX allow 3:25 for their doubleheader games.
I used to get NFL Sunday Ticket for $99 back in the days of C-Band. I have never ordered it from DirecTV and I'm tired, as a loyal customer, seeing them offer it for free for one year to new subscribers. I hope DirecTV loses NFL Sunday Ticket. And, although it will never happen, pass the savings in the form of a lower bill to a loyal customer.
11 months, 1 week ago on Could NFL Sunday Ticket move to Google?
My bad. Actually 24 hours. The point is no reason the #1 announcer for MLB and NFL could not have done both games.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Joe Buck fights back against internet haters
In regards to the last sentence of the article, the trip from Boston to East Rutherford is grueling and no human being should be expected to make the trip with only 25 hours to spare.
I don't think it had anything to do with Strasburg. I agree with you in that I was also surprised they did not try to get MLB. But, in hindsight, it was apparent they wanted NASCAR all along. If they did get MLB they would have problems scheduling games in April and May during the NHL playoffs. NASCAR gave them a sport that works perfectly around their NHL schedule.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on NBC's Jon Miller on the state of NBC Sports Network
That is a lame answer. I stayed with DirecTV even without VS through an NHL season. No matter what provider you have there will come some point in time when something you want is missing in a dispute.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Fox Sports 1 may not be on your TV this Saturday
sir boxington ESPN just overpaid for the rights to keep MLB for years into the future. The difference between MLB and the NFL and NBA is that those other two sports are used to fuel ratings year round while MLB is simply required to fill a summer hole in programming. ESPN has always given up on MLB by Labor Day stuffing their weekly required games into a Wednesday night doubleheader while transitioning to NCAA and NFL football. ESPN showed Oakland v Pittsburgh last Wednesday as their token obligation to show anyone else but their usual suspects. I'm sure the ratings for that game will cause them to never go that route again.
1 year ago on ESPN sending a team to cover NBA Summer League... but what about MLB?
I just wanted to add one more thing. The most disappointing day in NHL Network history had to be the morning the lockout ended. I was so excited there was going to be a season that I wanted to celebrate. I must have flipped on NHL Network dozens of times that day and all they were showing was reruns. All it would have taken is one person to flip a switch to TSN and they could have live all day coverage of their own sport about to start again.
1 year ago on NHL Network needs to catch up with its league-owned brothers
Well written article. I agree with many points including carrying both games of Hockey Night In Canada. The network went downhill for me starting with the move of NHL Live from noon to 5 p.m. It used to be a cool little show with Don LaGreca & E.J. Hradek in a time slot when there was no live programming on the other sports channels. Now I forget to watch it plus they hardly even take calls anymore. NHL Tonight went downhill, too, with staff changes as mentioned above and now they talk over the highlights too much instead of broadcasting the exciting game calls. When they show game replays, it is often the same NBCSN feed as the night before instead of making it more interesting with a local or Canadian feed. And while getting NHL playoff games is a plus, they should actually have access to more since putting games on CNBC makes no sense at all. The good news is from what I hear NHL Network Canada is much worse since they rarely get live games because of all the coverage on other networks up there.
Well written article Matt. Ted Robinson and John McEnroe often did this on NBC coverage with Federer vs Roddick immediately coming to mind. However, ESPN should be commended for improving Wimbledon coverage over NBC with all live coverage and even going to two channels during week two.
1 year ago on Silence is golden for ESPN booth during Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph
ABC does show the Women's and Men's Final but it is same day tape delay.
1 year, 1 month ago on Wimbledon starts June 24th with over 800 hours of live coverage on ESPN
If you think that is bad then try three hours of Bob Costas and Jim Kaat on the MLB Network Showcase discussing how baseball peaked in 1963.
1 year, 1 month ago on Bob Costas: America's Wet Blanket
Too many "happy hour" drinks while doing play by play.
1 year, 1 month ago on Real Tweets from Real People - Chris Berman at the US Open
"And now we switch you to the end of Broncos and Vikings. Actually, we are going to do that on the other side of the break." Curt Menefee promising the Atlanta vs Houston audience the dramatic conclusion of the other game. After the break, FOX returned with Green Bay vs Giants.
2 years, 7 months ago on Straight Outta Stockton Week 13
"Plenty of distance." Spero Dedes on the Auburn 21 yard FG attempt to take a 3-0 lead.
2 years, 10 months ago on The 2011 Pam Ward Chronicles Week 5 | October
Sa9273, I was not questioning you or CBS. I was simply stating that I think New England at Oakland is the better game they have should have sent Nantz/Simms to. Instead, we get to see the champs in what will likely be a blowout.
2 years, 10 months ago on Your Full 2011 NFL Week 4 Announcing Schedule | September
I think New England at Oakland is the game of the week not Denver at Green Bay.