Viewing Picks for September 30, 2014

Basketball 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women Group Play Group D, Istanbul, Turkey USA vs. Angola — NBA TV, 2:30 p.m. USA Basketball 2014: A Golden Opportunity — NBA TV, 4:30 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily: The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live […]

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No, ESPN is not having an all-male domestic violence panel tonight

The following is one of the most unusual media stories of the last year. On Friday, Esquire Magazine posted a blistering piece bashing ESPN written by the publication’s news editor Ben Collins.  It was entitled “ESPN has a problem with women.” While the column centered on the suspensions of Bill Simmons and Stephen A. Smith, […]


It’s Christmas in September for FC Santa Claus announcer

Yes, I apologize for that headline. As we’ve discovered over the years here at Awful Announcing, announcers from Finland continually rate very highly in our worldwide announcing ELO rankings.  Whether that’s hockey, soccer, or Pesäpallo (that would be the national sport of Finland, of course) the Finnish announcers always have a way of capturing an exciting […]


Media Pressure Mounting On Brady Hoke After Shane Morris Injury Debacle

It’s true that if Michigan’s football team owned a 5-0 record at this point in the season, head coach Brady Hoke would not be receiving the scathing level of commentary that’s been thrown in his direction over the past 48 hours. That point has to be acknowledged by any clear-eyed media analyst or college football […]

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The AA Sunday Studio Spectacular: Sunday NFL Countdown

We return with Part III of our season-long look at the Sunday NFL pregame shows. After reviewing That Other Pregame Show and The NFL Today from CBS Sports, we move to the second oldest NFL studio show, Sunday NFL Countdown. It’s hard to believe that ESPN’s show is the second oldest NFL pregame show on […]


AP reporter furiously backpedals from report about Raiders coach being fired

In modern media, one would think reporters of any kind would realize that deleting tweets does not make what you published disappear.  Nothing disappears from the internet.  Once you hit that blue “Tweet” button, it’s final. So if you’re going to report a high-profile, exclusive story about an NFL coach being fired, you better be […]


Viewing Picks for September 29, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Golden Boy Live, State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, TX Junior Featherweights Joseph Diaz, Jr. vs. Raul Hidalgo — Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. Final Verdict — ESPNU, […]


Dick Enberg continues to broadcast despite family setbacks

At age 79, some people would be thinking about retirement, but not Dick Enberg. As he ends his 5th season as TV voice of the San Diego Padres, Enberg looks forward to another year in the booth. However, it’s not without a heavy heart. While the venerable broadcaster continues to call games, he does so […]


ESPN now has two Cleveland Browns beat reporters??

Last week, ESPN quietly announced that it had hired Jeremy Fowler away from to become a Cleveland-based NFL reporter. You might think he’s going to replace someone, however, in the press blurb, ESPN said Fowler would work in concert with current Browns beat reporter Pat McManamon. Fowler’s primary assignment will be the NFL and […]


New World Cup of Hockey could be the first one to get TV right

A brief history lesson for those outside the hockey world: the World Cup of Hockey is a thing that exists. It’s even stranger than the FIBA Basketball World Cup because it isn’t really… well, held on any sort of regular basis. The tournament originated as the Canada Cup in 1976, then was subsequently held in 1981, […]


Viewing Picks for September 28, 2014

All Times Eastern Basketball 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women Group Phase Group D, Istanbul, Turkey USA vs. Serbia — NBA TV, 2:30 p.m. College Football ESPNU Championship Drive: Who’s In? — ESPN, 8:30 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Penn State at Michigan — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. Cal State-Northridge at UCLA — Pac-12 Networks, […]


The ESPN Ombudsman reviews the Bill Simmons suspension

The latest Bill Simmons suspension has had even the most ardent detractor of the former Boston Sports Guy supporting him. Many have pointed to Simmons calling NFL Commissioner Robert Goodell as the basis for the ESPN suspension. And while that may be part of the reason behind the Worldwide Leader’s decision, ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte […]

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CBS Sports Radio producer cries on-air over Derek Jeter

Yankees fans all over America shed some tears when Derek Jeter singled home the winning run in his last home game of his career. They cried at Yankee Stadium, they cried at sports bars, they cried at home. They even cried at work. Wait, what? That’s right. We have audio evidence of a Yankee fan […]