John Smoltz

AA Podcast #98 – John Smoltz

With the dawn of the 2014 MLB Postseason, we’re joined by one of the best playoff pitchers of the last generation – John Smoltz. After an illustrious career with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz moved to the broadcast booth and has been a consistent presence covering the sport. In today’s podcast, we talk about John’s TV […]

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FCC unanimously ends their sports blackout rule

In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Federal Communications Commission threw out the sports blackout rule that had been on the books dating back to 1975. It allowed sports leagues to use the FCC as a crutch to blackout games in local markets. The National Football League especially liked the rule so it could enforce its […]


NFL Ratings, Week 4: Only SNF sees year-to-year gains

Regional Window (CBS) Blackouts: New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh 1. Buffalo (BUF vs. HOU) - 33.3/62 2. Indianapolis (TEN vs. IND) - 31.8/55 3. Baltimore (CAR vs. BAL) - 29.9/59 4. San Diego (JAX vs. SD) - 29.7/57 5. Houston (BUF vs. HOU) - 27.6/55 6. Charlotte (CAR vs. BAL) - 22.1/44 7. Jacksonville (JAX vs. SD) - 21.7/35 8. Nashville (TEN vs. IND) […]


Podcast: Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams are College GameDay’s newest analysts

Later today ESPN will announce the addition of college basketball analysts Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg to the set of College GameDay.  Williams and Greenberg will join host Rece Davis and analyst Jay Bilas as the new quartet for ESPN’s flagship college sports franchise.  The pair replace the retiring Digger Phelps and NBA analyst Jalen […]


Jim Harbaugh says Deion Sanders is full of crap

Deion Sanders, former 49er and current NFL Network Analyst recently made a comment about how current San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh’s players want him gone from the team. A little early in the season for these kinds of rumors, but there you have it. Well, after the 49ers came from behind to beat the […]


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, […]