COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 24:  Hall of Famer Cal Ripken is introduced at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 24, 2016 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

AA Q&A: Cal Ripken prepares to call MLB playoffs for TBS

Hall Of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will be calling his fourth postseason as a game analyst for TBS beginning with the American League Wild Card game on Oct. 4 and continuing through this year’s American League Championship Series partnered with Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling. In a one-on-one interview with Awful Announcing, Ripken discussed what […]


Viewing Picks for September 27, 2016

All Times Eastern Boxing Premier Boxing Champions, Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, Santa Fe, NM Welterweights Yordenis Ugas vs. Bryant Perrella — FS1, 8 p.m. College Football B1G Football Coaches Press Conference 2016 — Big Ten Network, 11:30 a.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon College Football Live — ESPN, 1:30 p.m. […]


Hillary Clinton runs ESPN ad mocking Trump as fantasy football player

While many sports fans may be tuning into Monday Night Football rather than the first Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump presidential debate Monday, the Clinton campaign’s still trying to reach them. They’re even tailoring their message to fantasy football fans, as evidenced by the ads they ran on’s fantasy football page Monday: That stereotype will certainly […]


McNeese State coach slightly backtracks after banning player interviews

We’ve seen plenty of college football coaches try to restrict access to certain media members or outlets, but McNeese State coach Lance Guidry is approaching restrictions from the other side, saying after Saturday’s win over Incarnate Word that he would prohibit all of his players from speaking to any media going forward. As Chandler Rome […]


Stephen A. Smith will be on the call for Pacquiao-Vargas fight

Consider this your warning – ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith will join the broadcast team of November’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas. Smith, a noted defender of Floyd Mayweather, will join a broadcast crew which will also include Brian Kenny of MLB Network, Charissa Thompson of FOX Sports, and former welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. All are worth noting […]


“James and the Giant QB” College Football Podcast: PJ Fleck once shaved a kicker’s mullet

Awful Announcing contributor Jim Weber and former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen recap Week 4 of the 2016 college football season. That includes Les Miles’ latest disastrous clock management vs. Auburn (1:30), Tennessee’s Jekyll & Hyde act this season (4:45), whether Georgia is already regretting the decision to Mark Richt (8:00), Brian Kelly throwing his Notre Dame […]

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Ad buyers say Twitter’s Thursday Night Football ratings fell short of expectations

Ratings for Twitter’s second week of streaming Thursday Night Football jumped 34 percent, suggesting that the ambitious effort to bring the NFL to social media was going according to plan. But a report from Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand—based on interviews conducted after the first game, on Sept. 15—suggests that ad buyers are not thrilled with how the […]


Al Michaels cannot sing as well as Carrie Underwood

Sunday night’s game between the Cowboys and Bears was not close, which meant some time to kill for NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels. Michaels apparently figured he’d use the fourth quarter to practice his vocals, in case he ever chooses to release that Carrie Underwood cover album the world is just dying to hear. The legendary announcer […]

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Here are some of the best written tributes to Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez’s tragic death sparked an outpouring of emotion from seemingly everyone who had ever come into contact with the 24-year-old pitcher. That means players, coaches and managers but also writers, who did their best Sunday to put into words what made Fernandez so special. Fernandez’s death brought a wave of emotional and powerful tribute pieces […]