NFL: Preseason-San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

Anti-Semitic joke gets longtime Chargers announcer suspended

We all say stupid s—. At least most of us do. I do, that’s for sure. Usually, the stupid s— we say is said with no ill-will, but it’s stupid and offensive nonetheless. Most of the time, when these stupid moments happen, the consequences are limited. That’s because most of us aren’t being recorded by […]


Jeff Fisher is still pissed at ESPN over that foolish Michael Sam shower report

ESPN has apologized for an embarrassing segment in which reporter Josina Anderson spent over 30 seconds analyzing Michael Sam’s showering habits within the St. Louis Rams’ dressing room, but Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is still pissed. From Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I’m extremely disappointed in her piece,” Fisher [said] on Wednesday, […]


Turner & SiriusXM make Bleacher Report Radio official

In news first reported by Awful Announcing a week ago, Turner Sports and SiriusXM Satellite Radio today made official the launch of Bleacher Report Radio. The move has been in the works for some time, but will finally come to fruition on September 2nd.  Bleacher Report Radio moves from its 11-2 ET slot on Sirius […]


Mack Brown won’t talk about Texas on ESPN?

Network conference calls are a lot like press conference in sports.  Instead of coaches or players producing cliches about “taking it one day at a time” or “giving 110% percent” it’s television personalities.  Everyone is “excited” for whatever broadcast season is upcoming and the lineup always looks “stronger” than ever.  The fact that many of […]

Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler isn’t going to try to be Brent Musburger in the booth

One of the biggest media storylines of this fall will be Chris Fowler replacing Brent Musburger in the top college football booth at ESPN.  Musburger had capably taken over from Keith Jackson as the “voice of college football” over the last decade and is still at the top of his game.  Because of Fowler’s contract […]


FS1 beats ESPN with debut of new fantasy football show

When Fox announced plans for a new weekly fantasy football show, there was a collective eyebrow raise across the industry.  Fox’s obsession with Hollywood and forcing celebrities of any kind into their sports programming has always been akin to fitting a square peg in a round hole.  It struck again with FFU (quite the acronym, by the […]


Once upon a time, the NHL was mad at The Simpsons

The NHL has done a lot of silly things over the years. Though the numerous lockouts and the Guardians project come to mind as some of the league’s largest blunders, their angry letter to The Simpsons regarding Krusty the Clown and the Stanley Cup has to be a close contender. In Season 9 of The […]


Viewing Picks for August 27, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football Abilene Christian at Georgia State — ESPNU, 7 p.m. CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. Under Center/Kirk Herbstreit — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. Film Room Kickoff Special — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. Big Ten Football and Beyond — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. CONCACAF Champions […]


TSN may beat ESPN to The Ocho

We’ve all made jokes in the past about how ESPN will end up emulating the film Dodgeball and launch ESPN 8: The Ocho. Their Canadian counterparts apparently saw it as a challenge. They won’t quite make it to The Ocho, but they’ll come pretty close. Monday morning, TSN launched TSN 3, TSN 4 and TSN 5. That’s […]


Your US Open Tennis Announcing Schedule

2014 U.S. OpenArthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, NYMonday, August 25 – Monday, September 9CBS/CBSSN, ESPN/ESPN2, The Tennis Ch.CBSTalent: Bill Macatee, Mary Carillo, John McEnroe; Ian Eagle, Jim Courier, Mary Joe Fernandez, Adam ZuckerCBSSN: Luke Elvy, Jimmy Arias, Andrew Catalon, Sam Gore, Taylor Dent, Chanda RubinThe Tennis ChannelTalent: Brett Haber, Tracy Austin, Mark Knowles, Bill Macatee, Martina […]

NFL: Preseason-San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

Chargers broadcaster Hank Bauer makes hacky, anti-semitic joke

Look, radio announcers have a much tougher job in some respects than television announcers. You have to paint pictures, you have to fill in every detail, you have to speak for three hours straight with only your partner and commercials to provide respite. Sometimes things get out of hand and weird, but there’s no excuse […]