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SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NFL, Olympics, World Series lead the way in 2016 sports ratings

One of my favorite lists around the turning of the calendar is Paulsen’s list at Sports Media Watch of the Most Watched Sporting Events of the year. It’s always a fantastic look in context at how many people watched the biggest sporting events in the previous 12 months and offers some illuminating information. This year, […]

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Television announcer Al Michaels watches the Houston Texans warm up before the Texans play the New England Patriots on December 13, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

“OVER-whelming” – Al Michaels had his best gambling reference yet

No matter if the Sunday Night Football game is a blowout or not, it’s always worth watching until the final whistle to see what kind of clever reference legendary broadcaster Al Michaels will make to the gambling lines. Last night’s Week 17 finale between the Packers and the Lions did not disappoint. The game was […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Jacoby Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees celebrates his sixth inning two run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays with teammate Gary Sanchez #24 at Yankee Stadium on September 10, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Finally, YES Network is back on Comcast

After a lengthy dispute that actually helped the New York Mets beat the New York Yankees in the ratings for the first time, YES Network is finally back on Comcast. Normally the way these things work in carriage disputes is that deadlines force a deal to be done. However, that didn’t happen with Comcast and […]

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 1:  New England Patriots fans celebrate during the opening ceremony of Super Bowl XLIX at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar February 1, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots and Seattle Seahawks square off in this year's matchup.  (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

ESPN enjoys significant viewership boost with out-of-home viewing numbers

ESPN is ready for some much-needed and long-awaited good news when it comes to their viewership and revenue numbers. And the boost is coming from something that ESPN and other networks have long been clamoring for – out-of-home viewership. It’s no secret that people like to go out, and they like to go out to […]

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Hawk Harrelson and Joe West are somehow now golfing buddies

If there’s two people in baseball that you would not expect to become BFFs forever, it would be Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson and umpire “Country” Joe West. First, a refresher. Harrelson is known for his combustible style of broadcasating, especially when it comes to umpires who he think have given the southsiders the […]

MOBILE, AL - DECEMBER 23: Running back B.J. Smith #26 of the Troy Trojans stiff arms linebacker Quentin Poling #32 of the Ohio Bobcats on December 23, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Even the secondary bowl games are dominating TV ratings

Over at The Comeback this week I wrote about how blase the December 26th list of bowl games was, probably the most unremarkable in history. Of the six teams playing three bowl games, precisely zero had winning records and one of them even had a losing record. It was the perfect advertisement for an over-inflated bowl […]

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Sean McDonough is definitely not afraid to call out poor NFL officiating

Last week ESPN Monday Night Football commentator Sean McDonough talked to AA about a call of his earlier this season that went viral. McDonough expressed his frustration with a number of penalties being called during the Jets-Cardinals game. McDonough joked about the call with AA and said that he should be connecting with fans at […]

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Ezekiel Elliott just gave us an instant pylon cam classic

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is already adding to his league-leading and perhaps MVP-leading credentials early on Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions. Elliott raced for a 55 yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Cowboys a 14-7 lead and did so in acrobatic, highlight fashion. And no, this time there […]

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01:  Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Chicago Cubs forces out Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians at first base to end the seventh inning in Game Six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The 2016 Freezing Cold Takes Honor Roll

Freezing Cold Takes dedicates itself to taking a look at all of those proclamations and predictions that have gone wrong over the years as a way to have a laugh about the unpredictability of sports and hold analysts and experts accountable. But what would the coldest of takes gone horribly, horribly wrong be without just […]

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Real Tweets from Real People – The Bob Costas fedora memes are here

Bob Costas isn’t usually one to stir up a storm on social media, unless he’s dealing with a severe case of Russian pink eye. However, it was Costas’ outfit that got everyone talking during last night’s Thursday Night Football telecast on NBC and NFL Network. Apparently, Costas was taking the color rush concept very seriously […]

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Great Freezing Cold Takes from the 2016 NFL season

Recently, we chronicled the best cold takes from the 2016 college football season including gems like “Texas is back” and “Notre Dame will go undefeated” or people picking Georgia to make the College Football Playoff. Now it’s time to transition into the world of professional football and open up the treasure trove of great Freezing […]

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The Los Angeles Rams are the latest coaching vacancy Jon Gruden has been linked to

Merriam-Webster today announced “surreal” as their choice for the Word of the Year in 2016. It’s fitting given everything that’s happened in the world-at-large and even in sports. We saw the Cubs, the Cavaliers, and even Leicester City win championships, all surreal moments. But the most surreal of all would be if Jon Gruden finally left his […]

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