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Mike Goldberg taking time off, will miss UFC 155

Saturday's UFC 155 from Las Vegas, featuring a clash in the main event between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title, will be missing a familiar face. Long-time UFC play by play announcer Mike Goldberg will miss the event according to MMA Junkie, and be replaced by Jon Anik, who joined the UFC in […]

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Jay Glazer learns he may in fact be an ESPN “source”

Sean Payton agreed to a new contract with the New Orleans Saints Friday, ensuring the suspended coach would return to the Saints sidelines for the foreseeable future and hopefully placing the bounty scandal well and truly behind us all.  In the wake of the news, another controversy developed regarding ESPN's well-documented sourcing issues.  An ESPN […]

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Bill Simmons pokes fun at Chris Berman’s 2 Minute Drill picks

Chris Berman's 2 Minute Drill has been a part of SportsCenter for as long as I can remember.  The formula for the segment has remained relatively unchanged for years – Berman talks for well over 2 minutes for whatever is on his mind, mixes in recycled footage that's been played dozens of times before (have […]

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Cheers and jeers for the sports media world in 2012

2012 has been one of the most interesting years to ever cover the sports media world. There's been plenty to like in terms of new deals, innovations, and trends… and of course, plenty to not like. With a nod to the classic TV Guide staple, we've put together this list of the good (cheers!) and […]

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What in the world is going on with ESPN’s Lomas Brown?

Lomas Brown was a 7 time Pro Bowler, 3 time First Team All Pro, and a Super Bowl champion during his 18 year NFL career as an offensive lineman.  He's been nominated for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He had a lengthy career the wide majority of NFL players could only dream […]

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Screengrab Snafu: It’s been a rough year for Mark Lindley

How pathetic is the Arizona Cardinals quarterbacking situation?  They feature not one, but two quarterbacks at the bottom of ESPN's Total QBR rankings.  Any time you rank below Brandon Weeden AND Mark Sanchez in any metric ranking quarterbacking skill, it may be time to consider the CFL as a real option.  To add insult to […]

Here’s Shaquille O’Neal giving Kenny Smith a piggyback ride

If you could sum up the unique qualities of Inside the NBA in just a couple moving pictures, it has to be Kenny Smith riding Shaquille O'Neal around the Turner studio.  I'm not sure what the explanation is for this Thursday night piggyback ride, including Kenny Smith spanking Shaq to aid his giddy up, but […]

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Monday Night Football hits four-year ratings low

Another Monday Night Football season is in the books for ESPN, and the results aren't good. The ratings for this year's season were the lowest since 2008, a four year low for ESPN due mostly to some terrible matchups and ugly blowouts that killed any sort of momentum ESPN had. The highest rated game of […]

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Urban Meyer will make a brief return to ESPN

Although Urban Meyer left ESPN under a cloud of speculation and false denials, it appears all is still well between the current Ohio State coach and his former employer.  You may recall the circus that happened with Meyer denying what we all knew and even asked to be taken off an assignment with the reports […]

Your Week 17 NFL Announcing Schedule

  Sunday, December 30 Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts [CBS 1PM] Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals [CBS 1PM] Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills [CBS 1PM] Marv Albert, Rich Gannon Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers [CBS 1PM] Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans [CBS […]

NBA ratings remain great on Christmas Day

The NBA's Christmas Day marathon on ESPN and ABC proved the league is still the unquestioned king of the sports world on December 25th. ABC's doubleheader of Lakers-Knicks and Thunder-Heat drew overnight ratings of 5.9 and 6.0 respectively. The early game (between mega markets Los Angeles and New York) was the highest rated game in […]

Video: Robert Flores flashed a crotch chop at the end of SportsCenter

You never know quite what you're going to get from Robert Flores on live television, which is why he remains one of our favorite SportsCenter anchors.  If you follow Ro Flo on Twitter, you'll know he's a huge wrestling dork.  So when hosting SportsCenter with former Raw announcer, former Executive Assistant to Mr. McMahon, and […]

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Josh Duhamel is no fan of Merril Hoge and his Tim Tebow bashing

Taking sides on Tim Tebow has turned into the great cottage industry of the sports media.  While some have made quite a career out of blindly and ignorantly staking what little integrity was left of their own career driving the Tebow bandwagon (see: Bayless, Skip), others have attempted to take the opposite flank in hopes […]

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New NBA on ESPN studio showing signs of improvement

If you're anything like me, you probably watched more NBA basketball yesterday than you have for the entirety of the regular season thus far.  There's something about the Christmas Day showcase that makes it the unofficial start of the regular season, at least in the consciousness of a sizable swath of sports fans. So for […]

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The NBA celebrated Christmas Day with ugly sweaters

Christmas Day is the NBA's day on the sporting calendar and the league rejoiced the only way they know how – ugly Christmas sweaters!  While nobody reached the fright of Daryl Johnston from this past Sunday, there were several individuals paying tribute to this storied Christmas tradition.  Matt Barnes of the Clippers went all out […]

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