If you'll remember yesterday, ESPN "analyst" Desmond Howard made a particularly egregious error during a discussion of the football bowl game he was looking most forward to, claiming it was a California-Texas game that wasn't actually happening. (Cal plays Texas A&M.)

Yesterday, in a rare show of public acknowledgment, Howard discussed the huge error, but seems to couch it in the "I had a verbal misstep" language, ignoring that he didn't just accidentally say "Texas," he actually did a whole discussion of why it was his favorite upcoming bowl game. We're not sure we want to blame Howard entirely here — we don't think he's that bad, actually — but lots of people have to screw up a lot of times in a row for this to make it on live air.

Of course, as much ESPN is controlling the bowl games these days, we wouldn't be surprises if they just ordered Cal and Texas to go ahead and play one another, just to make things easier.

Howard's ... Apology? [The 12th Manchild]
Desmond Howard, Mythical Bowl Expert [Deadspin]