Final Four Teamcasts Leave Viewers Confused, Enraged About "Bias"

Tonight's Final Four games were aired on TBS, with team-specific broadcasts on TNT and TruTV. This was explained to people for weeks, but it seems lots of them did not get the message—even with a large bug in the corner of the screen identifying the broadcasts as being oriented toward one of the two teams (and, of… » 4/05/14 10:13pm 4/05/14 10:13pm

San Diego Legend Ted Leitner Melts Down On-Air Over Suitcase Incident

Ted Leitner's best known as the voice of the San Diego Padres, but the longtime broadcaster also serves as the play-by-play man for San Diego State athletics. With just over a minute remaining in the Aztecs' thriller against New Mexico today at the Mountain West Conference title game in Las Vegas, a security guard told … » 3/15/14 10:08pm 3/15/14 10:08pm

Pat Summerall: The Last Of The Hard Voices

At my gym the other day, half of the television screens were showing an episode of Dr. Phil. You don't need me to tell you that Dr. Phil sucks, so I grabbed a magazine and went about the business of not looking at his big stupid head. But then I saw Pat Summerall in the studio with him and suddenly I couldn't look… » 4/17/13 12:30pm 4/17/13 12:30pm

Bill Walton Made A Ray Lewis Limo Joke And Referenced Bill Simmons's…

Bill Walton's on-air behavior has been consistently weird this college basketball season, and that didn't change tonight as broadcasting's biggest Grateful Dead fan launched into numerous questionable tangents during ESPNU's Pac-12 tournament coverage of Washington-Oregon from Las Vegas. » 3/15/13 1:19am 3/15/13 1:19am

Is America Ready For Gus Johnson, Soccer Announcer?

Last spring, Gus Johnson showed up in the unlikeliest of places. Less than a year removed from parting ways with CBS and joining Fox, Johnson was decidedly out of his comfort zone. A familiar voice over college hoops, and with Fox the NFL and college football, here was Johnson, on the radio, calling games for MLS's San … » 2/05/13 1:55pm 2/05/13 1:55pm

National Radio Announcers Just Couldn't Believe The Ravens Let The…

With all of the changes made to the NFL's overtime rules in recent years, anyone can be forgiven for not understanding some of the basics. But one detail that didn't change is what happens in a playoff game at the conclusion of the first overtime period: the teams move to the other side of the field, but otherwise… » 1/15/13 10:30am 1/15/13 10:30am

Only Two One-Point Safeties Have Ever Happened In NCAA Football…

Tonight's mostly-boring Fiesta Bowl has featured the expected Oregon offensive firepower, but it's how they scored a single point that will make this a game to remember. After a third-quarter touchdown put the Ducks up 31-10 on Kansas State, the Wildcats blocked Oregon's extra point try, recovered it outside of the… » 1/03/13 11:34pm 1/03/13 11:34pm

ESPN Screwup Lets Viewers Listen In On Jimmy Dykes And Dave O'Brien…

In yet another technical blunder that led to inadvertent viewer eavesdropping on ESPN talent, a "live look-in" during ESPN's college basketball coverage last night patched in audio of the upcoming Syracuse-Arkansas game instead of the intended live-action Georgia-USF game. It just so happened that the announcers in… » 12/01/12 11:30am 12/01/12 11:30am

Here's Every Instance Of Phil Simms Saying The Word "Football" In A…

"This guy." "The National Football League." Sportscasters have their own pet phrases, most of which add nothing to the conversation. They're meaningless syllables to fill up airtime, nervous tics that we're used to ignoring, but once you notice them you can't hear anything else. Take Phil Simms, who loves to say "football." » 11/26/12 3:35pm 11/26/12 3:35pm

Michele Smith Became The First Female Analyst For A National Baseball…

TBS broke unprecedented ground Sunday when they put analyst Michele Smith in the booth alongside Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz for their broadcast of the Dodgers-Braves game. It's the first time a woman has ever served in the commentary role for a national MLB broadcast, and is one of a handful of breakthroughs in a… » 8/20/12 4:20pm 8/20/12 4:20pm

Sporting KC Wins U.S. Open Cup In Shootout Described As "More Dramatic…

That GolTV still exists is a miracle in itself; the soccer cable net recently lost its cash cow Spanish Liga contract to Al-Jazeera's new beIN Sports channel. It also lost popular analyst Ray Hudson, he of the orgasmic goal calls, which means GolTV's George D. Metellus served in the color commentary role for last… » 8/09/12 10:45am 8/09/12 10:45am

John Sterling Can't Stop Walking Around The Hotel Lobby In His Bathrobe

The Yankees are staying at the Westin in downtown Detroit for their four-game series with the Tigers, and one guest was kind enough to send along this photo of radio announcer John Sterling strolling the immaculate Westin lobby in sneakers and a robe. He's "been doing this for 2 days in a row so it's not rare," tipster… » 8/08/12 6:35pm 8/08/12 6:35pm

Red Sox Broadcasters Don Orsillo And Jerry Remy Cannot Figure Out How…

NESN's Red Sox broadcast team of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy show up often in these parts, usually due to their inability to hold themselves together due to some wacky fans in the stands. Today's meltdown was self-imposed, as a toy lightsaber that found its way to the broadcast booth (owing to yet another of those… » 8/08/12 3:02pm 8/08/12 3:02pm

Big Ten Network's New College Football Analyst Moonlights As A Faith…

J Leman starred at linebacker for the University of Illinois and followed his college career up with a forgettable one of years spent between NFL practice squads and the UFL. His experiences as a player and student-athlete certainly made him of interest to networks broadcasting football, and sure enough Big Ten… » 7/26/12 4:30pm 7/26/12 4:30pm