22 August 2014

Watch Mike Francesa do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

(@NJD107)
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been huge, okay. Everybody who's anybody has done it, including yours truly. But there is only one who we wanted to see do the challenge: the one and only Sports Pope, Mike Francesa. At the annual Bar A show in Lake Como, New Jersey, Francesa had the ice water dropped on him after what seemingly was the fourth or fifth person drawn from a contest towards the tail end of his WFAN program. It was real, and it was spectacular. Let's go to the videotape.

Fanatic Radio 8/22/14

MIke goes solo on Fanatic Radio as we talk Team USA and their road to the FIBA World Cup on who Coach K should keep after tonight's game in the Garden. There is a hilarious bit of Francesa and Calipari but does the Sports Pope have a point? The hype-or-not of the Little League World Series and what a motivational speech and a girl named Mo'ne have in common, and the drama of the Cleveland Browns on what they should do with the case of Johnny Football after shooting the bird to the Washington bench.


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20 August 2014

Looking at Fox Sports 1 after one year

Fox Sports 1 turned one year old this past Sunday and anybody that was hoping that they will have conquered ESPN by now appears to have been sorely mistaken. Not only has FS1 hardly been competitive with ESPN, it has not been close save for a couple of occasions. Of course this should have been clear to anybody looking in but the folks at Fox came with the bluster that instead of aiming at NBCSN, they went for the king. And when you come at the king, you best not miss. And well at this point, Fox Sports 1 has missed.

18 August 2014

2014-15 College Football Predictions

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We are entering a new age in the world of college football and it finally involves a playoff. The Bowl Championship Series went out with a bang back in January with a thrilling championship game that found Florida State rallying from an early deficit to defeat Auburn and become the first non-SEC national champion since Texas in the same stadium eight years prior. But those days are over as the long-awaited College Football Playoff (creative, right?) debuts this January. Can Florida State become repeat? Will the SEC get back to the top, or will they possibly miss out on the playoff altogether?

It's time for my predictions for the 2014-15 college football season.

15 August 2014

Fanatic Radio 8/15/14

The Tony Stewart saga continues and Fanatic Radio goes in depth of the possible verdict that could be reached next week, where Stewart goes from here and will this shake up the sport. Mike and Ben assess the early stages of NFL preseason of who's hot and who's not with Johnny Football and Mike Vick and what is the Ice Bucket Challenge?
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14 August 2014

2014 College Football on CBS Sports Network Announcers

When people talk about college football on TV, they immediately think about ESPN, and rightfully so. Fox probably comes next in the minds of most. However, one should not ignore CBS Sports Network as they feature action from the Mountain West, the American, Army and Navy. Here are their commentary crews for 2014.

2014-15 NBA on TNT Schedule

The schedule for the 2014-15 NBA season was released last night and with that, we have the NBA on TNT slate. Their slate commences with an October 28th doubleheader featuring the Spurs' ring ceremony as they host the Mavericks, following by the Rockets visiting the Lakers. All in all, TNT will air 53 games with 19 doubleheaders on their signature Thursday night coverage as well as All-Star Weekend from New York in February.

So without further ado, here's the television schedule, as well as announcing assignments, for the NBA on TNT.

2014-15 NBA on ESPN Schedule

The schedule for the 2014-15 NBA season was released last night and with that, we have the NBA on ESPN slate. Their slate commences with a Wednesday doubleheader on October 29th with the Bulls visiting the Knicks following by the Thunder visiting the Blazers. ESPN will air 75 games with 34 doubleheaders all season long, largely on Wednesday and Friday nights.

So without further ado, here's the television schedule, as well as announcing assignments, for the NBA on ESPN.

2014-15 NBA on ABC Schedule

The schedule for the 2014-15 NBA season was released last night and with that, we have the slate for the Association's broadcast television partner, ABC. Their slate commences with a Christmas doubleheader with a rematch of the Western Conference Finals followed by LeBron James's return to Miami. Then in the new year, the Sunday Showcase returns with 13 telecasts over the balance of the season.

So without further ado, here's the television schedule, as well as announcing assignments, for the NBA on ESPN on ABC.

07 August 2014

ESPN's suspension of Dan Le Batard is lame

(Jeremy Powell)
All Dan Le Batard was looking to do was to do some harmless trolling. First, he wanted to pay for a full-page ad that would look like this in either the Cleveland Plain-Dealer or the Akron Beacon-Journal in the wake of LeBron James returning to Ohio. Although the prospective advertisement wasn't in the slightest offensive, and far from what is considered to be any standard for advertisement rejection, both papers rejected any and all of Le Batard's money. So Le Batard went a different route and purchased a billboard (pictured above) in Akron which was ironically covered on the front page of the (wait for it) Akron Beacon-Journal.

So no harm no foul? Not according to the folks at ESPN, who have promptly suspended Le Batard for two days because, well, I am not entirely sure.