Saturday, February 2, 2008

Right To Fight State

Is it true that in quest of a pay raise, members of one town's work force found friction not only from the regional sports channel that hires them, but from their fellow colleagues who are willing to undercut?

C'mon people. It's 2008.

Wake up.

Friday, February 1, 2008

SNOWY WEATHER & SLIDING SUV SINK SNF TRUCK

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NEP's "ND-3 A", used by NBC for Sunday Night Football, was involved in an accident in Kansas on Wednesday.

Details aren't available yet, but judging by these photos featuring scattered equipment and missing bay doors, we'd hate to see how the other vehicle looks.

Stay tuned for updates...


UPDATE 2/2: "ND-3 A" was broad sided by a SUV that lost control in the snowy conditions. The belly bays were ripped from the mobile unit. Somehow though, nobody was hurt.

The truck is currently being repaired at Mobilized Systems in Cincinnati.

"ND-3A" is expected to miss only one show, and NEP will replace it with "ND-4A".

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Boomer Goes BOOM! or Boomer Goes The Dynamite!

This Chris Berman clip is from 2000 but just made its way to the public today. A bunch of our favorite bloggers have all put it up on their sites as well, but we want to make sure anyone who visits us has a chance to see it. If it gets removed from You Tube, fear not. Deadspin grabbed it and said it's permanently embedded.

That being said, here it is. Pull up a chair and enjoy.


Unlike that clip of the bird pooping on the reporter, we know this is real!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Baaaaaaad Frog! You're A Baaaaaaad Frog!

......................The Frog ......................Courageous Cat, Minute Mouse

Do you remember "Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse"? It was a dark cartoon that aired in the early 1960s featuring an odd pairing of cat and mouse superheroes.

Anyway, one of the big villians was "The Frog", who wore a derby, smoked a fat cigar and talked like Edward G. Robinson. No matter how devilish The Frog's schemes were, somehow, against all odds, by episodes end, Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse would save the day. And The Frog would be in jail.

What's this got to do with sports, you ask?

FSN Houston has evidence from last night's Warriors - Rockets game that The Frog is on the loose.

And he's up to no good!



(Thanks to Awful Announcing for the post.)

Sun-Soaked Super Sod Slides Inside

Here's a quick video of the Super Bowl field returning inside the University Of Phoenix Stadium after catching some rays.

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It's tough setting up low end zone cameras when there's no low end zone.

Reporter Gets Hit With Bird Poop Scoop

We're posting this because:
1) Bird watching was considered a sport at least through the 1960s
2) It's just too damn funny not to share.


Yes, we too have questioned the presence of the boom operator when the reporter is using a stick and why there's no footage of the anchor(s) from the news set.

Sometimes you have to have faith in something.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Space Squeezed As Super Sod Seeks Sunshine

The field at Glendale's University Of Phoenix Stadium is elevated from the actual arena floor and can roll completely out of the building. Despite having a retractable roof, the stadium itself blocks direct sunlight from hitting all parts of the field, especially at this time of year.


During the NFL's regular season, the TV compound is adjacent to the area the field occupies when outdoors. However a Super Bowl compound is several times larger, and in Arizona additional mobile units and production trailers are forced to line up single file along the perimeter.
Space is so tight that several trucks have to remove their stairs when the field is outdoors. Hopefully nobody takes a step outside without looking first. We've seen that before and it's usually followed by a trip to the nearest emergency room.

But imagine life if the trucks were always this close to the field!

Not The First Time A Snowboarder Tipped A Model Over

How do you say "X Games" in German?

We don't know either, but we just learned that "Are you ok?" translates to "Are you ok?"


You know the poor stage manager is being sent to the Russian front for this.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Don't Trust Joe Buck?

The poor guy in this video is boycotting a St. Louis car dealer. Joe Buck appears in the dealer's local TV commercials, so of course he becomes a target too.


The same guy has a bunch of videos on You Tube about this place and a lot of supporting material to back his claims up. Four employees were even arrested for assaulting him!

Joe appears at the end of this commercial:
Suntrup Ford Westport Acquisition Sale

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Joe may want to rethink this endorsement and stick to national campaigns. Then again, working "Jub-Jub" into a 30 second spot is probably easier on the local level.

SABADO GIGANTE ICES NBC'S NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME SKATERS

Don Fernando or Dick Button? America's adults have spoken.



On Saturday, the US Figure Skating Championships were on NBC, in prime time, during the writer's strike. Not only did the Ladies Free Skate and Short Program not win the night, it didn't place or show, finishing dead last among the 4 major networks with a 3.5 rating.

To make matters worse, even Univision's infamous "Sabado Gigante" spanked the Peacock in the all important adults 18-49 demographic. NBC averaged a pathetic 0.9 rating and a 3 share.

No wonder that Don Fernando is always smiling.

In the overall ratings on Sunday night, the Men's competition garnered a 3.5 and placed 5th in both of its 2 hours, lagging behind ABC, CBS, Fox and Univision, but ahead of the CW.

At no point during the weekend did skating reach a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo.

Even the old East German judges would have given it a 1.2.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Saturdays In The Park

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For your convenience, and a chance to preview what your schedule may look like in a few months, here is what Fox has planned for the 2008 regular season. Fox will also televise the All-Star Game from Yankee Stadium, the NLCS and the World Series.

Once again ALL GAMES, regardless of time zone, will start at 3:55 PM Eastern, except for May 3 and May 10 which will start at 3:45 PM Eastern.


April 5
NYM @ ATL
CWS @ DET
LA @ SD

April 12
NYY @ BOS
COL @ ARI

April 19
NYM @ PHI
CLE @ MIN
LA @ ATL

April 26
NYY @ CLE
LAA @ DET
ARI @ SD

May 3
CHI @ STL
NYM @ ARI
BAL @ LAA

May 10
NYY @ DET
STL @ MIL

May 17
MIL @ BOS
CLE @ CIN
LA @ LAA

May 24
NYM @ COL
ARI @ ATL
LAA @ CWS

May 31
LA @ NYM
DET @ SEA
ATL @ CIN

June 7
CHI @ LA
SEA @ BOS
CLE @ DET

June 14
BOS @ CIN
LA @ DET
PHI @ STL

June 21
STL @ BOS
CLE @ LA

June 28
NYY @ NYM
CHI @ CWS

July 5
BOS @ NYY
CHI @ STL

July 12
COL @ NYM
SF @ CHI
MIN @ DET

July 19
BOS @ LAA
CLE @ SEA
SD @ STL

July 26
NYY @ BOS
ATL @ PHI

August 2
LAA @ NYY
MIL @ ATL

August 9
NYY @ LAA
STL @ CHI
ATL @ ARI

August 16
LAA @ CLE
PHI @ SD
SEA @ MIN

August 23
LA @ PHI
ATL @ STL
SD @ SF

August 30
PHI @ CHI
SEA @ CLE
COL @ SD
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September 6
PHI @ NYM
DET @ MIN
ARI @ LA

September 13
ATL @ NYM
MIL @ PHI
SEA @ LAA
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September 20
TBD - 3 GAMES
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September 27
TBD - 3 GAMES