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Bruce Pearl, who had a successful stint coaching the Tennessee Volunteers men’s basketball team before joining the ranks of the media as a college basketball analyst for ESPN, was something of a flamboyant fellow during his tenure at Tennessee.
Known for rocking outrageously garish orange suits on the sidelines from time to time, it looks like Pearl’s over-the-top persona was well in development — especially atop his head — during his halcyon days of youth, as evidenced by this magnificent photo that recently surfaced on reddit.
Dennis Eckersley, who serves as a studio analyst during Boston Red Sox games on NESN, couldn’t hide his disappointment that part of his job description listed the duty of providing postgame analysis following all kinds of games. That excruciating aspect of his job apparently is especially unbearable after a game that got out of hand, such as was the case on Tuesday night after the Red Sox took the Rangers out back behind the woodshed with a 17-5 drubbing.
Yasiel Puig’s first two big league home runs weren’t the only fireworks going off as the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
The appearance of two very attractive young women sitting behind home plate on the monitors of Padres announcers Dick Enberg and Mark Grant led to a brilliant exchange.
These two beautiful gals happened to be wearing Dodger Dog hats and that sparked a curious back-and-forth between Enberg and Grant about how Grant “crushed two of those after the game last night,” leading to Enberg’s confusion about exactly what were the two things that Grant crushed, the Dodger Dogs or attractive Dodgers fans.
On Wednesday night, the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners in an extra inning thriller, winning by a score of 3-2 courtesy of Will Venable’s single with the bases loaded in the bottom of 10th inning.
Somehow, something that occurred following the conclusion of the game eluded our attention on Thursday, but if there’s video of a comely sideline reporter getting doused during a player’s Gatorade — or in this instance, Powerade — shower, dag gummit, someone is going to take notice and it’s always better late than never to highlight just what happened.
As Venable was being interviewed postgame regarding his extra inning heroics, the Padres sideline reporter, the lovely Kelly Crull, was in the wrong place at the wrong time when Yonder Alonso came out of nowhere and doused his teammate with Powerade.
Yep, Crull got soaked, too.
The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers in dramatic fashion on Thursday night, winning in a duel of pitching staffs by a score of 1-0 on a walk-off single by Russell Martin in the bottom of the 11th inning (video below).
Count Pirates broadcaster Steve Blass among those blown away and left unable to articulate his thoughts on the team, not only the win but perhaps left somewhat dumbfounded by the run the squad has been on of late, going 8-2 in the squad’s last ten games and riding a three-game winning streak.
Searching for words to describe his impressions of the ballgame, Blass used a word not typically associated with baseball broadcasting (and that’s probably a good thing): Kinky.
By now, whether you cared to or not, you have likely heard about the hullabaloo surrounding NFL analyst Keyshawn Johnson allegedly confronting Justin Bieber over the pop star’s alleged reckless driving through a gated California community where both celebrities apparently reside.
To be honest, I couldn’t care less about it all, to a certain extent. The only thing that merits discussion is if the allegations of dangerous driving are in fact true, Bieber deserves some kind of punishment putting the neighborhood’s residents in harm’s way through his immaturity and recklessness.
Nevertheless, NBC Sports host Liam McHugh deserves major kudos for staying apprised on what’s hip and hot in pop culture catfights.
The announcer referenced the supposed feud between Bieber and Johnson when Biebs was highlighted by the camera crew during Game 7 of the series between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at Staples Center on Tuesday evening.
Like many jocks before him, Keith Hernandez has managed to parlay a successful career in professional sports into an equally successful broadcasting career, currently serving as an analyst during broadcasts of New York Mets games on SNY and WPIX.
But for all his successes, Hernandez made a derp for the ages during the broadcast of the Mets-Yankees on Memorial Day.
Hernandez made a unintentional — yet highly insensitive — comment during the game, referring to a broken bat as a “dead soldier.” On Memorial Day.
For some ungodly reason, McDonald’s enlisted the services of everybody’s favorite (?) bloviating sports analyst, Stephen A. Smith, for a new commercial in which he hoots and hollers and goes all-Stephen A. Smith about the Miami Heat’s LeBron James and his supposed love for Chicken McNuggets. Doesn’t McDonald’s realize that by allowing Stephen A. Smith to do this commercial only encourages him to continue his antics?
Susannah Collins, the former Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter who was fired by the company last week, released a statement on Tuesday acknowledging how “Sports Nutz,” a web series she participated in before becoming a Chicago Blackhawks sideline reporter, could be considered offensive and apologized for her role in it.
The “Sports Nutz” videos, which came to light after a now-infamous on-air gaffe when Collins said the Chicago Blackhawks enjoyed a “tremendous amount of sex during the regular season” when she meant a tremendous amount of “success,” was summarily dismissed from her job as her Freudian slip attracted national attention, leading many to suspect that it was her on-air mistake that led to her firing. Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s statement announcing her dismissal disputed that assertion which indicated she was fired for “circumstances unrelated to her on-air remarks.”
While no one will never know for sure, the fact that Collins specifically addresses the “Sports Nutz” videos in her released statement could signify that the videos — which some have criticized as being politically incorrect, sexually explicit and racially insensitive — more than her flub provoked Comcast SportsNet Chicago to fire her. Read More→
While we cannot say for certain that TNT’s preeminent and esteemed NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager is in fact three sheets to the wind in these photos discovered by the fine folks over at Busted Coverage. But it sure as hell looks like he has knocked back a couple of alcoholic beverages. If that’s not the case, Mr. Craig Sager has one heckuva head cold or something.