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The Onion Takes on the Inanity of Sports Broadcasters. Seriously.

The Onion is known for its outlandish stories and cheeky headlines. So when you see a title such as “Why does most modern sports broadcasting suck so hard?,” you expect to read, laugh, throwaway.

Except then you realize the column is in the AV Club section. You read closer. You nod. You smile. Noel Murray understands:

Watching a Saturday baseball game on Fox is like tuning into an especially lame daytime talk show, interrupted by the occasional play in the field. This most recent Thanksgiving weekend, while gorging on football, I grew exhausted by the frequent breaks to show the broadcast crews of the respective games enjoying their holiday dinners. A little bit of that is fine, but on one game, an announcer went to commercial teasing more footage of the staff’s touch-football outing. (Because surely that’s why we we were all watching.)

The writer spends almost 2,000 words ripping apart the current state of sports broadcasting, landing blow after blow. It’s probably not anything you haven’t heard before, but it’s an excellent collection of points that combine to demonstrate the dumbing down, broadcasters-as-stars phenomenon.

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Cablers Remember John Lennon with New Docs

The 30th anniversary of John Lennon‘s murder is Wednesday, and the cable news channels are remembering the tragedy with new documentaries this weekend.

FNC’s Bill Hemmer hosts tonight’s one hour special “Fox News Reporting: The Last Days of John Lennon” at 10pmET. The program takes an in-depth look at the career and final days of the Lennon, featuring exclusive photos of the former Beatle, first-hand accounts from the New York Police Department officers who were called to the scene of Lennon’s murder, as well as new details about the murderer, Mark David Chapman.

John Roberts hosts the new CNN documentary, “Losing Lennon – Countdown to Murder” which is one of two specials CNN will air on Lennon tomorrow. The other is a 30-minute doc titled “John Lennon – Living in America.” The new CNN programs have several exclusives: previously unaired audio interviews with Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, and his wife Gloria Chapman, and new interviews with Julian Lennon, and Jim Gaines, the first journalist to interview Chapman.

Video from these specials after the jump…

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