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Awful Announcing Final Pits James vs. Buck

Awful Announcing‘s tournament to determine who will replace former Sunday Night Baseball commentator Joe Morgan on AA‘s Mt. Rushmore of bad announcers has been narrowed down to two — ESPN college football commentator Craig James and Fox announcer Joe Buck.

As Matt Yoder of AA explains, James’ presence in the finals is due largely to the groundswell of negative publicity that the former SMU running back has generated in regards to the Mike Leach controversy at Texas Tech. To summarize, ESPN college football reporter Bruce Feldman was temporarily relieved of his duties — but NOT suspended — by ESPN for assisting Leach in his book, Swing the Sword, which was highly critical of ESPN in its handling of Leach’s departure from the Red Raiders – in particular, allegations that Leach mistreated Adam James, son of Craig James.

When we started this tournament July 5th, few people would have predicted ESPN college football analyst Craig James for one final slot. However, a month of horrible PR came from nowhere for the Senator thanks to stunning revelations in the new Mike Leach book combined with the #FreeBruce saga. Those stories lifted James to unprecedented heights of unlikability. In the final he meets Fox play by play man Joe Buck, who in spite of winning some sympathy through battling a vocal cord virus, has rode a wave of years of discontent from sports fans through to the final. Let’s hope the final will be just as dramatic as the Colin Cowherd-Joe Buck semifinal, where Buck passed Cowherd in the final two minutes before the clock struck midnight and won by 33 votes out of 12,635.

Either James or Buck will join Pam Ward, Dick Vitale or Tim McCarver on AA’s Mt. Rushmore. Good luck to the contestants.

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Phil Griffin to be Honored by National Action Network at The Keepers of the Dream Awards

MSNBC president Phil Griffin will be honored by the National Action Network (NAN) at the 13th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards on April 6.

The awards are given in April each year to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King‘s death and to “honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life.”

Host Reverend Al Sharpton and the NAN will host the awards, which will also honor Muhammad Ali, Universal Motown president Sylvia Rhone, Magic Johnson, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and others.

The keynote address will be by Dr. William Cosby.

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Top 10 CNN Heroes Selected

The judges ranged from Muhammad Ali to Ricky Martin, but the group of 13 has selected the Top 10 finalists for this year’s CNN Heroes.

Today’s selection also opens the voting for the 2010 Hero of the Year which will be announced in late November for a special to air on CNN Thanksgiving night. Now in its fourth year, CNN Heroes shines a spotlight on everyday people who are changing the world.

So who are they?

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CNN Announces Judges for Fourth Annual ‘CNN Heroes’

CNN_heroes_logo_new.gifRicky Martin, Rainn Wilson, Holly Robinson Peete, Sir Richard Branson and Muhammad Ali are among the Blue Ribbon Panelists for the fourth annual “CNN Heroes” event which will air Thanksgiving night.

This year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes, as selected by the panel, will be unveiled next Thursday on with their profiles added to

The event at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles will once again be hosted by Anderson Cooper with senior EP Kelly Flynn at the helm. The guest list of presenters and musical performances is still coming together.

More in the press release after the jump…

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The Ticker: BBC, FBN, NBC…

> BBC World News America will air a rare 1964 interview of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tonight, in which he predicts an African American President “in less than 40 years.” The video can be seen on the BBC America site, and runs tonight at 7pmET.

> FBN contributor Charles Payne will be an honoree tonight at the Congress of Racial Equality Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dinner in New York City. Past honorees have included Elie Weisel and Muhammad Ali.

> FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin made a couple of appearances in the Dateline NBC special last night about the Inauguration. Click continued to check it out…

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