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Craig James Wins Awful Announcing Contest, Will Replace Joe Morgan on Wall of Shame

Congratulations to ESPN football commentator Craig James, who beat Fox droll-monger Joe Buck in the finals of Awful Announcing’s 32-person tournament to determine who would replace former Sunday Night Baseball commentator Joe Morgan on AA’s four-person Mount Rushmore. James joins Pam Ward, Dick Vitale and Tim McCarver on the facade.

James defeated his broadcast partner Mike Patrick in Round 1 and was never tested along the way, also beating out some of the biggest names in AA lore – Rick Reilly, Stephen A. Smith, Chris Berman, and Joe Buck. His victories over Berman and Buck were astoundingly ginormous. 77% of the vote against Berman and 85% of the vote against Buck (over 21,000 votes in the Final were cast for Craig James).

Is James an “awful” announcer? That’s debatable. Frankly I’ve never found anything he’s said to be particularly insightful or inflammable; but he’s a former college football star from Texas, who happens to be telegenic, so he gets a lot of airtime on the World Wide Leader. Is he an “awful” human being? That assessment might have more traction, at least when you consider Awful Announcing’s take on why James was so unpopular among voters in the site’s tournament.

In case you’ve been in the Alaskan wilderness the last two years, James’ son Adam was at the center of a scandal that resulted in Mike Leach being fired from Texas Tech. Since, Leach has been on a crusade against Tech, Craig James, and ESPN in what appeared to be a “he said, she said” kind of roundabout argument.

But when excerpts from Leach’s new book, Swing Your Sword, were introduced it was a gamechanger. Now, we had visible proof through e-mails between James and his hired trolls at Spaeth Communications that the PR campaign against Leach was largely bogus. Spaeth and James conspired to falsely vilify Leach, forward lies from Adam James as truth, pollute blogs with fake comments, and feed fabrications to ESPN “reporters,” all the while grinding a personal axe against Leach for not treating Adam James with the regality that he deserved. Simply, Craig James took part in a false character assassination using his position in the college football media and on the “leader” to do nothing more than carry out his petty, childish, pathetic personal agenda.

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Milwaukee Loves it Some Green Bay Packers

The AFC Championship posted some impressive national ratings, but the Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears game might have done better, at least in terms of local viewership.

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the game earned a 57.0 share in overnights. Better yet, “a whopping 85 percent of the sets on at the time were tuned to the game.”

So basically, if you were watching television in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon, you were watching one thing: The Pack beat up Da Bears.

Impressively, the 2007 NFC Championship game between the Packers and the New York Giants earned a 58.5 rating, although only a 78 share.

(H/t Fang’s Bites)

The NBA's Big Year

The NFL isn’t the only sport having a wonderful season in terms of television ratings. NBA broadcasts on TNT are are through the roof as well.

Sports Media Watch (via Turner Sports) reports, “Through 18 telecasts, TNT is averaging a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.589 million viewers for NBA coverage, up 33 percent in ratings and 43 percent in viewership from last year (1.2, 1.813 mil), and up 60 percent and 71 percent, respectively, from 2008-09 (1.0, 1.518 mil).

The Miami Heat-Boston Celtics match on opening night and the Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers game were the two most-watched regular season telecasts since 1996. LeBron James is the new Michael Jordan, at least when it comes to television ratings. (And Charles Barkley is the new Charles Barkley.)

Well That About Says it All


In all seriousness, this should be fun. Goo luck, Bill.

Need a Quote? Turn to Deion Branch.

Athletes are not known for their wonderful public speaking abilities. They aren’t unintelligent – most of them, anyway – it’s just that they’ve been taught to think roboticly about things like effort, workrate, and desire, so the inevitable soundbites are cliches focusing on those themes.

But every now and again, an athlete surprises reporters with smart, thoughtful commentary. Landon Donovan jumps to mind. So does Charles Barkley.

Apparently, we can add Deion Branch to the list. Read more

Jeff Van Gundy Says He Was Wrong About The Heat

After LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived in Miami, ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy was the first to hop on the bandwagon, predicting more than 72 wins for the Heat and a chance at topping the Lakers’ 33-game winning streak.

“They will break the single-season win record [of 72]. And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year. They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected. There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will.” Read more

Your Moment of Zen, Yankee's Fan Letter Edition

Courtesy of New York Yankee’s beat writer Mark Feinsand. Happy weekend, world.

Rick Reilly Really Likes the Words "Tiny," "Large," "Very," and "Nice"

We’ve mentioned the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective before, but they’ve really outdone themselves with their latest post.

Ben Blatt uses a couple complicated formulas to compare the writing styles of luminaries Bill Simmons, Jason Whitlock, and Rick Reilly.

Blatt wonders if he can determine the author of a column based on word usage. The results: His equation goes six-for-six in predicting who wrote a given column. In fact, the formula overwhelmingly points out the correct author.

But that’s not the best part of the study. Read more

Easily Follow the Jets Gang on Twitter

Want to be your first friend to know when Braylon Edwards runs afoul with the law? Or what Mark Sanchez is doing during his free time? Or who Darrelle Revis plans to put on Revis Island next? Well, now you can with one easy click.

Check out Connect Jets, which syncs with your Twitter account and let’s you follow all the Jets on the service at once.

There are 18 Jets currently on Twitter, everyone from Matt Higgins (Executive Vice President, New York Jets) to Calvin Pace (“Starting linebacker for the NY Jets. Sneaker Collector. Foodie. Wake Forest Alum. Community Servant. Opinionated individual.”)

If we were Jets fans, this would be awesome. Since we’re not, the hardest part is unfollowing them all.

ESPN2 Offering Special Preview Of ESPN Goal Line

On Saturday from 3:30 – 6 p.m. ET, ESPN2 will offer a special preview of ESPN Goal Line, the college football equivalent of the Red Zone Channel on DirecTV.

The new network features unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from college football games airing on ESPN’s multiple platforms, as well as syndicated and locally-produced games from various Football Bowl Subdivision conference.

Anish Shroff hosts the day-long coverage with college football game and studio analyst Rod Gilmore.

The channel is normally available only on Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon. Read more

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