Showing posts with label Washington Post. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Washington Post. Show all posts

ESPN Got Pranked Yesterday

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


On Sports Center yesterday, ESPN reported that both Mike Green and Donald Brashear of the Capitals had been suspended. Everyone in DC scrambled to confirm the story for the next hour, but ESPN suddenly retracted their original report by saying just Brashear had been suspended. However, that wasn't the end of it. From there, Sports Center aired two more retractions before finally saying that just Brashear would be heading to a hearing at 1pm. You can read about the whole day at the Capitals Outsider.

Crazy day for Sports Center but it's not necessarily their fault. They were prank called by someone posing as a Washington Post reporter, and went with the information provided by the prankster....

"I was on my way to the rink this morning and my buddy called me and was a little upset I was missing Game 7," said Capitals defenseman Mike Green, a finalist for the Norris Trophy given to the NHL's top defenseman.

"I had no idea what for. It kind of caught me off guard."

ESPN SportsCenter hosts Josh Elliot and Hannah Storm relayed that Green and teammate Donald Brashear were suspended under a "Breaking News" banner Monday at 9:52 a.m.

Within a half hour, ESPN retracted the story.

"Our news desk received the call from someone representing themselves as a Washington Post reporter," ESPN spokesman Dan Quinn said.

"We didn't follow our own fact-checking procedures and mistakenly reported the story.

"We apologize for the error."
That's just so random. In the pantheon of prank calls, that's probably the worst one ever. Why someone would pose as a Washington Post reporter for kicks is beyond me, but whatever makes you happy.

Prankster dupes ESPN with bogus report on NHL suspension (USA Today)

Madden To Miss The Next Sunday Nighter

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


It's pretty amazing to think that John Madden hasn't missed the call of a game in 476 chances, but that's exactly the case. Unfortunately that streak will be ending this Sunday as NBC analyst will take his first night off in almost 30 years. According to the Washington Post, Madden really wants to spend time with family and trying to pull off another cross country trip (his third in a row) was just too much.

It wasn't exactly Madden's idea to take a deep breath and a day off this weekend, but when NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol first broached the possibility with him last spring, Madden said he'd have to think about it. Ten days ago, he spoke with Ebersol again and told him it might not be a bad idea.

"I wasn't reluctant as much as I was 'let's wait and see how it goes,'" Madden said in a telephone interview Monday. "Last year we had a couple of tough (trips). I still enjoy the travel, but you'd like to be home once in a while. I've got five grandchildren. It's a quality of life issue. The 49ers and the Raiders not being good also has hurt, because you never get a home game. Even when L.A. had a team, I'd get to be home. When you see the grand kids, it's like they've grown two feet. So I'd like to check in once awhile, and this is a good chance to do that."

"Look, I think that John is not only the best game analyst in the history of sports, he remains the best analyst on television," Ebersol said. "I just think it's smart thinking to do it this way."
If Madden were to do this game, he would have had to have rode a bus from L.A. to Jacksonville, from Jax back to San Diego, and then from San Diego to Tampa Bay. I don't even think a group of four college kids on a road trip could have pulled that off. He will be replaced by Cris Collinsworth that night, and like the Post said, hopefully this won't end up a Wally Pipp situation and end up being John Madden's last game. NBC says they are committed to the entirety of Madden's six year contract, but we'll see.

Madden's Broadcasting Streak To End At 476 Games (Washington Post)

James Brown On The Differences Between Working At Fox And CBS

Thursday, October 09, 2008


James Brown took the time to answer a few questions during a Washington Post chat today. Some of the answers in regards to the pregame shows he has worked for were pretty interesting. He was asked some tough questions about the differences between the two rival networks, but the former FOX and now CBS Host, had some good responses....

Q: It seems these days that just about all the NFL gameday programs have really ramped up their "production values" and have become in your face, loud, quick paced product. Despite this overall trend, CBS has struck me as being more restrained, perhaps the thinking man's gameday program.

Did you notice such a difference when you left FOX and joined CBS?

James Brown: Yes, I noticed that CBS, to use your words, was more restrained, and I hear that concern loud and clear in terms of broadcast maybe being "in your face." Hopefully we can as broadcasters temper that with an upbeat, energetic presentation that's not so "in your face," because the viewers are very mature, knowledgable, savvy football fans who don't need to be yelled at. In all honesty, one of the complaints about the CBS show is that some find us by comparison to be boring, and too conservative. Taht was the concern and reputation I heard when I left fox for CBS. Hopefully we have stepped up the excitement without engaging in bufoonery, presenting solid football information in a humorous or interesting fashion. We aren't talking financial crisis, world wars, etc. -- we want to make it fun.

Q: JB what ultimately led to you leaving the Fox pregame show for CBS? Was it the fact that the CBS show is done in New York?

James Brown: It was an exceedingly difficult decision leaving the No. 1 pregame show and people who were more than just colleagues, they were friends. But on balance, the opportunity presented at CBS was too good to pass up. The opportunity to do a range of things is why I pursued the opportunity at CBS.
The great thing about all the pregame shows is certainly the variety that they provide, and while I miss JB on FOX, I think he's a much better fit for CBS. I'm also surprised that he didn't try and skate around the differences between FOX and CBS, and I highly approve of the use of a word like bufoonery when describing them.

James Brown Talks NFL, Sports Broadcasting (Washington Post)

Kornheiser: "(Newspapers) Aren't Dying, They're Dead"

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tony Kornheiser is really starting to depress me as of late. He was on 790 The Ticket with Dan Le Batard yesterday and said the above quote in a talk about his buyout and the state of print media....



I'll try to ignore the fact that Kornheiser conveniently waited until HIS retirement to say that the medium is dead and just focus on his words. While I don't entirely understand the attachment to ink and paper, it's still sad to hear someone lose something they love so much. If you add to these statements Le Batard's words over at TBL it makes it even more depressing.

As someone who worked for newspapers in every capacity from writer to paper boy I obviously have some attachment to the industry, but I see it differently. Newspapers aren't dead, they're just different. There's nothing wrong with change and to deny it is just counter-productive. The fact that Kornheiser thinks of himself as useless now is just weird to me.

Tony Kornheiser joins Dan to discuss why he is leaving the newspaper industry (790 The Ticket)

Kornheiser Officially Takes Buyout From The Washington Post

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


As much as I bash Tony Kornheiser for his MNF nonsense, this is actually a sad day for us DC folks. I, like many others, grew up reading Tony in the Post covering everything from Sports to his family and extremely enjoyed it. DC Sports Bog has the details of the announcement on his radio show....

"All I ever wanted to be was a newspaper writer," he said, which is likely not something that anyone under the age of 30 will ever say again. "This other stuff is great, but I don't care about it," he continued. "In my mind that's what it says on the headstone, it says 'newspaper guy.'"

But he also said he signed the papers to take the Post's buyout last night, after working here for, I believe, 29 years. He said he still might contract with The Post to do his Talking Points videos and his Page 2 excerpts, and he said some people in the leadership asked him to stay but didn't really insist, and even though he'll keep doing PTI and the radio show and MNF, he said he feared he'd never have the moral high ground again.
There are more quotes at DCSB, but I think that snippet summed it up best. It's crazy in the Newspaper World with all of these "Champions of Industry" taking buyouts, and you never want to see someone lose the one thing they love the most, but let's be honest here.....Kornheiser barely wrote for the paper anymore. This is definitely a tough day for him, but everyone saw it coming for quite some time.

The Washington Post's Sports Section in the 90s was unbeatable, and it's sad to see it disintegrate author by author. Some are still there but it just isn't the same.

Kornheiser Takes Buyout (DC Sports Bog)
The Post Is Looking To Buy Out Kornheiser (Awful Announcing)

The Post Is Looking To Buy Out Kornheiser

Friday, April 04, 2008


I missed this on PTI yesterday, but apparently Tony Kornheiser hinted that the Washington Post has been trying to buy him out of his contract for a bit. It probably shouldn't come as a surprise considering big Sports writers around the Country are getting deals, but he's probably the biggest name of the bunch. Via Sports Business Daily....

Tony Kornheiser said on Thursday's edition of ESPN's "PTI" while discussing whether the Knicks should buy out the contract of coach Isiah Thomas, "Let me speak as a man being offered a buyout as we speak. The Washington Post offered me a buyout. My feeling is that buyouts are great, and that if you were to offer me a buyout from newspapers, radio and TV for two years cash right now, you would never see me again."

I was really hoping to see less of Tony on TV but if does take this buyout we'd probably get more of him on-air. But still a very funny line from Kornheiser.

The Press Buffet: Georgetown in the Final Four

Saturday, March 31, 2007


We've looked at local press coverage for UCLA already, now it's time to go to our nation's capital and examine the feature articles about the Georgetown Hoyas. The talent at the Washington Post is top-notch, with Michael Wilbon at the top of the heap, in my opinion. I am not so much a fan of Tony Kornheiser, either as a writer, or a football announcer. I just don't dig the Shecky Green act. Sally Jenkins has the year-round Hoyas beat, and does a nice job as well.

The Post requires a login for their online edition, so don't forget to use our AA login:

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I'd also be remiss if I didn't point out that Ted at A Price Above Bip Roberts is a hee-yoooge Hoya fan (and an alum), and is writing about them all week in his blog. He also turned in an excellent feature on the unifying power college sports have on a diverse student body at College Rule Notebook.

But now we turn to the august halls and cubicles of the Washington Post, after the jump.


The Wash Post is not usually into warm and fluffy features, but their analysis is always good.

Camille Powell starts us off with an examination of the impact some non-star players have on the Hoyas' fortunes: Can They Cut It? Key stat: "Georgetown trailed 75-65 with seven minutes left in regulation, but from that point on, the Hoyas outscored the Tar Heels by a 31-9 margin -- and Green and Hibbert, the team's top two scorers, accounted for just seven of those points."

Michael Wilbon weighs in on the possibility that JT3 might be a better coach than his dad. His argument: If he is, it's because his dad paved the way for it to happen.

Are you one of those people who wonders why black columnists talk about race a lot? Because crap like this happened in their lifetimes, and those of your parents.

Quite frankly, the Post's coverage seems to be all about having famous parents, and how one deals with it. Sally Jenkins named her article after a movie with Daniel Day-Lewis. Quote: "You get the feeling, listening to Thompson III wax on about his tutelage under Pete Carril of Princeton, that there was a time when his father couldn't tell him much of anything."

The echoes of history are very strong in the Georgetown coverage, which is an interesting contrast to the UCLA coverage by the L.A. Times. While there is no direct link to John Wooden, Lew Alcindor, or Bill Walton on this UCLA team, those banners have to loom large.

In general, it's amazing how many famous dads will be at this Final Four. Mike Conley for Ohio State; Big John Thompson, Patrick Ewing, and Doc Rivers for Gtown, Yannick Noah, Tito Horford, and Sidney Green for the Gators, and Joe Shipp temporarily leaving USC football on the back burner and rooting for his son Josh to win a basketball championship at UCLA.

Lots of Daddy issues getting played out on the hardwood tonight.