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TBS misspells Willie Mays’ name on graphic (Picture)

TBS might need a new graphics person.

The network showed a graphic during the fifth inning of ALCS Game 1 between the Yankees and Tigers on Saturday, and they had the last name of Hall of Famer Willie Mays misspelled.

The graphic showed the players who appeared in MLB’s postseason before age 24 and after age 40 in honor of Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, who was pitching in the game. Unfortunately they made a pretty poor error by spelling Mays’ last name “Mayes.”

Between this and the “Carl” Ripken Jr. mistake, TBS really needs to double-check all of its graphics before airing them.

H/T Jimmy Traina

ESPN accidentally aired report saying Bobby Valentine was coming back for second season (Video)

ESPN was so prepared for the Red Sox to make an announcement on Thursday about the future of Bobby Valentine that they had Tim Kurkjian create two television reports: one in case Valentine were fired, and the other in case the Red Sox brought him back. Even though it was like 99.99999% certain Valentine would not be back, the network wanted to make sure they were prepared for either scenario.

Unfortunately, after the Red Sox announced Valentine would not be back, SportsCenter aired the report saying he would be returning. The result was a humorous conflicting message from ESPN; the scroll on the left side of the screen read “Bobby Valentine fired,” while Kurkjian was telling us in a prerecorded report that he’d be receiving a second chance.

“Valentine is getting a second chance because he never had his A-team on the field for even one minute this season,” the report said. “Major injuries to (Carl) Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Andrew Bailey and others, had Valentine juggling new lineups everyday. He’s getting a second chance because the vaunted rotation once led by Josh Beckett and Jon Lester was terrible.”

ESPN quickly realized the error and pulled the report before it was done running. This sort of mistake is nothing new in broadcasting and print, but it sure produced a funny moment.

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Lolo Jones inadvertently taunts paralyzed Eric LeGrand after being asked to race

Lolo Jones figured she was just responding to another boastful athlete when she challenged Eric LeGrand to a race, but she was left embarrassed and remorseful after learning the former Rutgers football player is paralyzed.

LeGrand is a former defensive tackle who was paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury during a Rutgers-Army game on Oct. 16, 2010. LeGrand has been in a wheelchair since then, but he’s remained in the public eye because of his positive attitude and inspirational response to the injury.

LeGrand happened to tweet at Jones on Tuesday, challenging the Olympic hurdler to a race:

Jones likely saw from LeGrand’s Twitter profile that he bills himself as a defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (his former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano signed him to a one-day contract with the team), and she began taunting him in response.

“Get Checked for a concussion,” she wrote back to LeGrand. “Clearly, u’ve been hit in the head… Cos u arnt beating a track athlete.”

Lolo then raised the stakes.

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University of Minnesota at Crookston logo painted on 45-yard line (Picture)

See anything out of the ordinary here? At first glance, the photo you see above looks like that of a standard college football field ready for some action. Upon further examination, you might notice the fact that the grounds crew at the University of Minnesota, Crookston painted the school’s logo on the 45-yard line. Those of you who have watched football before know that it’s a bit more traditional for logos to be placed on the 50-yard line, so everything is nice and symmetrical.

Hey, these things happen. It’s nothing a little paint remover can’t fix. At the end of the day, no game-day screwup is going to be quite as bad as this high school football banner.

Photo via UM-Duluth quarterback Chase Vogler

Banner at high school football game talks about ‘Pubic Education’ (Picture)

As sports bloggers, we understand the importance of double-checking our work and making sure there are no costly errors. We make mistakes from time-to-time like anyone else, but I can’t remember any of them being this hilarious.

As you can see from the photo above that Ryan Petzar of Philly.com Sports shared on Twitter, the Red Lion Area School district in Pennsylvania missed a pretty big error in a large banner on display about becoming a partner in public education. Unfortunately for the creators of the sign, “pubic” is an actual word. It means something slightly different.

More funny screw-ups here.

H/T Deadspin

Umpires lose track of the count during Ryan Howard’s at-bat (Video)

Expand instant replay! Expand instant replay! No, just kidding. Although I do think instant replay needs to be expanded and we need to make use of the technology we have at our disposal, the situation that arose during the Phillies win over the Reds on Thursday was just comical.

Ryan Howard nearly drew a three-ball walk in the top of the third. As you can see from the accelerated recap of his at-bat that CSN provided, Howard was thrown a ball on a 2-2 count and the home plate umpire awarded him first base. You could tell Howard was surprised when he looked back, but naturally he took the base. Reds pitcher Mike Leake also looked confused, and the umpires got together and eventually called Howard back. When I say eventually, I mean it took a few minutes to sort out.

For a while, it appeared that nobody knew the count. Perhaps everyone had just mentally checked out of the game since it was already 6-0 in the third. When I first saw the clip I thought we were heading for the first even fan appeal. That would have been a sight to behold.

Fist pound to The 700 Level

Old Navy selling shirt that says Texans were 1961 AFC champions (Picture)

If you’re going to start a line of NFL-themed clothing called the NFL Team Champions Collection, it’s probably a decent idea to know who the champions were and when they won the championships. Old Navy had a decent idea with the collection, but unfortunately their historical accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.

As you can see from the photo above that The Big Lead shared with us, Old Navy has crowned the Texans the 1961 AFC champions. One problem with that is that the Texans were not a franchise in 1961. The other is that there was no such thing as the AFC in 1961.

It’s possible the shirts are referring to the Houston Oilers, who won the AFL title in 1961. The Oilers, however, are now the Tennessee Titans — not the Texans.  The mistakes were not limited to Texans shirts, as Old Navy has also called the Lions the 1957 NFC champions and the Browns the 1964 NFC champions. They also crowned the 1968 Jets and 1969 Chiefs NFL champions.

At the very least, Texans fans can take comfort in knowing it was Old Navy that screwed the facts up and not their own team. Redskins fans can’t exactly say the same.