NFL replacement referee says Arizona won’t be charged even though he’s reffing Baltimore-Atlanta

Thursday was the first day of the preseason for many NFL teams, and it also marked the preseason debut for many of the league’s replacement referees. One official had a particularly rough start.

Referee Craig Ochoa, who as Gunaxin Sports points out was actually calling his second preseason game (he also did the Hall of Fame Game), had his mind stuck on last weekend when he accidentally called Atlanta “Arizona.”

“Arizona will be not charged a timeout. It will be 4th down and 8 from the 43,” he said during the first quarter of the Falcons-Ravens preseason game.

It wasn’t quite one of those “Wanna get away?” moments, but it was embarrassing enough. As long as he doesn’t mess up the actual calls, we’ll let this slide.

Redskins get Roy Helu’s name, London Fletcher’s number wrong on season tickets (Pictures)

The Redskins likely wish they could take a mulligan in the season ticket printing department. Season tickets were recently sent out to those lucky Washington fans who get to enjoy eight exciting home games led by Robert Griffin III, but it appears as that the addition of RG3 excited the season ticket department so much that they forgot basic information about the rest of their players. Lets start with Roy Helu Jr., whom the Redskins have chosen to call “Robert” as a D.C. Sports Bog reader pointed out on Twitter.

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NBC runs promo that spoils outcome of tape-delayed Missy Franklin race (Video)

NBC has been roundly criticized for its insistence on airing most Olympics events on tape delay, and its refusal to broadcast events live backfired on Monday night.

The network was about to air the women’s 100m backstroke that took place earlier in the day in London, but a “TODAY” show promo (seen above) spoiled the outcome of the event for unwitting viewers.

The promo aired during a commercial break before NBC aired the race won by Missy Franklin.

“When you’re 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there’s nobody you’d rather share it with. We’re there when Missy Franklin and her parents reunite … a ‘TODAY’ exclusive … live, tomorrow,” the promo says.

Between the chatter on social media networks as well as other news outlets, NBC is making it difficult enough to avoid learning the outcome of events. They just proved how impractical it is to tape delay things. Maybe this will be the wake-up call it needs to make a change for the future, though based on the strong ratings the network is posting, it may not be inclined to change. At least NBC won’t be able to censor its critics on this one like it has in the past.

For the record, this is the second big “TODAY” show-related blunder in recent weeks.

H/T Deadspin, video via Guyism

Note: This post also appeared on Yardbarker’s Olympics blog Medal Detector

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Mark Sanchez thinks reporter confused him for Tim Tebow (Video)

ESPN played an amusing clip on SportsCenter Thursday night that makes it seem like a reporter confused Mark Sanchez for Tim Tebow. In the clip, a female reporter starts a question to Mark Sanchez as “Tim …” to which Sanchez replies “I’m Mark.”

Some people are saying it was Kim Jones formerly of YES Network and currently of NFL Network who asked the question. There’s no way someone covering the team on a regular basis could have confused the two (it’s not like the Super Bowl where there are a bunch of random reporters who don’t know football asking questions), so that must have been a slip up, or the person asking may have started her question to Sanchez by referencing Tebow. Regardless, the clip is pretty darn funny, especially because Sanchez jumps in so quickly.

Andy Katz says Jared Sullinger has an interesting condition (Video)

If only I were so lucky. No wonder Jared Sullinger’s draft stock plummeted faster than Adam Sandler’s movie career and the Celtics were able to grab him late in the first round. He’s been packing too much heat to play effectively. It makes perfect sense now that he has back issues. Anybody would after years of carrying that extra weight around. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for him to play basketball with not one, but multiple dwarfs having fist fights for space in between his legs.

Obviously this is a slip of the tongue by Andy Katz, but that still doesn’t take away the fact that you now have the image of a couple of dwarfs fighting attached to Jared Sullinger’s crotch. On a side note, this easily has to be one of the best screw-ups we’ve ever featured on the site — and we’ve had some good ones.

White Sox misspell Kevin Youkilis’ name on lineup card (Picture)

Kevin Youkilis made his White Sox debut on Monday after being traded to Chicago by the Red Sox on Sunday. Not everything went smoothly in his first game with the South Siders.

As you can see in the photo above (shared by the White Sox on Twitter), whoever posted the lineup for the White Sox misspelled Youkilis’ last name. The person spelled Youkilis’ last name phonetically and left out the first “I.”

Youk went 1-for-4 in his Chicago debut and had one of his team’s five hits in a 4-1 loss to the Twins. It wasn’t a strong debut, but given that Adam Dunn took a golden sombrero, it was certainly respectable.

via MLB Cut4

Did Sage Steele and Jalen Rose get caught on live TV making plans for a date? (Video)

Now, we want to preface this post by saying that Sage Steele is married and we hope nothing sordid is going on here. But when a live camera during SportsCenter on Friday hilariously cuts to her in Miami looking awfully flirty with a trying-to-play-it-cool Jalen Rose while he makes plans with her to go to popular South Beach restaurant Prime One Twelve, you can’t help but to think some Don Draper business is going on between these two kids. Yes, Lindsay Czarniak. “The magic of television,” indeed.

And for the second time in a week we’re seeing the risk of broadcasting live.

UPDATE: Rose would like the “shock media” to know he and Steele will be two of a handful of colleagues attending the dinner:

Sounds more fun than ESPN’s NBA Finals pregame show.

H/T The Big Lead
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