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Kent State’s Andre Parker returns fumble 58 yards the wrong way! (Video)

Kent State dominated Towson in the first half of their season-opening game on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean they displayed an overall mastery of the game of football. Take for instance what occurred in the play seen above. Kent State was punting to Towson, and the ball touched the returner, making it live. Kent State’s Andre Parker recovered the ball at the seven-yard line, and he inexplicably began running the WRONG WAY!

As dumb of a move as Parker’s was, a few Towson players weren’t much wiser. Two players combined to chase down Parker and tackle him inside the 30. They were immediately chewed out by their coaches for the stupid move.

We really have no idea how or why Parker screwed up so badly, except the only explanation might be that he didn’t think it was possible to get such an easy touchdown, and that’s why he began running the wrong way. As for the Towson players who tackled him? They were just reacting to what they saw rather than thinking. It’s the same logic that allows plays like the statue of liberty to work.

The good news for Kent State is that the blunder didn’t cost them. The ball was ruled down at the 7-yard line, and the Golden Flashes kicked a field goal to add to their lead before halftime.

That was easily the dumbest college football play we’ve seen since this one last year.

H/T Hustle Belt
Video via BSO

UCLA stuns Oregon 21-20 in football, according to AP blunder

UCLA has already named Brett Hundley as their starting quarterback for the upcoming football season, but they may have to consider a switch based on a report from The Associated Press.

A mistake by the AP resulted in a fake story being released across the wire and published by several newspaper and television websites on Monday. The headline for the story says “Bruins stun Oregon 21-20,” and the intro paragraph reads:

PASADENA, Calif. – Bob Jones threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 10 seconds left, as UCLA stunned Oregon 21-20 on Saturday night.

As Deadspin aptly points out, looks like “Bob Jones” is the early Heisman Trophy favorite.

Many websites publish AP stories automatically, so the UCLA-Oregon fake result ended up on several prominent newspaper sites, including The New York Times:

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News anchor Rebecca Hall talking about Vin Scully: ‘Get your sh** together’ (Video)

Dodgers fans had plenty to be excited about over the weekend. For starters, their team pulled off one of the biggest transactions in MLB history and brought huge names Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to L.A. in a trade with the Red Sox. As if that wasn’t enough of a gift, the team later announced that legendary commentator Vin Scully will be returning next year for his 64th season on the job. What would a championship contender be without Vin?

As you can see from the clip above that Jimmy Traina shared on Twitter, one particular news anchor found herself a bit too excited about the Scully news. Big League Stew has identified the young lady as KTLA’s Rebecca Hall, and if you didn’t know who she was prior to this weekend you should get used to seeing her face over the next couple of days. Who typed the s-word on the teleprompter, dammit!?

Hall may not have embarrassed herself quite as badly as this news anchor did during the NBA playoffs, but it’s a blunder she’ll likely be hearing about for the rest of her life.

Robert Flores plays ‘true or fart’ on ESPN (Video)

ESPN was airing a fantasy football draft special on Thursday when anchor Robert Flores misspoke and asked his co-host a “true or fart” question. Flores was able to laugh at himself for the mistake, which is always a good way to make the giggles die.

ESPN should consider adding the game to its morning show lineup. It certainly would be better than some of the other garbage they roll out there.

via Awful Announcing

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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