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Sunday, March 18, 2018


Celtics prematurely shown as conference finalists by TNT

TNT blunder

The Twitter account for the “NBA on TNT” seemingly predicted the winner of Monday’s Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards.

Prior to tipoff, the header photo of the social medial account for Turner’s NBA broadcast showed Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry on the left side as representatives of the two teams in this year’s Western Conference Finals. On the right were Isaiah Thomas and LeBron James. The Cavaliers have, of course, advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Thomas and Celtics still had a game to win. Here’s a screenshot.

Not surprisingly, a couple of people joked about conspiracy theories.

If the Celtics go on to win, it will largely go unremembered. However, if the Wizards come away with a victory, there will surely be more than few of their fans who will let TNT know they were a bit hasty with their graphic.

Newspaper confuses Keith Hernandez for Aaron in headline

Don’t worry, folks. Keith Hernandez is alive and well contrary to what one newspaper would have you believe.

According to Deadspin, The Brandon Sun in Canada reported on the death of Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday and ran an Associated Press version of the story. They decided to create their own headline but screwed up and wrote “Keith Hernandez.”

Keith Hernandez of course is the former Mets MVP first baseman, not the former Patriots tight end who was in prison for murder.

Hey, we make plenty of mistakes and don’t claim to be perfect over here, but we couldn’t help but share this blunder since it was so bad.

Reporter congratulates Rafael Nadal on win despite loss

Rafael Nadal

A reporter at Sunday’s Miami Open final was apparently watching a different match from everybody else.

After Rafael Nadal lost the Miami Open title to rival Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, he was congratulated by a journalist on the victory in his post-match press conference. Upon Nadal pointing out that he had actually lost, the reporter then attempted to save face, leading to this awkward exchange.

The rivalry between Nadal and Federer, arguably the greatest one in the history of tennis, has gained new life in 2017. Federer has now won their last four consecutive meetings, but Nadal still leads the all-time head-to-head 23-14. And if you ask some people, the margin separating the two is even greater.

H/T Deadspin

Early edition of Boston Globe painted Patriots as Super Bowl losers

Tom Brady

What would the newspaper headlines have looked like if Tom Brady and the New England Patriots lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl? Thanks to the Boston Globe, we don’t have to speculate.

The early edition of the Boston Globe that went out to readers on Monday featured a dramatic photo of Brady laying on the turf after throwing his first-half interception. The headline reads “A Bitter End.”

Let’s try that again, shall we?

The Patriots were down 28-3 at one point, so hardly anyone believed the newspaper headlines would be depicting them as champions. Brady, on the other hand, was confident enough to lead his team all the way back and film this commercial several months ago. There’s a reason the guy is almost unanimously considered the greatest quarterback of all time.

FOX affiliate misses final out of World Series to play infomercial

TV brokenSome fans watching the World Series in Seattle and Vancouver on Sunday night missed the payout they spent all night waiting for.

According to reports from multiple viewers, a FOX affiliate switched away from Game 5 of the World Series with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and aired an infomercial.

Viewers complained about it on Twitter:

We’ve seen TV channels screw up and cut away from programming at the wrong times, but nothing has been that bad. It was surely just an innocent mistake, but what a bummer for the viewers.

CBC announcer Elliotte Friedman says Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in massive screwup

Michael Phelps gold

CBC announcer Elliotte Friedman committed a broadcaster’s worst nightmare when he completely botched his call of the men’s 200m individual medley on Thursday at the Summer Olympics in Rio.

Friedman confused Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte because the two were next to each other in their lanes in the pool, and he ended up saying that Lochte was upsetting Phelps and had won the race:

It was actually Phelps who dusted the competition while Lochte faded and didn’t even medal.

Friedman had nothing left to do but issue this apology:

Memphis newspaper confuses Juwan Howard for David Fizdale

Juwan Howard David Fizdale

One Memphis newspaper is feeling embarrassed on Friday after running a photo of Juwan Howard that they thought was of David Fizdale.

Fizdale was hired as head coach by the Grizzlies this week after previously serving as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat.

While running a photo for a story talking about Fizdale, the Memphis Commercial Appeal used one of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra with an assistant. Unfortunately that assistant was Howard, not Fizdale.

I guess they sorta look alike? Not really, but they have to do better.

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