Vontae Davis: ‘We prepared hard for Tom Brady’ (Video)

Vontae DavisThe Indianapolis Colts were able to do something no other team in the NFL could do: stop Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Maybe the reason they were able to find success against Manning was they had a different game plan from everyone else. I mean you heard it from Vontae Davis, who said after the game that preparing for Tom Brady was the secret. Oops!

Davis did have five tackles and two passes defended during the game, so maybe we’ll cut him some slack for the blunder.

Referee Terry McAulay still thinks Andy Reid coaches Philadelphia?

Andy ReidReferee Terry McAulay might be a little confused about which team Andy Reid coaches.

Reid successfully challenged the spot of a first down during his Kansas City Chiefs’ 31-7 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. The challenge reversed a first down and gave the Giants a 4th and 1. The Giants elected to punt, and they gave up an 89-yard return for a touchdown to Dexter McCluster. Obviously Reid’s challenge was a game-changer.

But the funny part about the challenge is that when McAulay explained that the first down ruling was being overturned, he said “Philadelphia will not be charged with a timeout.”

Reid is in his first season with KC after 14 in Philly, so it’s understandable why McAulay had the slip-up. It’s not like he’s the first ref to make such a mistake.

Thanks to LBS tipster David for the heads up

Royals closed captioning includes ‘homosexual’ and ‘pimp hitter’

Royals closed caption pimp hitter

FOX Sports Kansas City had a little bit of a problem with their closed captioning on Sunday during the Royals-Texas Rangers game.

Rangers DH Jeff Baker pinch hit for David Murphy during the top of the 10th inning and struck out. The outcome had to be a disappointment for the closed captioning person, who labeled Baker a “pimp hitter.”

The closed captioning also screwed up twice by calling someone “homosexual”:

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John Sterling botches Alex Rodriguez home run call (Audio)

John-SterlingNew York Yankees broadcaster John Sterling scripts his home run calls. Anyone who has listened to games that are broadcast on WFAN could tell you that. For that reason, his screw-ups have a tendency to become magnified. Sterling gave us a perfect example of that on Tuesday night when he mistakenly thought that Alex Rodriguez had blasted a home run.

The problem was Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis turned the fly ball into a routine out near the wall.

“That ball is high, it is far, it is gone …,” Sterling proclaimed enthusiastically, via The Big Lead. “It hit and kicked over. (pause) I’m sorry, I’m sorry I got that all wrong. I got that all wrong. At the wall Davis made the catch, honestly I didn’t think he made it. I thought he gave up on the ball that’s why I thought it was out.”

Ouch. It was so bad that Sterling didn’t even know how to recover and basically just stopped talking in the middle of his explanation. Considering he has made some epic botched home run calls in the past, you would think Sterling would be used to it. Apparently not.

Yankees catcher Chris Stewart strikes out after two strikes (Video)

Chris-Stewart-strike-twoNew York Yankees catcher Chris Stewart accomplished an amazing feat during a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night. No, not that kind of amazing. This was the kind of amazing that Stewart will want to forget. As in, striking out on a 1-1 pitch amazing.

In the top of the second inning, Stewart swung and missed at a 1-1 pitch and walked back to the dugout. He never returned. He later told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch that he thought home plate umpire Jim Wolf had called the first pitch a strike, which is where the confusion arose.

“[Wolf] said something the first pitch, and I thought he called it a strike,” Stewart explained. “I assumed it was 0-1, I fouled a ball off and I swung and missed at a ball. No one said anything; the umpire didn’t say anything, so I just came on back to the dugout and put my stuff away.”

The incredible part was no one said anything — not the umpire, not Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, not O’s pitcher Wei-Yin Chen nor any of Stewart’s teammates. As Eye on Baseball pointed out, nothing in the MLB rulebook states that the umpire is required to call a hitter back in a situation like that, so I guess Stewart essentially forfeited the remainder of his at-bat. He later said it would have been “a nice little courtesy” if someone let him know.

“The good thing is, we ended up winning and it doesn’t mean anything,” Stewart added. “But I would’ve hit a home run if I’d stayed there.”

While we’d love to make Stewart feel better by saying “it happens,” it really doesn’t. Hitters have lost track of counts on plenty of occasions, but someone usually tips them off. Stewart wasn’t fortunate enough for that to happen.

John Elway, not Peyton Manning, threw 7 touchdowns against Ravens

Peyton Manning BroncosThe Denver Broncos blew the doors off the Baltimore Ravens to kick off the NFL season on Thursday night. A game that started out slow after a weather delay turned into a gong show, as Peyton Manning and his new offense put on a show. Or wait, was that John Elway?

A look at the box score might tell you that Manning tied an NFL record by throwing an incredible seven touchdown passes in his 2013 debut. Peyton did not turn the ball over and had his way with the defending Super Bowl champions, but The Columbus Dispatch decided to give all the credit to the most beloved quarterback in Broncos history.

It looks like the Ravens aren’t the only ones who have some work to do before they reach midseason form. Manning is hoping to give Denver fans what Elway gave them, but don’t expect to see him tuck the ball down and dive into the end zone.

For more hilarious blunders from reporters and TV anchors, click here.

H/T Wesley Lowery

Fox Carolina anchor Aaron Cheslock calls it the ‘douchebag’ golf tournament (Video)

Aaron CheslockFox Carolina anchor Aaron Cheslock had a memorable blunder this weekend while giving a sports report.

Cheslock was introducing some golf highlights from the Deutsche Bank Championship, but he understandably stumbled over “Deutsche Bank.” What’s weird is that instead of Deutsche Bank, “douchebag” came out of his mouth.

LBS writer Steve DelVecchio was in attendance for the event on Sunday, so I guess in a way it was a douchebag-filled event. Maybe there was some truth to what Cheslock said.

Definitely one of the better slips of the tongue we’ve had here in LBS history. For more memorable screw-ups, check out our archives and enjoy the fun.

H/T Clay Travis