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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.

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.