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The media still can’t seem to get the LA Kings right (Pictures)

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The Los Angeles Kings may never get any respect from the media on the west coast. Despite the fact that the team is the reining Stanley Cup champions, local and national news outlets seem to know very little about it.

The photo you see above was tweeted by Bailey, the Kings’ official mascot, who wanted to give the folks at NBC Los Angeles a little assistance in properly identifying their hockey team’s players. The gentleman in the top photo is Kings wing Dustin Penner, not head coach Darryl Sutter. The young man on the bottom is actually Jarret Stoll.

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Did Brent Musburger call Holly Rowe ‘smoking’ after game? (Video)

Brent-MusburgerAs you likely know, ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger has taken a ton of heat over the past week or so for drooling over Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb during the BCS National Championship Game. Some of us thought it was hilarious while others found it to be completely inappropriate, leading to an apology from ESPN.

On Monday night, Musburger may have been at it again after he finished calling a college basketball game between Baylor and Kansas. As you can see from the video above that Awful Announcing passed along, Musburger called Holly Rowe “smoking” as he was signing off for the evening.

“For Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe, who was really smokin’ tonight, I want to say so long from Lawrence,” Musburger said.

Wait, what? Did he really just go there? There are a number of reasons Musburger could have decided to slip that little comment in. Was he referring to her looks and simply can’t help himself? Was he trying to say that her reporting was on-point? Could he have been making light of the Webb situation? Or, did Brent simply forget to put on his thinking cap once again. Only he knows, but I’m guessing ESPN is wishing he chose an adjective other than “smoking.”

UPDATE: Via The Big Lead, Josh Krulewitz from ESPN’s PR department pointed out that Musburger said “it was really smoking tonight” in reference to the game itself, not Rowe. After listening to the clip again, that makes sense. Excuse us for thinking Musburger would ever do something like that.

Rob Parker blames others for his Robert Griffin III comments

rob-parkerESPN’s Rob Parker gave his first extended interview since returning from his suspension for questioning Robert Griffin III’s blackness. Parker came off sounding as bad as he did when he made his original comments. He is cowardly avoiding responsibility for the comments. Instead, he is ascribing them to others and blaming the public for taking them out of context.

“I wasn’t saying that he wasn’t black enough,” Parker argued on WDIV-Detroit’s Flashpoint. “When people say that, it’s just not true. I was saying, ‘These are the conversations that take place once a guy pushes away.’ It was never aimed at him or I was calling him that. I was saying, ‘these are the conversations that take place.’”

While Parker tries to pass along his comments to others, let us remind you what he originally said on “First Take” Dec. 13.

“For me, personally, just me, this throws up a red flag, what I keep hearing. And I don’t know who’s asking the questions, but we’ve heard a couple of times now of a black guy kind of distancing himself away from black people.

“But my question, which is just a straight honest question. Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?

“Well, [that] he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one of us,” Parker explained. “He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the guy you’d really want to hang out with, because he’s off to do something else.”

In all that, how often did you hear Parker say “this is what others are saying,” and how often do you see “me” or “I” or “my”? It was clear he was expressing his personal opinion when he questioned Griffin’s blackness. It’s pathetic that he’s backing away and blaming others.

Parker continued to ascribe blame to others who have the conversation about Parker during his Flashpoint appearance. He also invoked an O.J. Simpson comparison to defend himself.

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Tony Dungy, Cris Collinsworth overhyped Joe Webb who was a flop

joe webb vikingsMinnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb played an absolute stinker of a playoff game on Saturday, which is shocking if you actually believed the absurd hype some of NBC’s analysts tried to feed us about him before the game.

NBC was hoping for a good game between the Vikings and Green Bay Packers, but they learned Saturday that starting quarterback Christian Ponder could not play because of an elbow injury, and that Webb would be starting in his place. NBC executives may have panicked and worried that fewer people would be interested in watching Webb, who did not throw a pass the entire regular season, but luckily their analysts assured viewers that the former sixth-round pick was quite capable. Actually, they started hyping Webb like he was in the same quarterback class as Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, and as if he was a Pro Bowl candidate this season.

“No matter who plays quarterback, the goal is always to take pressure off of Adrian Peterson,” Cris Collinsworth said of the Vikings before the game. “If Christian Ponder is the quarterback, you have the threat of the play action passing game. But with Joe Webb, you have the threat of the play action passing game, and you have this read option offense which Green Bay really hasn’t had a chance to prepare for, so it’s going to be a really interesting matchup.”

When play-by-play man Al Michaels asked Collinsworth what the change meant for Green Bay, Collinsworth went even further off the Webb deep end.

“This is the third time [the Packers have] played the Minnesota Vikings in five weeks, so they come in here thinking, ‘we know everything there is to know about what they’re going to do on offense.’ And then you get this Joe Webb X-factor. There is an uncertainty going into this game now, which is going to make it really, really interesting to watch.”

“This is like Saturday night mystery theater,” added Michaels.

Saturday night mystery theater, X-factor, really interesting matchup, uncertainty — I mean shoot, the Packers should have really been worried, right?

That sort of hype about the game was nothing compared to Tony Dungy, however.

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ESPN announcer Mitch Holthus blames Angel Rodriguez’s ‘Puerto Rican temper’ for a foul (Video)

Angel-Rodriguez-Kansas-StateKansas State guard Angel Rodriguez may hail from Puerto Rico, but what does that have to do with his play on the court? To most us of, Rodriguez is a sophomore guard who has played well this season for the Wildcats and is averaging more than 10 points per game. For ESPN announcer Mitch Holthus, it sounds like there is more to it than that.

During the broadcast of Kansas State’s win over Florida on Saturday, Holthus alluded to Rodriguez’s “Puerto Rican temper” after he picked up his third midway through the second half. Regardless of how Holthus meant it, it’s tough to interpret that as anything but a racist remark.

You would think that broadcasters and analysts would be even more cautious at the moment, given the heat Rob Parker has been taking for his incredibly dumb remarks about Robert Griffin III last week. Holthus clearly missed the memo.

H/T Deadspin

Arian Foster in response to Rob Parker: ‘I’m going to work on my blackness today’

Rob-ParkerBy making some incredibly insensitive and idiotic comments about Robert Griffin III on Thursday, ESPN’s Rob Parker has created the buzz he was looking for. As you have probably heard, Parker questioned RG3′s blackness while pointing out that he is a Republican and has a white fiance, among other things.

After Parker made the comments on “First Take,” a Twitter user decided to ask Arian Foster if he had any thoughts on the matter. Foster, who is always willing to engage fans on Twitter and discuss important topics, initially gave the following response:

Both of those tweets sum up the issue perfectly, but Foster wasn’t done. As of Friday morning, the Texans running back had apparently figured out who Parker was and learned the details of his moronic remarks. That led to these hilarious comments:

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ESPN’s Rob Parker questions RG3′s blackness (Video)

rob-parkerRobert Griffin III said after his Washington Redskins practiced on Wednesday that he did not want to be defined by his race. His statement sparked a debate on ESPN’s “First Take” that caused talking head Rob Parker to question Griffin’s blackness.

First, we’ll share what Griffin said.

“For me, you don’t ever want to be defined by the color of your skin,” Griffin said at the end of Wednesday’s post-practice news conference in reference to a question about Martin Luther King, Jr, via USA Today. “You want to be defined by your work ethic, the person that you are, your character, your personality. That’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.

“I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don’t have to be defined by that.”

Griffin has been credited with uniting the nation’s capital, which is often divided based on political viewpoints. He knows that he has been a source of pride among black Washington Redskins fans.

“I am aware how much race is relevant to them,” RGIII said. “I don’t ignore it. I try not to be defined by it. But I understand different perspectives and how people view different things. I understand that they’re excited that their quarterback is an African-American. I play with a lot of pride, a lot of character, a lot of heart. I understand that. I appreciate them for being fans and not just fans because they’re African-Americans.”

To me, that’s as nice of a statement about the matter as one can make. Griffin wants to be defined by what matters the most — the content of one’s character — not his race. It’s truly an admirable viewpoint, and it’s the kind of statement that endears Griffin to all fans, regardless of race.

But then you get guys like Rob Parker, who seems to think that this means Griffin isn’t black enough. Transcriptions of the exchange on “First Take” provided by DC Sports Bog.

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