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Erin Andrews replacing Pam Oliver on Fox NFL’s top broadcast team

Erin-AndrewsErin Andrews is taking over as Fox’s top sideline reporter for the 2014 season. Andrews will replace Pam Oliver and work with the broadcast duo of Troy Aikman and Joe Buck, while Oliver will join Fox’s No. 2 team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch for her 20th season with the network.

Oliver, who said she was very disappointed to hear of the news, told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch that this upcoming season will be her last as a sideline reporter with Fox. She said Fox Sports executives traveled to Atlanta last April to give her the bad news in person.

“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver explained. “I said I wanted to do a 20th year [on the sidelines]. I expressed to them that I was not done and had something to offer. Again, I think it was predetermined coming in. Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”

One anonymous veteran NFL reporter told Deitsch that he believes the change has to do with looks.

“She’s not blonde, nor is she in the demographic,” the reporter said. “I’m not naïve and I understand it’s a business, but I think that Fox did not treat her as befits a woman who has been the female face of their sports operation for the past 19 years.”

Oliver turned 53 in March. Andrews is 36. It was widely assumed that Andrews would one day be Fox’s top sideline reporter when the network hired her away from ESPN. Andrews will now get to enjoy more of this craziness from Richard Sherman.

And Oliver didn’t exactly enjoy her best season as a reporter last year:

End of World Cup broadcast interrupted by tornado warning in New York (Video)

Thousands of viewers from southern New York and northern Pennsylvania were left wondering if Germany held onto their 1-0 lead over Argentina at the end of the World Cup on Saturday. With just over five minutes remaining, WENY in New York interrupted the broadcast of the match to issue a tornado and severe thunderstorm warning. The weather alert lasted the remainder of the game.

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Imagine if Argentina had scored the equalizer and all those people missed it? I know a tornado warning is important, but isn’t that why we all have cell phones? I’ve had flash flood warnings wake me up in the middle of the night, so I’m sure a text can be sent for a tornado warning.

Deadspin rounded up a bunch of tweets from very angry people who missed the end of the match, and most of them contain four-letter words. Hey, at least they’re not dead.

Chris Broussard confirmed LeBron James’ decision after LeBron’s announcement (Video)

Chris BroussardWhen Chris Broussard is working on a scoop, nothing will deter him. Nothing. Not even a first-person announcement from the person about whom he’s reporting.

LeBron James had already announced in an essay on SI.com that he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers when Broussard was on ESPN and asked to confirm the decision. Yes, Broussard seriously confirmed an announcement LeBron had already made.

Broussard did so by looking at his cell phone and saying “he’s going back to Cleveland.”

Not to be overlooked here is Jay Crawford asking Broussard to confirm the announcement. Thanks Jay. Like we needed this confirmed. Seriously, what a dumb thing to ask of Broussard.

At least the good news is Broussard finally revealed his source:

If you don’t understand that reference, read this.

And if you liked that Chris Broussard story, you’ll love this one too.

Here’s the full video:

Vine video via Matt Clapp; YouTube via The Big Lead

Dick Enberg blows call on triple in embarrassing fashion (Video)

Dick EnbergDick Enberg is 79 and still doing play-by-play on a daily basis for the Padres, but his old age has been showing for a while.

In the latest example, Enberg totally blew a call Monday night in which he thought a ball hit by Chase Headley went out of the park for a home run against the Rockies, when it clearly hit off the wall and resulted in a 2-run triple.

Enberg has been the play-by-play man on TV for the Padres since 2010 and was probably a little old for the job when he took it. The guy still has a nice voice to listen to, but he does not do the job the way it’s meant to be done.

H/T Jay Posner, video via @lobshots

Dan Patrick discusses achieving on-air chemistry (Video)

We wrap up the Dan Patrick interview series from Ram Trucks with this video of Dan talking about achieving on-air chemistry with his co-hosts/broadcasting partners.

Dan PatrickFrom his time with Keith Olbermann on SportsCenter to partnering with Rob Dibble on the radio or now the Danettes, Dan has always been known for having excellent on-air chemistry. How does he do it? Are there any shows or teams out there where the hosts are able to mirror some of the success he’s had? Dan answers all that.

Oh, and will we ever be seeing Dan team up with Olbermann again?

“It’s done. It’s over,” he says.

Dan also explains the secret for what the best broadcasters do.

“Our job is to take a hard job and make it look easy. That’s what great ones do.”

If you missed the whole series of videos from the interview, you can check them all out below.

Previously: Dan Patrick discusses bold decision to leave ESPN (Video)
Previously: Dan Patrick shares his secrets for a good interview (Video)
Previously: Dan Patrick explains how he got his start with Adam Sandler
Previously: Recapping my trip to ‘The Dan Patrick Show’

Bill Simmons fist-pumps after Celtics’ pick of James Young (Video)

Bill Simmons celebrated the Boston Celtics’ pick of James Young in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday with a firm fist pump. Some were bothered that a draft analyst was showing an obvious bias, but they obviously were forgetting that Simmons is “The Boston Sports Guy” and has always called his teams in terms of “we” and “us.”

Simmons was self-conscious of his gesture and instantly recognized that he would end up on YouTube for it.

I had no problem with Simmons fist-pumping his team’s picks. I’m just bothered that he was fist-pumping for a guy who will be playing in Turkey in three years. Come on, Bill, you’re better than that.

Bill Simmons fist pump

Tim Kurkjian was laughably bad in the Sausage Race (Video)

ESPN spent all day Monday hyping up writer Tim Kurkjian’s impending participation in the Sausage Race in Milwaukee and, like all overhyped stories in sports, he flopped in perfect form.

But Kurkjian didn’t just finish last in the race, which is run every 7th inning during home games at Miller Park; he was obliterated.

Look at Lil’ Timmy. Guy was trailing more than an oversized RV in the fast lane:

Tim Kurkjian sausage

While Kurkjian’s speed may have been a problem he simply could not overcome, he has no explanation for facing the wrong way at the start of the race. How did he not know which way he was supposed to go? There’s no excuse for mental mistakes, Kurkjian!