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Rafael Nadal Already in Finals of Paribas Open According to Tennis Channel

The only problem with the graphic above is that the semifinals of the Paribas Open at Indian Wells have yet to be played. Rafael Nadal still has to beat Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday before moving onto the finals to face the winner of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. I know the graphic has limited space for typing, but that’s no excuse — use last names only next time folks!

Credit to my mom for noticing this while watching the Federer-Wawrinka doubles match and sending in the tip. Thanks E!

Bob Knight Blasts Chicken S*** Defense on ESPN GameDay

Bob Knight is known for speaking his mind and dropping cuss words as he pleases. For some reason, he comes across as mild by his standards when he’s on TV. But Knight had a Bob Knight moment on GameDay Saturday morning on ESPN where he dropped a cuss word as BubbaProg captured for us:

Knight was just purely in his element there and couldn’t resist it. That’s what we love — Knight being Knight. Only difference is unlike Ozzie, he doesn’t need prompting from execs to do it.

Did Sixers Announcer Eric Snow Fall Asleep During Game? (Video)

At 27-29, the Philadelphia 76ers probably aren’t the most exciting team to watch in the NBA.  Fans undoubtedly have trouble getting behind the Sixers, but their broadcast team is supposed to always remain interested, right?  Apparently not.  It seems Philly announcer Eric Snow has about as much interest in the Sixers as Howie Rose has in the Islanders.  But did he really fall asleep?  Check out the Eric Snow Sixers sleeping video:

Snow clearly spaced out in some way, and here’s the exchange between he and Marc Zumoff if you couldn’t make it out:

Zumoff: Are you meditating?
Snow: I thought I was…trying to stay awoke. Some people you know they kind of wear on you.
Zumoff: I hear ya.
Snow: Sometimes it makes you a little sleepy so you’ve got to get your burst of energy. That’s how it is with a basketball team. Sometimes when you hear people talking in the huddle you’re like “blah, blah, blah,” and then the game starts and you’re like “okay its time to go.”
Zumoff: Yeah, you snap to attention.

Nice try, Eric. You nodded off and it was only the second quarter — it happens to the best of us. H/T to Deadspin for the video.

Tracy Morgan Sarah Palin Video – ‘Great Masturbation Material’

During the pregame show for the New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat game on TNT Thursday night, Charles Barkley and the gang were joined by actor and comedian Tracy Morgan.  Personally, I don’t think this guy is funny.  I’ve seen his work a few times on 30 Rock and I’m always annoyed.  Something about a guy who makes money playing dumb just gets under my skin.

However, anyone that makes crude comments on the air that make everyone uncomfortable is okay in my book.  When we think of things that shouldn’t have been said or done on the air on TNT, we immediately think of Barkley.  This time it was Morgan providing the awkwardness when he called Sarah Palin “good masturbation material.”  Have a look at the video:

I love how Morgan reiterated it just in case we didn’t hear him clearly the first time.  Congratulations, Chuck — you’re off the hook for once.

Japan’s Matsuki Terada Loses Race After Taking Wrong Turn (Video)

Here’s a perfect example of one of those stories that sucks so bad it’s kind of funny.  I’ve heard of people losing the lead in a marathon for a lot of reasons: running out of steam, falling down, becoming ill, disqualification, and many others.  Never in my life have I come across a runner who lost a race because he took a wrong turn.  Aren’t these things usually pretty well mapped out?  Apparently not in Japan, and Matsuki Terada paid the price.  Check out the Matsuki Terada marathon fail video, courtesy of Ted Williams Head:

To make matters worse, Terada took the wrong turn a mere 200 meters from the finish line, so there’s a tremendous chance he would have won the race.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’ll never make that mistake again — assuming he isn’t too pissed off to never run another marathon.

Rangers Center Dale Weise Gatorade Squirt Fail (Video)

I guess you can say it was just one of those nights for New York Rangers call-up center Dale Weise. As if it wasn’t bad enough that he had a goal waved off when the refs determined he kicked it into the net, someone played a prank on Weise when he returned to the bench. Or at least it certainly looks like a prank to me. If not, he really did have a rough night. Check out the Dale Weise Gatorade fail video, courtesy of Deadspin:

FOX Screws Up Downs at End of Redskins-Buccaneers Game Because of Chain Gang

Yes, that FOX graphic from the Redskins-Buccaneers game showed that it was 4th and 4 for the Redskins. The play in progress was a pass from Donovan McNabb that slipped out of Fred Davis’ hands and should have ended the game. Only it didn’t.

What happened was FOX made a mistake on a 1st and 10 play from the 12. Donovan McNabb completed a 10-yard pass to Anthony Armstrong to the two that gave the team another 1st and 10. FOX thought it was a 9-yard pass leaving them with a 2nd and 1 (and it was, the chain gang helped the Skins by shortening the first down distance by a yard). There was an incomplete pass to Roydell Williams and a run by Ryan Torain that lost four yards. It set up a 3rd and goal situation that according to FOX’s downs was a decisive 4th and 4.

Many people were confused, and I had thought the game was over with a 17-10 final after the incompletion to Davis. I was pleased because that was one of Doc Brown’s Top 3 selections for the week. The only problem is the Buccaneers were not celebrating as if they had won the game, and the Skins weren’t sulking as if they had lost. It’s because they didn’t, and they really had one last crack at the end zone.

On their real 4th and goal play, Donovan McNabb hit Santana Moss for a touchdown. The Skins blew the extra point on a high snap, giving Tampa Bay a 17-16 win. It may have been a loss for all I care since it screwed up Doc’s Top 3. Thanks to FOX for getting my hopes up … and then letting me down, all because of the chain gang.

UPDATE: The mistake was apparently created by the chain gang which awarded the Redskins a first down when they shouldn’t have.