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Friday, April 19, 2019


Al Michaels gets Mike Trout’s team name wrong

Al Michaels

Al Michaels doesn’t appear to have watched much baseball in the last 20 years.

During the second quarter of Super Bowl LII, NBC showed some of the celebrities who were in attendance in Minneapolis for the big game. One person they showed was two-time AL MVP Mike Trout, who is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan.

When NBC showed Trout, Michaels said that the outfielder played for the “California Angels.”

If that sounds a little off, it’s because the Angels haven’t had that team name since 1996. They were known as the Anaheim Angels from 1997-2004; the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2005-2015; and they’ve been the Los Angeles Angels since 2016.

While that was embarrassing, it’s not like we haven’t seen much worse.

Whoops! KC TV station celebrates Chiefs win

Chiefs win graphic

One Kansas City TV apparently missed the memo that the Chiefs lost.

After KC’s 22-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round of the playoffs on Saturday, KMBC 9 in KC ran a postgame report live from Arrowhead Stadium. If you take a look at the graphic at the bottom, it says “Chiefs Kingdom Celebrates Win.”

Maybe the graphics department created that one at halftime, back when it looked like the Chiefs had the game in hand.

Whatever the case, it’s embarrassing for the TV station, though not exactly anything new.

Newspaper somehow mixes up Kirk Cousins and DeMarcus Cousins

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins had a little fun with a newspaper article that confused him with Pelicans star DeMarcus Cousins.

During last night’s game between the Thunder and Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins was ejected in the third quarter for swinging an elbow that made contact with the head of Russell Westbrook. Westbrook remained in the game and recorded a triple double with 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists.

In a recap of the game, a newspaper article mistakenly wrote Kirk Cousins was the man who was ejected, not DeMarcus Cousins. The Redskins quarterback shared a photo of the article and made a joke about his fighting skills getting recognition.

Earlier this year, Redskins president Bruce Allen repeatedly referred to Kirk Cousins as “Kurt” when addressing the media. A few years ago, Cousins was referred to as Kurt on a promotional item. At least this time the correct spelling of his name was used.

Jim Mora hilariously drops S-bomb on live TV (Video)

Jim Mora

Jim Mora is still providing us with incredible television clips, more than 15 years after his legendary “playoffs” rant.

Mora, a former head coach of the New Orleans Saints, is now providing commentary for WDSU after Saints games. He was on an outdoor set with two others to provide some analysis following the Saints’ loss to the Vikings on Monday night when the great clip occurred.

Matters began with studio anchor Scott Walker declaring that Mora grows impatient the later it gets into the evening. Fletcher Mackel, the host on site, repeated that statement to Mora. Thinking he was off-air, Mora responded that Walker was “full of s—.”

This video is priceless, but beware that it contains a curse word.

The reaction from Mackel, who saw Mora about to drop the S-bomb, was perfect. His recovery was pretty solid too.

I can’t stop laughing at this video. It’s fantastic. And because you can’t think of Mora without recalling his legendary rant, here’s that video.

ESPN reporter Sergio Dipp responds to struggling on viral report (Video)

Sergio Dipp

ESPN reporter Sergio Dipp is about to become internet famous, but it’s not for a good reason.

The sideline reporter was part of ESPN’s broadcast team for the Monday night game between the Chargers and Broncos and was asked to deliver a report on new Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.

The results were, ugh, shaky to say the least:

Dipp is a reporter for ESPN in Latin America and lives in Mexico, so he was not reporting in his native language. He looked like he either had a report prepared on a teleprompter and there was a technical error, or he had his speech memorized and blanked when he went live.

Being on the big stage and reporting in English probably was a big challenge for Dipp. The good news is the 29-year-old seems to be staying positive:

Oops! Scott Van Pelt misspeaks when saying ‘Kansas City’

Scott Van Pelt

Scott Van Pelt had a highlight on Thursday that he’d like to have back.

The ESPN host was doing highlights of the NFL’s season-opening game between the Chiefs and Patriots when he misspoke while saying Kansas City, using a dirty word that sounds similar to “city.”

True to his perceptive and honest form, Van Pelt quickly realized his fate and noted aloud “that’s going to be on the internet.” (you can see the video here)

Yup, that did end up on the internet.

The good news is Van Pelt’s coolness means most, including us, will take it easy on him. That could happen to anyone.

Celtics prematurely shown as conference finalists by TNT

TNT blunder

The Twitter account for the “NBA on TNT” seemingly predicted the winner of Monday’s Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards.

Prior to tipoff, the header photo of the social medial account for Turner’s NBA broadcast showed Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry on the left side as representatives of the two teams in this year’s Western Conference Finals. On the right were Isaiah Thomas and LeBron James. The Cavaliers have, of course, advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Thomas and Celtics still had a game to win. Here’s a screenshot.

Not surprisingly, a couple of people joked about conspiracy theories.

If the Celtics go on to win, it will largely go unremembered. However, if the Wizards come away with a victory, there will surely be more than few of their fans who will let TNT know they were a bit hasty with their graphic.