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.
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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.
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) May 15, 2017
Not surprisingly, a couple of people joked about conspiracy theories.
— . (@RogerBSM) May 15, 2017
— Johnny Obeid ?? (@JohnnyObeid) May 15, 2017
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.
Don’t worry, folks. Keith Hernandez is alive and well contrary to what one newspaper would have you believe.
According to Deadspin, The Brandon Sun in Canada reported on the death of Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday and ran an Associated Press version of the story. They decided to create their own headline but screwed up and wrote “Keith Hernandez.”
Oops. Proofread folks, take the extra two minutes pic.twitter.com/7dIs7iGPrE
— Mike Harris (@SIcomMike) April 20, 2017
Keith Hernandez of course is the former Mets MVP first baseman, not the former Patriots tight end who was in prison for murder.
Hey, we make plenty of mistakes and don’t claim to be perfect over here, but we couldn’t help but share this blunder since it was so bad.
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A reporter at Sunday’s Miami Open final was apparently watching a different match from everybody else.
After Rafael Nadal lost the Miami Open title to rival Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, he was congratulated by a journalist on the victory in his post-match press conference. Upon Nadal pointing out that he had actually lost, the reporter then attempted to save face, leading to this awkward exchange.
The rivalry between Nadal and Federer, arguably the greatest one in the history of tennis, has gained new life in 2017. Federer has now won their last four consecutive meetings, but Nadal still leads the all-time head-to-head 23-14. And if you ask some people, the margin separating the two is even greater.
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What would the newspaper headlines have looked like if Tom Brady and the New England Patriots lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl? Thanks to the Boston Globe, we don’t have to speculate.
The early edition of the Boston Globe that went out to readers on Monday featured a dramatic photo of Brady laying on the turf after throwing his first-half interception. The headline reads “A Bitter End.”
Family friends in Naples, FL had this delivered to their house this morning. The perils of early edition newspapers. pic.twitter.com/iSbchhrqSx
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 6, 2017
Let’s try that again, shall we?
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 6, 2017
The Patriots were down 28-3 at one point, so hardly anyone believed the newspaper headlines would be depicting them as champions. Brady, on the other hand, was confident enough to lead his team all the way back and film this commercial several months ago. There’s a reason the guy is almost unanimously considered the greatest quarterback of all time.
According to reports from multiple viewers, a FOX affiliate switched away from Game 5 of the World Series with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and aired an infomercial.
Viewers complained about it on Twitter:
Bottom 9, 2 outs and @Q13FOX switched over to an infomercial. Amazing.
— Process Truster (@50_MissionCap) October 31, 2016
Did @Q13FOX really go to commercial and miss the end of the game? How does that work?
— Marc England (@mreteacher) October 31, 2016
@Q13FOX so what moron there pushed the wrong button with 2 outs in the top of the ninth? Really?!!!
— Christian J. Stewart (@cjs_photography) October 31, 2016
— TexMex33 (@t3xm3x33) October 31, 2016
@Q13FOX Fox Seattle cut to a glasses commercial with two out, missed the final batter.
— Andrew Stark (@andrewdstark13) October 31, 2016
We’ve seen TV channels screw up and cut away from programming at the wrong times, but nothing has been that bad. It was surely just an innocent mistake, but what a bummer for the viewers.
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CBC announcer Elliotte Friedman committed a broadcaster’s worst nightmare when he completely botched his call of the men’s 200m individual medley on Thursday at the Summer Olympics in Rio.
Friedman confused Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte because the two were next to each other in their lanes in the pool, and he ended up saying that Lochte was upsetting Phelps and had won the race:
— Bryan (@NachoHelmet) August 12, 2016
It was actually Phelps who dusted the competition while Lochte faded and didn’t even medal.
Friedman had nothing left to do but issue this apology:
I'm sorry everyone. I blew it. No excuses
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 12, 2016