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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Blunders

Adam Schefter ticked ESPN fell for phony Olivier Vernon report

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Adam Schefter was ticked off Wednesday when he had to cover the rears of his ESPN colleagues who passed on news from a phony Twitter account.

A phony Twitter account tweeted that the Jaguars had signed Olivier Vernon. This tweet was picked up by someone at ESPN, and it led to the “NFL Live” crew to discuss the move.

Here’s a look at the tweet that duped them:

Schefter, who is the network’s top reporter, then went on air to put his colleagues in check. He was not happy:

On the bright side, ESPN finally credited FOX Sports for a scoop. Unfortunately it was for a phony report.

Total Beauty Twitter account confuses Whoopi Goldberg for Oprah

The dumbest person in America must be running the Total Beauty Twitter account, because they sent out one of the worst, most embarrassing and pathetic tweets we’ve ever seen during the pre-Oscars show.

Take a look at this:

Total Beauty Oprah tweet

You’re right — we didn’t know Oprah had tattoos either. We’re still not sure she does.

That’s because you’re looking at Whoopi Goldberg. What’s up, Total Beauty, nobody on your staff ever watch Sister Act? Did The Color Purple or Ghost slip under your radar? Or do all black people really just look that alike?

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Ohio State player does floor slap on defense, gets driven past

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The floor slap is an oft-used motivational tactic, so to speak. The defender has the floor locked down. Come at us, we dare you.

On Saturday, one Ohio State player found out the hard way that that doesn’t always work.

This is Jae’Sean Tate facing up Nebraska’s Jai Webster in overtime, clearly looking for a stop:

That is not how you defend.

Tate actually had a good night – 15 points and 12 rebounds – and the Buckeyes won, so no harm, no foul, and he seemed to take the embarrassment well:

Perhaps this is how Duke should handle floor slap disrespect going forward.

Jeopardy contestant gets Alabama question wrong, answers Auburn

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One contestant on “Jeopardy!” better not ever set foot on the University of Alabama campus after his blunder Tuesday night.

One of the categories on the game show was “colleges by team names.” The first clue/answer was “Crimson Tide.” A contestant by the name of Steve answered Auburn.

Alabama residents who couldn’t name five elements on the periodic table for you could all tell you that the Crimson Tide is Alabama, not Auburn. And that was a $200 question too, not a trick, making matters for Steve even more confounding.

But, hey, being on Jeopardy isn’t as easy as it seems. I can tell you from my experience on Sports Jeopardy! last year.

Steve Harvey botches Miss Universe winner, memes ensue (Video)

Steve Harvey undid almost all of the great work from his career with one of the bigger blunders in recent TV history.

While hosting the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, Harvey announced the wrong winner before later having to correct himself, thereby dethroning the woman who thought she had won, and giving the title to someone who thought she had lost.

Poor Miss Colombia for having to go through that, and congratulations to Miss Philippines.

Of course, why would you put “first” runner-up if the person finished second? You’re just trying to trick Harvey. The memes and jokes to come as a result were pretty good:

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Magic Johnson congratulates Abby Wambach, butchers her name

Magic Johnson thoughtfully shouted out Abby Wambach on social media Friday, but he made one big mistake.

The former Los Angeles Lakers great got Wambach’s first name wrong:

Magic Johnson Wambach

That’s pretty cringe-worthy, and amazingly Johnson still had not deleted the tweet several hours later.

It’s great that he thought enough of Wambach — the greatest women’s soccer player in our country’s history who retired this week — to shout her out, but what does it say about him if he doesn’t even know her name? It certainly diminishes his intent.

This has been a bad week of spelling involving Michigan State.

Sports Illustrated cover gets Mark Dantonio’s name wrong

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The playoff-bound Michigan State Spartans made an appearance on the Sports Illustrated cover, but there was just one problem: they didn’t get coach Mark Dantonio’s name right.

The cover teases a story about “How Mike Dantonio Rebuilt The Spartans.” That’s a rather significant misprint.

Mike Rosenberg, who wrote the story, assured people on Twitter that the cover was being reprinted and the mistake does not occur in the actual story.

The Spartans have a program that has a huge chip on its shoulder and they thrive on disrespect, real or imagined. This will probably end up on a bulletin board somewhere.