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Friday, February 22, 2019


Patriots screwed by inadvertent whistle against Bills (Video)


The New England Patriots were on the wrong end of an inadvertent whistle during their game against the Buffalo Bills Monday night, and it may have cost them a huge play.

Tom Brady scrambled out of the pocket to keep a play alive early in the third quarter when, for no apparent reason, a member of the officiating crew blew his whistle. Brady never stepped out of bounds and completed a pass to Danny Amendola, who had nothing but open space ahead of him and might have even be able to score a touchdown.

After gathering to discuss the play, the officials ruled that an inadvertent whistle was blown and awarded the Patriots the catch. Since play stopped because of the whistle, the ball was downed at the spot where Amendola caught it.

Rex Ryan was assessed a 15-yard penalty for getting in the way of an official during the play, which may explain the whistle. ESPN rules analyst Gerry Austin noted that the play should not have counted, as the whistle blew before Amendola caught the ball. When that happens, the play is supposed to be nullified and done over. Only when the whistle blows after a player catches the ball should the play count.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski ended up missing a field goal on the drive, and the Patriots came away with no points.

If Tom Brady was angry before that inexplicable play (you can see a video of him cursing out teammates here), he had to have been seeing red afterword. That was a major blunder that cost the Patriots a huge play at least and possibly a touchdown.

Wisconsin Twitter’s scheduled tweet celebrates basketball win after losing


Whoever handles tweeting from the Wisconsin athletics account got a lesson in the perils of scheduled tweets on Saturday.

The UWBadgers account sent out a pre-scheduled tweet on Saturday about how the women’s basketball team looked to emulate the men’s after the big season-opening victory Friday night. There was just one problem: the men’s team lost in a huge upset to lowly Western Illinois, 69-67.

The tweet was quickly deleted, but the internet never forgets.

It’s tough to blame them for being confident in the 17th-ranked Badgers to pull off a win over a team picked to finish last in the Summit League. Once it didn’t happen, though, somebody probably should have done something about that tweet before it went out to the amused masses…or asked Governor Greg Abbott what happens when you get too far ahead of yourself on social media.

H/T SB Nation

Reporter Sarah Davis makes classic herniated disk screwup

Sarah Davis

Reporter Sarah Davis fell victim to one of the most common broadcasting slip-ups we see.

While doing a report during Thursday’s Boston Bruins-Colorado Avalanche game for NESN, Davis tried to say herniated disk, but you can guess what she ended up saying instead:

David wasn’t the first, nor will she be the last to make that mistake. It’s certainly understandable for one to make it while on-air, but we’ve seen it in other more surprising forms before.

When it comes to on-air screwups during hockey games, nothing will ever top this one though, which is my favorite.

Nationals calendar had picture of Fenway Park on front


An official 2016 Washington Nationals calendar was sent out to retailers recently, but there was just one problem – the wrong ballpark was on the cover.

The team calendar displayed a panoramic photo of Boston’s Fenway Park on the cover, even billing it as Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

This isn’t the team’s fault, as Turner Licensing manufactures the calendars. The Nationals did play their season opener in Boston last year, but Fenway Park and Nationals Park look nothing alike, so it’s hard to understand the error.

The calendars are being recalled and corrected. Hopefully the manufacturer is more careful this time and gets the picture right.

H/T Hardball Talk

Jamal Spencer had hilarious report about Michigan beating Michigan State (Video)

We can only imagine how many people turned off Saturday night’s game between Michigan and Michigan State assuming that the Wolverines held on for a close victory. It sounds like the folks from at least one news network in Michigan were among them.

After the Spartans won on one of the most insane plays you will ever see, Jamal Spencer of WZZM in Grand Rapids gave a full report describing ecstatic Wolverines fans exiting The Big House.

“Michigan coming up with a crucial stop and they were able to run out the clock,” Spencer said. “People were spilling out of Michigan Stadium into the streets of Ann Arbor celebrating, as the Paul Bunyan trophy is back in Ann Arbor for the first time since 2012.”


Spencer later owned the embarrassing mistake:

In Spencer’s defense, a reporter at WZZM’s headquarters later came on the air and said that was “our mistake” and described the actual ending of the game, so it sounds like he was fed the bad information. Heck, even Michigan State’s equipment staff had given up to the point where they neglected some of their duties. It was just one of those nights.

Video via Complex Sports

Microphone guy at Saints game falls down

Microphone Saints

One of the game-day employees at Thursday night’s Saints-Falcons game had a bit of a mishap on national TV.

One of the men holding a parabolic sound dish down by the end zone fell over while covering the opening kickoff of the second half of the game:

It’s one thing to see the person fall down, but also being able to hear it too was a magical moment in broadcasting (for everyone except that guy). Hopefully he bounced back without a problem.

Tip via Sweet Howie T.

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NFL admits officials missed clock error in Chargers-Steelers game


The NFL has admitted that a mistake was made with the game clock near the end of regulation in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the San Diego Chargers Monday night.

In a statement on Tuesday, NFL spokesman Mike Signora acknowledged that an error by the stadium scoreboard operator resulted in 18 seconds being inexplicably taken off the clock before Pittsburgh’s last possession.

“Because of an error by the clock operator, the game clock was incorrectly started before the Steelers’ first play from scrimmage following the touchback,” Signora wrote, via Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. “That first down snap came with 2:38 left to play instead of 2:56, a difference of 18 seconds.”

Signora said that while the official game time is kept on the stadium scoreboard, it is the responsibility of the officiating crew to make sure the time is accurate.

“The official game time is kept on the stadium scoreboard, but it is the responsibility of the side judge to supervise the timing of the game,” the statement continued. “Had the side judge or any of the other six on-field officials noticed the timing error, they could have corrected it.

“The game clock is not subject to instant replay review unless there is a timing issue on the last play of the first half or the last play of the game.”

In other words, a stadium employee screwed up and no one caught it. However, Mike Pereira noted earlier that the clock operator is typically a local person who is paid by the NFL.

As we mentioned before, this is not the first time we have seen an error with a game clock that could have changed the outcome of a game. Simply put, the NFL is incredibly fortunate that the Steelers ended up winning. This could have become a way bigger issue.