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Monday, January 21, 2019

Blunders

Reporter Sarah Davis makes classic herniated disk screwup

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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

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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.”

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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

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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

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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.

NFL had big clock issue that could have cost Steelers a win

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The NFL has to be relieved that the Pittsburgh Steelers scored a touchdown as time expired to beat the San Diego Chargers Monday night. Otherwise, league officials would be faced with a flurry of difficult questions about what happened to the game clock late in the fourth quarter.

Here’s what went down: After kicking a field goal to take a 20-17 lead with 2:56 remaining, San Diego kicked off to Pittsburgh and the ball went out of the end zone for a touchback. So why was there 2:38 left on the clock when the Steelers began their drive?

Good question.

The clock was running as there was a dead ball, and the time was never put back on. You can see a video of the inexplicable runoff here. The NFL has declined to comment on what happened, but Mike Pereira of FOX Sports gave some information.

As Kevin Seifert of ESPN noted, the NFL operations manual says the side judge has the responsibility of backing up the stadium clock operator.

At some point, the league is going to have to address the issue. You can only imagine what would have happened if the Steelers ran out of time or ended up tying the game with a field goal and losing in overtime. Mistakes happen, but that one could have been costly. While we have seen some bizarre errors with game clocks in the past, that one was up there with one of the worst.

UPDATE: The NFL has admitted that there was an error and their officiating crew missed it.

Texas governor Greg Abbott mistakenly congratulates Astros on winning ALDS

Texas governor Greg Abbott is going to catch serious flack from Houston Astros fans for possibly jinxing the baseball team.

Abbott’s Twitter account sent a tweet congratulating the Astros for advancing to the ALCS Monday and challenged the Texas Rangers to join them:

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There was only one problem: The Astros were only up 6-2 at that point and hadn’t won the game or series.

Yes, the Astros scored three in the bottom of the seventh to go up 6-2 and were six outs away from clinching the series. It sure looked like they had it in the bag.

But then they allowed five runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to the Royals and lost 9-6.

The series is now tied 2-2 and heads back to Kansas City for the decisive Game 5 on Wednesday.

If the Astros don’t pull this one off, Abbott is going to become a target of hatred for Houston sports fans and may end up with a reputation similar to this fellow.

Image via @CliffSaunders