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Angels scoreboard operator made hilarious Yordan Alvarez error

Yordan Alvarez running

Yordan Alvarez is one of the youngest players in the Houston Astros’ lineup, but one opposing stadium believes that he is a literal toddler.

During Friday’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Astros, there was a funny error that ran on the Angel Stadium scoreboard when Alvarez was batting in the sixth inning. The scoreboard correctly said that Alvarez was the youngest player in MLB history with three home runs and seven RBIs in a game … but mistakenly said that he did it at the ripe age of two years and 44 days.

Alvarez is actually 24 years old right now and was 22 when he pulled off the aforementioned feat. It looks like the scoreboard operator simply missed that second “2” when typing in the fact about Alvarez.

The righty slugger would ground out during the at-bat where the “2 years old” goof ran. But he smacked an RBI double in his next at-bat as the Astros won 13-6. Meanwhile, this may have been the scoreboard community’s way of getting revenge on Alvarez, who has damaged other scoreboards before.

Photo: Oct 22, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) rounds the bases after hitting a triple in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox during game six of the 2021 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA president Mark Emmert made embarrassing blunder in championship speech

Mark Emmert holds a mic

NCAA president Mark Emmert is already a pretty despised figure among college sports fans. He added to that reputation on Monday night with a blunder he committed after the NCAA Tournament championship game.

Emmert was speaking after Kansas came back to beat North Carolina 72-69 to win the NCAA Tournament. As he was congratulating the Jayhawks, he called them the “Kansas City Jayhawks.”

Yes, Emmert quickly corrected himself, but that’s still such an embarrassing blunder to make. What even led him to screw that up? Did he think this was the Super Bowl and he was handing the trophy to the Chiefs?

It’s hard to know what goes through that man’s mind at times. Maybe he was thinking about the NCAA violations KU was accused of.

NBC made big graphical screw-up during Super Bowl national anthem

NBC Jhene Aiko graphic

NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl got off to a fairly awkward start when the network misidentified the singer of the national anthem.

The pregame festivities featured performances of “America the Beautiful” as well as the anthem, as is customary. Also per usual, both songs were performed by different artists: R&B singer Jhene Aiko performed “America the Beautiful,” while country singer Mickey Guyton handled “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Aiko went first, which NBC correctly identified. The problem came during the anthem, when the network put Aiko’s name up again for Guyton’s performance.

That’s a pretty brutal mistake to make. That’s doubly true since this portion of the broadcast would have been rehearsed and predictable as opposed to unpredictable in-game action.

NBC hasn’t had the best track record identifying people during Rams games this season. This one was even worse.

CBS’ halftime show during AFC Championship was a total mess

CBS halftime show

Anyone turning into CBS’ halftime show during the AFC Championship looking for coherent analysis of Sunday’s game between the Bengals and Chiefs came away sorely disappointed.

As is often the case, CBS sent its studio crew to Kansas City to cover the game on site, and had a desk set up on the field at Arrowhead Stadium for halftime. There was just one problem: the Chiefs also brought in halftime entertainment in the form of country singer Walker Hayes, and for whatever reason, a huge set of speakers was set up directly behind the CBS crew.

The result was a halftime show that was almost completely inaudible, as the musical performance drowned out pretty much all of the analysis.

The crew was well aware of the issue. At one point, Boomer Esiason couldn’t stop laughing, and he openly admitted that he couldn’t hear what any of the other analysts were saying. By the end of the segment, host James Brown was essentially relying on hand gestures to try to convey his questions to the rest of the desk.

The whole thing was a debacle from start to finish. It is hard to imagine that CBS was not aware this could be a problem, and it’s not clear why they didn’t try to come up with a way to at least negate some of the noise. Perhaps they simply had no way of doing so.

As much of a mess as the broadcast was, the whole spectacle was definitely funny. Honestly, in the grand scheme of technical difficulties, this doesn’t even compare to some of the bigger messes we’ve seen. It is certainly one of the most memorable, though.

ESPN made funny graphics screw-up to start ‘Monday Night Football’

ESPN Ian Book graphic

ESPN got a little thrown off introducing “Monday Night Football” between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.

One of the key stories leading up to the game was New Orleans’ quarterback situation. With both Trevor Siemian and Taysom Hill in COVID protocols, rookie Ian Book had to make the start for the Saints. In addition, coach Sean Payton was returning to the sideline after missing last week’s game due to protocols.

Naturally, ESPN went with the split screen of both Payton and Book at the top of the telecast. There was just one problem: they didn’t quite get the chyron right.

Well, not quite, although the Saints might have been getting close to having to use Payton at quarterback Monday night.

The Saints have not been shy about roasting people for what they put on TV during their games. Maybe we’ll hear about this one later.

Look: Topps made embarrassing error on Braves World Series cards

Freddie Freeman in his Braves uniform

Topps appears to have swung and missed big-time with their new baseball cards commemorating the Atlanta Braves’ World Series victory.

Photos went viral on Twitter this week of an embarrassing error that Topps made in their new set honoring the Braves for winning the 2021 title. Their cards mistakenly state that Dusty Baker, not Brian Snitker, was manager of the team.

The error appears to have been printed on every single card that was sent out, as multiple angry customers pointed out the mistake.

If you look closely, there is another error printed on the cards as well. They state that the Braves defeated the Houston Astros, the team that Baker actually manages, in five games when the Braves did so in six games.

Topps released a statement about the goof, apologizing and promising to send corrected cards.

As bad as this flub was, it is far from unheard-of in the card manufacturing business. Erroneous prints can easily take on lives of their own and become collectors’ items.

H/T SportsTalkATL

Photo: Jun 15, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) hits a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

ABC made bizarre technical mistake at halftime of Big 12 title game

ABC Hoover Met shot

ABC’s broadcast of Saturday’s Big 12 Championship had a brief and inexplicable technical error at halftime.

The telecast was cutting to commercial and running through sponsors in typical fashion. However, eagle-eyed viewers noticed something very odd: the video used was of Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Alabama, the site of the SEC baseball tournament.

Not many people noticed, but those that did were left utterly baffled.

Maybe this was actually on purpose and ABC producers just thought the video made for good flavor, even though it had absolutely nothing to do with the Big 12 title game. The footage wasn’t even particularly recent, judging by the fact that the flags of SEC schools were flying in front of the stadium.

The good news? It’s not as if this actually matters, or hinders the telecast in anyway. There are enough examples of those sorts of mistakes, and ABC did not want to add to their ranks.

FOX Sports badly burned for not sending TV crew to Illinois-Iowa game

Illinois vs Iowa

A series of bad decisions led to a pretty significant error on the FOX Sports 1 television broadcast of Saturday’s Illinois-Iowa game.

The network did not send a broadcast crew to Kinnick Stadium for the game. Instead, they opted to keep their crew in-studio to broadcast the game off a monitor. The decision cost the network during the fourth quarter, when the broadcast missed a significant moment in the game.

Iowa got the ball back early in the fourth quarter up 20-16 after an Illinois punt. The TV broadcast went to commercial after the punt, as is customary. However, in the aftermath of the play, a skirmish broke out between the two teams. The incident led to Illinois getting two personal fouls for a combined 30 yards, moving the ball from the Illinois 47 to the Illinois 17.

That’s a potentially game-changing series of events.

The problem was that the commentators didn’t see the skirmish because it occurred while the game was at commercial break. When the game returned from commercials, the in-studio announcers, who weren’t in the stadium to see what had happened, were confused and had no idea why Iowa was starting at the Illini 17.

Iowa ended up getting a field goal out of the drive and went on to win 33-23.

It became more common for networks to keep broadcasters in studios during the pandemic, both for safety reasons and because it saves on traveling costs. However, this sort of cost-cutting move inevitably leads to some preventable mistakes. Had the FS1 crew been on the scene, they would have observed the scuffle and explained what happened even if they didn’t come back from commercial quickly enough to show it live.

FOX broadcasts running into issues with commercials is nothing new, it would seem.

ESPN’s Steve Levy apologizes to Najee Harris over incorrect report

Najee Harris

ESPN’s Steve Levy is apologizing to Najee Harris for sharing some bad info about the Pittsburgh Steelers running back during “Monday Night Football.”

Levy, who was on the call for Pittsburgh’s game against the Chicago Bears, said in the first quarter that Harris spent the first few months in college at Alabama sleeping on the floor despite his full-ride scholarship. Levy added that Harris was supposedly more comfortable doing so.

The rookie Harris challenged that assertion after the game, tweeting, “Bra I ain’t sleep on no dam floor in college. I slept on my bed.”

On Tuesday, Levy publicly apologized to Harris for the on-air whiff.

“I got this part wrong Najee, my mistake,” he tweeted. “Your story is inspirational & mission to positively impact is admirable.”

Levy added that he would be donating to Harris’ charity, Da’ Bigger Picture Foundation. The charity is centered around “assisting underserved families in reaching their potential and goals.”

It is likely that Levy was thinking of Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, another ex-Alabama star who told Bleacher Report in 2018 that he slept on his dorm room floor during his first few months at the university.

Credit to Levy for turning the gaffe into a positive. But this is not the first time that an ESPN host has looked a fool on the air this year.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) warms up before the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony explains what led to funny in-game gaffe

Carmelo Anthony at the free throw line

Carmelo Anthony punched a one-way ticket to “Shaqtin’ A Fool” with a complete brain fart during Tuesday’s season opener against Golden State. Now he is explaining what led to the hilarious moment.

The new Los Angeles Lakers forward committed a funny gaffe in the third quarter when he pump-faked on a free throw instead of shooting it, leading to a violation. Take a look:

Anthony explained on Thursday that the fake was the result of accidentally bumping the ball against his head as he rose up to shoot the free throw, per Kyle Goon of Southern California News Group. That messed up Anthony’s rhythm, and he ultimately made the business decision to take the violation instead of firing up an airball.

The 37-year-old Anthony has shot over 8,000 free throws in his NBA career, but this is most likely the first time that he has ever pump-faked on one. The Lakers ended up losing by six points, so they probably could have used that wasted free throw too. But hey, at least it wasn’t as bad as this free-throw attempt by one of Anthony’s new teammates.