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DeVonta Smith has funny reaction to 76ers’ jumbotron mistake

DeVonta Smith warming up

Nov 7, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith warms up before action against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith made the most of an awkward moment at Sunday’s Philadelphia 76ers playoff game.

Smith was among the Eagles players in attendance for Game 4 of the 76ers’ series against the Miami Heat. As is often the case, his presence was highlighted on the Wells Fargo Center jumbotron during the first quarter. There was just one problem: the graphic identified Smith as a “former Philadelphia Eagle.”

Smith is, of course, very much a current Philadelphia Eagle. He led the team in receiving yards as a rookie in 2021, and the organization expects him to be a dominant force in the offense for years to come.

Fortunately, Smith had a pretty funny reaction to the screw-up, joking that he got “fired on my day off.”

On the bright side, at least they spelled Smith’s name correctly. Still, it’s a pretty ridiculous mistake to make on the part of the control room.

NBA website may have leaked big award news

Joel Embiid in a Sixers jersey

Jan 6, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks on during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA may have accidentally leaked the winner of the MVP award in pretty awkward fashion Friday.

The league’s postgame news story on Friday’s playoff game between the 76ers and Heat may have outed Joel Embiid as the MVP winner. Users noticed that on the front page of the NBA’s playoff coverage that the blurb for the game cited Embiid as “Kia MVP,” though the award has not been given out yet. The text could be seen on both the league’s mobile app, as well as the front page of its playoff news site.

The original text remained up for at least 20 minutes before the “Kia MVP” phrasing was replaced with “Kia MVP finalist.”

The NBA usually does not publicly announce the MVP until around the time of the NBA Finals. This year’s announcement had been highly anticipated, with voting expected to be tight in a three-way race between Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Accidentally outing the winner this early on the league website would be a huge screw-up, especially when even other stars were weighing in with their picks.

To be clear, it is possible that there was simply a word missing, and the phrasing was intended to include the word “finalist” all along. Even if that’s the case, it’s a needless error that will probably start some unwanted speculation and conspiracy theories.

ESPN audio glitch causes headache during Grizzlies-Wolves playoff opener

The Grizzlies and Wolves playing

ESPN had some major techical difficulties during Game 1 between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

During the first quarter of the contest, the broadcast audio cut off for ESPN around the time that Dillon Brooks hit a jumper with under five minutes left in the period. The game noises and in-arena commentary from announcers Ryan Ruocco and Richard Jefferson was instead replaced by a loud, scratchy hum that sounded like something from the bowels of Hades. Take a listen.

As soon as the broadcast cut to commercial, the audio was back to normal. When the game returned, ESPN studio hosts Mike Greenberg, Jalen Rose, and Stephen A. Smith provided commentary instead as the issue was still persisting. Greenberg stated that there were technical difficulties on-site in Memphis and that they in the studio could not hear anything from inside of the arena either.

ESPN eventually ran an “audio difficulties” message in the upper right corner of the screen.

The game audio briefly returned before the end of the first quarter, and the commentary from Ruocco and Jefferson eventually did too in time for the start of the second quarter. The issue lasted about 20 minutes in real time.

But before the issue was fully solved, a funny moment came when Ruocco could be heard loudly testing the audio while on the air during live play.

The Grizzlies-Wolves game was just the second official NBA playoff game broadcast by ESPN this season (after the Dallas-Utah game earlier in the day on Saturday). Needless to say, it was a pretty inopportune time for audio difficulties (that also plagued other ESPN NBA broadcasts this year) to hit.

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.