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Look: This ESPN Baseball Hall of Fame graphic is a total disaster

For the vast majority of baseball fans, Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductees are household names. ESPN’s graphics department, however, did not get the memo.

During Sunday night’s Baseball Tonight telecast, ESPN’s analysts discussed the 2019 Hall of Fame class in front of a large backdrop with each inductee’s name and picture on it. There was a big problem, however: the graphic misspelled Roy Halladay’s name and completely butchered Mike Mussina’s.

This isn’t the first time ESPN has made a pretty big mistake graphically during a baseball telecast, but this one is particularly egregious. They’re Hall of Famers, and Halladay and Mussina both played fairly recently. How do you mess that one up so badly? It’s so bad, in fact, that it’s reminiscent of this iconic nightmare from several years back.

76ers hilariously screw up Jimmy Butler farewell image

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler officially left the Philadelphia 76ers for the Miami Heat on Saturday, and the Sixers sent him packing with a rather hilarious flub.

As has become customary for departing superstars, the Sixers’ official Twitter account posted an image wishing Butler farewell in his new home. There was only one problem: they messed up his last name.

Amazingly, the tweet stayed up for roughly a half hour amid a lot of derision before the team finally deleted it.

First the Sixers wouldn’t give Butler a max deal, now this. In seriousness, it’s a simple mistake to make, and typos happen to everyone. This was just a bad time for one to happen, and one would think that someone would have spotted it before it went up for everyone else to spot instead.

ESPN shows picture of Aaron Hicks during CC Sabathia montage

ESPN

ESPN made a pretty glaring graphical error when reviewing the career of CC Sabathia on Sunday Night Baseball.

During the Sunday night telecast, the broadcast ran a montage of some of Sabathia’s most notable career numbers, combined with various pictures of the Yankee left-hander. The one problem: one of the pictures used was not of Sabathia, but rather of outfielder Aaron Hicks.

It’s not tough to tell immediately that something is wrong here, and Yankee fans watching the game pointed it out right away. These things do happen sometimes, but you’d really think someone would have caught this one before it made it to air.

Clueless Charley Casserly thinks Dez Bryant played for Cowboys last season

Charley Casserly

Charley Casserly has been spending a lot of time talking NFL with Stephen A. Smith lately.

Casserly, an analyst at NFL Network, embarrassed himself on Monday while discussing Cole Beasley’s free agency status. He said the Cowboys didn’t utilize Beasley enough because they were throwing the ball to Dez Bryant too much last season.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Bryant of course was released by the Cowboys last year and declined to sign with interested teams until midway through the year. He eventually signed with the Saints but tore his Achilles’ tendon in his first week with the team and didn’t end up playing in any games.

Casserly has put a target on himself ever since making highly-publicized comments about Kyler Murray’s supposed negative combine performance. You would think he would be on top of his game ever since making that comment, but saying things like this hurts his credibility. Maybe he and Stephen A. should team up for a football show.

Watch: Hapless Knicks score on own basket

Knicks logo

The New York Knicks’ nightmare season continued in comical fashion on Sunday.

The Knicks entered their game against the San Antonio Spurs with the worst record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. They have been the subjects of jokes for much of the season. On Sunday, the Knicks found a new way to be embarrassing by scoring on their own basket when there wasn’t a Spurs player remotely near the rim.

If there’s one play that sums up the 2018-2019 season for the Knicks, it may very well be that one. Even head coach David Fizdale had to chuckle. On the bright side, New York’s dreadful season may result in the franchise getting the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Not even they could mess that up, right?

Announcer Dick Stockton makes embarrassing ‘Denver Nuggets’ blunder

Dick Stockton mistake

Announcer Dick Stockton got his Denver sports teams confused on Sunday.

Stockton was calling a promo before the start of Sunday’s Denver Broncos-Los Angeles Rams game. He erroneously said the upcoming game was between the Denver “Nuggets” and Rams.

Maybe something about the low temperatures had Stockton’s mind a little messed up.

Stockton, 75, has been calling NFL games for FOX since 1994 and only just now joined our long list of infamous broadcasting blunders.

Tip via Ed K.

Watch: Orioles announcer appears to have awkward slip-up

Baltimore Orioles announcer Gary Thorne appeared to have an awkward on-air slip-up during the team’s game on Monday.

After the top half of the ninth inning of the Orioles’ game against the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore trailed 5-3. Prior to a commercial break, Thorne appeared to say the Orioles are in “within s—-ing distance as we go to the bottom of the ninth.”

Here’s the audio for you to investigate:

Perhaps Thorne said or was trying to say “spitting distance,” given the Orioles were only trailing by two runs. However, most thought Thorne used an expletive which, given the way the Orioles’ season has gone thus far, is completely understandable.

Monday’s loss drops the Orioles to 23-54 on the season and puts them 28.5 games out of first place in the American League East. As for Thorne, we’ve certainly heard worse slip-ups from announcers before.

Reggie Miller misspeaks, calls Ricky Rubio ‘Marco’

Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller had a pretty humorous blunder during Monday’s playoff game between Minnesota and Houston.

The TNT analyst accidentally called former Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio “Marco” while providing commentary during Game 4. He had to be corrected by play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan.

As if messing up Ricky Rubio by calling him “Marco” weren’t bad enough, Miller then couldn’t figure out whether Marco Rubio was a senator or governor in Florida. Yes, Reggie, Marco is a senator.

It’s OK, Reggie. It’s not like we haven’t seen this sort of thing several times before.

CBS screwed up on its Jim Boeheim graphic

Jim Boeheim Bucknell

A gaff by CBS placed legendary Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim at a school other than Syracuse.

During the NCAA Tournament first round game between Syracuse and TCU on Friday, CBS’ cameras showed Boeheim on the sideline. Under his name was the Syracuse logo, along with an orange background. To the right were the words “3rd season as Bucknell head coach.” Also displayed was a record of 68-32.

Nathan Davis is in his third season as head coach at Bucknell and the 68-32 record belongs to him. Bucknell lost to Michigan State 82-78 earlier in the day on Friday. Both Syracuse and Bucknell played their first round games in Detroit, which led to the graphic error.

It was obviously an innocent mistake by CBS, but it’s still pretty funny to see Boeheim associated with a school other than Syracuse. And now this mistake will make our long list of blunders.

Greg Gumbel calls Auburn ‘Mike Pearl’s team’ on selection show

Auburn earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament with a 25-7 season and an SEC Championship, but apparently the Tigers are heading to The Dance with a new head coach.

During the NCAA Selection Show on TBS Sunday, Greg Gumbel revealed that Auburn had earned the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region. While sharing the news, Gumbel called the Tigers “Mike Pearl’s team.”

Gumbel meant to say Bruce Pearl, of course.

Unfortunately, that was not the only flub during the selection show, which has aired on CBS in past years. The show got off to a bad start with some embarrassing audio issues and was even mocked by a local police department in Kansas over its new format.