Rich Eisen got the excellent assignment of calling Saturday’s game between the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on NFL Network. Unfortunately, the matchup of quarterbacks presented a bit of a problem for him.
Eisen kept mixing up the names of Jameis Winston and Deshaun Watson, repeatedly calling Winston “Watson” and Watson “Winston.” He did it at least six times in the first half. Take a listen:
After mixing them up for at least the sixth time, Eisen poked fun at himself, joking that if someone were playing a drinking game surrounding his screw-ups, they would be pretty wasted.
Eisen said on Twitter that his wife texted him to suggest the idea of the drinking game.
That’s what makes Eisen enjoyable. Even when he’s making mistakes, he at least finds a way to make it humorous and get in on the joke.
But Winston/Watson? They’re so different, that seems hard to screw up. Maybe Eisen just had a mental block about it. He also has plenty of company when it comes to funny broadcasting mistakes.
There are few things better than a defensive lineman scoring a touchdown. There are few things more heartbreaking than a defensive lineman being denied a touchdown on account of the turfmonster.
Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown, officially listed at 318 pounds, was well on his way to six points against the Florida Gators, having scooped up a Kyle Trask fumble deep in his own territory. With nothing but green ahead of him, though, Brown tripped over his own feet at the Florida 35-yard line, denying himself an epic touchdown.
Oh, it’s a tragedy. That would have gone down as one of the great big guy touchdowns of all time. To make matters worse, the trip cost the Tigers dearly, as they threw a drive-killing interception two plays later.
It’s better than losing a touchdown this way, as it wasn’t really the result of negligence of arrogance. Due to the rarity of what could have been, though, it may hurt even more.
London Fletcher was inducted into the Washington Redskins’ Ring of Honor during a ceremony on Monday night, and the team somehow managed to botch it.
The video board at FedExField had Fletcher’s last name misspelled as “Flecther” for the ceremony.
Fletcher played seven seasons for Washington from 2007-2013. He made four straight Pro Bowls from 2009-2012, led the league in tackles in 2011, and had a career-high five interceptions at age 37 in 2012. He earned the honor from Washington. Too bad the stadium botched the spelling of his name.
Goaltender Robin Lehner was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the end of the 2018-19 season, honoring him for perseverance and sportsmanship after he battled back from alcoholism and bipolar disorder to backstop the team to the playoffs. However, there was one little problem with the trophy.
Lehner won the award as a member of the New York Islanders, but the trophy listed him as a member of the New York Rangers in a pretty big error.
One would assume the NHL will supply him with a new nameplate. It’s the least they can do, especially after Lehner formed such a quality bond with Islanders fans over the course of the season.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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