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.
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.
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’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.
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 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 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.
Some viewers of NBC’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” this week got a bit of a surprise.
During the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Seattle Seahawks showdown, many watching on television tweeted that they were receiving the audio for the game in Spanish.
While it is unclear how widespread the issue was, some viewers reported that they were receiving the Spanish feed in New Orleans. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand also shared a video of a message running across the broadcast in the affected area acknowledging and apologizing for the error.
Cox Customer Care tweeted that they were working to resolve the issue.
Interestingly enough, some viewers during last week’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” also reported having a very similar issue, apparently in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These viewers tweeted that Spanish audio could be heard in the background of the main broadcast.
The issue appears to have gotten worse during this week’s broadcast, as the Spanish audio had replaced the actual game audio entirely instead of just being audible in the background. This is just the latest in what has already been an error-filled season for NBC and “Sunday Night Football.”
Twitter had a field day after a FOX Sports graphical error went viral during Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.
Like most baseball broadcasts these days, FOX displays the projected distance and exit velocity when a player rounds the bases after hitting a home run. It was no different when Boston’s Kiké Hernandez hit a game-tying shot in the top of the fifth.
There was just one problem: instead of filling in Hernandez’s name, FOX accidentally popped the numbers up with some placeholder text.
Naturally, most viewers noticed such a glaringly obvious graphical error, and there were jokes.
FOX did introduce a new scorebug for the playoffs, but this is just an accident that has nothing to do with the display. This will happen from time to time. On the bright side, it’s nowhere near as bad as this screwed-up graphic, so it absolutely could be worse.
Playing center field in the major leagues is hard. If you need evidence of that, just check out Minnesota Twins emergency center fielder Rob Refsnyder.
Refsnyder, an infielder by trade, has been playing center for the Twins in place of the injured Byron Buxton. Refsnyder came into Monday hitting .348, so the Twins were willing to make some defensive sacrifices to keep his hot bat in the lineup.
With that in mind, Refsnyder isn’t really familiar with the ins and outs of playing center, especially in visiting ballparks. That explains why he completely ate it tracking this home run ball off the bat of Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
Refsnyder appeared fine and stayed in the game, so it’s okay to chuckle a little. That said, this is what the warning track is for. It’s also why you often see outfielders keep an arm out as they’re chasing a fly ball so they can know how close they are to the wall before they run into it like this. Refsnyder is totally new to the position, as Monday marked just his 14th MLB appearance in center, with all of them coming in 2021. These things don’t come quite as naturally to him as they probably should.
Plenty of natural outfielders have crashed into walls and come away from it worse than Refsnyder did. Plus, it’s not as if the play cost Minnesota a run or anything — or at least not one that wouldn’t have scored otherwise. Hopefully he can have a sense of humor about it.
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.