Here’s a look back at some of the not-so-best chyron moments of 2012 in sports media.
As another year becomes a new one, you will find many corners of media and the Internet compiling year-end lists. Which is fine.
But as regular followers of this blog know, I prefer uncharted territory.
So I’ll save you the trouble: The most intriguing sports media stories of 2012 to me are the creation of new national sports radio networks by NBC and, about a week later, CBS, with the addition of NFL Network to Cablevision and, about a month later, Time Warner Cable, a close second. And given my track record of predictions made in this space in 2012, I’ll spare you any for 2013.
And as we bid adieu to 2012, we keep in mind that even as we enter 2013, nobody’s perfect – not even the folks whose fancy fingerwork is being seen by millions of viewers.
Here’s some of the best (worst?) “chyronfails” of 2012:
TBS studio analyst and former Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken, Jr. joined Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz in the booth to provide color commentary for his first MLB playoff game. Apparently, the player that holds the consecutive games played streak in baseball is somehow too new for one chyronflunkie…
And not to outdo themselves, the former “superstation” made another super blunder in adding an extra letter to the name of former San Francisco Giants slugger Willie Mays.
But TBS isn’t alone in misspelling the names of Hall of Famers. NFL Network had the spelling of their own Michael Irvin incorrect for a good four minutes.
The NHL is currently in lockout mode, and sadly may stay that way for quite some time. The good news is that graphics departments at Los Angeles television stations owned by major networks will refrain from posting the wrong logos for the eventual Stanley Cup champion Kings.
Meanwhile, the perennial NHL doormats known as the New York Islanders were mistaken by ABC’s New York O&O as a team that had actually made the playoffs (the Devils would make it to the Stanley Cup Finals).
An honorable mention for ABC’s West Coast O&O, whose engineer exercised personal judgment when identifying the former Ron Artest as a world class idiot…
Staying in L.A., where after the San Francisco Giants defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium, local Dodgers broadcast affiliate KCAL, owned by CBS, had moved the home team’s text designation to the visiting team, coupling it with a Giants logo, and listed the hosting Dodgers as the “Angels”. Magic Johnson, who could eventually end up with all broadcast rights to Dodgers games for his new network, probably cringed when he saw that.
Did we mention the NHL is currently in lockout mode? This was from ESPN during the London Olympics. What the Penguins, let alone the Blue Jackets, wouldn’t give for some games in September.
Someone at NFL Network must have mixed up the “Playbook” logos with the ones from “Path To The Draft,” as Sterling Sharpe, who picked the Green Bay Packers over the New York Giants, was given a Wisconsin Badgers team logo. While on the left, Donovan McNabb, who also picked the Packers, got a Packers logo, as opposed to one for the Georgia Bulldogs. And speaking of McNabb…
Remember that tie game between the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers earlier this year? Just how many overtimes are there in an NFL regular season game? (Or maybe it was veiled promotion for their “OT” post-football show that follows?)
Incidentally, the ACC Network is unaware that there can only be four quarters in a football game.
Andy Reid has been fired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. What largely cemented the end of a fourteen-year tenure for Reid was the Eagles losing eleven of its last twelve games – including one against… the Eagles.
New Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano had to take a leave of absence to battle leukemia which is currently in remission. So Bruce Arians was appointed the team’s interim head coach. Unfortunately, at one point, NFL Network appointed Arians as the “Saints interim head coach.” Looking back, I’m sure even Aaron Kromer would appoint Arians as the Saints’ interim head coach.
Bob Ryan left The Boston Globe this year, on his own volition. But he was identified as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator by NBC, not by his own volition, I’m sure.
And while we’re at it, can we let Verizon FiOS know that Darren Rovell is no longer at CNBC?
Also, Rob Riggle has been entrenched as Fox’s funnyman on their NFL pregame show. That being said, this is actually more of a closed captioning fail than a chyronfail. You’d think they’d have the correct spelling of his name in Fox’s closed captioning database after, say, two months or so.
And who can forget back in April during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Texas, when Carl Edwards at one point was in “0th” place?
And finally, the perils of pretermitting a period.