Foul In The Phillies Booth?







Did a CSN/Philadelphia announcer pass gas in the booth during a Phillies/Braves spring training game? Pityured: Gary Matthews.

Did a CSN/Philadelphia announcer pass gas in the booth during a Phillies/Braves spring training game? Pictured: Gary Matthews.

There was an amusing moment as Thursday’s spring training contest between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves winded down.

At the bottom of the eighth inning, as Alex Wood was working up a walk for a Phillies player (Cody Asche?), it sounds as if one of the announcers in the booth at Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia had broken wind.

And to make matters worse, the game was carried nationally via MLB Network – which means a wider audience got to hear this apparent, um, breaking ball.

According to Busted Coverage, which first posted the video, the announcers on duty today were Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler, although their colleague, Gary Matthews, was also in the vicinity. Incidentally, “Sarge” had a very colorful description for Phillies fans during a game around four years ago.


Amy Van Dyken Vs. The Mystery Radio "Producer" Duke It Out Over Daytona 500 Error







Fox Sports Radio host Amy Van Dyken endured a Twitter lecture from an unnamed radio producer after making a mistake on the air.

Fox Sports Radio host Amy Van Dyken endured a Twitter lecture from an unnamed radio producer after making a mistake on the air.

Fox Sports Radio personality Amy Van Dyken could be perhaps the most sociable host on the network. As she’s heard alongside Rob Dibble on “Fox Sports Tonight,” she can also be read in many tweets sent during the show. She also makes it a point to reach out to listeners on Twitter when she’s not on the air, as well.

And Amy is just like you and me, in that she’s human. We all have made at least one mistake at some point in our lives.

So on Monday night, the day after the running of the Daytona 500, in which the spotlight shone early and often on its sole female participant, Danica Patrick, Amy had noted that there were two female drivers in the race, before correcting herself, acknowledging that she was thinking of Johanna Long, who had participated in the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona the day prior.

Amy would eventually correct herself. But apparently, it was not fast enough for one listener, who goes by the Twitter handler of @AirChecked, who lists himself as a “producer” and “sports media savant” on his bio.

Claiming that he had tuned into the Fox Sports Radio evening program “for [the] first time ever,” Mr. Checked, who bragged that he’s “worked in sports radio for ten years,” proceeded to post audio of what he called Van Dyken “struggling,” as well as hurl insults at her (“a complete idiot”) and the program’s staff (“who’s producing that gong show?”).

The thing that had Mr. Checked’s pants in a bunch was the fact that Amy didn’t amend her statement about the number of female drivers in this year’s Daytona 500 until after the hosts ran a pre-recorded interview, which appeared to have followed a commercial break.

“I said it as soon as we were [back] on,” Van Dyken wrote to Mr. Checked, before asking, “What’s [your] job?”

“The mistake has to be corrected before break, and not awkwardly swept under [the] rug,” Mr. Checked implored. “That’s all.”

Shouldn’t Mr. Checked be saving his expertise for the radio show that he’s currently producing? Or perhaps he’s not producing any shows at this time, judging by how much time he has to listen to other radio shows and critique them – and post the incriminating audio online, to boot.

“It was an honest mistake,” Van Dyken said. “It happens. Ripping me won’t help.”

It was at this time that the ESPN Radio/Fayetteville, NC afternoon host known as “Sully” came to Amy’s defense. In response to Mr. Checked’s request that “I just want better broadcasting and producing,” Sully said: “We all want better broadcasts, but mistakes will happen. She acknowledged it and moved on. What more can she do?”

“I don’t mind the mistake,” replies the mysterious radio producer. “I mind that the correction didn’t happen before the break. It was awkward.” He concluded by imploring Amy: “You’re on national radio. Act like it.”

Amy’s been in sports radio for a few years more than this producer she’s arguing with – and he’s giving her this classy advice?

“I can’t and won’t apologize anymore,” Amy wrote in her fourteenth tweet on the issue – which was probably thirteen tweets too many. “If my PD [program director] has an issue, he will tell me. That’s [whose] opinion really matters.

“Sports [radio] is awesome because we [are] live and mess up,” she added. “Makes us human [to] listeners.” (Would this make Mike Francesa superhuman?)

Seriously, though: To spend this much time lecturing a host on an error when you’re on the outside looking in on Twitter, as opposed to the other side of the glass, is childish as it is fruitless. If you want to inform a host of a gaffe he or she made, write a tweet or two and be done with it. By instead engaging in a Twitter fight, it won’t look good for the next radio show or network that he submits his resume to.

Just think about it: By the time he wrapped up his contact with Amy Van Dyken, he may have already found the perfectly-produced radio show.

But alas, it wouldn’t happen – not just because radio broadcasts are overseen by humans, who are prone to mistakes every now and then, but Amy and Rob on Fox Sports Radio is one of the better offerings in their daypart. So it really would be AirChecked’s loss.

By the way – I wonder if the current background on Amy’s Twitter page is sort of a tribute to this person.

(Here’s a Storification of all the tweets involved – since I can’t embed them here, you’re going to have to open up the Storify page and view them.)


Mike Francesa To Deliver Sports Radio Keynote Speech At Talkers Magazine 2013 Convention







WFAN sports god Mike Francesa will be a keynote speaker at the Talkers Magazine seminar this year - but unless you're connected to the radio industry, you'll be getting the handwave treatment.

WFAN sports god Mike Francesa will be a keynote speaker at the Talkers Magazine seminar this year – but unless you’re connected to the radio industry, you’ll be getting the handwave treatment.

It only makes sense that the host that topped Talkers Magazine’s first-ever “heavy hundred” list devoted exclusively to sports, appears at the publication’s popular annual convention.

Talkers has confirmed that Mike Francesa, afternoon drive host on WFAN/New York (whose show is also simulcast on YES Network), is scheduled to give a keynote speech titled, “The Sports Talk Radio Phenomenon,” at their event this summer. Note that I wrote “a keynote speech”; there will likely be a popular personality from the general talk radio genre that will be giving an address at the same event.

But because sports talk radio has become a phenomenon – two new sports radio networks launching last fall, need I say more? – it’s apropos that Talkers reaches out to a sports talk radio phenomenon himself in Mike Francesa.

“The addition of Mike Francesa as the sports talk radio keynote speaker at this year’s conference puts it over the moon,” says Talkers publisher Michael Harrison. “One of the big buzzes of the business is the relentless growth of this exciting branch of the talk radio universe… We are delighted.”

In past years, WFAN talent like morning co-host Boomer Esiason, who just last year received an award presented by Talkers for outstanding community service, as well as Craig Carton and Richard Neer have made appearances at the magazine’s event, which in recent years had been dubbed the “New Media Seminar.”

But it’s true that in its sixteenth year of existence – a year in which the event will simply be called “Talkers New York 2013” – they’ve booked the current most sophisticated sports radio host to date. Why, in just the last few months, he single-handedly canceled the running of the New York City marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while on the other side of the coin, wasn’t all that concerned about the recent winter storm known as Nemo that rolled through the Northeast. (Of course, that wouldn’t be the first time he would be asleep at the wheel.)

If you wish to attend this year’s festivities, which will take place Thursday, June 6 at the Concierge Conference Center, it costs just $199 per registration per person.

And if the cost, which to some is quite reasonable, isn’t appealing, consider this: Talkers is only allowing “members of the working media” to attend the convention, which was originally a two-day weekend affair in New York open to everyone; as of last year, the event has branched out into both coasts, with an annual convention based in Los Angeles in the fall. Harrison himself told me that the event has “grown consistently over the years,” and the implementation of two annual events in the top two radio markets is proof.

Anyone with interest in the sports radio genre that has broadcasting connections should take advantage and make their reservations for this event. Speaking as someone who experienced the 2008 seminar, it’s a lot of fun if you’re into radio – talk radio, especially.

And if you don’t? Maybe you can win your way in by playing some Super Bowl trivia.

50 Cent Gets All Touchy Feely On Erin Andrews During Fox Daytona 500 Pre-Race (GIF, Photos)







Fox's Erin Andrews was nearly sexually assaulted by rapper 50 Cent, who recently agreed to star in a new animated series for the network.

Fox’s Erin Andrews was nearly sexually assaulted by rapper 50 Cent, who recently agreed to star in a new animated series for the network. (Cover photo credit: Timothy Burke.)

For those who missed Fox’s Daytona 500 pre-race show, one of the moments that stood out was when 50 Cent played his P.I.M.P. hand on Erin Andrews.

“The one cool thing about the Daytona 500,” Andrews told viewers, “there are so many celebrities from outside the sport: actors, musicians, entrepreneurs, everybody just wanting to get an up-close and personal look at what is happening over here.”

En route to “the person who has stole the spotlight here at the Daytona 500, that’s, of course, Danica Patrick”, who steals the spotlight from the Daytona 500 pre-race show, but actor, musician and entrepreneur 50 Cent – who just happens to be the star of a new animated series that Fox has requested a pilot for.

But before “Fitty” will have any part of “Animation Domination,” the rapper, born Curtis Jackson, animatedly dominated Ms. Andrews for a few seconds.

“Of course, 50 Cent here,” Andrews said, as Cent made a beeline for the Fox personality, who could be seen immediately shuddering from Cent as he went to plant a smooch of gold on her cheek. “I gotta go talk to Danica Patrick,” Andrews told Cent before asking him, “What are you doing here?”

“I’m enjoying myself,” Cent told Andrews. “I’m enjoying all the festivities while we rollin’, so…” At that point, Cent proceeded to caboose Andrews’ posterior, as she hurriedly made her way to the track to find Patrick.

After her search for the polesitter proved unsuccessful, Andrews said to Chris Myers, “I cannot believe this is what you deal with all the time.

“Thank goodness 50 Cent is here, though, guys,” she facetiously added as they threw it back for the performance of the National Anthem.

Suffice it to say, 50 Cent himself was probably at full staff – with a new area to place his Raiders cap, probably. Headline Hours After Daytona Accident: "Give The Wheel A Spin"







Wheel of misfortune: The morning after a crash at a Nationwide race at Daytona injured dozens of fans, and sent a tire flying into the stands, chose to headline a preview of the Daytona 500, "Give The Wheel A Spin."

Wheel of misfortune: The morning after a crash at a Nationwide race at Daytona injured dozens of fans, and sent a tire flying into the stands, chose to headline a preview of the Daytona 500, “Give The Wheel A Spin.”

It was just over a year ago that NASCAR’s chairman and CEO, Brian France, came out and called one of the sport’s broadcast partners, ESPN, on the carpet for not being “a better partner”.

On the day after a wreck that aired live on the network as part of its coverage of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series – a wreck in which around two dozen spectators needed medical attention – the headline on the front page of has to have people scratching their heads.

Granted, there were no casualties as a result of the accident at the Drive4COPD 300, in which a race car driven by Kyle Larson crashed, sending parts of the vehicle and other debris through and over the catch fence – including an engine from Larson’s car, as well as its right front tire, which weighs around 200 pounds. A viral video shot by a fan focused on the tire, which looked as if it had been blending in with the thousands of other fans in the stands.

So imagine my surprise when I go to the morning after the wreck. The very first article spotlighted is about the Daytona 500. No, it wasn’t focused on its polesitter, Danica Patrick, which is an improvement. But then again, it didn’t focus on any particular driver at all. It was an overhead shot of the track at Daytona with this headline: “Give The Wheel A Spin.”

“Who’ll hit the Daytona jackpot on Sunday?,” read the subheadline. “In America’s greatest race, you never know.”

The article is obviously about the possibility of a racer coming out of nowhere to win the race, as Trevor Bayne did a couple of years ago.

But on the heels of a horrific accident – in which a rogue tire could have easily impacted the life of a fan in its path – an editor at ESPN’s website managed to gamble away its sensitivity and hit the jackpot on foolishness.

Think about it: when the first two headlines on the right column of are about the scary finish to the Nationwide race – “Fans injured during Daytona wreck,” “Daytona eyewitness: It was like a war zone” – the last thing you’d want to do is make light of it by focusing on a story with the headline, “Give The Wheel A Spin”, in giant font on the very first page of the website – especially with a tire running loose into the stands.

Again, none of the spectators involved in the accident lost their lives, which is a true blessing.

But does that make it okay for ESPN to use such a heinous headline after the fact?

This happens roughly a year and a week to the day that an ESPN editor used the phrase “Chink In The Armor” for the headline of a New York Knicks loss, the first in the Jeremy Lin-starter era.

Certainly, “Give The Wheel A Spin” isn’t that controversial of a phrase, but after Saturday afternoon’s events at Daytona, it makes ESPN once again look really, “wheel-y” dumb.

A Funny Thing Happened To Danny Rouhier On The Way To ESPN's "Outside The Lines"







After being turned down to appear on ESPN's "Outside The Lines" to discuss a possible name change for the Redskins, 106.7 The Fan's Danny Rouhier argued that the issue is media driven, and anyone opposed to a new name is "a racist" and "defends racism."

After being turned down to appear on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” to discuss a possible name change for the Redskins, 106.7 The Fan’s Danny Rouhier argued that the issue is media driven, and anyone opposed to a new name is “a racist” and “defends racism.”

Danny Rouhier refers to himself as “a humorous DC sports fan.” While he’s one half of the midday show on Washington’s WJFK-FM/”106.7 The Fan,” he’s also been on the stand-up comedy circuit for quite some time. In fact, his Twitter handle is @FunnyDanny.

At the start of his Friday show, Rouhier informed listeners that he would be appearing on a panel on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” airing that afternoon, to talk about the possibility of the Washington Redskins adopting a new team name.

Halfway through the radio show, Rouhier revealed that he received an e-mail from ESPN telling him that they were canceling his appearance on the show, citing an abundance of participants on the panel; however, Rouhier claims that his replacement on the panel was a Redskins blogger.

Yet after finding himself on the “Outside” looking in, “Funny Danny” was singing a new tune about the Redskins name debate and it was no laughing matter.

“Is it a media driven debate? After my experience today, I now think 100 percent, unequivocally, yes it is,” Rouhier said. “They wanted me to be fodder and they were barking up the wrong tree.

“They are trying to create a situation where they can drive up all the support, all the members of the media can congratulate themselves on how enlightened they are, and how ‘We’re so forward thinking, we’re beating this white, stocky radio dumb idiot bully. We’re browbeating him into a corner. Look at how tough we are. We’re great. And when the evil billionaire won’t change the name, we’ll have righteousness on our side.’ That’s what they’re trying to create.”

Rouhier’s co-host – which is normally Holden Kushner but he was on vacation that week – sided with him.

“Whenever this thing airs, watch how it is portrayed,” the substitute co-host said. “These guys are not going on there to hold up the honor of the Washington Redskins franchise… They’re on there, so guys like Dave Zirin can yell at them… so they can be made out to be these guys that don’t get it.”

All bets are off on there being “a legitimate discussion” about this issue on “OTL.” But “it’s near impossible now,” Rouhier argued, “because of the shrill screamers that are dropping the ‘R’ word – and not the Redskins, I’m talking about ‘racism’ – on the rest of us, and feeling very empowered.

“I’m a Redskins fan, I like [the name], but can I understand the need to change it? Absolutely,” Rouhier added. “It’s a reasonable position. There are reasonable positions on both sides. The side that’s screaming the loudest now will tell you there is no possible argument… What’s happening right now… is, if you’re on the opposite side from us, you’re a racist, and you defend racism. Very, very convenient position to have.”

This all but guaranteed you’ll be seeing Rouhier on the Worldwide Leader anytime soon.

“People are capitalizing on this,” Rouhier said. “And I’m not ripping [OTL moderator] Bob Ley… I actually think he’s got integrity. His producers don’t… And if this means I’m never going on there, that’s what it means.”

Funny how that works – isn’t it, Danny?

Here’s more audio from Friday’s radio show discussing ESPN revoking Rouhier’s invite to appear on “Outside The Lines” – including how fellow 106.7 The Fan talent Chad Dukes reveals that he, too, was asked about appearing on ESPN.

Ray Lewis Going Green At Daytona







Future ESPN analyst Ray Lewis will wave the green flag signaling the start of the Daytona 500, which airs on Fox this Sunday.

Future ESPN analyst Ray Lewis will wave the green flag signaling the start of the Daytona 500, which airs on Fox this Sunday.

Just weeks after retiring from the NFL after winning the Super Bowl, a flag has been called on Ray Lewis: a green one.

The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, who is in the process of becoming an analyst at ESPN, has been given the honor of waving the green flag at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, which would signal not only the beginning of the 55th running of the Daytona 500, but also the official start of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

As you know, coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup is divvied up by three networks: Fox from the start until just after Memorial Day; TNT for a six-pack during the summer; and ESPN for the remainder, including the Chase For The Cup.

It might make more sense for Ray-Ray to drop a flag at a NASCAR race during the latter half of the season, which will be broadcast by ESPN, which is expected to make an official announcement on Lewis’ hire by the end of the month, if not the first week of next month.

In case you’re wondering, last year’s green flag waver was WWE wrestler John Cena.

Maybe Donovan McNabb will congratulate Ray Lewis on his second straight win.