Another blunder made for seamless comedy on Tuesday night’s Inside the NBA before Game 4 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks.
Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Charles Barkley all discussed the Hawks’ options at point guard with Trae Young out due to a foot injury. There are only four teams remaining, but that didn’t keep Barkley from messing up the Atlanta roster.
The “Round Mound of Rebound” wasn’t too keen on the Hawks inserting Lou Williams into the starting lineup.
“I wouldn’t do that; I would start Jeff Teague,” Barkley said, as Smith turned to his co-analysts with a puzzling look.
“He’s not exactly on the Atlanta Hawks,” Johnson quickly informed Barkley.
“Big dummy!” Shaq roasted Barkley with a laugh.
Any affirmation or tear down of a team/player from the “Chuckster” should send viewers rushing to their nearest legal sports betting state. Williams was fantastic for the Hawks in Game 4. The veteran sixth man option started his first NBA playoff contest and had a game-high 21 points and eight assists on 7-of-9 shooting from the field.
Meanwhile, Teague played for the Hawks from 2009-16 before coming back for a brief stint in 2019. He now suits up for the Bucks on the other end of the court. Yes, Barkley tried to put a player on the opposing team in the Hawks starting lineup.
The authentic host wouldn’t be bullied for the gaffe declaring, “I can make a mistake,” yet still wouldn’t relent to Williams being the best option, so he asked the panel. Barkley could’ve guessed that would lead to more jokes, as Shaq suggested the Hawks dust off 80s cult hero Spud Webb.
Barkley and the whole crew made astute observations about the Bucks’ unwillingness “to step on the Hawks’ throats,” during halftime but the legendary four-man panel never seems to tire of Barkley making his simple mistakes.
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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts
“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”
FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.
“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”
ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.
“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”
Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC
“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”
Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.
“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”
Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.
Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game
“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”
FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.
USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.
The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.
“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio.