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Scott Van Pelt Rips Conference Mea Culpa Statements

“The American Athletic Conference issued a statement after the game acknowledging the fumble call was incorrect. That set Van Pelt off.”



Scott Van Pelt has turned “Bad Beats” into the signature segment of the midnight edition of SportsCenter. Every Monday, the greatest SportsCenter anchor of all time reviews the most heartbreaking ways gamblers lost money over the weekend. This week, he took aim not just at the folks that bet the under in the East Carolina/Tulsa game, but also at the American Athletic Conference.

Quoting his late grandfather, Van Pelt began the segment mentioning that the conference later said the referees made mistakes in the series of events that lead to Tulsa’s win.

“As my grandpa used to say, ‘Hey great! That and a nickel will get you a pickle,” he said before the highlights rolled.

The over/under in the game was 60. East Carolina scored with just over 2 minutes to go to make it 30-27. On fourth down with 1:55 to go, East Carolina broke up a pass intended for Tulsa’s Kelan Stokes. The Pirates celebrated thinking they were getting the ball back. Then, a late flag thrown from a ref 35 yards downfield comes in and ECU is called for pas interference. On the very next play, Tulsa’s TK Wilkerson clearly fumbles the football only to have the call inexplicably overturned on replay.

The final insult to ECU fans came on another fourth down. Tulsa quarterback Zach Smith threw a pass to receiver Josh Johnson. The pass was ruled complete, but a review showed the ball hit the ground. Still, refs upheld the original call.

You can see the whole sequence of events beginning at 6:45 in the video Van Pelt’s “Bad Beats” sidekick Stanford Steve tweeted below.

The American Athletic Conference issued a statement after the game acknowledging the fumble call was incorrect. That set Van Pelt off.

“I want to make this clear. We’re not mad at you, Tulsa. We had you a million times in winners. We had no skin in the game here,” an exasperated Van Pelt said. “But that’s horrendous. Your league said so. They were like ‘Yeah, sorry about that’. But I don’t think Steve, you can call your book and go ‘Listen, listen, that East Carolina money line or that under, they said it was, I mean, I’m not gonna be able to settle. Actually, I won. So you pay me’. Hey stripes, get your head in the game, huh? Focus! Keep your poise out there.”

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”



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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”



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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’



First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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