Turduckens of the Year

Awful Announcing just posted its list of odd sports-media moments of the year. Some gems in here. –TS

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39 responses to “Turduckens of the Year

  1. I like what they said about Skip Bayless: “Bayless has become the symbol of everything which is wrong in the sports media industry.” Although that’s a very accurate statement about Skip, what people fail to realize is that he’s being paid to be obnoxious about everything and over the top wrong about certain things. He’s like Bill O’Reilly. People hate him because he has wrong opinions and is arrogant about it. However that’s their job. People watch First Take to see Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless argue like children. I’m sure Skip Bayless is smarter than he puts himself out to be, but you can’t deny the fact that he’s acting out most of it.

  2. Out of everything I saw, two things stood out. “Why I like Ray Rice” and the Robin Williams tweet. Both of them have that “too soon, bro” feel to them. The Rice comment was definitely something that shouldn’t have been made light of, especially when there really isn’t a lot of people who like Rice at this moment. Joking about suicide is never a tasteful thing to do. I think that King just needs to realize that comments like that are never a good idea for someone of his prominence.

  3. This article just shows how far, and important the media has become in the sports world. This is basically an article of the media ripping the media. Sports media has gone way past just reporting the games themselves, and what happened in those games, it has become some sort of entertainment. Also, Fox, why would you stick an UFC announcer in the booth to call a football game? I could’ve told you that would end poorly.

  4. With social media existing now especially twitter sports media is even more criticized than before because fans now have the opportunity to interact with analyst and let them know what they think or tear them apart when they mess up. Twitter also allows someone to screw up on there own because if a person tweets something inappropriate then they can guarantee that it will go viral instantly because of how fast social media works. This gives plenty examples of how people mess up on their own and how interaction with fans can screw you up.

  5. This article shows how one slip-up on television, radio, or social media can get broadcasted to the world in a matter of seconds. Tweets can technically be deleted, but they cannot forever be erased because someone in the world saw it, took a screenshot, and shared it with the world. This article demonstrates the need to take precaution in today’s day and age because anything can go viral, and it can ultimately cost someone his or her job.

  6. This article reflects how people, especially famous people, should be extremely careful of what they post on the Internet. Everyone will see that mean tweet you made no matter how fast you deleted. I think it is so unprofessional that these hosts made these tweets towards fan, no matter how profane and insulting it was to the hosts, I wouldn’t risk my job over someone who I probably haven’t even met opinion.

  7. This article shows that people have to be careful with what they put on social media, especially with their job on the line, because when one posts to social media you are not only posting to your brand but also, you could representing your company and could be byulding or destroying your image, Most of the tweets that get national attention are tweets should not have been posted because they are crude, hurtful, or wrong, and we tend to ignore the tweets that are helpful or insightful. Social media is also so instantaneous that even if you delete something within a couple of minutes you do not know how many people saw it.

  8. Thomas Wotherspoon

    This article highlights how important it is to constantly consider how your actions affect your image. Almost all of these incidents that are being mocked in this article are slip ups where people post without factoring the consequences. Now, months later, we are laughing about how dumb their decisions were.

  9. Kimberly Ginsburg

    I find it hilarious that there even is a “2014 Turduckens of the Year in Sports Media”. Many of these mishaps occurred on Twitter because announcers were abusing their power and tweeting stupid, inappropriate comments. Twitter can be a tool for people in sports media to connect with their fans, however, in these cases, Twitter was the reason some of these announcers lost their jobs. Unfortunately, there is no exact solution to this Twitter situation except that people in the sports media world should be more cautious about everything and anything they tweet because their comments are impactful.

  10. To me all this article highlights is the fact that people have to think before they speak. This article clearly shows that these people did not, and if they did who knows what they were thinking. I’m sure these people already saw the consequences for what they wrote, and now at this point it is our turn to get a good laugh out of them. However, I doubt these people were laughing when all of the mockery originally started.

  11. Orlando Prescott

    This is the epitome of what sports journalists/media members/beat writers/etc. should not aspire too. Seeing as to how I am a disciple of Darren Rovell, I am amazed at how I missed his Chicago Bulls tweet and suspension. While it was insensitive comment, the picture beautifully captured the question at hand. And if you really want to make a discussion out of it, you can begin to ask the question should larger fans be subjected to paying for additional seats like they do on airlines?

  12. Elizabeth DeSimone

    Besides missing the funny reports some sports media people have said, apparently I missed a complete mess of other things. The two that stood out the most for me that I hadn’t already heard about were Peter King’s Robin Williams death announcement and the whole Ray Rice situation. How insensitive do you really have to be? Some words are just too early to say. There is a time and place for everything. Tess two instances definitely aren’t exceptions to the rule either. Thanks for putting this up. It was a great read and enlightened me on several things I had missed out on this year.

  13. Reading this article further bolsters my argument in favor of conservative posting on Twitter. If one tweets a post that may be misunderstood, or perceived in a negative way, the post as a whole can lead to an abundance of problems with one’s reputation and image. With the modern capability to screenshot a post, nothing can ever be truly deleted, which is one of the many reasons why people should be wary of what they post, in addition to handling negative criticism well.

  14. Twitter seems to account for 10% of success, and 90% of utter failure and eventual demotion. The social media tool, which became huge in the 2010 decade has broken stories such as LeBron James headed back to the Cavaliers, Ray Rice’s suspension and Adrian Peterson’s beating of his child. While these stories were helpful in the success of the careers of people who broke the story, it seems more often, we hear about the firings and suspensions caused by Twitter nonsense and people just being dumb on such a useful internet tool. While Twitter has been big in the sports and entertainment world, it seems like it has truly hurt more people than it has helped.

  15. I think when you’re writing about people in the media you have to be very careful about what you say. The Ray Rice comment was not such a good idea because a lot of people aren’t a fan of him right now. I also think that timing is everything. The robin Williams tweet was too soon to be talked about. That is why it’s very important to be smart in what you write and when you write it.

  16. Manuel Fernandez

    My two favorite “Turduckens” had to be Danny Kanell v. Paul Finebaum and Skip Bayless. Kanell and Finebaum both get paid to spew garbage about each other’s conferences. Kanell (the more annoying of the two) and his Twitter rants about SEC bias and his beloved FSU (former starting QB for FSU) are flat out obnoxious. Finebaum (a graduate of U of TN) is no better. Then comes Skip Bayless, who early on at ESPN chose ratings over integrity. There’s a great line in the article that reads: “Bayless has become the symbol of everything which is wrong in the sports media industry.” I’m will Bill Simmons on this one… how can anyone watch First Take?

  17. As hilarious as these “Tuduckens” are, I think they also serve a purpose — they keep everyone accountable. It’s important for media figures to be reminded that they function in the public sphere and that everything they say can be scrutinized, especially with social media as prevalent as it is today. Personally, my favorite was the Robin Williams tweet — you could just see he didn’t mean for it to be badly construed and yet it was practically begging to be torn apart. It should just serve as a reminder to be very careful about what you say online.

  18. These “turduckens” are proof that these sports media figures are far from perfect. They are expected to carry themselves professionally and with class despite all the pressure and mass audience. But it’s one thing to simply make a mistake on air or tweet something wrong, and it’s another thing to completely lose your cool and embarrass yourself. The Erin Andrews debacle is inexcusable and the on air fight was unprofessional but it’s a testament to these people being normal humans like any of us. It’s impossible to be perfect but it’s possible to stay professional.

  19. These Turduckens are really interesting because not only are they funny, they are newsworthy. They are received by the general public in such bad taste that they become famous for it. It keeps the social media cycle in check by furthering the embarrassment the writers receive for posting these types of articles or acting this way in the public eye. I truly can’t believe the two men on the Boston radio show who were ripping into Erin Andrews for the way she reported on the MLB All-Star Game. People like that whoa are on small, non-national talk shows need to realize the possible implications of their actions. You can’t insult a reporter and use sexist profanities because you didn’t like the way she reported on a game. The Turduckens of the year are a perfect example of this because they made these two reporters look terrible. I hope the Turducken article gets a lot of views because it will deservedly hurt the reputation of everyone who acted unprofessionally in social media. While some of them were funny, they were all on point and hold social media to a certain standard.

  20. This list just goes to show that you really need to be careful and think about what your saying, especially when your a celebrity or media member using social media and are under a spotlight. I got a laugh out of the rovell part, I never saw his offensive tweet before and think him being suspended from twitter is funny/ironic because of the way he conducts himself. I also loved the segment on Skip Bayless. It pretty much summed up every thought I’ve ever had on Skip. This was a fun and enjoyable read.

  21. I think these “Turduckens” are a reality check and it just goes to show that nobody is perfect and that we are all human. Sometimes you have a brain fart and say something that you wish you never said and this could be and even bigger issue then you have ever expected just based on the fact that you are a celebrity and you have a lot of eyes and ears around you. This also proves how careful you need to be when using twitter because it can get you into a hole if you send something out there without thinking it through. When you are tired, angry, or drunk you are never supposed to tweet because you have now way of monitoring what you said.

  22. This was definitely a fun read and I really enjoyed hearing about all the hilarious mess ups from the seemingly prominent media members. King’s Robin Williams’ tweet was honestly one of the more ridiculous tweets I’ve seen from a verified account. As funny as this article was however, it really attests to how powerful social media is in today’s day and age and how one wrong step can really ruin your whole career. Most of those social media mishaps ended with the person in question losing his/her job. Nothing on the internet never really goes away, we all need a reminder of that sometimes.

  23. A surprising part of the “Turduckens of the Year” article was about Peter King. I had always thought Peter King was in the top tier of sports media members, covering NFL for SI for so long, and writing some great stories. Apparently, some people don’t feel the same way. A few awkward tweets shouldn’t be enough to call him a turducken, and when he does have these moments, he is usually quick to apologize. However, I agree with the part about Skip. His career is really built on him making a fool of himself and arguing as hard as he can to defend himself, no matter how wrong or annoying it is. It seems he is just in it for the popularity and views, and not for actual news and sports talk and debate. But then again, that is what First Take is built on.

  24. This article just goes to show how important the media is in the sports industry. Even the slightest wrong doing is blown up for everyone to know about it. Jobs are important and some jobs that people have are to reveal the errors sports players commit. For example one wrong tweet or action can be taken in a whole different perspective and then be judged by it. That’s why it is important for sports players to think before they blurt out a comment. Thus, meaning people can lose their jobs just from a tweet that was expressing their own opinion.

  25. These turduckens are great reminders of how people with the most money and power makes mistakes and you have to be very cautious of what you say or tweet because it will be scrutinized heavily. I think the turducken that stood out to me the most was the Boston Bros making profane comments about Erin Andrews. I don’t understand the logic behind calling her those types of names because of how she covered an MLB All Star Game. How can you be mad at someone for the way they covered the most boring All Star Game from the most boring sport? If anything they should feel sorry for her.

  26. These Turduckens were very interesting to look at as there was a lot of humorous material while there was some material that you’d be surprised to see people say. Especially people of that caliber. Peter King’s comments about Ray Rice and his tweet were both very surprising. This site alone shows that reporters need to watch what they do and say.

  27. One of the things that really stood out to me in this article was just how much of an influence the media has in the sports world. People who are in the spotlight or are very well known are constantly under the eye of the media. People spoken about such as Ray Rice and other athletes can be put in the front of media stories simply because of a mistake or something they do. It’s quite interesting

  28. Very interesting. This list is certainly show us the great power of social media and the new position of these people who became the Turduckens of the Years. Now the audiences do not only watch the game, they are very important parts of the TV show as they have the way to express their feelings and announcers or the host cannot ignore them. It is a very hard thing to deal with the social media because their power are given by the audiences because the audiences like them. But the audience also have the power to take it back just like Mike Goldberg’s case. However, I think people should have more respect for each other, as everyone has the right to express, but we should not abuse the social media. As an audience I wish I can know the whole picture before I comment on something. And no matter what happened, we should not attack each other using social media, as it is not the way to solve problems.

  29. I really enjoyed this article because it gives a perspective that shows readers the underside of sports reporting. I personally watched and commented on UFCs Mike Goldberg when he announced the Vikings game as his first NFL job. I never really thought that his blunders would get him first especiallywithout getting another chance at redemption but his performance was noticeably bad even to the simplest sport fan. I thought the biggest blunder in the article, or maybe the most ironic, was the Darren Rovell story. How do you write a book on twitter behavior and then get in trouble for making a joke towards a fan over twitter? Sounds like the typical do what I say, dont do what I do fatherly logic.

  30. I loved the article it shows the real side that many people don’t know about in sports writing and reporting. Sports reporting is not what you think it is. The business is rewarding but also challenging they can let you go really quick. It also shows how social has a huge impact on sports and news. In the Mike Goldberg instance, when he made his blunders he had no chance of getting back on espn because he got fired. In other instances on social media you can say things and take them back.

  31. What a great piece, reviewing the oddities and craziness of the sports media world. Some of the blunders are ludicrous such as Darren Rovell story, or even the Mike Goldberg instance. Both instances where people made rash decisions instantly and received a large amount of inevitable judgment and attacks from the people who witness their actions. It also shows the underbelly of the beast, I enjoyed this article alot

  32. Between Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Darren Rovell’s Turduckens, I can’t decide who is this year’s winner. I wish a tie vote were allowed.
    #itsgreatESPN

  33. Daniel Turknett

    I enjoyed reading this article. It shows that sports broadcasting is not as glamorous as a majority of people believe. At the end of the day, each company is a business and must make decisions. Some of these decisions include peoples jobs, like Mike Goldberg. It also shows how social media has effected the way sports are operated. It seems like more and more people are getting suspended or fired because of what they say online.

  34. This article was great how it shed light on some of the mishaps that went on from a PR/ social media standpoint of those in a managment postion. It’s great seeing someone of social importance also make key mistakes that can truly affect the detriment of their career. Sometimes we see others in large roles and think they are void of making big mistakes also however, this story makes it clear that these things can happen high up on that level too. In fact, it’s almost worse making a large mistake in a big position becuase it gets magnified to where everyone will know about it via roger goodell.

  35. I really enjoyed this article. It was interesting seeing sports media shown in a new light. Instead of the glamor that most people associate with it, this article shows the reality of sports broadcasting. It was interesting reading about the decisions involved with broadcasting. There are many rewards but also many challenges that go along with sports media. In the case of Mike Goldberg, this is very clear. I think this article is so important because it paints a clear picture of sports media.

  36. While I totally agree with what the author wrote about Skip Bayless, I think that he is wrong about Stephen A Smith. While Stephen A may be a little rough around the edges, and he certainly will speak his mind, I very much enjoy listening to his perspective. I think he is very intelligent in terms of his knowledge of the sports world and he’s not boring like a lot of people that you see on tv nowadays that are so careful about how they are perceived. He knows who he is and isn’t afraid to show everyone his true self. Skip does that to some extent but most of the stuff that comes out of his mouth is just ridiculous.

  37. The two “Turduckens” that I enjoyed the most were about Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. Why? Because I agree with everything the author says. Bayless and Smith are talking puppets for ESPN and will do anything for viewers. I refuse to watch First Take because I cannot stand listening to these two talk. They feed off of each other’s obnoxiousness and do nothing for sports other than cause a raucous. ESPN likes to “punish” them, but ESPN knows that they bring in viewers to their show, so they are just trying to please the masses. Smith seems like he reads a dictionary and thesaurus before every show, then Bayless comes in and makes some outlandish statement that disagrees with Smith. Then they start yelling and it looks like five-year-olds bickering at daycare. Yes, I feel strongly about how annoying they are, and I’m glad the author of this article agrees. They are not good for sports, they are just good for viewers.

  38. I really enjoyed reading this. I was struck by the frequency and stupidity of the social media “Turduckens”. It just goes to show how complicated the sports media world is getting as social media platforms such as twitter become more and more integrated into our every day lives. When a journalist tweets something, it is often directly communicated to readers, and usually nobody proofreads it. That is why I am not surprised by these “Turduckens”—no matter how obscene they are. Sadly, this trend will probably continue for many years to come.

  39. I find this article hilarious, and I love all the different examples of people making huge mistakes with the media even in this day in age. It makes you wonder when people are ever going to learn? My personal pick for the biggest turducken would have to be the “why I like Ray Rice.” I just think that even if the piece had good points and was valid, that’s just a terrible idea to write something like that because of what Rice did, you’re bound to look bad. All in all I think this is a great article with some really funny quips and examples, I hope they do it again.

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