ESPN has its own Terry Bradshaw moment

We’ll never live down the fact, in early 2007, we posted an item regarding rumors that Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw had died.  Never mind the fact that we were merely citing reports from Shreveport television stations or that we obtained word from a FOX source within five minutes that the rumors were not true. 

We were, are, and always will be the news outlet that prematurely killed Terry Bradshaw.

ESPN had a similar gaffe during Monday morning’s SportsCenter, though it likely won’t stick to Bristol with the same kind of tombstone permanence.  During the live SportsCenter, anchor Sage Steele proclaimed that new Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb will face the Eagles for the first time on Monday, October 26.

Some of you pointed out that October 26, 2010 isn’t a Monday; it’s a Tuesday.  But, in 2009, October 26 was a Monday.  And that’s relevant in this context because Steele’s information came from a perusal of the 2009 schedule.

Yes, someone at ESPN who draws a paycheck (but may not be for much longer) was not aware that the NFL has not yet announced the regular-season schedule for 2010, and then compounded that error by relying upon the 2009 schedule as the resource for the timing of McNabb’s reunion with the Eagles.

We’re not knocking ESPN on this one.  It shows that we’re all human, and that as such we’re capable of making really stupid mistakes from time to time.

Terry Bradshaw undoubtedly agrees.

64 responses to “ESPN has its own Terry Bradshaw moment

  1. big deal.. we all know they were going to meet eventually.. they r in the same division… ESPN has the Monday night sched… they will love that game I WILL BE WATCHING

  2. Yea its exactly the same. I swear you write stupid articles like this to get people to comment

  3. I suppose so Mike but your staff has never had an ESPN moment. Well not unless a member of PFT walked up to the podium with a bottle of vodka and started shouting “F-Jesus” and still managed to keep a job.

  4. Ummm reporting the incorrect date of a football game is nothing like reporting that an NFL legend has died erroneously

  5. And you gleefully repeated that. WHO didn’t point our to YOU that the schedule hasn’t come out?

  6. I saw that headline this morning and I thought “wait, when did they release the schedule?” and then thought maybe the trade forced the NFL to throw fans a bone. Neither was correct. ESPN sucks anyways, ever since they got Schefter.

  7. Clearly – you get paid by NBC based on the quantity of posts.. not the quality.

  8. Yeah, but you don’t call yourself the “Worldwide Leader in Sports.”
    Which is a misnomre anyway, because ESPN doesn’t give a sh*t about you if you’re not Brett Favre, Tiger Woods, the Cowboys, Duke, Yankees/Red Sox, Kobe/Lakers, Notre Dame/Michigan/Ohio State, or T.O..

  9. And maybe a medical examiner. You know, just in case Terry Bradshaw has another accident.

  10. You can’t be this stupid to say that both errors are comparable. Your really reaching here

  11. Since Terry Bradshaw has returned from the dead maybe he’ll be the QB for Pittsburgh this year.

  12. So you’re comparing an anchor mis-citing a schedule with you mis-reporting the death of an NFL Legend?
    I see.

  13. If someone loses his/her job over this at ESPN, that’s pretty pathetic. Everyone makes mistakes. Move on.

  14. good pickup mike
    espn has always had a problem with covering eagles moments like when the fake brian westbrook called sportcenter.

  15. Haha swing and a miss Florio. First of all, I am pretty sure you reported this exact same information. Second a schedule mistake isn’t like making fun of Bud Selig, I doubt anyone will be getting fired. And lastly, you make your living off of reporting half truths, long winded trade scenarios, and bits and pieces of information from other sources. You gain the rewards from that, you have to be responsible for that information. Once you report something it is yours, and you own it. So if you report something as stupid as Terry Bradshaw is dead when he is alive, you have to live with the consequences. In this case, all it means is that the veterans of this site will never really see you on the same level as real news outlets.

  16. The date a football game is played and the date one of the most famous NFL players s of all tine died is slightly different.
    Sorry, Florio. Try as you night, nothing will ever erase that from our memory. It,s okay thougj. You should keep embracing it like you have been. unny blunders are what makes people people unique.

  17. If you are trying to cover up the Bradshaw mess and make yourself feel better – FAIL. Did they make a mistake, yes. Is it in the same ball park as your’s? Not even close.

  18. There was this kid I grew up with; he was younger than me. Sorta looked up to me, you know. We did our first work together, worked our way out of the street. Things were good, we made the most of it. During Prohibition, we ran molasses into Canada… made a fortune, your father, too. As much as anyone, I loved him and trusted him. Later on he had an idea to build a city out of a desert stop-over for GI’s on the way to the West Coast. That kid’s name was Moe Greene, and the city he invented was Las Vegas. This was a great man, a man of vision and guts. And there isn’t even a plaque, or a signpost or a statue of him in that town! Someone put a bullet through his eye. No one knows who gave the order. When I heard it, I wasn’t angry; I knew Moe, I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead, I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we’ve chosen; I didn’t ask who gave the order, because it had nothing to do with business!

  19. Mike “Speculate” Florio wrote:
    “Yes, someone at ESPN who draws a paycheck (but may not be for much longer)…”
    “…We’re not knocking ESPN on this one. It shows that we’re all human, and that as such we’re capable of making really stupid mistakes from time to time.”
    Nah, doesn’t seem like you’re knocking them at all. Just hoping (sorry, “speculating”) the guy who made the “human error” gets fired. That’s all. No harm, no foul.
    Florio, you desperately need counseling. Although I don’t think Narcissistic Personality Disorder is treatable.

  20. Florio,
    As much as I dislike ESPN, this lame attempt to compare you stating that someone died to getting a date wrong is ridiculous..
    Your Jealousy is way too apparent.. Don’t quit your day job…oops, you already did

  21. No, I’m sure it won’t stick to Bristol with the same kind of tombstone permanence (she rolls her eyes).

  22. jimicos says:
    April 5, 2010 11:32 AM
    And it’s just plain hilarious that you post this just to rail on ESPN when you yourself took the bait hook, line and sinker.
    It took one of your posters to point it out to you and now you get up on your high horse to say ESPN messed up?
    I pointed this out when there were 0 posts to this article, then made a joke about Florio’s man-love for Roethlisberger, and the post got deleted. Apparently, jokes about Sean Taylor’s untimely death on the post pages are acceptable, as the instigate responses, jokes about Florio and his obviously overly-sensitive ego are not. Sweet, ahem, “journalism”.

  23. Yes ESPN deserves to be mocked but this is NOT EVEN CLOSE to the BRadshaw report. Give me a break!

  24. yeah. this is the same thing.
    one day off and a false death report. yeah. we all make mistakes.
    how about your report that orlando thomas died? did you forge about that one?

  25. What a stupid comparison. You are comparing your false report on the death of Terry Bradshaw to a false report on the schedule of a game? That’s a desperate attempt Florio.

  26. Florio…
    If you were truly penitent over the Bradshaw gaffe, you would have shaved your head, as a sign of your shame.
    Or simply taken the damned hair-hat off…

  27. Tommys21 says:
    April 5, 2010 11:22 AM
    Yea its exactly the same. I swear you write stupid articles like this to get people to comment
    Mission accomplished!

  28. To jimicos: your original post is there, with link and all… There was also another post prior to that from you on this topic.
    While I agree that this doesn’t compare to the Bradshaw gaff, it’s sad that ESPN staffers would not know that the schedule hadn’t been released (especially when discussing a MNF game, and moreso when you consider that they do a special broadcast for the schedule release).

  29. “We were, are, and always will be the news outlet that prematurely killed Terry Bradshaw.”
    Alright, I have defended you for the last time. “News” sources do not print half the BS you put online. You need decide if you are blog like site that just throws up rumors or a news source. But claiming to be news w/ the BS you pass along as fact pretty much makes you the 2nd least reliable source of news in the country.
    Well, I guess I need to rethink that since Fox corrected your Bradshaw story.

  30. Florio prepared himself well for his current internet hackjob career. Like an attorney, he relies upon heresay and innuendo , as well as circumstantial evidence, in his everyday conversation. His family life must be difficult. Neither his wife or his son believe anything he ever says. In every argument, he cites a high level NFL source for his position or excuses. Florio Jr. must have been expelled a few times already for spreading lies about his teachers and other students – he just says he was citing other unnamed sources.

  31. I cannot tell you how hard I laughed at this. Looking at last years schedule is amazingly moronic for a network. Comparing it to your Bradshaw moment is doubly-moronic.
    I’m still cracking up. Florio, I don’t know how you ever lost your job at ESPN. You were made for them!

  32. That’s not even close to the same thing, Florio – Your failure was of EPIC proportions – this scheduling error is a hardly a blip on the radar in comparison.

  33. Wow Florio, you’re an absolute moron if you think inaccurately reporting a guy’s death and inaccurately reporting a date are one in the same. I mean the fact that you took the time to post this to make yourself look better is enough to show how dumb you really are. Congratulaions jackass LOL.

  34. You falsely reported the death of a football legend. They falsely reported the date of a regular season game. Yours is worse.

  35. It is sad an pathetic that you are still trying to excuse a mistake from three years ago, especially by with the ridiculous comparison you chose. Move on, already.


  37. Yeah, screwing up the schedule is JUST LIKE reporting that a person is dead. I bet that the Redskins and Eagles fans went into mourning right after they heard about the game just like Terry’s relatives did when they heard about his death from you (That is, if they even paid attention to this site). Sorry, Mike but it doesn’t even come close.

  38. “So wait, are you reporting that Sage Steele is dead?”
    What a serious wast of a fine piece of … Steele! Yeah that’s what I was going to say!
    Seriously, I never rember anything she says. It is drowned out by all kinds of obsene thoughts.

  39. You reported that someone DIED (and yes I’ll give you that your “source” was another news outlet). They reported the wrong schedule item. It’s completely different.
    Florio, you are brilliant sometimes and other times you are a complete moron.

  40. DemocratsAreStupid says:
    April 5, 2010 11:40 AM
    can we get a link to that terry bradshaw report
    POSTED 3:13 p.m. EST, January 25, 2007
    We’re picking up some unconfirmed reports from diverse sources that Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw died in a car accident on Thursday.
    We don’t know whether it’s true, and if it is true the world would suddenly be a far less enjoyable place. If anyone knows about this, please drop us a line.
    And Terry, if you’re out there, let us know you’re okay.

  41. @jimicos … thanks for the Bradshaw story.
    Um, Mike … why didn’t you just make a call to FOX’s PR guys for confirmation before posting anything about Bradshaw? That’s common protocol and would have saved you a lot of embarrassment.

  42. Terry bradshaw was the 1st QB to win 4 Super Bowls, beat Dallas twice ,Vikes and Rams while Montana beat a young Miami team, a choking denver teams and the Bungals twice? Bradshaw is the best! By the way Week 4 it will bePhilly at Wash on MNF abd GB at Minn week 6!

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