Rob Dibble Fired: Worst On-Air Screw-ups in Sports TV History (With Video)

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2010

Rob Dibble Fired: Worst On-Air Screw-ups in Sports TV History (With Video)

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    Rob Dibble, Washington Nationals analyst, recently lost his job due to comments he made about Stephen Strasburg on his Sirius XM Radio show.

    Even though Dibble's comments came before Strasburg was diagnosed with a ligament tear in his elbow, his words were a bit too strong for the club.

    Dibble is known for his less than politically correct comments, but as we've seen throughout sports television history, worse mistakes have been made on the air.

    Here is a list of Dibble and the worst sports TV screw-ups of all time.

10. Rob Dibble on Stephen Strasburg

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    Rob Dibble isn't exactly in the business of people-pleasing, and his Sirius XM Radio show gave him less censored outlet for his opinions.

    When discussing Stephen Strasburg, Dibble was quoted saying, "So for me, a little bit has to be put back on Strasburg here...OK, you throw a pitch, it bothers your arm, and you immediately call out the manager and the trainer? Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow...stop crying, go out there and pitch. Period."

    Unfortunately for Dibble, Strasburg's elbow was a little more than just sore. The Nationals and their fans have embraced Strasburg as a phenomenon that will help to revive their franchise.

    To many, Strasburg is the Nationals, and Dibble was too hard on the kid.

9. Howard Cosell

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    During a broadcast of Monday Night Football, Howard Cosell referred to Alvin Garrett as a "little monkey." When describing the Washington Redskins wide receiver, Cosell said, "That little monkey gets loose, doesn't he?"

    Cosell received quite a bit of backlash from African American community leaders such as Joseph Lowery because some viewed his comments as racist. Lowery demanded a public apology,

    Cosell refused to apologize because he though he had done nothing wrong. He maintained that he used the term "little monkey" out of affection, and it didn't matter what race Garrett was.

8. Jimmy

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    Whether Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder's racist comments were meant to be aired or not, the entire nation got a taste of Snyder's take on African American athletes:

    "The black is the better athlete," The Greek said. "And he practices to be the better athlete, and he's bred to be the better athlete because this goes way back to the slave period. The slave owner would breed this big black with this big black woman so he could have a big black kid. That's where it all started."

    Dan Rather brought these comments to national attention, and even Snyder's on-air apology could not save his career.

7. Keith Hernandez

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    While we can all admit to being a little bored at times during a baseball game, Keith Hernandez took his boredom to another level.

    During a Mets game, Hernandez actually took a nap in the booth.

    Somebody get this man some coffee!


6. Joe Namath Gets Frisky

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    This one is a classic. It looks like Namath may have had a little too much to drink before his sidelines interview with Suzy Kolber.

    Even though Namath's words are slurred, everything seems to be going well until he informs Kolber that he wants to kiss her and he couldn't care less about the team struggling.

    Pucker up, Suzy!

5. Boom Goes the Dynamite

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    If you haven't seen this one, you are in for a treat. Brian Collins agreed to fill in for a sports reporter for Ball State's newscast when there were problems with the teleprompter.

    You can literally see the pain in this kid's face, and your heart goes out to him. Luckily, he was able to gain fame with his phrase, "boom goes the dynamite!"


4. Rush Limbaugh

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    Rush Limbaugh is entitled to his opinion about Donovan McNabb and his abilities at quarterback, but he took his criticism a little too far. Nobody expects Limbaugh to be politically correct, but his comments were low...even for him.

    "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well,'' Limbaugh said. "There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

    Limbaugh resigned from ESPN shortly after apologizing.

3. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake

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    We all remember Super Bowl XXXVIII but not for the football. During the halftime show, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake decided to have a little fun and give the FCC a heart attack at the same time.

    It was the "nip-slip" hear round the world.

    Sorry, guys. No video here.

2. Don Imus

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    Don Imus has become the broadcaster we all love to hate. In April of 2007, he was discussing the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship when he referred to the Rutgers team as "nappy-headed hos."

    The Rutgers team accused Imus of "stealing a moment of grace" from them, and Imus later apologized.

    He was suspended from MSNBC indefinitely while debates about Imus' comment were sorted out.

    Smooth, Don. Real smooth.

1. Screw-Up Waiting to Happen

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    While the 15th season of Survivor has yet to air, we can only imagine what the show has in store for us. The concept for this season is the young people versus...Wait a second.

    Is that Jimmy Johnson?

    That's right. Former NFL coach, Jimmy Johnson, will be joining the cast of this season's Survivor.

    If this doesn't give Survivor's producers plenty of material to work with, they're not doing their jobs.