Laurel or yanny? According to Charles Barkley, neither.
If you’ve been anywhere on the internet the past few days, then you know the biggest debate going on at the moment is over a audio clip from volcabulary.com that is supposed to be pronouncing the word laurel, but to many it sounds like yanny (my colleague Tom Avril went to the trouble of finding an explanation why people are hearing different words).
What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel pic.twitter.com/jvHhCbMc8I
— Cloe Feldman (@CloeCouture) May 15, 2018
On Inside the NBA Wednesday night, the crew took turns chiming in on the viral audio clip. Both Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith clearly heard laurel, while Shaquille O’Neal heard both, but mostly leaned towards yanny.
So what did Barkley hear? doughnut.
“I thought I heard doughnut,” Barkley said. “I’m telling you the truth. I swear to you, I thought I heard doughnut.”
Producers played the audio snippet several times in a row as Barkley concentrated intensely.
“Y’all don’t hear doughnut?” a shocked Barkley asked his laughing co-hosts.
It turns out there was a simple explanation: the crew were pranking the former Sixers great by playing the word “doughnut” in his earpiece. It turns out Barkley really heard laurel, which is the word the Georgia teen that started all of this typed into vocabulary.com in the first place.
“I heard doughnut!” 🍩
Shaq, EJ, Kenny & Chuck can’t decide between “Laurel” or “Yanny” 😂 pic.twitter.com/pnTgyFlKjj
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 17, 2018
Fox Sports lands Joel Embiid
We’re a little less than a month away from the start of the World Cup, and Fox Sports has begin to ramp up its promotion of the most popular sporting event in the world with a new advertising campaign that features Sixers phenom Joel Embiid.
Embiid actually appears in two ads that are part of a campaign created by Wieden + Kennedy New York. In one, he appears for a few seconds as the spot cuts back and forth from several noted soccer players, including Argentine forward Lionel Messi, Manchester United teammates Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, and Alex Morgan of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Also making a random appearance is Ryan Reynolds as his Marvel character Deadpool, who mocks the ad’s “obligatory” David Bechkam cameo.
Embiid is also the star of a second, shorter spot where the camera focuses on the Sixers big man juggling a basketball with his feet in the team’s training facility in Camden.
At this point, it’s pretty well known that Embiid is a huge soccer fan. His favorite team overall is Real Madrid, though ahead of the Sixers game in London back in January, he admitted his favorite English team was Arsenal. He’s even been spotted attending Union games, and recently won a $100 bet with Sixers head coach Brett Brown over his ball-handling skills.
Brett Brown learns you shouldn’t be betting against Joel Embiid…
JoJo shows off his fancy footwork in Boston….with a cash reward from his coach. pic.twitter.com/Oz1keM9GG3
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 3, 2018
Rex Ryan takes a shot ay Tony Romo
Last season, Tony Romo was widely praised by fans and sports media critics alike for his performance as a booth analyst for CBS last season.
But one person that wasn’t a fan of Romo’s turn as a broadcaster was ESPN’s Rex Ryan, who took a serious shot at the former Cowboys quarterback during a discussion with Advertising Age reporter Anthony Cripi.
“Sure, Romo calls a lot of plays ahead of time, but do you know how easy that is to do?” Ryan told Cripi. “If Romo always knows what’s coming, how is it that I used to trap him into throwing picks all the time? Show him one coverage, play another, and he’d throw right into the damn thing!”
The play Ryan was referring to happened in a September 2011 game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets, while Ryan was still the team’s head coach. Ryan is correct that Romo threw a late interception that set up a game-winning field goal for the Jets, but what Ryan omitted is that Romo also threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns in that game, hardly a performance a defensive-minded coach would want to brag about.
Ryan, who ESPN hired in March 2017 as a studio analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown, reportedly was among those who tried out for the open analyst spot on Monday Night Football that ultimately went to former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. Ryan called one football game last season as an analysts, a 24-21 Denver Broncos Week 1 win over the Los Angeles Chargers that also featured Beth Mowins becoming just the second woman to call an NFL game.
Critics weren’t impressed with Ryan’s performance.
“He often stuttered, constantly said ‘um,’ and basically told you exactly what just happened on a play and offered no insight or original analysis,” wrote Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina. “He also had no energy and sounded like it was a chore for him to call the game.”