NEW YORK -- Boomer Esiason likes to talk. This is a good thing for the retired NFL quarterback turned CBS football analyst, sports radio co-host, Westwood One broadcaster and cystic fibrosis crusader. The former Jets, Bengals and Cardinals quarterback talks about sports for a living. But sometimes his talking gets him in trouble. Esiason shared some of his most memorable media missteps as well as other entertaining anecdotes during a candid Q&A session at the Chase United VIP Lounge the day before Super Bowl XLVIII in New York.
In his role as a studio analyst for The NFL Today on CBS, Esiason opines on the game he loves every Sunday alongside host James Brown, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher and outspoken former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe. Esiason has become known for his straight-shooter approach which has received some attention from the league, particularly when it comes to criticizing the league’s officiating.
“It was a game between Indianapolis and the Bengals and the Bengals ran the play in from the two yard line and Benjarvus Green-Ellis got tripped off by the Colts and he fell short of the goal line,” Esiason recalled about the game on December 8 officiated by notoriously incompetent referee Jeff Triplett. “They wanted a replay so the official had to go underneath the replay hood and look at the play. I figure he’s going to come out and say the play stands as it was called on the field, down on the one yard line it’s not a touchdown. But he comes out and blows everybody’s mind and says, ‘Touchdown, Bengals.’ If you’re the Colts you’d be pissed off. The Colts went on to get blown out that day.
“They came back to us at halftime and I was livid,” Esiason continued. “I was screaming about this official. ‘They should fire him! There’s no way he should be a part of this game.’ I’m getting a call from the NFL, ‘Cough, please, can you calm down a little bit?’”no comments
In Those Guys Have All the Fun, the Sunday morning edition of SportsCenter is envisioned like the Sunday newspaper. Big and bulky, with lots of feature stories. Going beyond the typical highlight show segments.
You can see the spirit of that idea in the 'SC Featured' series, which returned to the Sunday morning SportsCenter on Feb. 9 (the segments also air during Outside The Lines and later editions of the show). Bringing longform storytelling within various sports and also different tones -- dramatic, comedic or just plain weird -- it's one of the subtler ways in which SportsCenter has beefed up in a myriad of sports cable networks and highlight shows.no comments
What's in the water in Sochi? On second thought, don't answer that. We've seen hideous eye infections, drinking vodka, curling bets, and now Al Michaels telling Dan Patrick to "get lucky." Dan's just as stunned as everyone else is in hearing those words come from Michaels.
Either Al Michaels is a huge Daft Punk fan and we weren't aware of it, or he's really wishing Dan Patrick the best of luck in exploring all that there is in Sochi. You know what they say about the scene in the Olympic Village...
* I should note that it took all the restraint I had to write about this without making a terrible pun regarding "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"
[Via Guyism]no comments
It's not too often that an essay from a local sportscaster goes viral, but that is the power of the words chosen by Dale Hansen of WFAA in Dallas. Hansen was instrumental in breaking the SMU scandal almost 30 years ago and has remained one of the most respected voices in local sportscasting around the country. His thoughts on Michael Sam's coming out from earlier this week has accumulated more than 1 million views on YouTube. In the essay he connects Sam's story to other steps forward towards equality in football and even quotes Audre Lorde in saying, "It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
Hansen is no stranger to making brave announcements. Two years ago he spoke out as a victim of sexual abuse for the first time after the scandal at Penn State came to light.
I'd disagree with the Dallas Observer's sentiment that we need more old white guys like Dale Hansen.
We need more people like Dale Hansen. Period.
AA favorite Hawk Harrelson had some strong words for the Chicago White Sox after they went 63-99 in 2013, their worst record since 1970. The White Sox were a disaster across the board, leading to some fantastic moments from Harrelson in the broadcast booth.
Chuck Garfien of CSN Chicago caught up with Harrelson heading into Spring Training to get his thoughts on last year, and as usual, Harrelson didn't hold back.no comments
COLUMBUS, OH -- As the Schottenstein Center bustles with increasing activity a couple hours before Tuesday night’s Top 25 matchup between eternal rivals Michigan and Ohio State, ESPN’s Mike Tirico has already put in a full day of work. He left his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early morning and made the 3.5 hour drive to Columbus in time to make the afternoon shootaround and begin gameday preparation for the 9 PM ET telecast on ESPN. In what may come as a surprise, broadcasting a major sporting event isn’t something that begins and ends within the confines of your television’s program guide.
“Even the guy I saw in the elevator today leaving my room said, ‘oh, you goin' out to dinner?’” Tirico related. “And I said, no, I’m going to the game. He said, Well what the heck are you going to the game so early for?’”
In truth, it takes a crew of about 40 people, some arriving at the arena a full 11 hours before tip, to make this ESPN Super Tuesday broadcast possible. Many of them are on a plane every other day to get from one college town to the next. Some make lengthy commutes from their midwestern homes. Some work 3 games a week and only get to spend Sundays with family. Pretty much all of them have to multitask - analyst Dan Dakich did his daily WNFI radio show in Indianapolis from Columbus in the afternoon before making his way to the arena floor to talk with coaches Thad Matta and John Beilein.
The idea of preparation takes on many different forms for the Super Tuesday Big Ten crew. For the operations staff, preparing for a game broadcast means a seemingly infinite series of checks and tests that will go completely unseen and unnoticed by the millions watching at home. Operations producer Jason Hedgcock and his crew must perform each necessary one so that the broadcast can go off without a hitch. For an “A” level broadcast like this, that means a minimum of 8 cameras including the 2 above each rim. The brutal winter across the midwest has brought an added element of difficulty each week in just bringing the production truck to its minimum working temperature of 55 degrees. “A lot of this is planning and execution,” Hedgcock said. “There are a lot of standards in place that helps everyone have good plans to ensure success.”no comments
The top ranked Syracuse Orange remained undefeated and moved to 24-0 on the season in the most dramatic of ways. Freshman guard Tyler Ennis was the hero as he hit a running three pointer from just across the half court line to beat Pittsburgh 58-56. It was the most incredible finish of the college basketball season and keeps Syracuse's dream of a perfect season alive.
A buzzer beater like that is bound to produce some great calls. First the TV version on ESPN from Dave O'Brien and Doris Burke...
And the audio from Syracuse radio with the call from Matt Park and Jim Satalin...
Two great calls for the price of one describing one of the highlight plays in sports thus far in 2014.no comments
One of the brightest stars on NBC's coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics both figuratively and literally has been figure skating analyst Johnny Weir. Along with Terry Gannon, Weir and Tara Lipinski have formed one of the better announcing tandems in Sochi.
In addition to his on-point analysis, Weir's fashion has been the talk of social media. In fact, Weir has been using social media to post each day's outfit before he goes on the air on NBCSN. Using his Instagram and Twitter accounts, Weir poses in front of a truck before he enters the Iceberg Skating Palace to show off each ensemble.
They certainly look quite interesting on television as evidenced by this Pink Panther outfit he wore in the studio on Tuesday.no comments
All Times Eastern
Northwestern at Michigan State -- Big Ten Network, 7 p.m.
Creighton at Butler -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
Louisville at Temple -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Arkansas at Missouri -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
SMU at Rutgers -- ESPNews, 7 p.m.
North Carolina-Asheville at Radford -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Drexel at College of Charleston -- NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Montana State at North Dakota -- Fox College Sports Central, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Wisconsin -- ESPN, 9 p.m.
Colorado at UCLA -- ESPN2, 9 p.m.
Tennessee State at Belmont -- ESPNU, 9 p.m.
St. John's at Seton Hall -- Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.
Missouri-Kansas City at New Mexico State -- Fox College Sports Pacific, 9 p.m.
Utah at USC -- Pac-12 Networks, 10:30 p.m.
San Diego at St. Mary's -- ESPN, 11 p.m.
Portland State at Northern Arizona -- Fox College Sports Pacific, 2 p.m.
West Virginia at Oklahoma -- Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.
Georgia at Texas A&M -- Fox College Sports Pacific, 8 p.m.
Illinois at Iowa -- Big Ten Network, 9 p.m.
Portland at BYU -- BYUtv, 9 p.m.
Virginia Commonwealth at George Washington -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.
Charlotte at Louisiana Tech -- Fox College Sports Atlantic, 9 p.m.
Inside College Basketball -- CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m.
Whiparound Coverage -- ESPNU, 6:30 p.m.
Fox College Hoops Tip-Off -- Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.
Inside College Basketball -- CBS Sports Network, 11 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPN2, 1 a.m. (Friday)