After Syracuse lost to Michigan Saturday night, Jim Boeheim snapped at CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel in the post-game press conference and, well, the exchange was interesting.no comments
Normally at this time of year, AA is devoting time to predicting which canned line Jim Nantz will use at the end of the national championship game. His clever punnery has reached legendary status and has grown into a tradition unlike any other. A few suggestions for tonight's game...
@awfulannouncing my money’s on something like “The national championship has a NEW Kentucky home…” after he used Old Kentucky Home last year— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) April 8, 2013
@awfulannouncing Be-WARE of the Cardinals... Louisville is your national champion!— Kevin (@kederart) April 8, 2013
@awfulannouncing these wolverines have made a Beilein to the national title— Jason Grefer (@JasonGrefer) April 8, 2013
@awfulannouncing "Release the white smoke...this Cardinal is on top of the world"— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) April 8, 2013
Nantz's championship calls represent his perception as an announcer to a wide swath of sports fans. Scripted, safe, predictable, perfectly milquetoast. You won't find very many people with a passionate opinion of Jim Nantz, positive or negative. He doesn't get the praise and adulation of Marv Albert or Al Michaels nor the disdain of Chris Berman or Joe Buck. He's the ideal corporate face for CBS Sports, which is why he'll be announcing all of their biggest sporting events until 2068. Nantz is just as comfortable behind the mic at the Super Bowl or March Madness as he is shaking hands with his friends at Augusta National in famed Butler Cabin.no comments
Monday, April 8
Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 2PM) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies
Cincinnati Reds @ St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 4PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Yankees @ Indians]
New York Mets @ Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN 7PM) Dave O’Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, Aaron Boone
Tuesday, April 9
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres (MLBN 6:30PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: White Sox @ Nationals - 7PM]
Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8PM) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies
Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels (MLBN 10PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Astros @ Mariners]
Wednesday, April 10
New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians (ESPN2 7PM) Sean McDonough, Manny Acta
Thursday, April 11
Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Yankees @ Indians]
Friday, April 12
Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians (WGNA 7PM) Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone
Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals (MLBN 7PM) Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz [Alt: Phillies @ Marlins]
Saturday, April 13
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox (FOX 1PM) Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci
Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals (FOX 1PM) Justin Kutcher, Eric Karros
San Francisco Giants @ Chicago Cubs (FOX 1PM) Thom Brennaman, Tim McCarver
Cincinnati Reds @ Pittsburgh Pirates (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Blue Jays @ Royals]
Sunday, April 14
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox (TBS 1:30PM) Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, John Smoltz
San Francisco Giants @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 2PM) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies
Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees (ESPN 8PM) Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk
H/T Sammy!no comments
The mutual disdain between Mark May and Ohio State fans is well established. May takes every chance he gets to knock the Buckeyes and their fans down a peg or two on television, and every Ohio State message board, blog, and Twitter page has some space dedicated on it as to why they hate Mark May. It makes Charles Barkley's little dustup with the Big Ten look like an international peace summit.
This week, May referenced Ohio State's mascot Brutus getting hammered during a spring practice as an opportunity to take another shot at the "haters" from Buckeye Nation. First, the clip of mascot violence - thank goodness the real person inside that suit has a giant foam helmet of a poisonous nut on his head...
Alluding to the viral video, May posted the following on his Facebook page...no comments
Tonight's NCAA Championship Game between Michigan and Louisville is the first appearance for the Wolverines in the final since 1993 and the days of the Fab Five. The '93 title game will always be remembered for Chris Webber's infamous timeout and in the years since, the player and the school have had a bitter disassociation from each other.
Although multiple players received benefits and the issues surrounding Michigan extended beyond the days of the Fab Five, Webber became the focus of the scandal. He has been erased from Michigan's basketball history, the Fab Five's banners have been taken down, and Webber even pleaded guilty to criminal contempt for lying to a grand jury about his relationship with disgraced booster Ed Martin in 2003. Moreover, the NCAA instituted a mandatory 10 year period where Webber could not associate with Michigan that ironically enough ends next month. Webber also refused to participate in former teammate Jalen Rose's ESPN documentary on the Fab Five and was the only member not to appear.
And yet in spite of all that ugliness, Jalen Rose and the Fab Five are hoping for a storybook reunion tonight in Atlanta at tonight's championship game. The four other members plan on being in attendance, but Webber has kept his distance from the program, tonight's game, and the Fab Five. Rose appeared in a Sunday podcast with Bill Simmons (wearing a ridiculous Michigan superfan outfit) to make the case for Webber burying the hatchet, letting bygones be bygones, forgiving and forgetting, and whatever sunny cliche you'd like to include to reunite with his Fab Five mates...no comments
The ratings are in for Saturday night's Final Four and the news remains good for CBS (and to a lesser extent Turner, although they are yet to televise the final stage of the NCAA Tournament).
Although the games were only up 3% from last year, slowing down the growth we've seen through this year's tournament, Saturday's games between Wichita State and Louisville and Michigan and Syracuse combined for the highest rated and most watched Final Four since 2005.no comments
This is a no-brainer. A brand-new Baltimore sports legend is slated to portray the city's most venerable sports legend in an upcoming film. Joe Flacco might not have the acting chops to play Johnny Unitas off the field, but there's no doubting his qualifications in regard to his ability to emulate Unitas during the final football scenes in "Unitas We Stand," which will stem from a screenplay co-written by Unitas' son, Joe.no comments
Although the fabulous Mike Rice/Melissa McCarthy spoof is getting all the attention from this week's SNL, there was another sports tie-in. Kenan Thompson was back as Charles Barkley. SNL interviewed him during weekend update after the conclusion of the Michigan/Syacuse game. Thompson's impression is astonishingly good. He has the speech patterns and inflection down cold, the mannerisms are dead on and the best part is when he says of CBS hiring him to be an analyst for the NCAA Tournament, "They must be crazy, I don't know anything about college basketball!"
It's funny because it's true.no comments
All Times Eastern
Virginia at Wake Forest -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, Atlanta, GA
Louisville vs. Michigan -- CBS, 9 p.m.
Tournament Countdown: The Experts -- ESPNU, 1 p.m.
Katz Korner live from Atlanta -- ESPNU, 3 p.m.
Tournament Countdown: College Basketball Live -- ESPNU, 5 p.m.
NCAA March Madness 360 -- CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.
College GameDay live from Atlanta -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
NCAA March Madness Bracket Breakdown -- CBS Sports Network, midnight
Inside March Madness -- truTV, midnight
College Football Live -- ESPN2, 3 p.m.
Paris-Roubaix -- NBC Sports Network, 7:30 p.m. (same day coverage)
English Premier League
Manchester United vs. Manchester City -- ESPN, 2:30 p.m.
Masters on the Range -- CBS Sports Network, noon
Live From the Masters -- Golf Channel, 7 p.m.
Feherty: Billy Casper -- Golf Channel, 10 p.m.
New York Yankees at Cleveland -- MLB Network, 4 p.m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis -- MLB Network, 4 p.m.
New York Mets at Philadelphia -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
The Rundown -- MLB Network, 2 p.m.
MLB Now -- MLB Network, 3 p.m.
MLB Tonight -- MLB Network, 7 p.m.
Baseball Tonight -- ESPN, 10 p.m.
Baseball Tonight -- ESPN2, midnight
Quick Pitch -- MLB Network, 1 a.m.
The Beat -- NBA TV, 6 p.m.
NBA.com Fantasy Insider -- NBA TV, 6:30 p.m.
NFL Live -- ESPN2, 4 p.m.
Path to the Draft -- NFL Network, 6 p.m.
Gruden's QB Camp: Tyler Wilson -- ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.
Carolina at Boston -- NHL Network, 7 p.m.
NHL Live -- NHL Network, 5 p.m.
NHL Tonight -- NHL Network, 10 p.m.
NHL Overtime -- NBC Sports Network, 11:30 p.m.
NFL AM -- NFL Network, 6 a.m.
The 'Lights -- NBC Sports Network, 6 a.m.
Morning Drive -- Golf Channel, 7 a.m.
The Dan Patrick Show -- Audience Network (DirecTV)/NBC Sports Network, 9 a.m.
Tim Brando Show -- CBS Sports Network, 9 a.m.
Sky Sports News -- Fox Soccer, 9 a.m.
The Box Score -- Audience Network (DirecTV)/NBC Sports Network, noon
SVP & Russillo -- ESPNews, 1 p.m.
Outside the Lines -- ESPNews, 2:30 p.m.
Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable -- ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.
The Best of the Dan Patrick Show -- NBC Sports Network, 4 p.m.
Pardon the Interruption -- ESPN, 5:30 p.m.
ROME -- CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m.
The Crossover -- NBC Sports Network, 6 p.m.
SportsNation -- ESPN2, 6 p.m.
Fox Soccer News -- Fox Soccer, 10 p.m.
UNITE -- ESPNU, midnight
Lead Off -- CBS Sports Network, 1 a.m. (Tuesday)
Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
1st Round -- Tennis Channel, 7 p.m., 9 p.m. & 11 p.m. (same day coverage)