With the news breaking Wednesday that Tim McCarver is retiring from broadcasting at the end of 2013, there has been a lot of discussion as to just who will be paired with Joe Buck for the 2014 season and beyond. Buck and McCarver have been teaming since 1996, and while they're well past their expiration date in many eyes, they've been the top broadcast duo in the sport for a generation. It'll be tough for someone to fill McCarver's role alongside Buck after almost 2 decades, but everyone knew this day was coming eventually, and Fox more than likely has had the wheels spinning for a while.
With that in mind, here are the 10 best candidates to replace McCarver in the Fox booth alongside Joe Buck.
1) Ron Darling. Darling is one of the best color analysts out there, working in the fantastic three-man SNY booth alongside Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez. He also has had national exposure working with TBS and veteran play-by-play commentator Ernie Johnson. Darling is quick, knowledgeable, and insightful, and he'd be an ideal fit next to Buck.no comments
All Times Eastern
Texas A&M at South Carolina -- ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.
Texas at Oklahoma State -- Fox College Sports Central, 7:30 p.m.
Tulane at Rice -- Fox Sports Net, 7:30 p.m.
East Region, Washington, DC
Marquette vs. Miami (FL) -- CBS, 7:15 p.m.
Syracuse vs. Indiana -- CBS, 9:45 p.m.
West Region, Los Angeles, CA
Arizona vs. Ohio State -- TBS, 7:47 p.m.
Wichita State vs. LaSalle -- TBS, 10:17 p.m.
NCAA Basketball Tournament Press Conference: Michigan State vs. Duke Sweet 16 Pregame -- Big Ten Network, 2 p.m.
NCAA March Madness Bracket Breakdown -- CBS Sports Network, 4 p.m.
NCAA Tip-Off -- TBS, 6 p.m.
NCAA March Madness 360 -- CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.
NCAA Basketball Tournament Press Conference: Ohio State vs. Arizona Postgame -- Big Ten Network, 11 p.m.
Inside March Madness -- TBS, 12:30 a.m. (Friday)
NCAA March Madness Bracket Breakdown -- CBS Sports Network, 1 a.m. (Friday)
College GameDay Scoreboard -- ESPNU, 1 a.m. (Friday)
Three Days of De Panne -- Universal Sports, 11 a.m.
European PGA Tour
Trophee Hassan II, Morocco
First Round -- Golf Channel, 9:30 a.m.
Houston Open, Humble, TX
First Round -- Golf Channel, 4 p.m.
Mixed Martial Arts
Bellator MMA Live: David Rickels vs. Saad Awad; Mikhail Zayats vs. Emanuel Newton; Luis Melo vs. Trey Houston -- Spike, 10 p.m.
MLB Spring Training
New York Mets vs. Washington -- ESPN, 1 p.m.
Miami vs. St. Louis -- MLB Network, 4 p.m. (same day coverage)
Minnesota vs. Boston -- MLB Network, 7 p.m.
Oakland vs. San Francisco -- MLB Network, 11 p.m. (same night coverage)
Baseball Tonight -- ESPN, 10 p.m.
MLB Tonight -- MLB Network, 10 p.m.
NFL Live -- ESPN, 4 p.m.
Path to the Draft -- NFL Network, 6 p.m.
Los Angeles at St. Louis -- NHL Network, 8 p.m.
NHL Live -- NHL Network, 5 p.m.
NHL on the Fly -- NHL Network, 7 p.m.
NHL Tonight -- NHL Network, 11 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
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.
Lead Off -- CBS Sports Network, midnight
UNITE -- ESPNU, midnight
Sony Open, Miami, FL
Women's Semifinal & Men's Quarterfinal -- ESPN2, 1 p.m.
Men's Quarterfinal & Women's Semifinal -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
During Tuesday's Mavericks-Clippers game, veteran announcer Dick Stockton had a pretty egregious announcing flub that he covered up pretty quickly. In the third quarter, Mike James of the Mavericks hoisted up a three that bounced off the front of the rim and into the arms of Blake Griffin. Stockton called the shot like it was a made three, and it took a second for him to realize it didn't go in as the crowd didn't cheer and the Clippers moved the ball up the court without inbounding the ball.
Stockton's recovery was classic, and his broadcast partner Chris Webber helped him out.
Stockton: "Or missed the three, excuse me. Came off the rim. I think you would have heard a bigger cheer..."
Webber: "Yeah, but I thought it went in too"
Stockton: "Don't you think they would have cheered? Why would they be so quiet?"
Even though it was a glaring blooper, Stockton recovered and was able to have a laugh about it. Thankfully for Stockton, it didn't happen for the last shot of the game.
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When an athlete gives a weather report on a local news station, it's usually a recipe for comedy gold. Phoenix Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker's report for ABC 15 of Phoenix is just one of the most recent and most comical examples which proves that athletes stumbling through the weather is a sight worth beholding.
Give Boedker credit. He actually handles himself pretty well while providing some truly hilarious lines. From telling viewers they don't need to worry about the cold temperatures at the Grand Canyon as they only need about five minutes to see it, to struggling to locate Phoenix on a map, Boedker's segment is loaded with unintentional comedy.
Boedker is quite blunt in his forecast, admitting that he's never been to several areas on the map. He also mentions that the Coyotes are in town Monday and Tuesday, but that he doesn't care about the weather the rest of the week because the team will be on the road. All of this combined with his understanding of the English language as a Danish hockey player left us laughing several times.no comments
ESPN covered Tuesday night's USA-Mexico World Cup Qualifier like it was the Super Bowl of soccer and their coverage delivered with a championship level broadcast.no comments
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had the pleasure of doing the ol' Bristol Car Wash today as part of SportsNation's Madden cover vote. As an added perk, he got to sit behind the anchor desk with Chris McKendry for the live open to the 11 AM ET episode of SportsCenter. The result was like watching a botched "This is SportsCenter" commercial as Gronk introduces himself twice and teases Robert Griffin's third recovery...no comments
One of the faces of our Mount Rushmore is planning his exit from the broadcast booth. Fox's Tim McCarver announced he will retire at the end of the 2013 MLB season. He's called every World Series on Fox since the network won World Series rights in 1996 and will have worked a total of 23 in his announcing career when he steps away later this year. The former Cardinals catcher has the unique distinction of calling games for all four major networks over the course of his career in the booth.no comments
Matt Lauer is anything but happy with NBC right now. The embattled today host is reportedly irate that he had to interview controversial filmmaker John Ziegler and anchor coverage of the Jerry Sandusky interview Monday morning. Lauer, who's seen his public approval plummet since Ann Curry's messy departure from the Today Show, apparently feels he was set up to be in the middle of a negative PR storm for giving Sandusky more publicity.
As expected, Today airing the interview turned into quite the PR disaster.
Ziegler is the man who actually did the interview with Jerry Sandusky as part of a documentary he made called The Framing of Joe Paterno.no comments
Sports fans will remember Robin Roberts as a SportsCenter anchor throughout the 1990's and into the early 2000's and one of the bedrocks of ESPN's flagship program. Along with Bob Ley and Charley Steiner, Roberts was one of the most respected anchors at ESPN. Her work at ESPN drew her to ABC News and Good Morning America, where she took over as a full-time anchor in 2005.
Over the last decade, Roberts has made a name for herself in the news world and she's drawn even more support in the last several years as she's heroically battled first breast cancer and then MDS. Roberts returned to GMA last month after a 4 month leave of absence for a bone marrow transplant and has been a transcendent, inspiring figure to anyone who's witnessed her battle.
For those reasons, Robin Roberts will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPYs. Roberts spoke about the honor on SportsCenter yesterday...no comments