Looks like the afternoon window may be stronger than primetime this week with A&M/Alabama and Oregon State/Stanford both happening early in the day. As always, the full announcing schedule is after the jump and particulars are subject to change...
I don't think I've seen an episode of Survivor since the days Elizabeth Hasselbeck wasn't a Hasselbeck. That's been about 63 seasons ago and somehow the show is still around. Evidently, former San Francisco Giants second basemen Jeff Kent was booted off the island last night and was none too pleased. While you can watch the entire tribal council thingy here, the golden clip is Kent's final words after losing his chance at a million dollars. Not only does he get in a shot at President Obama, he references the millions he made in his MLB career, and calls himself a Game 7 loser.
"You know what pisses me off? I think I've made about $60 million playing baseball and I want this frickin' million dollars in this game. And it's not even a million bucks, it's 600,000 by the time Obama takes it. I'm a Game 7 World Series loser. You know I played in the biggest games in the world and the worst games in the world, but this just sucks. "
Game 7 World Series loser, Survivor loser, future tax hike victim. Man, Jeff Kent has it rough.
Christian Ponder would probably love to blame his recent struggles on something or someone other than himself, but as a fellow human being possessing X and Y chromosomes, I can tell you that by refusing to throw his relatively new girlfriend Samantha Steele under the bus, Ponder is doing the right thing.
KFAN's Paul Allen gave Ponder that opportunity in a radio interview earlier this week, but Ponder was smart enough to declare that his relationship with ESPN personality Samantha Steele was in no way affecting his performance... at least on the field of play.
Movember is a true blessing. Not only does it result in raising awareness and funds for men's health, but it gives us some pretty awesome mustaches. As far as broadcasters go, the Movember leader in the clubhouse has to be Alexi Lalas. The ESPN soccer analyst was sporting this exquisite look during the network's coverage of the MLS playoff game between San Jose and Los Angeles, which is actually a remnant from his more terrifying Octobeard. (Soon enough we'll find a way to not have to shave for every month of the year, although the Octobeard to Movember transition is such a natural one.)
Lalas of course has sported some pretty outrageous facial hair in his younger days, but the mustachioed look is a keeper, even beyond this month. Movember is still young, so hopefully another contender in the sports world gives him a decent challenge.
Matt Millen couldn't win enough votes to earn a place on AA's Mount Rushmore. However, he has won another weekly Pammy vote to send him further into the lead in this year's Pammies. If that was all possible. The Pammies standings, including a few shakeups in the Top 5, and your weekly Top 10 quotes after the jump...
This week's guest is Ian Eagle of CBS Sports and YES Network. Ian's reputation as one of the top play by play men in sports has grown in the last several years with his work calling the NBA, NFL, college basketball, and pretty much everything in between. We talk to Ian in Miami before tonight's Nets-Heat game and in the middle of a stretch where he will call four games in five days. Also, Ian chats to AA about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on himself personally and the Nets franchise as they begin in Brooklyn as well as...
-How the New York area sports teams have dealt with Sandy and brought the community together.
-The effect on the Brooklyn Nets and how the team has coped with the storm as well as the remaining connection with New Jersey.
-The prospects of the rebuilt Nets and the importance of the move to Brooklyn.
-The ability to work with several different partners across different sports and networks.
-His partnership with Dan Fouts and how "The Bird & The Beard" came to be.
-Ian's best Bill Raftery story.
Great insights from Ian on a number of topics in a stacked podcast this week. Hope you'll give it a listen.
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NBA Emperor David Stern made a guest appearance in the Root Sports booth as the Jazz were on the road in Memphis this week. While Stern's commentary is predictably non-descript, what truly stands out about this clip is the backslapping of Stern by the Jazz broadcasters, Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring. Judging by their effusive acclamation of Stern, you'd think he was Marv Albert and Doug Collins rolled into one as a broadcasting savant.
Of course, what other choice do the Jazz announcers have? Were they to do anything short of build an altar to Stern at the announce table, he may have fired them on the spot. (He apparently can do that you know.)
The overnight ratings for Saturday's college football games represented season-highs for Fox and CBS... and a record-low for ABC. CBS crushed the competition with a thrilling Alabama-LSU matchup that drew a 7.0 overnight. Fox's USC-Oregon matchup drew a respectable 3.5 overnight. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma State-Kansas State game was down 10% to a 1.9 overnight from last year's matchup between the same two teams, the previous lowest rated Saturday night game on ABC.
Lamar Odom was doing a spot for his new team, the Los Angeles Clippers, and introduced himself as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. This is actually Odom's second go around with the Clippers, who he started his NBA career with, but he did spend seven good years with the Lakers, so perhaps it's understandable. At least he didn't say, "Hi, I'm Lamar Odom of the Dallas Mavericks"... or introduce himself as one half of Khloe & Lamar.
Last night President Obama won a second term by holding off the challenge of Governor Mitt Romney. This is great news because this process is finally over and we can go back to our normal lives. Gone are the endless supply of awful ads. Gone are the insufferable tweets encouraging you to vote. Gone are the annoying Facebook statuses from that "friend" you met that one time in college whose life mission is to convince you to agree with their political candidate of choice via Facebook. Gone is all the haughtiness from all corners of the interwebs. Ok, that last one is still going to be there.