The first Saturday in October brings plenty of juicy matchups all over college football. Primetime will be particularly stacked with big games. Will Fox be able to win the night once again behind unbeaten Texas aganst Geno Smith and West Virginia? As if that wasn't enough, there's also Notre Dame-Miami, Ohio State-Nebraska, and Georgia-South Carolina. All the games, dates, times, and announcers are below for you to plan your weekend accordingly.
We all know how awesome and excitable a broadcaster that Gus Johnson can be. At times, it seems like he doesn't have an off switch, especially when a game gets close down the stretch. Big props to Awful Advertisements for the heads up on Gus Johnson's new Fox Sports commercial, in which he literally explodes in excitement during one of his trademark Gusgasms.
Gus is about the most exciting and vocally animated announcer there is these days. Love him or hate him, it's nice to at least see him getting some recognition for the style that made him a big hit with a lot of fans. And, it's a pretty cool commercial I might add.
The fantastic BTN documentary series "The Journey" will return tonight, but instead of focusing on basketball like it has the last two seasons, it will focus on the Big Ten's football season.
If you've never seen The Journey, the show is set up to focus on three teams each week, normally specifically geared towards following one player during preparation for the game. There is often an emotional aspect to the pieces as well, and the access to the teams is unparalleled, giving the viewer an in-depth look at the player getting focused on.
The three players featured on Wednesday's premiere episode are Ohio State defensive end John Simon, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, and Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti. The look at Mauti, Penn State's vocal team leader after a tumultous offeseason, should be particularly revealing and emotional.
The Journey: Football will air every Wednesday at 7:30 PM, which is a bit of an odd time for such a fantastic show, but one that you should definitely go out of your way to watch.
After last week's disappointing performance, Fox came back with a vengeance this Saturday, topping ABC in the college football primetime ratings war for the first time this year. Fox's Texas-Oklahoma State Big 12 battle drew a 2.8 rating, while ABC's telecast of Nebraska's comeback win over Wisconsin drew a 2.6 rating.
Last summer we held a 32 person tournament for AA readers to vote on which current announcer or pundit would replace the venerable Joe Morgan on AA's Mount Rushmore. The Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament was won by ESPN college football analyst Craig James in a landslide as details emerged regarding his shady behavior at ESPN. As his later run for political office proved, nobody in the sports world deserves immortalization on AA's Mount Rushmore quite like Craig James.
Since James left ESPN for a run at political office, I've been asked numerous times when or if we were going to have another tournament to replace the would be senator from Texas on our Mount Rushmore.
The answer to that question is once again up to you.
Although Matt Millen still leads the 2012 Pammies, there are several contenders beginning to emerge. The Gameday duo of Lee Corso and Desmond Howard sit in the Top 5 as does another of ESPN's studio crew. In fact, ESPNers make up our entire Top 5 so far this year... and that's without Craig James and Pam Ward! Here's your Top 10 for Week 5...
I would imagine it's the only time an official has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and who better than the 24 inch pythons of Ed Hochuli. Hochuli has always been one of the NFL's most recognizable officials, but he became the rallying cry for fans yearning for the real refs to return. While it was nice to see the real refs receive ovations all around the country before Week 4's games, predictably, the honeymoon period was short lived. And that's the way it should be. At least SI was smart enough not to put Jeff Triplette on the cover.
If any of our readers live in the Windermere area, or are looking to spread their wings a bit in purchasing their next home... and have a few extra million lying around, Warren Sapp's Florida mansion is going through a US bankuptcy auction November 1st. Sapp's financial difficulties are well documented, and comes along at a time when athletes and their handling of finances are a topic of conversation in the sports world thanks to 30 for 30's Broke.
If you're someone looking for a house that features all the stupid amenities only a millionaire pro athlete could have like a home theatre, wine cellar, library, lazy river (score!), and covered boat house, this could be the home for you! If someone were to buy it, hopefully they have enough money leftover for housekeeping help, as I can't even fathom the amount of energy and effort that it would take for the upkeep and cleaning of a property that gigantic!
Has any athlete had a hard luck year quite like Lolo Jones? She didn't medal at the Olympics, she was savaged for having the nerve to be attractive and marketable, and then her own teammates threw her under the bus. Since the Olympics have come and gone, Lolo has been out of the spotlight, but she unwittingly stepped into another firestorm with one of the great Twitter mishaps of all-time Tuesday night.
It all started with an innocent tweet from former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand to Lolo, jokingly challenging her to a race. LeGrand has been paralyzed since 2010, but his quest to walk again has inspired countless people around the country. LeGrand has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, been honored at the ESPYs, served as a motivational speaker, and even signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.
Lolo Jones apparently knew none of this, because she took LeGrand's challenge seriously. First, she asked if LeGrand was concussed (admittedly not the most tactful approach), and then proposed a $40,000 wager on the race saying she only races for money or Olympic medals.
Yankees analyst David Cone was describing a replay of an Ichiro Suzuki groundball and just had to go... there. Yes, he actually called Ichiro Suzuki's bat a "chopstick" during the YES Network's Yankees broadcast tonight. You see, because Ichiro is from Japan, and chopsticks are a traditional Asian eating utensil, and both products are made from wood. It's a clumsy, absent-minded analogy. When will sports announcers learn to leave ethnic humor to professional comedians?