H/T Sammy!no comments
H/T Sammy!no comments
Following in the steps of our earlier recap, here’s a look at the final day of Blogs With Balls 5, which wrapped up with several interesting panels and presentations Saturday in Toronto. Panel videos are available here, while full transcripts of my notes will be posted here by the end of the week. Let’s get to it.
Friday’s panels hit plenty of large targets that probably had at least some relevance for everyone in the room, from social and video content to what some of the industry’s biggest sites are doing, and even the single-sport panel on the NFL was focused on what’s unquestionably North America’s biggest sport. Saturday’s panels in general were more tightly-focused on specific sports and issues, and that carried both benefits and perils. On the positive side, it allowed for deep, in-depth discussions on everything from hockey to analytics to podcasting, but that raises the spectre of having content that isn’t relevant to the whole audience.
Of course, Blogs With Balls has always been an event where not everyone goes to every panel, and that’s perfectly fine; you just want to make sure you’re not alienating your audience with too many things that don’t appeal to them. The organizers seemed to pull off the balancing act here well, though; judging from both my own impressions and feedback from others I chatted with, the range of subjects tackled Saturday meant at least something appealed to most people.
This was perhaps the most specifically-focused day of Blogs with Balls panels I’d seen over BWB 2, 3, 4 and now 5, and that was a substantial risk, but it seemed to work out. Perhaps that says something about blogs at the moment; maybe there are less overarching issues that apply to all of us (for example, despite the flare-ups these last few weeks, it would still seem silly to spend an entire panel discussing the long-dormant bloggers/mainstream media war), but perhaps we’re established to a point where we can get down to in-depth discussions of what appeals to us, and perhaps we can even learn something from the areas that aren’t directly applicable to our own work. To find out, let’s get to the panels.no comments
This week's slate of NCAA games aren't quite as inspiring as last weekend's memorable set of games, but there are still a few good ones to choose from including South Carolina-LSU (in primetime on ESPN and not ABC as CBS has Missouri and their quest to register a FG against Alabama) and Notre Dame-Stanford. The game I'm looking forward to most is tucked away on ESPNU at 9:15. Louisiana Tech looks to continue their unbeaten season against Texas A&M. I guarantee at some point during the day Rece Davis will refer to La. Tech as the "Fightin' Karl Malones" and it will be a Pammy nominee.no comments
This week's podcast welcomes Alex Flanagan of NBC Sports and NFL Network. Alex serves double duty as sideline reporter for NBC's coverage of Notre Dame football and NFL Net's Thursday Night Football and she works as a correspondent for Football Night In America. We talk with Alex about her busy schedule and...
-The challenge of balancing family life with her work.
-Being travel buddies with Mike Mayock.
-The different level of access into Notre Dame football with NBC.
-The secretive nature of college football coaches and challenges getting information.
-Is Notre Dame "BACK!?"
-The debate regarding the importance of sideline reporters.
-The best and worst sideline interviews.
-Her career moving beyond the sidelines and the opportunities for women covering the NFL.
In case you've missed any of our podcasts, check out all of our interviews by subscribing to the AA Podcast on iTunes or our AA Podcast RSS Page. For more from Alex, follow her on Twitter @Alex_Flanagan.no comments
Frank Caliendo left Fox NFL Sunday after almost a decade of doing skits and game picks but is making a return to the NFL by joining a new pregame show - ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. Who else but Adam Schefter relayed the news via Twitter Thursday morning:
A warm welcome to Frank Caliendo, who is joining ESPN's Sunday Countdown as a contributor (want to see his Chris Berman imitation).— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2012
All you fans of Frank TV... what are there, eight of you... will surely rejoice at the news. Although the whole pregame comedy routine is passe at this point, Caliendo's act didn't bother me as much as it did others. Some of his impressions are legitimately funny, but there's only so long he could make fun of Terry Bradshaw and have it stay amusing and relevant. Hopefully by joining Countdown, Caliendo will have a chance to freshen up his act, although he'll appear once again in taped comedy segments. Whatever the case, you can't say this is an innovative hire by ESPN in recycling what Fox has done for many years.
If there is a positive in all of this, there's now ample opportunities to mock Chris Berman... or replace Chris Berman. Either one is fine by us.no comments
In Wednesday night's Game 3 of the Yankees-Orioles ALDS, Raul Ibanez (Raul Ibanez???) hit not one, but two dramatic home runs in place of Alex Rodriguez to lift the Yankees to a 3-2 win. This is some kind of crazy, messed up timeline. The dramatics of Ibanez's home runs were captured by the one and only John Sterling, who was able to get in his Ibanez signature call not once but twice under extraordinary circumstances. Raul so cool! Hopefully Sterling is able to come back for Game 4 after the extra excitable "Yankees win, theeeeeeeeeeeeeee Yankees win" call.no comments
ESPN's College Gameday is finally returning to South Bend, Ind. for the first time since 2005 as the 18th ranked Stanford Cardinal take on the 9th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Cardinal are 4-1, while the Irish are sporting a sterling 5-0 record. But if you have watched the Irish in recent seasons, it's no wonder that College Gameday has taken five years to return. Regardless, this should be a solid matchup to prove whether either (or both?) of these teams are actually legit, and worthy of their current Top 25 rankings. When these teams last played, the Cardinal barely squeaked out an overtime win against Arizona; while the Irish absolutely demolished the University of Miami (FL) 41-3, at Chicago's Soldier Field.
This will be the eighth visit for College Gameday to Notre Dame's campus in the 26 years of the popular college pre-game program. For anyone that is intrigued, in those previous seven visits the Irish have a 3-4 record when the show is onhand for the gameday festivities including the first ever GameDay road trip in 1993. That day it was #1 FSU vs #2 Notre Dame. Just watch and see how much things have changed in those 19 years. Indoors? Corso using hats? CRAIG JAMES?!?
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College Gameday continues it's very strong showing this season with another winner thanks to Kirk Herbstreit's amazing commentary on an attractive woman eating while there's two new entrants into our Top 5 that come from the same broadcast booth. The Pammies standings and your weekly Top 10 after the jump...no comments
Veteran reporter Andrea Kremer has joined NFL Network full-time. Kremer has been synonymous with the NFL for her work with ESPN and most recently as a sideline reporter for NBC's Sunday Night Football. In 2011, she left the SNF sidelines replaced by Michele Tafoya and had been serving as a correspondent for HBO's Real Sports. Kremer will focus on player safety issues and report on other major stories as announced by NFL Net:
NFL Network has added veteran sports journalist Andrea Kremer to its ranks, it was announced today. Kremer will be the chief correspondent in a newly-formed unit dedicated to covering NFL player health and safety issues. She will also contribute other reports and features on major topics across NFL Network programming.
“Andrea’s journalistic credentials, particularly in regards to reporting on the NFL, speak for themselves and we’re thrilled to add her talents to NFL Network,” said NFL Network Executive Producer Eric Weinberger. “Reporting on player health and safety across the league is a key initiative for NFL Network and Andrea will do an outstanding job covering this issue.”
It's a move that hasn't gotten much publicity, but one that will greatly improve NFL Network. Given Kremer's reputation and respect across the industry, it's hard to believe she hasn't gotten a full-time gig since leaving NBC. With player safety becoming ever more significant in the NFL, focusing Kremer there is a forward-thinking move. It seems to be a perfect fit for both sides.no comments
The cheering of Matt Cassel's injury by Chiefs fans and subsequent public decree from Eric Winston has led to a mostly constructive discourse on fan behavior. Predictably, it's also produced the opposite. Jason Whitlock wrote a "Fox Sports Exclusive" in which he turned the tables on Winston, calling the Chiefs tackle a sickening hypocrite and somehow making him the villain. I would link to it, but I got too distracted while watching The Wire.
While it's depressing to think Whitlock's contrarian trolling still has a national platform, a much more light-hearted, facepalm-inducing perspective came from that purveyor of America's conscience - Dan Shaughnessy. In a Boston Globe column, Shaughnessy cut a switch and took the real villains in this saga to task. Fantasy football players, bloggers, and tweeters.no comments