This is just... sad.
This is just... sad.
Your Week 3 NFL announcing schedule is here! Replacement refs in Seattle should be very afraid of the MNF crew coming to town if this past Monday was any indication. The NFL Network game features Cam Newton going against the defending Super Bowl champs... hopefully he doesn't bump one of his OL during a "national TV" broadcast. Meanwhile Sunday night gives the game of the week as the Patriots take on the Ravens.
Make sure to head over to The 506 to check out the broadcast maps for the week. As always, here's hoping you don't get stuck with Dick Stockton!
The MLB Twitter account has received a lot of attention, mostly negative, due to their lame puns, RT begging, and so on and so forth. But today, their ineptitude may have taken the cake.
MLB has made their account private, and it will remain private from noon to 6 PM eastern, so they can give away prizes.
People generally make their accounts private so that they can avoid random people from looking at their tweets and only let approved people look at them... not so you can give away "exclusive prizes." This is supposed to be a professional account covering a league. What if a major piece of news happens, like a star player breaking his leg and getting hurt? Is MLB going to ignore the news so they can continue to give away tickets and giftcards? And if they don't ignore it, are they going to turn their account public again so people can retweet the news at will?
And here's another really irritating thing about this private nonsense: there are two weeks left in the season, and baseball is in the midst of an intense pennant race. In addition to the ten current playoff teams, there are no less than seven clubs within five games of a playoff berth. You'd think there would be more attention focused on the games on the field as opposed to giving away prizes for no reason. There are also seven games starting during the "private hours" with six of those seven games featuring potential playoff teams. No updates on those games during private hours? That's cool.no comments
Yesterday we featured a Q&A with longtime NFL Films producer Jeff Jorden. If by chance you haven't read it, you can read it at this link. It's great insights from Jorden on what set Steve Sabol apart from his peers and the irrevocable bond he had with NFL Films. Today, a more personal perspective on Sabol's incredible impact.
If you polled fans heading into NFL games this past Sunday if they knew Steve Sabol, sadly I'm not sure 50% would be able to answer that question in the affirmative. Sabol wasn't a player, not a coach, not an owner, and not an announcer. His genius, accomplishments, and legacy have unfortunately flown a bit under the radar to a large swath of "diehard" football fans. It's a shame.
It's hard to imagine where the NFL would be without Steve Sabol's stewardship of NFL Films and even what the sports media world would look like without his innovative approach to filmmaking.no comments
Well, it looks like all of our optimism earlier this month was for naught. A report released yesterday from Sports Business Daily indicates that Fox and Turner will be retaining the MLB weekend and playoff rights through the 2021 season. Fox will be paying $4 billion over the eight year deal (or $500 million a season) and Turner will be paying $2.8 billion (or $350 million per season) over their eight year pact.
With ESPN paying $700 million per season, that's $1.55 billion that MLB is bringing in just with TV rights, or around $50 million per team. That's a pretty good chunk of change for the lower payroll clubs, with total salaries ranging from $55 to $70 million for some of the lower budget teams. Once the local TV deals comes into play, some teams could completely fund their lineups with nothing but TV money... everything else is just gravy.no comments
Should be another exciting week of college football action. Gameday and ABC primetime are in Tallahassee for the Clemson-FSU ACC showdown. Check the announcing schedule after the jump for games, dates, times, and announcers!no comments
The Top 10 countdown for Week 3 of the Pam Ward Chronicles are here and in what could be the biggest runaway I've ever seen with the Pammies, Erin Andrews ran away with the vote this week almost tripling the vote total of second place! Also this week, David Feherty gains some competition in the general sports classification. The envelope please...no comments
Josh Lewin, who does a lot of MLB announcing work, apparently isn't too keen on the rules of college football. He worked BTN's coverage of Boston College - Northwestern and had a rough patch in this video just brought to our attention. After he first screws up the score in the clip below, he then messes up the new touchback rule, saying a punt into the endzone should be returned to the 25, rather than the 20. Admittedly, that's a rule that's horribly confusing.
Worst of all, before even screwing up the score, he states that "a field goal will do Boston College no good," even though they BC is receiving the ball down by 2 points, 15-13. Last time I checked, a field goal is worth 3 points. How did we not catch that for the Pammies!
Yesterday, I was greeted with the news I've been dreading ever since I learned of Steve Sabol's illness. The legendary NFL Films President passed away at the age of 69. I knew that I wanted to share some personal thoughts on what Sabol and NFL Films has meant to me over the years, and that will come tomorrow. I also wanted to know more about Sabol and what life was like at NFL Films. What was it like to work with the man who changed the American sports landscape in such a profound way?
I was lucky enough to get 15 minutes with Jim Jorden, a producer who joined NFL Films in 1989. Below are some of his fondest memories working with Sabol including why he turned down a pay raise from Art Modell, his awards for spectacular failure, what it's like at NFL Films, and the one thing Vince Lombardi said to Sabol.
Sabol The Boss
"He was very much into improving someone. He was a great people person in that he always made you believe that you could do better. He was a hands on guy. He’d come into your office and watch the rough cuts of your show. Even this last year during Hard Knocks he was sick and wasn't around, the guys put up a sign - WWSD. What Would Steve Do."
Sabol The Innovator
"All of the great ideas that came through NFL Films, those are all his ideas. All of the great innovative things were Steve’s ideas. The follies films, slow motion (the idea came from The Wild Bunch shootout). He was a creative genius."no comments
From our friends at Deadspin comes another classic angry sports talk radio rant aimed at a sucky franchise. The latest actor in this Shakesperean tragedy is "Bulldog" Bob Fescoe of 610 sports in Kansas City and his target is the Chiefs. You see, the Chiefs are off to a rotten start this season and may end up being one of the worst teams in pro football if their first two games are any indication of what awaits in 2012. They've lost their first two games to the Falcons and Bills by a combined score of 75-41.
You would think a sports talk shock jock in Kansas City would be numb to losing, soul-sucking franchises, what with the Royals and all. But, Fescoe takes this occasion to call out the entire Chiefs organization and rip the players to shreds. See folks, this is the dark side that parity in the NFL and having hope brings.
Here are some of the highlights and full audio after the jump...no comments