Today's Lions-Titans game was one of the wildest in recent memory with Tennessee winning 44-41 in overtime. The game had pretty much every insanely dramatic play imaginable happen including a game-tying Hail Mary from the Lions. Incredibly, some fans watching the last second drama almost missed the Hail Mary. I'll let Eric in Chicago explain...no comments
FOX has been making a big move in their attempt to become a legitimate home for world-class soccer, both on the pitch and off in terms of production. While FOX has admittedly taken some lumps along the way, slowly they've been taking steps to right the ship.
Their documentary series "Being: Liverpool" got off to a fantastic start in the ratings with their premier on FOX network TV drawing a respectable 1.3 rating. FOX continues to slowly improve their Champions League coverage, even though they still import world feeds instead of supplying their own broadcast talent like ESPN. But the boldest step FOX has taken in preparation of broadcasting the men's and women's World Cup later in the decade was broadcasting the English Premier League on FOX during the NFL season.
And, in an unsurprising result to even the most pessimistic soccer haters, the move was an outright success. EPL matches shown on tape delay drew well over 1 million viewers on NFL Sundays. While there are still issues with possible preemption, FOX has decided to double down on the strategy by announcing three more games to be broadcast this fall to a national audience.no comments
You never quite know what Lee Corso is going to say on College Gameday. One week it could be shouting profanities, the next week it could be random cultural and religious advice. Watch as he tells young whippersnapper Ricky Carmichael "never bet against the Catholics" when picking the Notre Dame-Michigan game. And here I thought Lou Holtz had the market share on "crazy old man Notre Dame picks." Is Lee Corso actually part of a grand Catholic conspiracy? All signs point to yes. Then again, he probably told the same advice to Martin Luther once upon a time, and he got along just fine.
(Video via CorkGaines)no comments
It's the best Saturday of the college football season so far with several Top 25 and conference matchups. The two best teams in the ACC, Clemson and Florida State collide tonight in primetime as does Michigan and a revived Notre Dame as does Oklahoma and Kansas State. You can check the entire schedule at the link below as well as the updated Pammies standings. Matt Millen has staked out to an early lead, but Mark May is right behind him. Make sure you leave us your Pammies quotes either in the PWC comments below, or tweet us quotes by using the hashtag #PWAA.no comments
After a week without the Big Ten Network and on the heels of two short one week extensions, it appears that Dish and BTN have come to a long term deal. Below is the release we got from Elizabeth Conlisk , who must be thrilled she won't have to send out media communications at 4am every Saturday morning.no comments
Unfortunately in the last week, no progress has been made in the two major channel distribution battles affecting college football fans. Barring any 11th hour surprises, Big Ten Network will enter its second straight week being off of Dish and Pac 12 fans will be without upstart Pac 12 Network with DirecTV, Charter, ATT, and Verizon.
We've been covering these dustups throughout the fall as football fans get caught between posturing between conferences and distributors. Here's our updated analysis on what's going on behind the scenes based on what we're hearing.no comments
Time Warner Cable customers across the country are fist bumping and dancing in the streets today, as the lone holdout operator has agreed to a deal as first reported by Bloomberg to carry NFL Network and NFL RedZone. NFL Network will be on the digital basic tier, while RedZone will be on the sports tier.no comments
The above video comes from CBS Los Angeles and is one of the best stories you'll see from the field of announcing. Jamaal Street is a 33 year old play by play man for San Pedro High School in California. He's also autistic. Street was inspired by the great Lakers announcer Chick Hearn and has established a career doing what he loves.
In 1996, while a junior at San Pedro High, Street got his first break when he was named the school’s public address announcer. And by 2001, his dream job became a reality when he was hired to do his first play-by-play game for Cox Cable.
“I felt it was an uplifting experience for me because I got to do it where finally people would be watching it on TV. Even though it was just for the local community, I felt it was like being in Hollywood,” Street said.
Cox Cable producer Carlos Rivera said Street’s memory is part of what makes him an exceptional sports announcer.
“[Street] has a natural ability to remember stats, names and can, actually, probably tell you half the scores from that first game, what school they went to and what they are doing now. I couldn’t remember what I had for dinner last night,” Rivera said.
Street's story isn't one you see every day. Hopefully he has continued success in San Pedro and his hard work inspires other aspiring announcers around the country.no comments
My new favoriteist meme of the last month has been Prank Callers Annoy Mike Francesa. In fact, it may even top McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed. All it needs is a tumblr page. After NapGate, Francesa faced several prank callers producing this bit of radio that deserves a place in the Smithsonian. Wednesday, Leo from Flushing told Mike he was unoriginal because "Artie Lange fell asleep on the air years ago." Leo also uses a favorite Urban Dictionary word that definitely got past WFAN censors and flew straight over Francesa's head.
On this occasion, the king of New York sports talk radio zeroes in on people calling in to promote Artie Lange's show and instructs them to buy a commercial instead of waiting on hold to speak to Francesa. Nah... prank calls is much better.
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Much of football coverage focuses on the coaches, particularly in the college game, and that's understandable. For one thing, football's frequently portrayed as a strategic chess match, and that angle demands focusing on the men providing the strategy. For another, the coach is often the main point of continuity in the college game thanks to players' graduations and departures for the NFL, and some long-lasting coaches can pull this off even in the NFL. Tom Coughlin, Bill Belichick, Andy Reid and others have become images of their teams, even as their players change. Coaches certainly impact football, so it's not that focusing on them is always a misplaced move. However, it's remarkable how different the tone of coverage can be based on a coach's personality and how he deals with the media.
The most prominent example of this might be two coaches in the same division, SEC West rivals Les Miles and Nick Saban. On paper, they're actually quite similar. Both had plenty of stops along their way before taking their current job, but Miles and Saban have thrived in an intense atmosphere at LSU and Alabama respectively. Since taking the LSU job in 2005 (replacing Saban, oddly enough, who headed to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins), Miles has gone 78-18 overall, 41-15 in conference games, has won a national championship and played for another one and has put up a 13-win season, a 12-win one (with a national championship), and three 11-win seasons.
Since taking over at Alabama in 2007, Saban's gone 58-12 overall and 33-8 in conference, collecting two national championships (including last year's win over Miles and the Tigers) and recording a 14-win season, two 12-win campaigns, and a 10-win season. Both have done remarkable coaching jobs, and there isn't a lot to differentiate them in terms of performance. Yet, the public perception of them couldn't be more different. Saban's usually seen as the relentless dictator who will do anything to win (hello, oversigning!) and the guy who's famed for being a jerk to media. Miles is seen as the wacky-but-lovable "Mad Hatter" who eats grass, does SportsCenter commercials and plays basketball in high socks and short shorts (with shoes from Scott Van Pelt!):no comments