ESPN has a new feature on their media website - a college football depth chart. The chart features information, bios, and fun facts about their on-air college football personalities. Not everyone is included here mind you, and the list is broken up into "veterans" like Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit and "rookies" who are ESPN newbies but veterans of the sports world.
The fun facts are exactly the random trivia you would expect from this kind of thing. Danny Kanell has a rap song, Ivan Maisel has a letter from Bear Bryant from when he was 6 years old, David Pollack is an exercise FREAK (all caps), and Samantha Steele's favorite networks as a kid were ESPN and Nickelodeon. But this "fun fact" of Brett McMurphy made me drop my morning coffee.
NFL Network's biggest flaw isn't a unique one: Too many talking heads. Too many former players phoning it in for an hour a day by dishing clichés and operating as if their playing careers are the only credentials necessary for them to do their new jobs. They rarely have anything outside the box or unique to say, and often cause channel surfers to move on to greener pastures elsewhere on their cable boxes.
But the network's latest hire might stray from that. Shaun O'Hara has officially retired after 11 NFL seasons and is joining NFLN full time.
The former New York Giants center had been working with the network this summer, and he was a pleasant surprise in his analyst role. The 35-year-old is funny and insightful and seems to be dedicated to putting in the work required to actually add a new dimension to a sports news broadcast such as NFL Total Access.
The MLB season is winding down. The Red Sox are swooning, and so are the Yankees. At least we won't be subjected to the Red Sox four times this week like the Yankees. Although, the Yanks' national games this week actually have huge playoff implications against the Rays and Orioles. Really... the Orioles? Are we sure about that? Ok, if you say so. Personally, I haven't checked the MLB standings since the Cubs were 4-3 in spring training. FOX announcers are TBA while the Dodgers/Giants series sees the weekend spotlight on ESPN.
Tuesday September 4 New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays (ESPN 7PM) Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN 10PM) Dave O'Brien, Nomar Garciaparra
Wednesday September 5 New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Orioles @ Jays]
Thursday September 6 New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Rangers @ Royals - 8PM]
Friday September 7 Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants (MLBN 10PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: D’Backs @ Padres]
Saturday September 8 Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets (FOX 4PM) TBA Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants s (FOX 4PM) TBA Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox (FOX 4PM) TBA Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Yankees @ Orioles]
Sunday September 9 New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles (TBS 1:30PM) Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken, John Smoltz Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates (WGNA 1:30PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants (ESPN 8PM) Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Terry Francona
Like sand through the hourglass, so comes another sourcing controversy at ESPN. It seems like reporters being upset with Bristol for swiping their stories and attaching "SOURCES" is becoming a weekly thing. The latest reporter to be caught in the sourcing crossfire is someone that has his own history with ESPN - Bruce Feldman.
The man at the center of #FreeBruce, who left ESPN under spectacular circumstances, broke a big story last night. Feldman reported the news of Florida State All-ACC DE Brandon Jenkins missing the rest of the NCAA season with a left foot injury.
A new player is emerging in the race for MLB rights...CBS. The network is teaming with Turner in a bid for the MLB rights package currently being split with Fox, much like they do with NCAA basketball rights according to an SBJ report. Fox is also still involved in negotiations, and their bid is contingent on the creation of a national, 24 hour Fox Sports channel.
Based on the way negotiations are going right now, it looks as if only one of these rights providers will be standing alongside ESPN as MLB's broadcast rights partner. Both entities are pitching the idea to MLB of combining the packages, including all of the playoffs, and letting one conglomerate run everything. I actually think that's better for MLB, because it can get rather sloppy when wondering what series is on TBS and what series is on Fox come playoff time. The entry from CBS into the negotiations is a huge surprise considering CBS hasn't broadcasted MLB games since 1993.
Yes, yes it's finally here. No, not baketball training camps, or hockey work stoppages. Not the home stretch in baseball or the golf "playoffs." It's that smell in the air. A kind of smelly smell. A smell that smells like the National Football League. Fantasy lineups are set. Your gameday jersey is getting broken in, you're ready for kickoff! The only thing you're missing is finding out who's announcing your game, and praying you're not stuck with Dick Stockton! Sorry Falcons and Chiefs fans. Don't forget the fun starts Wednesday with NBC's coverage of Cowboys/Giants and ends with... gulp... Chris Berman on the call of Chargers/Raaaaaiiiiidddeeerrrrsssss. Full schedule after the jump...
During Monday's Yankees-Rays game, Robinson Cano fouled a ball straight for his own radio booth and Yankees play by play man John Sterling. You can hear the amazing sound of the ball whacking Sterling's mic, as Suzyn Waldman steps in and Sterling comes back to life with a baseball in his hand. The accompanying video from MLB.com has the moving pictures as evidence. Then again, we don't actually see the ball hit the microphone, so maybe it did nail Sterling in the coconut instead. Pa Pinstripe sounds way too clearheaded and coherent throughout the entire episode.
Year 6 of the Pammies is underway! The official Pammy Selection Committee has thought long and hard pouring over all the quotes that were sent in for the first weekend of college football and narrowed the list to 16 nominees for your vote. Each week we'll nominate 15-20 quotes for you to pick the best 10. The winning quote of the week will earn that person 10 points all the way down to 1 point for 10th on our way to finding our Pammies winner for 2012. You can vote for your favorite five quotes. Here are your nominees...
1) "I don't know what disconcerting is." - Aaron Taylor (via sctvman)
2) "Alabama is used to playing on national TV, Michigan is not." - Mark May (via WebbNHD)
3) "When he's good, he's good. When he's bad, he's bad." - Andre Ware (via NotFakeRichardH)
4) "I don't think that was holding. I saw no hold there. I'm not so sure about that." - Matt Millen (via Daniel)
5) "The Irish people, they're used to watching hurling, which looks like a mixture of lacrosse and second degree manslaughter." - David Feherty (via AA)
6) "41 yard attempt coming, and he drilled it. Correction! He missed it." - Carter Blackburn (via hokie_Byrd)
7) "The longer you are from the first down, the harder it is to get." - Danny Kanell (via PayneNick)
8) "I've never seen a ball completed that was thrown out of bounds." - Brian Griese (via dantrainor1)
9) "There's a lot of RedHawks who have Ohio ties, played high school football in the Buckeye state." - Eric Collins describing the Miami (OH) roster. (via AA)
10) "If you make the easy plays 100% of the time at the quarterback position, it makes the game much easier." - Shaun King (via MichaelProcton)
11) "Get your horns out. Get your lawnmower and plow this thing in." - Dan Hawkins (via Brandon_Folsom)
12) "You have a 6'5" future NFL tight end versus a guy who will work on a submarine some day. I like that matchup." - Gary Danielson (via levnaginsky)
13) "He (Tyler Tettleton) is the son of Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Tettleton" - Jesse Palmer putting a 2x All-Star and lifetime .241 hitter in the Hall of Fame (via IamRobSimms)
14) "Instead of Breakfast at Wimbledon, it's libations with Lundquist, right?" - Gary Danielson (via AA)
15) "And he puts it through, putting UTEP back on top." - Mike Morgan calling a missed UTEP field goal (via nwnAdam)
16) "A big swallow job by number 99." - Tom Hart (via HodgeChris5)
17) "What he saw were what his eyes were showing him." - Matt Millen (via asigler13)
VOTE for your Week 1 Pammy Nominees! (Vote for up to 5)
An announcer for a Mexican league soccer match between the Morelia Monarcas and Pumas UNAM gets quite a laugh from a fan face-planting into the seats. The man was trying to catch a ball that went out of bounds, but alas, things went awry from there. As you can see in the video, some other fans and the announcer; all find this to be quite a hilarious event.
I don't know what the announcer is saying, but it's funny. However, I think the most important question that everyone is wondering... would Joe Buck have giggled and cracked a smile if something like this happened during a MLB game?