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?
I watched most of the Florida-Bowling Green game during an uninspiring slate of Saturday afternoon football in hopes the MAC could fare a bit better than the Big Ten against SEC opposition. BGSU outplayed Florida for large stretches, but couldn't take advantage of Gator mistakes, and made a few of their own, ultimately losing 24-14.
ESPN announcers Mark Jones and Brock Huard did a solid job throughout the game, but this call from Jones in the 2nd quarter made me scratch my head in a quizzical manner. Watch as he calls this Florida catch a first down even though the catch is made a full six yards in front of the marker! Jones corrects himself calling the spot "just a little bit short." Too bad the yellow line isn't actually on the field for the benefit of the announcers.
See if Jones' call makes the first round of Pammy nominees tomorrow!
Dwight Howard spent the better part of a year trying to get out of the city of Orlando. After the most nauseating, tiresome, lengthy trade demand saga since the days of the Silk Road, Dwight Howard was finaly sent to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.
Howard's quest to get out of Orlando played out like a season of Prison Break. The franchise is currently in a state of ruins and will depend on Al Harrington, J.J. Redick and Hedo Turkoglu to bear the scoring burden. Yes, it's that bad in Orlando. But, all is well for Dwight Howard in sunny Los Angeles. To drive the stake further into the hearts of Orlando Magic fans, Howard took out a full page ad in the Orlando Sentinel to thank fans. Try and not laugh out loud and spit whatever drink you are consuming onto your computer screen or mobile device when you read these quotes from Howard:
In Sunday's Phillies-Braves game, Atlanta won 8-7 after a walkoff home run by Chipper Jones in the ninth inning. The reaction in Atlanta was pretty wild, but Braves radio play-by-play announcer Jim Powell seemed to portray the best reaction from the general fanbase in the call below.
Powell described the scene as Jones stepped into the box with unbridled enthusiasm, with almost an expectation that the retiring Braves legend would do something special. Sure enough, after Chipper whiffed on a fastball, he set the next one into the stratosphere... right where Powell said he had a huge gap in right center field.
As soon as Jones connected, Powell went into super ultra homer mode (which is acceptable in cases like this when your name isn't Hawk Harrelson). He managed to announce to listeners exactly what happened and conveyed the magnitude of the situation: a comeback from down six runs, topped off by the franchise legend. Then, he went silent and let the crowd take over, a talent that most broadcasters don't seem to possess.
New ABC Saturday Night Football sideline reporter got a taste of primetime when she tried to ask Alabama head coach Nick Saban about his running back situation and the multiple backs getting playing time and playing well. Saban, in the type of gentle warmness that has seen him take Alabama to the top of college football, responded by shooting arrows of fire into Cox. How dare she ask Nick Saban such an insulting question about the success of some of his players! Doesn't she know who he is? He's the one with the statue that's still standing.
The 2012 college football season got underway this weekend without the namesake of the Pammies and AA Mount Rushmore resident Pam Ward. Ward was kept off ESPN college football assignments this year, although she continues working a variety of sports for ESPN. Bristol still employs one female play by play announcer for college football broadcasts, the capable Beth Mowins. Mowins announced Saturday's Syracuse-Northwestern game with Joey Galloway (who I thought was pretty good in his first game), but many watching somehow thought Mowins was Ward. This, of course, was wrong.
Maybe it speaks to some kind of greater societal issue at hand where all female play by play people have to sound like Pam Ward in our subconscious. Not every female announcer is Pam Ward just like every male announcer isn't Chris Berman. Then again, it could just speak to our inability to pay attention to the many occasions when Mowins' name and/or picture appeared on screen to identify her as the announcer for the game. Either way, maybe we collectively have a ways to go. As always, these are Real Tweets from Real People...