God bless Linda Cohn. She tried as best as she could to get a decent interview out of Ken Griffey Jr. but he was clearly in another universe. Griffey appeared on the afternoon live SportsCenter in a promo spot for Upper Deck and Cohn asked him questions about his favorite cards growing up and thoughts on today's MLB.
Griffey's responses were... less than forthcoming. The former All-Star offered little more than one word answers as you can see in the highlights above and looked like he would rather be anywhere else on the planet. Griffey said he most wanted to be remembered for his smile.
Uhhh.... about that....
[Thanks to Cork Gaines for the clip!]no comments
I like to believe there's sometimes more to life than just mere coincidence and random events. What happened in Coral Gables Tuesday night is more evidence that somewhere up there the baseball gods do exist, and they allow us to enjoy some awesome moments from time to time.
Miami senior Javi Salas threw a perfect game in a 17-0 home victory against Villanova. It was just the 22nd perfect game in NCAA history going back to 1957. Salas, a captain at Miami, threw the second perfect game in the history of the Hurricanes baseball program.
That wasn't the only history that was made though as Salas' perfecto will go down as one of the more unique moments in all of collegiate baseball because of the combination of his performance and the person who called the game on radio.
Salas' younger brother Jorge called his brother's perfect game for Miami's student radio station, WVUM. Via Deadspin, here's his call of his brother's history making moment.no comments
TSN is going about their Tradecentre show as usual on NHL trade deadline day. That means 10 hours of coverage, over 30 on-air personalities, and Brian Burke showing up with his tie off. Sometimes, it can get a little monotonous and time is needed to be filled.
Canada's Sports Leader appears to have found a solution for that in Lester McLean. He is, as described by the TSN website, a "singer, songwriter, saxophonist, TSN employee, and most importantly, big-time hockey fan." You cannot deny his credentials after hearing the tune he dropped in with about new Minnesota Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.no comments
Last month, ESPN analyst and former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling announced he'd been diagnosed with cancer. He underwent successful surgery and was undergoing radiation treatment. It appears Schilling will now have to go under the knife again.
That's part of the update he left on his Facebook page on Monday:
“Week 2 begins with radiation and unfortunately more surgery. Not gonna break me, though, way too much faith in Him and love from friends and family.”
ESPN has announced that no one will replace Schilling in his new role as an analyst for Sunday Night Baseball. Dan Shulman and John Kruk will work on their own rather than have another analyst sit in. ESPN released a statement when Schilling announced his diagnosis that "we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball coverage whenever he’s ready."no comments
We live in interesting times. Comcast is buying Time Warner, Aereo's existence is on the line in court, Netflix is cutting deals with Comcast, Apple is trying to find a seat at the telecom table, and Dish Network has turned a new leaf as it continues to go on the offensive on adding upstart sports channels amid talks of a sports television bubble and a growing reluctance by chief competitor DirecTV to do the same.
What started as what many thought of as a "rogue" deal in which Dish shocked many by adding the Pac 12 Network while DTV was allegedly circling a deal (word is that by "allowing" Dish to "cut the line", talks between Pac 12 Network and DTV have been mostly non-existent while the relationship has become toxic), Dish has followed up by adding the Longhorn Network as well as the yet to launch SEC Network.no comments
Keith Olbermann's return to sports has been very refreshing. It's brought something different to late night sports television and he's found a way to successfully merge his sporting and political styles and personalities to create an entertaining show. Olbermann's opening rants aren't filled with the bitterness of his "Mr. Bush... SIR" days, thank the Lord, but they do contain enough bite and snark and humor to make for good television.
Tuesday night's essay presented an awkward situation as Olbermann's target was the sports media as a whole. As a result, you couldn't just see the giant elephant in the room, it was ready to stampede through the screen.no comments
Of all the major sports, NHL players are the best follows on Twitter. They seem to collectively have a pretty good sense of humor and are more relatable than athletes from other major sports. Any athlete that doesn't use their Twitter feed for an endless collection of Instagram links or RTs of birthday requests is a winner in my book. But some of these NHL players trading places for the deadline has led to some great moments in social media.no comments
February was a great month for NBC Sports. Aside from the obvious boost in ratings for the Winter Olympics, the network also boasted some truly impressive numbers for its coverage of the Premier League. Soccer coverage during the month of February was the most-watched in U.S. history.
Just how big were ratings? Pretty big, relatively speaking. A total of 17 Premier League games were shown across NBC, NBCSN and the USA Network and they brought in an average of 609,000 viewers per match. That's the second consecutive month NBC had a record EPL audience after averaging 492,000 viewers in January. Those numbers may sound insignificant, but they represent a 76% jump from the Premier League's previous best month back in September of 2011 which brought in an average of 346,000 viewers for 12 games shown on Fox, Fox Soccer and ESPN2.
The sudden spike in ratings can be attributed to one key factor: Olympic coverage.
NBCUniversal used lead-ins and promotion of the Premier League during Olympic events to bring a record number of eyes to the Premier League in the United States.
These numbers are noteworthy, but just about any program or event would have seen a big influx in viewers considering all of the lead-ins and promoting NBCUniversal gave during the Olympics. Still though, the Premier League is showing real growth in its first year on NBC and these numbers should give soccer fans real encouragement.no comments
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All Access: Canelo vs. Aruglo, Episode 2 -- Showtime, 10 p.m.
St. Francis (NY) at Mount St. Mary's -- Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m.
Nebraska at Indiana -- Big Ten Network, 7 p.m.
Louisville at SMU -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
Duke at Wake Forest -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Rutgers at UConn -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Texas Tech at Kansas -- Big 12 Network, 8 p.m.
TCU at Texas -- Longhorn Network, 8 p.m.
Tennessee at Auburn -- SEC TV, 8 p.m.
Purdue at Wisconsin -- Big Ten Network, 9 p.m.
Dayton at Saint Louis -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.
Colorado at Stanford -- ESPN2, 9 p.m.
West Virginia at Oklahoma -- ESPNU, 9 p.m.
San Diego State at UNLV -- CBS Sports Network, 11 p.m.
Utah at Cal -- ESPNU, 11 p.m.
Arizona at Oregon State -- Fox Sports 1, 11 p.m.
ACC Tournament, Greensboro, NC
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Boston College vs. Virginia -- Fox Sports Net-Regional, 3:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest -- Fox Sports Net-Regional, 6:30 p.m.
SEC Tournament, Duluth, GA
Missouri vs. Mississippi State -- Fox Sports South/SportSouth, 6 p.m.
Arkansas vs. Mississippi -- Fox Sports South/SportSouth, 8:30 p.m.
Big Ten Tip-Off Show 2014 -- Big Ten Network, 6:30 p.m.
Inside College Basketball -- CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.
Whiparound Coverage -- ESPNU, 6:30 p.m.
Big Ten Finale '13-'14 -- Big Ten Network, 11 p.m
College Basketball Live -- ESPN2, 1:30 a.m. (Thursday)
Michigan at UCLA -- Pac-12 Networks, 10 p.m.