It may tickle many of our readers to know that last night, Phil Simms -- well-known New York Giants quarterback, long-time lead analyst for The NFL on CBS -- was running a bowling tournament.
You might wonder what the broadcasters, who spend much of their lives devoted to football and have to cover games on holidays, do for Thanksgiving. CBS's main NFL team spends the day away from their families, for the most part, and they've long held a tradition of having a bowling tournament on the Tuesday night prior to their game, Simms told us.no comments
The 2013 NASCAR Chase for the Cup is in the rear view mirror (no pun intended), and while the Chase was down, NASCAR is comfortable with their overall numbers for 2013.no comments
Comedian Pete Holmes has an interview series that sometimes features athletes that are meant to be incredibly awkward. Lolo Jones sat down with Holmes and things immediately got weird. Lolo plays along with all of it though like a pro because she's one of the best in sports when it comes to having a laugh at herself. It's all here, bobsledding, what her name rhymes with, Twitter dates, bases... I only wish we could get Nick Saban to open up like this.no comments
Each month here at Awful Announcing we will hope to spotlight the very best in announcing with our Calls of the Month feature. Below you'll find calls from all around the world of sports - from football to soccer, television to radio, the serious and the comical. Here's November's Calls of the Month in chronological order...
Nebraska's Hail Mary prayer is answered
Way back on November 2nd, Nebraska beat Northwestern on a Hail Mary pass to end the game. The Nebraska radio team of Greg Sharpe and Matt Davison made the delirious call.
The Tessitore Effect lives!
If ESPN's Joe Tessitore is calling your game, it's a near certainty something memorable is going to happen. He makes his second straight appearance in the Calls of the Month with this description of Myles Jack's first breakout performance as this generation's Chuck Bednarik - a 66 yard TD run.no comments
We're pleased to welcome one of the very best announcers in sports back to the AA Podcast - the voice of the NHL, Mike "Doc" Emrick. While most sports fans think of Thanksgiving as football time, NBC has a national broadcast on Black Friday between the Bruins and Rangers. We catch up with Doc looking ahead to that broadcast as well as some other early season storylines including...
-How realignment has affected the NHL so far this season.
-Why there's such a disparity between the Eastern and Western Conference.
-Why Thanksgiving is a bellwether in the standings and which team has surprised to this point.
-The concussion lawsuit filed by former players and Doc's surprising answer as to why fighting will ultimately be eliminated from hockey.
-Looking ahead to the Bruins-Rangers game on Friday.
-His thoughts on calling the Winter Olympics in Sochi this winter and the increased number of spectacles throughout the hockey season.
Thanks to Indiana's Huntington University of the NAIA, we have our first crazy announcer call of a midcourt buzzer beater this season. With the Foresters trailing 59-58 after a late Marian free throw, Shane Merryman sinks it from three-quarter court to win the game and send the announcers into hysteria. I love the compliment of the color man screaming his head off and the play by play man going with the colloquial phrase of astonishment "no way Jose!" Yes way!
[H/T: Guyism]no comments
With rivalry week taking centerstage in college football this weekend, it's a time to soak in the history of the games that make the sport what it is. Perhaps the best of those rivalries is the Michigan-Ohio State game.
40 years ago, the two teams met in Ann Arbor with a Rose Bowl berth and possible National Championship on the line. The game was a 10-10 tie, which led to the controversial tiebreaker vote which BTN explored in a documentary earlier this month.
One of the most memorable moments from the '73 game, or any year in the rivalry happened before the contest when the Ohio State team did the unthinkable and tore down Michigan's M Club banner at midfield.
Michigan football announcer Bob Ufer called Wolverines games from 1945 till his death in 1981 and is a legendary figure in the program's history. His description of the Buckeyes tearing down the banner is one of the more impassioned moments of broadcasting in college football:no comments
The NFL's flexible scheduling has been like manna from the heavens for the league and its Sunday Night Football package since its inception in 2006. It ensures the best late season matchups are aired in the league's most important broadcast window. Flex scheduling is a small part of the NFL's march towards world domination over the past several years, but it's a part nonetheless. In a world before flex scheduling, the league's primetime slate was a random assortment of hit or miss games with no predictability whatsoever of their attractiveness or ratings potential. Now, the NFL should be guaranteed meaningful games for primetime on Sundays and ratings gold.
But when you look at this week's flex choice for Sunday Night Football, it may be one of the most uninspired choices since its advent.
4-7 New York Giants at 3-8 Washington Redskins