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
All Times Eastern
Cancun Challenge, Cancun, Mexico
3rd Place Game
Old Dominion vs. Saint Louis -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
West Virginia vs. Wisconsin -- CBS Sports Network, 9:30 p.m.
Great Alaska Shootout, Anchorage, AK
Tulsa vs. Indiana State -- CBS Sports Network, 11:30 p.m.
Maui Invitational, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
7th Place Game
Minnesota vs. Chaminade -- ESPNU, 2:30 p.m.
5th Place Game
Arkansas vs. Gonzaga -- ESPN2, 5 p.m.
3rd Place Game
Cal vs. Dayton -- ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.
Syracuse vs. Baylor -- ESPN, 10 p.m.
NIT Season Tip-Off, New York, NY
Arizona vs. Drexel -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Duke vs. Alabama -- ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.
Ball State at Utah -- Pac-12 Networks, 10 p.m.
College Basketball Live Scoreboard -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
One2One: Tommy Amaker -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.
Monday night reports emerged the NHL reached a landmark deal with Rogers Sportsnet for Canadian TV rights to the league. The details are even more revolutionary - instead of the odds on favorite of splitting the rights between CBC, TSN, and Sportsnet, the NHL agreed to a 12 year $5.2 billion dollar deal solely with Rogers. The network will sublicense Hockey Night in Canada back to CBC, but in another unique step Rogers will maintain editorial control over the CBC broadcasts. It completely changes the Canadian sports media landscape and is the biggest deal in NHL history.
Earlier today, our Steve Lepore talked with NHL COO John Collins about the inner workings of the deal, how it came about, and what it means for hockey fans in Canada and the United States.
Steve Lepore: There were rumors leading up to this announcement that the league would go with three different networks from three different companies. Why did you decide to go with one company (Rogers) spreading things out over multiple networks?
John Collins: The way we went about it, particularly since the NHL is the No. 1 content in Canada, would be to try to create a bit of an auction around individual packages, like Hockey Night, possibly adding Sunday night and see how many bidders you can get going.
One of the things that's different about the Canadian distribution landscape than the U.S. is that content owners don't really necessarily have the ability to create [revenue]. Content is king, but it doesn't mean that you get paid necessarily for that content. They have pretty broad government oversight by the CRTC.no comments
With Thanksgiving week upon us, we're joined by one person who has the privilege of not working just one of the big games in store this weekend, but two of them. CBS's intrepid sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson works the Iron Bowl on Saturday between #1 Alabama and #4 Auburn but before that will also call the Thanksgiving Day game between the Raiders and Cowboys. In this podcast, Tracy chats with AA about the busy week and other topics including...
-The differences in sideline reporting in the NFL vs college football.
-Reflecting on the Kevin Ware injury and the news value of sideline reporters in various events this year.
-The recent discussion on women in sports media and how progress has been made and what else needs to be done.
-The Iron Bowl as one of the best rivalries in college football.
-Her professional relationship with Nick Saban and how his reputation may betray his true personality.
-Which Iron Bowl subplot is most compelling and does Auburn really have a chance to compete with the Tide?
-Missouri flying under the radar in the SEC and nationally.
-What events are on her bucket list.
For more from Tracy, follow her on Twitter @TracyWolfson.