Boston has a pretty rich hockey history. The Bruins are part of the NHL's Original Six, and along the way, they've developed a pretty intense rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens. So when NESN showed the results of a poll about hockey movies during the Bruins-Sabres game on Thursday night, it wasn't a shock to see The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard with just 3% of the vote. It *was* shocking however, to see NESN broadcaster Jamie Erdahl anglicize the Quebec-born Richard's name. It's not as if Richard is an unknown either - he's one of the biggest stars in hockey history.
Now I'm curious if Erdahl can correctly pronounce the names of Bruins stars Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand...no comments
Sunday, December 22
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills [CBS 1PM] Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein
Denver Broncos at Houston Texans [CBS 1PM] Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars [CBS 1PM] Andrew Catalon, Adam Archuleta
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs [CBS 1PM] Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets [CBS 1PM] Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams [FOX 1PM] Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Laura Okmin
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins [FOX 1PM] Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Erin Andrews
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers [FOX 1PM] Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals [FOX 1PM] Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber & Kris Budden
New York Giants at Detroit Lions [FOX 4:05PM] Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks [FOX 4:05PM] Chris Myers, Tim Ryan & Jennifer Hale
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens [CBS 4:25PM] Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers [CBS 4:25PM] Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers [CBS 4:25PM] Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles [NBC 8:30PM] Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michele Tafoya
Monday, December 23
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers [ESPN 8:40PM] Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters
H/T Sammy!no comments
Few people have had as decorated a playing career at the high school, college, and NFL level as Chris Spielman. The former Ohio State linebacker has served for the last decade as an ESPN college football analyst and he was kind enough to spend a few moments with us today to talk about the upcoming bowl season that starts tomorrow. You can view the entire bowl schedule along with announcing assignments here.
But Spielman's story is about much more than football. In 2009, he lost his wife Stefanie after a courageous battle with breast cancer at the age of 42. Spielman wrote a highly acclaimed book in 2012 about that journey and in Columbus, the Stefanie Spielman Fund has raised millions for breast cancer research. In addition to a conversation about the bowl season, the Big Ten, and his alma mater, he also opens up about becoming an author and the meaningful work of the Spielman Fund. If so moved, you can donate to the Spielman Fund here, it's truly a great cause.
AA: Your passion and intensity were hallmarks of your playing career, how do you channel that as a college football analyst?
Chris Spielman: I have the same attitude as when I was a player, it's a privilege to call college football games. I have so much respect for the players, coaches, and fans that it's my solemn duty to tell the truth and what I know is right and wrong and what I believe. Sometimes coaches or fans may get upset with your opinion, but I'd put my opinion up against anybody and challenge anybody to show me where I'm wrong. I did that as a player. Show me where I'm wrong and I'll fix it.
AA: Outside the BCS, which bowl matchup are you most looking forward to?
Spielman: Since I'm doing the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the one I have the most interest in is Michigan-Kansas State. I think it's an interesting matchup, the fact that Michigan struggled at the end of the year and then turned it on against Ohio State. And although he may not be the most interesting guy in the world, Coach Snyder does a wonderful job of coaching and it's amazing how whenever they lose players they keep coming back and coming back. It's probably the one I look most forward to, but I watch them all. I'm one of those guys that will sit there and watch bowl games no matter where they are, when they are, I'll find a way to get to a TV and check in on most of them.
AA: How important is the bowl game for Michigan and Brady Hoke after having a down year, but playing so well against Ohio State. Can they use this as a springboard into next year?
Spielman: It's very important for them, and I know a lot of people are restless for Coach Hoke. They just have to figure some things out. They really struggled against MSU and Nebraska offensively, then they got back on track against Ohio State. He can get it turned around, and they have to get it turned around.no comments
Before we answer that, who would you guess as the man who has called National Football League games on network television for the longest period of time? Would you guess Pat Summerall? Dick Enberg? Dick Stockton? Maybe even the late Charlie Jones? While each of those would be good choices, you would be wrong. Neither man is the longest-tenured NFL announcer on national television. So who is the person with that distinction?
A few clues for you. First, he's called NFL games consecutively since 1967. He has called the NFL for CBS and NBC. In addition to the NFL, this man has been the play-by-play announcer for numerous Orange Bowls on NBC, hosted the PGA Tour on NBC in the early 1980's, called swimming on the 1988 Summer Olympics, worked with partners such as John Brodie, Bob Trumpy, Randy Cross, Sonny Jurgensen, Steve Tasker and many others. He was the sports anchor on NBC News at Sunrise in the 1980's and also gained a following reporting sports on the Imus in the Morning program on the old WNBC Radio. He's currently the radio voice of Notre Dame football for IMG.no comments
The Phillie Phanatic is one of our favorites here at AA, and the clip of him harassing Dick Enberg and Mark Grant from September was a riot. But this clip is a little different - the Phillies produced a "What Does the Fox Say" parody video starring the Phanatic. It's nowhere near as fantastic as the video put together by the Mavericks in October, but if you're a mascot lover, this video will hit all of the right spots. I'm already wondering what next year's meme du jour will be.no comments
Inside the NBA has been the best studio show in sports for several years now and it's random moments of inspiration like this that are the reason why. What other show could get "Leroy Jetson" trending? Watch as Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Shaq start doing their own drumline while Charles Barkley sits there totaly unimpressed. Why is he being such a Grinch? Did he have a bad experience in 6th Grade band? That has to be it.
Now if we can only get the Inside the NBA crew to play Bangin' on a Trashcan, then that would be the greatest moment in the history of western civilization.
[H/T Hot Clicks]no comments
The arguments against compensating college athletes are becoming less and less credible. Former CBS Sports President Neal Pilson, who is the go-to source for sports television executives from generations gone by, predicts that the television ratings for college football would decline around 15 to 20 percent if college athletes start receiving extra compensation in conjunction with their already-paid college fees.
Pilson, who served as president of CBS Sports for 14 years, released this statement as a part of the NCAA's rebuttal to the Ed O'Bannon image and likeness lawsuit. As a former TV executive, Pilson now serves as a media consultant and professional witness in high-profile cases like this. The NCAA is paying him $825 an hour for his services. This just happens to be a bit more money than any college athlete makes per hour.no comments
Bowl season is upon us, where average to mediocre teams play largely meaningless games in front of small crowds for a couple weeks until the games that we actually care about take place!
Ok, that may be a little harsh as there are actually some intriguing games before January 1st this year and plenty of decent BCS matchups before it all comes to a head January 6th in the final BCS title game. 35 games of college football over 17 days on a journey that goes from New Mexico to Pasadena. ESPN televises 33 of the 35 Bowl games with CBS (Sun Bowl) and Fox (Cotton Bowl) both televising 1 game a piece.
Below you'll find all the dates, times, and announcing assignments as well as the Bowl Game rankings from our friends at Crystal Ball Run as an added guide for you to decide which games are appointment viewing and which you might be ok popping in your DVD copy of It's A Wonderful Life.
Here now your full 2013-2014 Bowl Game Announcing Schedule...
Saturday December 21st
(32) New Mexico Bowl: Washington State (6-6) vs Colorado State (7-6)
2 PM ET, ESPN - Mark Jones, Brock Huard, and Jessica Mendoza
(10) Las Vegas Bowl: #20 Fresno State (11-1) vs #25 USC (9-4)
3:30 PM ET, ABC - Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, and Samantha Ponder
(31) Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo (8-4) vs San Diego State (7-5)
5:30 PM ET, ESPN - Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb, and Dawn Davenport
(18) New Orleans Bowl: Tulane (7-5) vs Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
9 PM ET, ESPN - Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards
Monday December 23rd
(30) Beef O Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg: Ohio (7-5) vs East Carolina (9-3)
2 PM ET, ESPN - Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, and Paul Carcaterra
Tuesday December 24th
(26) Hawaii Bowl: Boise State (8-4) vs Oregon State (6-6)
8 PM ET, ESPN - Steve Levy, Lou Holtz, Mark May, and Maria Taylor
Thursday December 26th
(27) Little Caesars Bowl: Pittsburgh (6-6) vs Bowling Green (10-3)
6 PM ET, ESPN - Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, and Niki Noto
(25) Poinsettia Bowl: Utah State (8-5) vs #23 Northern Illinois (12-1)
9:30 PM ET, ESPN - Joe Davis, Mike Bellotti, and Cara Capuano
Friday December 27th
(28) Military Bowl: Marshall (9-4) vs Maryland (7-5)
2:30 PM ET, ESPN - Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards
(24) Texas Bowl: Syracuse (6-6) vs Minnesota (8-4)
6 PM ET, ESPN - Mark Jones, Brock Huard, and Kaylee Hartung
(15) Fight Hunger Bowl: BYU (8-4) vs Washington (8-4)
9:30 PM ET, ESPN - Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Tom Luginbill
Saturday December 28th
(23) Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers (6-6) vs Notre Dame (8-4)
12 PM ET, ESPN - Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer, and Paul Carcaterra
(21) Belk Bowl: Cincinnati (9-3) vs North Carolina (6-6)
3:20 PM ET, ESPN - Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, and Allison Williams
(11) Russell Athletic Bowl: Miami (FL) (9-3) vs #18 Louisville (11-1)
6:45 PM ET, ESPN - Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich
(20) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Michigan (7-5) vs Kansas State (7-5)
10:15 PM ET, ESPN - Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, and Shannon Spake
Monday December 30th
(34) Armed Forces Bowl: Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs Navy (8-4)
11:45 AM ET, ESPN - Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, and Paul Carcaterra
(17) Music City Bowl: Ole Miss (7-5) vs Georgia Tech (7-5)
3:15 PM ET, ESPN - Mark Jones, Brock Huard, and Jessica Mendoza
(14) Alamo Bowl: #10 Oregon (10-2) vs Texas (8-4)
6:45 PM ET, ESPN - Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe
(12) Holiday Bowl: #14 Arizona State (10-3) vs Texas Tech (7-5)
10:15 PM ET, ESPN - Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, and Maria Taylor
Tuesday December 31st
(13) AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Arizona (7-5) vs Boston College (7-5)
12:30 PM ET, ESPN - Tom Hart, John Congemi, and Niki Noto
(22) Sun Bowl: Virginia Tech (8-4) vs #17 UCLA (9-3)
2 PM ET, CBS - Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracy Wolfson
(33) Liberty Bowl: Rice (10-3) vs Mississippi State (6-6)
4 PM ET, ESPN - Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich
(19) Chick Fil-A Bowl: #24 Duke (10-3) vs #21 Texas A&M (8-4)
8 PM ET, ESPN - Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, and Samantha Ponder
Wednesday January 1st
(9) Gator Bowl: Nebraska (8-4) vs #22 Georgia (8-4)
12 PM ET, ESPN2 - Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards
(35) Heart of Dallas Bowl: UNLV (7-5) vs North Texas (8-4)
12 PM ET, ESPNU - Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb, and Dawn Davenport
(8) Outback Bowl: Iowa (8-4) vs #16 LSU (9-3)
1 PM ET, ESPN - Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters
(5) Capital One Bowl: #19 Wisconsin (9-3) vs #9 South Carolina (10-2)
1 PM ET, ABC - Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Tom Luginbill
(4) Rose Bowl: #5 Stanford (11-2) vs #4 Michigan State (12-1)
5 PM ET, ESPN - Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Heather Cox
(7) Fiesta Bowl: #15 UCF (11-1) vs #6 Baylor (11-1)
8:30 PM ET, ESPN - Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, and Shannon Spake
Thursday January 2nd
(6) Sugar Bowl: #11 Oklahoma (10-2) vs #3 Alabama (11-1)
8:30 PM ET, ESPN - Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe
Friday January 3rd
(3) Cotton Bowl: #13 Oklahoma State (10-2) vs #8 Missouri (11-2)
7:30 PM ET, Fox - Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, and Kristina Pink
(2) Orange Bowl: #12 Clemson (10-2) vs #7 Ohio State (12-1)
8:30 PM ET, ESPN - Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, and Maria Taylor
Saturday January 4th
(16) BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt (8-4) vs Houston (8-4)
1 PM ET, ESPN - Dave Neal, Andre Ware, and Dawn Davenport
Sunday January 5th
(29) GoDaddy Bowl: Arkansas State (7-5) vs Ball State (10-2)
9 PM ET, ESPN - Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, and Allison Williams
Monday January 6th
(1) BCS National Championship Game: #1 Florida State (13-0) vs #2 Auburn (12-1)
8:30 PM ET, ESPN - Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Heather Cox