Sports Illustrated has launched a fan poll called "Best and Worst in Sports Media." You can make your picks for the six questions by Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, and check back
later on Wednesday when Richard Deitsch reveals the winners in his column.
By the time I arrived in Athens, Georgia in 1994, Larry Munson was already 72 years old and well-ensconced as the "Voice of the Georgia Bulldogs." Almost everyone I knew in Athens loved him. I did not. I could not understand how they could like this play-by-play announcer who was a clear "homer". How could they love this true curmudgeon? How could they love a man who at times could not even tell listeners what players were in on a play. But something funny happened over the next few years. Munson grew on me.
Jimmer Fredette has been named the 2011 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year, becoming the third Mountain West Conference (MWC) player to win the award. Here is the full press release from the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
There are concerns out and about that the fact that there are no number one or two seeds left in the upcoming Final Four could lead to lower ratings on CBS. The Time-Warner networks (TNT, TBS, and TruTV) are out of the picture, so the public relations folks cannot play the Nielsen numbers game to show record ratings.
The 2011 Sports Emmy Nominations are out, and the 2010 National Spelling Bee is nominated. Really. No kidding. Verne Lundquist is also nominated for outstanding play-by-play, and there is a new category for "Outstanding Playoff Coverage." The winners will be announced on Monday, May 2, 2011.
So here we go with this year's nominations...
I got home from work in time to catch the end of the "AT&T At the Half" on TruTV and then the second half of the scintillating battle between UNC-Asheville and Arkansas-Little Rock. As to be expected there are pluses and minuses, and Charles Barkley has been refreshingly good. So with that being said, here are some thoughts and observations.
As tonight's BCS National Championship game approaches, ESPN Play-By-Play man Brent Musburger has been elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, joining Bob Uecker and Bob Ryan, according to NSSA Executive Director Dave Goren. They're joined in the winners' circle by 2010 National Sportscaster of the Year Mike Tirico of ABC and ESPN and by 2010 National Sportswriter of the Year Peter King of Sports Illustrated and si.com. They will be honored, along with 110 State Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year during the NSSA's 52nd Annual Awards Weekend, May 14-16, 2011, in Salisbury, NC.
Additional honorees include:
The National Hockey League (NHL) has come to their senses and realized that you cannot safely play a hockey game when it is 50 degrees out and raining. So the NHL and NBC Sports have announced that the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic start time will be pushed back to 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 1, 2011.
Here is the official announcement:
The players are complaining about the weather and conditions for tonight's Chicago Bears - Minnesota Vikings game on ESPN Monday Night Football? What wimps! The wind chill is only going to be -1. When the Vikings played their last game at the Met (Metropolitan Stadium) on December 20, 1981, the wind chill was -8, and there was snow on the ground. Television Producer John Faratzis did not mind the weather though.
With all of this heated arguments about what did or did not happen to TV Azteca's Inez Sainz last weekend, I am reminded of what a critic of commentators on Spanish-language sports broadcasts once said to me: They don't have to be good or knowledgeable about the sport they are calling, they just need to speak Spanish.
That thought kept running through my head as I watched an in-studio FOX News interview with Sainz the other day. It does not matter if she is a good journalist or not, she just needs to look hot on camera.