September 2, 2000
I very much resent Mike Penner's implication [Aug. 25] that people who don't like Dennis Miller doing football are the ones who don't get his humor. We don't like his cluttering up the broadcast because we're all too stupid to understand him? Give me a break. I get him. I like him. But I'm trying to listen to a football game, not an HBO comedy special. Contrary to network belief, the lower ratings have been because of awful games, not the lack of endless, egotistical gab. I listened to a lot more of the broadcasts after Dierdorf left than I did while he was there, and I'm certainly going to have the sound off if Miller stays.
June 26, 2000 |
Run for your lives, sports fans, the sky is falling. Oh, please! If a wrestler named Jesse Ventura can become Minnesota governor. . . . If a washed-up singer named Sonny Bono, former pro footballers Jack Kemp and Steve Largent and former college quarterback J.C. Watts can become congressmen. . . . If a non-New Yorker named Hillary Rodham Clinton can run for the U.S. Senate in New York.
June 23, 2000 |
ABC, further blurring the line between sports as competition and sports as entertainment, on Thursday named comedian Dennis Miller as one of its two new commentators to work alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Al Michaels on "Monday Night Football." Dan Fouts, a Hall of Fame quarterback for the San Diego Chargers who had been announcing college football for ABC, will be the other commentator.
January 31, 2000 |
It may not rank with his "Do you believe in miracles?" But Al Michaels couldn't have come up with a much better capsule description of the Rams' Super Bowl victory Sunday. "There was a movie called 'The Longest Yard.' There is your sequel." This wasn't the U.S. defeating the Soviet Union in Olympic hockey, which prompted Michaels' famous call in 1980. But it was the most dramatic finish in the 34-game history of the Super Bowl.
June 4, 1998 |
What: Season debut of "Arli$$" When: Sunday, 9:30-10 p.m. on HBO Arliss Michaels, the sleazy yet likable, hilarious, eternally optimistic, resourceful, fast-talking, fast-dealing sports super-agent, is back for a third season. We learn in this first show that Michaels, played by Robert Wuhl, is broadcaster Al Michaels' cousin, and the real Al Michaels is part of the cast. So are Oscar De La Hoya, New England Patriot owner Bob Kraft and Ken Norton Jr.
December 5, 1997 |
Other than talking about his golf game, there really isn't much bad one can say about ABC's Al Michaels. Outstanding broadcaster, hard-working, solid citizen, family man, good husband and father, that's Michaels. It all makes Al Davis' attack on Michaels this week even that more incongruous. It shows just how sick Davis is. The man has lost his senses. With Davis as their leader, no wonder the Raiders have become the embarrassment of the NFL.
December 1, 1997 |
I've never thought Al Michaels had to take the second chair to anyone, not even Pat Summerall or Dick Enberg, as a pro football play-by-play announcer. Last Monday night, Michaels was practically Cosellian. I mean that as a compliment. He told it like it is with Al Davis, which prompted a complaint from the Raiders to ABC and the NFL. That reminded me of Jack Ramsay's blunt assessment of the Clippers recently on ESPN, offending General Manager Elgin Baylor.
December 27, 1996 |
Who were the best sports broadcasters in 1996? In the category of commentators, John Madden and Pat Haden rank 1-2. Phil Simms is an up-and-comer, and Terry Donahue and Sam Wyche had solid rookie years. Among studio hosts, Bob Costas had a good Olympics. Problem is, NBC didn't. James Brown, Greg Gumbel, Chris Berman and Mike Tirico deserve prominent mention in this category. In the play-by-play category, Dick Enberg, Marv Albert and Pat Summerall rate highly.
December 7, 1993 |
Some early Christmas shopping: For Anaheim--An NFL franchise. . . . Monica Seles--Tennis matches. . . . Oscar De La Hoya--Good advice. . . . Art Shell--A Sunday without flags. . . . Randy Pfund--Danny Manning. . . . Kent Desormeaux--Directions in Tokyo. . . . Terry Donahue--The usual bowl game result. . . . Michael Jordan--A round of 68. . . . Al Michaels--Pat Haden in the booth on Monday nights. . . . Radio sports-talk show hosts--More guests and fewer shouting matches with callers. . . .
March 4, 1993 |
Al Michaels will not be working the Santa Anita Handicap for ABC on Saturday. Jim McKay will host the network's coverage of the $1-million race. Michaels will be at Santa Anita in a different capacity--horse owner. Barraq, a gelding he owns in partnership with attorney David Leveton, will be a starter in the $100,000 Arcadia Handicap, one of two supporting features on the Big 'Cap card.