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June 26, 2000 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
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.
January 31, 2000 | LARRY STEWART
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 | LARRY STEWART
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 | LARRY STEWART
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 | RANDY HARVEY
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 | LARRY STEWART
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 | ALLAN MALAMUD
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. . . .
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.
January 29, 1992 | STEVE SPRINGER
A dozen years have passed. Two more Winter Olympics have come and gone, and another is almost upon us. The entire Soviet empire has crumbled. Yet the glow remains for those who were closest to one of the shining moments in U.S. sports history. The victory of the U.S. Olympic hockey team over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Games at Lake Placid, N.Y., and the subsequent American victory over Finland for the gold medal was one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
September 27, 1991 | LARRY STEWART
Good news for Dodger fans. All three of the home games against the San Francisco Giants this weekend will be televised. Tonight's 7:30 game and Sunday's 5 p.m. game will be on ESPN, and Saturday's noon game will be on CBS. ESPN is able to show tonight's game in Los Angeles because it is a sellout and it is not on SportsChannel's schedule. It can show Sunday's game because ESPN has no restrictions for its national Sunday telecasts.
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