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November 22, 2012 | McClatchy Newspapers
If you were going to follow John Facenda on the air, you had to have a great voice. Maybe nobody could match the legendary Facenda, whose familiar baritone was called the "voice of God" when he broadcast for NFL Films. But Jeff Kaye brought it off. After Facenda died in 1984, Kaye became one of the voices of NFL Films, lending his own sonorous baritone to the pro-football documentary features of the Mount Laurel, N.J.-based company. Maybe not quite God, but close to it. "I can say to this day, when I look at some of the shows Jeff narrated over the years, I am still fascinated by the way he told a story," said Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production for NFL Films.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2012 | McClatchy Newspapers
If you were going to follow John Facenda on the air, you had to have a great voice. Maybe nobody could match the legendary Facenda, whose familiar baritone was called the "voice of God" when he broadcast for NFL Films. But Jeff Kaye brought it off. After Facenda died in 1984, Kaye became one of the voices of NFL Films, lending his own sonorous baritone to the pro-football documentary features of the Mount Laurel, N.J.-based company. Maybe not quite God, but close to it. "I can say to this day, when I look at some of the shows Jeff narrated over the years, I am still fascinated by the way he told a story," said Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production for NFL Films.
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December 25, 2010 | Sam Farmer
When the New York Giants play at Green Bay on Sunday, temperatures are expected to dip into the low teens. Surely, somebody will refer to the "frozen tundra" of Lambeau Field. Funny thing about that phrase, though, is that Vince Lombardi didn't like it, and didn't want it used in the Packers' highlight films. It was coined by Steve Sabol, now president of NFL Films, and he used it in his script for the "Ice Bowl," the 1967 NFL championship game between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
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September 18, 2012 | Chris Erskine
With Steve Sabol as lensman, editor and resident poet, NFL Films didn't just capture pro football's blood-stained quirks and foggy breath, it established an aura you could see and feel. "The autumn wind is a pirate, blustering in from sea," he once wrote for voiceover specialist John Facenda, whose bell-tower tones earned him the nickname "The Voice of God. " So, yeah, in a way, Sabol put words into God's mouth. Sabol, an art history major who went on to become one of the most celebrated sports filmmakers of his time, died of brain cancer Tuesday at the age of 69, leaving behind a legacy that can be seen in every video montage from "SportsCenter" to your local news.
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May 7, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
The Kentucky Derby was a clean race. All horses that ran for the roses were cleared by the state's racing authority after surprise pre-race tests for performance-enhancing drugs. The Associated Press reported that the screening for blood-doping agents was conducted Wednesday. No word on whether Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin watched Street Sense's stirring charge to victory.
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September 18, 2012 | Chris Erskine
With Steve Sabol as lensman, editor and resident poet, NFL Films didn't just capture pro football's blood-stained quirks and foggy breath, it established an aura you could see and feel. "The autumn wind is a pirate, blustering in from sea," he once wrote for voiceover specialist John Facenda, whose bell-tower tones earned him the nickname "The Voice of God. " So, yeah, in a way, Sabol put words into God's mouth. Sabol, an art history major who went on to become one of the most celebrated sports filmmakers of his time, died of brain cancer Tuesday at the age of 69, leaving behind a legacy that can be seen in every video montage from "SportsCenter" to your local news.
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November 27, 2001 | Mike Penner
Best places to watch professional football in Southern California through the years: 1946-1979: A 50-yard-line seat at the Coliseum. Waterfield to Hirsch, Van Brocklin to Fears, Gabriel to Snow, Hadl to Jackson and, finally, one time only, Ferragamo to the Super Bowl. 1980-1989: Just above the third-base dugout at Anaheim Stadium. The skin of the infield wasn't much to look at, but most years the home team was pretty good.
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February 1, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
You might say that Scott Graham, as the new voice of NFL Films, has a plum assignment. But his boss sees it as more of an olive one. "The narrator is sort of like the olive in the martini," said Steve Sabol, NFL Films president. "It sort of finishes off the drink the right way. It's not the entire drink, but you need the lemon slice, the olive in the end to make it complete." Graham, 44, took over this season in place of his friend and former Philadelphia Phillies broadcast partner, Harry Kalas, who was the voice of NFL Films for 32 years until his death last April.
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November 11, 1999 | LARRY STEWART
What: "Best Shots: a Century of Sound and Fury" videotape Producers: USA Home Entertainment and NFL Films Price: $19.95 Imagine the best that NFL Films has to offer--the best catches, the best runs, the best sacks, the best hits, the best sound bites, the best from players and coaches wearing microphones, the best music and sound, the greatest joy, the worst agony--and that's what you get in this videotape. The title says it all.
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August 27, 1994 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Should anybody be shocked that Pittsburgh Steeler Coach Bill Cowher would use surveillance cameras to check on his players' late-night activities during training camp? Give me a break, writes Philadelphia Daily News columnist Rich Hofmann. "This is not Big Brother. This is just football," Hofmann wrote. "There isn't another sport on the planet where the players are locked up in a hotel the night before a home game--a home game!--in order to keep an eye on them.
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December 25, 2010 | Sam Farmer
When the New York Giants play at Green Bay on Sunday, temperatures are expected to dip into the low teens. Surely, somebody will refer to the "frozen tundra" of Lambeau Field. Funny thing about that phrase, though, is that Vince Lombardi didn't like it, and didn't want it used in the Packers' highlight films. It was coined by Steve Sabol, now president of NFL Films, and he used it in his script for the "Ice Bowl," the 1967 NFL championship game between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
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February 1, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
You might say that Scott Graham, as the new voice of NFL Films, has a plum assignment. But his boss sees it as more of an olive one. "The narrator is sort of like the olive in the martini," said Steve Sabol, NFL Films president. "It sort of finishes off the drink the right way. It's not the entire drink, but you need the lemon slice, the olive in the end to make it complete." Graham, 44, took over this season in place of his friend and former Philadelphia Phillies broadcast partner, Harry Kalas, who was the voice of NFL Films for 32 years until his death last April.
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May 7, 2007 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
The Kentucky Derby was a clean race. All horses that ran for the roses were cleared by the state's racing authority after surprise pre-race tests for performance-enhancing drugs. The Associated Press reported that the screening for blood-doping agents was conducted Wednesday. No word on whether Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin watched Street Sense's stirring charge to victory.
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November 27, 2001 | Mike Penner
Best places to watch professional football in Southern California through the years: 1946-1979: A 50-yard-line seat at the Coliseum. Waterfield to Hirsch, Van Brocklin to Fears, Gabriel to Snow, Hadl to Jackson and, finally, one time only, Ferragamo to the Super Bowl. 1980-1989: Just above the third-base dugout at Anaheim Stadium. The skin of the infield wasn't much to look at, but most years the home team was pretty good.
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August 1, 1992 | BOB OATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Thorpe slept here. He played a lot of football here too. For this is the home of the Canton Bulldogs, legendary early-century professionals. Canton, fittingly, is also the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which this year has attracted perhaps its most distinguished cast of inductees and presenters. On the steps of the shrine at noon today: --Raider owner Al Davis will be presented as a Hall of Famer by the coach of one of his three Super Bowl champions, John Madden.
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