November 30, 2008 |
It's Rich Gannon's job as a CBS analyst to critique NFL players. But it was when he was playing that Gannon really cast stones. When he was quarterback of the Oakland Raiders, Gannon used to arrive at the facility before dawn during the week of a game -- long before his teammates would get there -- so he could study video on the opponent.
October 29, 2008 |
Danyelle Sargent made a mistake, one she recognized almost as soon as the words left her mouth. She asked new San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Singletary: "I hear that your mentor Bill Walsh was one of the first phone calls you made when you found out you had the job. What does it mean to you to be the head coach of the 49ers?" The big problem with that question, of course, is that legendary coach Bill Walsh died more than a year ago. Singletary became 49ers coach last week.
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October 13, 2008 |
Gil Stratton, a longtime presence in Southern California as an anchor on Channel 2 and KNX-AM 1070, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at this home in Toluca Lake, according to his wife, Dee. He was 86. A former radio, theater and film actor and Pacific Coast League umpire, Stratton used the signature line "Time to call 'em as I see 'em."
October 10, 2008 |
Something is missing from the TBS baseball studio show. Something that could bring excitement, unpredictability, controversy. Something that could light the spark clearly missing when Cal Ripken and Dennis Eckersley, along with Curtis Granderson (division series) and Harold Reynolds (championship series) join host Ernie Johnson to analyze the plays, the players and the moves in the games of the day. Something that could lighten the analysis and sharpen the criticism.
October 3, 2008 |
It was an evening that would have brought a smile to the face of Jack Haley. For those who care about professionalism behind the mike, however, it was embarrassing. You remember Haley, a former NBA player with the Lakers and several other teams, who traded his uniform in for a Lakers cheerleader outfit when he went to work for the Fox Sports Network. The spirit of Haley was alive and rooting on the FSN postgame show the night the Dodgers clinched the National League West. Sitting in their outfield perch, Steve Lyons, Kevin Kennedy and Jim Watson were literally toasting the Dodgers' achievement, openly celebrating while pouring freely from a bottle we were assured was alcohol-free cider.
September 26, 2008 |
To those who have heard him on L.A. radio for more than three decades, he is The Big Nasty. To those who have seen him at local sports venues, he is simply Mr. Big, his body ballooning to nearly 700 pounds at his worst. To those who depend on him for information, he has long been among the most plugged-in sports personalities in town with solid sources and an always loud, often controversial, sometimes bitter opinion on everything from Dodger blue to Showtime.
August 13, 2008 |
Jingoism. That's an ugly word sometimes used to describe ugly Americans in previous Olympics. The dictionary defines it as "a person who professes belligerent patriotism." American announcers in particular have been branded with that term, but not so much in the Beijing Games, where the coverage has been generally evenhanded.
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June 14, 2008 |
Charlie Jones, a veteran sportscaster best known for his pro football play calling in a 38-year network career, died Thursday night at his home in La Jolla after suffering a heart attack. He was 77. Jones was getting dressed to go to dinner with friends at Torrey Pines Lodge when he was stricken, said his longtime agent, Martin Mandel. The U.S. Open is underway this week at Torrey Pines. The versatile Jones' first network assignment, on Sept.
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June 8, 2008 |
Jim McKay, whose commanding presence, eloquence and versatility as a broadcaster made him the face and voice of sporting events around the globe for American audiences, died Saturday. He was 86. McKay died of natural causes at his farm in Monkton, Md., according to his son, Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.
May 14, 2008 |
ESPN will add Hannah Storm to its "SportsCenter" lineup in August when it will supplant nine hours of taped programming in favor of live sports news. Storm, most recently on CBS' "The Early Show," will co-anchor the middle three hours of ESPN's new daytime news block. ESPN currently airs a live "SportsCenter" at 2 a.m. Eastern each day. That one-hour show is repeated six times between 6 a.m. and noon with only occasional updates for breaking news. "You look at Fox News and CNN, it's inconceivable that they would be on tape for that amount of time," said Norby Williamson, the network's executive vice president of production.