Tuesdays are never fun as it’s still early in the workweek and the weekend is not in sight. But still, there are links to get to.
Sports Media Watch says WWE President Vince McMahon had to “return from the dead” on USA last night to announce the tragic death of wrestler Chris Benoit and his family.
From Boston Sports Media Watch, Dave Scott has an update on Gerry Callahan who’s been away from WEEI since having throat surgery in April. Scott criticizes parent company Entercom for not coming clean about Callahan’s status. In addition, Scott speculates that Callahan and morning show co-host John Dennis may not return when their contracts expire in a few weeks.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today looks at the TV ratings for the sports weekend.
Jim Williams of the Baltimore/DC Examiner says there was high comedy on Fox during the Yankees-Giants game on Saturday.
Neil Best of Newsday has a recap of the NFL Broadcasters Boot Camp.
For some reason, there’s debate in Philadelphia over legendary Phillies announcer Harry Kalas. Philadelphia Magazine quoted an unnamed sports analyst stating that Kalas has lost his fastball. Bill Conlin counters saying Kalas at age 71 should not be criticized and allowed to retire on his own terms.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News says Mets announcers Gary Cohen and Ron Darling didn’t go far enough in criticizing Paul Lo Duca in his tantrum that got him ejected from the Mets-A’s game on Saturday.
Richard Sandomir in the New York Times says corporate America is not on board in the Barry Bonds home run record chase.
Very sad day for those of us who love to watch the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Kobayashi may be out with a jaw injury. The contest is not the same without Kobayashi.
Now Congress may be getting involved in the Big Ten Network-Comcast dispute. Forbes Magazine reports that Michigan Congressman John Dingall is “concerned” about fans’ access to games they once saw for free. Dingall’s committee oversees telecommunications. “Concerned” usually means hearings are on the horizon. Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press has another story on the matter. Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen has written a letter to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany responding to the Commish’s request for an apology. Steve Warden in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette says the extra cost for the Big Ten Network may not be worth it.
Bob Wolfey of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter ranks #2 in a poll to determine the top sports star. Of course, Tiger Woods is #1.
Jay Hart of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says the upcoming ESPN mini-series “The Bronx is Burning” is confusing.
John Smallwood in the Philadelphia Inquirer says US Soccer dropped the ball by giving the rights of the Gold Cup to Fox Soccer Channel which is on cable TV digital sports tiers. But the game was on Univision which is available throughout the US.
There are stories about the ESPY’s and its silly nominations for the even sillier self-serving award show. I’m not going to link to them. If the ESPY’s mean something to you, then Google them and you can read the stories yourself. I don’t care and I wish the ESPY’s would go away.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail has his take on the Louisville Courier-Journal reporter who was ejected from covering a college baseball Super Regional game for live blogging.
David Barron in today’s Houston Chronicle has the story of the passing of J. Fred Duckett, the former public address announcer for the Astros and Rice University. Old school fans will remember his famous introduction of Jose Croooooooooooooz in the early 1980′s.
Those are your links for now. I’ll be back later with more links.