Hello on a scorching Sunday. Hot here in the Northeast, but it’s hot everywhere in the US as well, so I hope you’re running the air conditioner or at least heading to the beach today. Let’s give you some links so you don’t have to do a lot of physical activity (but don’t get stuck to your seat).
Neil Best of Newsday talks with Keith Hernandez who has managed to become of the better local MLB analysts. His work on SNY during Mets games is getting notices.
Bob Raissman in today’s New York Daily News lobbies for Tony Kubek to gain entrance to the Broadcasters’ Wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I have to agree. Kubek did excellent work with NBC, TSN and MSG as both an analyst and play-by-play. I feel his best work came in the late 1970′s-early 1980′s when he was first teamed with Joe Garagiola then Bob Costas.
In the New York Post, it looks like Phil Mushnick wrote this particular column in a bad mood. He says if the NFL wants to clean up its image, it had best start with its own NFL Network.
Today is Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, NY where Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken will see their plaques for the first time. Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes about the woman who has been responsible for making those plaques since 1995.
And today is finally the day when ESPN returns to airing Nextel Cup races for NASCAR. If you click on your TV sometime before 1 p.m. ET today, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPN Classic have all been hyping the return and it’s to the point where you want to avoid the channels. Anyway, despite this ridiculous hype, Paulsen in the Sports Media Watch blog points out the ratings for NASCAR have been in a slump over the past year. Larry Stewart in the Los Angeles Times says the Draft Track feature that will be unveiled today was named out of thin air.
Two entries from Jim Williams in the DC/Baltimore Examiner. First is on the bells and whistles ESPN will offer in the NASCAR race today. Second is a guide on where to watch and listen to today’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
The 38 Cliches blog has been quiet this weekend. That’s because Glenn Geffner is not doing the Red Sox radio broadcasts and Dave O’Brien is leading to joy all over Red Sox Nation. LC does have a funny entry from Friday on what Dave was doing while Glenn was broadcasting 15 Red Sox games in a row.
Big Ten fans will be able to see the conference’s annual media day live on ESPN this Tuesday.
Fang’s Bites fav, Natalie Gulbis has won her first LPGA title in France. To celebrate, we offer one of her hotter pictures from her FHM shoot.