Going into the links for you tonight. I’ve been out all day, but I’m getting ready to watch some baseball, college football and boxing.
One aside. I’m taking a look at Fox for the Washington-Phillies game and Matt Devlin is working with Tim McCarver. I believe this is the 40th partner McCarver has worked with this season. Since Joe Buck worked only eight games, McCarver has worked with (I’m going off the top of my head here) Kenny Albert, Matt Vasgerian, Dick Stockton, Devlin, Thom Brennamen and Josh Lewin. I’m sure I’m forgetting a couple here and there. If I’m David Hill the President of Fox Sports, I decide that this inconsistency is not good for my second most important sports franchise. The NFL will always be number one, but MLB is number two so if Joe Buck doesn’t want to work the full season, find someone who will. If Jon Miller, Dave O’Brien and Dan Schulman can work an entire season for ESPN despite their commitments, why can’t Buck who has little to no commitments during the summer? I know Fox wants Joe to be its signature voice, but working eight regular season games, then 8 – 14 more postseason games are not enough. Fox has a fine stable of announcers from its Fox Sports Net regional channels or it can find a totally new voice. Let’s give the viewers someone who wants to work an entire season.
Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox and give you a few links here.
In his Newsday blog, Neil Best tips us off to a funny clip from Steve “The Schmoozer” Somers of WFAN talking about jumping off the 59th Street Bridge in NYC after another painful Mets loss. But Mets fans are ok now after their team won today (at least I hope they are).
David Scott of the Boston Sports Media Watch has a blog entry on last night’s over the top Red Sox celebration after clinching the American League East plus he looks at some of the media’s behavior during their live shots. And Scott asks why was bulldog attorney Alan Dershowitz in the clubhouse? Good question.
Adam Thompson of the Wall Street Journal says TBS is trying to make sense of where and what it will air for the MLB postseason next week. R. Thomas Umstead of the Multichannel News says thanks to the upcoming MLB League Divisional Series, TBS HD has made significant subscriber gains in the last few weeks.
Gordon White of the Southern Pines (NC) Pilot talks with ESPN Ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber. This is the second story today that I’ve linked to an interview with the ESPN Ombudsman. Is something going on? Why is Le Anne doing interviews?
The Philadelphia Daily News’ Joseph Santoliquito writes about the 10th anniversary of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and the show, “Daily News Live” that has been copied by other CSN outlets in Chicago, DC and New York. Santoliquito lists the Top 5 Moments on CSN. And Daily News Live host Michael Barkann gets a chance to sound off on his favorite moments on the show. And CSN Philly even has a special website to commemorate the occasion. I didn’t know this was such a big deal. LOL.
I’ll have NFL Picks as my last post of the week later tonight.