Let’s give you a few links before we close out the office for the day.
First, ESPN has announced its announcing team for MLS and Euro 2008. The new main announcing team will be J.P. Dellacamera and John Harkes. The previous main team of Dave O’Brien and Eric Wynalda has been split up. Wynalda is going to be in the studio. Dave will be focusing mainly on Boston Red Sox games, working 150 games on the radio. Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has reaction to the move in his Farther Off the Wall blog. And Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune blogs about the decision to move Wynalda out of the booth.
Hoffarth has the TV lineup in Los Angeles in case you don’t want to watch the Super Bowl.
Dan Lamonthe of The Republican (MA) blogs that ESPN went to visit Gisele Bundschen’s family in Brazil to talk about her boyfriend, Patriots QB Tom Brady.
Newsday’s Jim Baumbach is pleasantly surprised at the media access for this Super Bowl week.
Frank Dolson of the Philadelphia Inquirer looks at Super Bowl I, broadcast by both CBS and NBC on January 16, 1967.
Ken McMillan of the Times Herald-Record (NY) has some Super Bowl TV trivia for you.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley has comments from Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy and WR Donald Driver from ESPN Radio.
Ian O’Connor of Foxsports.com talks with NBC’s Tiki Barber who says he doesn’t deserve to be shut out by his former New York Giants teammates.
I’ve got to listen to 1050 ESPN Radio in New York. So Hood.com talked with Christina Stoffo who does the traffic on Michael Kay’s show. She’s done some modeling on the side as you can see. She can describe rubbernecking for me … oh, never mind.
ESPN’s Dick Vitale talks to Ryan Fagan of the Sporting News about his return to courtside next week.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune writes that Rafer Weigel, the son of the late Chicago TV sports anchor Tim Weigel, will join CNN Headline News’ Morning Express with Robin Meade as a sports anchor for that program. By the way, I love Robin Meade.
Lorne Rubenstein of the Toronto Globe and Mail asks how much is too much when it comes to televising Tiger Woods.
Julianne Smolinski of TV Week writes about ESPN’s foray into HD in Australia.
This has nothing to do with the sports media, but I’m posting it anyway. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post has a profile on former tennis star Andrea Jaeger who will be inducted into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame this week for her work as a humanitarian in running the Silver Lining Ranch in Aspen and the Little Star Foundation for helping kids with cancer and those in poverty. I remember thinking Andrea was a spoiled brat when she was played tennis in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s and recalled she suddenly disappeared after suffering an injury. I then saw her a couple of years ago on HBO’s Real Sports as she was running the ranch and was touched by her caring. And then I saw an update in which she became a Dominican nun. Here’s a person who has done so much and deserves all of the accolades.
That will do it for now.