Now that I have my new computer, I can provide you with some weekend stuff that I had been providing before my old battlestation spit the bit. Let me give you some links now. Also, I’ll do the Week Ahead, something that I had been writing occasionally.
First, some links. From Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, he writes that ESPN/ABC took too much of the Big Brown bait and got burned during coverage of the Belmont Stakes. Richard joins Frank Litsky in remembering Jim McKay.
New York Daily News media columnist Bob Raissman tells Showtime to hire Cris Collinsworth for the new version of Inside the NFL.
A few of things from Neil Best of Newsday. First, he reviews ESPN/ABC’s coverage of the Belmont. Next, he gives a list of books and DVD’s that make perfect Father’s Day gifts. And Neil writes an obit for Jim McKay as well.
Now to some more tributes to Jim McKay.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says McKay was the best in the business.
From the Baltimore Sun where McKay once worked, David Zurawik, Tom Keyser and Justin Fenton combine on an obituary. Dan Rodricks of the Sun says McKay’s integrity was a hallmark throughout his career. And in his Medium Well blog, Ray Frager remembers McKay’s no-nonsense broadcasting style.
ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap gives his thoughts on McKay.
CBS News’ Armen Keteyian also writes his thoughts on McKay’s passing.
Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News says goodbye to Jim.
Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post writes that TV truly lost an icon.
Matt Schudel of the Washington Post also writes a remembrance of McKay.
In his Farther Off the Wall blog, Tom Hoffarth provides two stories he wrote on McKay over the years. The first is on the 25th Anniversary of the Munich Olympics tragedy and McKay’s thoughts on his anchoring of the coverage. And the next entry is on the release of McKay’s second autobiography in 1998.
Steve Springer of the Los Angeles Times talks with former colleague Al Michaels and local sportscaster Jim Hill about their thoughts on McKay.
Ed Sherman of the Chicago Tribune says McKay exuded class, no matter which sport he was calling.
Ron Martin of the Burlington (PA) County Times says McKay was truly an original.
From Jim McKay to the Olympics which Jim loved, we get this story from Steven Wade of the Associated Press who breaks news that the broadcast networks that will air the games to their respective countries including NBC are in a dispute with Olympic organizers over delays over bringing equipment into Communist China and limits on live coverage from Tiananmen Square. We have not heard the end of this story.
That’s it for now. I’ll have the Week Ahead in Sports coming up later tonight.