I see that there’s enough linkage out there on this Monday to warrant an update.
One of the pioneers in sportswriting died on Sunday. Terry Olberle, sports editor emeritus of the Winston-Salem (NC) Journal remembers Mary Garber who died yesterday at the age of 92. As far as anyone can determine, Garber was the first full-time female sportswriter at a daily newspaper and her career spanned six decades. Lenox Rawlings of the Journal says Mary might have been just five feet tall, but she stood way above many of her colleagues. And Bill Cole of the Journal says two of college basketball’s greatest coaches have great fondness for Mary. Finally, Mary’s co-workers share some of their stories.
Ed Hardin of the Greensboro (NC) News-Record says “Miss Mary” Garber was a great influence on many sportswriters in the region.
Claire Noland of the Los Angeles Times also remembers Garber.
We move on. CNBC’s Darren Rovell has received confirmation from Nike that it is getting out of the swimwear business.
From the Sports Business Journal, Steve Donohue writes that the tough economic times are forcing newspapers to scale back their sports coverage.
And Eric Fisher from the SBJ says while attendance and revenue projections are going to fall short for this season, MLB is still bullish on the sport.
Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News says ESPN asked the Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures to delay their famous lineup roll call, to which the Creatures told the Alleged Worldwide Leader to stick it. Good for them.
Some great stuff from Neil Best of Newsday who attended last night’s Yankee Stadium farewell. First, Neil spoke to Baseball Hall of Fame announcer Bob Wolff who called many great moments at the Stadium. And Neil caught up with current Yankees announcer John Sterling who talks about his favorite memories. Neil says ailing ex-New York Football Giants GM Ernie Accorsi made it to last night’s festivities. Neil talks with former Yankees first baseman Chris Chambliss who thought ex-2nd baseman Willie Randolph slipped when he actually slid during the ceremonies. Neil says Reggie Jackson helped out ESPN’s Jon Miller in the booth last night. Finally, Neil writes that the Yankees beat Sunday Night Football in the ratings in New York, but football beat everyone else nationally.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News likes the latest Sony ad featuring Peyton Manning.
Bob Diddlebock of the Denver Examiner liked Troy Aikman’s analysis of yesterday’s Saints-Broncos game.
I got this press release earlier today. NBC says Cowboys-Packers ran all over the Emmy Awards telecast on ABC on Sunday.
Two more press releases to pass along. Here are some quotes from Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci from last night’s NFL Gameday Final on the NFL Network.
And CBS Sports says its ratings for Week 3 went up from last year.
From the Kansas City Star, Jeffrey Flanagan reviews the comments from the TV and radio announcing crews during yesterday’s Chiefs-Falcons game.
Christopher Byrne at the Eye on Sports Media blog tells us that CBS has selected Kentucky-Alabama as its SEC national game on October 4.
Charles Goldberg of the Birmingham (AL) News says as a result of CBS’ pick, ESPN has chosen to air Auburn at Vandy at 6 p.m. on the same date.
And completing the SEC TV lineup for October 4, Raycom will show Arkansas-Florida in the early afternoon slot.
And in primetime on October 4, ESPN has selected Nebraska-Missouri.
A while back, I linked to a fascinating story in which Al Michaels told the Los Angeles Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth about his brief cameo appearance on Hawaii Five-O. Leave it to Awful Announcing to find Al’s scene.
The Big Lead has Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander taking a massive shot at ex-colleague Jay Marrioti.
Joe Favorito says Action Sports America’s larger-than-life marketing puts the company in a unique spotlight.
That will do it for now.