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Richard Sandomir of the New York Times gave high marks to Jessica Mendoza for her work in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth. She was terrific. You definitely will see her on more MLB games.
Jessica Mendoza showed Sunday night that she belongs in ESPN’s regular rotation of baseball game analysts, with a smart, understated stint in place of Curt Schilling.
She did not sound nervous. She did not push herself into conversations whenever a thought occurred to her. She had an easy camaraderie with the play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman and the analyst John Kruk, with whom she worked at the women’s College World Series in 2008. Sometimes she offered the first analysis of a play, sometimes Kruk did, alternating easily as veteran partners might.
Notre Dame’s game against Boston College on Nov. 21 will be an interesting day for Doug Flutie.
Flutie will be on the call as an analyst for NBC Sports Network’s telecast of the Shamrock Series from Fenway Park. He likely will come under extra scrutiny from Notre Dame fans who will be monitoring if Boston College’s favorite son is tilting toward his old school.
“Actually, it will be more of an issue for the Boston College people,” Flutie said. “They’ll be upset that I am doing all these Notre Dame games.”
Indeed, Notre Dame will be getting a full dose of Flutie this year. He will kick off his first full season as analyst for NBC’s coverage Saturday night when the Fighting Irish host Texas.
I want to flag this story by Gene Wojciechowski on ESPN College GameDay Saturday. Wojciechowski spent nearly two weeks in Poland with Adam Griffith and his family in reporting this piece.
It hardly is something you’ll see everyday on a college pregame show.
From the release:
Alabama’s starting kicker Adam Griffith is no stranger to adversity. At the 2013 Iron Bowl, with one second left in a tied game, Griffith’s 57-yard field goal attempt against rival Auburn was short and returned for a touchdown – an improbable, history-making play. Just as unlikely is Griffith’s road to Alabama – born in Poland to unfit parents and shuffling through orphanages, with little hope for a bright future. That changed in 2006, when a then 13-year-old Griffith was adopted by a couple in Georgia, where he found a successful high school football career … Continue Reading
During a press conference in early August, the Alabama coach, without being asked, expressed his disapproval in Burke writing an unauthorized biography.
“I just want everybody to know that I’m opposed to an unauthorized biography; for anybody,” Saban said. “And I think that’s some person that you don’t even know trying to profit by your story. Or someone else’s story. And one of these days when I’m finished coaching at Alabama I’ll write an authorized book because you know there’s really only one expert on my life. And guess who that is. Me. And there won’t be any misinformation, there won’t be any false statements, there won’t … Continue Reading
In reorganizing, Bloomberg will eschew general interest reporting on topics like sports and education in favor of a stricter focus on business and markets. To stay competitive, Bloomberg seems to feel it must resist the broad industry trend of homogenization in favor of becoming more like itself—the essential source, especially for paying Bloomberg terminal users, for business, markets, and financial news.
Unfortunately, Buteau and others got caught on the wrong side of this decision. Here’s hoping doors open for them.
Keith Bank is living out a different type of dream about golf.
Bank, an avid golfer who runs a venture capital business in Highland Park, currently is in Scotland for the filming of “Tommy’s Honour.” He is the executive producer of the film about golf’s founding fathers, Old Tom Morris and his son, Young Tom Morris.
“It really is almost like living a dream,” Bank said. “You look at the footage every day, and it’s just radiant. These shots of golf are beautiful against the landscape. You walk around the set and everything feels like the 1860s.”
Bank said he initially had no interest in being part of the project that is based on the bestselling book by Kevin Cook. However, after reading the book and then the screenplay, Bank was hooked.
John Ourand of Sports Business Daily dropped the exclusive late Tuesday afternoon: David Feherty is leaving CBS.
This is a rather shocking development considering Feherty had been a fixture on CBS’ golf coverage for 19 years. Yet maybe it isn’t that surprising.
Every time I see and talk to Feherty, he always says he is doing a ridiculous amount of work. He often is on overload with CBS’ large golf slate and doing his “Feherty” show for the Golf Channel, not to mention a myriad of personal appearances, commercials, etc. He always punctuates this by saying, “It’s all good.”
However, maybe it got to be too much for Feherty, now 57. Perhaps he wants to do less.
Whatever the reason, NBC, which owns the Golf Channel, would seem to be a natural fit for him. NBC doesn’t have as many … Continue Reading
You’d think the Dodgers would have some kind of insurance policy in place. To an extent, they do.
Experienced men like Matt Vasgerian, Dan Shulman, Brian Anderson, Don Orsillo or Rich Waltz could be ready for the dance if called upon. Newcomers who we may not be familiar with now, someone in their 20s or 30s who grew up in Southern California knowing the lay of the land, are ready to be drafted.
But the framework is already erect, thanks to those who’ve built the current SportsNet L.A. roster. And those fortunate enough to have seen the future know that giving Charley Steiner the role of play-by-play/set-up man for Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra (and maybe someday even
“I would say realistically — and I don’t want any headlines — but I would say next year would be the last one,” Scully said. “How much longer can you go fooling people? I would be saying, `Dear God, if you give me next year, I’ll hang it up.’ ”
I still cling to the idea that Scully will go on forever. The idea of saying good-bye and hearing his last call will be painful.