Nice touch by TNT and Gregg Popovich.
Frank Shorter will be on hand to be an analyst for the race with the Universal Sports Network. In a Q/A with Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News, he describes his feeling about what happened last year.
Q: You’ve compared the experience of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings to what you heard and saw during the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, days before you were to go out and win your gold. How do you make that connection?
A: When the second bomb went off across the street behind me in Boston, I was trying to get to the TV truck for our
If you look at this preview for Wrigley 100: A Century Celebration, you might think the Cubs celebrated many World Series titles at the old ballpark.
OK, you’re not going to pump up a film about Wrigley by highlighting Willie Stargell’s homer off Phil Regan that broke the backs of the Cubs in ’69. Even though the Cubs never experienced a World Series victory in the old ballpark, there were plenty of memorable moments provided by Ernie, Ronnie, Billy, and Ryno and more. Sammy Sosa had a few too, but given what we now know, don’t expect an extensive review of his feats at Wrigley.
Actually, there were championships won at Wrigley–by the Bears. Their history in the park is featured in the film.
The two-hour documentary airs Sunday at 7 p.m. (Central) on WGN-Ch. 9 in Chicago and … Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, Jeff Van Gundy remarked during a telecast that Howard Stern was leaving early during a Knicks game. He jokingly said Stern shouldn’t be given tickets if he isn’t going to stay for the entire game.
Stern, who doesn’t like criticism, used the opportunity to go off on Van Gundy during his show. He went off on a 10-minute rant, calling him every name in the book from “douche bag” to “midget” and even “schlub.”
During a teleconference yesterday, Van Gundy had an amusing response when asked about Stern’s comment.
The first part of the NBA playoffs got just a lot less colorful. We won’t be seeing Craig Sager’s wild suits.
Sager’s son reported the sad news via twitter.
Obviously, everyone wishes Sager a speedy recovery. Here’s hoping he is back soon.… Continue Reading
Dan Patrick on why you haven’t heard much from Jay Glazer lately. He nearly died during a routine procedure.
Mike Florio also had a write-up on Pro Football Talk:
He appeared earlier today on The Dan Patrick Show to discuss the serious health scare that resulted from outpatient surgery. Glazer separately explained the situation by phone to PFT.
“I went in for a routine back deal,” Glazer said. “Nothing big. Dissolving a piece of a disc that broke. Something that was real easy took a turn.”
After being given anesthesia, Glazer vomited into the face cradle. The stomach contents ended up in his lungs, and the acid burned the tissue.
Glazer started convulsing, and the doctors revived him. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he spent four days recovering from aspiration double pneumonia.
He didn’t realize the gravity
My latest column from the National Sports Journalism Center stemmed from me watching an excruciatingly dull Chicago-Boston game on Tuesday night. Still working on my goal to eliminate slow play in baseball in our lifetime.
Tuesday, I came home around 9:30 (Central), and I noticed that Chicago and Boston were tied at 1-1. Since the White Sox, my team since the age of 5, are off to a decent start after last year’s 99-loss disaster, I have some renewed hope. Hey, that’s the beauty of baseball in April.
So I tuned in to see how they would do against the defending world champions. And I watched, and yawned, and watched and yawned, as the game crawled along at a maddening slow pace. Even White Sox announcers Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone took note.
“This game really is moving slow,” … Continue Reading
If recall last year, Jason Whitlock took considerable flak for writing that he did Pulitzer Prize caliber work in 2012. He even compared himself to Mike Royko. He bemoaned the fact that contest isn’t opening to writers who worked for broadcast sites.
Have to admit, it takes some stones to say you should receive a Pulitzer.
Well, not sure if Whitlock had any worthy entries in 2013. He didn’t promote himself this year. Perhaps as a result, when the Pulitzers were announced this week, I didn’t see his name on the list of winners.
Maybe next year, Jason.
More importantly, there weren’t any Pulitzers awarded to sportswriters. Nothing really new there.
From Joey Morona of Cleveland.com:
‘Draft Day’ pulled in $9.75 million at the box office in its first weekend of release, according to industry estimates.
The movie — starring Kevin Costner as the Cleveland Browns GM juggling his personal and professional life in the hours leading up to the NFL Draft — underperformed by many accounts.
This isn’t an apples to apples situation since Tiger Woods played early during the first round of the Masters last year. He went off at 10:45 a.m., meaning ESPN only got to show his last holes when it went on the air.
So why were ratings down considerably yesterday?
You wouldn’t be wrong if you said Woods’ absence has reduced the buzz for the tournament. Perhaps viewers weren’t as geared up to see Bill Haas at the top of the leaderboard.
I can’t think of another reason besides the Tiger factor. There was some compelling golf Thursday, especially with Phil Mickelson’s wild ride.
Will be interesting to see the ratings for Friday. Woods went off late in the second round last year, meaning ESPN’s afternoon coverage was wall-to-wall Tiger.
The release from ESPN:
ESPN’s live telecast of the first … Continue Reading