Lynch and other media-leery NFL players might want to read the piece to get an appreciation of how the media played a role in making them millionaires. They also could learn a thing or two from Pierson’s insights. Don was a true mentor for me, and one of the most respected NFL writers of all time. There’s a reason why his name is in Canton.
Even though the Bears have been dreadful, Fox Sports still is sending its A-team to Soldier Field Sunday. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be on the call for the Bears-Detroit game.
It is interesting to note that Fox’s top crew is doing a game that will air in only 28 percent of the U.S. Meanwhile, Fox’s biggest game in terms of coverage area Sunday is Atlanta-New Orleans, which will be seen in 38 percent of the U.S. Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch will work that game.
Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell said: “We have three games featuring three potential NFC playoff teams this weekend (also Green Bay at Tampa Bay) that the top crew could broadcast. This game was chosen because Detroit is one of the best teams in the NFL and is currently leading the NFC North; the … Continue Reading
Blackhawks president John McDonough wanted authentic and he got it.
The debut of “Road to the NHL Winter Classic” on EPIX featured footage of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wearing out the F-word during their 4-3 victory over Montreal.
“Hey boys, pucks are going through us like we don’t give a (bleep),” Quenneville said.
Later, Quenneville let them know where they stood with him during a languid segment of the game. “Hey boys, I’m not (bleep-ing) happy, he said.
The raw language is a trademark of the “Road to the Winter Classic” series. The behind-the-scene films, airing on consecutive Tuesdays at 9 p.m. through Jan. 6, follows the Blackhawks and Washington Capitals before and during their outdoor game at Nationals Park on Jan. 1.
Forget about Ken Harrelson working a reduced schedule of White Sox games in 2015. The team’s aggressive off-season has the veteran play-by-play man pumped up and ready to go the distance.
“(The moves) sort of convinced me,” said Harrelson, 73. “They said to check the schedule and see what games I wanted to do. I was looking (at missing some games). But now with this thing, it’s going to be a fun year.”
Harrelson had talking of cutting back to spend more time with his family; he now is a great grandfather. However, he couldn’t envision sitting at home watching games on TV, especially if the Sox live up to expectations.
“I know I’d miss being there,” Harrelson said. “It would be something I’d be sorry about. These opportunities don’t come every year. Next year will be my 40th… Continue Reading
Here are a couple of clips to put you in the mood for the “Road to the Winter Classic” series, which debuts tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET on EPIX.
Bryan Bickell shows the results of a hard night at the office.
Barry Trotz takes his son to the zoo.
EPIX, a premium channel that debuted in 2009, is available in 50 million homes. However, since EPIX isn’t offered by several carriers, including Comcast, the largest distributor in the Chicago area, the series also will air online on the NHL, Blackhawks and EPIX sites to reach a wider audience.… Continue Reading
I caught a few minutes of Fox Sports’ debut on golf Saturday with Greg Norman’s Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Frankly, it’s hard to make much of an assessment with a silly season event. It almost had the feel of a NFL preseason game, with no real juice or drama.
My initial impressions were that the telecast seemed OK. I like Joe Buck and am quite sure he can be a good driver. I also enjoyed hearing Brad Faxon’s analysis. He will be a good addition for Fox.
The jury obviously is way out when it comes to Greg Norman, who will be compared to Johnny Miller. Maybe it was me, but there were a few times when I had trouble hearing him. It seemed like Fox might want to tune up his volume.