Sports Equation #23

Rafael Nadal + (health + perseverance + determination + experience) = U.S. Open Championshipamazing
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The Song Remains A Pain

If you asked me why I tuned in to this year’s U.S. Open, I could probably enumerate 750 reasons for my viewership, and the words “Shania” and “Twain” would never come up.


Shania Twain: another example of a terrible trend in sports broadcasting

Likewise, if and when I tune in to Sunday Night Football, I will do so with absolutely no interest whom they have singing their execrable theme song. (Possibly still Carrie underwood, but I make vigorous attempts to ignore and/or miss the opening, so I’m not entirely sure.)

In fact, I never care about someone’s music when I turn on any sort of sporting event–because I tune in for, you know, the sports.

Why can’t these broadcasters understand that? Continue reading The Song Remains A Pain

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The First Great Call Of The NFL Season

It seemed like a crazy thing when Tony Romo decided to bow out of the NFL and head into the broadcast booth. It seemed even crazier when CBS decided not only to hire Romo, but to also shove Phil Simms aside and install Romo next to the network’s no. 1 announcer Jim Nantz, thus making him the channel’s de facto top game analyst. No one has made a move like that since John Madden left the sidelines to jump into the broadcast booth–and even Madden needed a little seasoning before he became The Guy.


Nantz, Wolfson, and newcomer Tony Romo: the new guy makes a great call

After Sunday’s season opener, none of it seems all that crazy anymore. Continue reading The First Great Call Of The NFL Season

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Cue The Tom Petty Song

Do you remember when the Los Angeles Dodgers were the greatest team in the history of Earth?

No? Well, you may not be alone–the Dodgers themselves may feel like those days are so far in the past that they’re wondering if any of that was real.


Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers: kissing their dominance goodbye?

The presumptive National League champs–so anointed back in mid-August, especially so after they acquired Yu Darvish–have lost 9 of 10, including waxings by the playoff-bound Arizona Diamondbacks and the extremely also-ran San Diego Padres. As Tom Petty once put it in his ode to the San Fernando Valley–Dodgers territory, for sure–L.A’s team is free fallin’–and it’s debatable whether or not they will be able to get back up.  Continue reading Cue The Tom Petty Song