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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.

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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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The Bell Tolls In Bristol

If, at any time in the last several years, you invested heavily in ‘ESPN/schadenfreude’ futures, then last week was the moment when you became a very wealthy person.

I, of course, preferred to wait a decent period to comment on last week’s layoffs, out of respect for those…

Oh, who am I kidding? I was laughing my ass off over “The Worldwide Leader” and its problems. Not so much over the people laid off; most of them deserved better, I’m sure, and for the ones who were just doing the job of covering their beats–like Ed Werder or Ethan Sherwood Strauss–I have varying degrees of actual respect. They weren’t the ones who were creating the clown show; they just happened to be the ones who paid for it.

No, the main theme is a simple one: ESPN brought a lot of its woes upon itself–and if you tuned in to last night’s Sunday Night Baseball–while the ink on the pink slips was still not dry–you could see exactly why the network is having its problems.

Continue reading The Bell Tolls In Bristol

Logo for the DFR Audible post categoryBitch Bitch Bitch

About a week has gone by now, and I tried to let this pass, but, like a loose tooth, I just can’t leave it alone: the NHL is continuing to screw up the outdoor games.

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The Winter Classic in St. Louis: Too-wide open spaces

As previously noted, there are three major problems with the Winter Classic and its sibling (Heritage Classic and Stadium Series) games. And, despite my and others’ best efforts, the NHL is not getting the message about this. Let’s try again.

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Logo for the DFR Audible post categorySimmons’ Ball Stops Bouncing

Schadenfreude alert: News has come down that HBO has canceled Bill Simmons’ show Any Given Wednesday.

I can’t say I’m surprised, given my reaction to the two episodes I tried to watch back when the effort was first born. The show just wasn’t very good. But this is just a minor setback, right? Simmons is sure to land on his feet somewhere, isn’t he?

Don’t be so sure. Continue reading Simmons’ Ball Stops Bouncing

Logo for the DFR Audible post categorySomebody Up In Bristol Likes Me

Several weeks ago, when I pointed out how heavily ESPN was pimping Lindsay Czarniak leading into the early edition of SportsCenter, I subsequently noted it when the “Worldwide Leader” ceased that practice shortly after my post.

Now, in the wake of my substantially more positive comments on Rachel Nichols and her appearance on PTI, I have to acknowledge that not only did Nichols return for a second engagement on the program yesterday (and apparently will return to the seat again today), but that her co-host for the episode was none other than Pablo Torre — who I suggested as the best partner for Nichols should the network wish to retool the show for a younger generation by moving Messrs. Kornheiser and Wilbon to a farm upstate and installing younger co-hosts.

I suppose it may have been inevitable that Nichols, once she moved into the PTI guest host rotation, would be paired with Torre at some point, since he’s been on that scene for a while now. But the fact that it happened so soon after my suggesting it…Well, let’s just say that I’m beginning to suspect that somewhere in Bristol, CT there’s a DFR reader who’s been passing along my nuggets of wisdom to the local higher ups.

Of course, the real challenge will be getting the folks at the Connecticut Clown College to turn on Jon Gruden and realize that, maybe, just maybe, he isn’t really all that on Monday Night Football. Sean McDonough is in for a long first season. Trust me.