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@sir boxington Then you are mistaken, beause I rarely comment in any thread unless I have a strong opinion or prsonal expierence. I can only think of 1 other ESPN thread I have ever commented in, not counting Longhorn Network threads.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/watchespn-having-streaming-issues-for-usa-germany.html

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@sir boxington I know you're kidding, but you really don't know me considering that LeBron and Manziel and my LEAST favorite players because of their cocky, snobbish attitudes towards the press. No. My co-worker and I flipped it on during the pre-game for 1 reason and 1 reason only, the weather. We knew about the rain and the flooded streets. We knew they said it would be evaluated an hour before gametime to determine playability. I never said we watched the pregame. I said we turned it on at that time. No reason to turn it off when you can just mute it. Maybe if you had said Romo and Aikman you would have gotten it right, but ven then it would be unlikely.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/watchespn-having-streaming-issues-for-usa-germany.html

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Didn't have any problems here on my computer. Then again, I logged on for pregame, so it may have ended up first come, first serve.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/watchespn-having-streaming-issues-for-usa-germany.html

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This will mean big changes for CBS Sports Network as well since Catalon was on their #1 college football broadcast team.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nfl-on-cbs-broadcast-teams-revealed-for-2014-season.html

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Apparently this journalist student needs to take a refresher course on research, because Nowkhah was the host last year and Peterson was the anlyst. This journalist stuent makes you think Peterson was the host and doesn't meton that Nowkhah was involved last year at all. Lucky for him I'm not a professor, because I would gie him an F for inaccurate facts right then and there.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://fangsbites.com/college-baseball/guest-column-espns-bases-loaded-is-fun-television.html

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I wouldn't be shocked if she ends up on CAA or Ivy League broadcasts on NBCSN.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/alex-flanagan-being-replaced-on-notre-dame-football-and-football-night-in-america.html

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I could easily see Brando calling games for SEC Network, even if it isn't the game of the week. They have 5 games in week 1, 6 in week 2, and 3 in week 4. It look like most weeks they will have a minimum of 3 games. Brando coud easily be the voice of the #2 broadcast team with Dave Neal as play-by-play voice 3. I could also see his radio show joining Paul Finebaum on SEC Network as a simulcast.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/tim-brando-reportedly-joining-sec-network.html

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For what it's worth, ESPN Classic does air 1 HSCU game live each yearrand like stories, I would prefer thy do the stories mostly in morning and aftenoons and move some of the exclusive ESPN3content onto TV.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-next-logical-move-is-to-repurpose-espn-classic-to-a-storytelling-channel.html

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Also missing is 8 PM- LSU vs. Houston on ESPN3 in an elimination game.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/viewing-picks-for-june-2-2014.html

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Some college baseball TV corrections. 

Noon- Alabama vs. Kennesaw State- ESPNU

3 PM- Ole Miss vs. Washington- ESPNU

8 PM- Texas A&M vs. Texas on Longhorn Network in addition to ESPNU

11 PM- UC Irvine vs. Oregon State- ESPNU


The 8 PM- Indiana/ Stanford (if necessary) will be on ESPN3, not ESPNU.

Also missing is 8 PM- LSU vs. Houston on ESPN3 in an elimination game.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://fangsbites.com/late-night-viewing-choices/mondays-viewing-picks-81.html

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Some college baseball TV corrections. 

Noon- Alabama vs. Kennesaw State- ESPNU

3 PM- Ole Miss vs. Washington- ESPNU

8 PM- Texas A&M vs. Texas on Longhorn Network in addition to ESPNU

11 PM- UC Irvine vs. Oregon State- ESPNU


The 8 PM- Indiana/ Stanford (if necessary) will be on ESPN3, not ESPNU.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/viewing-picks-for-june-2-2014.html

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What I wonder is does this mean U-Verse can start airing Sunday Ticket, and in turn does this mean DirecTV will start airing Longhorn Network, SEC Network, and Pac-12,Pac-12 BAY, and Pac-12 LA snce U-Verse has them?

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://fangsbites.com/directv/att-acquires-directv-for-48-5-billion.html

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@SpringRubber That s correct. It will be Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies on WGN Thursday night, not Harrelson and Steve Stone as listed above

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-55-511.html

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The Diamondbacks/ Brewers game went with a MLB.TV broadcast that was simulcast on MLB Network instead of producing the game. As a result Bob Uecker and Joe Block were the announcers instead of the previously mentioned Severino & Magrane.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-55-511.html

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Wenesday's Diamondbacks Brewers game will be a MLB Network production with Paul Severino providing play-by-play and Joe Magrane acting as analyst. This will be the first time MLB Network has produced a game that isn't their feature game in that time slot.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-55-511.html

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What's interesting to me is that they are going with Ferraro instead of Pierre McGuire.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/doc-emrick-eddie-olczyk-and-nbc-sports-brand-will-be-in-eas-nhl-15.html

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I will only consider this a good move if MLB Network also continues to air MiLB games. If CBS Sports Network's contract is replacing the MLB Network contract, then this is a no gain situation. MLB Network has aired MiLB games, usually from the AAA level, the past two seasons.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Don't forget at 4 PM on NBCSN is the 2014 Varsity Cup Challenge Championship of Rugby between BYU and Cal.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/viewing-picks-for-may-3-2014.html

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I can understand the bad comment about NBC using the Comcast feed for Kings/ Sharks (until Game 7), but here is the fact of the matter. NBCUniversal owns Comcast, so they save money by using the regional feed rather than simulcasting the Canadian broadcast. I can understand not liking it. I myself would rather have no regional feeds being used, but I can understand why NBC does it. they dont want to waste money, and using the CBC crew would cost them more than using employees they already partially own.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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@mdtp33 First off I'm going to stop you right there because they said DON'T SHOW YOUR HOME MARKET BIASE, which is exactly what you've done. I could care less about name mispronunciations, and that is your main complaint about Enberg. I think Enberg tends to drag behind because he is trying to tell everything about what a player does, and I think that's the only reason he tends to be behind on the play. Is it unnatural for a play-by-play announcer to do it this way? Yes, but I rate him higher because he tries to keep the fan informed despite whether or not they are able to watch what is going on.

I think that Gwynn tends to be slow to his points and drags into the play-by-play announcers call. When he calls the game, it is always as part of a 3-man team, and I have heard multiple times where Grant starts up analysis only to be cut off by Gwynn. I also don't think an active coach should even be doing analysis, and Gwynn is the coach of San Diego State. It is because Gwynn tends to dilly dally to his points and that he cuts off other announcers that I don't like him as an analyst. Don't try to give me any crap about how I should be lenient because he has overcome cancer. That has nothing to do here or there about how I personally choose to rate an analyst. And you certainly can't say I have a hometown biase with any of my analysis. I've said I think the Mets have the best announce team, but I would say the best announcer currently calling the game is Gary Thorne up in Baltimore. Heck, if I were to rate each announce team, I would have my own hometown teams somewhere in the 10-15 range. Truth be told, I would have the Padres rated lower than that.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-nl-west.html

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Think I'll watch the BYU Sports triple header that's being shown. At 3 PM I'll tune in to Youtube to watch the Varsity Cup Semifinal match between BYU and Navy in rugby.


After that I'll use the DVR feature on BYUtv.org to watch the conclusion of the softball series between Loyola Marymount and BYU that starts at 2 PM and will be shown live on BYUtv.


At 9 PM I'll tune back into BYUtv to watch their live coverage of the MPSF Championship as Stanford plays at BYU with an NCAA Tourney automatic birth on the line. Chances are both of these teams will make the newly expanded 6-team NCAA Men's Volleyball tourney, but the winner here gets the automatic bid and likely gets a bye into the semifinals in Chicago.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://fangsbites.com/weekend-viewing-choices/saturdays-viewing-picks-39.html

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I'll be watching the BYUtv doubleheader that isn't listed. Loyola Marymount at BYU softball at 2 PM and MPSF Championship volleyball as Stanford plays at BYU at 9 PM.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/viewing-picks-for-april-26-2014.html

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@MattGalvin Sorry, but where on the Earth are you getting TNT from? TNT doesn't carry baseball. They have never carried baseball, outside of select Divisional Games when TBS needed them to air some, and their new contract doesn't give them any games.


ESPN has the right to air a game on any night they choose to, other than Saturday. They have a national contract to carry a game every week on Monday night, Wednesday night, and Sunday night, but their contract allows them to air a game on any night other than Saturday.


MLB Network's contract allows them to choose one to two games a week to air with their own crew on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday night. It also allows them to air a game on any night that ESPN isn't airing a game. 


Fox's contract gives them exclusive coverage on Saturday's that they can air on FOX or Fox Sports 1.


TBS's contract is only for a Game of the Week on Sunday afternoons.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html

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@MattGalvin There is a difference. MLB Network has the game, but it will be a local broadcast. MLB Network isn't restricted to the number of games they can do each week. Their only restriction is that they can only do 1- 2 games with their own team a week. All others have to be done with a local broadcast, usually the home team.


I would assume Fox has a limit on the number of weeknight games they can show. Currently 5 weeknight games are scheduled, 4 on FS 1 and the All-Star game- Tuesday, April 8; Thursday, May 15; Tuesday, July 15; Tuesday, July 29; and Tuesday, August 26. Looking at that, I would say they can probably do no more than 5 a year, with the All-Star Game counting as one of the 5.I would assume that restriction is in place since ESPN is technically the weeknight broadcast partner for MLB, and they want to keep ESPN happy.


So when all is said and done, no, they couldn't do tonight's game with a national broadcast because the Red Sox NESN isn't affiliated with Fox Sports, and by doing tonight's game they would also have to sacrifice a future contest.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html

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@MattGalvin  Matt, you didn't read what he said, or if you did, you didn't understand it. Fox Sports 1 can ONLY broadcast weekday games where they have a contract with both teams. In this case Fox owns the majority of YES, but they don't own any of NESN. Since they don't own any of NESN, they can't carry a weekday game between the Yankees and Red Sox in any capacity. It doesn't matter that they can send their own crews. Their contract limits them to where they can only do weekday games when they own both teams regional broadcast rights. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html

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I think I'll watch the Men's College Volleyball doubleheader that is only partially listed.


7 PM- MPSF Semifinal: Pepperdine vs. USC on TheW.tv

10 PM- MPSF Semifinal: BYU vs. UC Santa Barbara on BYUtv

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://fangsbites.com/uncategorized/thursdays-viewing-picks-74.html

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Kenny Albert & Tom Verducci will call Yankees/ Angels for Fox Sports 1 Saturday. Justin Kutcher and C.J. Nitkowski will cover the Pirates/ Cardinals game as Game 2 of the double header.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html

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@KobraCola There's a complete difference in their approaches. Scully calls every play and tells interesting stories. Kuiper and Krukow go times where they miss two or three pitches all together. I much prefer those who call it like it is no the radio over those who sit quiet the whole time or who over analyze.  I also think there is at least one occasion per games where Krukow steps on Kuiper's feet by over analyzing. At least Scully doesn't have to worry about that since he tends to call the games solo.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-nl-west.html

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Surprise! Bud Selig acted as an analyst for at least one inning of today's DBacks/ Cubs game on MLB Network & WGN America.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-mlb-announcing-schedule-for-421-427.html

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Kasper and DeShaies should be the most recognized broadcast team since Cubs games air on WGN America nationwide. They leave me with a feeling of being satisfied as they aren't overly biased towards the Cubbies and they provide you the info you want to know. Still, they don't throw out the interesting info I seek, so I give them a B.


The rest of the division has the big name announcers, but once you take away the Thom Brennaman's, Brian Anderson's, Tim Neverett's, and Tim McCarver's you're left with a bunch of sub-par info I don't really care about. The ones I mentioned all deserve an A. yes, even McCarver deserves an A, solely for his years of endurance. I give the rest of the Pirates and Cardinals crews a C, just to be nice, while the Brewers and Reds are just slightly better and get a B in my book.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-nl-central.html

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Vin Scully is the best in the business. It doesn't matter who his subs are. As long as Scully is around, they deserve an A.


Personally I rate Berthiaume as an A, but Bob Brenly is a C-, so I'll balance out the two and award them a B. 


Enberg deserves an A, but I really think Gwynn brings down the broadcasts when he acts as an analyst. Gwynn deserves an F in my book while the others are all B's or C's. Overall I give them a B. 


I;m not impressed with Duane Kuiper or Mike Krukow. They are too dry for my tastes and have way too many pauses in their calls. It's sad when you can hear the wind for full minutes at a time on Giants games. As a result, i give them a C. Miller is an A and Flemming is a B, but since the main two call nearly 80% of their games, I can't boost it up.


Colorado. Goodman calls a good game, but Frazier is outdated with his analysis most of the times, and he tends too act like a homer if you don't keep him on a leash. Fun fact no ones paying attention too- Huson actually called more games than Frazier last season. Yet Huson is the one listed as select? I give the Rockies overall a B, but Frazier is a C. 

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-nl-west.html

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@CUbsfan Don't assume anything. Sims worked 0 Westwood One games last year until baseball was over. Westwood One has Chuck Cooperstein and Tom Franklin who did the Westwood One games until baseball ended for McCarthy and Sims.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-2014-mlb-primer-team-announcers.html

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@ForeignCharacter That may be true, but only to a degree. The fact is the Rangers were using McLemore as an analyst for 1 inning every home game last year. They already had him on the TV staff, and fans wanted to hear more from McLemore. At the same time they didn't want to stop using Grieve and pay someone else when Busby was going to be out for surgery. Having Grieve move over and do the play-by-play, which I thought he was better at than being an analyst, helped satisfy both of their worlds. It also kept FOX from having to spend any additional money by hiring another play-by-play man.

From what I understand, option B was to have Nadel and Matt Hicks call the games if Grieve bombed, so they weren't going to bring in Bill Jones either way. They also technically could have had John Rhadigan move back to play-by-play, but I think they feared the fans backlash after how poorly he performed in 2011.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-al-west.html

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Last year Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight didn't do any Nationals broadcasts. Carpenter and Santangelo called all the non-ESPN/ FOX games last season, and they acted way too much like homers. I give them a C. Santangelo did ok at not being a homer in his FOX games, and that is the only reason I don't give them a F.


Chip Caray is the worst play-by-play announcer in the game. Joe Simpson is one of the worst homer analysts in the game. That should give them a F, but Glavine and Smoltz offer good insight and bring it up to a D. 


I haven't heard Craig Minervi call a game. In fact last season when Rich Waltz was unavailable, they had Tommy Hutton call the game as part of a 3-analyst booth. Waltz and Hutton deserve an A, but I had to give them an overall B solely because Hutton wasn't ready for those play-by-play responsibilities and they didn't let him have any practice to get ready for the games where he was play-by-play (unlike the Rangers where they had Grieve do play-by-play for 3 innings a game leading up to Busby's absence last season). 


Cohen, Darling, and Burkhardt are all A++++++++ announcers. Hernandez tends to be a B, but last time I checked 3 > 1, so they get an A.


Stairs and Moyer are brand new. They are improving as analysts with every game they do, but so far Stairs has done 2 regular season games while Moyer has been at every regular season game. It's difficult to improve when you aren't present. McCarthy is an A, Schmidt is an A, Moyer is a B, and Stairs is a C, so overall they average a B. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-nl-east.html

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I know a lot of people dislike Busby as an announcer. I'd like to know why. Let me be honest here. i think the best Tv announcers are those who have transitioned from the radio. Why do I feel this way? Because they still call the game like it is on the radio. When I need to get up to refill my pizza or soda, I can do so and still know what is happening without seeing the TV because they call the game like it is on the radio. With that being said, most Rangers fans can't stand Grieve and which they'd have McLemore replace Grieve full-time. If Mc were the full-time analyst, I would give them an A. With Grieve though, it is a B.


As for the rest of the teams, Sims and Blowers are too biased. Rizzs and Goldsmith seem to mellow out Blowers when they call the game, but they call it like it is on the radio. Still, they aren't the worst in the division. I give them a C.


I can't comment on Babbit since this will be his first season acting as an analyst for select games. Kuiper does a very good job of calling the games, but Fosse tends to tell outdated stories and quite possibly makes the most mistakes out of all the AL West announcers. Fosse's mistakes give them a B.


Bill Brown and Alan Ashby have great chemistry for the Astros, and Geoff Blum provides a lot of insight many analysts don't provide. The only problem- they are on Comcast Houston, so you never get to see them. I give them a B solely because I can't stay tuned in to the entire broadcast when they call a game. They are good announcers, but the lack of interesting signature calls or explaining inside information puts me to sleep.


As for Rojas & Gubicza, to me they are the second worst team in the division and are the only team I give an F too. All I hear on one of their broadcasts is Angels this, Angels that, how great are these Angels, these Angels are under performing, etc. I can deal with one man being a homer, but both of these announcers tend to be majorly homers. I will never watch one of their broadcasts if I can avoid it. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-al-west.html

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My spidey sense is tingling. I'm beginning to sense holes that Dick Stockton and Justin Kutcher will cover.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/joe-buck-and-greg-norman-will-reportedly-call-the-us-open-for-fox.html

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@CUbsfan  Schedule availability mostly I would suppose. If Stone is available, he's the analyst, period. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-al-central.html

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@CUbsfan  Former catcher for the Twins (1981-1989)

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-al-central.html

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Personally I think the AL Central has the worst announcers in baseball. Harrelson is too much of a homer. His biase makes me want to puke. It's only when the White Sox lose that I can find his commentary enjoyable.


By far Lefebvre and Physioc are the best announcers in this group, and they both work for KC. It is Rex Hudlers calls that bring them down. I can't comment of Jeff Montgomery who hasn't been an analyst during the game in the past 2 years. 


Impemba and Allen are just too dry during their calls. If I'm ever having problems falling asleep, all I need to do is turn on a Twins game and I'll be out within 5 minutes. 


Underwood and Manning get a C from me solely because they too have too much homerism in their calls, though they aren't as bad as Hawk. 


And I think everyone has commented enough of Bremer and Blyleven. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-al-central.html

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@RushVogel I have been getting all the sports media releases from FOX since I requested them in January. I technically am part of the media, filling out the daily Tv schedule for my local paper. I also get them so I can post the announcing information on my sports blog- Eye on Sky and Air Sports. On the very day the NFL Preseason schedule was released (April 9), they (FOX Sports) released an article saying the NFL on FOX returns this August. In that press release, they state that Burkhardt, Lynch, & Erin Andrews will do the Chiefs/ Panthers game on August 17 while Buck, Aikman, and Pam Oliver will do the Chargers/ 49ers game on August 24.


They awarded Burkhardt and Lynch last postseason due to their excellence during the regular season. However Alberts, Moose, and Goose actually didn't call the #2 game for FOX after week 8 last season. I suspect it is because they are wanting to get younger. Or perhaps they just realized they needed to get better broadcast teams. Like it or not, Erin Andrews should have always been the #2 sideline reporter. FOX certainly rectified that.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/brian-billick-out-at-fox.html

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@RushVogel Everyone keeps putting Albert/Johnson/Siragusa as the #2 team. Guess what. They aren't anymore. Burkhardt and Lynch were granted the second game on championship weekend, and now they've been granted the second pre-season game on FOX for 2014. That's right. there's no Albert/ Johnston/ Siragusa preseason game this year.


I also don't see FOX picking up Marino. Sure, he's not on the NFL on CBS Pregame show anymore, but I'm pretty sure he is still assigned to Monday Morning QB for CBS Sports Network. That would mean Marino isn't available for FOX to use.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/brian-billick-out-at-fox.html

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Gonzaga will finish ahead of BYU when BYU returns 5 starters who started at points this last year. They will have 9 seniors on their roster for the 2014-15 season, and more than 92% of the time those teams usually win their conferences. The only players they lose are Matt Carlino, who is going to graduate school elsewhere, and Eric Mika, who is going on his mission. Replacing them are Chase Fischer (transfer from Wake Forest), Isaac Neilson (return missionary), Jordan Chatman (return missionary). Jamaal Aytes (transfer from UNLV),  and Ryan Andrus (new high school graduate). 


Fischer will fill in Carlino's point production. He is a better shooter. Just look at his numbers at Wake Forest and you see that. Winder, Halford, and Fischer all typically average around the same amount of points as Carlino and are better defenders. Collinsworth will play the point guard, and he averages a lot less turnovers. There has also been some talk of Winder being moved to PG if necessary.


Replacing Eric Mika will be Ryan Andrus and Jamal Aytes. Now I realize Aytes won't be able to start playing until sometime in December, but they will provide the depth BYU lacked in terms of big men this year alongside Austin and Sharp. 


Would I have them in a way too early pre-season poll. Doubtful, but I also wouldn't include Gonzaga, and I would have BYU ahead of the Zags.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/runthefloor/2014-articles/obligatory-way-too-early-preseason-top-25-post.html

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@canadian_xing  That is what NHL.com says. They added it strangely enough on Tuesday. When I checked the schedule on Monday, they had no NHL Network games scheduled this week.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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FOX has already announced that Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, & Erin Andrews will do the Chiefs/ Panthers game while Joe Buck, troy Aikman, and Michele Tafoya will do the Chargers/ 49ers game. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://fangsbites.com/cbs-sports/nfl-announces-2014-preseason-schedule.html

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@CUbsfan That is correct. NBCSN released all their info yesterday, and Stars/ Coyotes is NOT included on the press release. Neither is a game Friday at 7:30 PM. Both of them are dependent on playoff scenarios heading into those dates. Should NBC add a game on one of those days, they have said they will post the info at NBC Sports Press Box- http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/04/07/push-for-the-playoffs-nbc-sports-group-presents-up-to-10-nhl-games-with-playoff-implications-in-final-week-of-regular-season/

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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It should be noted that NBCSN has reserved the right to add additional games on Friday and Sunday night. They will do so depending on playoff importance. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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@morganwick  Dick Vitale doesn't call double headers PEROID! That's why Jay Bilas called the second NCAA Semifinal game with Shulman for ESPN America (International feed). And there's no way ESPN would bring in Gus Johnson from FOX or Doug Gottlieb from CBS to call games. They have enough of their own talent to keep from needing to bring in any other group. 


And no, Pasch & Walton wouldn't be a gimmic. Pasch & Walton happen to be the #1 Pac-12 broadcast team. They'd use their #1 broadcasts teams from the ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten, Big XII, SEC, and American before any other groups. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-if-espn-aired-the-mens-ncaa-tournament.html

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@tag42481 It doesn't change what I said about Tessitore. Tessitore is contractually obligated to start broadcasting Friday Night Fights as soon as the basketball regular season is over. This is why Farnham is teamed up with Flemming during the first half of championship week and during the Women's Tourney broadcasts. 

It also doesn't change that Burke is their #1 analyst for the women's games, so she wouldn't be available. As a result, you could probably expect Bob Knight calling games either way.

And finally it doesn't change that for the last two years, even though Bilas is at the Final Four he has only called the second semifinal. Last year Nessler & Vitale called the first semi and then the championship. This year Shulman & Vitale called the first semi and will be calling the championship. 

I also fail to see why they wouldn't be using Roxy Bernstein since he is their #2 announcer for Pac-12 games behind Pasch. Bernstein is consistently used more than Blackburn during regular season games. Likely Bernstein would be on the ESPN group while Blackburn would be relegated to the NIT or Women's Tourney. Heck, if even half of these announcers were used, the women's tourney would have half of their announcing assignments be new as well. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-if-espn-aired-the-mens-ncaa-tournament.html

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ESPN wouldn't use a 3-man booth for the Championship when they haven't used it the past 2 years for the ESPN America International broadcast. It'd be just Shulman & Vitale.


Yes, Burke being on the men's tourney would be a stretch as long as they have the women's tourney. 


You are missing 4 needed broadcast teams for 2nd/ 3rd round matches, seeing as there are 8 sites. One of the missing teams would be Dave Pasch/ Bill Walton. They'd do one of the two West Region matches. The other would be Dave Flemming and Farnham. Tessitore wouldn't be used since he'd be doing Friday Night Fights. 


My guess for the other 3 missing 2nd/ 3rd round teams would be Roxy Bernstein and Miles Simon or Corey Williams; Tom Hart & Len Elmore; and Rece Davis and Bob Knight. Davis could move to the studio starting with the Sweet 16, but I think they'd have him call 1st round matches. 

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