17 August 2013

Why MLB's new replay system is a great start

Instant replay in Major League Baseball? It can't be, after all, this has never been a sport that has adapted itself to the times, considering this is just happening now. But hey, we'll take it, right? For the first time ever, there will be increased instant replay in baseball starting next season, pending approval from the owners, players and umpires. Managers will now have the ability to challenge most calls, similarly to the NFL in many ways, as they will get one challenge for the first six innings of a game with two challenges for the final three. Challenges will not carry over, and you will not lose challenges if you win them (meaning you could theoretically have more than one challenge provided that you get the first one correct). The home run reviews will be grandfathered in and not part of this proposal and balls and strikes are excluded.

While it may not be an ideal fix to some, I personally really like this proposal. And I promise, it's not just because I would love to see red flags on a baseball field.

16 August 2013

Can Fox Sports Live become a legitimate competitor to SportsCenter?

So this Saturday is going to be kind of a big deal in the sports media landscape as the long-awaited debut of Fox Sports 1, the new sports network aiming to compete with ESPN, takes place on that day. Opening day features a nice helping of NASCAR and UFC action but the centerpiece of their debut, as well as the core piece of their studio programming beyond their already impressive slate of rights, is their nightly highlights, news and opinion show, Fox Sports Live. With its 11 p.m. timeslot, Fox Sports Live is planning to take SportsCenter head on, and expectations will be high after an intriguing and interesting crew has been put together for the program. But can Fox Sports Live do more than just talk the talk and be a true competitor?

15 August 2013

2013 MLB on Fox: August 17th

As we arrive at the ides of August, the race to the postseason is on with a little more than a month remaining in the 2013 MLB season. It's a good thing then that we have got some playoff teams in the mix on Fox Saturday Baseball. Much of America will get Yankees-Red Sox (shocker!), while others will see Diamondbacks-Pirates or Cardinals-Cubs. Continue reading for announcing assignments and distribution splits.

14 August 2013

What college football coaches are on the hot seat in 2013?

Going into every college football campaign, not every coach has himself a cozy and seat job going forward and thus he has to meet expectation or enjoy himself a fine pink slip. This season is no different with a number of coaches having to coach for their jobs in 2013. Who are some of these unfortunate gentlemen?

13 August 2013

2013 ESPN College Football Announcers

College football has always been a core piece of the ESPN landscape as the "Worldwide Leader" sees its fall schedule dominated by some NCAAF action. This season will be no different and thus it is important for you to know who will be calling said games this season. These are the announcing crews for ESPN College Football for the 2013-14 season.

12 August 2013

2013 NFL on CBS Announcers

We should see some fresh new graphics for the NFL on CBS this year but, unsurprisingly, we will not see any fresh announcers as the crews remain stagnant from a year ago and thus from a year prior. Let's take a look at what we got for CBS this year.

2013 NBA Coaching Carousel: Grading the Hires

We have seen a busier coaching carousel in the NBA this offseason than usual. After only three clubs made coaching changes last offseason, 13 teams have elected to move in a different direction for this upcoming season, an NBA record. Here is how I think that each team did with their vacancies.

Who will win the Heisman Trophy in 2013?

History was made last year with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy (albeit a redshirt freshman, mind you). Therefore, he has the opportunity to win the award three more times (which won't happen, but hey), and he will be gunning to defend his award this fall. Of course, being investigated by the NCAA is not the best way to start off that campaign, but it's not like we have never had a Heisman winner with issues with the NCAA. But will Manziel defend his Heisman Trophy successfully, or will someone else win it?

2013-14 College Football Predictions

Last year, I wrote that this is the SEC's world and we are all living in it. This year, I need to correct that; this is Alabama's world and we are all living it. The Crimson Tide have now won three of the last four BCS titles, and who is to stop them from doing it again? Will they be taken down by one of their conference rivals, with eyes squarely on Georgia and Texas A&M with some on South Carolina as well. Could it be one of the top clubs from the Pac-12 in Oregon or Stanford? How good will Ohio State, now eligible to play in a bowl, be under the second season of the Urban Meyer tenure? Or will somebody surprise us all like Notre Dame a year ago and get to Pasedena?

Ladies and gentlemen, as we prepare to say goodbye to the Bowl Championship Series, here is my 2013 College Football Preview.