19 July 2014

How close was Mike Shanahan to joining the NFL on Fox?

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Of all the questions that people ask me on this blog of late, "Why haven't the Fox commentator crews been announced yet for 2014?" seems to be a popular one. After all, CBS announced their crews a month ago but there has been no dice yet for Fox. It is important to note that Fox did not announce their crews for 2013 until August but could they actually be behind schedule? A chance encounter between WJFK-FM's Grant Paulsen and Fox Sports' Dick Stockton at Philadelphia International Airport may suggest just that with Stockton saying he was not certain who his partner was going to be this year after it looked like he would be working with none other than fired Washington coach Mike Shanahan.

18 July 2014

Fanatic Radio - 7/18/14

Mike and Ben continue Fanatic Radio's Summer Series as we breakdown the
Top 5 Best & Worst commentators on television today both play by play and
color commentators. We also discuss baseball midseason reports and Jeter at the
All Star Game of who are the surprised of the midseason. The USA Basketball
team preparing for camp, gearing up for the World Cup in September and
what the USA needs to keep American basketball relevant.

16 July 2014

The Adam Wainwright-Derek Jeter pitch controversy is ridiculous

One of the more bizarre controversies in recent sports memory unfolded tonight in what was shaping to be a great moment for a retiring legend. Derek Jeter, as mentioned earlier amid an epic fail, was starting his final All-Star Game and was batting in the lead off position against National League starter Adam Wainwright. Jeter, who went two for two in the ballgame, lined a misfired Wainwright pitch into right field for a double. Cool moment, right?

Well, Wainwright made some comments to reporters about that pitch. And that is where we begin.

15 July 2014

Watch CBS News salute "Michael Jeter" at the All-Star Game

Perhaps the most underreported storyline at this year's MLB All-Star Game has been the final All-Star Game appearance of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Now, I'm obviously being facetious but perhaps the good folks over at CBS News could have used a little more heads up when they post a tweet celebrating Jeter's final appearance in the Midsummer Classic, as they made one kinda major mistake. Let's take a look.

14 July 2014

Why the NFL on Fox demoting Pam Oliver is a joke

We are still awaiting the broadcast crews for the NFL on Fox in 2014 to be announced but Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated dropped a bombshell of a report this morning with the news that veteran sideline reporter Pam Oliver will being demoted for Erin Andrews on the top broadcasting crew. Oliver, who has been a sideline reporter for Fox since 1995, has been on the lead broadcasting crew since 2002 and has worked five Super Bowls including XLVIII this February, will now be working with the #2 or B team with Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch (who Andrews worked with this past season).

In my opinion, this is an unwelcome development. Here is why.

Watch Giancarlo Stantion's blast that almost left Target Field at the Home Run Derby

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The 2014 Home Run Derby has been a mess on many accounts thus far. You can attribute it to the weather, the new format with seven outs instead of ten, Target Field's propensity as a pitcher's park, ESPN, Chris Berman, or anything else you can think of. Fortunately, Giancarlo Stanton has brought his A game. He has cranked some long balls, but perhaps the most impressive shot was a TITANIC long ball that nearly left the park. Let's go to the videotape.

13 July 2014

LeBron James recorded video of the fan on the pitch at the World Cup Final

Just in case you missed the 2014 World Cup Final this afternoon (here's a hint: Germany won), you would have missed that a fan ran onto the pitch. Fortunately, LeBron James, who has had a noteworthy weekend in his own right, was at the game at the Maracana in Rio for the Germany-Argentina match and he was able to record video of the incident on his Instagram. Let's go to the videotape.

After losing LeBron James, where does Miami go from here?

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The Big Three is now a thing of the past. With LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers and spurning the Heat to do so, a Miami franchise that was the first franchise in over 25 years to reach four straight NBA Finals now appears to be in flux. How will they bounce back after losing the game's best player?