Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
It would have surprised no one during Curt Schilling’s playing career to learn someday the quotable pitcher would be a TV analyst, but Schilling said he never thought about that – or any other post-playing task – before retiring.
Now he will assume one of the most visible positions in baseball media, succeeding Orel Hershiser alongside Dan Shulman and John Kurk on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.’’...Read more »
Mike Mayock makes no apologies for being a football nerd, but there are times his technical knowledge has caused him only to confuse casual fans who turn to him for analysis on the NFL Network’s Thursday night games.
Three years into his term, though, his boss believes he has had a “breakthrough year’’ in addressing that concern.
“He took the constructive feedback over the last couple...Read more »
ESPN, which has made a recent habit of following its Heisman Trophy show with high-quality documentaries that focus on college football, will do so again Saturday, this time with “Youngstown Boys.’’
The two-hour program primarily recalls the rapid rise and fall of running back Maurice Clarett, who as a freshman in 2002 led Ohio State to a national championship.
The film’s subplot is...Read more »
I will be writing more later this month about the soon-to-be-released, silly-but-cute boxing film, “Grudge Match,’’ starring two guys who have appeared in previous boxing movies of some note: Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro.
But two quick thoughts for now:
First, happy (gulp) 60th birthday Sunday, Kim Basinger, luminescent as the film’s love interest. (Her daughter, 18-year-old...Read more »
Sports TV executives have started hiding behind potted plants when they see me coming, knowing I will annoy them with questions about the glut of content and microscopic ratings for cable networks that has resulted.
Alas, Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports Network, did not react quickly enough at a recent NHL lunch, so I asked him about the state of the channel as it...Read more »
Stocking stuffer alert: Pat Hughes, radio voice of the Cubs, has released the latest in his series of CDs that chronicle the careers of famous baseball play-by-play men, in this case the Yankees’ Mel Allen.
There is plenty of cool audio here for fans of a certain age to enjoy, including Allen calling the 1938 World Series before he ever had worked a regular-season major league game.
Another...Read more »
Peter Berg’s football bona fides were established when he directed “Friday Night Lights,’’ then developed the TV series of the same name.
But long before that he was an avid fan of the “absolutely horrible’’ Giants of the early 1970s, frequenting Yankee Stadium to “watch Spider Lockhart try and carry a team, and Fran Tarkenton at the end when he couldn’t run so well.’’
Berg, 51, lives...Read more »
Famously feisty Yankees president Randy Levine leaped to the team’s defense Tuesday when questioned about the team’s high ticket prices by former New York State attorney general Robert Abrams.
For good measure, he threw in a playful jab at Abrams, now a partner at Strook & Strook & Lavan, a law firm that hosted a breakfast forum on sports business that featured Levine.
“With...Read more »
After eight years it is getting increasingly difficult to uncover sports-related pop culture curios to keep the Sunday editor amused and entertained.
But here’s a doozy: “Turnabout,” an NBC sitcom that debuted 25 years ago in January and lasted a mere seven episodes. I have no recollection of it, as I was busy getting hazed by future fraternity brothers at the time.
Written by the pre-“Hill...Read more »
Nicholas Dawidoff’s behind-the-scenes book about the 2011 Jets, “Collision Low Crossers,’’ was released Tuesday but written well before then – and before the recent bullying controversy that engulfed the Dolphins.
In light of that episode a passage on pages 72 and 73 is particularly timely, and revealing.
Dawidoff tells of a team-bonding game of “Jets Pictionary’’ in which...Read more »