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Enberg called '61 final! Oh, my
Enberg, then an Indiana graduate student, was seen only on stations in Columbus and Cincinnati as Cincinnati beat Ohio State in the final in Kansas City. He recently found his paycheck: $200. He earned it.
"In those days, they did a consolation game," he said. "Utah played St. Joe's. I'm getting ready, and I'm nervous as hell. I'm doing the national championship game!
"Utah and St. Joe's went [four] overtimes. We're coming on at 9 for the championship game and they go right through 9 o'clock. I don't know anything about these teams, and I have no color man. But I start picking it up.
"Then, alone, I had to fill the whole half hour between games. I did everything but interview the guy sweeping the floor.''
New gig for Enberg
Speaking of Enberg, he will be the lead TV voice of the Padres this season, with "breaks'' only to call Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Won't that be grueling for a 75-year-old?
"I've done it before,'' he said. "But I know I'm not as young as I once was. I realize there will be some 0-for-4s.''
Enberg said his wife is skeptical, wondering whether there will be a hot mid-summer day when Enberg calls from the road and says, "Can you come and take me home?''
Andrews dresses up like 'a girl'
Newsday.com generated quite a bit of traffic with a video in which ESPN's Erin Andrews discusses her role on "Dancing With the Stars." In said video she wears a dress not customary in her regular line of work.
"Yeah, this is just not the attire you would see on a football field or the sidelines of a college basketball game,''' she said. "It's nice to dress up and be a girl for once.''
Ms. Andrews also expresses concern over her "bow legs.''
Hmm. I'm still rooting for Buzz Aldrin.
Ochocinco's dating game
Ochocinnco will travel the country in search of 85 women potentially interested in dating him, then whittle the field to 16 for a bracket-style competition.
Winners of each dating faceoff will receive a game ball. When he gets to the final two . . . well, let the news release tell it:
"The championship date between the two remaining women will result in Ochocinco awarding his chosen love the coveted Championship Ring. Hopefully, she turns out to be his greatest catch this season!''
'Ack Ack' lands on his feet
Remember my story about Rich Ackerman of MSG Varsity / WFAN / Sirius and his "Bachelor"-style dating adventure on "Live with Regis and Kelly?''
The audience chose a woman named Rachel, and the two had a pleasant evening at dinner and a Rangers game.
One month later, it turns out that pairing did not result in a love connection, but fear not: Ackerman has been dating Samara Churgin - another of the three finalists.
Hey, you never know. That's amore.
Regis Philbin foresaw this when I first spoke to him:
"If it doesn't work out [with Rachel]," he said, "I'm sure Ack Ack has access to all of those other phone numbers. It's up to him."