Category Archives: NBC

John Madden Retires

Just woke up to the news that John Madden has decided to retire. It will really strange watching football next year without him. MSNBC looks back at the legendary career.

He’s had his share of critics over the years but to me he’s one of the first things that come to mind when you talk NFL. From his coaching days in Oakland, to his days teaming with Pat Summerall on CBS and Fox to Monday Night Football and then finally NBC’s Sunday Night Football. At 73 can’t really blame the man. After all he doesn’t fly anywhere as he’s afraid of flying and riding by RV sure has to get tiresome.

As for who takes his place in the NBC booth….Chris Collinsworth would be my guess. NBC has been grooming him for the gig for the past couple of years.

Summer Olympics: Week 1

I haven’t had a chance to post at all this weeks but I’ve been tuning in to these Olympics a lot. They may not be as big as they were in the past but in my family it is still a big thing. I just love the Olympics….the summer ones even more then the Winter ones.

What a week for Phelps. His 8 gold medals were amazing. It is going to be a long time before someone else matches that. Granted it pretty much has to be in swimming. What a great story this has been. I love Olympics swimming. They should spread these events out more over the course of two weeks.

Congratulations to Usain Bolt. The World’s fastest man shattered his own world record running the 100 meter Final in a time of 9.69 seconds. The craziest thing is he could have ve ran it even quicker. He wasn’t even trying at the end. I was disappointed because I caught the result of this race earlier in the race so watching it in prime time wasn’t as fun as it could have been. This event is usually one of the highlights for me during the Olympics. Correct me if I’m wrong….but isn’t this race usually on much later in the Olympics?

The “Redeem Team” continues to do its thing for now. They destroyed Spain yesterday but I truly believe a rematch will provide for a much better game.

NBC’s coverage so far has been really good other then the Gymnastics where Bella Caroli ruined the coverage. Can’t argue with his resume…but I don’t want him anywhere near a mic. Bob Costas continues to do his thing. Doesn’t get enough credit for all that he does.

My highlight of the week so far? We have to go back to swimming. The Mens 4×100 Freestyle relay. What an anchor leg by Jason Lezak.

I’m sure I’m going to think of more to add to this but that will come in a separate post later.

Tim Russert dead at 58.

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WASHINGTON – Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after a sudden heart attack at the bureau, NBC News said Friday. He was 58.

Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program when he collapsed, the network said. No details were immediately available.

Russert, the recipient of 48 honorary doctorates, took over the helm of “Meet the Press” in December 1991. Now in its 60th year, “Meet the Press” is the longest-running program in the history of television.

In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Those who know me and have talked politics with me know how I prefer NBC/MSNBC to other American media outlets. Tim Russert has been a major part of that. I get the Meet the Press Podcasts for my ipod to catch the shows as chances are I never got up early enough on Sunday to catch the show. He was one of the go to guys for me whenever there was breaking news. CNN/FOX News/ABC have all broken into their regular coverage to carry this. Whoever takes over ” Meet the Press” has some big shoes to fill.

Rutgers-Notre Dame canceled over ‘home’ stadium terms

Rutgers and Notre Dame have called off plans for a six-game home-and-home series starting in 2010, as Rutgers does not wish to play its home games against the Fighting Irish off-campus

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Can’t completely blame Rutgers here. I hope they can still work something out. Exposure on National TV against Notre Dame for 6 years would be huge for the RU Football program.

No Madden in Madden’09? EA Promises New Game Announcers

A potential bombshell has been dropped by EA audio director Aubrey Hodges. In an interview with Louis Bedigian of Gamezone, Hodges seems to suggest that John Madden may not be one of the game announcers in Madden 09.

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I miss the days of Madden/Summerall and Madden/Micheals. I hate the “radio” voice that they have now. They need a broadcasting team in the game. I will be getting ’09 for 360….as long as its not the ESPN crew (as I don’t know how they’d work the 3 man team into the game) I don’t care who they get.

No Hockey

Yeah, so barring an absolute last second miracle there will be absolutely no NHL this year. I have to say Goodenow is an idiot…….but the owners are no saints here either. Everyone knows the union will end accepting a cap at some point, it’s just unfortunate that the idiots can’t see that right now. They’ll agree to a deal sometime next January……a deal they probably could’ve had months ago. This one isn’t gonna end looking good. There’s no way for the losing side to save face. They can’t brush it up like the MLB negotiations because these negotiations boil down to just one issue…..is there a hard cap or not? There’ s not gonna be a middle line and that pretty much kills any hopes for a smooth sailing in negotiations from now on. Ofcourse the owners have their share of the blame too. If these idiots could just control themselves a bit we wouldn’t have these ridiculously high salaries. It’s unfortunate that we could lose franchises because of this (let’s hope the Devils are the first to go). The Players Union needs to wake up fast. If the last TV contract wasn’t a wakeup call, I don’t know if there will ever be one. The NHL is making NO guaranteed money from it’s deal with NBC. Granted NBC is gonna be great for hockey….but it’s not instant money for the NHL. Leave me your thoughts on this. You have any solutions that are realistic? I mean do we really wanna be stuck watching only basketball for the next 2-3 months?