"If you told me 10 months ago that I'd be calling Notre Dame games on NBC, followed by an NFL playoff game on NBC, followed by the NFL Network offering me this NFL package, I don't know," Mayock said. "I would probably inquire as to your hallucinogenic of choice and figuring that that stuff wasn't going to happen for me. I start with a really fundamental approach. My belief is this: Football's the greatest game on the earth, especially on television. If you respect the game, I believe the viewer will appreciate the telecast."
I asked ESPN's
"Kim was an incredible person, so well-liked and admired, and you just had to love her spirit," he wrote in an email. "She was always willing to help others and take on new projects. Even if she didn't have experience working on a particular sport, she always volunteered to help. She was hard-working, eternally positive and appreciative of everything.
"When our communications office in Florida closed last year, I was worried Kim might not make the move to Connecticut. Her fiancé, Nathan Taylor, and so many of her friends lived there and she grew up in the south. But she and Nathan jumped at the chance. She had anticipated this and made up her mind that she would make the move. That really impressed me, and I'm glad she did this because I got to know her even better.
"Since Kim moved to Connecticut last October, she really hit her stride and wowed everyone around her. Even the worst winter in recent memory couldn't dampen her enthusiasm and sense of adventure. When she wasn't working, she and Nathan explored the area and visited friends in New York, Boston and other places. She enjoyed life to the fullest.
"Her trip to Hawaii she had been planning for months, and it was coming at the perfect time, right after all her hard work on the NFL draft. She had a calendar with activities planned for every day and she was so excited about it. The past few days have been very sad here without her. We miss Kim already."
"My appointment is a tremendous honor," Wilson said in an email. "I'm so proud to be the only black female sports editor at a major metropolitan daily. Becoming sports editor had been my goal for some time, but I envisioned it happening a few years down the line. My former boss took a buyout and here I am. It's a blessing.
Wilson said a great newspaper sports editor must be a good communicator and listener, as well as respected by the staff.
"I've worked as a reporter and an editor, so I know what everybody's job entails," she said. "I've spent years working nights and weekends with this incredible staff. I've been here at 10 p.m. when we've ripped the section apart. I've walked out of here at 2 a.m. after putting out the Sunday paper. I've rung in the New Year in front of these computers. They know how hard I've worked -- how hard we've all worked -- over the years, and I have no doubt I've earned their respect.
"You also have to have a thick skin. In a passionate sports town like Buffalo, readers will let you know what they think you're doing right, but they'll also let you know what they think you're doing wrong. You have to be able to take the criticism."
Asked what the ideal amount of pages for a special championship section would be should the Bills or Sabres ever win a title, Wilson said, "Ideal amount? One hundred. But I'm not greedy. I'll settle for 50."
"I really thought I would be more nervous than I was," Collmus told SI.com of calling the Derby. "But one thing I think I did notice was when the horses were going around the turn, my legs were shaking. But my binoculars were staying steady so that was all that mattered."
The Derby proved to be memorable given the long-shot odds of Animal Kingdom. Collmus said he was pleased
"I was happy with it, but you really can't be completely happy with it because you have to think there is a chance to do better," Collmus said. "But I was pleased considering it was my first one."
Collmus said he hopes this becomes a long-term relationship with NBC.
"I want to do as good a job as I can this year to make everyone happy," he said.
"I've done part-time ministry during football offseasons since 2004, always wondering if there was something more full time to it for me," White said in an email. "Last year, I spent four months as an interim pastor leading right up to the start of Niners training camp. When it ended, I didn't want it to end. That's when I knew God was calling me to full-time ministry. I got to answer the call when the church's pastor recently retired. Besides, the Raiders and Niners went 21-59 and fired four coaches during my stay. I'm not sayin' God told me enough already; I'm just sayin'."
I asked White if he considered sports writers a spiritual lot.
Mariotti's first arrest produced a
One thing is for certain: Mariotti's career as a major sports commentator is over.