"I heard in her voice how touched she was," Buck said. "I did it probably more for her than for anyone else or for any other reason. She told me: 'I know your Dad is watching that and hearing that somewhere and was with you tonight.' "
Those who dislike the Fox broadcaster are an active lot, especially in the social media space. But here's how I see it: Buck had a terrific World Series, highlighted by his tribute to Jack and his ability to step away from the action when the moment called for natural sound. It was a terrific performance during a year in which
"I've taking criticism my whole life from one entity or another," Buck said. "I'm willing to admit when I was wrong or something does not work."
On that end, Buck says he self-evaluates his work, especially for the NFL. He travels with a laptop so he can watch his just-completed football broadcast on flights back to his St. Louis home.
"I like to evaluate the tone, and if there was too much talk or not enough talk," Buck said. "The specific of the calls I'm not worried about. It's more general strokes."
The quality of play-by-play this postseason, with Buck, Turner's Brian Anderson and ESPN Radio's Dan Shulman, was particularly high. October was a good month for baseball.
In an interview with SI.com on Tuesday evening, Ganim said the biggest initial challenge with the story was no one would go on the record. "It was a challenge because people were so afraid of coming out and being the first one to speak out against him [Sandusky]," she said. "Once they started to talk, it was unbeliavble some of the information we found it, and how many times, obviously allegedly, he was almost caught."
Ganim said 99 percent of her paper's readership has been supportive of her coverage. "I was bracing for the mob to come after me," Ganim said. "A couple of years ago, the Nittany Lion mascot got a DUI and I got hate mail for like six months. That was my barometer and I thought this would be awful."
"To me, games are play-dramas unto themselves, self-contained," Hock said. "But the story really begins once the game ends. Real redemption -- what we pretend the games are about but what real life really is about -- can only happen for the athlete after the game is over and real life begins. The heroes of
Hock said that he and film producers Mike Tollin and Frank Marshall are trying to develop
"There's a lot more to it that involved Marcus's family -- his grandfather and mother and brother in particular -- that we weren't able to really capture in the documentary," Hock said. "It'll be the same main character, but a different kind of storytelling that will hopefully reach even more people than the documentary."
Mayock and Nessler have called two rehearsal games this preseason -- both were
"It's early, but the initial indicators are what I hoped," said Mark Quenzel, the senior vice president of programming & production for the NFLN. "Mike does a phenomenal job of explaining the intricacies of the game in a simple, direct way. Mike does not mince words. And Brad is just a preeminent caller of the game, and secondarily, allows us to get outside of that specific game and talk about the league."
Will it work? Said Tony Petitti, president and CEO of MLB Network, in a statement: "There is no other program on the air that is dedicated to covering baseball this way."
"I have never been more proud having made a suggestion, having chased the guy down and having convinced him to do it," Buck said. "It was like watching my kid. He did two games and I think he grew to love it. I think broadcasting is there for him if he wants it, and not too far out of the possibility. He's a smart, funny guy and you only got a sliver of his humor."
I spoke with Francona
Let's be blunt: On the surface, this isn't good news for soccer fans. The only good news is that Fox has plenty of time to change that perception. Fox (not the Fox Soccer Channel) has treated U.S. soccer viewers like fools so far with such stints as inexplicably tossing Michael Strahan into its pregame show for the final of the Champions League, and fronting an inane "Football versus Futbol" segment. That's having a tin ear, given that the U.S. soccer audience is a particularly educated group about the sport and rightfully howls at a broadcast with a "Soccer For Dummies" feel. This
If I'm a Fox Sports executive, I'm already planning to pluck as many quality game broadcasters from ESPN (Ian Darke, Martin Tyler, etc.) as possible when that network concludes its World Cup run in 2014. Many of those broadcasters will be U.S. free agents, so the opportunity is there.
In short, a group of commenters have