Thursday, February 08, 2007

Your Daily Fix 2.8.07 [J. Mark English]

  • NHL commish, Gary Bettman, insists that he will not be stepping down anytime soon.
  • Allen Iverson may skip the All-Star game, giving Carmelo Anthony a chance to play.
  • Dr. Z grade the NFL's top announcing team, and here they are [My thoughts in brackets]...the higher the number the better:
    • 5. Brad Nessler, Ron Jaworski, and Dick Vermeil (ESPN)
    • 4. Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan (FOX)
    • 4. Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger (FOX) - [I take exception to this...]
    • 4. Cris Collingsworth (NFL Network)
    • 4. Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders (NFL Network)
    • 3.5 John Madden and Al Michaels (NBC)
    • 3. Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon (CBS) - [Kevin Harlan has one of the best voices]
    • 3. Dick Enberg and Randy Cross (CBS) - [Cross stinks, but Enberg is classic]
    • 3. Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots (CBS) - [In time, Eagle will be great]
    • 3. Ron Pitts and ? (Fox)
    • 2.5 Joe Buck and Troy Aikman (FOX) - [Aikman is so much better then Simms]
    • 2.5 Dick Stockton and Daryl Johnston (FOX) - [Stockton = Harlan]
    • 2.5 Jim Nantz and Phil Simms (CBS) - [I could do without Simms]
    • 2. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf (CBS) - [Greg Gumbel is light years ahead of his brother]
    • 2. Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker (CBS) - [Tasker will be one of the best one day]
    • 1. Bryant Gumble (NFL Network) - [Worst announcer ever]
    • 0. Joe Theisman, Mike Tirico, and Tony Kornheiser (ESPN) - [Tirico = Gumble]
  • Cincinnati Reds give Bronson Arroyo a 2 year extension worth $25 million.
  • Frank Deford: Do you know who Kevin Durant is? How about Greg Oden? If you do, the National Basketball Association is happy. No, neither Durant nor Oden plays in the NBA, but what the professional league hopes is that players like these two will build a reputation in college so that when they come to the NBA they'll be more marketable. That's why the NBA changed its rules this past year, prohibiting American high school players from jumping directly to the pros without pausing to flirt with higher education.

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