Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Right when you thought Pete Carroll's Bowl Season was over, ESPN has to go and hire him to be an analyst for the BCS Championship Game. Carroll will appear on a few Sports Centers, College Gameday and of course the coverage of the Texas-Alabama showdown at the Rose Bowl. Via ESPN....
USC head coach Pete Carroll, who led the Trojans to seven consecutive Pac-10 titles and two National Championships, will join ESPN to provide analysis about the Citi BCS National Championship on the network’s SportsCenter and College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Jan. 6-7.I don't despise Carroll as much as some people, and his personality might work in adding something to the broadcast. We shall see.
Carroll will offer his insight on the pressure of playing in a National Championship Game and at the Rose Bowl, as well as coaching against Texas coach Mack Brown in the 2006 National Championship game. Carroll joined USC in 2001 and holds a 97-19 record (83.6%), second highest among active coaches with more than five years at the position.
Carroll will appear on the ESPN set at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on the evening editions of SportsCenter Wednesday, Jan. 6; a special one-hour College GameDay Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.; National Championship pre-game and halftime shows on ABC beginning at 8 p.m.; and for ESPN’s SportsCenter post-game coverage following the game.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
1) We start with Pete Carroll being featured on 60 Minutes for his work in L.A.'s inner city, trying to keep kids away from gangs:
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2) The Arena live-blogged (well, as much as a live-blog can be) ESPN's chronicle of the 1958 Colts-Giants NFL championship game, The Greatest Game Ever Played.
3) Jeff Triplette did an ouch of a face-plant during Bills-Jets today. Hat tip to the Sports Hernia. Never let anyone tell you refereeing isn't dangerous.
Second half thread coming up!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Was checking out the USC-Oklahoma game earlier tonight (mainly to scout the Wizards' first round selection next year, Blake Griffin), and I caught this amazing incident between Griffin and USC's Leonard Washington.
At first glance it appeared as if Griffin was putting on a show with a WWE-like dive, but it wasn't until you saw his reaction and the subsequent replays, that I really understood what went down. Make sure you wait until the last angle at the 1:30 mark...
Nut shot! Very Chyna-esque by Washington there. He did get ejected, and after watching the previous play again, I can't really figure out what Griffin did to warrant such an act. Oklahoma went on to win by one at home as well.
Friday, September 12, 2008
So everyone knows that USC games are the Fall destination for actors and actresses to be seen in L.A. Well ESPNU has come across the list of USC-approved sideline credential holders and it couldn't be more fun to peruse. I'll see you after the list....
David James Elliot
John David Washington
USC Football Alumni:
USC 2008 Olympians:
Okay, if you take away the two big Hollywood names (Denzel, Jamie Foxx), ex-USC players and grads, we are left with the most random collection of "stars" (and a really attractive LPGA player) ever. Look I love Jim from "The Office", George Eads from CSI and comedian Zack Galifianakis as much as the next person, but seriously....how did they sneak their way onto the list? I want to know their secrets!
Sideline VIPs for USC-Ohio State (ESPNU)
I'm not sure why we're getting a string of state of media addresses as of late, but I'm all for them. The latest ESPN Ombudsman article tackled ESPN cross promotion and synergy and yesterday we had the future of Sports Television. Well today the topic is the State of Broadcasting and the quotes come from recently re-retired ABC College Football announcer, Keith Jackson.
The LA Times posed the question of perhaps the legendary broadcaster calling the OSU-USC game for the weekend and this was his response....
"I don't belong," he said. "My time is gone. I knew it and walked away."My thing is that there's room for all types of approaches in the booth from the classic, to the humorous, to the boisterous, but you have to know when to hit the pause button when thing get serious or the game is close. The biggest problem that I see, is a combination of what Jackson said and people trying way too hard to be funny, or off the wall. Subtle humor within the context of the game is always welcome, but when you start turning into the broadcast into a Sports Talk Radio show, that's when people hit mute.
While Vin Scully, who is the same age, has re-signed for another year with the Dodgers and Chick Hearn went on with the Lakers until his death at 85, Jackson is content with his decision, happy to hunker down at home for Saturday's game.
"I'm going to have a glass of good wine and watch a good ballgame," he said.
After being a football announcer with ABC from 1966 to 2006, he doesn't miss it?
"I've brainwashed myself into believing that," he said. "I'm on to another life."
The first time Jackson retired, he was enticed into returning when a network executive removed the burden of his heavy travel schedule. And when Jackson retired again, there was a new enticement.
"ESPN talked to me," he said, "but it's a whole different profession now."
Jackson is talking about the radical changes produced by technology, from the dizzying array of channel options, to online videos, blogging by sideline reporters, fantasy football stats and the increasing demand for an interactive experience.
"It's oversaturation to me," he said. "I wonder if it won't dull the appetite for football. I have trouble just with all these replays. I can't tell the old stuff from the new stuff. Also, it seems like there is constant conversation by the announcers. Yak, yak, yak. I just don't think we need that much conversation and I have a hunch there are a whole lot of folks who feel that way. Vinny [Scully] once said that what we do is capture pictures and I agree with that. But maybe I'm just a grouchy old guy."
It's sad to think that people like Jackson believe that the game and technology has passed them by, and that they "don't belong", but I guess it's just the natural progression of things. Hopefully he'll reconsider and can call a game next season for one network or another. I for one could use a "Whoa Nellie!" or two on Saturdays.
Whoa, Nellie: Keith Jackson enjoying retirement (LA Times)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Obviously they should be promoting what's arguably the best matchup of the College Football season, but I haven't seen them go to this degree before. Even with playoff games in professional Sports. First off they've dubbed it "The Collision In The Coliseum" and they've made a crawl for info on the game for the bottom of the screen. They're also hyping the game on both Sports Center and First Take multiple times a day, showing clips of former players Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter talking bets and now ESPNU plans on starting coverage on Friday with something called “Walk ThrU” at 1pm....
As a prelude to No. 5 Ohio State at No. 1 USC live Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. on ABC and ESPN Radio, ESPNU’s Walk ThrU special will highlight several college football moments from the Buckeyes and Trojans’ past and present, including the 1985 and 1990 Rose Bowl matchups between both schools. Coverage begins Friday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m.Again, not a bad idea at all, but I can't remember them hyping a game to this degree in quite awhile. Well maybe the Michigan-Ohio State game back in 2006, when it was #1 vs. #2, but other than that I can't think of one.
In addition, ESPNU will continue to utilize Campus Connection students during the college football season. All weeklong, a student from Ohio State and USC will provide student perspectives from the campuses leading up to Saturday’s matchup. USC vs. Ohio State Walk ThrU Schedule...
Fri., Sept. 12
Ohio vs. Ohio State (2008)- 1pm
USC at Virginia (2008)- 3:30pm
Sat., Sept. 13
USC vs. Arizona State (2005)- Midnight
Michigan vs. Ohio State (2006)- 3am
2006 Heisman Presentation (Troy Smith)- 6am
2005 Heisman Presentation (Reggie Bush)- 7am
1985 Rose Bowl: USC (20) vs. Ohio State (17)- 8am
1990 Rose Bowl: USC (35) vs. Ohio State (26)- 10am
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So last year both the The Sec and The Big East both got attacked by prank callers and now we can add the Pac-10 and USC's Pete Carroll to the ever-growing list. A guy who identified himself as Steve Marsh from "College Blog" (that didn't tip them off?) littered the coach with a series of sexual questions yesterday and eventually killed a conference call. From All Things Trojan and CBS Sports....
All Things Trojan: An occasional prankster himself, Pete Carroll was on the receiving end of a couple crank calls on Tuesday.Now I'm not innocent when it comes to prank calling, but this is kind of getting old. I mean it's one thing if you're clever about it and can actually fool someone, but going on and acting like an idiot is just annoying. And for god sakes, if you're going to do it....at least try and think of something clever, or record the thing so the rest of us can hear it!
This week featured amateur hour in the Pac-10, when somebody posing as a reporter for a fake website asked Carroll to speculate on which players in the conference were "packing 10" in their shorts. Carroll laughed as league officials rushed to cut off the idiot, who insisted, "It's a legitimate question!"
And the transcript from CBS Sports....
Carroll: "I can't understand what you're saying, dude. "
"Marsh": "Coach, answer the question."
Carroll: "I'm not answering something ... I can't understand what you're saying, dude. What are you saying about Britney Spears?
"Marsh": "Would you ever reward your players with a date with her?"
Carroll: "I'm sorry I couldn't understand what you were saying. That's really not in my realm of control here, but of course I wouldn't. I wouldn't have anything to do with that. I'm not even addressing the answer any more than that."
"Marsh": "You have a good day coach."
Carroll: "You bet." (laughing)
"Marsh": "Coach, I've got a follow-up. What about trading in some of your players for, you know, the Trojan condoms? You ever think about (that)?"
Carroll: "Will somebody screen this frickin' call guys, let's go."
"Marsh": "Coach, one more question ..."
Carroll: "Dude, I'm off this one. Thanks a lot, Ohio State. That was a great job there."
"Marsh": (laughing in the background) "He hung up on me."
Uncalled for behavior (All Things Trojan)
Prankster starts USC-Ohio State week on low note (CBS Sports)
The SEC Has A Big Problem With Prank Callers
The Big East Conference Prank Call Goes Public (Awful Announcing)
Friday, March 07, 2008
Obviously it would be against NCAA regs to contact a recruit through a social networking tool like Facebook. Well that's not stopping one College Coach from adding his name to the millions of students who use the website. I'll give you three guesses (even though you probably won't need them). Via SI...
Pete Carroll has added boogey boarding to his list of interests.So Pete Carroll is taking it to the next level isn't he? The page says he can't respond to many of the comments (because of the NCAA Regulations mentioned above), but being the only real Coach in the network is definitely a great move. Free advertising never hurt anyone.
That little nugget popped up on my computer screen late last week. See, Carroll is my friend. Or at least he is in the wonderful, slightly terrifying world of Facebook, where you can poke a perfect stranger with absolutely zero legal consequences. So when Carroll blasts Dire Straits in his office, me and his other 1,025 friends (as of Thursday morning) know about it. I also know his favorite book is The Inner Game of Tennis, his favorite television show is 24 and his musical favorites include James Brown, The Fray, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones.
Carroll's coaching colleagues can't say the same. A Facebook search for the names of the other 64 BCS-league coaches returned no legitimate matches. Alabama's Nick Saban has five profiles, but the geniuses who created them all thought he lived in Birmingham instead of Tuscaloosa. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino's son has a page, but the Head Hog himself does not. Pitt's Dave Wannstedt doesn't have a page, but his mustache has its own fan club.
Pete Carroll (Facebook)
USC coach ahead of curve again with Facebook page (SI.com)
Friday, December 14, 2007
Just kidding! Of course they are!!!
I am shocked. Shocked that my predicition of OSU-USC didn't come true, but hey at least we have the "hottest" teams in College Football playing in the fake Final. I'm setting the spread at USC -4....who wants some action?
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
In a statement released to the Tennessean Newspaper CBS stated that Steve Beuerlein was kidding around when he referred the the Titans' Lendale White as a "USC Thug" coming back from a commercial break.
LeslieAnn Wade, vice president of communications for CBS, said Beuerlein was joking off-air with play-by-play man Bill Macatee and was unaware the telecast had resumed. Wade said Macatee lives in southern California and follows Trojan football.Pretty convenient if you ask me, and the "explanation" line at the end is odd to say the least, but it's not out of the realm of possibility. It didn't sound like Steve was joking at the time, but I guess if that's their story...that's their story.
"Steve being a Notre Dame guy and like any two friends who have those allegiances would do, they kid each other about Notre Dame and USC all the time,'' Wade said. "Certainly Steve wishes it wasn't on the air and so does CBS, but that is the explanation."
Steve Beuerlein Is Not A Fan Of USC (Awful Annoucning)
CBS says Beuerlein 'USC thugs' remark was joke (The Tennessean)