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  1. Purely for the entertainment value...I've learned over time that pundits like Stephen A. and Skip will simply say things just for effect, even if the points are valid. Trust me, it took me a long time to warm up to both, and I will change the channel if either one (and Max Kellerman whenever he goes on his long-ass diatribes) gets too out of hand. I didn't start watching First Take until the last year or so that Stephen A. & Skip were together, and Cari Champion was the moderator. I don't agree with everything either one says (and throw in Kellerman and Shannon Sharpe for that matter), and certainly (just as an example) what Skip said last year regarding Dak Prescott was absolutely deplorable. However, whenever they talk about race issues, especially with what's been going on in our communities, they're all on the same page on that accord. I felt the same way as you regarding Colin Cowherd, especially going back to his ESPN days, but I've come around on him since he's been at Fox Sports...I think Joy Taylor has been an excellent addition to his show, as she knows her stuff and will challenge him on his weird theories/analogies.
  2. In the mornings, I'll usually flip back and forth between First Take and Skip & Shannon, and that depends on the topic at hand (between the two shows, it's nothing but NBA and NFL talk, and very rarely delve into other sports). Hell, since the pandemic, the days I work from home, my daytime viewing has largely consisted of those two, Colin Cowherd (& Joy Taylor), newscasts, and old sitcoms reruns between Antenna TV, Logo, Decades, and whatever else is on some of the Viacom channels (BET, MTV2, and VH1). Beyond that, I don't watch much ESPN or FS1 outside of certain live events...I more or less tapped out on Around the Horn and PTI awhile ago, and they were my two favorite shows on ESPN.
  3. It's practically a modernized version of the 1988 variant of the classic 1962 logo...
  4. Call it "Five-County Stadium", in honor of the taxpayers from the five Metro Milwaukee counties that put in money on the ballpark's construction.
  5. Plenty of changes around the SportsCenter desks--in Bristol, Los Angeles, and soon-to-be in Washington, D.C. in the coming days (and months)... Firstly, Cari Champion (who was doing the weekday Noon ET SportsCenters with David Lloyd) is leaving ESPN at the end of the month... https://www.si.com/tech-media/2020/01/10/cari-champion-leaving-espn-sportscenter-first-take-sportsnation As a result of that, Matt Barrie and Elle Duncan will takeover the weekday noon slot (Mondays-Thursdays), as well as the Sunday 9am ET shows, while Lloyd moves to early-mornings, splitting days with Hannah Storm (Mondays-Wednesdays) and Antonietta Collins (Thursdays). He and Collins will also do the Tuesday and Wednesday early-morning shows, and Storm and Jay Harris will do the Friday Noon shows, in addition to anchoring the weekend morning editions. Thursday-Saturday early-mornings will be anchored by Nicole Briscoe and Randy Scott. The noon show will also be 90 minutes every weekday, followed by NFL Live at 1:30pm ET as usual. The evening and late-night editions will remain as is, but with one slight change--Scott Van Pelt will be moving his SportsCenter show to his native Washington, D.C., but not until this summer (sometime in August). He'll use the PTI studio at ABC News' Washington bureau, although some functions will still take place in Bristol.
  6. It did at least here in Los Angeles (his hometown), where he hasn't been heard locally since he switched syndicators. The station that was the local "flagship" station of CBS Sports Radio, KFWB, went Bollywood music in 2016 after trying local sports talk for two years, and before that was a general talk/news station (and was all-news for decades). When it was "The Beast 980", the only things they had going for it was the Clippers and Galaxy radio broadcasts, and maybe Rome...the rest of the on-air talent were either old local sports media fogies (Fred Roggin, Jeanne Zelasko, Bill Plaschke) that still want to reminisce about the good ol' days of the Showtime Lakers and the Lasorda-era Dodgers, or nobodies from out-of-town that know little-to-nothing about the local sports scene. I can't speak for KLAC, KSPN or KLAA, I haven't listened to either one of the three in a long time as well...other than KLAC carrying Cowherd's radio/TV simulcast and the Petros (Papadakis)-Money (Matt Smith) show, I couldn't tell you what else on that station, and as a Clipper fan, I've avoided KSPN for years, ever since they took over the radio rights to the Lakers. I tried KLAA in the beginning as well, especially Roger Lodge's show (yes, he of "Blind Date" fame), and once his original co-host got fired, Lodge's sports knowledge, or lack thereof, was greatly exposed. He must have pictures on Arte Moreno or something, because Lodge is a terrible sports talk host. Hell, I can remember him for filling-in for Rome on his radio show several times before the KLAA gig came about...not much different there either. Other than those mid-mornings if I'm home from work, and Colin Cowherd isn't on TV that day, I'll tune in to Rome for a few minutes, and then find something else to watch. I haven't personally listened to his radio show in any length in years, and haven't listened to an entire episode in nearly 15 years.
  7. If it wasn't for a sports network, it would actually a good design, in my opinion, maybe for a public utilities or an energy company. Maybe some blacklash in the New England region could happen to where the old logo is restored, in at least some modernized form. That's my wishful thinking, and I don't live there.
  8. I guess since we're including old stations IDs, I came across some old station IDs from the very early days of the Fox network, on YouTube. If you lived in either in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Boston, and D.C., you may remember those slickly-produced station IDs that each of those Fox-owned stations used in the first couple of years of the network's existence. It also turned out that they also developed very similar test station IDs for the affiliated stations (I don't believe these were used on the air), and even some of the stations featured (like KTVU in Oakland/San Francisco and Philly's WTXF) ended-up being owned-and-operated by the network later down the line. The O&Os (WNYW, KTTV, WFLD, WTTG, KRIV, WFXT) The affiliates--the first three stations featured in part one eventually became Fox-owned stations, and the fourth one is another Fox still may get their hands on in the future... Part two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgN80J5yDGs&t=96s (sorry, it would let me embed this video)
  9. The New England Sports Network, the cable TV home of the Boston Red Sox and Bruins since 1984, is debuting a new logo starting with the just-underway NHL season. The old one (in use pretty much since day one): The new:
  10. Besides keeping the Cowboys in the NFC East to preserve their rivalries with those other teams when divisional realignment came in '02, there's also the market sizes of the four teams in that division--all of them top-ten TV markets, and a big reason why Fox pays a higher rate for their Sunday afternoon games than what CBS pays for theirs. Every top-15 TV DMA except Oakland/San Francisco, Houston, and Boston is represented by a NFC team, and once the Raiders go to Las Vegas next year, it'll be just the other two cities. In contrast to CBS, they have only five AFC markets among the top-15, and three of the markets (again, it'll be down to two next year) is shared with a NFC team. I also echo the Ravens to the East, Dolphins to the South, and the Colts to the North...in the NFC, just swap the Cowboys and Panthers. With the Rams moving back here to Los Angeles, it actually made the NFC West geographically-perfect, perhaps next to the NFC North.
  11. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Big Ben calls it quits, with this injury. He's been talking retirement for the last few years, and I know he just signed an extension this past offseason. However, he wouldn't be the first star player to walk away from the middle of a big-money contract.
  12. Sad news from the NBA world... Long-time Cavaliers and Pistons TV play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod died last night, at the age of 67. McLeod's most recent work was calling this summer's Lions preseason telecasts. He had served as the Cavs' TV voice since 2006, and before that spent 22 years calling Detroit Pistons cable telecasts on PASS, and then on Fox Sports Detroit when the latter launched in 1997. He also worked as a sportscaster at Cleveland's Channel 8 (then WJKW) in the late '70s, as a weekend sports anchor, and called Cavs and Indians games for that station until both moved to then-indie WUAB in 1980. In his Detroit years, he was also a sportscaster at WJBK and WDIV-TV. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/10/sport/fred-mcleod-obit-nba-trnd/index.html LeBron shared his sentiments today...
  13. More on the Andrew Luck retirement saga...Troy Aikman (among others) called out fellow Fox Sports personality Doug Gottlieb's comment about Luck's retirement...
  14. It's on "channel" 465...thing about it though, you can't directly punch-in the channel number as you could with traditional TV; you would have to scroll down to the sports section, and it's the third channel in that section, behind Pluto Sports and Fox Sports (no live programming, unfortunately, just clips from their studio shows). I think we're roughly the same age (39), but I watch Pluto TV on occasion if I can't find much to watch on cable, or even over-the-air TV. Viacom recently bought them, and they've added a lot of material from Paramount Pictures and their cable networks, but they also have some live channels...as far as sports, they carry the Stadium Network, a channel for the Big Sky Conference, plus some other niche sports channels (gaming, wrestling, kickboxing, etc.). CBS' online news channel is also available there (I watch it quite a bit, along with their New York City and Los Angeles channels [on separate apps] as well). I think it's a decent alternative to cable/satellite/live streaming, but I sure as hell wouldn't give up cable for it either, even if Pluto is a free service.
  15. NFL just launched a channel on Pluto TV as of this morning...it's basically an all-NFL Films channel, including old episodes of Hard Knocks, classic games, team yearbooks, and other material. As I'm writing, they're playing a Patriots-Dolphins MNF game from 2011--the condensed versions they normally show on NFL Network from time-to-time. https://www.multichannel.com/news/pluto-tv-partners-with-the-nfl-on-new-channel
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