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Milbury should be a part of intermission reports, because I don't watch intermission reports, but he should only be treated as a complete buttmonkey. Everything he says should be met with "yeah, well, you did [any Islanders move]" and then they move to another topic.

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23 hours ago, the admiral said:

Milbury should be a part of intermission reports, because I don't watch intermission reports, but he should only be treated as a complete buttmonkey. Everything he says should be met with "yeah, well, you did [any Islanders move]" and then they move to another topic.

You misspelled "beat a fan with his shoe."

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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...

 

 

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Chris Berman and Tom Jackson are returning to NFL Primetime on ESPN+
 

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Chris Berman and Tom Jackson, who teamed up to co-host ESPN's NFL PrimeTime for 19 seasons, will reunite as the show returns, beginning Sunday, on ESPN+, it was announced Friday.

 

From 1987 to 2005, Berman and Jackson helped redefine NFL highlights with their back-and-forth banter, Berman's signature player nicknames and delivery, and Jackson's analysis. They will be joined on NFL PrimeTime by SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt and Monday Night Football play-by-play voice Joe Tessitore.

"ESPN just celebrated its 40th birthday and the NFL is celebrating its 100th season," Berman said in a statement. "What better way to commemorate both occasions than by bringing back NFL PrimeTime, now on ESPN+. I hope everyone is as excited about this as we are."

 

The 60-minute show will stream live on ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m. ET each Sunday during the 2019 season and will be updated with highlights from the Sunday night and Monday night games. The show will be available on demand each week until late Wednesday night.

 

 

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27608398/berman-tj-back-nfl-prime-espn+?platform=amp

 

This is wonderful news if you remember growing up watching Berman and Jackson every Sunday night. No NFL highlights show has ever been as good since the original 'Primetime' ended in 2006. I don't care what anyone thinks, I miss Berman's corny nicknames and the iconic highlights music so I'm super happy. Come at me, bro.

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On 9/13/2019 at 11:58 PM, Tracy Jordan said:

Chris Berman and Tom Jackson are returning to NFL Primetime on ESPN+
 

 

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27608398/berman-tj-back-nfl-prime-espn+?platform=amp

 

This is wonderful news if you remember growing up watching Berman and Jackson every Sunday night. No NFL highlights show has ever been as good since the original 'Primetime' ended in 2006. I don't care what anyone thinks, I miss Berman's corny nicknames and the iconic highlights music so I'm super happy. Come at me, bro.

OK - here I come.

 

Too much of ESPN has become 'look at me' rather than 'look at this highlight'. Chris Berman and his lame nicknames and his shtick are among the reasons I rarely watch ESPN any longer unless it is for a live event. It seems to me that most of ESPN follows his lead (yeah - it started with Patrick and Olberman, but (a) not everyone is good at the shtick and (b) not everyone needs to do the shtick).

 

I can understand how people will enjoy this - I won't be one of them.

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4 hours ago, Sec19Row53 said:

OK - here I come.

 

Too much of ESPN has become 'look at me' rather than 'look at this highlight'. Chris Berman and his lame nicknames and his shtick are among the reasons I rarely watch ESPN any longer unless it is for a live event. It seems to me that most of ESPN follows his lead (yeah - it started with Patrick and Olberman, but (a) not everyone is good at the shtick and (b) not everyone needs to do the shtick).

 

I can understand how people will enjoy this - I won't be one of them.

 

All of this and also -- what was fresh 25 years ago probably isn't now. What is useful to the highlight consumer of now? Is it cramming as many catchphrases in as possible?

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3 minutes ago, Digby said:

 

All of this and also -- what was fresh 25 years ago probably isn't now. What is useful to the highlight consumer of now? Is it cramming as many catchphrases in as possible?

 

I wonder how much of ESPN's audience is TVs left on at public places (airports, hotels, bars) compared to home viewers. In public, it's nice to see highlights so you have something to react to. At home, you have twitter or @houseofhighlights or myriad other places.

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24 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

 

I wonder how much of ESPN's audience is TVs left on at public places (airports, hotels, bars) compared to home viewers. In public, it's nice to see highlights so you have something to react to. At home, you have twitter or @houseofhighlights or myriad other places.

I'm an old guy. I SHOULD be ESPN's demographic, because I don't go to Twitter or online for highlights.

 

But I DO go to the MLB Network or NFL Network for highlights and information, rather than where I used to go (ESPN), because I feel like I get less shtick.

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Here's the best part about NFL Primetime. 

 

But yeah, in an era of ubiquitous Internet access to highlights on demand, I don't see any point to a highlights show anymore. 

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Maybe there's not a point to ESPN itself anymore, but they still have programming hours to fill outside their game properties. I guess we should be grateful that they're letting Chris Berman do one more lap of yelling WHOOP! over dated production music instead of much cheaper options. Would you rather have a simulcast of ESPN Radio doing, like, Sarah Spain Is Raspily Indignant About Crap No One Cares About

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12 hours ago, Digby said:

 

All of this and also -- what was fresh 25 years ago probably isn't now. What is useful to the highlight consumer of now? Is it cramming as many catchphrases in as possible?

 

I'm only speaking for myself, but it was fun to watch a 45 minute commercial-free episode of NFL Primetime yesterday and see all the highlights from Sunday's games. Call me old-fashioned, but I still believe there's a demand for in-depth highlights on television (or on-demand in this case). Yes, there's a lot of places to watch highlights online or on a smartphone these days. But if there's one thing I've noticed in the last few years is that nostalgia is a powerful selling point. An entire generation of fans grew up watching the original 'Primetime' and listening to Berman's shtick every Sunday. It's a low-risk gamble for ESPN to try and lure some of those fans back. If they would just cut back on their talking head programs and focus solely on live games and highlights, I'd probably watch a lot more ESPN than I used to.

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