Media Notebook: Chicago Bears, Chris Berman, Hawk Harrelson, NU

Media Notebook: Chicago Bears, Chris Berman, Hawk Harrelson, NU

The Chicago Bears played their second preseason game last night with quarterback Jay Cutler already hitting his stride. In surliness that is. Cutler was filmed during ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown show yelling at a ball boy to “give me the f*cking ball.” Cutler than shakes his head in disapproval. (Watch the GIF here)

What’s even more shocking than the ball boy incident is this: pregame shows for preseason games actually EXIST. I’m surprised there’s a market for this. But how AWFUL was it to tune in last night and hear the bloated bloviator of Bristol, Chris Berman calling the Chicago Bears game. I thought GOOD GOD WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS HORROR??

Berman mispronounced Corey Liuget’s name. And then made a bad joke in which he correctly pronounced it. The former Illini (pronounced “legit”) was a top 20 NFL Draft pick and has started for the Chargers for awhile. If Berman is such a NFL expert, he should know how to pronounce his name correctly. “Boomer” also made the TIRED AND CLICHE “the Butler did it” joke, and peppered the night with his 70s rock humor that no one over the age of 14 finds witty. Chris Berman is the national version of Hawk Harrelson. No one can explain his popularity anymore.

Enjoy this pic of Mr. “You’re with Me Leather,” with a bunch of strippers.


-Actually, I’m probably being a bit hard on Hawk with the Berman comparison. At least with the Hawkeroo, I understand the role he plays on tv. He badly wants to be remembered as the White Sox version of Harry Caray, and he probably has a really big head because he walks in every day to a press box that literally is named after him; with a plaque displaying his likeness! Hawk is somewhat of a national figure (partially due to his being so AWFUL at his job, and all his gaffes going viral online) and I know he has actual fans. Not the majority, not many, but some. Who actually still likes Berman, really?

-The Jay Cutler version of "You're With Me Leather," is the  DON’T CARE bathroom incident. I recently told the story on 670 The Score, the Joe O. Show. Here’s the audio (Joe Ostrowski Sound Cloud)

-And the rest of my WSCR The Score segment discussing national and local sports media


-Here's my exclusive interview of an actual witness to that infamous episode of the Chicago Bears QB being deliciously condescending and rude.

-I think 670 The Score’s morning host Matt Spiegel summed up the experience best: a Chicago Bears preseason game called by Berman?


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-It was announced yesterday that Robert Feder, the man who sets the pace for reporting on media in this town has landed his new gig. The Chicago Tribune Media Group will license his new media blog

-According to the Trib’s Teddy Greenstein, “In an effort to maximize media coverage, Pat Fitzgerald’s Mon news confs have been moved to 10:30 a.m. from noon.” Interesting move by Northwestern. I don’t really see why this is better? To make it to the noon local TV news? This isn’t 1985. The only people who watch the midday news today are mommy bloggers and senior citizens, not college football fans. Northwestern isn’t located anywhere near an expressway, so this will affect the commute for many local media members- now they’ll have to fight morning rush hour traffic on the highways to reach Evanston. I don’t see how the earlier start helps. If they want to maximize coverage, bring free food back. They used to offer free lunch at these Monday things, and that’s the way to get sports journalists to show up at these things.

-Don’t be surprised if NIU, with their Orange Bowl appearance, takes some local media attention away from NU this year. However, if you want a good Northwestern preview, listen to my guest spot yesterday on 1620 The Zone Omaha. I was featured on Game Time with Nick Bahe.

-ESPN Audio’s Mike & Mike, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and SVP & Russillo — hosted by Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo — will hit the road for hyped up college football and NFL games this year. They’ll be in Evanston on Friday, Oct. 4, in advance of Saturday’s match-up with “Greeny’s” alma mater, Northwestern, hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes.

-I just got back from vacation and while I was there, I still did “work.” I was in Washington D.C. where I spent an entire day at the Newseum, which is just as cool as it sounds. It’s six stories packed with journalism history goodness. I also took a picture of the Washington Post building, and the Watergate hotel, the two key sites where media made its high water mark. We badly need another Woodward and Bernstein moment. Even a Boers and Bernstein moment would be good right now. The Washington Post was recently sold to founder Jeff Bezos. The Post is essentially the nation’s second best/important paper after the New York Times, yet it is struggling right now financially.

-I used to write for the Washington Times, and I can tell you that the best part of that experience is people always mistaking your employer for the Washington Post. The confusion happens all the time, and it’s flattering. The NCAA even did it to me at the Elite 8 in 2010. Notice the pic below; I did a side by side with a Notre Dame placard who got it correctly.


-Rich Campbell who covered the Washington Redskins for the Washington Times, was hired by the Chicago Tribune. He’ll cover the Chicago Bears with Dan Wiederer.

-Great quote from Justice Earl Warren at the Newseum: “I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”  And finally, look at the Freedom of the Press map at the Newseum. Yes, green is good and red is bad. Norway and Sweden tied for first; the latter of which actually lets a regular everyday citizen run the nation’s official Twitter account every week. And all tweets, regardless of content, are allowed. North Korea and Turkmenistan tied for the worst. Although if Borat were involved in the rankings (remember he is a Kazakh TV journalist) Uzbekistan would supplant Turkmenistan.


Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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