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Rafer Weigel makes mistake reporting Cutler Injury; Twitter Flips Out

Rafer Weigel makes mistake reporting Cutler Injury; Twitter Flips Out
Social media amplifies everything. Often to ridiculous levels. Today was a perfect example when ABC 7 Chicago’s Rafer Weigel mistakenly tweeted that Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was taken to the hospital following an injury to his groin in the Bears loss at Washington. It was an honest mistake and Weigel owned up to it right away. He issued a retraction and a mea culpa once he found out that he was incorrect. I reached Rafer Weigel by phone and he told me the whole story in detail. He was very self-aware that he acted in great haste and COMPLETELY dropped the ball today. "I didn't think before I tweeted, and I learned you can't do that," Weigel said. "I hope others can learn this lesson, if they haven't already...

Media Notebook: College Gameday, '03 Cubs Doc, DePaul Fox Sports 1 event

Media Notebook: College Gameday, '03 Cubs Doc, DePaul Fox Sports 1 event
ESPN College Gameday set up shop this morning at Lakeside Field on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston. Tonight at Ryan Field, not be confused with the Fox Sports 1 anchor named Ryan Field, the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes, favored by a touchdown, will take on the #16 Wildcats. Kickoff at 7pm on ABC with OSU alum Kirk Herbstreit and NU alum Brent Musburger on the call. Heather Cox will be on the sidelines. I love College Gameday, but the best part of it, in my opinion, would be the signs. I’ve led this post with a great sign about Kain Colter. And posted a few in gallery. You can see a few more signs here. NU will look to upset the Red Menace tonight, and have a much better outing than the last time College Gameday was on site for a NW home game. That was the infamous “we conveniently forgot about the lack of space in Wrigley Field, so we’ll have both teams go one way/the same way the whole time” game. The Illini shredded NU 48-22 at the Friendly Confines as Mikel Leshoure ran for an Illinois record 330 yards rushing. Here's to hoping the Cats don't have a repeat of that performance tonight; and cut shut down Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde. -From Crain’s, Northwestern sells the naming rights to their Athletic Director position. They've come such a long way in Evanston. Three decades ago, they were considering abandoning big time sports entirely to join the Ivy League. According to the Wall Street Journal....

Top 10 National Sportscasters

Top 10 National Sportscasters
The top ten least favorite sportscasters list was so “discussion-provoking” that I decided to do a ten best sportscasters list. The one mistake I made on the worst list was not dividing it up into two parts: local sportscasters and national sportscasters. There were too many omissions. Even with this list now broken into two installments, there will still be plenty of omissions. So feel free to add in those who you believe were left out in the comments section. And of course, the sportscasters list is broken down as if it were a basketball team format. Basketball being the second best game ever invented. No broadcast reporters who work for a network owned by a team or a league are eligible for this list, as those people are not journalists. You can’t be a journalist when you report on the very same entity that pays your salary. However, play-by-play and color analysts are eligible...
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Top Ten Local Sportscasters

Top Ten Local Sportscasters
The top ten least favorite sportscasters list was so “discussion-provoking” that I decided to do a ten best sportscasters list. The one mistake I made on the worst list was not dividing it up into two parts: local sportscasters and national sportscasters. There were too many omissions. Even with this list now broken into two installments, there will still be plenty of omissions. So feel free to add in those who you believe were left out in the comments section. And of course, the sportscasters list is broken down as if it were a basketball team format. Basketball being the second best game ever invented. No broadcast reporters who work for a network owned by a team or a league are eligible for this list, as those people are not journalists. You can’t be a journalist when you report on the very same entity that pays your salary. However, play-by-play and color analysts are eligible. The national sportscasters list will hopefully be published by the end of the week...

Fox Sports and NBC Sports will change the World August 17th

Fox Sports and NBC Sports will change the World August 17th
October 7th, 1777 is one of the most important dates in the history of Western Civilization. That day ended the Battle of Saratoga; a victory for the American Colonies over General Burgoyne and the British Empire. This battle decisively turned the war in favor of the Americans, aided by the French, for good. From that day forward, Britain would inevitably lose the war. Years from now, when assessing the history of broadcast television, we may deem August 17th, 2013 the Battle of Saratoga of sports media. Certainly for television sports media, as we’ll see both the launch of Fox Sports 1 and the beginning of NBC Sports English Premier League coverage. The former is obviously the more important of the two events, so Fox Sports 1 is the American rebellion. The latter is less important, so NBC would be the French in this case. However, I’ll explain later just how huge it is that NBC is bringing Premier League to the United States. Obviously, ESPN is Great Britain in this analogy. I guess CBS would be the Hessians and Turner Sports the Native Americans in this conflict...

ABC 7's Rafer Weigel talks Television, Media, Blackhawks (Exclusive)

ABC 7's Rafer Weigel talks Television, Media, Blackhawks (Exclusive)
You know Rafer Weigel as the iconic weekend WLS-TV sports anchor/reporter. His “Rafer’s Recap” segment on ABC 7 appears on the Saturday night 10 pm news. It’s must see television. Rafer Weigel was the sports anchor for CNN HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade. Weigel grew up in Evanston, with journalism as the family business. He’s the son of iconic Chicago sports anchor and newspaper columnist Tim Weigel and former WGN Radio news anchor Kathy Worthington. Rafer is also the grandson of Weigel Broadcasting founder and former Lawrence Welk radio announcer, John Jacob Weigel. Like this author, he’s an Illini; graduating from the University of Illinois in 1992. Weigel has written extensively for the Chicago Sun-Times and L.A. Times. In addition to his work in journalism, he has done quite a bit of acting. Rafer Weigel has has starred in television shows and movies opposite Jenny McCarthy and William Shatner. He’s even been the voice of a Star Wars video game. In this exclusive, we talk sports media, the future of journalism, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears and more Follow Rafer Weigel on Twitter here...
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Rebecca Haarlow, Rafer Weigel, Natalie Martinez join in Blackhawks Media Cheerleading

Rebecca Haarlow, Rafer Weigel, Natalie Martinez join in Blackhawks Media Cheerleading
You could say the Chicago Blackhawks receive some soft media coverage in this town. You’d be making a tremendous understatement. Just last week I called out Comcast SportsNet Chicago for their overt Blackhawks cheerleading. The team does own 20% of CSN Chicago, so the network was in fact partially created so that the teams owning them (the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox) could have editorial control over the game broadcasts. Therefore, you can understand why CSN Chicago acts as overt Blackhawks cheerleaders. However, they still don’t go so far as to actually wear Hawks regalia during broadcasts. The local ABC and NBC affiliates do in fact go that far...

Brian Urlacher Retires: Best Twitter Reactions

Brian Urlacher Retires: Best Twitter Reactions
Around 10 AM this morning, former Chicago Bears legend and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement on Twitter. Obviously, Twitter blew up shortly afterward. Urlacher was THE trending topic; not just for Chicago Bears, NFL and sports news, but news in general. Urlacher will have his place on the Bears Mt. Rushmore of all time players. #54 will also go down as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. Given his storied career, it’s a shame that he went out the way he did. His final season will unfortunately be remembered for: the Bears second half collapse which cost the team a playoff berth, Urlacher’s rant against the fans, media, Lovie Smith detractors, and the insult of a contract that the Bears offered him. It doesn’t do justice to all that he accomplished. He accomplished a bit off the field too: Paris Hilton, Jenny McCarthy etc. Let’s look at how social media reacted to the Urlacher retirement announcement...

Bears Expert Tom Waddle leaving Fox 32 for ABC 7?

Bears Expert Tom Waddle leaving Fox 32 for ABC 7?
Former Chicago Bears wide receiver and current ESPN 1000 midday co-host Tom Waddle might be leaving WFLD Fox 32 for ABC 7. He would potentially serve as the station’s Bears expert. That’s what Robert Feder, long time media critic formerly of the Chicago Sun-Times and Time Out Chicago, reported via his social media. Tom Waddle did respond through Twitter. Take a look at this exchange between Waddle and Feder...
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Time to Abolish Sideline Reporters

Time to Abolish Sideline Reporters
“I don’t disagree with you at all regarding the role of sideline reporters.  Most of the time, I find those interviews to be fairly useless,” a nationally relevant sideline reporter once told me years ago. The opinion I expressed and she agreed with was “sideline interviews serve no purpose.” In our off-the-record chat, I stated further, “We never needed these practices to begin with.” And we have the testimony of NFL Network and Notre Dame reporter Alex Flanagan. This exchange between Flanagan and The Sherman Report says it all. Sherman: “You know what the critics say about the value of sideline reporters. CBS doesn’t even use them. What’s your response?” Flanagan: “I’m often asked to defend the job of the sideline reporter. I think of myself as an accessory. I don’t know if you can appreciate this, but I tell my female friends, ‘When you get dressed up in that great outfit, the one thing that can top it off is a great accessory. Like a necklace or ear rings.’ Are we a necessity for a telecast? No. But I can see a lot of things that happen on the field that (the announcers) can’t see from up high.”...
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