The Chicago Bears are once again back on the main stage, with their home game versus the Baltimore Ravens being the national broadcast on CBS. Kickoff is at noon, and CBS is sending their A-team pairing of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Yes, "hello friends" because Mr. Nantz "is a tradition unlike any other." I'm a fan of Simms although I know many of you are not.
It's very rare that CBS comes to Chicago because they own the AFC rights package. Yet, CBS, not to mention Nantz and Simms will make it to the Windy City for the second time on Sunday. They also called the season and home opener versus the Bengals...
The Jay Cutler
comments about DeAngelo Hall are a huge NON-STORY.
THERE IS NO CONTROVERSY HERE. Move on, media. Give it up.
There was no “bulletin board material” nor any “shots fired” this week. I don’t care, and neither should you.
Yet this non-controversy is making the tops of homepages for news outlets everywhere.
I know that we in the media often blow things out of proportion; especially on slow news days, in order to get more ratings/page views/sell papers etc. Media outlets owned by professional leagues or professional teams do this almost everyday. And these specific television networks do it on an even larger scale.
However, this Jay Cutler
vs. DeAngelo Hall script is a huge waste of all our of time. Cutler was as vanilla and boring as he usually is during all his interviews...
Greg Gumbel is the third man to serve as both host and play-by-play announcer for a Super Bowl (the first two were Dick Enberg and Al Michaels). He hosted Super Bowls XXVI, XXX, and XXXII before calling Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII. Jim Nantz became the fourth man to join this elusive group after he called Super Bowl XLI for CBS.
Greg Gumbel is the older brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel (although Bryant has been in the broadcasting game for three more years). Greg is the first African-American announcer ever to call play-by-play of a major league sports championship in the United
States when he announced Super Bowl XXXV for the CBS
network in 2001. He was born in Louisiana but raised in Chicago.
Both Gumbels attended De La Salle Institute (same high school that produced Mayor Daley) and grew up in Hyde Park. Greg Gumbel did all his socializing on the North Side while living on the South Side (the same Hyde Park neighborhood as Muhammad Ali). He later lived in Lakeview, just off Lake Michigan
at Melrose between Broadway and Sheridan. Greg Gumbel also resided at Edgewater Beach apartments.
Bryant Gumbel told Greg Gumbel about an opening at WMAQ-TV NBC
5 in Chicago, and that sports reporter job was how Greg got his first gig.
I had an exclusive with Greg Gumbel at NFL
on CBS Media Day. Very honored to have him as today's CSMW interview guest...
The 1985 Chicago Bears
are considered to be the best football team in history by many NFL
experts. And those football gurus that don’t consider them to be the best overall team ever still believe that the ’85 Bears had the best NFL defense in history.
However, Dan Marino
is the one quarterback who beat that defense. He’s the one signal caller that figured out the ’85 Bears 46 Zone and how to get past it. The ’85 Bears still captivate the hearts and minds of this city like no other team. And Marino’s Dolphins were the only team that kept them from reaching perfection.
Marino is one of the greatest passers in the history of the game, and an analyst for the NFL on CBS
. He returns to CBS on September 8th, for The NFL Today, a pregame show now in its 46th season. This will be the 54th year that CBS has covered the NFL. Marino will be joined this season by Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher; with James Brown anchoring. NFL.com ranked the greatest players in the history of the game after the 2009 season, Dan Marino placed 25th.
I had an exclusive with Marino at NFL on CBS Media Day where I asked him how he beat the ’85 Bears and what he thinks of the Bears chances this season...
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...
-(Awful Announcing) ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (pictured above) had a funny gaffe in her spelling bee coverage. In the linked video, you’ll see she was looking at the wrong kid. Here’s your gratuitous photo gallery of Ms. Steele -(Chicago Radio and Media) Sun-Times Announces Major Reorganization Of Editorial Department. Includes internal memo from head honcho... Read more »
–Michelle Beadle has left ESPN for NBC and NBC Sports. And who will replace her on the WWL’s SportsNation show? Charissa Thompson word is (pictured above). Here’s more photos of Thompson. So where does that leave ESPN’s other big name free agent, Erin Andrews? -(Sherman Report) With the conclusion of the 2011-12 television season this... Read more »