This simply in: Sunday is New 12 months’s Eve.
So, what higher method to welcome within the 12 months than offering one more tackle the highest media occasions of 2017. Naturally this record shall be way more scintillating than the remainder as a result of it’s not executed with severe intentions. So, right here (in honor of Brett Gardner) is our high 11.
1. YANKEES SURPRISE MEDIA BY FIRING JOE GIRARDI
Not one of the resident media seamheads noticed this one coming. Looking back, a giant trace was offered by YES analysts, on the postgame present. They crushed Joey Looseleafs after he bungled the decisive second in ALDS Sport 2 by not difficult a foul tip name. The depth, and over-the-top nature of YES’ assault, ought to have provided a clue Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman had already signed off on dumping the Yankee skipper after the postseason. Girardi was a goner despite the fact that he got here dangerously near getting to a different World Collection.
This was a clean transfer by Cashman, who some Valley of The Silly Microphone Jockeys now seek advice from as a “rock star.” Whereas he has sturdy ties to the media (some stronger than others), Cashman was nonetheless in a position to maintain it on the down-low for months.
2. MIKE (SPORTS POPE) FRANCESA MANAGES TO END HIS SELF-AGGRANDIZING FAREWELL TOUR BEFORE BALL DROPS IN TIMES SQUARE
Sure, it took The Sports activities Pope practically two years to announce he was leaving WFAN and to have interaction in a number of staged occasions permitting his lackeys, sycophants, and toadies to congratulate him for his show of superior data and an effervescent character over three many years on the station.
OK, so he tousled every now and then and was not precisely Mr. Laughs. Nonetheless, nobody will ever overlook his lengthy, gratuitous goodbye, which needed to set some form of report. Little doubt all of us will hear about it once more when Francesa returns to the studio for the primary annual WFAN Outdated Timers Day.
three. CBS SPORTS BOSS SEAN MCMANUS STUNS THE FREE WORLD BY HIRING TONY ROMO AS THE NETWORK’S NO. 1 NFL ANALYST AND DEPOSITING PHIL SIMMS’ TUCHIS IN A CHAIR INSIDE “THE NFL TODAY” PREGAME STUDIO
McManus guess on a longshot right here and cashed in large time. Romo, for probably the most half, has delivered the products, instantly getting a optimistic response to his shtick of predicting a play earlier than it occurred. There was a lot consideration paid to this a part of his evaluation that any short-comings have been mainly ignored.
Will different TV fits take a web page out of CBS Sports activities’ playbook and shortly elevate a former participant with little or no broadcasting expertise to a marquee gig? In a copycat enterprise it’s certain to occur, particularly if mentioned participant, like Romo, may also generate buzz.
four. FOX HIRES KEITH HERNANDEZ TO WORK IN ITS BASEBALL POSTSEASON STUDIO
Sadly this was a basic case of manufacturing overkill. When the Foxies jettisoned Pete Rose they determined to exchange him with two voices — Hernandez and David (Large Papi) Ortiz. Throughout your complete postseason, Papi, a character pushed man, determined to glom the microphone and blow a whole lot of smoke with no substance. Sitting on the set like a lump on a log, Hernandez couldn’t get many phrases in and by no means obtained to essentially present his stuff.
Even Alex Rodriguez was left to play a secondary function with Papi on the scene. If the Foxies go along with the identical lineup this season, host Kevin Burkhardt ought to come to the set outfitted with a whistle.
5. ESPN SIDELINES PLAY-BY-PLAY GUY ROBERT LEE FOR THE BROADBAND BROADCAST OF WILLIAM & MARY VS VIRGINIA DUE TO SENSITIVITY AFTER WHITE SUPREMACIST DEMONSTRATIONS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
ESPN can’t assist itself. On this case, the school at Bristol Clown Neighborhood Faculty took on a boatload of water for an entire non-issue. Lee, a comparatively unknown Asian American announcer, was going to name a recreation no one was going to observe.
Benching Lee ignited an argument that was self-inflicted.
6. MIKE GREENBERG AND MIKE GOLIC END RADIO PARTNERSHIP AFTER 18 YEARS
We salute them for having the kindness and decency to not go on a prolonged farewell tour. Their ultimate present was cringe inducing sufficient.
7. YANKEES ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS NETWORK HIRES SARAH KUSTOK AS ONE OF ITS NETS ANALYSTS
This was among the best strikes YES fits have made because the community was created. Recognizing what Kustok, who performed the sport at DePaul, delivered to the published as a courtside reporter, and the dues she had paid on her method to YES, they elevated her to a task she earned. Her evaluation has solely magnified simply how terrific a choice the community made.
May there be a girl on the market able to crash the previous boys membership on YES’ Yankee telecasts in 2018?
eight. SHOWTIME BOXING ANALYST PAULIE MALIGNAGGI SPARS WITH CONOR MCGREGOR PRIOR TO MCGREGOR’S FIGHT WITH FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.
Agreeing to spar with McGregor confirmed Malignaggi has little regard for his personal broadcast credibility. In spite of everything, it’s not such a sizzling thought to “get shut” to a fighter you’ll be analyzing in what — sadly — was thought-about a mega struggle.
Malignaggi obtained greater than he bargained for when McGregor’s camp launched video that apparently confirmed Paulie on the canvas after being knocked down by McGregor. Malignaggi mentioned it by no means occurred. Hey, the sparring session ought to have by no means occurred.
9. WFAN HIRES MAGGIE GRAY, BART SCOTT, AND CHRIS CARLIN TO REPLACE FRANCESA
With two years to seek out the Pope’s successor, you might have each proper to be surprised by the trio that landed the gig. Those that did the selecting clearly didn’t have the scallions to make this a one particular person present. However there are different necessary parts at work right here. Like moo-la-dee. It’s the economic system, silly! The Replacements will value Entercom, which now owns FAN, a complete of $1.5 million per 12 months. Contemplating Francesa was making $three.5 million per, that’s a cut price, it doesn’t matter what occurs.
Anyway, we’re already getting a kick out of Scott’s “I’m going to try to study baseball” media tour. Give him credit score for attempting to get out in entrance of his largest shortcoming and spin like a high. By the way in which Bart, the Yankees play within the Bronx and the Mets play in Queens.
10. ESPN CANCELS BARSTOOL AFTER ONE SHOW
In one other failed try at being all the things to all people, the Bristol college thought there was a spot for a present that was misplaced in an ozone far faraway from the planet ESPN is on. As a substitute of recognizing this earlier than they lower a cope with the Barstool crew, the College let one present air earlier than exercising frequent sense, if there may be such a factor in Bristol.
11. WHEN THE DUST SETTLED NORMAN JULIUS ESIASON COMES OUT OF 2017 AS WFAN’S NO. 1 PERSONALITY
With the departures of his associate Craig Carton and The Pope, NJE is now the person at FAN. At this level, and contemplating what’s on the road when it comes to rankings and promoting income, NJE is the one Gasbag at FAN who can’t be changed. Face it, with afternoon drive in a state of flux, Esiason is the one yakker who might be counted on to ship big-time rankings.
If NJE walks out the door, FAN is in a world of hassle — except you suppose Esiason’s new Cabana Boy, Gregg Giannotti, is a rankings magnet.
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DUDE OF THE WEEK: SEALVER SILIGA
Usually, it’s timing and the smallest of gestures that rely probably the most. All of us discuss brightening a beloved one’s day through the holidays however how about 10 strangers? Siliga, the Tampa Bay lineman, stopped off at an Applebee’s on Christmas Eve after a troublesome loss to Carolina. When he was completed consuming he handed out ideas of $100 every to the 10 staff holding down the fort on the night time earlier than Christmas. Good!
DWEEB OF THE WEEK: ELI APPLE
It’s been a tough season for a man as soon as held in such excessive esteem when he was drafted out of Ohio State. Nonetheless, it’s exhausting feeling sorry for Apple. His wounds are self -inflicted. From dogging it on the sector to popping off publicly, to ticking off his teammates, Apple might have punched his ticket out of city. He was suspended for the ultimate recreation of the season, however clearly believes in leaving the general public with one thing to chew on throughout his absence. When the media tried talking with him yet one more time Apple blew them off saying, he needed to “take a (expletive deleted).” Will Apple ever get it?
What Steve Spagnuolo mentioned: “We all know as a lot as we all know proper now (about Davis Webb) and I’m not going to look into the longer term.”
What Steve Spagnuolo meant to say: “I’m not going to be right here subsequent season so it makes no (expletive deleted) distinction to me.”