Thursday, December 27, 2007

More Stu Nahan Coverage

June 11, 2004 - Taking notes for the Dodgers' post game show from the press box in Boston's Fenway Park.
(Photo: Mike Noto)

Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News' "Inside SoCal" blog provides a more thorough piece on Stu Nahan than did the LA Times.

Included in Hoffarth's post is this clip of Nahan appearing on a Sunday edition of KTLA's News At 10 shortly after he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 25, 2007.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Stu Nahan (1926 - 2007)

First Class All The Way: Stu Nahan on the LA Dodgers team plane in May, 2004. (Photo: Mike Noto)
Stu Nahan, TV and radio sportscaster, feature film actor, professional hockey goalie, and friend to all in the sports world, died today at his Studio City, CA home following a two year battle with lymphoma. He was 81.

The Los Angeles Times was the first publication to post an article on Nahan's passing. However, Larry Stewart's piece was long on facts but fell very short on describing the character and personality of the man.

In addition to what was posted by the Times, Stu received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just this past May 25.

It may not possible to count the number of people who considered themselves friends of Stu's, and the remembrances to be printed and aired soon from people in and out of the sports world will no doubt mirror the man's enormous reach.

More to follow...


The public demand to see New England's bid for a perfect season was too high for DirecTV's NFL Network blimp to reach.

It looks like a little political pressure went a long way.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced this afternoon that NFL Network's coverage of Saturday night's Partiots - Giants game will be made available to everyone, via a groundbreaking simulcast on both CBS and NBC.

Why Fox, ESPN and E! were left out of the mix wasn't addressed.

Each network will be allowed to sell 18 30-second spots during the telecast and neither network will pay the NFL any additional rights fees for the game.

Politicians, especially from the Northeast states, applied pressure on the NFL, including a congressional threat to re-examine the league's anti-trust exemption.

It appears to be a win-win situation even for NFL Network as they will have the rare opportunity to promote their channel and show off their production on other companies air waves. Because of the historic nature of the game, NFL Net had planned on adding additional equipment and manpower to what was already one of the sport's biggest shows, even before the simulcast was announced. Now, the 60% of the country who don't have NFL Network can get to see the Patriots try for a perfect regular season.

Saturday night's game marks the first time a NFL game will be televised by three networks and the first time since Super Bowl I in 1967 that two networks carried the same game. CBS (NFL) and NBC (AFL) carried that game using their own production crews and on-air talent. The rival networks set up on opposite sides of the Los Angeles Coliseum, with CBS taking the traditional press box side while NBC created makeshift camera positions and a broadcast booth on the other side.

While CBS' footage of the game survives to this day, NBC's was erased before anyone realized the value it would someday have.

Those homes with NFL Network will have the chance to see 65 hours of Patriots-related programming, including a live 6 hour pre-game "NFL Total Access" show leading up to kick off.

Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth will call the action from Giants Stadium.

Monday, December 24, 2007


What to do when some idiot runs on the field (or court, in this case) has been the subject of debate for years. Decades ago, such disturbances were shown, including close ups of the moron wasting everybody's time.

More recently, steps have been taken to avoid showing anything to do with the incident, so directors often just go with tight shots of players, etc.

The other night in Indiana it seems nobody knew what to do, so for a while the good folks at FSN Indiana didn't do anything.

(Thanks to Sports By Brooks)

And that may be the best way to go. The glory seeker doesn't get his close up, but viewers get to watch security beat the crap out of the guy.

Sunday, December 23, 2007


Better late than never!

The winner for most bizarre sideline interview of 2007 happened only yesterday at the Texas Class 5A Division 1 Championship Game at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

FSN Southwest aired the game between (Euless) Trinity and (Converse) Judson High Schools that featured a halftime interview that bordered on the insane.

(Thanks to Skattershooting via Awful Announcing)

The poor sideline reporter said she had been doing this a long time, but we found no bio for her at FSN Southwest's web site. For the mental damage that interview must have caused, FSN should give her hazard pay and recognize her with their other on-air talent.

Don't mess with Texas or their high school football coaches!