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Old 09-01-2010, 07:39 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Sports Media Discussion (RIP ESPN)

Do yourself a favor and download the episode from August 30.

Al Michaels was the guest, it's pretty great stuff.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

Lucky Louis is a great show.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:47 PM   #3
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

While you're at it check out the new Titus Andronicus album, great stuff.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:50 PM   #4
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

Move to LC thread?

It was good.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:51 PM   #5
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

lol, what's your problem, F60? you got your avator back... (kinda surprised that you didn't kick it off right away with the gif spamming, tbh)

yeah the Michaels podcast was pretty good, lots of good and interesting stories. guy has called an amazing number of huge events over the years, and worked with quite a varied and eclectic group of broadcast partners.

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Move to LC thread?
yeah maybe, or turn this into a Bill Simmons containment thread. he gets talked about enough around here that it might be worth keeping a thread hanging around ready to be bumped when necessary...

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Old 09-02-2010, 12:03 AM   #6
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

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Alright guys,

With the First pick in the SE Broadcast Team Draft, tuq and I have selected...

Al Michaels

With his wide range of sports broadcasting history, including national broadcasts of all of the four major U.S. sports, we felt that he was simply too valuable to not snag with #1. His broadcast partners throughout the years have been a hodgepodge of former players, coaches, well-known minds of the game(s), and Dennis Miller. Throughout it all, however, Michaels still seems to mesh effectively with whoever any network places beside him, creating an efficient and exciting broadcast. To go along with his superb work in the broadcast booth, Michaels is also a valuable in-studio host, possibly making him one of the most versatile broadcasters available. As far as our network's coverage goes, this means he would be able to have a role in almost every broadcast, even those which he may not be best-suited to call such as Golf (although I definitely wouldn't put it past him).

Here is a history of Michaels' broadcasting career, per Wikipedia:


From these various career stops, Michaels has provided us with some of the most memorable calls in broadcasting history, some of which will be shared below:

2004: NBA Western Conference Semifinals, Spurs vs. Lakers - Derek Fisher scores at the buzzer!
In what proved to be an amazing game, highlighted by Tim Duncan's fade-away jumper from the top of the key which left the Lakers 0.4 seconds to work with, Al Michaels and the rest of San Antonio sat stunned after Derek Fisher threw up a last-second prayer.

2000: Monday Night Football - HE DID WHAT?
Facing a 3rd & 4 from the 43 yard-line with 11:33 left in overtime, Brett Favre dropped back and felt the pressure of the rush and seemingly floated one up for grabs, in the direction of Antonio Freeman. After some indecisiveness at first, replays clearly showed that Freeman had caught the ball without it ever touching the Lambeau tundra, and the Packers would win the barn-burner of a game 26-20.

1989: World Series - I'll tell you what, we're having an Earth.....
With Tim McCarver going over highlights from the previous game's action, the now infamous Loma Prieta Earthquake struck California, in the middle of the World Series no less. Michaels seemed to remain calm in front of the mic, merely telling us that the broadcast would return momentarily as many across the country wondered what exactly had happened.

1986: American League Championship Series - Dave Henderson, its a long way from Seattle!
The 1986 ALCS was one that saw the California Angels come within one strike of their first ever World Series appearance, but just as Donnie Moore delivered the 1-2 offering, Dave Henderson swooped in with the following statement:
Spoiler:
He launched a fork-ball over the fence, giving Boston the lead after a four-run ninth. Boston would go on to win the game in 11 innings, and the Series in 7 games. Upon the final out, Michaels exclaimed: "The Red Sox can go from last rites to the World Series...and they do!"

1980: Winter Olympic Games, United States vs. USSR - Do you believe in miracles? YES!
Last, but certainly not least, we leave you with Al Michaels' most memorable call of his broadcasting career, which came at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Teamed with Ken Dryden, Michaels prepared to broadcast a game which at the outset few realized would be one of the most memorable events in American sporting history. For space purposes, I won't quote this article, but it's an excellent read on the team and the events that occurred leading up to and including the game against the USSR. Memorable calls from that game include Mike Eruzione's goal to put the U.S. ahead 4-3, and of course the last minutes leading up to the U.S. victory. Couldn't find much of the Gold-Medal contest against Finland, but here is the tie-breaking goal, called by Michaels, which would lead to the eventual U.S. Gold Medal.

In closing, Al Michaels has served the test of time as one of the best broadcasters on television, and his versatility and presentation remain top-notch, something that any network would aspire for in their top-broadcaster.

The tuq/cwicemvp12 Broadcast Network (TCBN?):
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:42 AM   #7
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

72off,
B.ill Sim.mons containtment thread imo
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:37 AM   #8
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

Going to ESPN.com and not listening to my podcast is like Dexter Morgan visiting Pedif Isle and not killing someone.

Anyway the CEO (my son) has now discovered how to throw stuff. He tossed a chunk of oatmeal at the TV yesterday and it splattered all over the screen. Our sitter saw it and immediately started cleaning it off, but he was really aggressive with his cleaning, knocking the TV back and forth. The Sports Gal said, "Hey Isiah, if possible we don't want any nicks on the screen" and I chuckled the entitled chuckle of a privileged east coast white guy. Then I thought about a Marlboro Light, took the dog for a walk, and became irrelevant.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:43 AM   #9
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:27 AM   #10
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i chuckled
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:14 AM   #11
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

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Old 09-02-2010, 08:42 AM   #12
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:42 AM   #13
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:02 AM   #14
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

OP makes some of the best threads.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:17 PM   #15
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

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lol, what's your problem, F60? you got your avator back... (kinda surprised that you didn't kick it off right away with the gif spamming, tbh)

yeah the Michaels podcast was pretty good, lots of good and interesting stories. guy has called an amazing number of huge events over the years, and worked with quite a varied and eclectic group of broadcast partners.



yeah maybe, or turn this into a Bill Simmons containment thread. he gets talked about enough around here that it might be worth keeping a thread hanging around ready to be bumped when necessary...
wow I am way better at this thread than you are.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:27 PM   #16
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wow I am way better at this thread than you are.


2+ hours of Simmons and Matthew Berry breaking down the 90210 series today!
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:28 PM   #17
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

No 72off synopsis wtf?
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:34 PM   #18
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i'll let others elaborate...
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:37 PM   #19
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

Ellipses seem popular in Canada.

Al Michaels is clearly awesome at life and it was a very good listen.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:56 PM   #20
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

love Bill Simmons
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:10 PM   #21
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Re: if you don't listen to Bill Simmons' podcast...

Lucky Louis is pretty awesome fo realz.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:41 AM   #22
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Re: Bill Simmons/Sports Guy Containment Thread

bump for bill simmons

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Old 11-20-2010, 03:44 AM   #23
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Re: Bill Simmons/Sports Guy Containment Thread

I'd love for ESPN to fire TK
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:02 AM   #24
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I think Simmons is going to take over for TK permanently actually.
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:10 AM   #25
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Re: Bill Simmons/Sports Guy Containment Thread

kornheiser is a boss-- god knows how he wound up as a sports writer but his books are hilarious.

simmons' voice tilts the **** out of me.
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