Archive for the ‘ESPN’ Category

Saturday March 12th, 2011  08:13am EST

Everyone in media today works in a fishbowl where viewer and reader perceptions are hyper-tuned to pick up any trace of perceived bias, spin or “agenda,” and ex-athletes who move in front of the camera are unusually susceptible to the charge: They wore the uniform, after all. We have pictures. The scrutiny escalates in college football, where — as the only major sport that leaves certain outcomes to arbitrary opinion polls — the opinions of talking heads actually matter. Former coaches and players have to walk a fine line between fair, objective analysis and a genuine attachment to their alma mater. And within college football, no talking head is more attached to his alma mater in the eyes of his audience than ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.

That’s in part because Herbie is arguably the most prominent pundit on the most prominent network for college football, as well as a color commentator for the network’s most prominent games. But he also makes the least attempt to obscure his Ohio State roots. A former starting quarterback and captain, he proudly puts his bawling children on air in Buckeye jerseys. He’s not afraid to be caught in moments of off-camera homerism, or to unapologetically defend them. The only piece of “news” he ever attempted to break was a false coaching rumor at OSU’s rival, Michigan. He’s also a regular on sports radio in Columbus, where he was one of the city’s most prominent residents.

Yes, was, mainly because his efforts to stay true to his school cut both ways: Where some national fans see a Buckeye homer trying to cover his tracks on the air, some fraction of Ohio State fans see Herbstreit’s efforts at objectivity toward OSU as a betrayal. After 15 years of being pulled in both directions, the disconnect between his national job and his local persona has finally forced Herbstreit to move his family from Columbus to Nashville. Per an interview with the Columbus Dispatch:

“Nobody loves Ohio State more than me,” said Herbstreit, a former Buckeyes quarterback. “I still have a picture of Woody Hayes and my dad (Jim, a former OSU player) in my office, and nobody will do more than I do for the university behind the scenes. But I’ve got a job to do, and I’m going to continue to be fair and objective. To continue to have to defend myself and my family in regards to my love and devotion to Ohio State is unfair.”
“From a sports perspective, this is rough,” he said. “I love Ohio State. Love the Blue Jackets. Love the Reds. Those are my hobbies. I don’t like moving. I love living here. I don’t want to leave. But I just can’t do this anymore. I really can’t keep going like this.

“Eighty to ninety percent of the Ohio State fans are great. It’s the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent only 5 to 10 percent of the fan base, but they are relentless.”

Herbstreit initially broke the move on his brand new Twitter account earlier this week, which appeared so abruptly with the news on Thursday that no one was certain whether to take it seriously. (Anyone can set up an account as “@K_Herbstreit” and type “I’m moving to Nashville!”) But the account is real, and in less than two days has already produced exactly the brand of fair-weather local sentiment he says he’s trying to escape. You probably would, too, if you had to deal with guys like this on a daily basis.

It’s either that, or Nashville offers much better tax breaks.

from:  http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/-8216-Relentless-8217-Buckeye-fans-have-drive?urn=ncaaf-wp39


Kirk Herbstreit was born on August 19th, 1969 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirk_Herbstreit

August 19th, 1969

8 + 19 +1+9+6+9 = 52 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Criticism.  Harsh words.  If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.


August 19th, 1969

August 19th

8 + 19 +2+0+1+0 = 30 = his personal year (from August 19th, 2010 to August 18th, 2011) = Home.  Home sweet home.

30 year + 2 (February) = 32 = his personal month (from February 19th, 2011 to March 18th, 2011) = Pride.

32 month + 12 (12th of the month on Saturday March 12th, 2011) = 44 = his personal day = Twitter.  Tweeting.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011; 6:10 PM

ESPN fired veteran play-by-play announcer Ron Franklin on Tuesday, four days after Franklin referred to a female colleague as “sweet baby” and followed that up with an expletive after she objected.

Franklin, who has called games for the sports cable network since 1987, was due to broadcast the Fiesta Bowl game on ESPN’s radio network Saturday, but he was yanked off the air by as a result of the run-in on Friday with sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards during an off-air encounter.

Franklin, 68, apologized on Monday for his remarks to Edwards, but to no apparent avail.

The incident is the latest in a long string of episodes in which ESPN hosts have demeaned or engaged in sexually harassing behavior toward the Disney-owned network’s female employees.

Baseball analyst Harold Reynolds was fired in 2006 after being accused of harassment by a female employee. Steve Phillips, another baseball analyst, lost his job in 2009 as a result of an affair with a much younger production assistant who disclosed the relationship to Phillips’s wife after he sought to break it off. In 2007, a makeup artist working on the since-canceled show “Cold Pizza” sued the program’s co-hosts, alleging they groped and harassed her. (The suit was thrown out.)

Last year, former Washington Post sports columnist Tony Kornheiser, co-star of the popular ESPN show “Pardon the Interruption,” was suspended for critical comments he made on his local radio program about “SportsCenter” host Hannah Storm’s clothes.

Franklin reportedly addressed another sideline reporter, Holly Rowe, as “sweetheart” during a 2005 broadcast. He later apologized to Rowe.

That incident prompted ESPN ombudsman George Solomon to observe at the time: “Play-by-play commentators need to take sideline reporters – many of whom are women – more seriously. So does ESPN, which needs to give these reporters more airtime and more serious issues to address.”

In a statement Monday about Franklin, ESPN said, “We’re not going to get into specifics other than to say adhering to our personal-conduct policies and showing respect for colleagues are of the utmost importance to our company and we take them extremely seriously.”

The network also issued a statement from Franklin, saying: “I said some things I shouldn’t have and am sorry. I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.”

ESPN dealt with dozens of sexual harassment incidents in the first two decades after its founding in 1979, according to “ESPN: The Uncensored History,” a book by New York Times sportswriter Mike Freeman that was published in 2000. Among those disciplined, according to the book, was “Monday Night Football” announcer Mike Tirico, who in 1992 was suspended for unwelcome advances toward another employee.

Despite its track record, ESPN is no more hospitable to harassing behavior than other male-dominated workplaces, said Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Sport in Society program at Northeastern University.

“I hate to single out ESPN for having a dysfunctional culture,” Lebowitz said. “It just mimics an inherent ill in our society. It’s more a reflection of overall societal behavior where women are mistreated in the workplace. Whether it’s the investment industry or the entertainment industry or something else, it’s across the board. It just seems more sensational at ESPN because they’re a very public entity.”

Added Lebowitz, “There’s still an awful long way to go in terms of teachable moments for men to understand proper workplace conduct and to treat women as equals.”

At the very least, he said, ESPN “has sent a message” that such conduct won’t be tolerated, by firing or suspending employees whose behavior crossed the line.

The Franklin-Edwards exchange came before the Florida State-South Carolina game. Franklin was talking with two fellow announcers, Rod Gilmore and Ed Cunningham, about Gilmore’s wife, Marie, who was elected mayor of Alameda, Calif., in November.

When Edwards tried to join the conversation, Franklin allegedly responded, “Why don’t you leave this to the boys, sweet cakes?” according to the Web site Sportsbybrooks.com, which first reported the incident. (Edwards later told USA Today that Franklin used the term “sweet baby.”)

When Edwards objected to Franklin’s comment, Franklin allegedly responded, “Okay then, [expletive].”

After senior executives learned of the comments, ESPN tried to pull Franklin off the game but couldn’t find a replacement for him in time. He and Edwards worked together that night without apparent incident. He was replaced the next night on the radio broadcast of a second college game.

from:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/04/AR2011010404164.html


Parting won’t be sweet sorrow for the ESPN announcer who was dropped today after insulting a female colleague.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told USA TODAY’s Game On! blog today that Ron Franklin is out after a 25-year career because of his actions toward fellow announcer Jeannine Edwards last week during bowl game preparations.

“Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him,” Krulewitz said.

Franklin issued an apology to Edwards through an ESPN spokesman for calling her “sweet baby” and then, when she objected, amending it to “a–hole.”

“I said some things I shouldn’t have and am sorry,” Franklin said in a statement. “I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.”

Franklin joined ESPN in 1987.

from:  http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/01/espn-fires-ron-franklin/1?csp=hf


Ron Franklin was born on February 2nd, 1942 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Franklin

February 2nd, 1942

2 + 2 +1+9+4+2 = 20 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Conscience.  Resolutions.  Turning point.  Judgement.  Forgiveness.  Atonement.  Repentance.  Penance.  Contrition.  Reparations.  Making amends.  Restitution.  Pardon.  Clemency.  Reprieve.  Confirm.  Approve.  Recommend.  Appeals.  Resolutions.  Final decision.  Final answer.  Court.  Accuse.  Accusations.  Charges.  Plea.  Bail.  Trial.  Deliberations.  Verdict.  Sentencing.  Judges.  Adjudicate.  Preside.  Confession.  Admission.  Contrite.  Guilt.  Punishment.  Censure.  Castigate.  Chastise.  Reprimand.  Admonish.  Sanctions.  Expulsion.  Terminate.  Yank. 

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Mar. 15 2010 – 7:12 pm

The Erin Andrews peephole pervert gets 30 months

Stalking and secretly video taping Erin Andrews will get you two and a half years in prison, reports TMZ.

Michael David Barrett, 49, made a peephole video of the hottie ESPN sportscaster while she was brushing her hair and primping while naked in her hotel room.

from:  http://trueslant.com/KashmirHill/2010/03/15/how-much-prison-time-would-you-get-for-making-a-peephole-video-of-a-naked-erin-andrews/

Erin Andrews was born on May 4th, 1978 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin_Andrews

May 4th

5 + 4 +2+0+0+9 = 20 = her personal year (from May 4th, 2009 to May 3rd, 2010) = Conscience.  Resolutions.  Turning point.  Judgement.  Forgiveness.  Atonement.  Repentance.  Penance.  Contrition.  Reparations.  Making amends.  Restitution.  Pardon.  Clemency.  Reprieve.  Resolutions.  Final decision.  Final answer.  Court.  Plea.  Bail.  Trial.  Deliberations.  Verdict.  Sentencing.  Judges.  Adjudicate.

20 year + 3 (March) = 23 = her personal month (from March 4th, 2010 to April 3rd, 2010)

23 month + 15 (15th of the month on March 15th, 2010) = 38 = her personal day = Caring…Twisted.  Perverse.

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Upon Tues, ESPN’s show compeer Dana Jacobson brought out a formal excuse on the behalf of the channel after the occurrence regarding Barry Melrose’s use of the s-word two times during the show.

The occurrence has been taken lightly by the fans & a lot of them are blowing it for being humorous. The past NHL sensation as well as the current coach made the newspaper headlines lately due to profanities within the ESPN show hosted by Dana Jacobson. He employed the s- word two times, and though a lot of devotees of Melrose thought the occurrence to be comical, the channel ESPN made a big deal about it.

For the people who did not see the show, Jay Crawford inquired from the Canadian observer what he utilized to keep away wrinkles on his face, to which Melrose gave the unforeseen reply ‘chicken sxxx.’ Disbelieving him, Jay called for Melrose to answer once more and amazingly he echoed the two words. Although Dana Jacobson appeared perturbed on the remark at the same time Crawford & Dana Jacobson could not stop their laughter.

The incident was truly amusing for it was completely spontaneous. The cinematographer couldn’t stop laughing. Jay Crawford found it hard to stop laughing so he needed some time to recover to calmness.

A brief time afterwards, Dana Jacobson apologized on TV saying that Barry used an improper phrase on their live show. Dana Jacobson added that they are sorry if they offended somebody. Dana Jacobson said that Barry is apologizing too and they are sorry for asking him the question.

from:  http://www.2samachar.us/dana-jacobson/55830.html

Dana Jacobson was born on November 5th, 1971 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Jacobson

November 5th

11 + 5 +2+0+0+9 = 27 = her personal year (from November 5th, 2009 to November 4th, 2010)

27 year + 2 (February) = 29 = her personal month (from February 5th, 2010 to March 4th, 2010)

29 month + 16 (16th of the month on Tuesday February 16th, 2010) = 45 = her personal day = Intensity.  Focus.  Concentration…Apologies.  I’m sorry. 

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Miller wins Ford C. Frick Award
Jon Miller, who has spent parts of five decades as the voice of five major league baseball teams, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.
Jon Miller was born on October 11th, 1951 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Miller
October 11th
10 + 11 +2+0+0+9 = 32 = his personal year (from October 11th, 2009 to October 10th, 2010) = Winning.  Victory.  Triumph…Medal.  Trophy.  Awards. 

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