Monday, April 18, 2011

BC's growing army of talking heads

With Jared Dudley headed back to ESPN's First Take I thought is was time to look around at the growing wave of BC guys on sports TV and radio.

Malcolm Huckaby. I was pessimistic about Malcolm taking over for Bill Ebben. Fortunately for BC fans, Malcolm has been a nice addition to the radio team. He's got a great voice and he can desibe the plays well. He's also able to work in more neuvo basketball lingo related to stats and pace. He and Meter have good chemistry too. I also think Huckaby is the right sort of age for the job. He's played in the modern big tourney, AAU era but also is a bit older so he has an informed perspective on players and coaching.

Tim Hasselbeck. Tim's been on TV for a while, but seems to get more and more exposure each year. He's actually become quiet good. Tim gives good insight and is not afraid to criticize. I've also heard him on ESPN Radio throughout the winter and he's even good there. At this point I think the sky is the limit for Tim. I could see him grow to become ESPN's key guy on various NFL shows.

Mike Mayock. Mayock doesn't have Kiper's brand yet, but he is also becoming closely associated with the NFL Draft. Some joke about his speech impediment, but I must not be hearing it. I like Mayock and appreciate his candidness on prospects. This fall he'll also be part of the NFL Network's play by play team on Thursdays. (And he's also on NBC's Notre Dame broadcasts.)

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At 2:12 AM, Blogger Mike said...

I'm definitely okay with a BC guy on the commentating for ND games. Mayock is good and I think he will continue to advance his career and promote BC in a positive light

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Matt_Landry said...

you forgot that Flutie guy... hard to over look him, with his short stature.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger dstanner said...

What about Tom Waddle? He is on the NFL Network. He also has a great radio show in Chicago.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Bravesbill said...

Being that you live in the ATL,
how in the world did you forget Jon Sciambi? He did the play-by-play for the Braves television broadcasts in 2009 and is now an ESPN baseball and basketball announcer.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger BCDoubleEagle said...

UMass football is jumping to D1; will play in the MAC.

We have an in-state rival, folks.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Joe Tessitore - ESPN.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger BCNorCal07 said...

As long as UMass is D1, I have no problem playing them every year. The MAC has good years and bad, sure. But playing the other school in the state is a good idea. It's showcase for Massachusetts football and a good recruiting opportunity for both schools. It's not some random filler school (Kent State) and it's not an FCS school (Weber State). Even if ND doesn't want to play us anymore, we'd have two non-conference games against FBS schools built in every year (the other being Syracuse). Definitely think Gene should do this. Heck, we could even add a (probably lame) trophy. The Commonwealth Cup or something along those lines.

At 10:31 PM, Blogger Big Jack Krack said...

Where will UMass play their games? I haven't gotten up to speed on this.

Playing in Foxboro will only work now and then at best IMO.

I agree that we should keep them on the schedule now that they will be D1.

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Lenny Sienko said...

The announcement will be at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro. One assumes that is because they will be playing there.

At 10:57 PM, Blogger Big Jack Krack said...

It's one thing to play UNH, UConn or BC at Gillette - but how about (not slamming them) Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Temple, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Miami OH, Ohio, Buffalo, Western Michigan, Northern Michigan, Northern Illinois?

They will have to renovate and build their stadium on campus IMO. It could be a tough sell either way.

But if it has a chance to be successful, BC should be part of that success for an instate rivalry series.

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