SMJ Sports Radio Madness

SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Dan Patrick (1) vs. Todd Wright (16)

Alright its off to the first round. Our number one seed Dan Patrick meets up against 16th seed Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio.

Dan Patrick- Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1957), better known as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster from Mason, Ohio who currently works for CNN’s Sports Illustrated. He attended the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. His brother, Bill Pugh, is a longtime sports radio executive, and is currently the head of programming at Sporting News Radio. Patrick was an anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter (1989-2006). He also hosted The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio from September 13, 1999 to August 17, 2007. Starting on March 19, 2006, until the final game of the NBA Finals, he became the host of ABC’s then-titled NBA Nation, a pregame show for the network’s NBA telecasts. Here is more about Dan from Wikipedia. Dan Patrick website.

Todd Wright- Name any major sporting event and Todd Wright has covered it. Name any famous stadium or arena and Todd Wright has visited it. Name any sports topic and Todd Wright has an opinion on it. For over a decade and a half, Todd has made sports both his personal and professional way of life. From his first on-air position as a play-by-play voice of the Hurricanes as a student at the University of Miami to his most recent work anchoring tournament coverage on the PGA Tour Network, Todd has pretty much done it all. And what he hasn’t, he aspires to do next. Get Todd’s complete bio.

Voting ends March 19th.

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SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Colin Cowherd (8) vs. Arnie Spanier (24)

Moving along in the SMJ Sports Radio Madness tournament we have ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd up against the lowest rated entry in our field, Arnie Spanier of Sporting News Radio

Colin Cowherd- Colin Cowherd joined ESPN Radio March 29, 2004 with the debut of The Herd, which airs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET weekdays. A West coast-only hour airs 9-10 a.m. ET (6-7 a.m. PT). The Herd features topical commentary on the day’s most important sports news, perspective on the top stories, interviews with the biggest newsmakers, and entertaining daily segments including “Spanning the Globe” and “Rants of the Day.” More about Colin here. And here.

Arnie Spanier- Talk about a career that has gone full circle. Spanier joined Sporting News Radio after beginning his career with the very same company (as the Sports Entertainment Network). After his debut year on SEN in Las Vegas, Arnie ventured south across the desert to Phoenix, honing his skill at the local level. After two years in PM drive, he was lured back to the network side with One-on-One Sports. Here’s more on Arnie.

Voting ends March 19th.

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SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Mike & The Mad Dog (5) vs. Doug Gottlieb (12)

Probably our most intriguing showdown of the opening round of the SMJ Sports Radio Madness competition…our lone local sports talk show, Mike & The Mad Dog from WFAN going up against ESPN Radio’s DOug Gottlieb.

Mike & The Mad Dog– Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo bring their feisty, hard-hitting brand of sports talk to WFAN weekday afternoons from 1:00 to 6:30 PM. The Mike and the Mad Dog show debuted on the FAN in September of 1989 creating the two man talk team that is now the industry standard. Their show has been at or near the top of the ratings book ever since. Get more on Mike here. Get more on Mad Dog here.

Doug Gottlieb- Doug Gottlieb is host of ESPN Radio’s The Pulse, which debuted in December 2006 and is heard nationally 7-10 p.m. ET M-F. Gottlieb joined ESPN in September 2003 as co-host of ESPN Radio’s GameNight, which is carried by more than 300 affiliates nationwide Monday-Friday from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. ET (or starting at 7:30 p.m. following the 30-minute radio-version of ESPN’s popular Pardon the Interruption on some stations). Get Doug’s full bio here.

Voting ends March 19th

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SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Mike Tirico (4) vs. Tim Brando (13)

We have two familiar names in this match-up of the SMJ Sports Radio Madness tournament, ESPN Radio’s Mike Tirico and Tim Brando of Sporting News Radio.

Mike Tirico– Mike Tirico has handled a variety of assignments for ESPN, ESPN Radio and ABC Sports since 1991. In 2006 he assumed one of the most high-profile positions in sports television as ESPN’s Monday Night Football play-by-play commentator, for which he garnered a Sports Emmy nomination. Tirico works alongside analysts Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser and sideline reporters Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya on MNF and also serves as play-by-play commentator for NBA games on ESPN and ABC. Get more on Mike here. And here.

Tim Brando- Tim Brando attained national celebrity in front of the camera as the host of CBS Sports’ College Football Today and At the Half, CBS Sports’ college basketball halftime studio show. Brando also provides commentary for Jefferson Pilot’s coverage of SEC and ACC basketball broadcasts and has been a participant in the SEC-focused athletic radio show Conference Call, which airs throughout the Southeast. Get more on Tim here.

Voting ends March 19th.

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SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Jim Rome (2) vs. Freddie Coleman (18)

As our SMJ Sports Radio Madness competition continues we have our number two seed, Jim Rome, going up against Freddie Coleman of ESPN Radio.

Jim Rome- Perhaps the most respected voice in the world of sports broadcasting, Jim Rome is the leading opinion-maker of his generation. As host of the nation’s premiere sports radio talk show, Rome is known for his aggressive, informed, rapid-fire dialogue. Jim has established himself as the top choice of athletes and fans when it is time to know what is going on beyond the scoreboard. Get more about Jim Rome here.

Freddie Coleman- Freddie D. Coleman joined ESPN on June 26, 2004 as a co-host of GameNight, which is carried by more than 300 affiliates nationwide nightly from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. ET (or starting at 7:30 p.m. following the 30-minute radio-version of ESPN’s popular Pardon the Interruption on some stations). Coleman’s co-hosting chores are Friday through Monday. Find out more about Freddie here.

Voting ends on March 19th.

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SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Chris Myers (7) vs. David Stein (23)

In this match-up in the SMJ Sports Radio Madness tournament, Fox Sports Radio’s Chris Myers looks to stop the upset bid of Sporting News Radio’s David Stein.

Chris Myers– Chris Myers joined Fox Sports Radio as the mid-day co-host with Steve Lyons for the network debut in September 2000. “Myers & Lyons” aired on the network for two years before he decided to concentrate on his duties for Fox Television. He remained with the radio network in a part-time capacity until taking over as co-host of The Drive in November 2004. Find out more about Chris here.

David Stein- The David Stein Show has broken the boundaries of traditional sports talk radio. David is transforming the lives of people across the country and around the world through his visionary approach to issues affecting the world of sports and how those issues affect our lives.
The David Stein Show is heard on 115 radio stations, including The Score in Chicago, The Ticket in Dallas, KILT in Houston, Sports Radio 950 in Philadelphia, WXYT in Detroit, 106.7 Free FM in Washington DC, Supertalk FM 96.5 in Cincinnati and FMTalk 93.9 in Indianapolis and 1010 XL in Jacksonville. More about David here.

Voting ends March 19th.

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SMJ Sports Radio Madness- JT The Brick (6) vs. Jason Smith (22)

Up next in the first round of the SMJ Sports Radio Madness tournament is Fox Sports Radio night time host JT The Brick and ESPN Radio’s overnight host Jason Smith.

JT The Brick– JT The Brick joined Fox Sports Radio as the afternoon host in June 2001. JT first gained national attention hosting a popular overnight show on more than 100 stations for SportsFan Radio Network. Get more on JT here.

Jason Smith- Jason Smith joined ESPN Radio in September 2005 as host of ESPN Radio’s AllNight (1-6 a.m. ET Sunday-Thursday, with his show originating from the 710 ESPN Radio studios in Los Angeles.

Smith had served ESPN Radio as fill-in host of AllNight and the Saturday and Sunday GameDay shows, and guest hosted ESPN Radio’s weekday The Herd, Dan Patrick Show, SportsBash and GameNight programs. Jason’s bio continues here.

Voting ends March 19th.

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SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Mike & Mike in the Morning (3) vs. Orestes Destrade/John Seibel (19)

Our final match-up in the first round of the SMJ Sports Radio Madness tournament is a battle of ESPN Radio colleagues, Mike & Mike in the Morning and Orestes Destrade & John Seibel.

Mike & Mike in the Morning– Mike Greenberg, who joined ESPN in September 1996 as an anchor for ESPNEWS which launched in November of that year, is heard on ESPN Radio each weekday morning and usually seen on ESPN each weekday evening on SportsCenter. Get more on Greenberg here.

Mike Golic is co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning show (6-10 a.m. ET), which premiered October 12, 1998 and is carried by more than 310 affiliates nationwide. He also serves as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN2’s NFL studio programming, as well as for the networks’ college football game coverage. Find out more about Golic here. Get even more about the show here.

Orestes Destrade/John Seibel- Orestes Destrade joined ESPN in August 2005 and currently serves as a season-long contributor to Baseball Tonight. Destrade, born in Santiago, Cuba, and fluent in three languages (English, Spanish and Japanese), will also serve as an analyst during ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series and MLB broadcasts on ESPN Radio.

John Seibel joined ESPN in October 2000 as an anchor for ESPNEWS, and has since become a major talk-show host for ESPN Radio. For ESPN Radio, Seibel co-hosted GameNight (7 p.m.-1 a.m.) from April 2004 through January 2007 when he became host of SportsBash (4-7 p.m. M-F). He has also served as host for ESPN Radio’s NFL Huddle (Sundays in-season) NFL on ESPN Radio (Sundays, in-season) and The Baseball Show (Sundays in-season). More on Destrade here. More on Seibel here.

Voting ends March 19th.

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SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Todd Wright (16) vs. Howard David (17)

Here we go with the first match-up of the preliminary round. This pits a pair of colleagues from the Sporting News Radio network, Todd Wright and Howard David.

Todd Wright- Name any major sporting event and Todd Wright has covered it. Name any famous stadium or arena and Todd Wright has visited it. Name any sports topic and Todd Wright has an opinion on it. For over a decade and a half, Todd has made sports both his personal and professional way of life.
From his first on-air position as a play-by-play voice of the Hurricanes as a student at the University of Miami to his most recent work anchoring tournament coverage on the PGA Tour Network, Todd has pretty much done it all. And what he hasn’t, he aspires to do next. Get Todd’s complete bio.

Howard David- David has been the radio play-by-play man for several pro sports teams including the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Boston Celtics, and the NFL’s New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. He also had stints with the New York Cosmos soccer team and as the voice of Princeton University basketball and football. Complete bio via Wikipedia.

Voting ends March 12th.

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SMJ Sports Radio Madness- Steve Czaban (9) vs. Arnie Spanier (24)

Here is our next preliminary round match-up, featuring the highest seed in this round up against the lowest…Fox Sports Radio’s Steve Czaban and the Sporting News Radio’s Arnie Spanier…

Steve Czaban- Steve Czaban joined Fox Sports Radio as an evening talk show host in June 2002, and moved to Morning Drive in January 2005. Czaban doubles as the afternoon drive host at WTEM-AM 980 in Washington D.C. and also fills-in occasionally on the Jim Rome Show. Like Rome, Czaban graduated from UC Santa Barbara (CA) in 1990. Following graduation, he did play-by-play for UCSB Gaucho football and basketball and hosted a sports show on news-talk KTMS-AM 1260 in Santa Barbara (1990-1994). Find out more here.

Arnie Spanier- Talk about a career that has gone full circle. Spanier joined Sporting News Radio after beginning his career with the very same company (as the Sports Entertainment Network). After his debut year on SEN in Las Vegas, Arnie ventured south across the desert to Phoenix, honing his skill at the local level. After two years in PM drive, he was lured back to the network side with One-on-One Sports. Here’s more on Arnie.

Voting ends March 12th.

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