Al Michaels

Costas and Michaels to Share Mic on MLB Network

The MLB Network has announced that Al Michaels and Bob Costas will share announcing duties on an upcoming game in July.

The pair will call the New York Mets at San Francisco Giants contest on July 8th.  This is the first time the pair will call a game together.  It will also mark the first MLB broadcast by Michaels since 1995.

Costas and Michaels will also make an appearance on the SNY telecast (Mets) and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (Giants) local telecast that evening.

MLB Network also announced its slate of live games for July.  Here is the schedule:

Fri., July 1 7:00 p.m. Or: New York Yankees
San Francisco Giants
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New York Mets
Detroit Tigers
Sat., July 2 8:00 p.m. Or: San Francisco Giants
Boston Red Sox
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Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros
Mon., July 4 1:30 p.m. Or: Toronto Blue Jays
Houston Astros
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Boston Red Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates
6:30 p.m. Or: New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies
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Cleveland Indians
Florida Marlins (6:00 p.m.)
Tues., July 5 10:00 p.m. Or: San Diego Padres
Detroit Tigers
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San Francisco Giants
L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Thurs., July 7 1:00 p.m. Colorado Rockies*** @ Atlanta Braves
7:00 p.m. Or: Tampa Bay Rays
Baltimore Orioles
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New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Fri., July 8 10:00 p.m. Or: New York Mets
Seattle Mariners
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San Francisco Giants*
L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Sat., July 9 7:00 p.m. Or: Cincinnati Reds
Baltimore Orioles
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Milwaukee Brewers
Boston Red Sox
Thurs., July 14 7:00 p.m. Or: New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians
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Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
Fri., July 15 7:00 p.m. Or: Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
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Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Sat., July 16 7:00 p.m. Or: St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Nationals
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Cincinnati Reds
Atlanta Braves
Tues., July 19 8:00 p.m. Or: Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves
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Chicago Cubs
Colorado Rockies (8:30 p.m.)
Thurs., July 21 12:00 p.m. Or: St. Louis Cardinals
San Diego Padres***
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New York Mets
Florida Marlins
7:00 p.m. Or: New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers
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Tampa Bay Rays*
Minnesota Twins (8:00 p.m.)
Fri., July 22 7:00 p.m. Or: Atlanta Braves
San Diego Padres
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Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies
Sat., July 23 9:00 p.m. Or: Milwaukee Brewers
Colorado Rockies
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San Francisco Giants
Arizona D-backs (8:00 p.m.)
Tues., July 26 7:00 p.m. Or: San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners
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Philadelphia Phillies
New York Yankees
Thurs., July 28 12:30 p.m. Or: New York Mets
Florida Marlins
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Cincinnati Reds
Washington Nationals
7:00 p.m. Or: San Francisco Giants
Pittsburgh Pirates
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Philadelphia Phillies*
Atlanta Braves
Fri., July 29 8:00 p.m. Or: Boston Red Sox
San Francisco Giants
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Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds (7:00 p.m.)
Thurs., July 23 8:00 p.m. Or: San Francisco Giants
Baltimore Orioles
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Cincinnati Reds
New York Yankees (Gm 2, 7 p.m.)

 

 

The Peacock Shows All Its Feathers

nbc-logoThere’s a reason why the big networks telecast the Super Bowl every year. Because for all the times they get slammed by the bloggers for the (mainly) minor mistakes they make during the regular season, they more than make up for them during the big game.

Of course it helps when you have a compelling game to cover. Fox had that last year with the Pats/Giants and NBC had it this year with what turned out to be an exciting Cards/Steelers tilt. But in this year’s case I don’t think it would have mattered. NBC was solid all night.

They had every play covered with multiple angles and when something happened, we were able to see it. It helps to have 50+ cameras at your disposal. The director made sure we were watching a football game, where what’s on the field is what’s important. There wasn’t much distraction of off-the-field views, save for the few shots of Brenda Warner and Larry Fitzgerald, Sr. But they were mixed in at the appropriate times.

Al Michaels and John Madden again proved once again that announcers have their best games when they go unnoticed.  I didn’t expect any less. 

Most money made for the least amount of work; the sideline reporters.  Can we now say definitively that sideline reporters are a total waste of time and money?  We rarely heard from Andrea Kramer and Alex Flanagan.  Kramer was fine but Flanagan showed us that she may need a little more work before taking the big stage again. 

Another waste, attempting to play the “How many guest analysts can we fit on one set” game.  Don’t get me wrong, they all contributed to the discussion.  But didn’t it feel like they were reduced to Twitter-like answers just to make time for the next guy?

I again made a conscious decision to stay away from the pre-game show.  It has probably been over 20 years- New England’s first Super Bowl appearance- since I last watched one.  I understand why the networks feel the need to produce these marathons (it’s a money thing).  But even when my team is involved, I have better things to do with my time.   Anything before 6pm ET is not on my itinerary.

I also didn’t watch much of the postgame show.  Unless your team is hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, there is never really much to see.

Congrats to the Steelers for winning their 6th Super Bowl title.  Congrats to the Cardinals for giving their all until the end.  And thanks to NBC for a job well done.