Bob Costas has 14 of them. Heck, John Madden has 17 of them. Chris Collinsworth has 11, including four in a row. I’m talking Sports Emmys – the Oscars for those of us in the sports broadcasting business.
Just so happens the 34th Sports Emmy nominations came out last week and the winners are announced in early May. Not that you or I actually have a vote…but who would you pick in the following categories.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO HOST
James Brown (CBS), Bob Costas (NBC), Rich Eisen (NFL Network), Ernie Johnson (TNT), Dan Patrick (NBC) My pick: Bob Costas…again. Since this category was added in 1993 Costas has won 14 times, including the last four years in a row. No matter what the sport, you have got to admit he is smooth.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – PLAY BY PLAY
Mike Breen (ABC), Mike Emrick (NBC), Al Michaels (NBC), Jim Nantz (CBS) My pick: Mike Emrick…just listen to how he calls a hockey game. The best PBP call of anyone in any sport. Since this category was added in 1993 Joe Buck leads with six Emmys – interesting that he is not even nominated this year.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – EVENT ANALYST
Ato Boldon (NBC), Cris Collinsworth (NBC), Jon Gruden (ESPN), Jim Kaat (MLB Net), Mike Maycock (NBC, NFL Net) My pick: Mike Maycock…he doesn’t have the name recognition of Gruden and Collinsworth but he is very good on Notre Dame football broadcasts and other events. By the way, if I told you Cris Collinsworth has won 11 sports Emmys over the years for studio and game analyst work, would you believe me? It’s true.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO ANALYST
Charles Barkley (TNT), Tony Dungy (NBC), Boomer Esiason (CBS), Harold Reynolds (MLB Net), Bill Ripken (MLB Net), Kurt Warner (NFL Net). My Pick: Boomer Esiason…he is smooth and says what is on his mind. I’m a little worn out by Sir Charles.
OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – SPORTS REPORTER
Andrea Joyce (NBC), Pierre McGuire (NBC), Lisa Salters (ESPN), Michele Tafoya (NBC), Tom Verducci (MLB Net) My Pick: They all deserve an Emmy. The sideline reporter/interviewer is a thankless job. I’ll give it to Pierre McGuire for avoiding all of those pucks that come flying his way.
ITEMS FROM THE DUFFEL BAG:
— The first ever sports Emmy was awarded back in 1950 as part of the prime time Emmy awards show. The sports award went to Los Angeles TV station KTLA for its coverage of…wrestling!
— Paging Dr. Hockey…Paging Dr. Hockey….The Bruins need an infusion of something…pronto.
— Joey Diamond should fit well in the AHL. Some of his style of hockey will not be penalties in the pro game.
— Dr. John Giannini should be one of the hot coaches in line for a bigger program – if he wants to leave La Salle.
— If Doc Rivers gets the chance to coach the Olympic team I wonder if he’ll use it as a chance to bow out of the Celtics gig. The Olympic job and following his kids play – sounds like a winner compared to whatever is next for the C’s.
— So who did get the last shot at the last shootaround at the Bangor Auditorium?
— Now that Tiger Woods is relevant again, get ready for the ratings to go up for the upcoming Masters tournament.
— The NCAA March Madness continues this week on 92.9TheTicket…despite my badly broken bracket.