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Jon Miller, Joe Morgan will not be in ESPN Sunday night booth in '11
Greetings, WatchDog Stragglers!
So much to catch up on, so little cyberspace. But let’s get to it:
ESPN will not be bringing back Jon Miller and Joe Morgan for a 22nd season in the “Sunday Night Baseball” booth.
I like Miller, and Morgan bothers me less than he does many critics and fans, but I do believe it was time for a new vibe and new set of voices after all these years.
Dan Shulman – the leading choice according to Sandomir of the Times – would be a good selection for play-by-play opposite Orel Hershiser and (maybe) Bobby Valentine.
Speaking of ESPN, Tuesday night brings two excellent examples of sports journalism.
On “E:60,’’ Jeremy Schaap (Cornell Class of ’91) visits Bhopal, India, to chronicle the children who play cricket on the still-toxic grounds of the environmental disaster there in 1984.
Then it’s the next-to-last entry in the “30 for 30” series, a must-watch look at Marcus Dupree entitled “The Best That Never Was.’’ It’s one of the handful of best films among the 30.
Here is an excellent behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film from SI.com’s Deitsch.
Speaking of “30 for 30,” one of the driving forces behind the series has been public relations whiz Keri Potts, who in a magazine article courageously tells the harrowing story of a sexual attack on her in Italy a couple of years ago, and in a new blog tries to help others facing the complicated task of an intercontinental legal fight.
I spent part of my week off last week in Washington, D.C., visiting the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. I cannot recommend it more highly. This is the way I put it on Twitter: If you are a journalist you must visit. If you are anyone else, you should visit.
Hours after returning home from one Washington I headed for the other, spending three days in Seattle for the big Giants-Seahawks tilt. Here is my column on the game. Here is Rock’s game story. (Note the simple, well-written lede.)
The time zone change, combined with the standard-time change, caused it to be 4:30 in the morning Sunday when it should have been 8:30. I took the opportunity to walk from my hotel to the first ever Starbucks at Pike Place Market, where I purchased a pumpkin spice latte and a souvenir mug for Mrs. WatchDog.
Seattle is a lovely city, but it’s way too far away. I propose trading it to Canada straight up for Quebec City. Or at least Halifax.
What else. Let’s see . . . I got the usual collection of emails after the weekend about excellent NFL ratings, and the usual collection of NFL pregame show quotes, many of which were about Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb.
Also: SNY’s “Beer Money’’ returns Thursday night with the third female co-host in three seasons, this time Amber Wilson. Her partner will not be Chris Carlin. It will be a fellow named Dan Schachner, who I believe was born in Oceanside.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of other stuff.
I’ll post it when I figure out what it is.