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Eric Collins: I Don’t Care If Opposing Fans Like How I Call A Game

“To me, it’s a joyride and I want people to come along.” 

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Whenever a fan watches or listens to their team’s broadcast, some might look for the play-by-play announcer to bring the same enthusiasm for the team that fans do. Well, Charlotte Hornets fans have that person with the voice of the team on Bally Sports Southeast, Eric Collins. 

Collins was a guest this past week on The Lowe Post podcast with Zach Lowe. He mentioned that being that excited for a slam dunk or a buzzer-beater is something that is easy for him. 

“I am a jumpy guy, I’m an excitable guy and I just decided at some point I love doing it, it makes me happy and I get a real enjoyment out of it and I get into the game. If I can get into the game this way, I sure hope it transcends to the TV screen and other people can get into it. To me, it’s a joyride and I want people to come along.” 

When Collins first started calling professional games, he was the road announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2009-2013. Since Vin Scully was calling the home games, Eric Collins never got to call a walk-off win. When he started with the Hornets, he was hoping for buzzer-beaters. That did not happen for a while.

“After 5 years with the Dodgers, I come to the Hornets. I think there were 14 consecutive games decided by 1 possession and the Hornets lost. It was miserable because I was getting so excited. I had all this pent up energy and 14 consecutive times, they would spit the bit. When the tide finally turned, there was an eruption.” 

Eric Collins told Lowe fans of opposing teams might not like his broadcasting style very much. That doesn’t mean he is willing to change.

“My broadcasting style is physical. Any sport that I do. In football, I can’t even sit down. Football has to be a standing situation. I stun the people I am around frequently because I kind of forget there’s actually human beings who are paying to sit courtside and are relatively close to me. Sometimes I will jump and I’ll raise a hand…Some people will look at me and kind of sneer. It doesn’t deter me.”

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”

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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”

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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’

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First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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