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Chris Fowler: ‘I Didn’t Enjoy Last Bama vs Georgia Championship’

“I had the flu. I felt worse and worse through the day. I got a bug and had a sore throat and headache, fever, chills and all that.”

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Chris Fowler is one of the busiest men on the planet right now.  He’s in the midst of an 11-day stretch in which he will have called a College Football Playoff semifinal game in Miami, an epic Rose Bowl between Ohio State and Utah, an NFL Week 18 finale between the Chiefs and Broncos, and the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Then he’ll jump right into preparation for the Australian Open.

Fowler told The Big Lead that no matter how tired or jet lagged he is, watching Alabama and Georgia play for the national championship will be a much more pleasant experience in 2022 than it was in 2018 when the two teams met in Atlanta.

I had the flu. I felt worse and worse through the day. I got a bug and had a sore throat and headache, fever, chills and all that. It got worse during the game, to be honest with you. What I remember about that is when Alabama’s kicker missed a field goal to win it. You set it all up. Here’s the story. Alabama is going to come from behind to win it and break Georgia’s heart. He misses the kick so the game goes to overtime.

“I remember thinking ‘uh-oh, my fuel tank is empty.‘ Mentally and physically I somehow have to keep going now. Adrenaline gets you through it but overtime is a very unique thing in college football, especially if a championship is on the line. It could be a once-in-a-career thing and it can literally end on any play. It requires another level of focus and concentration.”

The game ended when Tua Tagovailoa found Devonta Smith in the endzone on a 2nd and 26 to give Bama a 26-23 victory. It was a moment that has been shown over and over again and held up as one of the signature moments of the College Football Playoff era. Fowler wishes he could have taken it all in that way.

“If I have a regret about that championship game, it’s that I wasn’t able to enjoy it. Honestly, it should be pure enjoyment. When you’re lucky enough to have that assignment, you hope to have your fastball, have relaxed intensity. [Laughs] And I just couldn’t get there. There was just no way, I felt so sick I wasn’t enjoying it. I plan to enjoy every play of it Monday night.”

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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