The national story across sports radio on Monday has been the melee between the Michigan and Wisconsin men’s basketball teams ignited by Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard striking out at Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft during the post-game handshake line.
Howard was upset at Wisconsin head coach Greg Garb for calling a timeout with 15 seconds remaining when the Badgers had a 15-point lead. The Michigan coach didn’t want to shake hands with his counterpart, telling Garb that he would remember the perceived slight.
Garb then grabbed Howard’s right elbow to stop him from walking by so he could explain why he called the timeout. Howard objected to Garb putting his hands on me and that led to the fracas.
On Monday morning’s The D.A. Show, Damon Amendolara praised CBS play-by-play broadcaster Andrew Catalon for how he called the incident, saying he explained that Howard was staying back in the handshake line and was clearly upset. But when the situation escalated, Catalon conveyed the right tone of surprise over what was happening.
“Catalon has the exact right pitch,” said Amendolara. “It’s big! It’s a moment! There’s that ‘ay-YO!’ He says there’s a scrum, then doubles it up with ‘There’s a scrum in Madison!’ I mean, that’s just really good. It’s good eating right there from Catalon.”
Amendolara particularly enjoyed Catalon’s exclamation when Howard takes a swing at an opposing coach, the moment it becomes clear that this won’t be just an exchange of words and argument between coaches.
“Note that the truck is trying to play them out with the CBS music,” Amendolara continues. “And a lesser broadcaster just lets the truck go to break, because maybe the truck senses, ‘Hey, let’s cut to commercial before things get ugly here.’
“But because Catalon keeps calling the play-by-play, they can’t cut away. And thank goodness they don’t because we catch on camera, the swing! I think, start to finish, Cat sets it up, ‘Hey, we knew Juwan Howard was leaning back, he wasn’t leading the handshake line, something’s amiss here.’ And then, ‘Ay-YO!'”
Amendolara’s observation that producers might have cut away if not for Catalon continuing to call the action and explain that there was tension in the handshake line was particularly astute. That allowed CBS to capture a moment that viewers may not have seen until afterward on social media, such as when WKOW’s Pablo Iglesias posted his camera footage of the Howard-Gard confrontation.
Catalon also didn’t editorialize in the moment, but also let some emotion convey the shock of what had happened. Amendolara admitted that he’s in the bag for his college classmate, but was right to praise Catalon for good work in a crazy moment.
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at email@example.com.
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.