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Chris Fowler: ‘Wasn’t Good Enough’ During Ohio State/Notre Dame Game

No excuses, but you are doing tennis for 4 days. Serena’s matches took a ton of energy. It is the first time I’ve done that particular job in about 9 months, so I thought I sucked in certain places in that game in ways that you hope not too many viewers noticed, but I certainly noticed.”

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In life, we all set high expectations for ourselves that are greater than what others expect from us. That holds true for Chris Fowler, who is not only the voice of tennis on ESPN, but the voice of college football as well.

Fowler was a guest on The Ryen Russillo Podcast and he told Russillo that he is always looking to improve, but that college football is also the most challenging sport to call because of how it has changed over the years.

“I think you always have to improve. I still want to get better at it. I still think I can. I think I need to. I felt it has been tough to improve in football the last few years because we had the COVID year with empty stadiums, no energy, no access to players and coaches like we had before. I felt it was impossible to meet that standard. I had to sort of modify it a bit. 2021, it got a little bit better.”

“It is totally different than covering tennis. Tennis, you prepare not having to relearn the personalities and the names. I think college football, personally, is the most challenging sport to call. The tempo offenses in college have made it different. We can’t have a broadcast sound like Keith Jackson sounded or Curt Gowdy or Brent [Musberger]. Things have changed so much that the audience has changed, the tempo of the sport has changed (faster and louder). Then, still trying to layer in, prepare better, be more efficient.”

Fowler has high expectations for himself and he even admitted that he didn’t live up to those standards during the broadcast of Notre Dame-Ohio State. Even though he was also calling likely the final matches of Serena Williams’ career during that week, he would not use that as an excuse.

“I didn’t meet my standard at Ohio State-Notre Dame. Just wasn’t good enough. Was bothered by it. No excuses, but you are doing tennis for 4 days. Serena’s matches took a ton of energy. It is the first time I’ve done that particular job in about 9 months, so I thought I sucked in certain places in that game in ways that you hope not too many viewers noticed, but I certainly noticed. I don’t know if Kirk [Herbstreit] felt to that degree, but I think we felt it could have been a lot better. It was cool to go back the next day and call tennis and cleanse the palate…I think I can do a pretty good job. I am trying to meet my own standard and that’s really what matters to me.” 

In terms of calling both tennis and college football, Fowler said it’s easier to lay out for the crowd in tennis because it is not what he calls a see it, say it sport like football is.

“Part of it is it’s hard to yell over the crowd. At the US Open, it is so loud that if you try to talk right after a point or when they’re going crazy, you just get smothered….Football is a see it, say it sport. It moves so quickly. When you see it, you have only a split second to filter it. In tennis, when you watch a point unfold, if it’s a lengthy rally, you might have 10 things  pop into your head but then it continues…You are constantly editing it in your head and sometimes you end up saying nothing at the end of a point because the point speaks for itself.

“I think the crowd largely speaks for itself and the pictures largely speak for themselves in tennis and I enjoy that piece of it.” 

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Pedro Martinez: ‘Never Imagined’ TV Career

“And the reason I’m here, it’s not because of the camera, it’s actually because it gives me an opportunity to remain linked to the game, remain linked to what’s going on, the different changes the game is offering right now, adjusting to different things.”

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As the Major League Baseball season comes to a close and preparations for the playoffs begin, MLB Network and TNT analyst Pedro Martinez joined The Press Box podcast to discuss his time as a television analyst.

When asked what he liked about working in television, Martinez didn’t hesitate with his answer.

“I think it’s a platform and the opportunity I have to bring to the audience what I know, what I think, what I understand and broadcasting gives me the opportunity to continue to have that communication with the people, the young athletes and fans. At the same time, I’m able to continue to learn and transmit some of the things that I would love to show everybody by playing but my body doesn’t allow me, but my mind does.

“This is a great way to bring the right information to the people, but I take advantage of the platform to communicate with my fanbase, the player’s fanbase, and the voice behind the players and the situations that come up, I can actually teach the audience some of the things that I understand from my point of view.”

A media career was never in the cards for Martinez. At least that’s what he thought during his playing career.

“I swear to god, it’s the only thing I never imagined. I never thought I would like being in front of a camera,” Martinez said. “And the reason I’m here, it’s not because of the camera, it’s actually because it gives me an opportunity to remain linked to the game, remain linked to what’s going on, the different changes the game is offering right now, adjusting to different things.

“You learn so much just by having access to information, having access to so many other different things. A lot of people would be surprised how much you can dig into and I think for everybody else, if they knew the kind of information we have access to, they’d be intrigued to come do what we do.”

He then said one of the things he would have never picked up on was how many pitchers tip their pitches, but due to all of the information, video, and relationships broadcasters have make that information readily available. He added his work in television has enabled more relationships with baseball players from his home country, the Dominican Republic.

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Stephen A. Smith and Malika Andrews Get Heated Over Ime Udoka Coverage

“Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, I listened to you,” Smith interjected, “you’re the one telling me to stop on my show. It ain’t happening.”

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On Friday’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith continued his stance regarding the public leaking of information surrounding Celtics’ Head Coach Ime Udoka relationship with a team staffer. He also went further by sharing his dismay that Udoka was seemingly the only person punished for the violation of company policy.

“Only he is in violation of the company policy?” Smith asked. “The woman who elected to have a consensual relationship with him is not in violation?” 

Before the end of the show, ESPN NBA Today host Malika Andrews called in the program and wanted to address Smith’s comments.

“Stephen A., with all do respect, this is not about pointing the finger. Stop,” Andrews said. “The fact that we are sitting here debating whether somebody else should have been suspended or not, we are not here, Stephen A., to further blame women.”

Smith would replay saying that his intention was not blame anyone outside of the Celtics coach.

“First of all, let me be very clear, I don’t appreciate where you’re going with that, I’m not blaming anybody but Ime Udoka,” Smith stated. “The fact of the matter is, he deserves to be fired if they were going to fire him. If you’re not going to fire him, then don’t fire him. My issue is all of this being publicized.”

Andrews tried to jump back in for further commentary but Smith stopped that and noted he didn’t appreciate being interrupted on “my show”.

“Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, I listened to you,” Smith interjected, “you’re the one telling me to stop on my show. It ain’t happening.”

Andrews did thank Smith for clarifying his stance at the end of the segment. ESPN has removed access to the video from its YouTube channel by making it private.

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Rich Eisen on Tom Brady Joining FOX: ‘I Gotta See It to Believe It’

“I think what Peyton Manning has done with his post-playing career is more of a blueprint that I would think Brady would follow.”

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Is 2023 the year we see Tom Brady in the broadcast booth for FOX? Rich Eisen isn’t so sure.

“I still gotta see it to believe it, I’ll be honest with you, man. I know it’s a great chunk of change and it’s a lot of money. I don’t know,” the NFL Network icon said on the most recent edition of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast.

Tom Brady has taken his foot off the gas in 2022 in a more public way than fans are used to. He voluntarily missed eleven days of training camp and has announced that he will not be available to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesdays during the season.

Eisen says if Brady is looking for a less demanding career, broadcasting isn’t the best option.

“It is a lot of work. And I’m not saying Brady’s not up for it, but if he’s been grinding for 23, 24 years, it’s still a grind in its own way.”

FOX signed Brady to a ten-year deal reportedly worth $375 million to start after he retires. He will be in the network’s top broadcast booth and also serve as an ambassador for the network’s coverage of the NFL.

Eisen says there is a much better model for Brady’s media career in his old rival Peyton Manning.

“I think what Peyton Manning has done with his post-playing career is more of a blueprint that I would think Brady would follow,” Eisen said. “Peyton Manning could be making that much money in the booth himself, right? Instead, he’s got his own production company and he’s doing the games, but not all of them, only 10 of them. And he’s doing them from his basement and he’s got the rights to the games!”

He added that Tom Brady “write his own ticket like that” if he chose to do something similar to what Manning has done with Omaha Productions.

Brady has not had much to say about his deal with FOX since the news became public. In June, he told Dan Patrick that he knows his first season in the booth will come with a lot of growing pains.

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