Channel 11 yesterday introduced the latest of its "Celebrity Sportscasters," City Council President and mayoral hopeful Mary Pat Clarke, who will sit in with Gerry Sandusky on tomorrow night's 11 p.m. newscast.
Clarke, who officially kicked off her campaign recently to wrest the Democratic nomination from incumbent Kurt L. Schmoke in September's primary, was invited to read scores and narrate highlights just as Schmoke was earlier this month.
"After she announced her candidacy for mayor, it's more than fair to have her take her shot at it. It will be a lot of fun," said Channel 11 news director David Roberts.
Roberts said Schmoke, who joined former Orioles Ken Singleton and Rick Dempsey, current Orioles outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds and Orioles broadcaster Jon Miller during the sweeps-month promotional stunt, did "an excellent job," helping the newscast to first place that night.
"This is an excellent opportunity to see how [Clarke and Schmoke] stand up in a nonpolitical contest. It will at least generate some talk," said Roberts.
Roberts said Clarke did not demand equal time. The station asked her to do the sportscast.
Bouts back on CBS
CBS yesterday announced that it will bring back its critically acclaimed, if not highly rated, boxing series with 15 to 20 bouts, starting April 30 with former super middleweight champion James "Lights Out" Toney meeting light heavyweight contender Anthony Hembrick in Bushkill, Pa.
This new package of fights follows a card of six matches that ran during the fall and attracted about a 2 rating, usually up against NFL or college football games.
CBS spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade said that commercial sponsors, including last fall's series sponsor, Quaker State, are talking with the network about buying time during the telecasts.
The construction workers on the byte freeway have added some interesting sports off-ramps for all you chip heads.
For instance, starting tomorrow, the Atlantic Coast Conference, in conjunction with the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, will place the league's tournament on-line through the auspices of the Internet, making it the first college sporting event to be made available in that manner.
The tournament area will contain a continuously updated scoreboard, a trivia contest, a place to order souvenirs and the ever-popular tournament chat area.
In addition, Sports Illustrated has made its current and past issues available through CompuServe. Subscribers will be able to scan each week's magazine on Wednesday just as it's hitting the newsstands, as well as download articles and pictures for later perusal.
A word of caution: Downloading computer images of a bikini-clad Kathy Ireland can be costly and downright creepy.
Bully for Boomer
Hope you've been able to catch the return, albeit brief, of ESPN's Chris Berman to "SportsCenter" this week for the 11 p.m. sessions.
Berman, one of three men to have been with the network since it opened for business in September 1979, has been doing studio shows for baseball and the NFL for the past few years, limiting his "SportsCenter" appearances.
The man who never met an athlete that he couldn't slap with a nickname will be paired tonight with Gary Miller and tomorrow night with Dan Patrick, after teaming up Sunday night and last night with fellow Ivy Leaguer Keith Olbermann.