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By Milton Kent | November 24, 1995
Once upon a time, the NFL was a stable place, where teams and their players stayed in one place all the time, and everyone was happy.Those days are gone, maybe never to return, and NBC's lead announcing trio of Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire and Phil Simms want them back.For Simms, the former New York Giants quarterback, the culprit is player free agency that has robbed fans of familiarity and the kind of civic hatred that, say, Baltimoreans, who loved Johnny Unitas, had for Washingtonians, who rallied around Sonny Jurgensen.
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March 30, 2002
Founded: 1820. Location: Bloomington, Ind. Enrollment: 30,157 undergraduates. Tuition and fees: $4,735 in-state, $14,469 out-of-state. Famous alumni: NBC's Dateline anchor Jane Pauley; violinist Joshua Bell; actor Kevin Kline; Secretary of Treasury Paul O'Neill; Secretary of Education Rodney Paige; sportscaster Dick Enberg. Academic ranking: No. 28 among public national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report (September 2001). School colors: Red and white. Nickname: Hoosiers.
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By MILTON KENT | July 22, 1996
In this era of the glib and overly polished sportscaster, the guy who writes out and tosses off his best lines in hopes that television sports columnists will note his "spontaneity," NBC's Dick Enberg stands practically alone.Enberg, the network's lead football voice and nightly essayist during the Olympics, is that increasingly rare breed of sportscaster whose work consistently is of high quality. In the early days of these Games, Enberg, the best storyteller of his era, is up to his usual.
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By MILTON KENT | September 8, 2000
Sometime toward the end of the 1998 NFL season, NBC's first without professional football in more than three decades, the dull throb of missing the NFL became a certified ache in the pit of Dick Enberg's gut and he knew he had to do something, anything, to make it go away. "That first year, I had trouble sitting through games, and late that year, I heard some announcer say, `I talked with Dan Marino yesterday.' And I bolted up in my chair, and I said, `That's what I used to do. I'd say, `I talked with Dan Marino,' " Enberg said.
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By MILTON KENT | September 8, 2000
Sometime toward the end of the 1998 NFL season, NBC's first without professional football in more than three decades, the dull throb of missing the NFL became a certified ache in the pit of Dick Enberg's gut and he knew he had to do something, anything, to make it go away. "That first year, I had trouble sitting through games, and late that year, I heard some announcer say, `I talked with Dan Marino yesterday.' And I bolted up in my chair, and I said, `That's what I used to do. I'd say, `I talked with Dan Marino,' " Enberg said.
SPORTS
March 30, 2002
Founded: 1820. Location: Bloomington, Ind. Enrollment: 30,157 undergraduates. Tuition and fees: $4,735 in-state, $14,469 out-of-state. Famous alumni: NBC's Dateline anchor Jane Pauley; violinist Joshua Bell; actor Kevin Kline; Secretary of Treasury Paul O'Neill; Secretary of Education Rodney Paige; sportscaster Dick Enberg. Academic ranking: No. 28 among public national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report (September 2001). School colors: Red and white. Nickname: Hoosiers.
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By RAY FRAGER | August 23, 1991
It's college football season, so let's wake up the echoes:Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,They're paying the Irish 1 mil per game.Put each contest on TV,Love them or hate them, you wanna see.Come on you networks with all the gold,With Irish football, ads will be sold.So when you sell, you'll think it swellthat the Irish are on TV.The biggest change in televised football this fall isn't that Notre .. Dame is going to be seen a lot -- that's a given, along with the coach of a top-ranked team worrying about that big game against Rice -- it's that the Irish have an exclusive deal.
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By RAY FRAGER | August 4, 1992
Oh my! Bubbly Enberg overflows his morningsMaybe he was intimidated when he saw that women's magazine with Katie Couric on the cover, trumpeting that "Cute is back."Maybe he thinks that a wake-up audience needs another Captain Kangaroo.Well, tie me kangaroo down, sport, but Dick Enberg hasn't seemed to be himself as co-host of NBC's morning Olympic show (7-10).Enberg, teamed with Couric of "The Today Show," looks all too eager to please, acts just a bit too cute.This is a curious performance from Enberg, one of television's best sportscasters, someone who ranks among the first choices to announce any big event.
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By RAY FRAGER | January 28, 1994
I looked up, and standing next to my desk was Dennis Hopper. He was wearing a football official's uniform and a trench coat. His face was sweaty. He kept looking over his shoulder."
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By RAY FRAGER | December 31, 1993
Get out those No. 2 pencils. It's quiz time. Let's match the college football bowl game with its sponsor.1. Weiser Lock a. Alamo2. Outback b. CopperSteakhouse3. Federal Express c. Holiday4. Mobil d. Independence5. Builders Square e. Fla. Citrus6. IBM OS/2 f. Gator7. CompUSA g. Fiesta8. USF&G h. Used to Bethe Blockbuster9. Poulan/Weed Eater i. Cotton10. Thrifty Car Rental j. Orange11. Carquest k. SugarThe answers: 1-b, 2-f, 3-j, 4-i, 5-a, 6-g, 7-e, 8-k, 9-d, 10-c, 11-hHow did you do? Total your correct answers and check them on the scale below:0: You'll find the comics in another section.
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By MILTON KENT | June 27, 1997
For the next two weekends, the Atlantic Ocean will separate Dick Enberg, Chris Evert and John McEnroe from the North American continent, as they call Wimbledon for NBC.But the literal size of the Atlantic is nothing compared with the figurative gulf that exists between tennis and the public these days."
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By MILTON KENT | July 22, 1996
In this era of the glib and overly polished sportscaster, the guy who writes out and tosses off his best lines in hopes that television sports columnists will note his "spontaneity," NBC's Dick Enberg stands practically alone.Enberg, the network's lead football voice and nightly essayist during the Olympics, is that increasingly rare breed of sportscaster whose work consistently is of high quality. In the early days of these Games, Enberg, the best storyteller of his era, is up to his usual.
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By Milton Kent | November 24, 1995
Once upon a time, the NFL was a stable place, where teams and their players stayed in one place all the time, and everyone was happy.Those days are gone, maybe never to return, and NBC's lead announcing trio of Dick Enberg, Paul Maguire and Phil Simms want them back.For Simms, the former New York Giants quarterback, the culprit is player free agency that has robbed fans of familiarity and the kind of civic hatred that, say, Baltimoreans, who loved Johnny Unitas, had for Washingtonians, who rallied around Sonny Jurgensen.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | September 22, 1995
The biennial Ryder Cup matches, which occupy 25 hours of air time this weekend between NBC and USA, symbolize what is best about golf, according to those who spend their time around the game."
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By MILTON KENT | August 17, 1995
Deciding which of the networks' play-by-play callers and analysts you like best is a lot like figuring out which side you come down on on the old chicken-and-egg question.Meaning, to determine whether an announcer is a big-time player, you must first decide whether his or her presence at a certain event makes it big or does the event itself give an announcer credibility.For instance, Bob Costas has called an off-season softball game, involving major-league baseball players, for NBC in recent years.
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By MILTON KENT | June 19, 1995
This weekend had the potential to be a disaster, or at least, very, very uncomfortable for Dick Enberg.Not long after NBC Sports pried away the rights to the U.S. Open golf championships -- men's, women's and seniors -- from ABC with a three-year, $40 million contract, the division's president, Dick Ebersol, thrust Enberg into the hot seat, making him host of NBC's burgeoning golf package.Enberg, a seven-time Emmy winner and three-time national Sportscaster of the Year, was certainly a worthy candidate, having been a part of virtually every major event NBC has had over the past 20 years, from baseball to football to basketball -- NBA and college -- to tennis and the Olympics.
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By RAY FRAGER | October 26, 1990
At racetracks, it's called a simulcast -- live television coverage of horse races that patrons can bet on. NBC is presenting a 4 1/2 -hour simulcast tomorrow (1:30 p.m., Channel 2), the Breeders' Cup from Belmont Park, which certainly will be popular in about 200 locations across the country where viewers also can gamble on the races.Most viewers, however, don't have pari-mutuel windows in their living rooms, which may explain the low ratings Breeders' Cup telecasts have received.The highest mark was a 5.1 in the first year (1984)
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By MILTON KENT | June 27, 1997
For the next two weekends, the Atlantic Ocean will separate Dick Enberg, Chris Evert and John McEnroe from the North American continent, as they call Wimbledon for NBC.But the literal size of the Atlantic is nothing compared with the figurative gulf that exists between tennis and the public these days."
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By MILTON KENT | January 13, 1995
It seems as though everyone in the known universe wants to watch Sunday's NFC championship game between Dallas and San Francisco.Even NBC's Dick Enberg, who will be calling the Pittsburgh-San Diego AFC title game, has gotten caught up in the NFC swirl."
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By RAY FRAGER | January 28, 1994
I looked up, and standing next to my desk was Dennis Hopper. He was wearing a football official's uniform and a trench coat. His face was sweaty. He kept looking over his shoulder."
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