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By RAY FRAGER | April 9, 2009
4 p.m. [ESPN] Mike Tirico hosts and the ESPN signage will be popping up, but otherwise it's the CBS version of golf's revered championship - with Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo, Verne Lundquist and the gang. Oops, I'm sorry. "Gang" is an inappropriate word to use in any reference to what's happening at Augusta National. Somebody might just snatch away my pimento-and-cheese sandwich.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2013
With the Ravens playing such a sloppy, stupid game Sunday, it's not fair to totally blame CBS for a lackluster telecast. So, I won't. Except for one thing: I wish play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms would have had the independence and integrity to call out the officiating team loudly and clearly for one of the worst performances I have ever seen. Yes, Simms and Nantz did disagree with some calls and did predict others would be overturned as they watched the replays.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | August 14, 1994
TULSA, Okla. -- He is, according to the rankings, the world's best golfer. And Greg Norman is also one of the game's most opinionated players.Yesterday's topic was the amount of water being put on the sun-baked greens at Southern Hills Country Club for the 76th PGA Championship.And, just as he does on the tee, Norman let 'er rip."I think it's the wrong type of grass and the wrong climate," Norman said after climbing into the hunt with a 3-under-par 67, putting him five shots behind third-round leader Nick Price.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Like I said in my review of Sunday's telecast, you ultimately have to praise any broadcasters who can maintain their focus for more than five hours as CBS Sports did Sunday in telecasting the Ravens loss to the Bears. Five hours, a long delay and much weird and dangerous weather of which to keep viewers appraised. While some fans found Phil Simms and Jim Nantz a welcome upgrade in the booth, others had their issues with the TV afternoon they spent with CBS. This email from Mark hit the Z on TV inbox before halftime Sunday.
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March 31, 2011
It has been five years now since Karrie Webb provided one of the most spectacular finishes in Kraft Nabisco Championship annals, holing a wedge from 116 yards for an eagle that set up a playoff victory over Lorena Ochoa. Annika Sorenstam was still the LPGA's dominant player then, replaced a year later by Ochoa. Now both are no longer active players; Webb remains. And after two early-season victories, the Australian once again finds herself among the favorites in the season's first major.
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By MILTON KENT | May 30, 1997
CBS took the expected one step further yesterday when it not only named Jim Nantz as its prime-time host for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games from Nagano, Japan, but also extended his contract through 2002.In addition, the network announced that Nantz, 38, who currently calls college football and basketball for CBS as well as anchoring its golf coverage, will leave the football booth to anchor a weekly 30-minute college football studio show."I'm thrilled that this day has arrived. I started with CBS when I was 26 years old and I feel like I've grown up at this network," Nantz said.
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By Ray Frager and Ray Frager,Ray.Frager@baltsun.com | January 2, 2009
It's a new year of sports media notes but, sorry, the same old writer: Ravens fans wouldn't mind if this were a preview as much as a replay: At 8 a.m. today, the NFL Network is running the CBS telecast of the Ravens' victory in Miami in October. * And maybe there is more good karma in ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown (11 a.m.). ESPN has scheduled interviews with Joe Flacco and members of the Ravens' defense - conducted by Trent Dilfer. So the Ravens' Super Bowl-winning quarterback will interview their current quarterback.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
It almost seems wrong to complain about the telecast of a game that ended as happily as Sunday's AFC championship victory by the Baltimore Ravens 28-13 over the New England Patriots. Almost. But CBS Sports once again failed to deliver the goods on a Ravens game. And just because I'm euphoric over the Ravens' victory doesn't mean I should soft pedal how much I hated the telecast. Last week, CBS Sports brass boasted about the Super-Bowl cameras and technology they were going to have on hand for the game.
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January 4, 2010
TV call 'nice 'n' easy' What a pleasure to listen to Jim Nantz and Phil Simms telecasting a Ravens game after the past two weeks of Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts, and Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman. As Frank Sinatra put it in a 1960 LP, "Nice 'n' easy does it every time." Of course, Nantz and Simms only make it sound easy. After listening to all the misinformation and flat-out confusion at times from Enberg last week, you realize how much preparation goes into supplying the kind of smooth and steady stream of background information and context that Simms and Nantz offered throughout Sunday's victory over the Oakland Raiders.
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By Milton Kent | March 4, 1997
In a certain sense, Michael Reghi, the new television voice of the Orioles, will be like a rookie who has had occasional lTC big-league call-ups, but is given a starting job the next year that is his to make his own.After all, Reghi, who was the pre- and post-game host for Cleveland Indians telecasts on Sports Channel Ohio for six years, only occasionally filled in on play-by-play.But while Reghi, who makes his debut March 29 on Home Team Sports, admits to a relative lack of baseball broadcasting experience, he says he knows the game well enough to do a good job for Baltimore fans, an especially demanding audience.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
CBS Super Bowl broadcasters Jim Nantz and Phil Simms say they see a lot more than just Ray Lewis when they look at the Baltimore Ravens. And come Sunday, the conversation they do have about Lewis in the biggest broadcast booth in popular culture is going to be primarily about his play on the field and inspirational power in the locker room - not what happened in Atlanta. "I would just say, Ravens?" Nantz said Tuesday when asked for his sense of the team's image during a teleconference.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
It almost seems wrong to complain about the telecast of a game that ended as happily as Sunday's AFC championship victory by the Baltimore Ravens 28-13 over the New England Patriots. Almost. But CBS Sports once again failed to deliver the goods on a Ravens game. And just because I'm euphoric over the Ravens' victory doesn't mean I should soft pedal how much I hated the telecast. Last week, CBS Sports brass boasted about the Super-Bowl cameras and technology they were going to have on hand for the game.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
With a TV event as emotional and epic as the last game in Baltimore for Ray Lewis, it would be a mistake to micro-critique the telecast of the game itself by CBS Sports. I'll talk about the work of the Ravens' 24-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in this review. But the big story was the "last ride" in Baltimore for Lewis, and the performance of CBS Sports Sunday should first and last be judged by how it covered that story. In terms of preparation and understanding how big the story was, CBS Sports was absolutely on it coming into the game.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
As appealing as it might be to vent my own frustration and play to the rage of tens of thousands of Ravens fans by ripping the TV coverage of Baltimore's agonizing 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots, facts are facts. And the fact of the matter is that CBS Sports did an outstanding job of telecasting Sunday's AFC championship game. The producer and director used their cameras to make viewers feel as if they were not only in the stadium, but almost on the field in Foxboro at certain points Sunday.
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By Sports Digest | April 10, 2011
Pimlico Race Course Ben's Cat races to repeat in $75K Mister Diz Stakes The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat carried Jeremy Rose to a repeat score in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, Saturday's feature offering at Pimlico Race Course . Bred, owned and trained by the legendary King Leatherbury , Ben's Cat won for the ninth time in 12 lifetime starts. The son of Parker's Storm Cat has won four stakes since his debut as a 4-year-old last year, but this was his first added-money victory racing on the main track.
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March 31, 2011
It has been five years now since Karrie Webb provided one of the most spectacular finishes in Kraft Nabisco Championship annals, holing a wedge from 116 yards for an eagle that set up a playoff victory over Lorena Ochoa. Annika Sorenstam was still the LPGA's dominant player then, replaced a year later by Ochoa. Now both are no longer active players; Webb remains. And after two early-season victories, the Australian once again finds herself among the favorites in the season's first major.
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By Milton Kent | September 12, 1997
Once upon a time, news directors at your local television station actually gave their sportscasters a goodly amount of time in a newscast to tell stories and show highlights, but in these "SportsCenter" days, your local TV sports guy spends as much time on camera as model Kate Moss does at the buffet table.That's why Channel 45/54 news director Joe DeFeo deserves a hearty thumbs-up for devoting an entire 10 minutes -- all right, 6 1/2 when you factor out commercials -- to sports, starting Monday on Channel 45's 10 p.m. newscast.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
With a TV event as emotional and epic as the last game in Baltimore for Ray Lewis, it would be a mistake to micro-critique the telecast of the game itself by CBS Sports. I'll talk about the work of the Ravens' 24-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in this review. But the big story was the "last ride" in Baltimore for Lewis, and the performance of CBS Sports Sunday should first and last be judged by how it covered that story. In terms of preparation and understanding how big the story was, CBS Sports was absolutely on it coming into the game.
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January 4, 2010
TV call 'nice 'n' easy' What a pleasure to listen to Jim Nantz and Phil Simms telecasting a Ravens game after the past two weeks of Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts, and Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman. As Frank Sinatra put it in a 1960 LP, "Nice 'n' easy does it every time." Of course, Nantz and Simms only make it sound easy. After listening to all the misinformation and flat-out confusion at times from Enberg last week, you realize how much preparation goes into supplying the kind of smooth and steady stream of background information and context that Simms and Nantz offered throughout Sunday's victory over the Oakland Raiders.
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By RAY FRAGER | April 9, 2009
4 p.m. [ESPN] Mike Tirico hosts and the ESPN signage will be popping up, but otherwise it's the CBS version of golf's revered championship - with Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo, Verne Lundquist and the gang. Oops, I'm sorry. "Gang" is an inappropriate word to use in any reference to what's happening at Augusta National. Somebody might just snatch away my pimento-and-cheese sandwich.
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