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By Ray Frager | January 2, 2009
Cotton Bowl 2 p.m. [chs. 45, 5] Even if the Mississippi-Texas Tech matchup doesn't grab you - and the Red Raiders' passing combination of Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree is certainly worth a look - Pat Summerall (right) will be calling play-by-play on the Fox telecast. It's a venerable voice that you'll be hearing do a football game just once this year.
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By Ray Frager | January 2, 2009
Cotton Bowl 2 p.m. [chs. 45, 5] Even if the Mississippi-Texas Tech matchup doesn't grab you - and the Red Raiders' passing combination of Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree is certainly worth a look - Pat Summerall (right) will be calling play-by-play on the Fox telecast. It's a venerable voice that you'll be hearing do a football game just once this year.
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By N.Y. Times News Service | February 1, 1994
NEW YORK -- Mickey Mantle and Pat Summerall are longtime friends, former star athletes in their 60s with different backgrounds and education.But they had one common, destructive vice: alcohol.Two years ago, after Summerall could not complete his announcing chores at the Masters golf tournament, friends and family intervened to persuade him to get help for his alcohol abuse. He reluctantly agreed to enter the Betty Ford Center, the clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for a 33-day stay and has been sober ever since.
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By Bill Lyon and Bill Lyon,PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER | February 3, 2002
NEW ORLEANS - Together, they are 136 years old. Between them, they have more than a century of football. Paired for 21 years, they are the longest-running duo in sports. And in terms of television, their run has outlasted such venerable vehicles as M*A*S*H, Cheers and Happy Days. And today, they will be put asunder. When Super Bowl XXXVI wobbles down the stretch, it is apt to get a little misty in the Fox network TV booth. Pat Summerall and John Madden will say goodbye to each other.
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By MILTON KENT | December 14, 1995
To the outside observer, Fox Sports officials are taking what appears to be a foolish gamble in climbing back into the ring so soon with Mike Tyson and Don King.In case you've forgotten, the network was about to make a much-ballyhooed splash into boxing last month with a heavily hyped, King-promoted fight between Tyson and Buster Mathis Jr. in Las Vegas.Not only was the Fox fight going to club Time Warner's Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield pay-per-view bout being held down the street, but it also was going to kick off an entire month -- a sweeps month, no less -- of highly rated network programs, as well as serve as the entry point to a monthly boxing series.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN SPORTS MEDIA CRITIC | January 31, 1999
NEW YORK -- If first impressions are real indicators of what's to come, let's say that John Madden didn't make a good one with Pat Summerall.The time was 1980 and the place was the old Tampa Stadium, where Summerall was to be paired with his new broadcast partner for a midseason game between the homestanding Buccaneers and the New York Giants.Summerall, by then, had already reached the summit of football broadcasting. Madden was the promising novice, just a year removed from coaching the Oakland Raiders.
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By DAVE BARRY | January 27, 2002
Walt Disney has taken over my daughter's brain. She's not even two, but she's already obsessed with the Disney cartoon versions of "Snow White," "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty," all of which have the same plot: The heroine is beautiful, but sad. Or in a coma. But wait! Here comes a handsome prince! He kisses her! She's happy! Everybody's happy! Even the woodland creatures are dancing! I have big problems with this. For one thing, if you see a squirrel dancing, you are looking at the final stages of rabies.
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By Bill Lyon and Bill Lyon,PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER | February 3, 2002
NEW ORLEANS - Together, they are 136 years old. Between them, they have more than a century of football. Paired for 21 years, they are the longest-running duo in sports. And in terms of television, their run has outlasted such venerable vehicles as M*A*S*H, Cheers and Happy Days. And today, they will be put asunder. When Super Bowl XXXVI wobbles down the stretch, it is apt to get a little misty in the Fox network TV booth. Pat Summerall and John Madden will say goodbye to each other.
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By Dallas Morning News | December 21, 1993
In planning their future as a CBS broadcast team last week, Pat Summerall and John Madden arrived at a gloomy conclusion. They didn't have one.The booth buddies already knew the score. They were about to be shut out as NFL announcers -- at least on CBS.An earthquake had overturned the television sports landscape. Fox created the first shock wave. It outbid CBS for broadcast rights to NFC games.Summerall and Madden felt the jolt. The NFC had been their venue for 13 years while they evolved into TV's premier sports partnership.
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By Phil Jackman | September 7, 1993
Reading Time, Two Minutes:Heading into last night's "Monday Night Football" colossal, Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman said, "There's no better place to find out if we're up to it [having another Super Bowl season] than RFK." The kid's no dummy. Washington's 35-16 smashing of the Cowboys seemed to get lost in all the Emmitt Smith furor, which really doesn't interest general fans.* Maryland probably would do a whole lot better selling season tickets for football if it covered just the first three quarters of action.
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By DAVE BARRY | January 27, 2002
Walt Disney has taken over my daughter's brain. She's not even two, but she's already obsessed with the Disney cartoon versions of "Snow White," "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty," all of which have the same plot: The heroine is beautiful, but sad. Or in a coma. But wait! Here comes a handsome prince! He kisses her! She's happy! Everybody's happy! Even the woodland creatures are dancing! I have big problems with this. For one thing, if you see a squirrel dancing, you are looking at the final stages of rabies.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2000
ABOARD THE MADDENCRUISER - The first thing that strikes you about this rolling home away from home is how it just doesn't seem big enough for its principal inhabitant. OK, so there's a satellite dish, three TV sets, a bedroom, two bathrooms, a fax machine, a kitchen - with a refrigerator, oven and microwave - dinette table, three captain's chairs and a sofa laid out across a converted 45-foot bus, more than enough to keep any football fan happy. But as a passenger boards John Madden's vehicle of choice as it made the last leg of the trip down Interstate 95 from New York to Baltimore on Friday evening for today's Ravens-Cowboys game, his first television visit here in 19 years, there's a sense that there ought to be more for a man who, with all the fame, fortune and endorsements one can handle, seems so much larger than life.
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By Milton Kent | January 21, 2000
The day comes for every great athlete, when the fastball becomes a little more hittable, when the usually easy save becomes more challenging or the 65-yard spiral tops out at 55 yards or less. It's true about broadcasting too. For 19 years, Pat Summerall and John Madden have reigned as sports broadcasting's top announcer pair, but now come the whispers that perhaps Summerall has lost a few miles off his fastball. A number of television columnists and radio talk show hosts have, in less than genteel terms, noted that Summerall, who will be 70 in May, made some noticeable mistakes during last weekend's playoff game, and wondered aloud if it wasn't time for him to retire.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN SPORTS MEDIA CRITIC | January 31, 1999
NEW YORK -- If first impressions are real indicators of what's to come, let's say that John Madden didn't make a good one with Pat Summerall.The time was 1980 and the place was the old Tampa Stadium, where Summerall was to be paired with his new broadcast partner for a midseason game between the homestanding Buccaneers and the New York Giants.Summerall, by then, had already reached the summit of football broadcasting. Madden was the promising novice, just a year removed from coaching the Oakland Raiders.
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By MILTON KENT | December 14, 1995
To the outside observer, Fox Sports officials are taking what appears to be a foolish gamble in climbing back into the ring so soon with Mike Tyson and Don King.In case you've forgotten, the network was about to make a much-ballyhooed splash into boxing last month with a heavily hyped, King-promoted fight between Tyson and Buster Mathis Jr. in Las Vegas.Not only was the Fox fight going to club Time Warner's Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield pay-per-view bout being held down the street, but it also was going to kick off an entire month -- a sweeps month, no less -- of highly rated network programs, as well as serve as the entry point to a monthly boxing series.
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By MILTON KENT | November 14, 1994
If we haven't known it before, we certainly should know now that Pat Summerall and John Madden are so good together, it's scary.Even with the NFL's hype and hoopla, Summerall and Madden, as they did in yesterday's Dallas-San Francisco confrontation, somehow make it worth the time and trouble.LTC If ever a game had the potential to be bogged down by its advance billing, it was the Cowboys-49ers clash. After all, ESPN began running previews just after Dallas beat the New York Giants last Monday.
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By RAY FRAGER | November 29, 1991
The set could have collapsed under the weight of their wallets, but Home Box Office gathered an elite group of sportscasters -- Bob Costas, Curt Gowdy, Jim Lampley, Jim McKay, Brent Musburger and Pat Summerall -- to be hosts of "Play by Play: A History of Sports Television." The two-part series (Game 1 and Game 2, how clever) debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m., with Game 2's first airing Dec. 10 at 10 p.m.Though much of Game 1 contained familiar scenes -- Bob Beamon's long jump, Al Gionfriddo's catch, Bobby Thomson's homer, North Carolina State's last-second, NCAA championship victory over Houston -- there are some unexpected touches:* Frank Gifford's recalling a 1956 appearance as a mystery guest on "What's My Line?"
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By MILTON KENT | November 14, 1994
If we haven't known it before, we certainly should know now that Pat Summerall and John Madden are so good together, it's scary.Even with the NFL's hype and hoopla, Summerall and Madden, as they did in yesterday's Dallas-San Francisco confrontation, somehow make it worth the time and trouble.LTC If ever a game had the potential to be bogged down by its advance billing, it was the Cowboys-49ers clash. After all, ESPN began running previews just after Dallas beat the New York Giants last Monday.
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By N.Y. Times News Service | February 1, 1994
NEW YORK -- Mickey Mantle and Pat Summerall are longtime friends, former star athletes in their 60s with different backgrounds and education.But they had one common, destructive vice: alcohol.Two years ago, after Summerall could not complete his announcing chores at the Masters golf tournament, friends and family intervened to persuade him to get help for his alcohol abuse. He reluctantly agreed to enter the Betty Ford Center, the clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for a 33-day stay and has been sober ever since.
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By Dallas Morning News | December 21, 1993
In planning their future as a CBS broadcast team last week, Pat Summerall and John Madden arrived at a gloomy conclusion. They didn't have one.The booth buddies already knew the score. They were about to be shut out as NFL announcers -- at least on CBS.An earthquake had overturned the television sports landscape. Fox created the first shock wave. It outbid CBS for broadcast rights to NFC games.Summerall and Madden felt the jolt. The NFC had been their venue for 13 years while they evolved into TV's premier sports partnership.
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