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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
With the Ravens out of the playoffs, thanks to their miserable play the last two weeks of the season, I promised myself I was only going to watch football this weekend - not write about it. So, here I am writing. Why? I can't resist commenting on CBS Sports giving viewers of Sunday's playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers exactly what I have been lobbying for all year: a sideline reporter. Tracy Wolfson joined Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, and she provided viewers with some of the things I wanted in a Ravens telecast: injury reports, condition of the field, a sense of what was happening on the benches.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With Greg Gumbel and Trent Green as the CBS broadcast team on today's Ravens game, I was eager to see how Gumbel would fare without his old, gaffe-prone partner Dan Dierdorf. I figured Gumbel had to be better, right? Wrong. “Welcome back to an absolutely beautiful day in Baltimore, Maryland,” Gumbel said in his opening remarks as viewers saw an overhead shot of M&T Bank Stadium. “The sun is shining, the temperature is 78 degrees on this last day of September ...” Oops.
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November 8, 2013
Television critic David Zurawik really needs to get a life. His weekly tirades against CBS's telecasts of Baltimore Ravens games are really getting old ( "Ravens fans talk back to, work around empty CBS coverage," Nov. 5). My suggestion: If he doesn't like CBS coverage, don't watch the darn telecast. He must realize by now that CBS is going to televise the majority of Ravens games, and his constant nitpicking of every little thing is boring, boring, boring. I have no qualms with their coverage, as I am primarily concerned with actually watching the game.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
I'm sorry, I tried to be good and accept life as a small-market CBS sports fan, getting the fourth-string crew and no sideline reporter for Ravens games. And, you have to admit, I managed for a couple weeks to sound like a properly grateful peasant in accepting the crumbs from the table of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. Did I not even say in one review that maybe CBS is right, it would be too expensive for the network to have sideline reporters on ALL the Sunday afternoon games - especially in markets like Baltimore?
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
"Monday Night Football" will open its 43rd season at M&T Bank Stadium with several new wrinkles. There will be a two-man instead of three-man booth with Mike Tirico doing play-by-play and Jon Gruden on analysis. One of the biggest changes will be on the sidelines where Lisa Salters will debut as the new sideline reporter for the storied franchise. Salters, a Penn State graduate, talked about her new job, her goals in that role, her hard-news values and the way she was socialized to journalism at Baltimore's WBAL-TV and ABC News in the Peter Jennings era. Q. Sideline reporter for Monday Night Football is one of the highest visibility jobs in the business.
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2013
CBS came into Saturday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos with a clear story line in its mind: Peyton Manning is God, and all our cameras and announcers are here to worship him. During the first quarter, viewers saw more close-ups of Manning's right-hand glove than the one Johnnie Cochran made famous during the O.J. Simpson trial. And when Manning started to struggle in the second half and gave up a key fumble, analyst Dan Dierdorf told viewers during the replay and review, it wasn't a fumble at all, it was an incompletion.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2013
This has been a very busy season on the “Sunday Night Football” sidelines for NBC Sports reporter Michele Tafoya, who will be in Baltimore tonight covering the Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup. In the season opener between the Ravens and the Denver Broncos, she reported skillfully on severe weather that delayed the game. She followed that a week later with more fine work on a lightning delay in Seattle. Recently, in Week 9, she provided extensive coverage of Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak's collapse as he walked off the field at halftime in a game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
I'm sorry, I tried to be good and accept life as a small-market CBS sports fan, getting the fourth-string crew and no sideline reporter for Ravens games. And, you have to admit, I managed for a couple weeks to sound like a properly grateful peasant in accepting the crumbs from the table of CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. Did I not even say in one review that maybe CBS is right, it would be too expensive for the network to have sideline reporters on ALL the Sunday afternoon games - especially in markets like Baltimore?
SPORTS
By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2011
MASN journalist Amber Theoharis, who has been the network's on-field reporter covering the Orioles since its inception, is shifting to a new role this year. Instead of covering the team on a day-to-day basis and providing live reports during and after games, she'll be focusing on interviews and features for the network's "Mid-Atlantic Sports Report," blogging regularly and filling in for Jim Hunter alongside Rick Dempsey on the "O's Extra" pre- and post-game shows when Hunter shifts into the booth for play-by-play.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1996
Quite unintentionally, CBS made history yesterday ever-so-briefly, as Michele Tafoya became the first woman to do play-by-play during an NCAA men's basketball tournament game.Tafoya, who was assigned to the Midwest Regional final game in Minneapolis as a sideline reporter, was pressed into emergency duty when Sean McDonogh had to leave the air late in the first half of the Kentucky-Wake Forest game because of stomach flu.Bob Mansbach, the CBS producer assigned to the Midwest Regional, said the production crew noticed "a lack of energy" by McDonogh before the game, but had no indication that he was too sick to work and could not give Tafoya time to prepare in case.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
With the Ravens out of the playoffs, thanks to their miserable play the last two weeks of the season, I promised myself I was only going to watch football this weekend - not write about it. So, here I am writing. Why? I can't resist commenting on CBS Sports giving viewers of Sunday's playoff game between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers exactly what I have been lobbying for all year: a sideline reporter. Tracy Wolfson joined Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, and she provided viewers with some of the things I wanted in a Ravens telecast: injury reports, condition of the field, a sense of what was happening on the benches.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2013
This has been a very busy season on the “Sunday Night Football” sidelines for NBC Sports reporter Michele Tafoya, who will be in Baltimore tonight covering the Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup. In the season opener between the Ravens and the Denver Broncos, she reported skillfully on severe weather that delayed the game. She followed that a week later with more fine work on a lightning delay in Seattle. Recently, in Week 9, she provided extensive coverage of Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak's collapse as he walked off the field at halftime in a game against the Indianapolis Colts.
NEWS
November 8, 2013
Television critic David Zurawik really needs to get a life. His weekly tirades against CBS's telecasts of Baltimore Ravens games are really getting old ( "Ravens fans talk back to, work around empty CBS coverage," Nov. 5). My suggestion: If he doesn't like CBS coverage, don't watch the darn telecast. He must realize by now that CBS is going to televise the majority of Ravens games, and his constant nitpicking of every little thing is boring, boring, boring. I have no qualms with their coverage, as I am primarily concerned with actually watching the game.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Good news for Baltimore Ravens fans who have suffered through second and third string CBS coverage this season: Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots will get the full Super Bowl treatment, according to the network. "We will have in this broadcast Sunday our whole setup that we will have down in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII - with all the cameras, with all the tape machines, with extra microphones on the field," producer Lance Barrow said during a teleconference Tuesday.
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2013
CBS came into Saturday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos with a clear story line in its mind: Peyton Manning is God, and all our cameras and announcers are here to worship him. During the first quarter, viewers saw more close-ups of Manning's right-hand glove than the one Johnnie Cochran made famous during the O.J. Simpson trial. And when Manning started to struggle in the second half and gave up a key fumble, analyst Dan Dierdorf told viewers during the replay and review, it wasn't a fumble at all, it was an incompletion.
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
"Monday Night Football" will open its 43rd season at M&T Bank Stadium with several new wrinkles. There will be a two-man instead of three-man booth with Mike Tirico doing play-by-play and Jon Gruden on analysis. One of the biggest changes will be on the sidelines where Lisa Salters will debut as the new sideline reporter for the storied franchise. Salters, a Penn State graduate, talked about her new job, her goals in that role, her hard-news values and the way she was socialized to journalism at Baltimore's WBAL-TV and ABC News in the Peter Jennings era. Q. Sideline reporter for Monday Night Football is one of the highest visibility jobs in the business.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Good news for Baltimore Ravens fans who have suffered through second and third string CBS coverage this season: Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots will get the full Super Bowl treatment, according to the network. "We will have in this broadcast Sunday our whole setup that we will have down in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII - with all the cameras, with all the tape machines, with extra microphones on the field," producer Lance Barrow said during a teleconference Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With Greg Gumbel and Trent Green as the CBS broadcast team on today's Ravens game, I was eager to see how Gumbel would fare without his old, gaffe-prone partner Dan Dierdorf. I figured Gumbel had to be better, right? Wrong. “Welcome back to an absolutely beautiful day in Baltimore, Maryland,” Gumbel said in his opening remarks as viewers saw an overhead shot of M&T Bank Stadium. “The sun is shining, the temperature is 78 degrees on this last day of September ...” Oops.
SPORTS
By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2011
MASN journalist Amber Theoharis, who has been the network's on-field reporter covering the Orioles since its inception, is shifting to a new role this year. Instead of covering the team on a day-to-day basis and providing live reports during and after games, she'll be focusing on interviews and features for the network's "Mid-Atlantic Sports Report," blogging regularly and filling in for Jim Hunter alongside Rick Dempsey on the "O's Extra" pre- and post-game shows when Hunter shifts into the booth for play-by-play.
SPORTS
By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1996
Quite unintentionally, CBS made history yesterday ever-so-briefly, as Michele Tafoya became the first woman to do play-by-play during an NCAA men's basketball tournament game.Tafoya, who was assigned to the Midwest Regional final game in Minneapolis as a sideline reporter, was pressed into emergency duty when Sean McDonogh had to leave the air late in the first half of the Kentucky-Wake Forest game because of stomach flu.Bob Mansbach, the CBS producer assigned to the Midwest Regional, said the production crew noticed "a lack of energy" by McDonogh before the game, but had no indication that he was too sick to work and could not give Tafoya time to prepare in case.
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