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For the real football junkies, ESPN 3 carries all the FCS games- Information below; ESPN's Anish Shroff featured

  • Kirk Herbstreit will run around to share his wisdom this weekend. How nutty is this? He calls Friday night’s PAC 12 championship in Santa Clara, California. He then red-eyes it to Atlanta. But don’t worry, Kirk ain’t sitting in the back of the plane. He partakes in ESPN’s Game Day programming and then flies (likely in a Gulfstream) to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game where he will do reports for post game programming hosted in ESPN’s studio with the talented Scott Van Pelt. Kirk is the Charles Schumer of sports. He’s never seen a camera that he doesn’t like. 
  • Al Groh, 75, former coach of the Jets and Virginia schleps out to Montana  this weekend to do color on an FCS playoff game on ESPN 3, (Albany at Montana State).
  • Earbuds/plugs will be needed for the Fox telecast featuring the yelping Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt, who’s both a fine football analyst and gold commentator. I’m hoping that Gus’ octave will drop a notch by osmosis. I would imagine that Klatt’s time on the links has taught him to modulate his voice.
  • Too bad that Fox has no other game this weekend. As such, we won’t have the Tim Brando-Spencer Tillman team. They’re real good. 
  • Talking of good, Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge have the Big 12 championship game. I’d bet that if ESPN appointed this duo as the number one college football team, viewers would embrace it happily.
  • Don’t see Adam Amin’s name on the list this weekend, yet Anish Shroff and John Congemi who had a good season together are assigned the MAC championship.
  • Michael Reghi, 66, is doing the Kennesaw State-Weber State FCS playoff game. He’s done Orioles baseball in the past and for a chunk of years called Cavaliers games on cable. It’s called hanging on. God bless him.

Jake Bakin has a nice thumbnail on Anish Shroff below the schedule

Friday, Dec. 6

Utah vs. Oregon (Pac-12 Championship Game in Santa Clara, CA) | 8 p.m. | ABC

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Molly McGrath

Saturday, Dec. 7

Oklahoma vs. Baylor (Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, TX) | 12 p.m. | ABC

Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

Appalachian State vs. Louisiana (Sun Belt Championship Game) | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Quint Kessenich

Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan (MAC Championship Game in Detroit) | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Anish Shroff, John Congemi, Kris Budden

Monmouth at James Madison (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 1 p.m. ESPN 3

Jonathan Yardley, Hutson Mason 

Florida Atlantic vs. UAB (Conference USA Championship Game) | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, John Schriffen

Northern Iowa at South Dakota State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 2 p.m. ESPN 3

Chris Vosters, Marcus Ray

Illinois State at Central Arkansas (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3 p.m. ESPN 3

Shawn Kenney, Forrest Connoly 

Kennesaw State at Weber State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3 p.m. ESPN 3

Michael Reghi,  Dustin Fox

SE Louisiana at Montana (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3 p.m. ESPN 3

Trey Bender, Tyoka Jackson 

Albany at Montana State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3 p.m. ESPN 3

Matt Stewart, Al Groh

Memphis vs. Cincinnati (America Athletic Conference Championship Game) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill

Nicholls at North Dakota State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 3:30 p.m. ESPN 3

Dan Gutowsky,  Marcus Ray

LSU vs. Georgia (SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, GA) | 4 p.m. | CBS

Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Jamie Erdhal

Boise State vs. Hawaii (Mountain West Championship Game) | 4 p.m. | ESPN

Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler

Clemson vs. Virginia (ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, NC) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay, Maria Taylor

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis, IN) | 8 p.m. | FOX

Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft

Austin Peay at Sacramento State (FCS Championship — Second Round) | 9 p.m. ESPN 3

Robert Lee,  Stan Lewter


Image result for anish shroffAnish Shroff is on the call for the Mid-American Conference championship game between Miami University and Central Michigan. He will be joined by former Pittsburgh and Canadian Football League quarterback John Congemi, who stepped in for Shroff’s longtime partner, Ahmad Brooks, about halfway through this season.

Shroff, 37, is from Bloomfield, New Jersey, the same hometown as Bob Ley and Kevin Burkhardt. He graduated from Syracuse in 2004 and had his first audition for ESPN soon after, participating in the reality series Dream Job in hopes of becoming a SportsCenter anchor. He finished third, but after a few years in various sports media roles in Yakima, Washington, Syracuse, and his New York City, Anish was hired by ESPN in 2008 as a host for ESPNews.

Shroff hosted ESPN Goal Line and ESPNU’s College Football Live early on in his tenure with the Worldwide Leader but has taken on more play-by-play roles in the 2010s. He started calling college football games on Thursdays during the 2011 season and has steadily risen up the ladder in the years since, joining the main Saturday rotation in 2017.

Shroff also calls college baseball and basketball, but his most recognizable work may be in lacrosse. Shroff was tabbed to be the lead announcer for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships starting with the 2017 season, and he’s built a niche in that role with his partners, college lacrosse All-Americans and college football sideline reporters, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra.

David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin is a graduate of Dean College who majored in sports broadcasting. He does play-by-play for Northeast Sports Network and previously wrote about hockey for various SB Nation blogs. He loves the history and evolution of sports broadcasting and dreams of being a national-level announcer.

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