More inconsistencies! Does Chris Fowler deserve a charter while he misses the US Tennis?

Schedule today and tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday

Sunday, September 3

Noon- Northwestern at Rutgers

CBS: Tom McCarthy, Jason McCourty, Tiffany Blackmon

3 PM- Orange Blossom Classic: Jackson State vs. Florida A&M

ESPN: Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker, Jalyn Johnson

3:30 PM- Oregon State at San Jose State

CBS: Chris Lewis, Ross Tucker, Justin Walters 

4 PM- Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic: Virginia Union vs. Morehouse

NFL: Steve Wyche, Bucky Brooks, Max Starks, Sherree Burruss

Westwood One: Troy Clardy, Anthony Herron, AJ Ross 

7 PM- Boeing Red Tails Classic: Fort Valley State vs. Tuskegee

ESPNU: Jason Ross Jr., Charles Arbuckle 

7:30 PM- Camping World Kickoff: LSU vs. Florida State

ABC: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe

ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons

Monday, September 4

8 PM- Clemson at Duke

ESPN: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill

Westwood One: Mike Watts, Ryan Leaf

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When Sean McManus shared his annual comments last week at the annual CBS press conference, he praised Greg Gumbel for his many solid years a play-by-player. Gumbel is dulcet toned and under stated.

He did two Super Bowls with Phil Simms, in 2001 and 2004. Earlier, he partook in three separate CBS presentations of the pre and post game shows of the Super Bowl, in 1992. 1996 and 1998.

He’s also done the NFL on CBS from 2006-2022. His ranking apparently declined. Jim Nantz replaced him. Since then, Greg slipped to third and the fourth. McManus assured the attendees that Gumbel will be quite active during the Final Four. He’s 77. Brother Bryant, 74.

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Kirk Herbstreit is back traveling by charter flights, assisting Lee Corso. He’s 88. I hope that Kirk can fill the requirements completely. He’s well prepared. But sometimes it’s a bit too much.

Why is Chris Fowler calling popular NFL matchups? He’s a conversationalist.

But ESPN has him on the US Open. Goodness knows what the total cost of the charters will be? Such inconsistency!

What we will remember are the names of the lost ESPN soldiers


Ashley Brewer – Married to NBA Center Frank Kaminsky who makes some $22M per year.

Vince Carter – Vince Carter played an NBA-record 22 seasons.

Chris Chelios – He took stage at ESPN in the studio. More evidence of massive cuts.

Jordan Cornette –  Staff writer in the studios. He previously worked for Bleacher Report

LaPhonso Ellis – Picked by the Denver Nuggets in 1992 and played in the NBA through 2003.

Neil Everett – The man cracked jokes whether in Bristol or SoCal

Nick Friedel – A Syracuse University voice who covered the Bulls and Warriors.

Jason Fritz – Fitz joined ESPN in 2016, hosting College Football Daily on ESPNU.

Matt Hasselbeck – Former QB had been with ESPN since 2016. His voice was hardly stimulating.

Keyshawn Johnson – A puzzling character in Bristol, he did some too in LA.

Max Kellerman – Diversified, Max went to Columbia. In recent years he has focused on boxing.

Doug Kezirian –  A sports betting insider. Kezirian lives in Las Vegas

Suzy Kolber – This story is a killer. She’s so associated with ESPN’s and so committed. Nasty!

Joon Lee –  Staff writer at ESPN. He previously worked for Bleacher Report

Todd McShay – Works the football draft for ESPN doing so in 2006.

Ron Ninkovich – Played for New Orleans and Miami before flourishing with New England

David Pollack – A former star with the Georgia Bulldogs, became an analyst with ESPN in 2009.

Jalen Rose – He’ll be remembered for his his snappy threads. Not much depth on hoops.

Jeff Van Gundy – This requires deeper investigation

Andre Ward – The Boxing commentator sparkled as a fighter, and later for ESPN.

Steve Young – Led Niners to ’94 S/B Title; Had been with ESPN since 2000.

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.

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