Your “Zoinks! I Could Have Sworn The NFL Was On Tonight” Thursday Evening Open Thread

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A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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Gosh darn it, Scoob.

NFL News:

  • The NFL’s taking people’s money:
    • The Seahawks have been fined $100,000 for not properly observing the concussion protocol in Week-10 when Russell got popped in Arizona.
      • coaching & medical staff will have to undergo “remedial training” on the procedures.
    • Marshawn Lynch has been fined $24,309 for yelling at an official after Derek Carr’s fumble Sunday night.
      • This, combined with the one-game suspension he got for bumping an official, has gotten him a “repeat offender” designation.
    • Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph has been fined $18,231 for a horse collar tackle against the Jaguars.
  • Speaking of the Jags, Blakes Bortles is unconcerned with Jadeveon Clowney calling him “trash”.
    • Jacksonville’s fans, however, are having a delightful time with it.

  • The NFL has now declared Gene Steratore’s paper manoeuvre “against protocol”.
    • Al Riveron said. “I will advise them not to use it again. I’ve already done that.”
    • It’s now supposed to be “eyes only”.
  • Good news:
    • Bears TE Zach Miller began walking yesterday, as his physical therapy enters a new stage.
      • Apparently, he still has one more knee surgery scheduled, but he has to build up leg strength first before they can operate.

Better Know A Broadcaster – Bowl Game Edition

With Bowl games on the docket pretty much every night there isn’t NFL action between now & New Year’s, I thought I’d make #content quota by trying to figure out which C-list announcing teams are trying to climb the broadcasting ladder. I will rely on the American commentists to pass judgement on the quality of their work, as most bowl games aren’t shown on Canadian TV, and the Seattle stations only show the majors and games featuring Washington state teams.

The broadcast tandems are courtesy 506sports.com.

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl – Temple vs Florida International

Broadcast team: Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr.

Anish Shroff:

  • Personal stuff:
    • Born in Bloomfield, NJ
    • B.Sc in Broadcast Journalism, Syracuse University (2004)
  • Broadcasting history:
    • 2004 – Was featured on the second season of ESPN reality show Dream Job
      • Was one of the three finalists.
      • Turned that into a job as an anchor, talk show host and play-by-play announcer at WHEN Radio in Syracuse, New York.
    • 2005 – Sports Director at KNDO-TV in Yakima, Washington
    • 2008 – Joined staff at ESPNews
  • Signature play-by-play events:
    • None
    • Has given a TEDx talk about “Ethnic Identity and the Power of Being Undefined”
      • about the cultural issues he faced pursuing his career.

  • Previous bowl games called:
    • 2014 Belk Bowl
    • 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Recent Tweets which show level of commitment to Bowl Game accuracy:

Getting my bad boy mower on before tomorrow's @gasparillabowl

A post shared by Anish Shroff (@anishespn) on

Mike Golic Jr.:

  • Personal stuff:
    • B.FA in Film, Television and Theater
  • Football career?:
    • Yes – O-line
      • College: Notre Dame (2008-12)
        • 2012 – Capital One Academic All-America Football Team
      • Pro: 2013-15
        • signed with Steelers, Saints, Alouettes & Rattlers; never played a regular-season down
  • Broadcasting history:
    • 2016 – present: ESPN nepotism
  • Previous bowl games called:
    • N/A

Recent Tweets which show level of commitment to Bowl Game accuracy:

Prediction:

Ugh. Chucklefuckery of the highest order. Shroff will try and keep it professional, but Golic – based on the limited times I’ve heard him on the radio – will eventually want to BRO DOWN! on his first bowl broadcast and will drag the kid down with him.

Over/under on Golic’s famous references:

  • His dad: +6.5
  • His mom: +4.5
  • Manti Te’o: +2.5

Tonight’s sports:

  • NHL:
    • Blue Jackets at Penguins – 7:00PM | Sportsnet
  • NBA:
    • Raptors at 76ers – 7:00PM | Sportsnet1
    • Celtics at Knicks – 8:00PM | TNT
    • Spurs at Jazz – 10:30PM | TNT / Sportsnet1
  • NCAA:
    • Football:
      • Gasparilla Bowl: Temple vs. Florida International – 8:00PM | ESPN / TSN
    • Men’s basketball:
      • American at Marquette – 7:00PM | FS1
      • Fairleigh Dickinson at Maryland – 7:00PM | ESPNU
      • Connecticut at Arizona – 9:00PM | ESPN2 / TSN4
      • Miami (Ohio) at DePaul – 9:00PM | FS1
      • Kansas at Stanford (in Sacramento) – 11:00PM | ESPN2 / TSN4

Last day of school for me today. TIME TO PUT THE “BEER” IN BEERGUYROB!

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A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.

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Ho.lee. shit. Ice Liouns’ player, Brendan Gaunce, scored his first goal in 95 games. If you are the bar and see Emily Ratajkowski, go for it because weirder shit has happened today.

Gaunce still has a shooting percentage of 0 and has 2 goals. What a legend.

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San Diego State had a big win tonight, but San Diego has had a huge loss. He may have not been my favorite play by play guy at the end of his career, but Dick Enberg has been a part of the Commander household since before I can remember.

It’s another big loss in an already unfathomable year for San Diego sports. I don’t have many that affect me, but this one really hits hard at the worst time. RIP, Dick. I hope you and The Colonel are finally calling a game somewhere special right now.

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