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From Len Shapiro: Many thanks and countless memories

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:26:01 EST

As columist Leonard Shapiro signs off after 41 years at The Washington Post, he shares some of his thoughts and memories about his decades in sports.

Daniel Snyder-owned ESPN 980 isn't pulling any punches on the Redskins

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 10:32:01 EST

It's always wildly entertaining to tune to ESPN980 the morning after yet another dismal loss by the Washington Redskins. The angst and venom from talk-show hosts and their angry callers are way off the charts, and Monday morning's reaction to the Redskins' debacle against the New York Giants was ...

Jon Gruden knows 'best' . . . and 'most' and 'greatest'

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:36:00 EST

If Jon Gruden has anything to say about it, representatives for the Pro Football Hall of Fame should be arriving any minute now at the Philadelphia Eagles training complex, the better to measure Michael Vick for his bronze bust. While they're there, Gruden also would probably advise them to check...

Theismann ready to dive right in with NFL Network

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:46:01 EDT

Joe Theismann will make his debut as a game analyst for the NFL Network's Thursday night telecast next week. And almost certainly, he will say on the air that evening what he said out loud this week - that he would not be the least bit surprised to see Rex Grossman starting at quarterback ahead of...

In the NFL, networks should snuff out replays of illegal hits

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:45:01 EDT

Looking for one more way to curb the number of dangerously flagrant helmet-to-helmet hits in the NFL? What about instituting a new rule for the league's television partners, one that would follow a policy the networks have used for years in other major sports.

Al Michaels continues to be the voice of the NFL

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:09:01 EDT

The quality of the assignments, the number of zeroes in his paycheck and the level of recognition in airports and hotel lobbies around the country have all changed exponentially for Al Michaels since he broke in as a radio announcer for a minor league baseball team in Hawaii in the late 1960s.

A love-hate relationship with sports television

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 12:25:00 EDT

We all have our own personal love-hate relationships with sports on radio and television, so every once in a while it's time to air it out and vent over the good, the bad and occasionally ugly.

Secretariat movie has Washington ties

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:19:00 EDT

"Secretariat" hits the big screen nationwide next week, with exposure on smaller screens almost certainly to follow for many years to come. Mark Ciardi, a former University of Maryland baseball player who had a brief fling in the big leagues, also played a major role in making a thoroughly engagi...

Ines Sainz did not deserve abuse from Jets, but professionalism works both ways

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:11:02 EDT

There's probably not a sports journalist on the planet who hasn't been harassed or harangued by an athlete, coach or team owner, usually for something they didn't want to see in print or on the air, but hardly ever for what they happened to be wearing that day.

Ines Sainz did not deserve abuse from Jets, but professionalism works both ways

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:10:01 EDT

There's probably not a sports journalist on the planet who hasn't been harassed or harangued by an athlete, coach or team owner, usually for something they didn't want to see in print or on the air, but hardly ever for what they happened to be wearing that day.

'Mike Shanahan Show' offers little to entertain Washington Redskins fans

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 21:40:01 EDT

Mike Shanahan has provided a glimmer of hope for long-suffering Redskins fans with his no-nonsense, I'm-totally-in-charge approach heading into the season- opening game against Dallas on Sunday night. Judging from the deadly dull debut of his weekly coach's show on Channel 4 last Saturday, that m...

Should Rob Dibble be fired for his comments about Stephen Strasburg?

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 10:30:00 EDT

Should Rob Dibble stay or should he go after his thoroughly inappropriate and totally misguided comments about Stephen Strasburg last week?

Jim Gray handles Corey Pavin situation well on the air, but not off the air

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 22:32:01 EDT

It's been a tough summer for freelance broadcaster Jim Gray. Just when the venom finally seemed to be subsiding over his revolting role in the LeBron James "Decision" fiasco on ESPN, Gray once again found himself a major player in another high profile story last week at the PGA Championship.

When Tiger Woods suffers on the course, golf's TV ratings plunge

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 17:59:00 EDT

Television ratings for golf are dismal when Tiger Woods skips an event or fares poorly. And with his game in rough shape, ratings for the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup could suffer, as well.

Lauded for college football work, ESPN's Pam Ward wants a shot at calling NFL games

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Pam Ward was properly honored earlier this month by the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA), who presented her with the organization's prestigious Jake Wade Award for making an outstanding media contribution in the field of intercollegiate athletics.

Coverage of LeBron James's decision brings ESPN's integrity into question yet again

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 20:40:00 EDT

On assignment covering the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, I must admit I didn't make it back to a television set in time to watch "The Decision" brought to you by LeBron James and ESPN last Thursday night. Still, the more you read and hear about the one-hour not-so-special last Thursday night...

For Paula Creamer, enduring the pain pays off at U.S. Women's Open

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

OAKMONT, PA. -- Paula Creamer came to the Pittsburgh suburbs earlier in the week not knowing how her surgically repaired thumb would react to the rigors of a brutish golf course and the mind-numbing pressure of a U.S. Women's Open.

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While Stephen Strasburg served up strikes, the announcers were all over the place

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 13:00:00 EDT

So now we know the Stephen Strasburg hype clearly was no tripe, despite the occasional wretched excess on the local and national airwaves before, during and after the widely anticipated and stunningly successful major league debut of the Washington Nationals' $15 million rookie pitcher on Tuesday...

Top 10: Dialing up the best in Washington sports radio

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT

With such a great response to our top 10 list of the all-time best Washington lead television sports anchors of the last 40 years, it seems perfectly logical to rile up the readership again with the top 10 local radio sports broadcasters since 1970.

Top five local sports anchors since 1970

Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Complete rankings are at

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Top 10: Washington sports broadcasters well worth the air time

Tue, 25 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT

After 40 years of covering sports in the Washington market, and most of the last 25 writing about sports broadcasting, I'm often asked to offer an opinion on local TV sportscasters I've watched over the last four decades, specifically the best, and occasionally the worst.

Listening to Ernie Harwell, 'you never wanted it to stop'

Thu, 13 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Washington Nationals broadcaster Bob Carpenter still remembers the first time he met Ernie Harwell, the longtime voice of the Detroit Tigers who died last week at the age of 92. Carpenter, then a young play-by-play man doing Texas Rangers games on television, walked up and introduced himself to t...

NBC's Mark Rolfing launches new golf program following 'life-changing' rehab stint

Thu, 06 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

NBC Sports will televise the Players Championship from Ponte Vedra, Fla. for 10 hours this weekend, but there's also an intriguing 30-minute lead-in show to Saturday's golf telecast that deserves some attention, if only because of the stirring comeback story of the man who put it all together.

Washington Capitals broadcasters Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin are in playoff mode

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:30:00 EDT

How can you not love a hockey telecast from Montreal that opens with a goosebump-inducing rendition of "O Canada" in both French and English?

Sports Waves: CBS mostly stuck to game plan for Masters coverage

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

AUGUSTA, GA. -- A few days before the start of the 74th Masters golf tournament, CBS Sports and News President Sean McManus said that his network was "not going to pull any punches" in its coverage of Tiger Woods, who was making his return to golf after a five-month absence in the wake of his now...

At Final Four, coaches' integrity and graduation rates will be swept under rug

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Dick Vitale went off on a mini-rant Monday morning on ESPN radio, railing at the Lords of The Masters at Augusta National for scheduling Tiger Woods's pre-tournament press conference on the same Monday as the NCAA basketball championship game later that night.

Tiger Woods television interviews leave questions unasked, unanswered

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:45:00 EDT

So many questions, and still so few answers. A day later, that was the lingering impression after watching Tiger Woods, as always still in total control mode, made himself available to ESPN and the Golf Channel for a pair of five-minute interviews that were embargoed until 7:30 p.m. Sunday and ai...

NHL not likely to see a bump from Olympic hockey thriller

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:00:00 EST

Let's get something straight: That was no "Miracle on Ice" so many of us watched on NBC this past Sunday, when Team Canada needed overtime to secure the Olympic men's hockey gold medal against a gritty American team. It was simply a magnificent game between two all-star teams of seasoned pros, th...

NBC was right to air footage of luger's death at the Olympics, but once should have been enough

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

It was not exactly the way NBC Sports had planned to come on the air for its first Winter Olympics broadcast from Vancouver, B.C., last Friday night. And it was not exactly what 32.6 million American viewers were expecting to witness as they sat down in front of their television sets for the tele...