"I think the biggest mistake anyone can make is trying to be the next someone, and try to mimic or copy someone who is already out there, because you have to produce your own personality and your own sound, and go from there. That is something all great broadcasters have been able to do."
Quotes of the Day Archive
"Christmas Day was special because everybody is watching at home. That's what I loved about Christmas Day because it shined the spotlight on the Lakers, on our team, and we knew that all of the other leagues were at home and millions of people were watching. So it made it a special day to play on Christmas."
-- Magic Johnson
"We are all away from home and if we can’t be with our family, this is probably the closest to a family we will be with. I say I have two families—my immediate family and the men and women I get to work with at CBS Sports, especially the ones I get to travel with for 40-plus weeks a year (with golf)."
-- Lance Barrow
"There's a lot of people out there who follow sports, so if you're going to be an expert, you got to know more than them. You got to know more than the guy who reads every website every morning and who goes home and watches SportsCenter all night. You've got to be better than that. You've got to know more than that, because they're getting their news from you. So whether you're male or female, it's important."
-- Rachel Nichols
"I quit the Knicks so I know what quitting is, I did. I quit. And it's something I regret to this day. I live with it every day and I regret it. And I let my emotions come into it. And I was just emotionally spent. I made a bad decision and I quit."
-- Jeff Van Gundy
"My first job in journalism was as a part-time writer for the New Bedford Standard-Times. As a reward for taking phone calls and covering high school swim meets, I got to cover a Red Sox game. They lost, as they often did in those days, and I asked manager John McNamara why he didn’t use Dwight Evans as a pinch hitter. McNamara asked where I was from, then told me to get the (bad word) out of his office. Being a kid, I walked out."
-- Peter Abraham
"If you're worried about this game or that game, that one game that'll make your demo CD stand on its end, then you're trying too hard and you'll change your approach. I've learned to enjoy the moments as they come. If I love what I do and continue to do it, then hopefully that reward will be there."
-- Neil Solondz
"You have to realize that the game is played by people and not by robots. You have to try to get across in the broadcast the difference in personalities of these players, and that's part of the fun, of course, being in a position where you can pass along that knowledge because you represent the fan."
-- Martin Tyler
"What I think is important to know for anyone in this business is [that] people sort of view you in a static state. For me anyway, you want to be continuously challenged. Professionally, you don't want to coast into the sunset. I am 50. I have a lot more to do and there are other things I want to do that I have not done."
-- Chris Fowler
"I consider what I do on Deadspin to be based in the foundations of journalism, yes, based on the foundations of journalism that I have been trained and that I certainly use when I write for GQ and The New York Times and so on. Certainly, I think the language can be a little looser on the web, but I am held to the same standards and accuracy everyone else is."
-- Will Leitch
"Play-by-play was my first love. I was an eight year old boy with a tape recorder—I think it was a fake one, it didn’t even have batteries in it—pretending to broadcast whatever game, so that was my first love."
-- Tony Reali
"You might not believe it, but there are times when I feel the TV and radio shows demand more of me than those Sunday afternoon games."
-- Boomer Esiason
"Every team isn't interested in the Super Bowl. You have 30 [other] teams with all their fans. The draft process affects all 32 teams. If you want to get to the Super Bowl, these are the days to do it."
-- Mel Kiper Jr.
"In radio, they say, nothing happens until the announcer says it happens."
-- Ernie Harwell
"The way the game is covered has changed just as much as the way the game is played on the ice. The coverage is more in depth. Back when I was playing, [broadcasting from in between the benches] would be unheard of. It just wouldn't happen."
-- Brian Engblom
"Play-by-play is in my blood and I would rather call a game than sit in the stands and watch it."
-- Fred McLeod
"I still tell my wife every year, 'Don't spend any money you think I'm going to make this coming year, because I am fully capable of saying something that can end my career at a moment."
-- Cris Collinsworth
"The Wolves really thought outside the box from a broadcast standpoint. There were many, many, many mornings when I would wake up and say, 'What did we do? What did we say? I’m going to lose my job. What will I tell my wife?' We’d make up fictional characters, dogs unearthing tapes of old Minneapolis Lakers games, all kinds of stuff. But then they got Garnett and they got good … and it became a serious business. We had fun, but it was a different kind of fun."
-- Kevin Harlan
"Then I got into television. I remember they all wore blue jackets. I said, 'I don't have to wear one of those jackets.' So I got into the plaid and everything else. Now I go out and get drapery and everything. I think the kids get a big kick out of it too."
-- Don Cherry
"[The] most exciting fight I have called on HBO was the first meeting between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward. When I stood up to do the post-fight on camera, my stomach muscles were tight and sore from the tension of watching them take their lives into their hands and trade shots."