"There's no substitute for repetition, developing a comfort on camera that hopefully comes across to the audience at home."
Quotes of the Day Archive
"It was the first thing I learned when I started. An old boss said to me, 'Your job is to reflect interest, not to create it.' And what I’ve taken from that is, if you’re not talking about things people are interested in, then they’re going to find someone who is. It’s not any more complicated than that. But if you forget it, you won’t have a show for very long."
-- Mike Greenberg
"I want to do what Oprah has done, I want to do what Barbara Walters has done! I’m well aware of my image. I want you to watch me, I want you to listen. I want you to enjoy me for who I am. I’m standing on the shoulders of women who came before me. If you turn on the television, and you identify with me no matter who or what you are, girl or boy, and I made an impact on you, then my job is done."
-- Cari Champion
"It’s amazing how many times an undergrad will come out of the stands on campus and say, “I’d love to be in your position.” It’s constant. . . . My advice is usually the same, ‘You’ve got to be willing to, one, work hard; two, accept rejection and not take it personally. In life, you get told ‘No’ a lot more often than you get told ‘Yes’, and you’ve got to keep swinging."
-- Doris Burke
"The travel and time spent in hotels and airport terminals is extraordinary. It’s pretty solemn sometimes, because that means I am away from my family and home in Rye so much. But then I realize how lucky I am. I try to tell my children to do what you love to do and find someone who’s willing to pay you to do it. My office is Fenway Park, Allen Field House (University of Kansas), or any remarkable place I go for the broadcasts. I never forget that I get to talk sports and do it for a living."
-- Dave O' Brien
"You can tell by listening to me that I don't have a broadcasting background. The college I went to is called the college of the minor leagues. You listen to Sean McDonough and Syracuse jumps off the screen. You can tell he went to the same school a lot of the great ones went to."
-- Rick Sutcliffe
"Your country is bigger than baseball."
-- Jerry Coleman
"In the grocery store of life, I am working in the candy aisle. The opportunity to get paid to watch sports for a living and then have conversations about the impact of sports in the landscape of life is an opportunity I have always treated as a privilege and not a right and I am thankful for it every day."
-- Cindy Brunson
"There is nothing like a 75-degree Saturday afternoon standing on the football field, watching guys run out with 80,000 people around them. There's something special about the environment in college football."
-- Samantha Ponder
"The lead is the most important part of a sports story. Without an effective lead, readers won't become interested in the content of the story."
-- Scott Reinardy
"The way I've decided to call [games] is as a fan. I think fans want to hear the positive. It doesn't mean you won't point out the bad."
-- Jimmy Cefalo
"Nothing dissects a man in public quite like golf."
-- Brent Musburger
"Of all the bowl games, the one that is by far—by far!—just at a whole different level is the Rose Bowl. It is the holy grail of all the bowl games. It’s like what makes Augusta Augusta, you know?"
-- Kirk Herbstreit
"I don’t do New Year’s resolutions because often times in two weeks they are gone."
-- Lewis Johnson
"[Spring Training is] a good time of year to print out features about players, put them into a file. If we’re going to play a team and there’s an interesting story that might fit when we play that team, you stick it in the file. Anything that looks remotely interesting, you stick it in the file. There's a three-ring binder that I fill."
-- Dan Dickerson
"I thought [hockey] would work [in Nashville] because of how the fans responded to the Titans’ run to the Super Bowl (in 2000) and how the excitement level was absolutely incredible. If this Predators team becomes that good, I could see the same thing happening."
-- Pete Weber
"Things happen in baseball, even if, in theory, it’s something you don’t do. Stats are a tool, but it doesn’t mean that’s how a game is being played at that moment. There’s more than one way to win a game, or have a winning team."
-- Jon Miller
"You must tell the truth, you must be truthful to yourself and the values of the game that got you there."
-- Keith Jackson
"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."
-- Joe Bowen
"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."