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  1. Conigliaro's Potential

    Diary of a commentator

    By the way, would you pronounce it "SAKK-ar-ee" or "Sa-KAR-ee"? After some Googling and video-watching, it seems as though all of the English-speaking commentators I've heard say the latter, but Sakkari herself (and the Greek TV host I found) say the former; normally I always go with the native...
  2. Conigliaro's Potential

    Diary of a commentator

    Nope: And just as well, given that tip-off was 7:00 p.m. and my last match ended around 7:30. (I am going to reference the Bosnia-Greece game tomorrow, though, given that I'm calling a Sakkari match...)
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    Forty Years Ago Today

    I've done a lot of cool things already as a sports commentator, and I hope there will be many more to come, but getting to call two hockey games on radio from inside the 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid - semifinals and 3rd place game at the 1998 ECAC conference tournament - will always be...
  4. Conigliaro's Potential

    Diary of a commentator

    Well, it's now after 2 a.m., and I've finally finished prepping for my matches tomorrow after another marathon day. In truth, I could have waited until tomorrow morning to do a lot of this, given that my first match almost certainly won't start until at least 3 p.m. (and probably more like 4-5...
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    Mark Cuban vs The World: Whose side are you on?

    Whichever side is right or wrong, seeing the title of an article in The Athletic reference "The Cuban Whistle Crisis" absolutely makes the whole thing worth it.
  6. Conigliaro's Potential

    Diary of a commentator

    It's after 1 a.m. at the end of a hideously long day, so I'll try to keep this quick, but I managed to get through my three matches from Doha today and research all three of the matches I have tomorrow, with the prospect of maybe even eight hours of sleep ahead of me, which sounds glorious. I...
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    Diary of a commentator

    Humorously, I've been asked this evening if I could commentate on the EuroBasket qualifier between Bosnia and Greece on Monday night from the same office in Leeds where I'm doing my tennis work this week. I'm currently scheduled on Monday to call the 2nd, 3rd and 4th matches on a court on which...
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    Will He Still Hate Me? The XFL Game Thread

    I just saw Landry Jones legally throw two forward passes for Dallas on the same play. The first pass was batted back to him by a defender behind the line of scrimmage, so he threw another, and it was caught for a first down - which is completely legal in the XFL, apparently.
  9. Conigliaro's Potential

    Diary of a commentator

    FYI, after a few weeks off (and a family trip to Florida), I'm back in action tomorrow, starting three days in a row of tennis coverage from the WTA event in Doha. Then I'm home for a single day on Wednesday before returning to Leeds on Thursday for a night in which I'll call two quarterfinals...
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    2020 PGA Tour

    Interesting question...should journalists get involved in the stories they're covering? Not that Kostis was a "journalist" in the traditional sense of the word, but Jim Nantz caught holy hell from many quarters for getting involved in the Tiger drop controversy on #15 at Augusta, and if Kostis...
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    2020 Golf Thread

    A lot of 75-year-old men actually manage their way around the course incredibly well, because they know their limitations and how to mitigate their weaknesses. ;)
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    Offseason NFL News and Notes

    Joe Burrow isn't going to pull an Eli and try to not play for the Bengals...is he? https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2020/2/18/21142422/joe-burrow-cincinnati-bengals-carson-palmer
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    Commentator evaluation: Mike Breen

    That would be new Curt Gowdy Award winner and Hall of Fame entrant Mike Breen, of course. Let's get this series back on the road with a commentator who was requested a while ago in another of these threads, and whose work I think will be more polarizing than the award he's just received (or the...
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    2020 Golf Thread

    Thanks, but FWIW, 18 Birdies doesn't appear to be compatible with Wear OS.
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    Diary of a commentator

    Please do let me know if my commentary was used on NHLN, if you would - I've been dying to know whether they use their own announcer(s)or take my world feed!
  16. Conigliaro's Potential

    Diary of a commentator

    Some quick highlights from the Final: View: https://youtu.be/oZjO_-2QV80 View: https://youtu.be/GiSuLxigs_w All four goals scored in the first period - and for the second year in a row, Frolunda wins the final 3-1. Mountfield was just outclassed; it was *incredible* in the arena when they...
  17. Conigliaro's Potential

    Diary of a commentator

    Oh, I should also note that my commentary position tonight is a bit weird. I'm at the back of the arena, close to center ice but beneath what passes for hospitality boxes within the ČPP Arena; if I sit down, behind a table which is at knee height when I'm sitting, a stanchion and another railing...
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    Diary of a commentator

    Anyway, I'm at the arena now, fully 5 hours before going on the air, mainly because I've got nothing else to do and no hotel room to go back to. I went to the morning skate, got a bunch of interviews, wandered a bit around the park at the confluence of the Elbe and Orlice Rivers - if tonight...