A few days late (I was on vacation, sue me), but here are the highlights from last week’s USL Pro Game of the Week between the Wilmington Hammerheads and Charleston Battery on FOX Soccer.
This week (tomorrow night, actually) we’re in New York as FC New York hosts Antigua Barracuda FC. The game is at 8pm ET on FOX Soccer. I’ll also get to meet one of my fave announcers, Mark Bowers of Barracuda FC, the man behind this video, which has received more than 200,000 views on YouTube.
Those of you too young to remember when there were, basically, two places on television to get more national sports news than could fit in the three-and-a-half minutes your local TV talking head could give you probably have no idea who Nick Charles – who passed away today at age 64 after a bout with bladder cancer – was.
The polished, yet not exactly slick and never smarmy Charles was the co-host of CNN Sports Tonight from 1980 to 1997. Yes, back then, you had a choice – you could watch ESPN’s Sportscenter or watch Nick and Hick (Fred Hickman) and get a lot of the same information and highlights without feeling like you were watching two guys audition for a gig at The Comedy Store. Before YouTube, Twitter and league websites gave you everything you wanted to know when you wanted to know it, we had 11pm Eastern and clicking back and forth during commercials between CNN and ESPN.
I never met Nick Charles, but I’m sure many who knew and worked with him had stories like Keith Olbermann’s. My only story is one of an aspiring sportscaster watching a guy who seemed to just come to work, do his job, present the day’s sports news, write well and have a laugh from time to time. For that, Nick, I say thank you, and Godspeed.
Fifteen years ago today, the Indianapolis Twisters played the first home game in their (brief, two-year) history in the Continental Indoor Soccer League. In front of 5,019 fans (one of the largest crowds they’d ever have), the Twisters nearly pulled out a thrilling win over the Washington Warthogs before falling 7-6 in overtime.
I was the Twisters’ radio announcer (and, later, their media relations guy) for their whole two-year run. It was a lot of fun. Bizarre, but a lot of fun.
Here are highlights from our second USL Pro Game of the Week broadcast on Fox Soccer over the weekend. We had a great atmosphere and pretty exciting game in Orlando between City and the Wilmington Hammerheads.
This week we travel to Wilmington, North Carolina as the Hammerheads take on the Charleston Battery. Game time is 8pm ET on Fox Soccer.
For the first broadcast out of the box, it was fine. We still have some things to work on, as you might expect. This week we’re in Orlando as City takes on (or take on, I can never figure out which) the Wilmington Hammerheads at 7:30 Saturday.
Actually, it was a bit more dramatic than that, as Rochester Rhinos’ goalkeeper Neal Kitson scored this stoppage-time equalizer last Sunday evening to give the Rhinos a 2-2 draw with Antigua Barracuda FC in a USL Pro match.
It’s unlikely Kitson will get on the scoresheet again anytime soon (he’s the first Rochester ‘keeper ever to score), but he’ll be trying to keep the Harrisburg City Islanders off the score sheet when the two teams meet this Saturday at 5:30pm ET on the first telecast of the USL Pro Game of the Week on Fox Soccer.
Former Burnley/Fulham/Portsmouth/Edmonton Drillers goalkeeper Peter Mellor and I will have the call of the game and the rest of the USL Pro schedule on Fox Soccer this season. Tune in Saturday and every weekend between now and the USL Pro Championship Match on September 3.