The Professor and the panel of Coutta and Paul Dalligan discuss women’s baseball with special guest, Amy McCann. They talk about how big it is for Genevieve Beacom to pitch an innings for the Melbourne Aces and Rachel Balkovec being appointed the manager of the New York Yankees affiliate, Tampa Tarpons. Coutta reviews week one of the Australian Open and Paul looks at what has happened in the NRL over the Christmas/New Year break.
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12 February 2012 234.1 – Paul Gamble is in the chair hosting this week’s Sportzfan Radio and the Professor, who spent the past week in the U.S. for the NFL Super Bowl, gets to sit back and just be a ‘normal’ member of the Panel. Paul Dalligan and Sportzfan Stan round out the Panel and Paul opens by talking about the ABL Grand Final between Perth Heat and Melbourne Aces. The Professor felt that the Super Bowl was anti-climatic for anyone not a New York Giants fan and was critical of the inaccurate, over-hyped coverage that the Australian news gave to the reports of Gisele Bundchen, wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, abusing fans. He said the post Super Bowl news buzzed with questions of whether the Colts will retain Peyton Manning, their quarterback since 1999, who is worth 23 million if they don’t cut him by the first week in March. Sportzfan Stan’s rant was on the two year suspension handed out bythe Court of Arbitration for Sport to Alberto Contador. He was also stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title after his positive test for the steroid clenbuterol. The Professor said the penalty was a farce as Contador has been competing regardless. The Gelding talks horse racing and Black Caviar’s easy win. He also reports on Danish Rock who is now in Mick Price’s stables at Caulfield and is described as a fit colt running even times. Nick Tedeschi comes on to talk NRL and his 2012 Punter’s Guide to the NRL. He is reserving his opinion on the Bulldogs at the moment. Dalligan’s “Dark Horse” for the year is the Cronulla Sharks.
First stop on the Professor’s USA tour sees me touching down in Denver to visit with Dan Butterly from the Mountain West Conference (our regular Sportzfan Radio contributor) and also take a look at baseball and the New York Mets at Colorado Rockies series played at Coors Field.
The weather has been simply stunning with the sun shining in a cloudless sky and temperatures being in the mid to high 20’s (that’s centigrade) during the day but down to a cool around 5C at night.
After watching game 1 of the series last night (from the Club seats), the Mets were truly unlucky not to have come away with the ‘w’. On two occasions they left bases loaded, managed to strand a total of 10 base runners for the night and were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. You won’t win too many games of baseball with those figures, no matter how good the pitching is.
Mets pitcher Chris Capuano did admirably after escaping from a bases loaded jam in the first to make only one further mistake in the 7th inning allowing a line drive home run to left field by the Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta. In pitching 6 2/3 innings, he allowed only 5 hits and in my opinion did enough for a win if the Mets bats had come through for him.
Unfortunately for the Mets, the usually hitter friendly confines of Coors Field were affected by a swirling cross breeze which reduced two sure home run hits from Jason Bay and David Wright to catches made on the warning track. The Mets certainly lack a quality hitter to take the game by the scruff of the neck. I can only hope that in the final two games of the series, the Mets hitters find some pop and can hit a winning score.
23 January 2011 186.2 – Paul looks at Nathan Tinkler’s offer to buy the Newcastle Knights. He thinks that it will make the Knights stronger. There is also a discussion about Melbourne Storm again being in the news with a fan under threat of being sued over comments posted on social media. Shane Harmon, Communications Director for the Rugby Union World Cup in New Zealand comes on to talk about the World Cup beginning in September. The global TV reach will be greater than 4 billion people over the six weeks of the tournament with 1.5 million attendees at the matches. Mark Fiorenti with a big smile chats about the Socceroos making the semi finals of the Asian Cup with Harry Kewell hitting the winner against Iraq in extra time and now going on to play Uzbekistan in the semis. He also looks at A League and Premier League results. The Panel discusses the shrine to be built to remember Paul the oracle octopus. Mark says FIFA should consider decalring a calamari free Friday as a tribute. Bogus Powerbalance bracelets also come in for examination and Nick believes it says something about the intelligence of our athletes. Nick also comments on the selection of the Australian cricket one day side for the World Cup. He thinks the overlooking of Brad Hodge is astounding and defies logic and belief. Paul reviews the upcoming ABL finals and how the first season has developed. He says it is the best value for your sporting dollar that is going around at the moment. A tweet from a listener provokes a discussion regarding Channel 10 dropping Kelli Underwood from the commentary box to the AFL boundary line for season 2011. Nick says if she is good enough she should be in the commentary box. The Professor feelks she may have been rushed in without serving an apprenticeship calling football at a lower level.
15 January 2011 1.5 – The Professor, Sean Callanan and Daniel Eade see some of the light hearted moments while covering last week’s ABL match between Melbourne Aces and Perth Heat. A player ejection, hand signals and some ‘made up baseball facts’ all come in for close attention by the commentary team.
15 January 2011 1.4 Interviews from last week’s Melbourne Aces v Perth Heat baseball with Daniel Eade going one on one with Aces pitcher, Jeff Jamnik and Sean Callanan getting the lowdown on the ABL from the CEO, Peter Wermuth.
15 January 2011 1.3 The first ever broadcast of a Melbourne Aces match when they took on the Perth Heat from the Showgrounds trying to cement a place in the final four and possibly a top two finish. Hear the Professor, Sean Callanan and Daniel Eade call the middle innings of the match including the Perth Heat catcher Allan De San Miguel getting tossed by the home plate umpire.
15 January 2011 1.2 The first ever broadcast of a Melbourne Aces match when they took on the Perth Heat from the Showgrounds trying to cement a place in the final four and possibly a top two finish. Hear the Professor, Sean Callanan and Daniel Eade call the game. The boys also interview Melbourne Aces pitcher Jeff Jamnik and the CEO of the ABL Peter Wermuth.