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Knicks Don’t Give Tribute In Marv Albert’s Final Game At Garden

“Marc Berman of The New York Post writes that the snub was part of long running bad blood between Albert and Knicks owner James Dolan.”

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Marv Albert called is final game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The broadcast legend turns 80 on June 12, and has announced that he will retire once his play-by-play duties for TNT are over during this year’s NBA Playoffs.

Albert has had a long association with the Garden and the teams that call it home, starting in 1967 when he became the voice of the New York Knicks. In fact, the return to calling games in person for Albert was largely about getting to be in that building one more time. It was special to him. It was special to fans. Apparently though, it was not special to the team. The New York Knicks did not pay tribute to Albert at all during the evening.

Marc Berman of The New York Post writes that the snub was part of long running bad blood between Albert and Knicks owner James Dolan.

Albert chose not to focus on what did not happen. When Berman asked about the lack of a video tribute, Albert responded with compliments on Madison Square Garden’s recent upgrades.

“I didn’t think about it,” the broadcast legend said. “I was amazed how they’ve renovated the Garden and how spectacular it is now.”

The dispute between Dolan and Albert goes back to 2004. It is why Albert decided to leave his role as the voice of the team on MSG Networks. He would go on to call games for the Nets on YES before devoting himself fully to TNT’s national coverage.

Fans will still be able to see and hear Albert on TNT through the end of the Eastern Conference Finals. His history makes it clear though that nothing in his final season will be as sentimental a moment as what he experienced Wednesday. In addition for working for the team for nearly 40 years, over two different stints, Albert is also a Brooklyn native and has a home in Manhattan’s SoHo district.

“It was just wonderful to be in an actual building with live players and crowd,’’ Albert told The Post. “And it brought back a lot of memories for me. It turned out what we hoped for in a telecast. A great game to do, a tremendous night.”

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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