Ernie Johnson may not be the focus of TNT’s Inside the NBA, but he is every bit as important as Kenny, Chuck and Shaq. He also has a unique story to tell about his life as a father. He has been using that story to inspire others for years.
Recently, Alabama football coach Nick Saban invited Johnson to come to Tuscaloosa and speak to his team. Using his son Michael’s relationship with his basketball coach, Johnson told the best college football team in America about his philosophies of making someone else’s day better and being a better human.
The University of Alabama posted highlights of the speech online.
Michael was adopted from an orphanage in Romania. The nurse that handed the child to Johnson’s wife told her that she didn’t want that baby because “he is no good.” He lives with muscular dystrophy. He did not speak until he was 8 years old. Ernie Johnson told the players that his son developed a relationship with his high school’s basketball coach, because the coach recognized how hard Michael worked every single day and was taken by Michael’s desire to say “love you too” before anyone said “I love you to him first.”
The coach ended up putting Michael on the basketball team to teach his players about sacrificing for others and creating a better world for someone else. A moment where fellow players and other students showed their respect for Michael at his high school graduation stuck with Johnson and made him realize how fortunate it was that the coach and the kid met.
Not just the story itself, but seeing it told by Michael’s father had a clear impact on many. That includes Ernie Johnson’s colleagues in the sports media, many of whom took to Twitter to share Johnson’s message and express admiration for him both personally and professionally.
Michael’s is a story that Ernie Johnson has told before. It was the focus of a critically acclaimed segment on ESPN’s E:60 in 2015.
Nick Saban has as much or more clout than any other coach in American sports. The athletic department at the University of Alabama is not shy about spending money. The coach can seemingly pick and choose who comes to talk to his team. The fact that he chose Earnie Johnson is a testament to the power of the message.
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.