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Joe Buck: Everyone Wants To Talk To Me About Field Of Dreams Game

“mentioned that more people talk to him about that event than anything else he has done in his illustrious career.”



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Since he began working at FOX in 1994, Joe Buck has called so many memorable games and events. This month, he had the opportunity to be the play-by-play voice for The Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox that was well-received by many people. 

Buck was a guest on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina and he mentioned that more people talk to him about that event than anything else he has done in his illustrious career.

“I think baseball, FOX, everyone involved, the state of Iowa was proud of that whole experience with the Field of Dreams game. I’ve had more comments on that in the week since than anything I’ve done in a long, long time. I feel like everybody I know in my life, in fact, people I don’t know want to come up to me and tell me how cool that was.”

One of the things that stood out to Buck in Iowa was the amount of equipment that FOX used to produce the game.

“It was the night before the game, getting there to go through the rehearsal and what Kevin Costner wanted to do and seeing the truck compound. It had as much equipment in the truck compound as any US Open I ever did, which had at least 3-4 times more equipment than any Super Bowl I’ve ever done. I said to one of the guys, is FOX paying for all this? It was a big, big production that had a lot of moving parts to it.

“I walked through the scaffolding and bleachers that they had constructed and walked onto that field and saw what it looked like and I was stunned…It was pretty breathtaking to see the extent to which they paid tribute to that movie and how excited the players were and these two teams were to even be there.”

In addition to calling the game, Buck had another role for the event and that was helping Kevin Costner figure out what he wanted to do for the event as Costner trusted Buck to lead him in the right direction.

“He said ‘I don’t want to throw out the first pitch. I want to make this feel cinematic’. I said ‘Well, everyone is piggybacking off your movie. Do what you want. This should be your call’. He was very particular the way he wanted it done and was confiding in me to try to help him get it done. FOX was on board and then getting MLB on board was pretty easy. What you saw was exactly what Kevin Costner wanted to do.” 

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”



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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”



Rich Eisen Show

Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’



First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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