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Mike Breen: I Can’t Sleep After Blown Calls

“I couldn’t sleep the next 2 days. Now, if that was 10 years ago, It probably would’ve been a 2-week grief period.”

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Mike Breen is always known for his signature “bang” call during an NBA game on ESPN or ABC. He always has a good feel for the moment and has had his fair share of great calls. However, he knows sometimes, he isn’t going to get it right every time. 

Breen was a guest on The Old Man and The Three podcast and he was asked by JJ Redick and Tommy Alter what was the worst call he ever had in his illustrious career, The answer he gave was at the end of last year’s playoff game between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics.

“Game 1, Nets-Celtics. It was a fantastic game. It was one of those games and I think I even said it to Tim Corrigan, who was producing, it’s all clicking. The feeling was great. Then, Jayson Tatum hits the shot at the end and I butchered the call as badly as I’ve ever butchered a big call at the end of a game, I couldn’t sleep the next 2 days. Now, if that was 10 years ago, It probably would’ve been a 2-week grief period.

“The reason I was so mad was because the whole crew had just knocked it out of the park and by one second at the very end, I blew the call.”

The reason Breen gets upset when a call like that doesn’t go the way he hoped is that he feels he has a responsibility to the player, the team, and the league to capture the moment correctly.

“When I hear those highlights played back, it’s kind of surreal actually. You want to make sure that you do the moment right for the player or for the team. That’s my goal. Not to have some classic call. You want to do service to that special moment in the NBA. I feel it’s an honor and a privilege to call these games, but I also think it is a responsibility to do those moments right. Hopefully, you get most of them. You are not going to get all of them right, sometimes you blow them. That’s my goal. To be responsible and serve that moment right for the player and the team.”

During the interview, Redick asked Breen what separates a good announcer from a great announcer, which allowed Breen to mention the things he strives to do whenever he is on a broadcast.

“When I’m doing a game, I want the viewer to feel that this guy’s prepared. You can tell he’s prepared. He knows the teams, he knows the players, he knows the league, that’s number one. Number two is that they say he loves the league. You can tell he loves basketball. I think that’s as important as anything.

“Even if you are not so prepared, if you are out there and you go ‘Man, there’s nothing better than watching those two teams go at each other’. The third thing is this guy likes the guy he is working with. I think if you accomplish those three things, you are doing a good job. That’s what I strive for in every game.”

With as many memorable moments as Breen has called over the years, he has had a fair share of blowout games as well. During blowouts, you will sometimes see discussion from the broadcasters on big-picture topics, but Breen tries to make it a point to keep the focus on the game.

“You got to have a fine line. Sometimes the big picture stuff is great, but at the same time you still have to respect what’s out on the floor in front of you and especially the viewers who are watching. At that point, a lot of people who are watching still care about their team and they want to know the 11th guy on the team who is getting a run what you think of him because they have been tweeting that they want him to play more minutes. It’s a balance.

“With Mark [Jackson] and Jeff [Van Gundy], they are great on big picture stuff and most people are. It’s fun to talk about, but you have to still respect the game that’s going on. I sometimes think we get away from that too much and not stick with the game.” 

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Ryan Leaf: Jay Glazer ‘Is a Fraud When it Comes to Anything Mental Health or Wellness Related’

“Phelps is an inspiration but it gives me pause that he muddies his mind with that con man.”

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Swimmer Michael Phelps was a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press this weekend and as he has done before, he talked candidly about the challenges he has had with his mental health and his bouts with depression. He spoke with Kristen Welker and talked about FOX Sports football insider Jay Glazer being his “mental health buddy.” This brought quite the response from former Chargers quarterback and current football analyst Ryan Leaf.

“Jay Glazer and I, we’re both mental health buddies,” Phelps said. “We both struggle, and when we’re both having our bad days, we go through similar ups and downs. And we do similar things when we’re down, if that makes sense. We both had this conversation the other day because when it happens to me, I reach out to him. When it happens to him, he reaches out to me. I have a couple of friendships like that where we’ve kind of been really able to form a bond.”

In response to a social media post about the interview, Leaf held nothing back as he posted his thoughts about Glazer.

“Glazer is a fraud when it comes to anything mental health or wellness related,” Leaf wrote. “He uses it for his benefit and really isn’t invested in any of it unless it benefits him and his brand. Phelps is an inspiration but it gives me pause that he muddies his mind with that con man.”

Leaf has been vocal as well about his struggles with depression, addiction and a suicide attempt. Leaf also spent 32 months in prison when he violated the terms of his probation by breaking into a home to steal prescription drugs.

Back in 2018, a story from the New York Post talked about Leaf and Glazer working together on Glazer’s ‘Merging Vets and Players’ (MVP) initiative.

Glazer, who was recently married and has been on his honeymoon, posted on his X account in response to Phelps’ interview, “Brother, I am so honored to walk this walk with you!!! We save each other my dude!”

Glazer has not yet commented on the post from Leaf. Should he respond, we will update this story.

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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