? NBC's Underrated Voice
?We Want a Woman
?A Wilting Rose
?The fourth-quarter comeback by the Celtics wasn't the only masterly performance at the Fleet Center last week. NBC play-by-play man Mike Breen proved once again why he's one of the best—and most underrated—voices in the business. Breen conveyed the extraordinary events of the final period without resorting to hyperbole. After the buzzer Breen provided a brief, high-energy end note ("The Boston Celtics with the greatest fourth-quarter comeback in NBA playoff history!") and then did something which network announcers rarely do: He shut up and let the pictures speak for themselves. All postseason Breen's even-keeled play calling has made the hysterical cries of analyst P.J. Carlesimo somewhat tolerable. For this alone Breen deserves an Emmy.
?Sure, ESPN should be congratulated for its upcoming Women and Sports Weekend (June 21-23), which commemorates the 30th anniversary of Title IX. But here's a suggestion that would carry more significance than a weekend of programming: Give one of the network's best and brightest female broadcasters—say, Pam Ward, an anchor and women's college basketball analyst, or Lisa Salters, a reporter who excels on Outside the Lines—the same kind of high-profile daily talk gig that Unscripted host Chris Connelly currently enjoys.
?It's disturbing to see Fox's Chris Rose—a young broadcaster who earned respect as an anchor on the now defunct National Sports Report—get behind the mic for the farcical Celebrity Boxing. Maybe it shouldn't be surprising because in July, Rose began hosting Fox Sports's infantile Best Damn Sports Show, Period. At this rate he'll soon be calling the action on Temptation Island 3.