?Fox on Clemens
?From a slick pregame highlight reel featuring Subway Series encounters to spirited exchanges between announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, Fox's broadcast last Saturday at Shea Stadium was worthy of the compelling story line on the field. At the start of the broadcast, Buck and McCarver disagreed as to whether or not Mets pitcher Shawn Estes would throw at Clemens. (Buck said Estes had to do it; McCarver said it was too much to ask of Estes as a struggling, first-year Met.) Then, when Estes did throw at Clemens, only to miss his target (the pitch went behind Clemens), McCarver said what many fans were thinking: "Here's a guy in Shawn Estes who can hit a corner of a 17-inch plate but can't hit a 240-pound man." Great stuff.
?Despite the insight that Howard David lent to the Monday Night Football radio booth over the past six years, the news that Marv Albert will be the play-by-play man on Westwood One/ CBS Radio broadcasts of MNF this season is exciting news. Albert's enthusiasm was contagious when he worked football for NBC in the 1980s and also when he was the voice of the New York Giants in the '70s. His teaming with Boomer Esiason and Jim Gray could make MNF the same kind of must-hear radio it was when Jack Buck and Hank Stram called games between '78 and '95.
? Tiger Woods wasn't the only big winner at the 102nd U.S. Open. NBC's Swing-View technology—which gave viewers a slow-motion panoramic look at a player's swing—proved compelling for casual fans as well as hard-core golfers in search of instructional advice. NBC set up 36 cameras behind the 11th tee to produce the multiple angles.