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Robert Griffin III: Calling Games Can Be Painful For Me

“Even though Griffin is having fun calling games, that has not stopped him from continuing to prepare for a possible return to the NFL.”

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While Robert Griffin III has started a new career calling college football games as an analyst for ESPN, that has not stopped him from trying to continue his career as a quarterback in the NFL. 

The seven-year veteran was a guest this week on The Adam Schefter Podcast. The two of them did go back to 2013 and they cleared the air on things Schefter reported back then that Griffin wasn’t a fan of. Here is a clip from the episode where Schefter asks if RGIII would want to return to Washington if the opportunity was there.

Even though Griffin is having fun calling games, that has not stopped him from continuing to prepare for a possible return to the NFL.

“I still want to play…I’m working out 11-12 at night, 1 o’clock in the morning after calling games during the day because really if it means something to you, you find the time to get the work in. Honestly, calling the games is fun because it’s something I never thought I’d get into,” said Griffin. 

During Week 2 of the college football season, Robert Griffin III was on the call with Mark Jones and Quint Kessenich and producer Kim Belton for Houston and Texas Tech. He admitted that while the ability to talk football comes naturally, it isn’t exactly easy for him.

“My second game, I was calling Houston-Texas Tech. I’m sitting there and I text  my wife and I said, man, I miss football so much to the point where you get a little emotional and it was during a break. My crew (Mark Jones, Quint Kessenich, Kim Belton), they are awesome. None of them know because I didn’t say anything. I started to tear up a little bit…It makes you miss the game. For me, it is a little bit different because I know I’m not retired yet. I miss the game because I know I can still play and I want to still play.”

Robert Griffin III mentioned that ESPN does understand he still wants to play and when he auditioned for ESPN and FOX, he did not expect much to come from it other than trying something else to give him more opportunities while he is not playing football. However, after the audition, he realized he had a chance to be good at this.

“It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I’ve definitely loved the experience and those guys have been phenomenal. I try to go around and give them all a fist bump before and after the games because the better we are at vibing together, the better it all comes.” 

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Chris Fallica Leaving ESPN for FOX

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

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A prominent sports betting voice featured on ESPN’s College GameDay will be heading to rival FOX and their Big Noon Kickoff show starting in 2023. According to Awful Announcing, Chris Fallica, affectionately known as “The Bear”, will make his last appearance on GameDay will be this weekend.

Fallica has been with ESPN since 1995. Since 2013, Fallica had been featured on GameDay making betting picks with his patented “Bear’s Board”.

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

Fallica joins Tom Rinaldi as the second former GameDay voice to jump over to FOX and be featured on Big Noon Kickoff.

Both shows have experienced incredible viewership growth this season. For GameDay, there have been several weeks this season that have seen some of the largest audiences in the show’s history.

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Tim Brando Believes Executives Look For Familiarity, Not Great Voices For Announcers

“Executives are going more for people they think they audience knows from having been in the studio. As opposed to man that’s a great voice, that guy really gets it, and his judgement is fantastic.”

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Tim Brando has seen the broadcasting industry has evolved in a lot of ways through the years, but one thing that’s remained constant is how infrequently some of the announcing gigs with major networks open up to younger voices.

That’s mainly because you have veteran talent already occupying those positions with no plans for the immediate future to step aside.

On a recent edition of The Sports Talkers Podcast, FOX Sports broadcaster and host Tim Brando spoke to Stephen Strom about the reality that many broadcasters face.

“Yeah there are a lot more jobs, but there are fewer great jobs,” Brando said. “A lot of guys are getting jobs, but it’s like a dead end.”

But in terms of hiring younger talent for network jobs, he thinks it’s become more about adding faces to broadcast booths rather than voices.

“There’s a tendency I think now in our business to hire more visible and perhaps more popular talent because they’ve been in the studio,” he said. “But they’re not ready to be in the booth. Not everybody can do both well.”

Tim added that there’s a nuance to calling play-by-play versus working studio coverage. Brando said that perhaps it has a lot more to do with young broadcasters bypassing getting their start in radio and going right into TV.

“It seems to me that in some circles anyway in our business, executives are going more for people they think they audience knows from having been in the studio,” he said. “As opposed to man that’s a great voice, that guy really gets it, and his judgement is fantastic.”

Brando did mention some of the younger voices at FOX who have risen to the bigger opportunities in the booth, and how they ultimately worked their way up. He said he’s had the chance to offer advice to a few of them and act as a mentor in a way, because that’s how it was for him breaking into the industry.

“I believe in pouring into the young broadcasters out there, I really do,” he said. “Because Curt Gowdy poured into me. I think there’s a responsibility and a level of accountability for the generation before to help those that are coming up that you really respect.”

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MLB Network Airing 38 Hours of Winter Meetings Coverage

Coverage will begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. with MLB Tonight leading into the announcement of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee’s election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The annual winter meetings for MLB are set to take place in-person for the first time since 2019 next week, and MLB Network is ready to bring viewers all the coverage possible from San Diego.

The network is devoting 38 hours of live programming on-site, with shows like MLB Tonight, Hot Stove, High Heat, MLB Now and Intentional Talk emanating from the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Coverage will begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. with MLB Tonight leading into the announcement of the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee’s election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fans tuning in to MLB Network can expect to see Greg Amsinger, Fran Charles, Brian Kenny, Stephen Nelson, Alanna Rizzo, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Lauren Shehadi and Matt Vasgersian hosting their respective shows throughout the week. Sean Casey, Mark DeRosa, Al Leiter, Cameron Maybin, Kevin Millar, Dan O’Dowd, Steve Phillips and Harold Reynolds will contribute coverage as analysts.

MLB Network will also carry coverage of the inaugural draft lottery from the winter meetings on Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 p.m.

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