What’s likely coming up for Sunday:
Checking our calendars, the National Football League, founded 95 years ago, begins its regular season a few days past Labor Day.
That never gets old.
For TV people. And others who consume it through all kinds of media platforms.
Eventually, we’ll come up with something relevant on that topic.
To that: We did see the New England Patriots made some news this week in the media. The 2015 cheerleading calendar has been reduced from $19.95 to $9.95, and if you buy now, they’ll throw in the 2014 calendar. Since that all ended up pretty nice for the franchise.
The Patriots really are the sexy pick to win again, are we right?
What’s worth posting now:
== ESPN announced today that Jessica Mendoza will be on the “Sunday Night Baseball” package for the rest of the season, including this weekend’s game at St. Louis when the Cardinals face Pittsburgh.
And why not?
You’ve likely read our own endorsements for Mendoza to continue this run as an MLB booth analyst on ESPN broadcasts, and the national momentum continues.
There is this well circulated piece by the New York Times last week and this Q-and-A with SI.com.
As we followed up as well after her Sunday night appearance, we remind all she’s also going to do ESPN is Monday’s Orioles-Yankees game on Labor Day in New York at 10 a.m.
As far as another thing that stuck out from watching last Sunday’s game, here was Mendoza discussing the swing of Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, after he hit the home run that stood up in the 2-0 victory over the Dodgers: “He gets a lot of grief for all the strikeouts he has. A lot of it has to do with his swing because he has a beautiful path that he’s willing to take. You see where he gets his hands in the zone, a middle-in pitch, watch how he gets to barrel on it and see that finish, that long, pretty finish. He’s got the bat speed, the swing. He’s truly going to get better.” Somehow, when she says his swing is “pretty,” it means more.
== Of course, the opening for Mendoza comes after ESPN said Thursday night that Curt Schilling was designated for assignment. Meaning, let go.
ESPN’s statement: “At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.”
Given, much of this may also be directly linked to an
interesting insane constructive combative back-and-forth in progress (unless it has stopped) between Schilling and Dan Levy, writing for AwfulAnnouncing.com. Levy previously wrote about the Mendoza appearance last Sunday and how it affects Schilling, which led to their email exchange: “If enough of us were offended by what Schilling said to warrant a suspension, and his replacement did a good enough job that she is being widely lauded in the role, why would ESPN go back?” Now, it appears, that question has been answered.
== More to listen to about this: