Sunday, April 9, 2017

Shot chart from CBS Sunday Masters telecast - 2017

I tracked the number of strokes that CBS aired per player during the Sunday round of the Masters. The telecast began at 2pm ET and I counted a total of 430 strokes televised by CBS during regulation. The final putt in regulation was holed at 7:05 which worked out to an average of 1.41 strokes per minute - not only an increase over the rate from the 2016 Masters, but a new record high for all major tournaments I have tracked since 2014.

Note: CBS televised all eight shots from the playoff, but I did not count these in the table in order to provide a fairer comparison to the tracking for other tournaments.

CBS covered 66 regulation strokes from both winner Sergio Garcia (skipping two tap-ins) and runner-up Justin Rose (skipping two layups and a tap-in). Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth were featured next most frequently. Those four players (comprising the final two pairings) accounted for slightly more than half of all televised shots. Early in the telecast, CBS seemed quite consumed with the competition for low amateur honors and wound up devoting a total of 17 strokes to the two amateurs who made the cut.

The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Kevin Chappell who tied for 7th. CBS televised strokes from 27 different players. 13 players were covered for at least 10 shots.

This is the fourth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparion to prior majors, see this summary table which contains links to all shot charts since 2014.

Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown on the telecast):


PlayerShots shownFinishPairing
Sergio Garcia66 (of 68*)11
Justin Rose66 (of 69)21
Rickie Fowler50T112
Jordan Spieth35T112
Charl Schwartzel3134
Paul Casey2566
Charley Hoffman23T223
Thomas Pieters22T45
Adam Scott19T94
Matt Kuchar11T47
Ryan Moore11T93
Phil Mickelson11T2213
Stewart Hagestad10T3618
Fred Couples9T1810
Lee Westwood8T185
Curtis Luck7T4624
Rory McIlroy7T77
Martin Kaymer6T1616
Russell Henley3T1112
Jason Day2T2214
Jon Rahm2T278
Hideki Matsuyama1T1115
Jimmy Walker1T189
William McGirt1T228
Justin Thomas1T2214
Daniel Berger1T2718
Marc Leishman1T4326
Kevin Chappell0T79
others0
total430

* Garcia took 68 "shots" plus one penalty stroke for a score of 69

Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 =  final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rundown of Dick Vitale's college basketball TV partners

This week, ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale is scheduled to call a game with Karl Ravech for the first time. Ravech will become the sixth play-by-play announcer this season to receive a first-ever TV pairing with Dickie V.

After noticing a recent flurry of such first-time pairings, I wondered how many different play-by-play partners have shared the broadcast table with Vitale over the years. So I attempted to compile a list of all play-by-play announcers who have worked with Vitale on college basketball. (Note: I am almost certainly missing some announcers from the early ESPN years as these the hardest to research.)

Vitale called the first college basketball game ever on ESPN back in December 1979 alongside Joe Boyle. Eventually, ESPN paired him regularly with Jim Simpson. In subsequent years, his most common ESPN partners included Mike Patrick, Tim Brando, Brad Nessler, and Dan Shulman. When ABC started carrying college games, he frequently worked with Keith Jackson and later Brent Musburger.

The list is a mix of prestigious broadcasters and lesser-known voices. One interesting name (perhaps surprising to some) is Al Michaels who worked a single time with Vitale (the 1989 Pac-10 championship game on ABC).

I find the pattern intriguing. Starting from the late 1980s, Vitale was acquiring about two new partners per year. Then after 1997, Vitale went without any new partners until 2005 and only picked up three additions to this list from through 2013. However, a few years ago, ESPN installed Jay Bilas as its top analyst to work with Shulman on the highest profile games. This move has resulted in Vitale working with a wide variety of first-time partners in recent seasons (10 since 2014).

Here is the list that my research uncovered (with calendar year of the first such telecast for which I found evidence). Again, note that I am very likely to be missing some names from the first decade.
  1. Joe Boyle - 1979
  2. Jim Simpson - 1980 
  3. Jim Thacker - 1982
  4. Fred White - 1982
  5. Bob Ley - 1983
  6. John Sanders- 1983
  7. Kevin Slaten - 1983
  8. Mike Patrick - 1983
  9. Sam Rosen - 1984
  10. Rich Winter - 1984
  11. Tim Brando - 1985
  12. Jim Kelly - 1986
  13. Andy McWilliams - 1986
  14. Bob Rathbun - 1986
  15. John Saunders - 1987
  16. Keith Jackson - 1987
  17. Gary Bender - 1988
  18. Al Michaels - 1989
  19. Roger Twibell - 1989
  20. Barry Tompkins - 1989
  21. Ron Franklin - 1990
  22. Bob Carpenter - 1990
  23. Wayne Larrivee - 1991
  24. Gary Thorne - 1991
  25. Sean McDonough - 1992
  26. Brent Musburger - 1992
  27. Brad Nessler - 1992
  28. Joel Meyers - 1993
  29. Dave Sims - 1995
  30. Dan Shulman - 1995
  31. Dave Barnett - 1996
  32. Mike Tirico - 1997
  33. Mark Jones - 1997
  34. Dave Pasch - 2005
  35. Dave O'Brien - 2007
  36. Jon Sciambi - 2011
  37. Bob Wischusen - 2014
  38. Rich Hollenburg - 2014
  39. Adam Amin 2015
  40. Rece Davis - 2016
  41. Mike Morgan - 2016
  42. Jason Benetti - 2016
  43. Dave Flemming - 2016
  44. Doug Sherman - 2016
  45. Tom Hart - 2017
  46. Karl Ravech - 2017