tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-85051340691123109622021-04-14T16:06:32.100-04:00Classic TV SportsThis blog looks back at classic sports telecasts and announcers (primarily from the mid-1960s to present), provides DVR alerts for upcoming classic programming, and covers other historical aspects of sports media.Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.comBlogger188125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-69833625887528603402020-11-15T21:23:00.002-05:002020-11-15T21:26:32.779-05:00Shot chart from CBS Sunday Masters telecast - 2020Once again, I tracked the number of strokes that <b>CBS</b> televised per player during the Sunday round of the Masters. The telecast began at 10am ET with players grouped in threesomes starting on both nines and the leaders already on the course. I counted a total of 395 televised strokes up through the final putt which worked out to an average of 1.35 strokes per minute. This was way up over the rate from the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2020/09/shot-chart-from-nbc-sunday-us-open.html">2020 US Open</a>, but down slightly from the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2019/04/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-masters.html">2019 Masters</a>.<br /><br />CBS covered the final 63 strokes from winner Dustin Johnson, showing every shot he made once the telecast joined the leaders in progress on hole 2. Sungjae Im was also featured for 63 shots while fellow co-runner-up Cameron Smith was covered for 58 shots. CBS focused primarily on the final two pairings plus Rory McIlroy with those seven players receiving 84% of all televised strokes. <br /><br />The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Corey Conners who tied for 10th. CBS televised strokes from 22 players during the Sunday round with nine golfers getting coverage for at least 11 shots. Regrettably, CBS spent 16 shots on Tiger Woods who was well out of contention (between 11 and 20 strokes behind during each of his televised shots). <br /><br />I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole. The 13th and 18th were featured the most (32 strokes each). CBS didn't show a single stroke from hole #1 as the leaders were on the 2nd hole when the telecast began. Of the remaining holes, #2 was seen fewest at 17 shots.<br /><br /> This is the seventh year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to other majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">the summary table</a> which contains links to all of these charts since 2014. <br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown on the telecast) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:<div><br /><br /></div><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody> <tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr> <tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>63</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr> <tr><td>Sungjae Im</td><td>63</td><td>T2</td><td>1</td></tr> <tr><td>Cameron Smith</td><td>58</td><td>T2</td><td>2</td></tr> <tr><td>Dylan Frittelli</td><td>50</td><td>T5</td><td>2</td></tr> <tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>38</td><td>T5</td><td>4</td></tr> <tr><td>Abraham Ancer</td><td>35</td><td>T13</td><td>1</td></tr> <tr><td>Justin Thomas</td><td>25</td><td>4</td><td>2</td></tr> <tr><td>Tiger Woods</td><td>16</td><td>T38</td><td>8</td></tr> <tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>13</td><td>T7</td><td>4</td></tr> <tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>5</td><td>T7</td><td>3</td></tr> <tr><td>Bryson DeChambeau</td><td>5</td><td>T34</td><td>12</td></tr> <tr><td>Andy Ogletree</td><td>4</td><td>T34</td><td>14</td></tr> <tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>4</td><td>T46</td><td>19</td></tr> <tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>3</td><td>T10</td><td>3</td></tr> <tr><td>Tommy Fleetwood</td><td>3</td><td>T19</td><td>4</td></tr> <tr><td>Sebastian Munoz</td><td>2</td><td>T19</td><td>3</td></tr> <tr><td>Bernhard Langer</td><td>2</td><td>T29</td><td>12</td></tr> <tr><td>Phil Mickelson</td><td>2</td><td>T55</td><td>19</td></tr> <tr><td>CT Pan </td><td>1</td><td>T7</td><td>7</td></tr> <tr><td>Webb Simpson</td><td>1</td><td>T10</td><td>7</td></tr> <tr><td>Hideki Matsuyama</td><td>1</td><td>T13</td><td>5</td></tr> <tr><td>John Augenstein</td><td>1</td><td>T55</td><td>17</td></tr> <tr><td>Corey Conners</td><td>0</td><td>T10</td><td>6</td></tr> <tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td> </td><td> </td></tr> <tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr> <tr><td>total</td><td>395</td><td> </td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody> <tr><td>1</td><td>0</td></tr> <tr><td>2</td><td>17</td></tr> <tr><td>3</td><td>21</td></tr> <tr><td>4</td><td>19</td></tr> <tr><td>5</td><td>22</td></tr> <tr><td>6</td><td>18</td></tr> <tr><td>7</td><td>20</td></tr> <tr><td>8</td><td>22</td></tr> <tr><td>9</td><td>30</td></tr> <tr><td>10</td><td>24</td></tr> <tr><td>11</td><td>24</td></tr> <tr><td>12</td><td>21</td></tr> <tr><td>13</td><td>32</td></tr> <tr><td>14</td><td>22</td></tr> <tr><td>15</td><td>29</td></tr> <tr><td>16</td><td>21</td></tr> <tr><td>17</td><td>21</td></tr> <tr><td>18</td><td>32</td></tr></tbody></table>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-90096141268970009862020-09-20T20:56:00.004-04:002020-09-20T21:01:11.376-04:00Shot chart from NBC Sunday US Open telecast - 2020Once again, I tracked the shots that <b>NBC </b>televised during the Sunday round of the US Open. The final pairing teed off at 1:30pm ET, so I started tracking at 1:00 to provide a reasonable comparison to the other majors I have monitored.<br /><br />I counted 327 shots during the tracking period. This total includes 30 shots that NBC aired on its <b><i>Playing Through</i></b> split screen feature during seven of the commercial breaks. The final putt was holed at 5:59 resulting in a rate of only 1.09 strokes per minute. This was one of the lowest rates since I have been doing this tracking. It was down from the 1.17 shown by <b>Fox</b> during the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2019/06/shot-chart-from-fox-sunday-us-open.html">2019 US Open</a> and way down from the 1.69 by <b>CBS</b> from the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2020/08/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-pga.html">2020 PGA Championship</a>. <br /><br />NBC showed 65 strokes from winner Bryson DeChambeau skipping only tap-ins on the 2nd and 3rd holes. NBC aired 73 from runner-up Matthew Wolff covering all but tap-ins on holes 8 and 13. The top five finishers (all shown 30+ times) received 75% of the televised shots. NBC showed 19 golfers playing strokes during this period with nine players getting coverage for at least 11 shots. The highest finisher not shown during the period was Tony Finau who tied for 8th.<div><br /></div><div>For much of the round, DeChambeau and Wolff were the only ones in serious contention so NBC spent a lot of time showing them preparing for shots and engaging in some caddy-player strategy discussions. Since they were paired together, NBC frequently stayed on the twosome to show both players live rather than being able to bounce around when the top contenders are in different groupings. <br /><div><br /></div>NBC went commercial-free for the final 66 minutes of play, but seemed to show a huge volume of commercials during the rest of the monitoring period.<br /><div><br />I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole during the tracking period. The 1st hole was featured most often (35 strokes) with the 18th shown second most at 30. Hole 3 received the fewest televised shots (12).<br /><br />This is the seventh year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">this summary table</a> which contains links to all shot charts since 2014.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown during the tracking period) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:<br /></div><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody> <tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr> <tr><td>Matthew Wolff</td><td>73 (of 75)</td><td>2</td><td>1</td></tr> <tr><td>Bryson DeChambeau</td><td>65 (of 67)</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr> <tr><td>Louis Oosthuizen</td><td>45</td><td>3</td><td>2</td></tr> <tr><td>Xander Schauffele</td><td>33</td><td>5</td><td>3</td></tr> <tr><td>Harris English</td><td>30</td><td>4</td><td>3</td></tr> <tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>23</td><td>T8</td><td>4</td></tr> <tr><td>Justin Thomas</td><td>13</td><td>T8</td><td>10</td></tr> <tr><td>Zach Johnson</td><td>12</td><td>T8</td><td>4</td></tr> <tr><td>Hideki Matsuyama</td><td>11</td><td>T17</td><td>2</td></tr> <tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>6</td><td>T6</td><td>11</td></tr> <tr><td>Webb Simpson</td><td>4</td><td>T8</td><td>7</td></tr> <tr><td>Viktor Hovland</td><td>2</td><td>T13</td><td>5</td></tr> <tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>2</td><td>T13</td><td>8</td></tr> <tr><td>Joaquin Niemann</td><td>2</td><td>T23</td><td>7</td></tr> <tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>2</td><td>T23</td><td>17</td></tr> <tr><td>Adam Long</td><td>1</td><td>T13</td><td>9</td></tr> <tr><td>Will Zalatoris</td><td>1</td><td>T6</td><td>9</td></tr> <tr><td>Bubba Watson</td><td>1</td><td>T31</td><td>13</td></tr> <tr><td>Daniel Berger</td><td>1</td><td>T34</td><td>16</td></tr> <tr><td>Tony Finau</td><td>0</td><td>T8</td><td>12</td></tr> <tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td> </td><td> </td></tr> <tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr> <tr><td>total</td><td>327</td><td> </td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc. <br /></div><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody> <tr><td>1</td><td>35</td></tr> <tr><td>2</td><td>17</td></tr> <tr><td>3</td><td>12</td></tr> <tr><td>4</td><td>19</td></tr> <tr><td>5</td><td>17</td></tr> <tr><td>6</td><td>16</td></tr> <tr><td>7</td><td>16</td></tr> <tr><td>8</td><td>17</td></tr> <tr><td>9</td><td>19</td></tr> <tr><td>10</td><td>19</td></tr> <tr><td>11</td><td>15</td></tr> <tr><td>12</td><td>21</td></tr> <tr><td>13</td><td>13</td></tr> <tr><td>14</td><td>14</td></tr> <tr><td>15</td><td>14</td></tr> <tr><td>16</td><td>17</td></tr> <tr><td>17</td><td>16</td></tr> <tr><td>18</td><td>30</td></tr></tbody></table>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-37172812815874900762020-08-10T09:02:00.000-04:002020-08-10T09:05:15.265-04:00Shot chart from CBS Sunday PGA Championship telecast - 2020<p>Once again, I tracked the strokes televised by <b>CBS</b> during the Sunday round of the PGA Championship. I started the tracking at 4pm ET and counted 496 televised strokes from the final round. This total includes 33 shots that CBS aired on its <b><i>Eye On The Course</i></b> split screen feature during seven of the commercial breaks. I stopped the tracking when the final group putted out. This resulted in an average of 1.69 strokes per minute which is by far the highest I have ever recorded for any golf major since starting this tracking in 2014. The previous high was 1.41 for the 2017 Masters. For comparison, the 2019 PGA had only 1.14 shots per minute.</p><p>With no paying spectators in attendance, CBS focused on golf rather than fan reactions. With so many players in contention, CBS moved around constantly and showed between 48 and 57 strokes for seven different players. Eleven players received coverage for at least 10 shots. Overall, CBS showed 27 different golfers playing strokes during the tracking period, but 13 of those players only got three shots or fewer. The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Brendan Todd who tied for 17th.</p>I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole. The 18th was featured the most (42 strokes) with the par 5 10th getting 41. The 3rd hole was shown the least (18 televised strokes). <div><br /></div><div>It will be interesting to see the televised shot rates for the upcoming majors which will also be played without fans. </div><div><br /></div><div><div>This is the seventh year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to other majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">the summary table</a> which contains links to all of these charts since 2014. <br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown on the telecast) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:</div><div><br /><br /></div></div><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody> <tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr> <tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>57</td><td> T2</td><td>1</td></tr> <tr><td>Scottie Scheffler</td><td>55</td><td>T4</td><td>1</td></tr> <tr><td>Bryson DeChambeau</td><td>54</td><td>T4</td><td>4</td></tr> <tr><td>Collin Morikawa</td><td>52</td><td>1</td><td>2</td></tr> <tr><td>Tony Finau</td><td>52</td><td>T4</td><td>4</td></tr> <tr><td>Paul Casey</td><td>49</td><td>T2</td><td>3</td></tr> <tr><td>Cameron Champ</td><td>48</td><td>T10</td><td>2</td></tr> <tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>33</td><td>T4</td><td>5</td></tr> <tr><td>Matthew Wolff</td><td>23</td><td>T4</td><td>8</td></tr> <tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>17</td><td>T29</td><td>3</td></tr> <tr><td>Justin Rose</td><td>10</td><td>9</td><td>5</td></tr> <tr><td>Xander Schauffele</td><td>8</td><td>T10</td><td>8</td></tr> <tr><td>Justin Thomas</td><td>7</td><td>T37</td><td>18</td></tr> <tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>7</td><td>T33</td><td>24</td></tr> <tr><td>Harold Varner III</td><td>3</td><td>T29</td><td>13</td></tr> <tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>3</td><td>T13</td><td>13</td></tr> <tr><td>Daniel Berger</td><td>3</td><td>T13</td><td>6</td></tr> <tr><td>Tommy Fleetwood</td><td>2</td><td>T29</td><td>6</td></tr> <tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>2</td><td>T13</td><td>12</td></tr> <tr><td>Haotong Li</td><td>2</td><td>T17</td><td>9</td></tr> <tr><td>Denny McCarthy</td><td>2</td><td>T58</td><td>20</td></tr> <tr><td>Mike Lorenzo-Vera</td><td>2</td><td>T43</td><td>10</td></tr> <tr><td>Adam Scott</td><td>1</td><td>T22</td><td>17</td></tr> <tr><td>Joel Dahmen</td><td>1</td><td>T10</td><td>7</td></tr> <tr><td>Si Woo Kim</td><td>1</td><td>T13</td><td>7</td></tr> <tr><td>Harris English</td><td>1</td><td>T19</td><td>18</td></tr> <tr><td>Lanto Griffin</td><td>1</td><td>T19</td><td>14</td></tr> <tr><td>Brendan Todd</td><td>0</td><td>T17</td><td>15</td></tr> <tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td> </td><td> </td></tr> <tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr> <tr><td>total</td><td>496</td><td> </td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc. <br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody> <tr><td>1</td><td>34</td></tr> <tr><td>2</td><td>23</td></tr> <tr><td>3</td><td>18</td></tr> <tr><td>4</td><td>26</td></tr> <tr><td>5</td><td>26</td></tr> <tr><td>6</td><td>22</td></tr> <tr><td>7</td><td>28</td></tr> <tr><td>8</td><td>19</td></tr> <tr><td>9</td><td>29</td></tr> <tr><td>10</td><td>41</td></tr> <tr><td>11</td><td>25</td></tr> <tr><td>12</td><td>33</td></tr> <tr><td>13</td><td>32</td></tr> <tr><td>14</td><td>26</td></tr> <tr><td>15</td><td>21</td></tr> <tr><td>16</td><td>29</td></tr> <tr><td>17</td><td>22</td></tr> <tr><td>18</td><td>42</td></tr></tbody></table>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-7553904777057848022019-12-05T14:51:00.002-05:002019-12-05T14:51:41.153-05:00The first college basketball game on ESPN was not the often cited Dick Vitale debut40 years ago today, <b>Dick Vitale</b> made his debut on <b>ESPN</b> as the analyst on the 12/5/1979 Wisconsin @ DePaul game with <b>Joe Boyle</b> on play-by-play. Over the years, many sources have cited this as the first-ever college basketball telecast on ESPN which was launched three months earlier. But was it really the first?<br /><br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iYeDyonjDJ8/Xek2Y5mTg-I/AAAAAAAAI7A/s3DmnXUHKigFGzoQmbSPB55ak60X3kWWgCNcBGAsYHQ/s1600/boyle_vitale_1502901992.jpeg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" data-original-height="352" data-original-width="475" height="237" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iYeDyonjDJ8/Xek2Y5mTg-I/AAAAAAAAI7A/s3DmnXUHKigFGzoQmbSPB55ak60X3kWWgCNcBGAsYHQ/s320/boyle_vitale_1502901992.jpeg" width="320" /></a> <br /><br />For example, a <a href="https://www.heraldtribune.com/sports/20181029/column-vitale-40-years-at-espn-and-book">Sarasota Herald Tribune article from 2018</a> stated: <br /><blockquote>On December 5, 1979, ESPN broadcast its first college basketball game, DePaul versus Wisconsin, and Vitale, fired a month earlier as head coach of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, provided the color.</blockquote>A <a href="https://detroittitans.com/sports/2008/11/11/GEN_1111084603.aspx">story on the Detroit Titans official site</a> discussing the court named after Vitale said: <br /><blockquote>Vitale sat courtside for ESPN’s first-ever NCAA basketball game – Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979</blockquote>Even <a href="https://dickvitaleonline.com/about/dickie-v-biography">the bio on Vitale's own website</a> makes this incorrect claim: <br /><blockquote>Vitale called ESPN’s first-ever NCAA basketball game – Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979 (a 90-77 DePaul win)</blockquote>I have to admit that this blog relied on such sources and <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2012/12/the-1979-debut-of-dick-vitale-as-espn.html">made the same claim in 2012</a>.<br /><br />However, the Vitale TV debut was <b><i>not</i></b> the first college basketball game on ESPN. I found a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/1979/12/03/archives/cable-tv-for-sports-junkies.html">12/3/1979 article from the New York Times archives which </a> reviewed some of the programming from the prior weekend on the new cable network and showed that ESPN televised at least five college basketball contests before the 12/5 Vitale appearance:<br /><p style="margin-left: 10px"><b>11/30</b></p><p style="margin-left: 20px">St. John's vs Oral Roberts <br />Michigan St. vs Princeton (this was a semifinal doubleheader from the Joe Lapchick Memorial Tournament) </p><p style="margin-left: 10px"><b>12/1</b></p><p style="margin-left: 20px">Valparaiso @ Notre Dame <br />St. John's vs Michigan St. (Lapchick Tournament final) <br />Yale @ Connecticut </p>Some references to the Wisconsin @ DePaul game claim that it was the first "major" college basketball telecast on ESPN. Here <a href="https://espnpressroom.com/us/bios/vitale_dick/">is an ESPN bio of Vitale</a> <br /><blockquote>Vitale called ESPN’s first-ever major NCAA basketball game—Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979</blockquote>However, the 12/1 Lapchick Tournament title game featured #16 ranked St. John's against reigning national champion Michigan St., so that claim of first "major" seems faulty. <br />I also found <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=7KidBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT6#v=onepage&q&f=false">an interestingly worded reference</a> in the 2015 book <b><i>Every Town is a Sports Town</i></b> by former ESPN president George Bodenheimer: <br /><blockquote>Dick Vitale did the very first national basketball game that ever aired on ESPN (a DePaul victory over Wisconsin).</blockquote>I'm not sure what to make of the "national" qualifier on this statement as I believe all ESPN programming at that time was "national" (at least across the subset of cable system that actually carried the network at that time). <br /><br />According to my research, the only college basketball game during the 1979-80 season which took place prior to 11/30 was the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic which was televised by <b>TVS</b>. So that fact combined with the above NY Times article appears to confirm that the St. John's vs Oral Roberts matchup (which opened the Lapchick doubleheader) was the first-ever ESPN college basketball telecast.Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-58019440455150984332019-07-21T20:56:00.000-04:002019-07-21T20:56:47.630-04:00Shot chart from NBC Sunday Open Championship telecast - 2019I tracked the strokes televised by <b>NBC</b> during the Sunday round of the Open Championship. I started tracking at 8am ET to provide a comparable time period to the other majors I have tracked. NBC televised 389 strokes during the tracking period. This total includes 46 shots that NBC aired as part of its <b><i>Playing Through</i></b> feature during 13 of the commercial breaks. The last putt dropped at 1:09pm resulting in a rate of 1.26 strokes per minute which was down slightly from the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2018/07/shot-chart-from-nbc-sunday-open.html">2018 Open</a>, but was up over the previous two 2019 majors.<br /><br />NBC showed strokes from 23 different players during the tracking period with eight golfers being covered for at least 23 strokes. Those eight accounted for 85% of the televised shots. NBC televised every stroke from winner Shane Lowry and all but one from runner-up Tommy Fleetwood (skipping only a tap-in on hole 11). That final pairing accounted for 45% of all televised strokes. Third place finisher Tony Finau was only covered for eight strokes. The highest finisher not shown during this period was Robert MacIntyre who was part of a tie for 6th.<br /><br />I also counted the number of televised strokes by hole during the tracking period. Hole #1 (43 strokes) was featured most frequently by far as no other hole received more than 27 shots. On the flipside, the 15th hole was covered for just 10 televised srokes.<br /><br />This is the sixth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">this summary table</a> which contains links to all of my shot charts since 2014.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown during the tracking period) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown: <br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Tommy Fleetwood</td><td>73 (of 74)</td><td>2</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Shane Lowry</td><td>72 (of 72)</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>41</td><td>T4</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Rickie Fowler</td><td>38</td><td>T6</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Thomas</td><td>28</td><td>T11</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td>Lee Westwood</td><td>27</td><td>T4</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>26</td><td>T20</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>JB Holmes</td><td>23</td><td>T67</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>10</td><td>T11</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Danny Willett</td><td>9</td><td>T6</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Henrik Stenson</td><td>9</td><td>T20</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Tony Finau</td><td>8</td><td>3</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Rose</td><td>8</td><td>T20</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>3</td><td>10</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Kuchar</td><td>3</td><td>T41</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Matthew Fitzpatrick</td><td>2</td><td>T20</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>Stewart Cink</td><td>2</td><td>T20</td><td>25</td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>2</td><td>T51</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>Tyrell Hatton</td><td>1</td><td>T6</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>Ryan Fox</td><td>1</td><td>T16</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>Ernie Els</td><td>1</td><td>T32</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>Dylan Frittelli</td><td>1</td><td>T32</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Mikko Korhonen</td><td>1</td><td>T63</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>Robert MacIntyre</td><td>0</td><td>T6</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>389</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc. <br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>1</td><td>43</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>27</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>27</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>25</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>26</td></tr></tbody></table>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-41472815538900785672019-06-16T23:17:00.001-04:002019-06-16T23:17:23.289-04:00Shot chart from Fox Sunday US Open telecast - 2019Once again, I tracked the shots that <b>Fox </b>televised during the Sunday round of the US Open. The final pairing teed off at 5:30pm ET, so I started tracking at 5:00 to provide a reasonable comparison to the other majors I have monitored.<br /><br />I counted 317 shots during the tracking period. The final putt was holed at 9:31 resulting in a rate of 1.17 strokes per minute. This was down from the 1.24 shown by Fox during the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2018/06/shot-chart-from-fox-sunday-us-open.html">2018 US Open</a>.<br /><br />Fox showed 68 strokes from winner Gary Woodland skipping only a tap-in on #13. Fox aired 66 from runner-up Brooks Koepka, covering all but tap-ins on holes 7 and 16. Justin Rose had the most televised strokes (70). That trio accounted for 64 percent of all the televised shots during the tracking period. Fox showed 21 golfers playing strokes during this period with seven players getting coverage for at least 10 shots. The highest finishers not shown during the period were Matthew Fitzpatrick and Danny Willett who were part of the tie for 12th.<br /><div><br /></div>Fox went commercial-free for the final 49 minutes of play.<br /><div><br />I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole during the tracking period. The 18th was featured most often (34 strokes) by a sizable margin. Hole 3 received the fewest televised shots (11).<br /><br />This is the sixth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">this summary table</a> which contains links to all shot charts since 2014.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown during the tracking period) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:<br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Justin Rose</td><td>70 (of 74)</td><td>T3</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Gary Woodland</td><td>68 (of 69)</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>66 (of 68)</td><td>2</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Louis Oosthuizen</td><td>28</td><td>T7</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>21</td><td>T9</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Xander Schauffele</td><td>11</td><td>T3</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Adam Scott</td><td>10</td><td>T7</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Chez Reavie</td><td>8</td><td>T3</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Viktor Hovland</td><td>7</td><td>T12</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>Tiger Woods</td><td>5</td><td>T21</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>4</td><td>T3</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>4</td><td>T35</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Henrik Stenson</td><td>3</td><td>T9</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Kuchar</td><td>2</td><td>T16</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Graeme McDowell</td><td>2</td><td>T16</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Francesco Molinari</td><td>2</td><td>T16</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>2</td><td>T65</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>Chesson Hadley</td><td>1</td><td>T9</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Wallace</td><td>1</td><td>T12</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>1</td><td>T32</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>Brandon Wu</td><td>1</td><td>T35</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Fitzpatrick/Willett</td><td>0</td><td>T12</td><td></td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>317</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc. <br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>1</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>34</td></tr></tbody></table></div>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-25084371971220873522019-05-19T20:33:00.000-04:002019-05-19T20:33:29.326-04:00Shot chart from CBS Sunday PGA Championship telecast - 2019I tracked the strokes televised by <b>CBS</b> during the Sunday round of the PGA Championship. I counted 321 televised strokes from the 4th round. This total includes nine shots that CBS aired on its <b><i>Eye On The Course</i></b> split screen feature during four of the commercial breaks. This resulted in an average of 1.14 strokes per minute which was much lower than the 2017 PGA, but the same rate as the 2016 telecast.<br /><br />CBS televised 73 strokes by winner Brooks Koepka, skipping only a tap-in putt on hole 7. The network aired 67 strokes from runner-up Dustin Johnson, bypassing his tap-ins on the first two holes. Jazz Janewottananond received the next most frequent coverage (39 strokes) but was not shown after hole 13.<br /><br />Nine players received coverage for at least 10 shots. Late in the round with so few players in contention, CBS shifted into a mode of primarily showing just Koepka and DJ. Overall, CBS showed 20 different golfers playing strokes, but eight of these were for a single shot. The highest finishers not shown at all by CBS were four of the six players who tied for 8th (Matt Kuchar, Shane Lowry, Adam Scott, and Gary Woodland).<br /><br />I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole. The 12th was featured the most (25 strokes) with holes 3 and 11 receiving coverage for 24 shots each. CBS devoted the fewest televised strokes to the 14th and 16th holes (only 10 shots each).<br /><br />CBS made a very questionable decision to interview DJ while Koepka was hitting an important layup shot on the 18th from what appeared to be a tricky lie. CBS also made a blunder after the final group completed hole 5 when it displayed a scorecard graphic for Harold Varner III showing him making a bogey on hole 6 (which he had not yet started!) and showing his overall score at E when he was still at -1. <b>Jim Nantz</b>, apparently reading from the incorrect graphic, rattled off Varner's run of poor scores including the phantom score from the 6th hole.<br /><br />This is the sixth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to other majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">the summary table</a> which contains links to all of these charts since 2014. (Note: I was busy during the Sunday round of the 2018 PGA and never compiled that chart, but I have a DVR copy of that telecast and may get to it eventually.)<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finishers not shown on the telecast) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:<br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>73</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>67</td><td>2</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Jazz Janewattananond</td><td>39</td><td>T14</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Harold Varner III</td><td>34</td><td>T36</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Wallace</td><td>23</td><td>T3</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>22</td><td>T3</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Hideki Matsuyama</td><td>17</td><td>T16</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Cantlay</td><td>16</td><td>T3</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>10</td><td>T8</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>Luke List</td><td>6</td><td>6</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>3</td><td>T23</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Rickie Fowler</td><td>3</td><td>T36</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Sung Kang</td><td>1</td><td>7</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Erik Van Rooyen</td><td>1</td><td>T8</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Lucas Bjerregaard</td><td>1</td><td>T16</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Lucas Glover</td><td>1</td><td>T16</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Webb Simpson</td><td>1</td><td>T29</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>Kiradech Aphinbarnrat</td><td>1</td><td>T41</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>Francesco Molinari</td><td>1</td><td>T48</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>Zach Johnson</td><td>1</td><td>T54</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>Kuchar/Lowry/Scott/Woodland</td><td>0</td><td>T8</td><td></td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>321</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><span style="font-family: "times new roman";">Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.</span><br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>1</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>25</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>21</td></tr></tbody></table>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-55054560762775044332019-04-14T21:26:00.001-04:002019-04-14T21:26:51.528-04:00Shot chart from CBS Sunday Masters telecast - 2019For the sixth time, I tracked the number of strokes that <b>CBS</b> televised per player during the Sunday round of the Masters. The telecast began at 9am ET (after tee times were moved earlier to beat the storms) with players grouped in threesomes. I counted a total of 450 televised strokes. The final putt dropped at 2:27 resulting in an average of 1.38 strokes per minute which was slightly less than the rate <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2018/04/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-masters.html">of the 2018 Masters</a><span id="goog_371923248"></span><a href="https://www.blogger.com/"></a><span id="goog_371923249"></span>, but still the third highest of all major tournaments I have tracked since 2014.<br /><br />CBS covered 69 of the 70 strokes from winner Tiger Woods (skipping only a tap-in putt on hole #1). Francesco Molinari actually received coverage for 70 shots. His final score of 74 included two penalty strokes, so CBS only bypassed two of his shots (a layup on 15 and his tee shot on 17). Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau were spotlighted for 59 shots each. Those four players accounted for 57% of the televised shots.<br /><br />The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Aaron Wise who finished 17th. CBS televised strokes from 26 players during the Sunday round and 11 golfers were covered for at least 10 shots.<br /><br />I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole. Once again, the 18th was featured the most (38 strokes). Hole #5 was featured second most often (33 strokes) while the 14th hole received the fewest televised strokes as CBS only aired 14 shots there.<br /><br />This is the sixth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">this summary table</a> which contains links to all shot charts since 2014.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown on the telecast) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:<br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Francesco Molinari</td><td>70 (of 72*)</td><td>T5</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Tiger Woods</td><td>69 (of 70)</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>59</td><td>T2</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Tony Finau</td><td>59</td><td>T5</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Xander Schauffele</td><td>36</td><td>T2</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Ian Poulter</td><td>28</td><td>T12</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Cantlay</td><td>24</td><td>T9</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Webb Simpson</td><td>14</td><td>T5</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Rickie Fowler</td><td>12</td><td>T9</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>10</td><td>T2</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>10</td><td>T5</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Phil Mickelson</td><td>8</td><td>T18</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>7</td><td>T9</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Kuchar</td><td>7</td><td>T12</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Bubba Watson</td><td>7</td><td>T12</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>7</td><td>T21</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Alvaro Ortiz</td><td>4</td><td>T36</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Harding</td><td>3</td><td>T12</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Thomas</td><td>3</td><td>T12</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>3</td><td>T21</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>Louis Oosthuizen</td><td>3</td><td>T29</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Viktor Hovland</td><td>3</td><td>T32</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>Thorbjorn Olesen</td><td>1</td><td>T21</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Bryson DeChambeau</td><td>1</td><td>T29</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>1</td><td>T36</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>Alex Noren</td><td>1</td><td>T62</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>Aaron Wise</td><td>0</td><td>17</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>450</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />* Molinari took 72 "shots" plus two penalty strokes for a score of 74 <br /><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc. <br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>1</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>29</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>33</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>27</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>28</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>31</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>26</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>31</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>38</td></tr></tbody></table>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-48105481036414134992019-01-10T20:32:00.000-05:002019-01-15T20:18:23.128-05:00Unusual Fox announcer assignment for NFL playoffs (not seen since 1980)The network which has the late Sunday afternoon window on NFL Divisional Playoff weekend almost always sends its #1 announcer crew to that game. This time slot traditionally obtains the highest ratings of any NFL playoff weekend and networks typically assign their top broadcast team to the game expected to draw the best TV rating.<br /><br />However, this weekend, <b>Fox</b> has the late Sunday slot (Eagles-Saints), but is not using its #1 team of <b>Joe Buck</b> and <b>Troy Aikman</b> on that game. Instead, Fox is sending its #2 announcer team of <b>Kevin Burkhardt</b> and <b>Charles Davis</b> to New Orleans. Fox is using Buck and Aikman on the Saturday prime time Cowboys-Rams game despite the fact that Eagles-Saints will almost certainly garner a much higher rating due to its favorable time slot.<br /><br />The last time a network which had the late Sunday afternoon window chose to send its top announcers to a different divisional playoff game was during the 1980 playoffs when <b>CBS </b>sent its #1 team of <b>Pat Summerall</b> and <b>Tom Brookshier</b> to call the early Saturday Vikings-Eagles game and assigned the #2 crew of <b>Vin Scully</b> and <b>George Allen</b> to the late Sunday Cowboys-Falcons matchup.<br /><br />So the Fox announcer assignments for this weekend represent a situation that hasn't happened in 38 years - and has only occurred three previous times since the 1970 merger.<br /><br />Here is a summary of the rare cases where a network which had the late Sunday divisional playoff window sent its #1 announcer crew to a different game (all years refer to the NFL season, even when the playoff games were played in January):<br /><br /><b>2018</b> - Fox - described above<br /><br /><b>1980</b> - CBS - described above<br /><br /><b>1978</b> - CBS - #1 team of Summerall and Brookshier called Falcons-Cowboys (late Saturday)<br /> #2 team of Scully, Allen, and <b>Jim Brown</b> called Vikings-Rams (late Sunday)<br /><br /><b>1972</b> - <b>NBC</b> - #1 team of <b>Curt Gowdy</b> and <b>Al Derogatis</b> called Raiders-Steelers "immaculate reception" (early Saturday)<br /> <b> </b>#2 team of<b> Jim Simpson</b> and <b>Kyle Rote</b> called Browns-Dolphins (late Sunday)Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-37490615270633084882018-07-22T20:29:00.000-04:002018-07-22T20:29:14.047-04:00Shot chart from NBC Sunday Open Championship telecast - 2018I monitored the strokes televised by <b>NBC</b> during the final round of the Open Championship. I started tracking at 9am ET to provide a comparable time period to the other majors I have tracked. NBC televised 383 strokes during the tracking period. This total includes 30 shots that NBC aired as part of its <b><i>Playing Through</i></b> feature during 10 of the commercial breaks. With the final putt dropping at 1:57pm, the rate worked out to 1.29 strokes per minute.<br /><br />NBC showed strokes from 21 different players during the tracking period with seven golfers being covered for at least 22 strokes. Those seven accounted for 84% of the televised shots. NBC televised 45 strokes from winner Francesco Molinari which was only the fourth highest total. NBC devoted air time to 65 strokes from Tiger Woods and spotlighted the final pairing of Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele for 58 and 55 shots respectively. The highest finishers not shown during this period were three of the players who were part of a tie for 12th.<br /><br />I also recorded the number of televised strokes by hole during the tracking period. The 18th was featured most frequently (39 strokes) followed by hole #1 (35 shots). On the other extreme, the 9th hole received only nine televised shots.<br /><br />This is the fifth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">this summary table</a> which contains links to all such shot charts since 2014.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finishers not shown during the tracking period) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:<br /><div></div><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Tiger Woods</td><td>65 (of 71)</td><td>T6</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>58</td><td>T9</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Xander Schauffele</td><td>55</td><td>T2</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Francesco Molinari</td><td>45</td><td>1</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Kevin Kisner</td><td>40</td><td>T2</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>35</td><td>T2</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Kevin Chappell</td><td>22</td><td>T6</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Tommy Fleetwood</td><td>10</td><td>T12</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Rose</td><td>9</td><td>T2</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Kuchar</td><td>7</td><td>T9</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Phil Mickelson</td><td>7</td><td>T24</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>Eddie Pepperell</td><td>5</td><td>T6</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>Tony Finau</td><td>4</td><td>T9</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Webb Simpson</td><td>4</td><td>T12</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Alex Noren</td><td>4</td><td>T17</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Zach Johnson</td><td>4</td><td>T17</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Erik Van Rooyen</td><td>4</td><td>T17</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>2</td><td>T17</td><td>27</td></tr><tr><td>Bernhard Langer</td><td>1</td><td>T24</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>Julian Suri</td><td>1</td><td>T28</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>Sean Crocker</td><td>1</td><td>T47</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Cantlay/Moore/Olesen</td><td>0</td><td>T12</td><td></td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>383</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc. <br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>1</td><td>35</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>26</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>25</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>39</td></tr></tbody></table>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-7337389857735516542018-06-17T20:37:00.002-04:002018-06-18T10:07:48.672-04:00Shot chart from Fox Sunday US Open telecast - 2018I tracked the shots televised by <b>Fox</b> during the Sunday round of the US Open. The final pairing teed off at 2:24pm ET, so I started the tracking at 2:00 to provide a fair comparison to the other majors I have monitored.<br /><br />Fox showed 345 shots during the tracking period. Play concluded at 6:39 which worked out to a rate of 1.24 strokes per minute. This was down from the 1.30 shown by Fox during the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2017/06/shot-chart-from-fox-sunday-us-open.html">2017 US Open</a>.<br /><br />Fox showed 65 strokes from Dustin Johnson and 64 by winner Brooks Koepka. Patrick Reed was featured for 58 strokes. The final pairing of Tony Finau and Daniel Berger checked in at 44 and 29 respectively. Runner-up Tommy Fleetwood (who was already on the 10th hole when the tracking period started) was covered for 25. Fox showed only 18 golfers playing strokes during this period with eight players getting coverage for at least 12 shots. The highest finisher not shown during the period was Zach Johnson who tied for 12th.<br /><br />A few notes on the TV coverage:<br /><br /><ul><li>Fox went commercial-free for the final 52 minutes of play.</li><li>I noticed two different occasions when the Fox on-screen scoreboard gave away a result of a shot that Fox was about to show. With D Johnson facing a rather short par putt on 7, Fox cut to show Fleetwood at 18. While there, the on-screen leaderboard updated to show Johnson dropping a shot on 7 and sliding down the board. Then Fox cut back to 7 and aired Johnson missing the putt. Similarly, Fox showed Fitzpatrick's approach to 18, but before it went back there to televise his birdie putt, the on-screen scroll showed Fitzpatrick's final score, again giving away the result.</li><li>When D Johnson was hitting a layup shot on 16, Fox was showing Koepka standing in the fairway. You could hear the club strike the ball and then a camera picked up the ball and showed it land. I chose to count this as a televised stroke.</li></ul><br />I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole during the tracking period. The 18th was featured the most (39 strokes) by a wide margin. Hole 7 received the fewest televised shots (12).<br /><br />This is the fifth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">this summary table</a> which contains links to all shot charts since 2014.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown during the tracking period) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:<br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>65 (of 70)</td><td>3</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>64 (of 68)</td><td>1</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>58</td><td>4</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Tony Finau</td><td>44</td><td>5</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Daniel Berger</td><td>29</td><td>T6</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Tommy Fleetwood</td><td>25</td><td>2</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Rose</td><td>20</td><td>T10</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Henrik Stenson</td><td>12</td><td>T6</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Matthew Fitzpatrick</td><td>9</td><td>T12</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td>Webb Simpson</td><td>6</td><td>T10</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Kiradech Aphinbarnrat</td><td>3</td><td>15</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Xander Schauffele</td><td>3</td><td>T6</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Parziale</td><td>2</td><td>T48</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>Tyrell Hatton</td><td>1</td><td>T6</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Russell Knox</td><td>1</td><td>T12</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>Brian Gay</td><td>1</td><td>T20</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Ian Poulter</td><td>1</td><td>T25</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Luis Gagne</td><td>1</td><td>T48</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>Zach Johnson</td><td>0</td><td>T12</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>345</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc. <br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>1</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>25</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>39</td></tr></tbody></table>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-68201000942729545282018-04-08T21:33:00.000-04:002018-04-09T19:18:53.251-04:00Shot chart from CBS Sunday Masters telecast - 2018I tracked the number of strokes that <b>CBS</b> aired per player during the Sunday round of the Masters. The telecast began at 2pm ET and I counted a total of 387 televised strokes. The final putt dropped at 6:38 which worked out to an average of 1.39 strokes per minute, a slight decrease over the rate <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2017/04/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-masters_9.html">from the 2017 Masters</a>, but still the second highest of all major tournaments I have tracked since 2014.<br /><br />CBS covered all 71 strokes from winner Patrick Reed. Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy were spotlighted for 58 shots each. Runner-up Rickie Fowler and third place finisher Jordan Spieth also received significant coverage. Overall those five players accounted for over 74% of the televised shots. Early in the telecast, CBS went overboard on the well out-of-contention Tiger Woods who was shown for 18 strokes (two of which were taped highlights from prior to airtime) which wound up being the sixth most of any player. CBS also included a 3-stroke highlight package of Phil Mickelson who had already completed his round.<br /><br />The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Marc Leishman who wound up 9th (after being featured prominently on Saturday). CBS televised strokes from just 22 players during the Sunday round.<br /><br />I also tracked the number of televised strokes by hole. The 18th was featured the most (36 strokes). I was a bit surprised at a few other results from this tracking. Hole #1 was seen second most often (29 strokes). And the iconic par-3 12th received the fewest televised stokes as CBS only showed 10 shots from that hole.<br /><br />This is the fifth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">this summary table</a> which contains links to all shot charts since 2014.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown on the telecast) followed by the hole-by-hole breakdown:<br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>71 (of 71)</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>58</td><td>4</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>58</td><td>T5</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Rickie Fowler</td><td>54</td><td>2</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>48</td><td>3</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Tiger Woods</td><td>18</td><td>T32</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>Henrik Stenson</td><td>17</td><td>T5</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Paul Casey</td><td>17</td><td>T15</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Thomas</td><td>11</td><td>T17</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Bubba Watson</td><td>8</td><td>T5</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Webb Simpson</td><td>5</td><td>T20</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>Cameron Smith</td><td>4</td><td>T5</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>4</td><td>T10</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Tony Finau</td><td>3</td><td>T10</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Phil Mickelson</td><td>3</td><td>T36</td><td>25</td></tr><tr><td>Fred Couples</td><td>2</td><td>T38</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Rose</td><td>1</td><td>T12</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Charley Hoffman</td><td>1</td><td>T12</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Jimmy Walker </td><td>1</td><td>T20</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>1</td><td>T20</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Branden Grace</td><td>1</td><td>T24</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>Doug Ghim</td><td>1</td><td>T50</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>Marc Leishman</td><td>0</td><td>9</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>387</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.<br /><div><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Hole number</th><th>Televised shots</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>1</td><td>29</td></tr><tr><td>2</td><td>28</td></tr><tr><td>3</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>4</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>5</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>6</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>7</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>8</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>9</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>10</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>11</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>12</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>13</td><td>26</td></tr><tr><td>14</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>15</td><td>28</td></tr><tr><td>16</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>17</td><td>27</td></tr><tr><td>18</td><td>36</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /></div>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-75319004261807978912018-02-18T21:04:00.000-05:002018-02-18T21:04:15.249-05:00Howard Cosell - Black Hat in the BoothIf you are searching for a villain in the world of sports TV broadcasting, one figure jumps quickly to mind. That would be the man who wrote the following in his 1973 self-titled autobiography:<br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a show-off. I have been called all of these. Of course, I am.</blockquote>The writer was none other than <b>Howard Cosell</b>.<br /><br /><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u86fiw2IZ5Y/WonyulfFOQI/AAAAAAAAFQM/DeJTebZPGi8bbmghl6c3M2IIdJp_l58DQCLcBGAs/s1600/newsweek%2Bcosell.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1196" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u86fiw2IZ5Y/WonyulfFOQI/AAAAAAAAFQM/DeJTebZPGi8bbmghl6c3M2IIdJp_l58DQCLcBGAs/s320/newsweek%2Bcosell.jpg" width="238" /></a>When <b>ABC </b>launched the <i><b>Monday Night Football </b></i>package in 1970, executive producer <b>Roone Arledge</b> unveiled a unique three-man booth. Arledge inserted Cosell into the mix to supplement the traditional roles of a play-by-announcer (<b>Keith Jackson</b>) and analyst (<b>Don Meredith</b>). And the pivotal member of that commentary team was clearly Cosell.<br /><br /><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--t5H9CGIVIA/WoJC6JL4niI/AAAAAAAAFOw/RlT4aq3Td38XHsf99EQ86wHSLi-rwPY2gCLcBGAs/s1600/MNF-Cosell%2Band%2BMeredith%2B1970.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="320" data-original-width="242" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--t5H9CGIVIA/WoJC6JL4niI/AAAAAAAAFOw/RlT4aq3Td38XHsf99EQ86wHSLi-rwPY2gCLcBGAs/s1600/MNF-Cosell%2Band%2BMeredith%2B1970.jpg" /></a>Meredith, who was new to broadcasting, was so apprehensive as the season opener approached that he considered backing out of his contract to call the games. Cosell told Meredith: <i>“<b>You'll wear the white hat, I'll wear the black hat.</b>”</i> By casting himself in such a role and exhibiting all of the characteristics he outlined in the above book quote, Cosell turned Meredith into a hero to viewers who loved the way that Dandy Don would needle Humble Howard. Ratings surged as fans were drawn to the weekly banter between Meredith and Cosell. Meredith even earned an Emmy Award from that first season.<br /><br />After the first game, Cosell became a villain in the minds of advertisers, most notably Henry Ford II of the Ford Motor Company who felt that Cosell detracted from his enjoyment of the telecast. He threatened to withdraw the Ford sponsorship of the prime time series unless ABC removed Cosell from the booth. After early season ratings proved stronger than expected, Ford backed off from the threat and Cosell remained a prominent member of the ABC NFL package for its first 14 years.<br /><br />A key feature of this prime-time series was the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2012/11/the-howard-cosell-halftime-highlights.html">halftime highlights segment which was narrated by Cosell</a>. ABC would show select plays from subset of the Sunday games using <b>NFL Films</b> footage. Here, Cosell became the villain to many fans who would blame him if their favorite team wasn't shown on the highlight package. A bar in Denver actually conducted a <a href="http://www.westword.com/restaurants/jls-cheers-pub-reminds-guests-of-an-earlier-era-of-broncos-fandom-9606088">weekly drawing with the winner getting to throw a brick at an old black & white TV</a> when Cosell appeared on the screen.<br /><br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xHSUhZtZ_0c/WoignGazghI/AAAAAAAAFPY/brcFExYzodIi5nOLs3oyxoUfIGNAgl9-ACLcBGAs/s1600/tv%2Bguide%2Baugust%2B19%2B1978.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="675" data-original-width="438" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xHSUhZtZ_0c/WoignGazghI/AAAAAAAAFPY/brcFExYzodIi5nOLs3oyxoUfIGNAgl9-ACLcBGAs/s320/tv%2Bguide%2Baugust%2B19%2B1978.jpg" width="206" /></a>Cosell always seemed to relish his role as the announcer that viewers loved to hate. He took the same approach in the way he portrayed himself in movies and <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2013/07/the-odd-couple-and-big-mouth-howard.html">guest appearances on sitcoms such as <i><b>The Odd Couple</b></i></a>.<br /><br />In 1978, <i><b>TV Guide</b></i> conducted a <a href="http://howard-cosell-pete-rozelle-award.blogspot.com/p/1978-tv-guide-poll.html">survey to determine which TV sports announcers were the most liked and least liked</a> by viewers. Cosell famously finished first in <b><i>both</i></b> categories! Of course, in the polling for <i><b>least liked</b></i>, the margin was overwhelming.<br /><br />Cosell surfaced as a prominent villain in other sports as well. ABC acquired Major League Baseball rights in 1976, but suffered disappointing ratings for its first season of <i><b>Monday Night Baseball </b></i>and received poor reviews for its initial lead announcer team. As the postseason approached, the network performed a major overhaul of its broadcasters and unveiled plans to install Cosell for the ALCS. MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn strongly objected because of comments by Cosell in recent years about how dull baseball had become. But Arledge held the trump card as the contract he had signed with MLB gave ABC the final say over announcers. So Cosell worked the playoffs and became a regular member of <i><b>Monday Night Baseball </b></i>the next season.<br /><br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-b_7eilI7DIE/WomEdZfIUCI/AAAAAAAAFP8/ptKmYDRRZlslq4ayn3u_D0Wad-JqewodACLcBGAs/s1600/howard-cosell.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="666" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-b_7eilI7DIE/WomEdZfIUCI/AAAAAAAAFP8/ptKmYDRRZlslq4ayn3u_D0Wad-JqewodACLcBGAs/s320/howard-cosell.jpg" width="265" /></a>When ABC first bid for the TV rights to the 1976 Summer Olympics, the Montreal Olympic Committee tried to make the bid conditional on ABC not using Cosell on the telecasts. Again, Arledge won out as ABC got the rights and Cosell was ringside at the boxing venue.<br /><br />Cosell called most of the key boxing matches on ABC during the 1970s. In 1982, he was at the mic for the Larry Holmes title fight against Randall "Tex" Cobb. The bout was extremely one-sided and Cosell, via his on-air commentary, <a href="https://youtu.be/Qixi87ifiK4?t=1h1m34s">implored the referee to stop the fight</a> and expressed disgust that the match was allowed to go the distance.<br /><br />Soon afterwards, Cosell declared that he was done with professional boxing and called for its abolition. Of course, he was lambasted by many in the press who <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1982/12/08/cosell-should-have-revealed-repugnance-while-abc-was-hyping-holmes-cobb/c55f26e3-1cc0-4365-8eba-a96d43f72c16/?utm_term=.ea9c1ecfd2fb">viewed his stance as hypocritical since boxing was the sport where he first rose to prominence</a> in the 1960s. He never worked another pro fight (although he did call amateur bouts during the 1984 Olympics).<br /><br />Being a villain to the print media was nothing new for Cosell. He had a longstanding feud with sportswriter Dick Young of the <i><b>New York Daily News</b></i> who frequently attacked Cosell in his columns. He was also <a href="https://www.si.com/vault/1972/09/11/614033/scorecard">harshly criticized by Sports Illustrated for an interview</a> he conducted with USA track coach Stan Wright during the 1972 Munich Olympics after a <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2016/08/1972-howard-cosell-interview-with-usa.html">time schedule foulup caused two top USA sprinters to be disqualified</a>.<br /><br />In 1983, Cosell became a villain to the press once again when he <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1983/09/06/cosells-remark-raises-ire/ba8e68ae-6aae-4c07-8fdb-388df66de8a7/?utm_term=.5ca6e6217e2a">used the phrase "<b><i>little monkey</i></b>" while praising Redskins wide receiver Alvin Garrett </a>during a MNF telecast - which some perceived as racist. Later in that game, Cosell made the situation worse by issuing an on-air denial that he had used such a term. Despite the fact that Cosell had been a longtime supporter of civil rights, he was the subject of countless negative newspaper headlines over this incident.<br /><br />Cosell was notorious for consuming alcohol before and during his telecasts. He famously left a <i><b>Monday Night Football </b></i>telecast <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1988-05-12/sports/sp-4205_1_abc-executive">mid-game in Philadephia in 1970 after being drunk on the air </a>and vomiting on Meredith's boots. His heavy drinking <a href="https://nypost.com/2011/11/18/cosell-done-in-by-booze/">during the 1984 baseball playoffs</a> also caused a major rift with <b>Al Michaels</b>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5JGGJpdNY2A/WomDu6nFRGI/AAAAAAAAFP0/AqaHTM0p8N8JG4gEHoOyne4zNbp83XnbACLcBGAs/s1600/TV%2BGuide%2B-%2BCosell.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1215" data-original-width="800" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5JGGJpdNY2A/WomDu6nFRGI/AAAAAAAAFP0/AqaHTM0p8N8JG4gEHoOyne4zNbp83XnbACLcBGAs/s320/TV%2BGuide%2B-%2BCosell.jpg" width="210" /></a><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cG8eaN4etL8/WoJE1muc4VI/AAAAAAAAFO8/YrHoxFWJHAorNkLDiWyfUhG_Ez07cJivgCLcBGAs/s1600/cosell_book3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="283" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cG8eaN4etL8/WoJE1muc4VI/AAAAAAAAFO8/YrHoxFWJHAorNkLDiWyfUhG_Ez07cJivgCLcBGAs/s320/cosell_book3.jpg" width="190" /></a>Cosell became the villain yet again, this time to his entire industry, with the publication of <i><b>I Never Played The Game</b></i> in 1985. In the book, he blasted several of his former TV colleagues including <b>Frank Gifford</b>, <b>OJ Simpson</b>, and Meredith.<b> </b>Less than two weeks before the start of the 1985 World Series, ABC removed Cosell from its planned Fall Classic telecast team.<br /><br />Also, in that book, Cosell wrote that in 1984, he received a call from <b>Vince McMahon</b>, chairman of the World Wrestling Federation. It turned out that McMahon wanted to hire Cosell to be the primary announcer for WWF wrestling telecasts. Cosell turned him down, but I find it intriguing to envision Cosell (the ultimate villain announcer) calling staged matches for McMahon's company at a time when professional wrestling was about to boom in popularity. McMahon went on to successfully feature many villain announcers of his own such as <b>Bobby "The Brain" Heenan</b> and <b>Jesse "The Body" Ventura</b>.<br /><br />Howard Cosell was an absolute giant in the sportscasting industry. He dominated virtually any telecast in which he appeared and had the ability to elevate the perceived importance of each event. But, throughout his career, Cosell was seen as a villain by numerous entities - viewers, advertisers, league commissioners, sportswriters, and broadcasting colleagues - a true black hat in the booth.<br /><div><br /></div><i>This post is part of a <b>Classic TV Villain Blogathon</b> hosted by <b>Classic Film and TV Cafe</b>. Please check out the <a href="http://classic-tv-blog-assoc.blogspot.com/2018/01/announcing-classic-tv-villain-blogathon.html">complete schedule of blog posts for this event.</a></i>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-76665723623893442382017-11-01T07:44:00.000-04:002017-11-01T09:07:52.146-04:00The myth about the Fair Hooker comment attributed to Don MeredithIn 1970, <b>ABC</b> introduced <b><i>Monday Night Football </i></b>and placed the colorful <b>Don Meredith </b>in the booth alongside <b>Keith Jackson</b> and <b>Howard Cosell. </b>Meredith became known for his irreverent style and classic one-liners. Perhaps the most famous quote attributed to Meredith took place in the debut regular season edition of this prime time series. Late in the second quarter of that telecast, Meredith commented about the intriguing name of Browns wide receiver Fair Hooker. According to a frequently cited legend, Dandy Don uttered a follow-up remark along the lines of "I haven't met one yet."<br /><br />I've long wondered how this commentary sounded on-air (more on that later). First, let's take a look at several versions of this tale which have appeared in print.<br /><br />Meredith died in 2010 and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/sports/football/07meredith.html">his obituary in the New York Times</a> contained this statement:<br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Mr. Meredith offered a taste of his breezy, even risqué, humor in that first broadcast. In talking about the Cleveland Browns receiver Fair Hooker, Mr. Meredith said, “Fair Hooker — I haven’t met one yet.”</blockquote><div><br /></div><div>Upon Meredith's passing, <a href="http://archive.jsonline.com/packerinsider/111451884.html">the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recounted the story</a> this way:</div><div><br /></div><div><blockquote class="tr_bq">Perhaps the greatest line of them all came in the first Monday night game between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns.<br />Cleveland receiver Fair Hooker had just caught a pass, which really got Meredith going.<br />"Isn't Fair Hooker a great name?" he asked.<br />Keith Jackson said nothing and for once Cosell was speechless.<br />Meredith then added, "Fair Hooker . . . I haven't met one yet."</blockquote></div><div><br /></div><div><div>Another variation appeared in <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1978/10/02/dandy-don-away-from-the-mike/0eaf88b8-f67d-4b3a-ba2e-fb1c51231ea2/?utm_term=.3ef29bcd4e3f">this 1978 Washington Post article</a>:<br /><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq">Or the time he said of Fair Hooker (the Cleveland wide receiver), "Now there's a name. Fair Hooker. I ain't never met one yet."</blockquote><br />The 1988 book <b><i>Monday Night Mayhem</i></b>, a detailed history of ABC's Monday Night Football, offered this version:</div><div><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq">"Isn't Fair Hooker a great name?" Meredith asked, with the implications hanging. <br />"I pass," Jackson said. <br />Cosell, perhaps reluctant to hear what might come next, said nothing. <br />Meredith went on anyway. "Fair Hooker", he mused. "I haven't met one yet."</blockquote><div><br /></div><div>Obviously some of the details on the exact wording and the reactions of Jackson and Cosell are inconsistent in these renditions. But the essence of the story is that during this Jets-Browns telecast, Meredith commented about the name Fair Hooker and then followed up with a classic line about never having met one. And numerous other newspapers, magazines, and books over the years have described the incident along those lines. However, there is one major problem with this tale. The famous alleged on-air follow-up statement never happened!</div><div><br /></div><div>A <a href="https://youtu.be/onqkCRvM2Qo?t=1h23m21s">full copy of this 9/21/70 telecast</a> recently surfaced on YouTube. I located the exchange in question starting around the 1:23:21 mark as Meredith analyzes the previous play:</div><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b>Meredith</b>: <i>Isn't Fair Hooker a great name?</i><br /><b>Cosell</b>: <after a slight pause> <i>I pass.</i><br /><b>Jackson</b>: <i>3rd down and about 42 yards to go</i></blockquote><br />And that was the extent of it. No follow-up remark of "I haven't met one yet" or anything resembling it. I wondered whether Meredith may have made that kind of statement later in the telecast. But I listened to the remainder of the video and found no such comment.<br /><br />So where did this famous story come from? I have no idea. I suppose that once it appeared in print, other publications assumed it was true without attempting to verify it and simply ran with it. But that doesn't explain how it got printed that way in the first place. Perhaps Meredith was later interviewed about his "great name" comment and added the "haven't met one yet" quip at that time.<br /><br />It seems that this often quoted Meredith line was really too good to be true.Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-48898663124043701132017-08-13T20:59:00.002-04:002017-08-13T20:59:43.238-04:00Shot chart from CBS Sunday PGA Championship telecast - 2017I tracked the strokes televised by <b>CBS</b> during the final round of the PGA Championship. On Sunday, CBS showed 401 strokes from the 4th round. This worked out to an average of 1.32 strokes per minute - which was much higher than the previous three PGA Championship Sunday telecasts I have tracked.<br /><br />CBS televised 55 strokes by winner Justin Thomas. Playing partner Hideki Matsuyama who was in stronger contention early in the round was seen most often (68). Along with third round leader Kevin Kisner (64) and Chris Stroud (52), the final two pairings accounted for 60% of the televised shots.<br /><br />At one point during the round, eight golfers were within two shots of the lead. CBS bounced around frequently to show key shots from the many contenders. A whopping eight players received coverage for at least 25 shots. CBS devoted 87% of the televised strokes to those eight players. Overall, CBS showed 23 different golfers playing strokes. The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Justin Smith (T9).<br /><br />I have compiled these televised shot charts since 2014. For comparison to other majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">the summary table</a> which contains links to all of these charts. (Note: I was busy during the Sunday round of the 2017 Open Championship and never compiled that chart, but I have a DVR copy of that telecast and may get to it some day).<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart:<br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Hideki Matsuyama</td><td>68 (of 71*)</td><td>T5</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Kevin Kisner</td><td>64 (of 72**)</td><td>T7</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Thomas</td><td>55</td><td>1</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Chris Stroud</td><td>52</td><td>T9</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>30</td><td>T2</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Louis Oosthuizen</td><td>28</td><td>T2</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Francesco Molinari</td><td>28</td><td>T2</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Rickie Fowler</td><td>25</td><td>T5</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>14</td><td>T28</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>Graham DaLaet</td><td>6</td><td>T7</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>5</td><td>T9</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Grayson Murray</td><td>4</td><td>T22</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Ian Poulter</td><td>4</td><td>T22</td><td>21</td></tr><tr><td>Sung Kang</td><td>3</td><td>T44</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>3</td><td>T58</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Kuchar</td><td>2</td><td>T9</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>2</td><td>T13</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>2</td><td>T13</td><td>27</td></tr><tr><td>Gary Woodland</td><td>2</td><td>T22</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Kokrak</td><td>2</td><td>T33</td><td>26</td></tr><tr><td>Marc Leishman</td><td>1</td><td>T13</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>Chez Reavie</td><td>1</td><td>T22</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Smith</td><td>0</td><td>T9</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>401</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />* Matsuyama took 71 "shots" plus one penalty stroke for a score of 72<br />* Kisner took 72 "shots" plus two penalty strokes for a score of 74<br /><br /><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; color: black; font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: medium; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-decoration-color: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; color: black; font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: medium; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; margin: 0px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-decoration-color: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;">Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.</div><div><br /></div>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-17961372424436076642017-06-18T21:32:00.000-04:002018-06-17T20:13:22.710-04:00Shot chart from Fox Sunday US Open telecast - 2017I tracked the shots televised by <b>Fox</b> during the final round of the US Open. With the leaders teeing off around 4pm ET, I started the tracking at 3:30 to provide a similar timeframe to the other majors I have monitored.<br /><br />Fox showed 366 strokes during the tracking period. The final putt dropped at 8:12 which resulted in a rate of 1.30 strokes per minute. This marked a significant increase over the 1.12 and 1.18 shown by Fox during its last two US Open telecasts, but trailed the 1.41 rate from the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2017/04/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-masters_9.html">2017 Masters</a> on <b>CBS</b>.<br /><br />Fox showed all but four shots from both winner Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman who tied for second. Rickie Fowler had 58 strokes televised and Tommy Fleetwood received coverage for 56. During the tracking period, Fox devoted 67% of its televised strokes to those four players. Fox showed 23 golfers playing strokes with eight players getting coverage for at least 12 shots. The highest finishers not shown during the period were three in the group who tied for 16th.<br /><br />Also notable: Fox went commercial-free for the last 46 minutes of play.<br /><br />This is the fourth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">this summary table</a> which contains links to all shot charts since 2014.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finishers not shown during the tracking period): <br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Brian Harman</td><td>68 (of 72)</td><td>T2</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>63 (of 67)</td><td>1</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Rickie Fowler</td><td>58</td><td>T5</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Tommy Fleetwood</td><td>56</td><td>4</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Thomas</td><td>30</td><td>T9</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Hideki Matsuyama</td><td>21</td><td>T2</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Si Woo Kim</td><td>14</td><td>T13</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Charley Hoffman</td><td>12</td><td>8</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Xander Schauffele</td><td>6</td><td>T5</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Brandt Snedeker</td><td>6</td><td>T9</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>5</td><td>T13</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Russell Henley</td><td>5</td><td>T27</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Cameron Champ</td><td>5</td><td>T32</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>Steve Stricker</td><td>4</td><td>T16</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Bill Haas</td><td>2</td><td>T5</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>JB Holmes</td><td>2</td><td>12</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Kuchar</td><td>2</td><td>T16</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>Sergio Garcia</td><td>2</td><td>T21</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Trey Mullinax</td><td>1</td><td>T9</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Brendan Steele</td><td>1</td><td>T13</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>David Lingmerth</td><td>1</td><td>T21</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Jim Furyk</td><td>1</td><td>T23</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>Scottie Scheffler</td><td>1</td><td>T27</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>Bernd Wiesberger</td><td>0</td><td>T16</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Eddie Pepperell</td><td>0</td><td>T16</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Chez Reavie</td><td>0</td><td>T16</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>366</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-39571486799498867722017-04-09T21:37:00.000-04:002017-06-18T21:27:17.213-04:00Shot chart from CBS Sunday Masters telecast - 2017I tracked the number of strokes that <b>CBS</b> 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 <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2016/04/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-masters.html">from the 2016 Masters</a>, but a new record high for all major tournaments I have tracked since 2014.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />This is the fourth year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison to prior majors, see <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/p/televised-shot-tracking-for-golf-majors.html">this summary table</a> which contains links to all shot charts since 2014.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown on the telecast):<br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Sergio Garcia</td><td>66 (of 68*)</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Rose</td><td>66 (of 69)</td><td>2</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Rickie Fowler</td><td>50</td><td>T11</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>35</td><td>T11</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Charl Schwartzel</td><td>31</td><td>3</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Paul Casey</td><td>25</td><td>6</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Charley Hoffman</td><td>23</td><td>T22</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Thomas Pieters</td><td>22</td><td>T4</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Adam Scott</td><td>19</td><td>T9</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Kuchar</td><td>11</td><td>T4</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Ryan Moore</td><td>11</td><td>T9</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Phil Mickelson</td><td>11</td><td>T22</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>Stewart Hagestad</td><td>10</td><td>T36</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>Fred Couples</td><td>9</td><td>T18</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Lee Westwood</td><td>8</td><td>T18</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Curtis Luck</td><td>7</td><td>T46</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>7</td><td>T7</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Martin Kaymer</td><td>6</td><td>T16</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>Russell Henley</td><td>3</td><td>T11</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>2</td><td>T22</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>2</td><td>T27</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Hideki Matsuyama</td><td>1</td><td>T11</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Jimmy Walker</td><td>1</td><td>T18</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>William McGirt</td><td>1</td><td>T22</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Thomas</td><td>1</td><td>T22</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>Daniel Berger</td><td>1</td><td>T27</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>Marc Leishman</td><td>1</td><td>T43</td><td>26</td></tr><tr><td>Kevin Chappell</td><td>0</td><td>T7</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>430</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />* Garcia took 68 "shots" plus one penalty stroke for a score of 69<br /><div><br /></div>Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-44597211837184698612017-01-11T09:27:00.001-05:002017-01-11T23:00:01.817-05:00Rundown of Dick Vitale's college basketball TV partnersThis week, ESPN college basketball analyst <b>Dick Vitale </b>is scheduled to call a game with <b>Karl Ravech </b>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.<br /><br />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.)<br /><br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8FQ1KbUYsIA/WHRS_BUXgkI/AAAAAAAADuM/EBGS7s9leTUHe7spWDYLxaWhmJngEMa-ACLcB/s1600/simpson_vitale.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8FQ1KbUYsIA/WHRS_BUXgkI/AAAAAAAADuM/EBGS7s9leTUHe7spWDYLxaWhmJngEMa-ACLcB/s1600/simpson_vitale.jpg" /></a>Vitale called the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2012/12/the-1979-debut-of-dick-vitale-as-espn.html">first college basketball game ever on <b>ESPN</b></a> back in December 1979 alongside <b>Joe Boyle</b>. Eventually, ESPN paired him regularly with <b>Jim Simpson</b>. In subsequent years, his most common ESPN partners included <b>Mike Patrick</b>,<b> Tim Brando</b>,<b> Brad Nessler</b>, and <b>Dan Shulman</b>. When <b>ABC</b> started carrying college games, he frequently worked with <b>Keith Jackson</b> and later <b>Brent Musburger</b>.<br /><br />The list is a mix of prestigious broadcasters and lesser-known voices. One interesting name (perhaps surprising to some) is <b>Al Michaels</b> who worked a single time with Vitale (the 1989 Pac-10 championship game on ABC).<br /><br />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 <b>Jay Bilas</b> 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).<br /><br />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.<br /><ol><li>Joe Boyle - 1979</li><li>Jim Simpson - 1980 </li><li>Jim Thacker - 1982</li><li>Fred White - 1982</li><li>Bob Ley - 1983</li><li>John Sanders- 1983</li><li>Kevin Slaten - 1983</li><li>Mike Patrick - 1983</li><li>Sam Rosen - 1984</li><li>Rich Winter - 1984</li><li>Tim Brando - 1985</li><li>Jim Kelly - 1986</li><li>Andy McWilliams - 1986</li><li>Bob Rathbun - 1986</li><li>John Saunders - 1987</li><li>Keith Jackson - 1987</li><li>Gary Bender - 1988</li><li>Al Michaels - 1989</li><li>Roger Twibell - 1989</li><li>Barry Tompkins - 1989</li><li>Ron Franklin - 1990</li><li>Bob Carpenter - 1990</li><li>Wayne Larrivee - 1991</li><li>Gary Thorne - 1991</li><li>Sean McDonough - 1992</li><li>Brent Musburger - 1992</li><li>Brad Nessler - 1992</li><li>Joel Meyers - 1993</li><li>Dave Sims - 1995</li><li>Dan Shulman - 1995</li><li>Dave Barnett - 1996</li><li>Mike Tirico - 1997</li><li>Mark Jones - 1997</li><li>Dave Pasch - 2005</li><li>Dave O'Brien - 2007</li><li>Jon Sciambi - 2011</li><li>Bob Wischusen - 2014</li><li>Rich Hollenburg - 2014</li><li>Adam Amin 2015</li><li>Rece Davis - 2016</li><li>Mike Morgan - 2016</li><li>Jason Benetti - 2016</li><li>Dave Flemming - 2016</li><li>Doug Sherman - 2016</li><li>Tom Hart - 2017</li><li>Karl Ravech - 2017</li></ol>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-76789793626929244962016-12-22T08:44:00.002-05:002016-12-22T08:44:34.082-05:00Rare case - Network #1 announcer team calling early game of NFL doubleheaderDuring the NFL regular season, <b>Fox</b> and <b>CBS</b> share the Sunday afternoon TV rights. Each week, one network gets doubleheader rights and can show both an early and late afternoon game in most markets. The other network gets rights to show just a single game to each market. Typically, the network with the doubleheader features its most attractive game in the late afternoon (4:25 pm ET) time slot and usually assigns its top announcer team to that game.<br /><br />Because Christmas Day is on Sunday this year, the NFL moved the bulk of its schedule to Saturday for week 16. This weekend, Fox has the NFL doubleheader TV rights, but is sending its #1 team of <b>Joe Buck</b> and <b>Troy Aikman</b> to call Vikings-Packers at 1pm ET instead of a 4:25 game. How rare is such an assignment? This is only the fourth time since 2004 that a network sent its top announcer crew to an early afternoon game on a day when that network owned the doubleheader rights.<br /><br />Here are the only such instances in the past 12 seasons where the top team on the doubleheader network called a game in the early window:<br /><br /><ul><li><b><u>2013 week 17</u></b> - CBS placed <b>Jim Nantz</b> and <b>Phil Simms</b> on Ravens-Bengals in the early window. Note: Since 2006, the NFL has allowed both CBS and Fox to televise a doubleheader on the final Sunday of the regular season. So the week 17 late doubleheader window is not exclusive to one network like it is for a typical NFL Sunday. </li></ul><ul><li><b><u>2011 week 17</u></b> - Fox assigned Buck and Aikman to Panthers-Saints at 1:00.</li></ul><ul><li><b><u>2008 week 12</u></b> - Fox sent Buck and Aikman to call 49ers-Cowboys in the early slot despite having rights to the late doubleheader slot (then at 4:15). </li></ul><br />So the 2008 instance is the actually the only time since 2004 that a network holding exclusive doubleheader rights put its top team on an early game. For comparison, I found 23 cases of this between 1994 and 2004, so the relative rarity in recent years helps illustrate how important the late afternoon doubleheader window has become to the TV networks.<br /><br />Another interesting aspect about the upcoming weekend is that CBS is sending its #1 team of Nantz/Simms to call a late afternoon game (Colts-Raiders) despite the fact that CBS has the singleheader. The 4:05 games tend to get limited regional distribution as they are aired against the featured 4:25 contest, so generally, the top crew gets assigned to an early game on a singleheader weekend.<br /><br />But how unusual is this combination? Only twice since the 1998 season has the DH network assigned its top team to an early game while the singleheader network put its #1 crew on a late game that same day.<br /><br /><ul><li><b><u>2004 week 14</u></b> - Fox had the doubleheader but sent Buck and Aikman to call Seahawks-Vikings while CBS placed Nantz and Simms on a late singleheader game (Jets-Steelers)</li></ul><ul><li><b><u>2002 week 11</u></b> - On this CBS doubleheader day, the #1 team of <b>Greg Gumbel</b> and Simms handled Bills-Chiefs early while Fox assigned its top team of Buck, Aikman, and <b>Cris Collinsworth</b> to call 49ers-Chargers in the late singleheader window.</li></ul><div><br /></div><div>For completeness, I found four other cases of this odd combination between 1994 and 1998.</div>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-19924823072976964562016-08-31T21:56:00.001-04:002016-09-01T22:47:12.296-04:00The 1974 ABC experiment with active coaches as guest CFB analysts <a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hgZM72bdfAc/V8YrhGRCciI/AAAAAAAADjk/L6-MWyyzJCs3CSXpZz3XZDKhIZ_eaq0EwCLcB/s1600/Paterno.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="120" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hgZM72bdfAc/V8YrhGRCciI/AAAAAAAADjk/L6-MWyyzJCs3CSXpZz3XZDKhIZ_eaq0EwCLcB/s200/Paterno.png" width="200" /></a>In 1974, <b>ABC</b> made several key changes to its NCAA football coverage. The network elevated <b>Keith Jackson</b> to #1 play-by-play status and moved previous top announcer <b>Chris Schenkel</b> to the studio. This was also the season that ABC hired the college-aged <b>Jim Lampley</b> and <b>Don Tollefson</b> <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2014/08/the-1974-debut-of-football-sideline.html">to serve as sideline reporters</a>.<br /><br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R-pHv5-02yI/V8YsQz153bI/AAAAAAAADjo/15yOKFqaPMoSXcdFGejOmn0X8rGgufn_wCLcB/s1600/Hayes.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="115" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R-pHv5-02yI/V8YsQz153bI/AAAAAAAADjo/15yOKFqaPMoSXcdFGejOmn0X8rGgufn_wCLcB/s200/Hayes.png" width="200" /></a>However, ABC did not regularly pair Jackson with lead analyst <b>Bud Wilkinson.</b> Instead, the network experimented by using a collection of active coaches whose teams were on an off-week to join Jackson in the booth and serve as guest commentators. And rather than adding a coach to the booth as a second analyst to supplement Wilkinson, ABC used the coaches as the only analyst on these games.<br /><br />ABC did use Wilkinson with Jackson on some games that year. Bud worked other regional telecasts alongside <b>Bill Flemming</b>.<br /><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PzOBfYUzVWA/V8Yt7nLW7uI/AAAAAAAADjw/x22R3DZZSQ4XcTI3puZiLSYqOeppoSJogCLcB/s1600/Devaney.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="120" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PzOBfYUzVWA/V8Yt7nLW7uI/AAAAAAAADjw/x22R3DZZSQ4XcTI3puZiLSYqOeppoSJogCLcB/s200/Devaney.png" width="200" /></a><br />The list of guest analysts used by ABC in 1974 included the following then-active head coaches:<br /><ul><li><b>Darrell Royal</b> (Texas)</li><li><b>Ara Parseghian</b> (Notre Dame)</li><li><b>Steve Sloan</b> (Vanderbilt)</li><li><b>Pepper Rodgers</b> (Georgia Tech)</li><li><b>Joe Paterno</b> (Penn St)</li><li><b>Paul "Bear" Bryant</b> (Alabama)</li><li><b>Woody Hayes</b> (Ohio St)</li></ul>along with Nebraska athletic director<b> Bob Devaney</b> who had recently retired from coaching the Cornhuskers. ABC used Oklahoma coach <b>Barry Switzer </b>as the analyst for the Sugar Bowl that season (as his Sooners were on probation and banned from bowl games).<br /><br />ABC ditched the idea after one season. But early in the 1975 season, ABC did use Devaney as a guest analyst on one game and did the same with Parseghian (who retired from coaching after 1974) on another.<br /><br />A few of the coaches on this list became TV analysts after retiring. Parseghian was hired full-time by ABC in 1976 and moved to <b>CBS</b> in 1982. He served as the lead analyst for a time on each network. Royal and Rodgers both worked some regional games for ABC in the early 1980s.<br /><br />Here is the game that Joe Paterno called. With his thick Brooklyn accent and subdued voice level, Paterno was difficult to understand at times.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/E8WisNddBxU" width="560"></iframe> <br /><br />And here is a clip from the game with Woody Hayes in the booth. Hayes actually had some on-air experience as he conducted a local TV show which ran weekly during the football season for 28 years on Columbus station <b>WBNS</b>. But he didn't seem to add much insight as an analyst on this telecast.<br /><div><br /></div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8CsfHhYK8cs" width="560"></iframe>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-6228222890622838902016-08-17T22:26:00.001-04:002016-08-18T11:06:02.045-04:001972 Howard Cosell interview with USA Olympic track coach Stan WrightOne of the most riveting TV moments from the 1972 Summer Olympics was an interview conducted by <b>Howard Cosell</b> with USA track coach Stan Wright which <b>ABC</b> televised on 8/31/72. Cosell grilled Wright over the <a href="http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1972/09/01/page/39/article/u-s-coach-accepts-sprint-fiasco-blame">time schedule foulup resulting in USA sprinters Rey Robinson and Eddie Hart being disqualified</a> for missing their 100m qualifying heats.<br /><br />In 2012, <b>ESPN Classic</b> aired a series of specials looking back on the Munich Games. Here is the video of the <i><b>USA track controversy</b></i> episode and <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2012/09/abc-coverage-of-usa-track-controversies.html">a summary of that show that I wrote</a> at the time.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PIgOc6FegEs" width="420"></iframe> <br /><br />A quick guide to the Cosell portions of the clip:<br /><ul><li>3:05 - interview with Robinson</li><li>5:22 - interview with Hart</li><li>10:41 - interview with Wright</li><li>15:35 - Cosell follow-up commentary</li><li>39:03 - interview with 400m medalists Wayne Matthews and Vince Collett regarding their controversial national anthem ceremony</li></ul><div>The 9/11/72 edition of Sports Illustrated <a href="http://www.si.com/vault/1972/09/11/614033/scorecard">blasted Cosell for the Wright interview and his subsequent commentary</a>. Wright threatened to sue the ABC sportscaster, but instead <a href="https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1928&dat=19730524&id=WpQgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8mcFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5484,3671527">spoke out against Cosell during a news conference</a> the following year.<br /><br />While Wright is best remembered for this incident, he was <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1993-11-29/sports/sp-62198_1_stan-wright">inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame</a> in 1993. </div>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-65104781478371613482016-07-31T20:53:00.000-04:002016-07-31T20:53:42.360-04:00Shot chart from CBS Sunday PGA Championship telecast - 2016I tracked the strokes televised by <b>CBS</b> during the final round of the PGA Championship. On Sunday, CBS showed 367 strokes from round 4. I included a few shots CBS aired from earlier 4th round coverage, but did not count highlight strokes from the 3rd round. CBS started at 2pm ET and the final putt dropped at 7:23 for an average of 1.14 strokes per minute - a increase over the rate of 1.05 <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2015/08/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-pga.html">from the 2015 PGA</a>.<br /><br />CBS showed all 67 strokes by winner Jimmy Walker and bypassed only six from runner-up Jason Day. Henrik Stenson was shown 56 times as CBS devoted over half of its televised strokes to those three. With no re-pairing of the field after the 3rd round, the contenders were spread out. This enabled CBS to bounce around the course as several players were in contention with the leaders on the front 9. CBS showed 25 golfers playing strokes with 10 players getting coverage of at least 12 shots. The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Patrick Reed (T13).<br /><br />For comparison, here are the shot charts from the other 2016 majors:<br /><ul><li><a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2016/04/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-masters.html">Masters</a></li><li><a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2016/06/shot-chart-from-fox-sunday-us-open.html">US Open</a></li><li><a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2016/07/shot-chart-from-nbc-sunday-open.html">British Open</a></li></ul>Note: The Masters post contains links to the shot charts from the 2014 and 2015 majors.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart:<br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Jimmy Walker</td><td>67 (of 67)</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>61 (of 67)</td><td>2</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Henrik Stenson</td><td>56</td><td>T7</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Branden Grace</td><td>39</td><td>T4</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>30</td><td>T4</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>18</td><td>T13</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Hideki Matsuyama</td><td>17</td><td>T4</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>William McGirt</td><td>15</td><td>T10</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Robert Streb</td><td>13</td><td>T7</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Daniel Summerhays</td><td>12</td><td>3</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Adam Scott</td><td>7</td><td>T18</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Emiliano Grillo</td><td>5</td><td>T13</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Padraig Harrington</td><td>4</td><td>T13</td><td>33</td></tr><tr><td>Martin Kaymer</td><td>3</td><td>T7</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Tyrrell Hatton</td><td>3</td><td>T10</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>Kevin Kisner</td><td>3</td><td>T18</td><td>29</td></tr><tr><td>Rich Beem</td><td>3</td><td>T73</td><td>31</td></tr><tr><td>Paul Casey</td><td>2</td><td>T10</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>Russell Henley</td><td>2</td><td>T22</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>Francesco Molinari</td><td>2</td><td>T22</td><td>31</td></tr><tr><td>Webb Simpson</td><td>1</td><td>T13</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>Russell Knox</td><td>1</td><td>T22</td><td>25</td></tr><tr><td>Yuta Ikeda</td><td>1</td><td>T33</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Phil Mickelson</td><td>1</td><td>T33</td><td>35</td></tr><tr><td>Andrew Johnston</td><td>1</td><td>T60</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>Patrick Reed</td><td>0</td><td>T13</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>367</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.<br /><div><br /></div>Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-7406182229827558462016-07-17T20:41:00.002-04:002016-07-17T22:40:40.865-04:00Shot chart from NBC Sunday Open Championship telecast - 2016I tracked the strokes televised by <b>NBC</b> during the Sunday round of the Open Championship. I started tracking at 9am ET to provide a decent comparison to the other majors I have tracked. The final putt was at 1:30pm so the tracking covered 4.5 hours.<br /><br />NBC aired all but one stroke from winner Henrik Stenson (skipping a tap-in on 12th) and all but two from runner-up Phil Mickelson (bypassing tap-ins on #2 and #5). With those two separating themselves from the field, NBC focused heavily on that pairing. In fact, NBC devoted a whopping 56% of all televised strokes during this period to the Stenson/Mickelson duo (who didn't even tee off until 35 minutes into the tracking).<br /><br />NBC televised only 224 shots during this period which worked out to 0.83 strokes per minute. This was a sizable decrease from the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2015/07/shot-chart-from-espn-final-round-of.html">ESPN shot rate of 1.23 that I measured from the 2015 Open Championship</a> and the lowest rate for any major that I have tracked. The lack of competition from the rest of the field clearly contributed to the low rate. NBC chose to aggressively spotlight the drama and excellence of the lead group (and take numerous commercial breaks) rather than fill time with relatively meaningless golf action from the rest of the pack.<br /><br />For comparison, refer to the shot tracking data I compiled for <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2016/04/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-masters.html">CBS from the 2016 Masters</a> and <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2016/06/shot-chart-from-fox-sunday-us-open.html">Fox from the 2016 US Open</a>, In that Masters post, you can find links to the shot charts I did for the 2014 and 2015 majors.<br /><br />NBC showed a total of 24 golfers during the tracking period. The highest finisher not shown during this span was Soren Kjeldsen who tied for 9th.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart: <br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Phil Mickelson</td><td>63 (of 65)</td><td>2</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Henrik Stenson</td><td>62 (of 63)</td><td>1</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>14</td><td>T5</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td>Andrew Johnston</td><td>13</td><td>8</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>JB Holmes</td><td>10</td><td>3</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Bill Haas</td><td>8</td><td>T9</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Sergio Garcia</td><td>7</td><td>T5</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>5</td><td>T9</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Steve Stricker</td><td>4</td><td>4</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Tyrrell Hatton</td><td>4</td><td>T5</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>4</td><td>T22</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Lee Westwood</td><td>4</td><td>T22</td><td>22</td></tr><tr><td>Darren Clarke</td><td>4</td><td>T30</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>Zach Johnson</td><td>3</td><td>T12</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Emiliano Grillo</td><td>3</td><td>T12</td><td>11</td></tr><tr><td>Haydn Porteous</td><td>3</td><td>T30</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>Tony Finau</td><td>2</td><td>T18</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Kevin Na</td><td>2</td><td>T22</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Thomas Pieters</td><td>2</td><td>T30</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>2</td><td>T30</td><td>26</td></tr><tr><td>Jim Furyk</td><td>2</td><td>T59</td><td>26</td></tr><tr><td>Thongchai Jaidee</td><td>1</td><td>T22</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>Rafa Cabrera Bella</td><td>1</td><td>T39</td><td>16</td></tr><tr><td>Rickie Fowler</td><td>1</td><td>T46</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>Soren Kjeldsen</td><td>0</td><td>T9</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>224</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc. Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-86850529881320909202016-06-19T21:54:00.000-04:002016-06-20T07:47:51.285-04:00Shot chart from Fox Sunday US Open telecast - 2016I tracked the shots televised by <b>Fox</b> during the 4th round of the US Open. With the final pairing getting underway at 3:30 pm ET, I began the monitoring at 3:00 to provide a fair comparison to the other tournaments where I have performed similar Sunday tracking.<br /><br />Fox showed 354 unique strokes during the tracking period. The final putt dropped at 8:16 so this worked out to 1.12 strokes per minute. This shot rate significantly trailed the 1.33 of the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2016/04/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-masters.html">2016 Masters</a> on <b>CBS.</b> This was also a decrease from the 1.18 shown by Fox during its <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2015/06/shot-chart-from-fox-sunday-us-open.html">2015 coverage of the US Open</a>. Fox spent quite a bit of time discussing the controversy over the potential one-stroke penalty which was eventually applied to Johnson's score after the round, so that might explain part of the dropoff. (Note: From the 2016 Masters post, you can find links to the shot charts I compiled from the 2014 and 2015 majors).<br /><br />Fox showed all but four of the strokes played by winner Dustin Johnson and all but four from third-round leader Shane Lowry. Fox showed just 20 golfers playing strokes. Nine players were covered for at least 15 shots. The highest finisher not shown during the tracking period was David Lingmerth who finished 12th.<br /><br />Also notable: Fox went commercial-free for 52 minutes starting at 7:25.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart: <br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Shane Lowry</td><td>72 (of 76)</td><td>T2</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>64 (of 68*)</td><td>1</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Scott Piercy</td><td>40</td><td>T2</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>29</td><td>T8</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Sergio Garcia</td><td>25</td><td>T5</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Andrew Landry</td><td>24</td><td>T15</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Branden Grace</td><td>23</td><td>T5</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Lee Westwood</td><td>21</td><td>T32</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Jim Furyk</td><td>15</td><td>T2</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>Daniel Summerhays</td><td>8</td><td>T8</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Bryson DeChambeau</td><td>8</td><td>T15</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Brooks Koepka</td><td>6</td><td>T13</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Dufner</td><td>5</td><td>T8</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>5</td><td>T37</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Kevin Na</td><td>3</td><td>7</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Zach Johnson</td><td>2</td><td>T8</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Kevin Streelman</td><td>1</td><td>T13</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Yusaku Miyazato</td><td>1</td><td>T23</td><td>12</td></tr><tr><td>Jon Rahm</td><td>1</td><td>T23</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>Angel Cabrera</td><td>1</td><td>T37</td><td>28</td></tr><tr><td>David Lingmerth</td><td>0</td><td>12</td><td>20</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>354</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><span style="color: #222222; font-family: "georgia" , "utopia" , "palatino linotype" , "palatino" , serif; font-size: 15.4px; line-height: 21.56px;">* Johnson took 68 "shots" plus one penalty stroke for a score of 69</span><br /><div><br /></div>Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8505134069112310962.post-33600456999066947932016-04-10T21:20:00.000-04:002016-04-11T19:31:31.672-04:00Shot chart from CBS Sunday Masters telecast - 2016I tracked the number of strokes <b>CBS</b> showed for each player during the Sunday round of the Masters. I counted a total of 411 strokes televised by CBS. The telecast began at 2pm ET with the final putt at 7:10 which worked out to an average of 1.33 strokes per minute - a sizable increase from both the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2015/04/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-masters.html">2015 Masters</a> and <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2014/04/tracking-shots-cbs-showed-during-sunday_14.html">2014 Masters</a>.<br /><br />CBS covered 41 strokes from winner Danny Willett. CBS first showed Willett on hole 4 and started airing all of his strokes partway through hole 13. CBS televised every stroke from third round leader Jordan Spieth. Dustin Johnson was featured second most often for a total of 55 shots. Nine players got coverage of at least 24 strokes.<br /><br />The highest finisher not shown by CBS was Daniel Berger who tied for 10th. CBS televised strokes from 28 different players.<br /><br />This is the third year that I have compiled these televised shot charts. For comparison, the <a href="http://www.classictvsports.com/2015/08/shot-chart-from-cbs-sunday-pga.html">chart from the 2015 PGA Championship</a> contains links to all the charts from the other 2014 and 2015 majors.<br /><br />Here is the complete shot chart (including the highest finisher not shown on the telecast):<br /><br /><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { font-size: 16px; border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #CCC; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } </style> <br /><table class="tableizer-table"><thead><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Player</th><th>Shots shown</th><th>Finish</th><th>Pairing</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Jordan Spieth</td><td>71 (of 71*)</td><td>T2</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Dustin Johnson</td><td>55</td><td>T4</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Danny Willett</td><td>41</td><td>1</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Jason Day</td><td>37</td><td>T10</td><td>3</td></tr><tr><td>Smylie Kaufman</td><td>37</td><td>T29</td><td>1</td></tr><tr><td>Soren Kjeldson</td><td>32</td><td>T7</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Lee Westwood</td><td>26</td><td>T2</td><td>4</td></tr><tr><td>Hideki Matsuyama</td><td>25</td><td>T7</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Rory McIlroy</td><td>24 (#)</td><td>T10</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>Paul Casey</td><td>11</td><td>T4</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Bernhard Langer</td><td>11</td><td>T24</td><td>2</td></tr><tr><td>Matthew Fitzpatrick</td><td>6</td><td>T7</td><td>13</td></tr><tr><td>Brandt Snedeker</td><td>5</td><td>T10</td><td>5</td></tr><tr><td>Davis Love III</td><td>5</td><td>T42</td><td>17</td></tr><tr><td>Bryson DeChambeau</td><td>4</td><td>T21</td><td>14</td></tr><tr><td>Henrik Stenson</td><td>3</td><td>T24</td><td>23</td></tr><tr><td>Adam Scott</td><td>3</td><td>T42</td><td>18</td></tr><tr><td>JB Holmes</td><td>2</td><td>T4</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Louis Oosthuizen</td><td>2</td><td>T15</td><td>8</td></tr><tr><td>Bubba Watson</td><td>2</td><td>T37</td><td>24</td></tr><tr><td>Romain Langasque</td><td>2</td><td>T37</td><td>28</td></tr><tr><td>Justin Rose</td><td>1</td><td>T10</td><td>7</td></tr><tr><td>Kiradech Aphibarnrat</td><td>1</td><td>T15</td><td>15</td></tr><tr><td>Billy Horschel</td><td>1</td><td>T17</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Emiliano Grillo</td><td>1</td><td>T17</td><td>10</td></tr><tr><td>Matt Kuchar</td><td>1</td><td>T24</td><td>9</td></tr><tr><td>Shane Lowry</td><td>1</td><td>T39</td><td>19</td></tr><tr><td>Larry Mize</td><td>1</td><td>T52</td><td>26</td></tr><tr><td>Daniel Berger</td><td>0</td><td>T10</td><td>6</td></tr><tr><td>others</td><td>0</td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td></td><td></td><td></td><td></td></tr><tr><td>total</td><td>411</td><td></td><td></td></tr></tbody></table><br />* Spieth took 71 "shots" plus two penalty strokes for a score of 73<br /># includes a provisional stroke televised by CBS on hole 4<br /><div><br /></div>Note: The Pairing column reflects the tee time groupings in reverse order, so 1 = final pairing, 2 = next-to-last, etc.Jeff Haggarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11643004451304728776noreply@blogger.com1