Behind the Broadcast: As expected, Jacobs sticks foot in mouth

Just my luck. I go down to Phil­adelphia for a couple of days earlier this week to visit my mother,

Just my luck. I go down to Phil­adelphia for a couple of days earlier this week to visit my mother, who is recovering from a broken leg, and I miss ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM) talkshow host Bruce

Jacobs put his foot in his mouth.

During his “Game On” show Tuesday, Jacobs made some derogatory remarks about the WNBA. Thankfully, he was called out about it and got in some trouble.

Jacobs apologized for his comments during Wednesday’s show.

So, if you had bet that Jacobs would get in trouble three months into his job at WTMM, congrat­ulations. You are the winner of a chance to be the new host of the 3-7 p.m. time slot WHEN Jacobs gets in trouble again. Yes, not if, but when, because it will happen again.

As I mentioned back in my Sept. 24 column after the mystifying, controversial firing of Brian Sinkoff, Jacobs has a shady past. And I will mention it again. Jacobs was also a conservative talkshow host in Phoenix, and some of the things he has said have gotten him in hot water. Do a Google search on him and you will find articles and YouTube videos he did.

Jacobs should learn that you never, ever take shots at women’s athletics. It’s only going to cause trouble. You only need to look back over four years ago, when CBS Radio fired longtime WFAN-AM (660) morning radio host Don Imus after he made a racially derogatory remark about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

I am willing to accept Jacobs’ apology. However, the management at Townsquare Media, which runs the station, must serve notice to Jacobs that he won’t be employed much longer if he says something like that again.

If that happens, then that “bus­iness decision” that station program director Brian Noe cited as the reason Sinkoff was fired and Jacobs was brought in will look very stupid.

As I said in my column three months ago, I’ll would give WTMM six months before someone realized it made a bad business dec­ision. We’re halfway there.

top media stories of year

What were the top stories in the sports media in 2011?

There are plenty of events to choose from, like the Sinkoff firing to the retirement of Capital Region sportscasting legend John Graney to some hefty broadcasting contracts.

I have picked my top five stories of the year, and you can find them on my “Parting Schotts” blog on The Daily Gazette website. Check my tagline at the end of this article for the website address.

Football schedules

Here are the NFL and college bowl games that will be televised over the next several days.

Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporters, are in parentheses.



FOX23 and FOX23 HD — N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston/Tony Siragusa); Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).

CBS6 and CBS6 HD — Denver at Buffalo,

1 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms).


NBC13 and NBC13 HD — Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collins­worth/Michele Tafoya).


ESPN and ESPN HD — Atlanta at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski).

College Football


ESPN and ESPN HD — Hawaii Bowl: Nevada vs. Southern Mississippi, 8 p.m. (Mark Jones/Ed Cunningham/Jessica Mendoza).


ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Independence Bowl: North Carolina vs. Missouri, 5 p.m. (Rob Stone/Danny Kanell/Allison Will­iams).


ESPN and ESPN HD — Little Caesars Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Purdue, 4:30 p.m. (Beth Mowins/Mike Bellotti/Eamon McAnaney); Belk Bowl: North Car­olina State vs. Louisville, 8 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Brian Griese/Shannon Spake).


ESPN and ESPN HD — Military Bowl: Air Force vs. Toledo, 4:30 p.m. (Pam Ward/Dan Hawkins/Jeannine Edwards); Holiday Bowl: Texas vs. California, 8 p.m. (Rece Davis/Craig James and Jesse Palmer/Jenn Brown).


ESPN and ESPN HD — Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame, 5:30 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Rod Gilmore/Holly Rowe); Alamo Bowl: Baylor vs. Washington, 9 p.m. (Dave Pasch/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich).


ESPN and ESPN HD — Armed Forces Bowl: Tulsa vs. Brigham Young, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano); Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Iowa State,

3:20 p.m. (Chris Fowler/Jesse Palmer/Tom Rinaldi); Music City Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest, 6:40 p.m. (Mark Jones/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Insight Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Iowa, 10 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Matt Millen/Heather Cox).

radio games

WTMM will carry five of the bowl games over the next week.

Those games are the Hawaii Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, the Champs Sports Bowl, the Alamo Bowl and the Insight Bowl.

nba begins

The truncated NBA season tips off Sunday with five games.

Coverage starts at noon, when TNT and TNT HD televises the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks.

ABC10 and ABC10 HD will tel­evise two games. The first one, at 2:30 p.m., is a rematch of the NBA Finals as the defending-champion Dallas Mavericks host the Miami Heat. That will be followed at 5:15 by the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

ESPN and ESPN HD take over for the final two games of the day. It will have the Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder at 8, and the Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors at 10:30.

Announcers Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will be busy. They will call the Miami-Dallas game, then board a plane and fly to Oakland, where they will call the L.A. Clippers-Golden State game because their former colleague, Mark Jackson, makes his debut as the Warriors’ coach.

On Monday, NBA TV televises two games: Houston Rockets at the Magic at 7, and the Lakers at the Sacramento Kings at 10. That game will mark the pro debut of Glens Falls native Jimmer Fredette.

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