The Major League Baseball division series have been extremely exciting, with all four series going the distance.
The games have been fun to watch. If you weren’t able to watch them, especially the afternoon contests because of being at work, then you were hoping that you could listen to the games on the radio.
However, except for carrying the New York Yankees’ radio network coverage of the series with the Baltimore Orioles, WTMM-FM (104.5) stayed away from most of the other series.
In past years, WTMM has always carried the ESPN Radio coverage of the division series games not involving the Yankees. But this year, it decided not to, although a last-minute decision was made Thursday to carry the two deciding Game 5s — San Francisco-Cincinnati in the National League, and Detroit-Oakland in the American League. The Detroit-Oakland game never made it on because of the 13-inning Game 4 between the Orioles and Yankees.
I can understand the fans’ frustration because they want to hear the games. But WTMM probably didn’t want to interrupt its two local sportstalk shows — “The Noe Show” and “Game On with Bruce Jacobs” — nearly every day during the division series.
However, fans could have gone on their computers and smart phones to listen to the games on ESPNRadio.com. That’s what I did for some of the games.
Hopefully, WTMM will decide to carry any afternoon games played in the league’s Championship Series.
Devils’ radio schedule
The Albany Devils will be back on WTMM this season, the AHL team announced Monday.
WTMM will broadcast 35 games, including 29 road contests. The first broadcast is next Saturday against at Worcester.
20 — at Worcester, 7 p.m.
3 — at Adirondack, 7 p.m.; 9 — at Providence, 7:05 p.m.; 23 — at Rochester 7:05 p.m.; 25 — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, (at Atlantic City) 4 p.m.
1 — at Adirondack, 7 p.m.; 12 — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7 p.m.; 14 — at Connecticut, 7 p.m.; 19 — at Bridgeport, 7 p.m.; 21 — at Norfolk, 7:30 p.m.; 22 — at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m.; 27 — at Springfield, 7 p.m.
11 — at Manchester, 7 p.m.; 18 — at Adirondack, 7 p.m.; 19 — at Springfield, 7 p.m.; 20 — Adirondack (at Atlantic City), 4 p.m.; 23 — Springfield, 7 p.m.; 25 — at Adirondack, 7 p.m.
1 — at Providence, 7:05 p.m.; 2 — at Portland, 7 p.m.; 5 — at Connecticut, 7 p.m.; 8 — at Springfield 7 p.m.; 9 — at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m.; 10 — at Binghamton, 5:05 p.m.; 13 — Syracuse, 7 p.m.; 15 — at Adirondack, 7 p.m.; 23 — at Binghamton. 7:05 p.m.
1 — at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m.; 2 — at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.; 3 — at Adirondack 3 p.m.; 15 — at Rochester, 7:05 p.m.; 16 — at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m.; 17 — at Bridgeport, 3 p.m.; 27 — St. John’s, 7 p.m.
12 — at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m.
Longtime college football analyst Beano Cook died at the age of 81 Thursday.
Not only was Cook known for his vast information on college football, he was beloved for his caustic wit.
Cook, nicknamed the “Cardinal of College Football,” had been with ESPN since 1985. Prior to that, he spent four years at ABC Sports. ABC Sports and ESPN weren’t under the same corporation in 1985 like they are now.
“He was one of a kind,” ESPN executive chairman George Bodenheimer said in a statement. “There never was and never will be another Beano. His combination of humor, passion, love of college football and his engaging personality left an indelible mark on the sport and touched anyone who knew him.”
Here are the upcoming games in the NFL and college football that will be on TV and the Internet. Most of the ESPN and ESPN2 games will also be available on ESPN3, ESPN’s Internet outlet.
Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play announcer, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses:
FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — Dallas at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (Sam Rosen/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin); N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (Thom Brennaman/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
CBS6 (WRGB) and CBS6 HD — Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms).
NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — Green Bay at Houston, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Denver at San Diego, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).
NFL Network and NFL HD — Seattle at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Louisville at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m. (Tom Hart/John Congemi); North Carolina at Miami, 2:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Dan Hawkins); Florida at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Tom Luginbill); Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech, 9 p.m. (Joe Davis/Kelly Stouffer).
Time Warner Cable Sports-1 — Syracuse at Rutgers, noon (Eamon McAnaney/David Diaz-Infante/Paul Carcaterra).
Time Warner Cable Sports-3 — St. Francis (Pa.)at UAlbany, 1 p.m. (Rodger Wyland/Zach Bye); Utah State at San Jose State, 4 p.m. (Trey Bender/Jay Taylor).
ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — Texas vs. Oklahoma, noon, (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe), noon; West Virginia at Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Iowa at Michigan State, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Jenn Brown); Illinois at Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Danny Kanell/Lewis Johnson); South Carolina at LSU, 7 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Northwestern at Minnesota, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Heather Mitts); Boston College at Florida State, 5:30 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Maria Taylor); Tennessee at Mississippi State, 9 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Allison Williams).
FX and FX HD — Kansas State Iowa State, noon (Justin Kutcher/Eric Crouch/Darius Walker).
MSG and MSG HD — Auburn at Mississippi, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).
MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Alabama-Birmingham at Houston, noon (Ron Thulin/Shaun King/Desmond Purnell); Oklahoma State at Kansas, 3:30 p.m. (Joel Meyers/Brian Baldinger/Jim Knox); Texas Christian at Baylor, 7 p.m. (Mike Morgan/JC Pearson/Laura McKeeman).
NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD — Brown at Princeton, noon (Randy Moss/Anthony Herron/Carolyn Manno); Fresno State at Boise State, 3:30 p.m. (Paul Burmeister/Rod Woodson/Anthony Herron).
CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Kent State at Army, noon (Ben Holden/Randy Cross/Ally McKearn); Bucknell at Harvard, 3:30 p.m. (Dave Ryan/ Todd Christensen/Evan Washburn); Southern Mississippi at Central Florida, 8 p.m. (James Bates/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner).
Big Ten Network and BTN HD — Wisconsin at Purdue, noon (Kevin Kugler/Chris Martin/Jon Jansen); Ohio State at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/J Leman).
ESPN3 — Lafayette at Yale, noon; Temple at Connecticut, 1 p.m. (Dave Weekley/Rene Ingoglia); Tennessee-Chattanooga at Furman, 1:30 p.m.; Akron at Ohio, 2 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/John Gregory); Youngstown State at Illinois State, 2 p.m.; Liberty at Presbyterian, 2 p.m.; Western Michigan at Ball State, 3 p.m. (Jim Barbar/Ben Leber); Maryland at Virginia, 3 p.m. (Paul Kennedy/Keith Jones/Jenn Hildreth); Oregon State at BYU, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Stony Brook at Coastal Carolina, 3:30 p.m.; Miami (Ohio) at Bowling Green, 3:30 p.m.; Buffalo at Northern Illinois, 3:30 p.m.; Indiana State at North Dakota State, 4 p.m.; Northwestern State at Southeastern Louisiana, 4 p.m.; Kentucky at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (Bob Rathbun/Tim Couch/Elizabeth Moreau); Fordham at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (Mike Gleason/John Bunting/Rontina McCann); Western Illinois at South Dakota State, 7 p.m.; Florida Atlantic at Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m.
MY4 (WNYA) and MY4 HD — Duke at Virginia Tech, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Mike Hogewood).
FOX College Sports Atlantic — Lindsey Wilson at Campbellsville, 2 p.m. (Jim Tirey/Brian Rive).
FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Utah at UCLA, 3 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joel Klatt/Petros Papadakis); Southern California at Washington, 7 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Julie Alexandria).
CBS6 and CBS6 HD — Alabama at Missouri, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
NBC13 and NBC13 HD — Stanford at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Tom Hammond/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
FOX College Sports Pacific — Texas-San Antonio at Rice, 3:30 p.m. (Adam Alexander/Dave Lapham/Lesley McCaslin).
Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 HD — California at Washington State, 10:30 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Ryan Nece).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Louisiana-Lafayette at North Texas, 9 p.m.
ESPNU — Hampton at North Carolina Central, 7:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).
MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Houston at SMU, 8 p.m. (Ron Thulin/Shaun King/Desmond Purnell).
CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — New Haven at Stonehill, 8 p.m.
ESPN and ESPN HD — Oregon at Arizina State, 9 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Steele).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Connecticut at Syracuse, 8 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Rod Gilmore/Jemele Hill).