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The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 8

23 November 2010

My guest this week is Jon “Boog” Sciambi, baseball and college basketball play-by-play man extraordinaire for ESPN.

The topics we cover:

  • 3:00-10:17: Impressions from the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, including Harrison Barnes, Tubby Smith’s subtle success, and other early-season college basketball thoughts
  • 12:36-14:36: What separates a good college basketball player from a good NBA player?
  • 14:37-20:15: How Boog does research for college basketball games, and how he blends stats with storytelling
  • 20:16-24:42: How calling a basketball game is different than calling a baseball game
  • 24:43-28:09: Boog and I do some awesome Bill Raftery impressions – and reflect on how injecting passion into a broadcast can enhance the viewer experience. Like this:

  • 28:10-31:50: We rhapsodize about the great Dave Van Horne
  • 31:51-39:46: Boog tells his classic Chipper Jones story
  • 39:47-41:20: Chipper Jones, first-ballot Hall of Famer
  • 41:21-43:35: Nomar Garciaparra and instinctive baseball
  • 43:36-50:38: National and local sports coverage – how can the networks make both better?
  • 50:39-53:41: Food Pick of the Week
  • My pick
    Boog’s first pick and second pick

  • 53:42-58:02: Boog’s long-anticipated foray into Twitter (he has an account @BoogSciambi, but has only Tweeted once).

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