SBD/Issue 121/Sports Media

People & Personalities: Jim Nantz Discusses Woods, His Divorce

Nantz Says Tiger Woods' Placement In
Golf Is Sometimes Overly Emphasized

CBS announcer Jim Nantz in a Q&A with GOLF.com's Alan Bastable said he thinks Tiger Woods' "placement in the game of golf overall" sometimes is "overly emphasized." Nantz: "The sport is not about one player, and I say that with a world of respect for his talents on the golf course. But the game is bigger than Tiger Woods. The doom-and-gloom theorists really don't understand the sport. His stepping away from the game is not the end of the world." Nantz added he is "not a bit" concerned that the Woods scandal has tarnished the game, as Woods' personal life "doesn't have anything to do with golf." Meanwhile, Nantz said his divorce last year was "so misrepresented, so inaccurately reported" in the media. Nantz: "Once something gets reported ... there's layering and layering and you can never get back down to the original truth." Nantz added, "I heard people I'm close to speculating on the radio about the divorce and ridiculing and laughing about some things that were written that just weren't true. I thought, 'Gosh, you know me better than that. I would never do that. How could you do this? Where's the sensitivity?' That's all I'm going to say about that" (GOLF.com, 3/6).

AROUND THE RINK: In L.A., Helene Elliott reports NHL Kings broadcaster Bob Miller "will miss at least three games while he recovers from shingles." Miller missed Saturday's Canadiens-Kings game, "only the 18th broadcast he had missed" in his 37 seasons with the team, and will miss today's game against the Blue Jackets and Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks. Radio play-by-play announcer Nick Nickson "will join analyst Jim Fox in the TV booth for the games" (L.A. TIMES, 3/8)....In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont wrote some of CBC analyst Don Cherry's "shtick over the years has been offensive and just plain cruel." But hockey fans embrace Cherry "like that old, crazy, flatulent uncle who dithers in the corner at Thanksgiving." Though some of Cherry's views are "startlingly warped, he can be admired for identifying a niche, exploiting it, and turning it into a fortune" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/7).

BOYS OF SUMMER: FANHOUSE.com's Tom Krasovic noted though Padres officials have decreased announcer Jerry Coleman's "workload from 162 games to 40 for this year," Coleman said that he is indebted to both Padres Vice Chair & CEO Jeff Moorad and President & COO Tom Garfinkel for "putting him behind the microphone again." Coleman: "I've got to thank them for keeping me alive." Krasovic noted Coleman, the oldest MLB broadcaster at 85 years old, is entering his "65th professional baseball season and 47th as a radio broadcaster" (FANHOUSE.com, 3/5)....In Toronto, Chris Zelkovich writes this weekend's Blue Jays Spring Training games "accentuated what a good team the FAN 590 duo of Jerry Howarth and Alan Ashby has become" in just their third season together. The pair has "meshed so well they sound like they've been in the same booth for a decade." Howarth is the "master of describing the game," while Ashby is a "first-rate analyst who's not afraid to speak his mind when criticism or caution is called for" (TORONTO STAR, 3/8).

NOTES: SPORTS BY BROOKS cited a source as indicating that the Bergen Record's Ian O'Connor has joined the editorial staff of the forthcoming ESPNNewYork.com. O'Connor also makes appearances on ESPN Radio 1050 N.Y. (SPORTSBYBROOKS.com, 3/5)...ACC play-by-play announcer Mike Hogewood "feels he's recovered from a stroke last summer that threatened his career." Hogewood called yesterday's Duke-N.C. State ACC women's basketball tournament championship game nationally for FSN, and will "also work for Raycom Sports as host for the ACC men's basketball tournament, which begins Thursday" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 3/8).

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