TV Timeout: Hey Rickie, You're So Fine

Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman praised Rickie Fowler for his comedic role in a series of Farmers Insurance spots, calling him “a breath of fresh air." Tilghman: "He's loaded with color, obviously, through his wardrobe and the guy can flat-out play the game of golf. This is the new generation." Golf Channel's Steve Flesch said the ads are "right up the social media alley" and it's "building your image, it’s marketing yourself and you have to have the personality and the gumption to do it. Ricky's doing a good job of it. He's got a little strain of mischief that runs through his blood" ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 8/28).

BYRD WAS THE WORD: ESPN’s Mike Golic said of the Mets trading OF Marlon Byrd the day of a planned promotion featuring Byrd T-shirts: “Obviously you can’t let that interfere with business, but could this have happened a day later? Would it be worse to have Marlon Byrd night to honor Marlon Byrd and then the next day he’s with the Pirates? ... I’m sure that some people think when they read something like that is, ‘Is there no communication anywhere in this organization?’” (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 8/28). 

AMATEUR HOUR? ESPN's Keith Olbermann: "The simple truth is there isn't such thing as 'college' football. ... What we cover and what you watch from East Lansing to College Station to Pasadena, that is college pro football. It's a professional sport. It operates to print money. It's first or second-most marketable asset is paid at the level of, and as inconsistently as, summer interns” ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 8/27).


EASTERN PROMISES: ESPN’s Chrissie Evert, on the emergence of Chinese tennis players: “I give a lot of credit to Li Na and her leadership, and she told that Chinese Tennis Federation, ‘No, I’m not going to give you 60 percent of my prize money anymore. I want my own coach and I’m going to travel to America.’ She paved the way for all these other Chinese tennis players; very bold move” ("U.S. Open," ESPN2, 8/27).

A STAR IS BORN: ABC’s Lara Spencer said Haitian tennis player Victoria Duval is "the new darling of the U.S. Open” (“GMA," ABC, 8/28).

TRAVEL TIPS: ESPN’s Chris Fowler, on fans commuting to Queens for the U.S. Open: “You've got to get the express, the local train out here will kill you” ("U.S. Open," ESPN2, 8/27).
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