Names In The News
The National Football Foundation yesterday announced that Florida State Univ. football broadcaster and Buccaneers radio play-by-play man GENE DECKERHOFF will be the recipient of the '13 NFF Chris Schenkel Award. Presented annually since '96, the award recognizes individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university (NFF). This fall will "mark Deckerhoff's 35th season calling FSU football games." Later this year he will "begin his 39th season calling FSU men's basketball games" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 7/22).
STANDARD-BEARER: In San Diego, Matt Calkins notes ESPN last Tuesday debuted the "LET THEM WEAR TOWELS" documentary on women sports reporters in the locker room. The documentary included "interviews from several women who suffered during that discriminatory period, but left out" journalist JILL LIEBER STEEG. What her addition "would have provided is the voice of the journalist who spearheaded the investigation into PETE ROSE's gambling and became Sports Illustrated's first female NFL writer." It also would have "offered a viewpoint from sportswriting's EDWIN MOSES -- a standout who pulled away from her peers one hurdle at a time" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 7/21).
NO SOUP FOR YOU! Former MLBer WILLIE RANDOLPH is "one of about 60 people objecting" to a $1.3M settlement that would end the Original Soup Man’s "legal dispute with former investors." The 60 investors are "linked to an earlier and now-bankrupt version of the chain, called Soup Kitchen International." Sources said that Baseball HOFer REGGIE JACKSON also is "an SKI investor, but is siding with the Original Soup Man" (N.Y. POST, 7/23).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: USA Today's Gary Stoller profiles MLB Giants scout DOUG MAPSON and writes at 64, he "still loves to travel after scouting full-time" for MLB teams for 32 years. Mapson "estimates that he has lived in hotels 150 to 200 nights per year for the past 20 years." His "favorite hotel chain is Marriott, largely because of its frequent-guest program" (USA TODAY, 7/23).
NAMES: Heat G DWYANE WADE will pay his ex-wife, SIOHVAUGHN FUNCHES-WADE $5M "in a divorce settlement." The settlement "also includes a 'non-disparage' agreement in which each party must refrain from making disparaging remarks about the other." Wade attorney JAMES PRITIKIN said that protection from disparaging remarks "also would extend to Wade's family members, as well as his girlfriend, actress GABRIELLE UNION" (SUNTIMES.com, 7/22)....Maryland Jockey Club Racing Secretary & Dir of Racing GEORGANNE HALE and Under Armour VP/Events, Global Communications & Entertainment DIANE PELKEY appeared on the "50 Women To Watch In Baltimore" list in the July 16 issue of the Baltimore Sun magazine (THE DAILY)....Former MLBer CARLOS DELGADO on Sunday was inducted into the Blue Jays Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre (CP, 7/21)....Boxer RAFAEL MARQUEZ has "signed a four-year fight deal with Golden Boy Promotions" (ESPN.com, 7/22)....Former Patriots players MAX LANE and JON WILLIAMS on Sunday "passed out medals at the New England Kids triathlon at MIT." The event was sponsored by the NFL's Play 60 initiative (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/22)....TNT NBA analyst KENNY SMITH put his Encino, Calif., home on the market for $2.8M. He paid $1.85M for the house two years ago and "spent nearly a half-million dollars remodeling it" (LATIMES.com, 7/22)....NASCAR driver JOEY LOGANO made a cameo on Disney XD's "LAB RATS" last night (THE DAILY).