Comcast SportsNet Celtics analyst Donny Marshall plays golf every day. He owns a golf course, and has competed in numerous Pro-Am tournaments with the likes of Brad Faxon, Jeff Sluman, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Donald Trump. Given this resume, you would think that the 39 year-old Detroit native is a golf lifer, but not true.
WCVB Channel 5 sports anchor Bob Halloran is a modern day Renaissance man. He answers to the titles television star, radio personality, author, and of course, golfer. Halloran’s most cherished title, however, is dad.
Over the past decade, Bill Burt has become a Boston media insider through his memorable appearances on Sportsradio WEEI. Whether engaging in debate, or willingly serving as Glenn Ordway’s whipping boy, Burt shrewdly developed an immensely popular style and personae.
As the editor of Patriots Football Weekly (PFW), Paul Perillo is a multi-media presence with his PFW television show and guest appearances on Comcast SportsNet, a regular gig with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub, and his own “PFW in Progress” show at Patriots.com.
NESN studio host and reporter Kathryn Tappen has a tough job. She is the TV referee for a bevy of bickering Bruins including Gord Kluzak, Barry Pederson and Mike Milbury. Since joining NESN in 2006, Tappen has been more than up to the task, carving a significant niche for herself in Boston sports media.
As 7News Boston sports director, Joe Amorosino has a lot of responsibility. He anchors multiple weeknight sportscasts, hosts "Sports Xtra" Sundays at 11:25 p.m., and also manages the entire 7News sports department. And oh yeah, he and wife Tiffany have two children, daughter Alexa and son Rhys
For more than three decades, Bob Lobel regaled Boston sports fans with knowledge, humor and a raised eye brow look at sports. As WBZ-TV’s lead sports anchor, he won numerous Sportscaster of the Year Awards and became the best and most accomplished sports media personality in Boston history.
In his 35 years behind the microphone, White Sox broadcaster and golf maven Ken Harrelson has been known for his garish style. From “Put it on the board!” to “Grab some bench!” Harrelson is anything but a broadcasting wallflower, but don’t blame Ken.
“That’s the Hawk,” says the 69 year-old Harrelson. “Many times I’d be in a game and would say to myself, ‘Ken, get out of the Hawk’s way and let him go.’ At golf tournaments, Hawk might yell to the fans for support before making a big putt. I’ve spoken to psychiatrists about it. Hawk can do things that Ken can’t do.”
He has been slammed for defending and criticizing African American sports personalities. He has been chastised for being too outspoken and too reticent. Television journalist Bryant Gumbel, spent 15 years (1982-97) as the cohost of NBC’s “Today” show, but his today centers around sports. Since 1995, he has been the host of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” The Emmy-winning machine continues to set the pace in intelligent and enlightening sports talk and features.
The Open Championship at St. Andrews featured another dreary performance by Tiger Woods at a major and more debate on what the future holds for golf’s erstwhile phenom.
Criticism has ranged from his game to his societal responsibility. The latter topic has always bothered me. The question is simple: Does a high profile African-American athlete like Woods have an obligation to make a stand on issues of race and prejudice? Moreover, is that obligation intensified as Woods attempts to repair his tattered public image.