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Feinstein Quits Navy Radio Over CBS Documentary

John Feinstein, who is best known for A Season on the Brink, the year he spent embedded with former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, has quit the Navy Radio Network after 14 years as a color commentator after the school agreed to do a documentary with CBS about the Army-Navy game — a project that Feinstein, whose book The Civil War chronicled the annual football game between the two service academies, reportedly pitched to CBS in the past, but to no avail.

I have no doubt CBS will do just fine with this. They’ll have the access and they’ll spend the money. They won’t have my anecdotal memory or know some of the stories about past players that I know and I’m SURE they won’t try to claim any of the stories I’ve written or told in the past as their own.

I’m not angry with the people at Army or Navy. This was a business decision. Could they have pushed CBS a little harder to involve me, pointing out that it would benefit the project? Yes. Would that have done any good? I doubt it.

The reason I’m stepping down then isn’t because I’m throwing a hissy fit at being left out. But, as I said in my note to the Navy people, Army-Navy and doing Navy football has never been a job to me, it has been a passion. Doing this documentary would have been a labor of both love and passion and, yes, I believe I would have done it better than anyone else.

So, to be at the games this fall and see CBS there with their cameras following players around; knowing they’re in the locker room with their cameras; encountering people from CBS all the time, is something I simply can’t face. It’s a little bit like dating a girl for 10 years, getting dumped and then being invited to her wedding. I just don’t want to watch it.

Can’t really blame him. Then again, the idea for a documentary about the Army-Navy game doesn’t seem like something that Feinstein alone could have brainstormed. Not involving him, though, seems odd. Hopefully CBS will address the reasons for doing the documentary without him.

 

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MLB Marks 48 Balls for Jeter's Potential Milestone

Four dozen Rawlings baseballs have been rubbed with dirt and numbered sequentially, ready to enter the game when Derek Jeter comes to the plate resting on 2999 hits. The balls, one of which will be hit for the milestone 3000th of the Yankee captain’s career, also carry a hidden marking to establish authenticity. Inexplicably the balls have not been sprayed with Driven, Jeter’s perfume.

Once Derek Jeter reaches 2,999 career hits, the marked ball will be deployed during his at-bats, one at a time, and each ball’s outcome is tracked by an Authentication staffer. The home-plate umpire and a bat boy will have the process down pat for each game. Start with four or six balls — usually four, but depending on the ump — and then go through them meticulously until Jeter strokes his 3,000th hit.

How do you decide on four dozen balls?

“It’s as needed,” said Howie Shelton, program manager for MLB Authentication, and the person who actually marked the balls. “If he takes a while, he gets maybe 12 balls into it, we’d have to mark up some more. Derek’s a contact hitter. He could foul off five, six or seven pitches, and we have to be ready.”

After 2,999, any balls are removed from play under normal circumstances — tossed out after a pitch in the dirt, or perhaps Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira comes off the field after a 4-3 putout and flips the ball into the crowd behind the Yankees’ dugout. In that case, let’s say it’s ball No. 20 after hit 2,999. The MLB Authenticator simply marks: “20 — Teixeira throws into crowd.”

'Time' Names Two Sports Blogs Among 2011 Best

Time magazine has released its list of the best blogs of 2011 — “Our annual blog extravaganza features 25 fresh picks, from politics and pop culture to travel, tech and beyond” — and among the selections are two sports blogs: MLB Trade Rumors, which is required reading during the lead-up to the July 31 trade deadline, and The Basketball Jones, which is required reading for people who jones for basketball.

Here are the write-ups from Harry McCracken of Time:

MLB Trade Rumors: In 2008, search-engine marketer and Chicago Cubs diehard Tim Dierkes quit his day job to focus on his blog, MLB Trade Rumors. Dierkes and nine other writers now contribute, sharing scuttlebutt about trades and free-agent signings for all 30 Major League Baseball teams. It’s a rich source of relevant information on its chosen subject, and it’s admirably fat-free: almost everything is in the form of quick-hit bullet-pointed items. With tools like the Transaction Tracker, which lets you search for deals by player, team and contract value, this site can make anyone feel like a major-league insider.

The Basketball Jones: Tas Melas, J.E. Skeets and Trey Kerby operate a miniature media empire under the Basketball Jones imprimatur, including a popular video podcast and the Basketball Jones blog. The mood is mostly lighthearted and even downright silly – one post wondered if a rapper’s Twitter curse against Kevin Durant had doomed the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yet it can be surprisingly heartfelt too, like when it discussed whether Scottie Pippen had committed sacrilege by asserting that LeBron James may be a better player than Michael Jordan. The blog keeps publishing in the off-season, albeit on a reduced schedule – good news for hoops fans who need to satisfy their basketball joneses.

Congratulations to these two blogs for being fresh.