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Iowa Announcer Gary Dolphin Diagnosed With Cancer

Gary Dolphin, Iowa’s play-by-play radio announcer for football and men’s basketball, announced yesterday that he’s been diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Dolphin, 60, said the cancer was detected early and he expects to fulfill his job duties this year, his 15th with Iowa.

“My doctors are confident they’ve caught the cancer in the early stages and I will attack it aggressively with radiation treatment,” said Dolphin. “Barring unforeseen circumstances, I expect to fulfill all my responsibilities to the University and Learfield Sports, where football and basketball are concerned.

“In the meantime I would appreciate the prayers and well wishes from Hawkeye fans all over the country. I’d also like to urge ALL males, age 50 and above, to have the simple PSA blood test performed. It could save their life.”

Dolphin has the support of his bosses.

“We’ll be with Dolph every step of the way through his treatment of this disease,” said Chuck Schroeder, general manager of Hawkeye Sports Properties. “Gary is a huge part of Hawkeye Sports Properties and the Hawkeye Radio Network. We have great confidence that he’ll be ready when we go on the air in a few short weeks.”



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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Jimmer Fredette and Mormon Pick-Up Lines

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we discuss the President’s B.O., Mark Zuckerberg’s new jukebox, and America’s hottest religion. Plus, an invisibility cloak!

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Former Angels Announcer Physioc Completing Bucket List

Former Angels announcer Steve Physioc was so inspired by the 2007 film The Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman that he and his wife, Stacey, have spent some of the intervening years accomplishing many things they’d like do before they “kick the bucket.” They climbed Half Dome in Yosemite, went skydiving in California, zip-lining in Maui, and whitewater rafting down the Colorado River. But it’s not all about attending to selfish interests. Physioc and his wife are currently traveling around the country, touching base with family and old friends and committing random acts of kindness.

In an email to the Ocean County Register, Physioc said,

This year we decided to see our families and America on a road trip that would cover all four time zones, 18 states, 5000 miles and many National Parks. (Yellowstone and Glacier are the two biggies we will camp and hike on this adventure). We started out Friday, June 10th from our home in Trabuco Canyon and drove 12 hours to my sister’s house in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Our goal is for each of us to do one random act of kindness every day and do a silly yoga pose in every state. The random acts of kindness can be something as simple as giving a five dollar tip for a two-dollar cup of coffee in Texhoma, Texas or picking up trash on a hiking trail in Santa Fe.”

Physioc, 56, was fired by the Angels in 2009 after 14 seasons announcing with the team. He has also called games for the Padres, Giants and Reds in his career.

Matt Jones Departs From

Matt Jones is leaving six months after joining the website as a writer for their national college basketball blog.

Jones was the mastermind behind who was living the dream of covering college basketball on a national level … or so he thought:

“If there ever was an example of a “square peg/round hole” relationship, my experiment at mainstream writing for CBS would certainly qualify. After the KSR gang did a nationwide road trip for the site 2 years ago, I was brought on to help launch the new college basketball blog and try to bring the sensibilities that we showcased at KSR to a larger audience. Read more

Is ESPN Quitting 3D?

ESPN might be coming to your Xbox, but it’s days of 3D could be numbered.

Dashiell Bennett writes that the Worldwide Leader is considering abandoning the 3D channel it launched in June if the company can’t find a sustainable business model. Which, of course, is ludicrous. 3D will succeed. But it’s going to take some time.

We bet that the majority of sports fans purchased a new, enormous, flat-screen television in the past two years. Expecting them to dish out another $1,500 for a 3D set isn’t realistic. It’s just not going to happen, especially when the offerings are so slim. But they will, eventually. The next set everyone buys will be 3D-enabled.

Someone is going to make a mint broadcasting 3D sports, but the money won’t start flowing for another couple years. ESPN would be foolish to get out of the business before it even began.

Which Sports Teams or Leagues Could Start Their Own TV Network?

UFL LogoThe New York Yankees have one. So do the New York Mets. Major League Baseball, the NFL and NBA all have one as well.

Yes, if you are a powerful sports brand, there is a good chance you have your own television network. But there are still some brands that aren’t on the bandwagon yet. Sports Business Journal spoke to a number of prominent sports and media executives and asked for their thoughts on which ones could make that jump.

The easy winner was UFC. The mixed martial arts league received three votes, with an “Olympics”channel receiving two. All the other suggestions had only one vote.

Both a UFC channel and an Olympics channel make a lot of sense. They each attract massive viewership numbers to their special event programming, the UFC to pay-per-view and the Olympics to the Winter and Summer games every two years.

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