TBS to carry on longtime CBS tradition once players cut down the nets
The announcers for the third edition of Team Stream by Bleacher Report were announced on Tuesday. Among them include a few former basketball standouts and one former prominent Philadelphia Eagles QB who recently spent some time in jail after being arrested for a DUI charge that cost him a place on the roundtable with Fox Sports Live.
Here are the assignments and where you can find them, opposite the usual TBS coverage supplied by Jim Nantz doing his 26th straight play-by-play assignment, Bill Raftery and Grant Hill supplying the color commentary, and the always steady and reliable Tracy Wolfson doing the sideline reporting:
Oklahoma Sooners on TNT
Chad McKee, announcer for cable outlet Sooner Sports TV will do play-by-play
Eduardo Najera, former 12 year NBA player who does pregame and postgame analyzing for the Dallas Mavericks
Jessica Coody, five year reporter for Sooner Sports TV will hawk the Sooners bench
Villanova Wildcats on TruTV
Veteran Westwood One studio host Scott Graham who doubles over as host of Inside Villanova Basketball With Jay Wright during the past eight seasons will team up with former Villanova and NFL wide receiver Brian Finneran is the analyst. Kacie McDonnell (Villanova Class of 2012), who does multiple TV assignments for 41 Action News during the week and covers the Sporting Kansas City MLS soccer team most weekends will be the sideline reporter.
North Carolina Tar Heels on TNT
Wes Durham, veteran announcer for Fox Sports South who covers ACC football, basketball and baseball whose father Woody was the radio voice of Tar Heels football and basketball from 1971 to 2011. Brendan Haywood, a 2000 Final Four participant for North Carolina will be the analyst and Dwayne Ballen, former sportscaster for WTVD is a recent author detailing his family’s struggles and journeys with autism will hawk the sidelines.
Syracuse Orange on TruTV
Veteran ACC announcer Tom Werme will be joined by 1980 Syracuse alum Roosevelt Bouie (who spent a few years playing professionally in Italy and Spain after garnering All-Big East honors as a senior in 1980), and Donovan McNabb who did star as one-time Syracuse QB before donning the kelly green of the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the sideline duties.
“One Shining Moment” will feature a new artist
The sappy, yet corny song that has been closing each and every NCAA Tournament since David Barrett first sang it after Indiana’s dramatic last second victory over then first-time Final Four participant Syracuse in 1987 will get a new version immediately before Monday night’s airing of Conan.
Everyone knows that the late, great Teddy Pendergrass did a nice version from 1994 until 1999, then Barrett did it three more years from 2000 to 2002. Most people in this generation instantly recognized the late jazz great Luther Vandross rather soulful version performed between 2003 until 2015 (with Jennifer Hudson doing a rendition that most people hated shortly after Butler, playing nearly 7 miles from their own campus almost won the 2010 title with Gordon Hayward’s last second heave nearly taking down Duke).
I found a really neat article by Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com if you wish to learn how the song was originally conceived in 1986. Figuring today is the anniversary when it first aired, I hope you enjoy the initial version after Bob Knight won his third and last time and for Indiana marked their fifth championship and last one to date at the formerly named Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans: