Let's face it -- although most of us would like to see the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup final and the Masters live and in person, it just isn't going to happen. Sports fans watch most events on television or listen to them on the radio. Sun sports writer Ian Busby, a man born with a TV remote in one hand and a radio in the other, wants to help the armchair athlete get the most out of their weekend. That's why today we debut The Broadcast Buzz, a new Friday feature that rounds up all the news that's fit to hit the airwaves, preferably in high-definition. Airtimes and channels for the weekend's biggest sporting events, the great TV moments of the week you might have missed -- you'll find it here every Friday, along with week's the best 'take' from radio and TV personality Jim Rome. Enjoy!
Jack Armstrong takes delight in doing the viewer's job for a while.
The Sportsnet basketball team of analyst Armstrong, host Brad Fay and producer Ed Hall are controlling the remote for Canadians during March Madness.
Sometimes the studio has all the intensity of the host arenas during some 12 hours of daily coverage. But the beauty of Sportsnet's NCAA surfing is the station isn't bound to one game.
If there's a blowout, such as Boston College's 20-point win over Pennsylvania yesterday, the trio flips over to another game, hoping to catch the crucial moments.
"It is the ultimate remote," said Armstrong, who will constantly add info to supplement the each game's broadcasters.
"We're flipping back between four games at once. Compared to CBS, we can flip back and forth and not have to worry about geographical obligations.
"We can cover the Canadian players and have Canadian content as much as possible. We have fewer commercial breaks so we can get to the best games that much quicker. We're able to give you a bit more, not just in the first couple days but in all 11 days."
The network will carry all the action, including the Final Four and championship game, but the best time to tune in is this weekend, when up to four games will be going simultaneously in the opening two rounds.
Like NFL Sunday, when seven or eight matchups are running, couch potatoes can choose what to watch.
Sportsnet does the work for us and it becomes Hall's job to see we don't miss a bucket. Fay and Armstrong don't take their eyes off their screens looking for upset material.
And, after years of doing colour commentary and countless research on current teams, Armstrong can anticipate which matchup will make for top entertainment.
"You're hoping for commercials at the right times so you can keep abreast of everything," Armstrong said. "It gets a little frantic when you've got all four going at once and they start going down to the buzzer.
"I've done it for a few years now so I'm getting used to it. But you walk out of there for the first few days with a massive headache."
The Saddledome will rock tonight when the San Jose Stealth makes its second visit this season. Catch the action on Sportsnet as play-by-play man Roger Millions describes the hits and quick sticks. Brian Shanahan will do the colour on what should be an entertaining contest. The Riggers are in a battle for first place in the West Division and are looking to lock up a playoff home game:
* Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
In the fight that changed boxing forever, Muhammad Ali transformed himself from the Louisville Lip to the Greatest in his 1964 bout with Sonny Liston. The replay is part of ESPN Classic Canada's Hot Shot series, featuring the best of athletes who talked the talk but could also walk the walk:
* Tomorrow at 11 p.m., Sunday at 7 a.m.
YOU JUST HAD TO SEE IT
Big Mac got on the mic and choked up after delivering about seven words yesterday as TSN carried the congressional hearing on steroids in baseball live. While Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro denied using performance-enhancing drugs, Mark McGwire basically admitted guilt by saying he wouldn't rat on his former teammates or himself. After four years of laying low, Big Mac has the most to lose in this deal and his teary breakdown on national TV was quite the opposite of his record-breaking home run in 1998.