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Had the chance to host the Jim Rome Show. He was off for the Veteran’s Day holiday, so I also fill-in for his CBS Sports Radio minutes. They run across the network at the bottom of the hours. Here’s my thoughts on the Fins mess, sloppy football and the Braves new digs.
This is Damon Amendolara with a CBS Sports Minute… No matter where you fall on the Ingognito/Martin argument, one thing is clear: The Dolphins brass looks like clowns. In a league stripped down b/c of parity, injuries, and lack of depth – blowing a 2nd round pick is tantamount to disaster. Esp. if it could’ve been avoided. Miami’s Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin want to tell you they had no idea this was coming. Well, if the situation between two players is so toxic that a 2nd round pick is willing to just up and leave, maybe you should’ve been aware. Its not like Martin was a 7th round flyer or an undrafted FA. You spend millions of dollars souting, drafting and develpng draft picks. You need help on the offensive line. Then a 2nd rd draft pick in his 2nd year walks away? Try to keep an eye out for these things Dolphins brass. Its kinda important. I’m D.A
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This is Damon Amendolara with a CBS Sports Minute. So when is separation Sunday? Because the entire NFL looks pretty bad to me. Just look at some of the division leaders yesterday. The Bengals trailed 17-0 before needing a lucky Hail Mary to force OT. The Colts go smashed by Kellen Clemens and the Rams by 30. At home. The Broncos led by 3 TDs but had to hang on to beat the Chargers. The defending NFC Champion Niners managed 3 FGs at home in a loss to the Panthers. And Don’t even ask about the Cowboys. Hey Dallas – there goes Darren Sproles. He’s now halfway to Biloxie. Injuries have taken their toll across the league. Depth is an issue everywhere with the hard salary cap. Maybe the CBA’s limits on practice time is affecting the quality of play way more than we think. Whatever it is: football is still king. But the football is fit for the peasants. Im D.A.
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This is Damon Amendolara with a CBS Sports Minute. Interesting turn of events in Atlanta. The Braves shocked many by announcing they were moving out to the suburbs in Cobb County with a new stadium in 2017. Ah, that Grand Old Lady Turner Field. She’ll turn an ancient 20 years old in three years. But you know stadiums these days – they need a renovation every 10 years. Wait they do? This is a bad look for all of us taxpayers and sports fans that will be asked to pick up the tab on new facilities. If the precedent is set for teams to get new digs every 15-20 years we’re all in trouble. Sorry you cant see the 3-D video board from the bathroom! Need a new stadium. Every seat isn’t equipped with an Ipad! Need a new ballpark. The moving walkway between the grassfed hot dog cart and the Itlaian marble urinals isn’t fast enough! New arena! If this can be justified… we are royally screwed. Im D.A.
When Jonathan Papelbon calls the possibility of Yasiel Puig in the All-Star Game an “absolute joke,” it would be nice if it was just another boorish, obnoxious, ill-timed Pap-ism. Unfortunately, it’s more than that. It’s indicative of a wave of MLB thinking, the dinosaur reasoning of, “Well, we’ve done it this way forever. So we shouldn’t change it.”
“It’s just really what happens in baseball when … to me it really does an injustice to the veteran players that have been in the game for eight-, nine-, 10-plus years. It kind of does them an injustice because they’ve worked so hard to stay there.”
Yeah, because that’s a good reason. Because the mid-summer classic should simply be a parade of veteran grinders who have worked to keep roster spots.
“It’s just really what happens in baseball…” – which could be interpreted simply as an inarticulate Pap, except that I keep hearing the same type of rationale from other critics on Puig. And it sounds a whole lot like the explanation about so many other baseball ideas. Instead of asking whether MLB needs to legitimately force a pitch clock, or change World Series start times, or properly market its stars, or free up its draconian video sharing restrictions, we should just realize “it’s just what happens in baseball” and go about our day.
If the All-Star Game counts, then how does the most torrid hitter in the NL not make the roster? If it’s a platform to sell the game, then how does one of the best stories in the league not play?
Bud Selig has helped push the league into the new millennium with wild cards, interleague, and video replay. Unfortunately there’s still instances where the game falls back on stuck-in-the-past thinking. And they wonder how MLB has lost its grip on the country.
As announced today, we’re moving the show to the overnight hours: 2a-6a as part of the newly launching CBS Sports Radio Network. It’ll be picked up in a number of markets across the country, so check your local sports radio station to see if you’ll be getting the network.
For my Boston CL:10 Crew, one of the most important parts about this opportunity was the chance to remain on the Sports Hub. Boston helped take the Mothership to a new level, so I wanted to make sure we stayed on the 98.5.
The Mothership is a nickname the show took on because in an homage to the great Parliament Funkadelic, we like to open the show with the mantra: The Mothership has connected, welcome aboard.
So, welcome aboard everyone.
Here’s the official announcement:
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DAMON AMENDOLARA TO HOST WEEKDAY OVERNIGHT SHOW ON CBS SPORTS RADIO
“The D.A. Show” Premieres In The New Year Boasting Major Market, Nationwide Coverage
CBS Sports Radio today announced Damon Amendolara as host of the network’s weekday overnight show. His new program, “The D.A. Show,” which will debut Wednesday, January 2, 2013, upon the launch of the network, will be heard on select stations from 2:00-6:00 AM, ET on-air, streaming online and through the Radio.com application for mobile devices. Amendolara, known by his fans as D.A., joins the network from CBS RADIO Boston’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub,” where he has served as evening host since the station’s launch in August 2009. As he makes the transition to CBS Sports Radio, Amendolara promises a program which will be a mix of the latest sports news, discussions and controversy, in addition to interviews with tastemakers from the sports world and calls from night-owls across the country. He joins the previously announced schedule which includes powerhouse talent such as Jim Rome, Doug Gottlieb, John Feinstein and Scott Ferrall.
The following stations will be among those broadcasting Amendolara’s “The D.A. Show”:
KRLD-FM Dallas KILT-AM Houston WIP-AM Philadelphia WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. WCNN-AM/WFOM-AM Atlanta WBZ-FM Boston WXYT-FM Detroit WJZ-FM Baltimore WFNZ-AM Charlotte WKRK-FM Cleveland KFNZ-AM/KJQS-AM Salt Lake City WSJZ-FM Orlando/Melbourne
“D.A. is an all-star in Boston, and his energy and understanding of the sports world will no doubt translate to a national platform,” said Eric Spitz, Director of Programming, CBS Sports Radio. “Damon is certainly the man to keep listeners engrossed overnight, and his work at stations across the country, covering a multitude of different sports, will be beneficial to our listeners. His success and following on our local radio station and his charitable endeavors in the community prove he will make a great addition to our already outstanding lineup at CBS Sports Radio.”
CBS Sports Radio will offer around-the-clock national sports coverage and programming, harnessing the power and resources of CBS RADIO and the award-winning CBS Sports. High-profile personalities from CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com will play a prominent role on CBS Sports Radio which will reach more than 10 million listeners when it debuts. Original programs across multiple weekday and weekend time periods will feature expert sports commentary and interviews with major sports figures along with listener calls and fan interaction. Cumulus Media Networks serves as the exclusive syndicator and sales partner for CBS Sports Radio.
In addition to his work on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub, Amendolara is the sideline reporter for the New England Revolution on Comcast and a frequent guest and fill-in host for CSN’s Sports Tonight/Sports Sunday. Furthermore, he is an anchor on CSNNE’s Pregame Live and Postgame Live, appears on Fox-25 Boston, while contributing to NFL Films and the NFL Network’s Top 10 series, ESPN News’ Air Check and NFL Films Presents on ESPN. Prior to The Sports Hub, Amendolara worked at WQAM in Miami and Kansas City’s 610 Sports. Amendolara began his career at 1040 WYSL in Rochester, NY and Sportsradio 770 ESPN in Ft Myers-Naples, FL. The Warwick, NY native was graduated from Syracuse University in 2001, where he served as Sports Director at WAER Radio.
It’s been an up and down Patriots season of predictions for me. We entered the year with yours truly calling for an 11-5 record for New England. Of course, at the time you would’ve thought I had called Tom Brady a hater of babies and small pets. Sheer outrage. “Cahm awn D.A.! Ah youah high? They ah no worse than 13-3 this yeah!”
Well, after a couple of tough, unexpected losses in the first half of the season, 11-5 seems pretty reasonable. I also went out on a limb and predicted the Seahawks would upset the Pats 20-19 on Comcast Pregame Live just before kickoff. The Pats lost 24-23.
But it hasn’t all been roses. I also engaged into a huge on-air altercation with a caller (Matt in Malden) as I guaranteed in early October (before the Seattle game) that the London contest against the Rams would be a close game. That looks idiotic after a 45-7 win. Matt was a big enough man to call up following the blowout and take it easy on me. He could’ve driven me into the ground.
Over the four year tenure of the Mothership, here’s the most famous wins: Bobby V. would implode, Steven Ridley would be a great RB, Cliff Lee would throw 8 IP of 2 R baseball in the ’09 ALCS, The Celtics would draft Sullinger and Fab back-to-back, the Seahawks loss, Jermaine O’Neal would be a thief.
The losses? John Lackey would have a big 1st season in Boston, the ’12 Sox would begin hot, Brandon Tate has big play potential, the Rams would keep it close, the Pats would beat the Jets in the playoffs by 14, Andrew Miller is a great find.
Let’s call it a push, shall we?
Tony Mazz was a worthy opponent in the final.
But once I acquired Gresh and Rich to create the ultimate rap group, there was no stopping Team Mothership. I sampled Ludacris’ “Get Out The Way.” Homerun beat.
Tell me how my Calamahhh tastes. Because ya’ll can now kiss the ring.
I just leave my talking to rap battles.
But revenge is best served with ice cold lyrics. I chose Biggie’s “Hyponotize” as my beat.
Sorry, Freddy. I win.
Toucher and Rich began by lining me up against J-Stew.
So, I sampled Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” and advanced.
Right now I’m doing that belt thing that Aaron Rodgers does. Yes, the championship is home where it belongs. Aboard the Mothership as our dash board hula-skirt chick. Jimmy Stewart, Fred and the other station never stood a chance.
- You can listen to all DA’s raps under “Related Posts” below.
Northeastern coach Greg Cronin on his Huskies memorable Bean Pot title game. The Bruins are looking to make a deal. DA summons his inner Peanuts voice for Bud Selig and then has a legendary metldown and gets sunstroke after hearing the Pujols to Red Sox speculation.
We always update that page throughout the show and CBS Radio has launched its splashy new Boston site just recently. Click around to find T&R’s bits and Felger and Mazz’s rants.
Bookmark ‘em both because there’s never enough Sports Hub.
Always been soccer friendly, always will be. Handled New England Revolution sideline duties for Comcast this past season. From coaching my youth soccer team last year to glory on the Media Game pitch, there’s always been a place for The Beautiful Game with Team D.A.
Wiz Wagons, youth camps and now… Inside the Fort.
First up, Cory Gibbs. Ole.
Best of “Inside the Fort” baby!
The one and only Pat Phelan.
Marbles champ Zack Boggs.
One Saturday afternoon, a young Damon was dazzled by “Alcoa Presents: The NFL’s Greatest Endings” on television. It was another NFL Films masterpiece, highlighting “The Immaculate Reception,” “The Sea of Hands,” and “The Hail Mary.”
I taped it on my family’s old twin-deck VCR and watched that video at least 30-40 times.
It began my lifelong fascination with NFL Films; the mythology of professional football.
When NFL Films asked me to opine for their “Top 10″ series which runs on the NFL Network and “NFL Films Presents” for ESPN2, I might as well have died and gone to John Facenda’s heaven.
Here’s one of the pieces, an awesome profile on Miami wideout Devone Bess’ triumph in the face of hardship.
That was my hometown’s cable access station and my first gig was calling Section 9 girls high school soccer. Good gig.
Today, John in Medford, one of our favorite callers, hosts his own show on Medford’s TV-3. He invited me on. I partook. In a top hat and tux.
I ripped King Carl, so Carl decided to call the show. Hey, makes for great radio. Carl was one classy individual and could always admit when he was wrong as evidenced by this clip. Shockingly, the Chiefs won the division just two seasons after Carl was fired. The station actually forced me to write an apology to him, because they were scared this exchange would hurt their ability to land the team’s radio rights (and Carl demanded it). It pains me to see him out of work.