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Carroll’s Cuisine: Costas & Weisman Are Hall of Famers

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Michael Weisman was inducted in to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame last Tuesday night. It was an overdue honor for a man who has been part of TV sports for over 50 years.

Mike hasn’t been afraid to venture out of his sports comfort zone as he produced Pat Sajak’s 1989 late night talk show; Jane Pauley’s syndicated daytime talk show; and he had a year tour of duty producing MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He deserves an Emmy Award for lifetime achievement.

Bill Raftery, the beloved CBS and ESPN college sports analyst, was also inducted into the 2017 Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Bill’s longtime play-by-play sidekick, Forest Hills High alum Ian Eagle, couldn’t be present at the ceremony but he broke up the audience with some behind-the-scenes stories about Bill in a video tribute.

For years the best part of watching a New Jersey Nets game was enjoying the unpredictable patter between Ian and Bill. Other inductees were Lesley Visser, who was one of the first female sports air personalities in what was, and still is, primarily a male-dominated field; and signature ESPN personality Chris Berman, who is best-known for the clever nicknames that he bestowed upon athletes.

The Knicks ruined Carmelo Anthony’s return to Madison Square Garden Saturday night as they defeated his current team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-96. In a classy move, the Knicks presented a video tribute to Carmelo before the game and fans gave him a standing ovation. Of course once the game began Melo was treated like any other opponent and that is how it should be.

The game was broadcast nationally on TNT not just because of the “Carmelo comes back” storyline but also because of the Thunder’s two other star players, Paul George and Russell Westbrook. The player who outshone all of them however was Knicks forward Michael Beasley who scored 30 points and made Knicks fans forget about the injured Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway,Jr. for one night anyway.

Beasley has never lived up to the hype of being the second player chosen in the 2008 NBA Draft. He has bounced from team to team but he may be a rare case of an NBA late bloomer.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.