On The Air
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
November 24, 2006

It's time for our annual Sports Turkeys list.

ABC Sports: ESPN took over the entire sports division. Somewhere, the late Howard Cosell is crying.

Arena Football League: As soon as the NBC got the NFL back, the Arena Football League got benched.

Sports Talk 950-AM: Let's count the many things wrong with this station — the morning show, the evening show, the syndicated shows and the brokered air shows. Besides that, everything is great. It is lucky to be in 26th place out of 28 stations.

Keith Jones: In his first year in the Flyers' broadcast booth, the team is suffering its worst season in history.

Tony Kornheiser: If it were anybody else, he'd make fun of his performance on “Monday Night Football” on his other show “Pardon the Interruption.”

“Out of Bounds”: How can CN8 justify getting rid of Lou Tilley for those two boring replacements from Boston?

Darren Daulton on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”: “Dutch” struck out by trying to explain his “out of body experiences,” “vibrating energy” and the “limitations of linear time” to a dumbfounded Mary Carillo.

Jeremiah Trotter on “Celebrity Paranormal Project”: Emmitt Smith appears on “Dancing with the Stars.” The Eagles middle linebacker gets this.

Keith Russell: He no longer hosts “The Donovan McNabb Show” and hasn't improved in his second year at Channel 6.

Scott Palmer: The former Channel 6 sportscaster found out life on the other side of the microphone wasn't so easy in the midst of the Phillies-Brett Myers domestic abuse mess this summer.

Ed Snider: During the Flyers owner's news conference announcing the departures of head coach Ken Hitchcock and general manager Bob Clarke when the members of the press asked questions, he looked at them with contempt. Wasn't he the one who scheduled the news conference?

Homecoming game

When the Eagles play the Colts on NBC's “Sunday Night Football,” sideline reporter and Philadelphia native Andrea Kremer will certainly flash back to her childhood when she went to Eagles' games with her parents, including the opening of Veterans Stadium in 1971.

Growing up an Eagles and Miami Dolphins fan in the 1970s, Kremer named her dog “Zonk,” for former Miami running back Larry Csonka.

“My first job in the business was as an unpaid intern for the Eagles, where my job was to transcribe Dick Vermeil's "I'm burned out' press conference,” said the University of Pennsylvania graduate, who worked for NFL Films and ESPN before signing a six-year contract with NBC this year.

Years later, Kremer had an “Oh, wow” moment, when she interviewed Miami coach Don Shula after he became the NFL's all-time winningest coach, with her parents in the stands at Veterans Stadium.

Married for nine years to a “civilian” (her husband isn't in broadcasting), Kremer has a 6-year-old son and lives in the Boston area.

She'll get to cover her hometown team again on Christmas Day when the Eagles visit Dallas.

November 24, 2006 7:35 AM