(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group), Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden lets out a roar while watching his players warm up before the start of their preseason NFL game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Two broken ribs aren’t about to stop Brent Musburger from calling Raiders games this season. The play would be called back for a holding penalty. She said, ‘Brent, you love the action. “I lost a job that I did for over 21 years at the highest level, a job that I love beyond any job I’ve had, I’ve done it the longest,” an emotional Papa told his audience on 95.7 The Game last month. Musburger said he’s always been interested in the stories of the athletes, coaches and figures he covers more than the results of the games themselves. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group), Oakland Raiders' Paul Butler (84), left, catches a pass from Detroit Lions' Rolan Milligan (41), right, in the second quarter of their preseason NFL game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Raiders receiver Nelson Agholor, who signed for the veterans minimum in the offseason, had his best day of the season Sunday with five catches for 107 yards and one touchdown.
Former Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary completion in 1984 is among his favorite calls. He painted no word pictures, many times leaving listeners without a clue as to where passes were directed, for example. “First, I talked to my wife, Arlene. Papa was also adept at detecting teams’ in-game adjustments. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto, Brent Musburger shares a laugh with staff members during a live broadcast covering opening round NCCA Tournament odds on the Vegas Stats & Information Network on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at South Point hotel-casino, in Las Vegas. His parents sent him t He’s just great to be around.”. Hall (92), sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Cassel (8) in the first quarter of their preseason NFL game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. He had not been involved with the NFL since he was a studio host for “Monday Night Football” from 1990-95. “People are going to love (Allegiant Stadium) when they come in from out of town to cheer on their team. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group), Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden chats with Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before their preseason NFL game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. "Busted up a few ribs about a month ago, but I'm fine," Musburger said from Montana. Follow @BySamGordon on Twitter. He descriptively called one wayward Connor Cook pass as “a little bit of a lollipop.” Musburger was especially fond of Raiders rookie running back Chris Warren, whom he affectionately called “the big fella” on a few occasions. Or a Raider fan in Las Vegas or a Raider fan driving in from Los Angeles or Oakland,” Musburger said. Get Raiders news in your inbox. And Musburger knew a career in journalism could put him in proximity with sports. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFang, In this Nov. 16, 2017, photo, Brent Musburger looks at notes during a broadcast at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. One could say Gruden’s homecoming went smoother than Musburger’s first game replacing longtime voice Greg Papa in the preseason opener against the Lions. That is until he crossed paths with Raiders owner Mark Davis at a Golden Knights game during their inaugural season. He’s also had to adjust calling games without the fans from which he’d so often draw energy during a dramatic call. Musburger has agreed to a three-year-deal to become the new radio play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Raiders … Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden hi-fives Oakland Raiders' Tahir Whitehead (59) during warm ups before the start of their preseason NFL game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Without announcer Greg Papa, Raider Nation turned its lonely ears to Hall of Famer Brent Musburger, who called his first game as the voice of the Raiders Friday night. “When I stepped away from ESPN, I fully expected to be done with play-by-play,” the 80-year-old Musburger said. Brent Musburger is calling football games, making headlines with his comments about women, and Jon Gruden is coaching. Lack of talent could be what ails Raiders defense, Jon Gruden didn’t ask for or expect NFL to postpone game, Nelson Agholor gaining trust of Derek Carr, Raiders, Raiders’ running game stuffed by stout Buccaneers defense, Ageless Tom Brady brilliant for Buccaneers against Raiders, Raiders’ loss to Buccaneers draws poor reviews on Twitter, No pressure on Bucs’ Tom Brady means no chance for Raiders. He was an umpire for minor league baseball during the 1950s. His father was a basketball referee, and his dear childhood friend Dave McNally a standout pitcher, eventually for the Baltimore Orioles.
(Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group), Oakland Raiders' Kyle Wilber (58) tackles Detroit Lions' Hakeem Valles (83) in the second quarter of their preseason NFL game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.
“You mention it and I say, ‘Come on, my man, give me another five or six seasons,’” Musburger booms in the same tone of his famous “You are looking live” intro that would greet viewers before his many TV broadcasts for CBS, ABC and ESPN. Do Not Sell My Personal Information. “I’ve never seen anything in my lifetime come out of the dark back alleys and ascend to the penthouse as quickly as betting on sporting events did,” Musburger said, recalling how taboo sports betting once was. “He caught me unaware and I wanted to get down to the game. Get the latest odds on all the top sports.
Musburger will call his last game for ESPN on Jan. 31, a college basketball contest pitting Kentucky against Georgia. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group), Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch (24) practices his kicking skills after being pulled from the game in the first quarter of their preseason NFL game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. But I do not take back those words and I do move on in my own life.” Raiders’ Jon Gruden on defensive changes: `Everything is on the table’ (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group), Oakland Raiders' Rashaan Melvin (22), left, and Derrick Johnson (56), center, tackle Detroit Lions' Ameer Abdullah (21), right, in the first quarter of their preseason NFL game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. “When you are an old guy like me, you don’t want to sit around and complain about things, aches and pains, grabbing jars of pills.
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