Mum’s the word out of the Fox Sports Ohio offices in Broadview Heights.
But it’s difficult not to take notice that Zac Jackson, college sports writer and general jack-of-all trades for FoxSportsOhio.com, spent extended time with Sunday host Andre Knott on All Bets Are Off on STO covering a wide range of Cleveland sports topics.
They proved — as they normally do on the weekly videocast Sportstalk A to Z — strong in how they bantered back and forth about last week’s NBA Draft, the Cavaliers and first-round draft pick Anthony Bennett.
Unfortunately. there wasn’t a lot related to the Browns for them to deal with considering nothing is likely to happen before training camp.
This is the Browns, the team that finds itself in a jam without even trying. Had there been something other than FBI investigations and arrests of undrafted free-agent signees to talk about, viewers would have witnessed knowledge being dropped and impressively so by Jackson and Knott.
It’s not surprising, given their respective backgrounds covering the Browns.
This should serve as an audition for them to get a show of their own. Knott and Jackson showed why with their personalities and the chemistry that could only come from two good friends on display.
Quibbles have surfaced against the possibility, the main one being that Jackson, despite hosting and appearing in a lot of Browns-related shows aired by STO, doesn’t have enough air time.
But Jackson looked pretty comfortable next to Knott, a former standout athlete at St. Vincent-St. Mary, for the hour or so they spent together.
Ultimately, that’s the big selling point.
Knott served as the Browns’ sideline guy on WTAM (1100-AM), co-hosted the Browns Red Zone and appeared on Training Camp Daily and the Berea Report.
Knott also is a weekend sports anchor for WEWS (Channel 5). Any rough patches that Jackson hits, Knott can guide him through.
If that was indeed an audition, it was a solid B-plus. It gives the powers that be something to think about as they contemplate what to do due to their plight with Chuck’s Last Call, a show whose co-host, Chuck Galeti, put in jeopardy with his recent arrest related to allegedly drinking and driving.
Ultimately, decisions are coming from Broadview Heights regarding how they want to proceed with programming. Questions surround what to produce, what to keep and what to jettison.
NFLN shout out
Because of when the story broke, most folks missed the extended coverage of Aaron Hernandez’s arrest on murder charges last Wednesday.
But for those interested in the bizarre and surreal case, the NFL Network stood above everyone else for coverage for two reasons.
First, it stayed with the story both Wednesday and Thursday until procedures related to the New England Patriots’ tight end were concluded.
Secondly, they had Andrew Siciliano sitting in the anchor’s chair putting everything into perspective, serving as a splendid gatekeeper and offering minimal analysis that was spot on when he offered it. This time around, the NFL Network beat ESPN at its own game, ironic considering the worldwide leader’s headquarters are in Boston’s backyard.
Siciliano has ties to Northeast Ohio — his grandmother resides in one of Cleveland’s eastern suburbs.
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