Saturday, October 1, 2011

HEATcast: NBA Lockout Rumors, Sports Media Report Card, Week 4 NFL Picks

Bloggers from the Miami Heat Index and discussed rumors of the NBA Lockout coming to an end, gave grades to the sports media for their Heat coverage and predicted how the Heat players' favorite NFL teams would do in Week 4. Plus, an unexpected video surprise.

The HEATcasts don't usually have any video because I don't believe anybody really wants to see what I look like while talking sports. This week, I forgot to turn off the Ustream video recorder so if you wished to know what I look like talking sports, you got your wish.

HEATcast Details

Companion Reading
No required reading for this week's podcast. Just a recap of the last two segments.

Sports Media Report Card
  • South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    • Ira Winderman: D- for not breaking any news and unnecessary bashing of Mario Chalmers.
      • Arteaga's grade: D 
      • Miami Heat Index's grade: F
    • Shandel Richardson: D for not getting enough time to shine as a rookie and making rookie mistakes
      • Arteaga's grade: Incomplete
      • Miami Heat Index's grade: C
  • Palm Beach Post - Ethan J. Skolnick: B+ for most improved reporter and dedicated blogging
    • Arteaga's grade: A+
    • Miami Heat Index's grade: B
  • Miami Herald - Israel Gutierrez: A for representing on the Sports Reporters and excellent game analysis
    • Arteaga's grade: A
    • Miami Heat Index's grade: A
  • Associated Press - Tim Reynolds: A+ for reliable reporting trusted by players and fans
    • Arteaga's grade: A+
    • Miami Heat Index's grade: A+
  • Sun Sports/FoxSports Florida
    • Chris Perkins: C for being very sweaty and cliche
      • Arteaga's grade: C
      • Miami Heat Index's grade: C
    • Eric Reid, Tony Fiorentino, Johanna Gomez, Kirsten Hewitt: B for decent mix of entertainment and information 
      • Arteaga's grade: B+
      • Miami Heat Index's grade: B
    • Jason Jackson: A+ for providing the best sports entertainment the Miami Heat can buy, including the best Fan Conduct Announcement in the NBA.
  • 790 the Ticket (Heat flagship radio station): A+ for extensive coverage and analysis, rock solid play-by-play and the excellent Heat Weekly Show with Tommy Tighe, the best broadcaster in radio.
  • ESPN 
    • Heat Index: C+ for no breaking stories and very little unique insight
    • TV: F for the worst NBA personalities and studio show
  • Turner Sports: B for entertaining NBA coverage, C- for biased Heat coverage
    • Arteaga's grade: A+ for overall coverage, D for Heat coverage
    • Miami Heat Index's grade: C

Alfredo's Week 4 Predictions for Heat Players' Favorite NFL Teams
Alfredo is 7-4 with his picks so far this season.

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