Hoyas' winning shot legit, Packer insists

Posted: March 30, 2007

Sports Media Notes

There are many who feel that Georgetown is lucky to be in this weekend's college basketball men's Final Four after Jeff Green's game-winning field goal with 2.5 seconds left in last Friday's 66-65 win over Vanderbilt.

Don't count CBS analyst Billy Packer among that group. While most analysts, including CBS's Clark Kellogg, who was watching from the studio, said that Green traveled before putting up the shot, Packer insists that the no-call was the right one.

"I would stand behind the guys who were at the game and saw it and defer to three refs who saw it, and not one had an indication it was traveling," Packer said earlier this week on a conference call.

Kellogg had a different take.

"I thought he walked and still think he walked," Kellogg said.

It's good that colleagues can disagree without being disagreeable.

Cheeks miked

If you sat near 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks during a game, you would realize how entertaining it is. Cheeks often mingles with the fans, offering a dry sense of humor.

In tonight's game against the visiting Boston Celtics on Comcast SportsNet, Cheeks will wear a microphone during the first half. At halftime and during the second half, some of the better moments will be replayed.

TV tidbits

The Phillies' home opener against the Atlanta Braves will be at 1:05 p.m. Monday on CBS3. . . . Despite not televising the opening game, SportsNet will provide a half-hour pregame show at 12:30 and Phillie Post Game Live immediately after the game. All three of the analysts who will appear this season on Post Game Live - Mitch Williams, John Marzano and Dave Gallagher - will be on the opening show. . . . Former Phillie John Kruk will be an analyst teaming with Karl Ravech for Monday's 1 p.m. game between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and host New York Yankees on ESPN. . . . CBS will have a 21/2-hour pregame show beginning at 3:30 tomorrow leading up to the men's Final Four doubleheader that begins at 6:07 when Georgetown meets Ohio State. . . . This will be Packer's 33d consecutive Final Four as an analyst. . . .Sunday evening at 8:30, CSTV will air a half-hour show, Voices of March, where CBS's Packer, Jim Nantz and Dick Enberg discuss with host Greg Amsinger their recollections of the NCAA tournament and issues facing the game today. . . . Fox will bring its pregame football show back to the studio. Joe Buck, who hosted the show last season when it aired mainly from NFL stadiums, will concentrate solely on play-by-play, while Curt Menefee will host both the pre- and postgame shows, along with Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw.

- Marc Narducci

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