Shoveling out the week's sports media notes...

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Shoveling out the week's sports media notes after having learned that when you try to throw a split-fingered pitch with a snowball, it might end up disintegrating right in your face:

* NBC has announced that Al Michaels will host its weekend and daytime coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The most famous call of Michaels' career - and one of the most famous for any sports broadcast - came during the Lake Placid Games in 1980, his "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" for the U.S. hockey victory over the Soviet Union.

Michaels hasn't worked an Olympics since the 1988 Calgary Games, but he said he has been paying attention.

"I've loved the Olympics since I was a child, and I've [had] a chance to do five of them," Michaels said, according to highlights of yesterday's conference call. "And when I haven't been working the Olympics, I probably haven't missed 10 minutes of them, so I've been an Olympics freak my entire life."

This is good news for Olympics fans and fans of good sportscasting in general.

* There's a clip floating around the Web showing Lou Holtz discussing climate change while on Sean Hannity's Fox News show. Holtz dismisses global warming because of how cold it was that day on his way to the studio. This analysis earned Holtz mention in Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" segment on MSNBC.

A few thoughts: I don't know whether Hannity plans to have Holtz back, but he needs to invite Mark May to join him, too. I just love to see those two argue on ESPN. And if you question why Holtz is on a political panel show, ask yourself whether a former football coach is any less qualified than the actors or comedians who have appeared on Bill Maher's HBO show.

Finally, I still can't listen to Holtz for long without thinking of hearing him bemoan how his blue-chip-laden Notre Dame teams would have a hard time beating Navy.

* On his talk show Wednesday, Fox Sports 1370's Jerry Coleman was discussing Koji Ue-hara's outing for the Orioles in spring training. In the background, we heard a gong. Apparently, the gong is something Coleman has used for a while, according to his comments on the air yesterday. Still, if you're going to stoop to ethnic stereotyping, you could at least make it funny.

(When I mentioned this in my blog - at - some comments in response raised the dreaded "political correctness," which would make me correct about something, a rare enough occurrence.)

* The Orioles make their first television appearance of the year today at 1 p.m. on MASN as they face the Washington Nationals. Jim Hunter and Buck Martinez call the game, with Amber Theoharis patrolling the sun-kissed sidelines. Keep an eye out for pitchers getting in their running across the warning track during the game, one of the quirky aspects of the exhibition season.

* Fox released its Saturday game of the week schedule, and the Orioles tentatively are set to appear once - July 18 at the Chicago White Sox.

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