Joel Meyers

Joel Meyers is an American sportscaster and current play-by-play announcer of the New Orleans Pelicans.[1] He also is the lead host of "Above the Rim", which airs weekdays from 10am-1pm ET on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

Career

His professional resumé includes NFL telecasts on NBC, Los Angeles Dodgers telecasts from 1990–91, California Angels telecasts from 1987–89, St. Louis Cardinals radio broadcasts in 2002, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders radio broadcasts from 1993-96, San Antonio Spurs telecasts, various assignments for ESPN and FSN, and even the Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Meyers called the 2007 FIBA Americas Gold and Bronze Medal games with Steve "Snapper" Jones. From 2012-13 he called preseason games for the Houston Texans with Spencer Tillman. He also called games for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Meyers currently calls Big 12 Conference college football games for FSN and NBA games for ESPN Radio. He previously worked National Football League games for Westwood One (usually teamed with Bob Trumpy), but left that network after the 2006 season. He currently works for Fox Sports New Orleans as the play-by-play announcer for the New Orleans Pelicans (formerly New Orleans Hornets). Meyers also called the 2014 preseason lineup on local Cox Sports Television for the New Orleans Saints.[2]

Meyers called select games for the 2014 NBA Playoffs on TNT partnered with Chris Webber.[3]

Los Angeles Lakers

Meyers most notably started work for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association in 2003 as their radio voice, the year after Chick Hearn died.[4] Two years later, he was moved from radio to television where he was paired with Stu Lantz. Meyers replaced Paul Sunderland, who had succeeded Chick Hearn. Meyers left the Lakers at the end of the 2010-2011 season when the team did not renew his contract. He was supposed to be replaced by Spero Dedes, but Dedes ended up choosing a contract with the New York Knicks instead. Eventually, Meyers would be replaced by Bill Macdonald.

Personal

A St. Louis native, Meyers graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1972.[5] He attended the University of Missouri, and served as the public address announcer at Busch Stadium II for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1980 until 1982, with the Cardinals winning the World Series in his final season. He and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Drew and J.J. They reside in Hidden Hills, California.

References

  1. ^ New Orleans Hornets' new television broadcast team includes Joel Meyers and former NBA player David Wesley.
  2. ^ "Ravens vs. Saints, preseason 2014: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more". 28 August 2014.
  3. ^ "TNT's Extensive Coverage of the 2014 NBA Playoffs Begins Sunday, April 20". Sports Media News. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Meyers, Thompson to broadcast Lakers". Sports Illustrated. AP. 11 June 2003. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Ladue Education Foundation and Alumni Association. Accessed February 8, 2018.
1987 California Angels season

The California Angels 1987 season involved the Angels finishing 6th in the American League west with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses.

1989 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 57th season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League. They were considered a rebuilding team filled with many young players, especially after the release of longtime center Mike Webster in the offseason. The young team showed its inexperience in the first game of the season, when they lost at home to the archrival Cleveland Browns 51–0. The loss marked the Steelers worst defeat in franchise history. The following week wasn't much better, losing 41–10 to another division rival, the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals.

However, the Steelers clinched the final playoff spot in the last week in the season with a 9–7 record. Chuck Noll, in his 21st season as the team's head coach, was named the NFL's Coach of the Year for the only time in his coaching career.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Steelers would have a memorable come-from-behind overtime victory over the division-rival Houston Oilers 26–23, which saw Gary Anderson kick a game-winning, 50-yard field goal in the extra period. The following week, the Steelers nearly pulled off a major upset against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium before losing 24–23 on a Melvin Bratton one-yard touchdown run with 2:22 remaining in the game.

Though the Steelers would not make the playoffs again under Chuck Noll (missing in 1990 with an identical 9–7 record and again in 1991 at 7–9 despite a second-place finish that year), the season did set the tone for the team's return to prominence in the 1990s under his successor, Bill Cowher.

Until 2015, it was the last season the Steelers made the playoffs in a season the Super Bowl aired on CBS. Each of the next six such seasons (1991, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012) would see the team missing the playoffs.

1992 Cleveland Browns season

The 1992 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 43rd season with the National Football League.

1992 San Diego Chargers season

The 1992 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 33rd season, their 32nd in San Diego, and 23rd in the National Football League.

The Chargers began with the team trying to improve on their 4–12 record in 1991. Bobby Ross began his first season as the team's head coach, after having spent the previous five years as a college coach at Georgia Tech. The team made the playoffs for the first time in ten years. The Chargers would lose their first four games of the season, but would rally to an 11–5 finish to the season, clinching the AFC West title, and becoming the first (and to this day, only) NFL team to start 0–4 and still make the playoffs.

1997 Buffalo Bills season

The 1997 Buffalo Bills season was their 38th in the league. The team failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 10–6, instead falling to 6–10. They missed the playoffs for only the second time in ten seasons. 1997 was Hall of Fame head coach Marv Levy's final year as the team's head coach.

Todd Collins started at quarterback for the Bills in their first season in the post-Jim Kelly era. The Bills also signed Oakland's Billy Joe Hobert to challenge Collins for the starting job. Third-string quarterback Alex Van Pelt also saw playing time with three starts in Collins' absence.

Hobert's contract was terminated after Week Seven, in which Hobert was backing up an injured Collins, and after the game revealed to the media that he had not studied the playbook. Hobert was released the next day.One of the most memorable games in Buffalo Bills history occurred in Week Four against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts roared to a 26–0 lead in the second quarter, before the Bills went on a 37–3 run, ultimately taking the lead 37–29 with 1:15 remaining in the game. The Colts closed to within two, but missed a two-point conversion, giving Buffalo a two-point victory. The game was the second-greatest regular season comeback in NFL history (second only to a 28-point comeback by the 1980 49ers), and the second greatest in team history (second to "The Comeback" in the 1992 playoffs.)

1997 Jacksonville Jaguars season

The 1997Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise's 3rd season in the National Football League and the 3rd under head coach Tom Coughlin. The teams won 11 games and made the playoffs as a wild card team, but lost their first game to the Denver Broncos.

The team also made a couple of changes to the uniforms. They change the numbers to new font style numbers and added black side panels to the uniforms. During the offseason, the team had changed the font style numbers on the jerseys with the skinnier style with a black drop shadow in the back of the numbers but during the team 1997 preseason games there were several complaints that the announcers and the viewers had a hard time recognizing the numbers on the players. So the team decided to make the jersey numbers wider and removed the drop shadow numbers by the beginning of the regular season

2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Frank Solich and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

2003 Texas Longhorns football team

The 2003 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by head football coach Mack Brown and led on the field by Chance Mock and redshirt freshman quarterback Vince Young.

List of AFC Championship Game broadcasters

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List of ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters

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List of Los Angeles Lakers broadcasters

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List of NFC Championship Game broadcasters

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List of New Orleans Pelicans broadcasters

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List of Rose Bowl broadcasters

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List of Sun Bowl broadcasters

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Stu Lantz

Stuart Burrell Lantz (born July 13, 1946) is an American former basketball player who is a television commentator for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Spectrum SportsNet. He has been the Lakers' color commentator since 1987, sharing the microphone with Chick Hearn, Paul Sunderland, Joel Meyers and now Bill Macdonald. Lantz has won numerous awards for his work along the way. The Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association has named Lantz best radio commentator in six of the last seven years.

Lantz played in the National Basketball Association from 1968 until 1976. He was drafted by the San Diego Rockets in the third round (1st Pick, 23rd Overall) of the 1968 NBA draft and by the Oakland Oaks in the 1968 ABA Draft after attending the University of Nebraska.

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