Rob Stone (sportscaster)

Rob Stone is a sports commentator for Fox Sports. He has covered various sports including Major League Soccer, NCAA and NFL football, and both ESPN and currently Fox's coverage of PBA Tournament Bowling, both alongside color commentator and PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen.

Early life and career

A native of Simsbury, Connecticut, Stone graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Colgate University in 1991. He was a four-year letterman on the Raiders men's soccer team who completed his collegiate career as the university's all-time assist leader with 15 (currently tied for second). In his senior year, he was co-captain, the Raiders' Most Valuable Player and First Team All-Patriot League in the conference's inaugural season.[1][2] He was a member of Sigma Chi.

Stone originally hired on at ESPN in 1992 as a production assistant, working on SportsCenter and other shows. The following year, Stone went to WFXL-TV in Albany, Georgia; he worked there two years as a sports anchor and later as sports director. In 1995, he went to WTOG in Tampa, Florida, as a weekend sports anchor and sports reporter, primarily covering stories on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has also worked as an analyst for the Tampa Bay Mutiny soccer team for SportsChannel Florida.


Stone returned to ESPN in the summer of 1997. He worked on select ESPN College Football and college basketball telecasts. He also worked on ESPN's Major League Soccer coverage and MLS Primetime Thursday, as well as their coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Stone was also one of the commentators for the 2006 World Series of Darts. In 2007, he became a regular contributor to big horse racing events. He covered the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes, the Irish Derby, the Breeders Cup and other key horse racing events. Stone left the telecasts after the Breeders Cup. On June 30, 2008, he appeared as a guest host on ESPN's Around the Horn. He substituted for Tony Reali as the host of the show while Reali was getting married.[3] Stone was also one of the networks main college football sideline reporters.

PBA Bowling

Stone replaced Dave Ryan as the lead play-by-play announcer for PBA bowling telecasts on ESPN prior to the 2007–08 Denny's PBA Tour. He would continue in this position on PBA telecasts through the end of 2011, after which he left voluntarily to take a position with Fox Sports. He was replaced on the remaining (unrecorded) events for the 2011–12 season by veteran announcer Gary Thorne.[4]


Stone originated the catchphrase "hambone!", which he took to shouting when any bowler rolled four strikes in a row in a game. (It was unknown to Stone that in some bowling circles, including USBC youth leagues, an actual hambone is two consecutive strikes rather than four.)[5] According to an interview with Stone on, the phrase started out as a fad when he casually asked color commentator Randy Pedersen on the air, "if three strikes is a 'turkey', why isn't there a name for four strikes?" Stone launched the hambone phrase in the following week's TV finals, and it soon took on a life all its own despite criticism from traditionalists, some media and (at first) even a few bowlers on the PBA tour. In the 2007 CLR Windy City Classic final between Brad Angelo and Robert Smith, Stone said to his fellow commentator, "I think I'm going to call four strikes in a row a hambone. I think I'm going to force it on bowling."

Though many bowlers were slow to embrace the catchphrase, it has become extremely popular with PBA management, and even more so with bowling fans who now bring "hambone" placards to flash on camera whenever someone rolls four straight strikes. In a February 17, 2008, match, Hall of Fame bowler Pete Weber, after rolling a fourth consecutive strike, pointed to Stone in the TV booth and shouted over the cheers, "Rob Stone, here's your hambone!" while performing his trademark chop.[6] Even PBA's official bowling app, PBA Challenge, refers to four strikes as a hambone during game play.

Fox Sports

In January, 2012, Stone left ESPN to take the position of lead studio host for Fox soccer broadcasts. He went on to host all soccer programs and events for Fox Sports Media Group (FSMG) stations, which include Fox Sports and FX.[7] He later became studio host for Fox college football and basketball broadcasts, as well as a substitute host for Fox's coverage of Major League Baseball.

In August 2018, the PBA announced that Stone would return to covering professional bowling events when TV coverage moved from ESPN to Fox Sports for the 2019 season.[8]


  • "The American" (proudly stamping reminders to all soccer viewers, listeners, players and future players, our stars are bright.)
  • "Back on the strike train!" (sometimes said after a bowler rolls a strike following a spare or open frame.)
  • "Drop and give me ten!" (sometimes when a bowler rolls a strike.)
  • "Back-to-back jacks!" (when a bowler rolls two strikes in a row)
  • "Show me those signs ...[city/state]!" (said after shouting "Hambone!")
  • "YAHTZEE!!" or "Drops the nickel!" (5 strikes in a row)
  • "Crack open the six-pack!" (six strikes in a row)
  • "Adds the extra point to the touchdown." (seven strikes in a row)
  • "The Bo Derek!" (ten strikes in a row; see 10 (film))
  • "Messenger....!!" (a runaway pin about to hit another pin)
  • "WE'VE GOT BONUS BOWLING!!" (when a bowling match ties and goes to a roll-off)
  • "its 7 love" (on the first game of 2011 college football season)
  • Flashing Hook 'Em horns on Oklahoma's sideline

Personal life

Stone married Tampa Bay news reporter Lynn Carson on September 11, 1999 and had four children.

In 2018, Stone was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.[9]


  1. ^ Painter, John. "Where Are They Now? Rob Stone '91," Colgate University Athletics, Friday, October 26, 2012.
  2. ^ [file:///C:/Users/CARY/Downloads/Men_sSoccer.pdf 2016 Men's Soccer Record Book – Colgate University Athletics.]
  3. ^ ESPN Radio - SuperStream Player
  4. ^ Schneider, Jerry. "Veteran Sportscaster Gary Thorne to be PBA Tour Play-by-Play Announcer for Remaining Majors in 2011–12 Season." Article at on January 10, 2012. [1]
  5. ^ Stone Talks Hambone
  6. ^
  7. ^ Baysinger, Tim. "Rob Stone Joins Fox Soccer." Article in Broadcasting & Cable on January 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Vint, Bill (August 21, 2018). "Rob Stone Returns as Play-By-Play Announcer for Fox Sports Telecasts of 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  9. ^

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Simsbury High School

Simsbury High School is a public high school in Simsbury, Connecticut.

Simbury has been honored multiple times with the Achievement Cup for outstanding achievement in athletics in the state of Connecticut. The musicals have been recognized multiple times by the Halo Awards.

Stone (surname)

Stone is a surname of Anglo-Saxon English origin.

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