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On The Pitch or In The MSG Pressbox, Tolleson Makes The Call

On The Pitch or In The MSG Pressbox, Tolleson Makes The Call
BY JOE FAVORITO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Veteran announcer Joe Tolleson has called a host of sports events in his career, from the Olympics to the NHL. However what he may be known best for is his work in soccer, which will be amplified this spring and summer as he takes the reins as the first TV voice (along with partner Ian Joy) of New York City Football Club on the YES Network. Before moving to NYCFC, the University of Maryland grad has called games for the Red Bulls and the New York Power,  as well as ESPN International work with the UEFA Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League, Serie A, La Liga, Eredivisie, and the FA Cup. He is also very familiar to fans of the playoff bound New York Rangers, serving as their public address announcer since 2002.

As the inaugural MLS season takes shape for NYCFC, we caught up with Tolleson to talk soccer The Broadway Blues, and time in the booth at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC presents a great opportunity for MLS to capture a fan base that has been elusive for the league in terms of the casual New York sports fan who would not venture to Harrison. Are you making any effort more than usual to educate fans new to viewing to the nuances of the game?

There is a delicate balance of educating newcomers and insulting the fans who have been following the game for years.  Hopefully, Ian Joy and I can present the game in a way that diehards appreciate, but also allows the new fan to learn about the rules and tactics.  In the long run, the quality of play is what will keep fans around and with players like David Villa that part should take care of itself.

 

Kentucky Derby’s “Super Six” Have a World of Talent

Kentucky Derby’s “Super Six” Have a World of Talent
BY TOM VALLEDOLMO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

I’ve been covering thoroughbred racing in general, and the Triple Crown, in particular, as a sportswriter/editor and blogger for close to 45 years, and during tha...

300 Words Or Less: Puff Basketball’s Mysterious Disappearance

300 Words Or Less: Puff Basketball’s Mysterious Disappearance
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

What ever happened to Puff Basketball?

A friend recently tweeted, suggesting the 1992 Olympic Dream Team practices were the greatest games never seen publicly. Ah, bu...

300 Words Or Less: Met Openers Don’t Get Any Sweeter

300 Words Or Less: Met Openers Don’t Get Any Sweeter
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

How ironic that Type 1 Diabetes sufferer Buddy Carlyle registered the save in that season opening, 3-1 Mets win at Washington, because as Jackie Gleason famously use...

300 Words Or Less: Met Openers Don’t Get Any Sweeter

300 Words Or Less: Met Openers Don’t Get Any Sweeter
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

How ironic that Type 1 Diabetes sufferer Buddy Carlyle registered the save in that season opening, 3-1 Mets win at Washington, because as Jackie Gleason famously use...

300 Words Or Less: Mullin And St. John’s Perfect Together

300 Words Or Less: Mullin And St. John’s Perfect Together
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Some of those tunes still stick in my head.

As a kid, my mom often played record albums from one of her favorites, Barbra Streisand, including the song, Sam You’ve Ma...

What Does 52-3 Victory Over Pleasantville Say About Buena Baseball Team?

What Does 52-3 Victory Over Pleasantville Say About Buena Baseball Team?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey’s high school baseball mercy rules say that five innings of a game have to be played, even if the score has gotten severely out of hand.

Buena beat Pleasantvi...

Wrestling Diva: 5 Reasons Our AJ Lee (April Mendez) Retired

Wrestling Diva: 5 Reasons Our AJ Lee (April Mendez) Retired
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

April Mendez, better known as A.J. Lee, joined World Wrestling Entertainment in 2009.  Mendez, born in Union City, began getting a featured role in WWE in late 201...

300 Words Or Less: In This Town, Towns Is Knicks’ Best Bet

300 Words Or Less: In This Town, Towns Is Knicks’ Best Bet
BY JOEY WAHLER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Should the Knicks be fortunate enough to have their choice, two things separate Karl-Anthony Towns from Duke’s Jahlil Okafor: His stroke and his tongue.

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