Marv Albert, the announcer for the NBA Live video game, said he was forced to do 25 versions of the game for the Oklahoma City team because of the franchise’s tardiness in announcing Thunder as its nickname. Among the other nicknames Albert said he used: Roughnecks, Wildcats, Thunderbirds, Bison, Lightning, Pioneers, Stallions, Herd, Thundering Herd, Tornadoes and Sunset. "But Thunder kind of rolls right off your lips, doesn’t it?” Albert said.
Elite XC knocked out
The Elite XC franchise, formed in 2006 by Showtime Networks and Pro Elite to compete with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the mixed martial arts ring, plans to close its doors for good. The Elite XC reportedly lost more than $25 million over the last two years. In the franchise’s final card on CBS, star heavyweight Kimbo Slice was knocked out in only 14 seconds by journeyman Seth Petruzelli.
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...