Half-hour special to commerate Fox Sport Net Detroit's 10th Anniversary with “A Decade of Memories”- a count down of the regional sports networks top 10 games/programs.
FSN Detroit caps its first decade on the regional sports scene by counting down the network’s 10 most memorable games and programs in a half-hour presentation that is set to premiere on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10:00 PM (or immediately following that night’s coverage of Red Wings hockey). Other prominent air times are Sun. Dec. 16, 3:00 & 10:30 PM; Tue. Dec. 18, 7:30 PM; Sun. Dec. 23, 9:00 PM; Tue.Dec. 25, 2:00 PM; Thu. Dec. 27, 7:30 PM; Sat. Dec. 29, 6:30 PM; and Mon. Dec. 31, 10:00 PM.
FSN’s top 10 games/programs were selected in part by viewer voting conducted from September-November at BelleTire.com. The featured topics are recounted by FSN announcers and reporters involved in the original coverage, including Ryan Field, Trevor Thompson, Shireen Saski, John Keating, Matt Shepard, Mario Impemba, Greg Kelser, Ken Daniels, Mickey
Redmond, Rod Allen and special memories from Ernie Harwell. The special is hosted by Mickey York.
Here is the countdown for FSN Detroit's 10th Anniversary A Decade of Memories:
#10 – Sports World Comes to Detroit (2004-06): The FSN team worked in overdrive as some of the world’s biggest sporting events came to Detroit, resulting in live, expanded coverage from the site of the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills, the 2005 MLB All-Star Game at Comerica Park and Super Bowl XL in February 2006 at Ford Field.
#9 – The Cold War (October 6, 2001): FSN provided exclusive coverage of the historic outdoor hockey game – dubbed “The Cold War” -- at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State and Michigan played to a 3-3 tie in front of 74,454 fans, setting an all-time hockey record.
#8 - NBA Champs (June 15 & 17, 2004): FSN was on hand for the post-game celebration and subsequent parade and rally after the Pistons knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers to capture their third NBA title.
#7 - Last Game for a Legend (September 29, 2002): As part of its Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays telecast, FSN simulcast the final half-inning of radio play-by-play by retiring Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell. After the game, Harwell joins announcers Mario Impemba and Kirk Gibson for an emotional interview.
#6 - Wings Celebrate Cup on DSR (June 13 & 17, 2002): The Detroit Sports Report provided 90 minutes of coverage following the Red Wings Stanley Cup-clinching victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. On June 17, FSN and WJBK (FOX 2) combine resources to provide live coverage of the Red Wings victory parade and rally in downtown Detroit.
#5 - Red Wings Raise Stanley Cup Banner (October 16, 1998): FSN televised its first Red Wings home opener as the team raised its 1997-98 Stanley Cup championship banner prior to a game vs. the St. Louis Blues.
#4 - Justin’s Gem (June 12, 2007): Mario Impemba and Rod Allen provided the call on Justin Verlander’s 4-0 no-hitter over the Milwaukee Brewers, the first no-hitter at Comerica Park and the first for the Tigers since 1984.
#3 - Goodbye Old Gal (September 27, 1999): FSN presented a live one-hour special, Tiger Stadium: We’ll Remember, shortly after the final out is recorded on the closing day of the old ballpark.
#2 – Tigers Snap Playoff Drought (Spring/Summer/Fall 2006): The magical 2006 season of the Detroit Tigers saw them make the playoffs for the first time since 1987. FSN Detroit’s wall-to-wall coverage was highlighted by 112 game telecasts, including Sept. 24 when the Tigers clinched a playoff spot at Kansas City. The network’s signature postgame coverage continued into the postseason, including the rousing celebrations following series-clinching victories in the ALDS and ALCS.
#1 - Yzerman Jersey Retirement Ceremony (January 2, 2007): FSN provided uninterrupted coverage of the stirring ceremony at Joe Louis Arena to retire the No. 19 jersey of former Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman.
FSN Detroit, which launched in September 1997, is delivered to 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. The regional network is home to approximately 300 live local events per year among the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, Shock, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Michigan High School Athletic Association championship events.