Division III Week: Colin Resch '98 Brings Boxer Flavor To The Super Bowl
Former Pacific men's basketball player Colin Resch lived every sportscaster's dream as he covered the Super Bowl in January.
After spending two seasons as one of the starting guards for the Pacific men's basketball team (including a key role on the Boxers' 1996-97 NAIA Division II National Tournament team), Colin Resch '98 turned his attention to a career as a television sportscaster. His career path led him to New Orleans in January, where he helped covered the San Francisco 49ers' run to Super Bowl XLVII as part of the sports team for KGO-TV (7), where he serves as a producer and anchor.
Colin shared with Pacific Athletics about his experience covering one of the world's biggest sporting events up-close.
NEW ORLEANS - When Jacoby Jones hit the 50-yard line, eleven 49ers in his rearview mirror, I thought of Seattle. Yes, Seattle.
Forty-two days prior to Super Bowl XLVII, I was in the Emerald City visiting family for the Christmas holiday and decided to take in the 49ers-Seahawks game. While I have covered many Hawks games in the past in a working capacity, never had I done so as a fan.
Century Link Field lived up the hype. The place was deafening, the crowd in a frenzy. The Niners stumbled out of the gate and Seattle capitalized early and often. An 82-yard touchdown return by Richard Sherman staked Seattle to a 24-3 lead. With Russell Wilson (I'll get back to him later) picking apart the Niner secondary, the Seahawks won in blowout fashion, 42-13.
The 49ers were exposed in that loss. They failed to properly adjust to the elements.
When Jones entered the end zone, having tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kick-off return, the 49ers found themselves trailing 28-6. From my seat in Section 44 of the Superdome's auxiliary press box, a Baltimore Raven heavy crowd controlling the decibel level. I felt like I was back in “The CLINK.” The Niners were getting blown out, unable to adjust to the elements. I sent a tweet saying as much.
Too bad too. The week-long build-up was unlike any in Super Bowl history. Jim Harbaugh vs. John Harbaugh, the first brothers to coach opposite one another in America's greatest sporting spectacle. The most unique of storylines, but it wasn't the only one.
For me, as a sports anchor, reporter and producer for ABC7 (KGO-TV) in San Francisco, the nine days spent in New Orleans wasn't just about covering the daily team press conferences, it was also about bringing some flavor to the viewers in the Bay Area.
There was the day I found myself stuck in a 20-minute traffic jam on Canal Street. The culprit? The Saint Augustine High School marching band. The iPhone video I took while dangling out of my rental car window aired in the sportscast that night.
Then there was my run-in with Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka on ESPN's main set in the French Quarter. Having just assisted colleague Larry Beil in the interviews of Steve Young, Trent Dilfer and Mike Tirico, I was standing on the set's bottom step. Ditka, who had just completed a live segment, walked off, looked me in the eyes and asked, “Where's my car? Wait, you don't have my car!” Ditka thought I was his driver. That story would get relayed to viewers in that night's sportscast to many a laugh.
Besides the obligatory stories on New Orleans cuisine, my colleagues turned pieces involving voodoo, tarot card readings, riverboats and swamp tours.
Covering the Super Bowl is about so much more than just the game. In my business it's as much about the peripheral events and happenings.
We all know what happened after that Jones kick return. The Niners rallied to get within five points and had first and goal at the Ravens 7-yard line with two minutes remaining. They couldn't punch it in and turned the ball over on downs. They would lose the game 34-31.
The next afternoon, our crew of 10 founds its way to the airport, bound for home. As I approached the gate I noticed a familiar face sitting on the terminal floor. It was Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. I struck up a 10-minute conversation with him. I asked how his week went and what he thought of the final possession by the 49ers. I also told him I was in Seattle for the Hawks 42-13 win over San Francisco. His answer was perfect. “We won that game but they made it here,” he said. “It's hard to second guess. I'm leaving New Orleans by myself, not with my teammates.”
Unlike Wilson, I did leave with my colleagues and, no, Mike Ditka did not arrive asking if I was his pilot.
Resch won a 2008 regional Emmy Award for his work as a producer and editor was was honored with a best sports feature award in 2012 by the Radio & Television News Directors Association. He has also worked for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, KCPQ-TV in Seattle and News14 Carolina, a 24-hour cable news channel based in Raleigh, N.C.
In addition to his work with ABC7, Resch is vice president of Call My Play, a company that adds professional sports play-by-play calls to everyday sports video such as youth and amateur events. You can follow Colin Resch on Twitter at @colinresch.
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