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Inaugural sports reporter Emmy goes to Michele Tafoya

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The Sports Emmys currently are being handed out in New York City, and one of our Sunday Night Football colleagues already is hoisting the hardware.

Michele Tafoya of Sunday Night Football has won the first-ever Emmy for Sports Personality-Sports Reporter, according to John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal.  Last season was Michele’s first year with NBC.

Others nominated in the category were NBC’s Pierre McGuire, Ken Rosenthal, Craig Sager, and Tracy Wolfson.

Feel free to post a comment congratulating Michele, whose work has appeared here twice in recent weeks, via her interview of long-time NFL assistant coach Tom Moore based on his pre-Combine work with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

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28 Responses to “Inaugural sports reporter Emmy goes to Michele Tafoya”
  1. nineroutsider says: Apr 30, 2012 8:02 PM

    As far as sideline reporters go, she is better (meaning less annoying) than most. Sorry I couldn’t be more positive, but I think sideline reporting doesn’t add much to the game experience at least for me.

  2. reaser2 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:04 PM

    She’s a real pro, unlike most sideline reporters…

  3. pigskin28 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:05 PM

    Well deserved Michelle. Lets hope Florio does not get one and devalue the award.

  4. blacknole08 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:10 PM

    She’s better than Erin Andrews or Leslie Visser. Congrats to her though.

  5. Deb says: Apr 30, 2012 8:14 PM

    Congrats to Tafoya, who was actually hired for her brains and sports knowledge rather than her resemblance to Barbie. Kudos, Michele!

  6. citizenstrange says: Apr 30, 2012 8:20 PM

    Well done Michele!

  7. gerard33 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:23 PM

    Tafoya’s good but Pierre McGuire should have won this!!!

  8. jerrycola says: Apr 30, 2012 8:26 PM

    I have never seen the value of sideline reporters before, during and after a game unless they can give insight on a particular injury. They all ask the same questions with the same responses from coaches and players, especially coaches before a game is ready to start, they seem to can’t wait for the mini interview to end.

  9. lordstanley65 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:27 PM

    Yah, good deal. She knows her stuff.

  10. q1ller says: Apr 30, 2012 8:32 PM

    Way to go, Michele!

    From a fellow Minnesotan

  11. zanderbough says: Apr 30, 2012 8:40 PM

    Craig Sager’s Suit was robbed.

  12. pnthrz1 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:53 PM

    She’s the real deal and is an honor to her profession. Congrats Michele!

  13. melikefootball says: Apr 30, 2012 8:57 PM

    When a sideline reporter gets an need to scratch your head and ask…WHY.

  14. jrfrom508 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:01 PM

    She’s pretty

  15. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Apr 30, 2012 9:18 PM

    I want to kish you, Michele


    Joe Namath

  16. thegonz13 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:18 PM

    Dear Michele,

    Congratulations. I want to kiss you.


    Joe Namath

  17. niner13 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:24 PM

    Tafoya is the only sideliner I don’t mute. Congrats.

  18. TheWizard says: Apr 30, 2012 9:38 PM

    I think the media really enjoys giving themselves awards.

  19. mancave001 says: Apr 30, 2012 10:12 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Apr 30, 2012 8:02 PM
    As far as sideline reporters go, she is better (meaning less annoying) than most. Sorry I couldn’t be more positive, but I think sideline reporting doesn’t add much to the game experience at least for me.

    What about Tony Siragusa? Now THERE’S a quality sideline (ehh…endzone0 reporter!

  20. stratus5ss says: Apr 30, 2012 10:15 PM

    Congratulations Michele. It is great to see you recognized. You deserve it. You are the best.

    “Michelle, my belle.
    These are words that go together well,
    my Michelle.

    I love you, I love you, I love you.
    That’s all I want to say.
    Until I find a way
    I will say the only words I know that
    you’ll understand.”


  21. cuda1234 says: Apr 30, 2012 10:27 PM

    Political correctness run amock. One reason so many people have stopped watching the Estrogen Sports Programming Newtork is all the chicks on air. Clearly that doesn’t work so I really hope NBC sports doesn’t follow their lead.

  22. 6250claimer says: Apr 30, 2012 10:56 PM

    Tiki is truly flabbergasted.

  23. dawglb says: Apr 30, 2012 11:06 PM

    Tracy is professional and gets the good coaches’ and players’ interviews. She has to work hard and does a great job! Pierre is unbelievably knowledgeable! He is second to none. That Sager guy is a complete bum. He thinks he is on tv for us to look at HIM! He is unprofessional, and is a worthless tool. Finally, Michelle breaks the stereotype of the Barbie Doll (though attractive), offers a straight forward approach. I think Pierre deserves an award. Not saying Michelle doesn’t.

  24. kronix7 says: Apr 30, 2012 11:26 PM

    Mancave101 you beat me to that comment. Haha

  25. seeyouinhelljohnny says: May 1, 2012 1:00 AM

    I think we should have an award show for people who actually, you know, do stuff, like plumbers and mechanics and teachers. There’s never a room full of people more impressed with themselves than the Academy Awards or the Emmys or whatever…

  26. seeyouinhelljohnny says: May 1, 2012 1:03 AM

    And BTW because I’m sure that comment came off a little crass, but I like Tafoya better than almost all other sideline reporters. I just get sick of all the self-congratulatory nature of Hollywood and the media.

  27. 6ball says: May 1, 2012 3:20 AM


    It was a crowded field.


  28. pftisahalftruth says: May 1, 2012 7:49 AM

    I like Michelle and congrats to her, but all I have to say is:

    “Michelle, what was going through your mind when you heard you won?”

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