Monday night at the conclusion of Sportsnet Central, popular anchor Michael Jenkins revealed why he’s been absent lately. Jenkins’ younger brother Marquis Martin passed away on November 15 at the age of 33. Marquis and his wife Cameron had their first child in May.
In a heartfelt tribute, Jenkins choked back tears as he spoke glowingly about his younger brother.
“He was just the kindest and sweetest soul you can imagine,” Jenkins said. “He went to Texas like I did. He had a fantastic sense of humor. I, honest to God, never heard him say a bad word about anyone. I wish I could say I was as admirable in my own life.”
Jenkins also gave this powerful advice.
“So, as trite as it may sound, never hesitate at any opportunity you have to tell someone how much you love them,” Jenkins said. “And that is a message that is infinitely more important than any commentary or opinion I could ever express during the show.”
Saturday night, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter held their 58th annual Emmy Awards at the Baltimore Marriott and several big names in the Caps media brought home some hardware.
CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Joe Beninati, who has been calling Capitals games on TV since 1994, brought home two Emmys. First, Beninati was named this area’s best sports play-by-play man.
This photo of Joe Beninati is how I will remember him when I get old and grey: smiling, immaculately dressed and rocking an Emmy in each hand. Tonight, Beninati was named the Capital area’s best play-by-play man/analyst, which he deserves so hard. He also received a second Emmy for best play-by-play composite, which I’m less sure what that actually means.
Troy Brouwer‘s insane, mind-boggling career season continues. After scoring a career-high 25 goals (which forced me to wear spandex) and receiving his first career World Championships invite to Team Canada, Brouwer has been nominated… for a local Emmy?
Did I read that right? [Re-scans the Capital Emmys Facebook page again.] Yes. Yes, I did.
Brouwer, along with 11 others (including DC101’s Elliot Segal), are a part of the Caps Red Line team up for the Best Local Sports Program Series Emmy. It’s the fourth straight year CRL has been nominated.
The 28-year-old British Columbia native served as a segment host for the series, donning a white laboratory coat and giving essential, nerdy insight as his alter ego, Professor Brouwer.
Photo credit: Michael Wurman
The local Emmy awards were held in Baltimore on Saturday night, but because Aleister Ochvekin sucked up all the attention with his third career Hart trophy, you might not have heard about it. Still, some talented people who cover our favorite sports team were honored, and we’re here to give you the run-down.
Friend of the blog Michael Jenkins, traveled up to Hershey Thursday Night to take in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals. There he met up with Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau, General Manager George McPhee, Assistant Coach Bob Woods & Karl Alzner’s laugh out loud lumberjack-beard.What’s left is this incredibly insightful feature detailing how important an ingredient Hershey is in the Capitals’ success. Please check out the video above and let Jenks know what you think of his work in the comments below.
And remember Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals between the Hershey Bears and the Texas Stars will start at 7pm tonight. Hershey will look to even the series in front of a sold out crowd at Giant Center. RMNB will be here with all your updates and photos from tonight’s game.
As anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet in D.C., Michael Jenkins has brought oodles of personality to sports coverage in the area. With his razor-sharp wit and Billy Madison-esque playfulness, Michael has helped transform CSN Washington into the go-to source for sports wisdom in the tri-state area. And through his man-on-the-street segments, Jenks has become a cultural touchstone.
Michael joined CSN in September 2004 from KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, and has since won two Capital Region Emmy Awards. He was named the 2008 winner for Best Sports Reporter and also won in 2005 for Best Sports Anchor. And if you have a memory as vivid as ours, you may recall that he grew an awesome playoff beard during the Capitals’ second season last year.
We spoke with Michael via email, asking him about his special perspective on area sports, the epic ascent of the Washington Capitals, and the genesis of his on-air style. And because he couldn’t resist, Michael also dishes on Kate Hudson, Mila Kunis and college French classes. Below the jump, check out our epic interview with Jenks which includes videos of some of our favorite segments he’s done.
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