Top of the Morning, July 20, 2018

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2018

DAVE REVSINE, the Voice of Big Ten Network, is hosting Tuesday's Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Revsine, a former ESPN announcer, has been with BTN since its inception in 2007. He was the first one to speak on the channel:

"Eleven schools, 252 varsity teams, one great network to cover it all. Welcome to BTN, your ultimate source for Big Ten sports."

Besides play-by-play work, Revsine serves as studio host during the Big Ten football season. He has multiple other duties at the Chicago-based network.

Revsine will be joined in the Grand Ballroom by 14 Big Ten head coaches, 42 players and recent College Football Hall of Famers DANA HOWARD of Illinois and AARON TAYLOR of Nebraska.

Revsine will interview the coaches in small groups during the luncheon.

BTN's LISA BYINGTON is working at the luncheon as a sideline reporter. Also with the channel since 2007, Byington, a former two-sport athlete at Northwestern, is a play-by-play announcer, reporter and studio host.

BTN plans coverage of the press conferences both Monday and Tuesday.

On to my weekend recommendations:


"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," 10:30 p.m., CBS

It's been a good week for Colbert, who earlier welcomed Armie Hammer, Lewis Black and Denzel Washington. Tonight's guest for the Emmy-nominated show is singer/actor Janelle Monae.


"Kids' Choice Sports Awards," 7 p.m., Nickelodeon

Houston point guard Chris Paul, who still looks like a kid, hosts for the first time. Categories include favorite male and female athlete, best cannon, biggest powerhouse, clutch player of the year and sickest move.


British Open final round, 6 a.m., NBC

That's two weekends in a row you have to get up early to watch an event from Great Britain. Like Wimbledon, there is an Illinois connection. Former Illini Thomas Pieters was in contention after the opening round. Oh, and Tiger Woods is going for his fourth British title.