Depot After Dark: Ryan Clark’s Ugly Golf Game, Virtual Al Michaels, Steelers Diversity Program

A daily segment from Steelers Depot. A quick sampling of some Pittsburgh Steelers related stories that may not require a full article, but are gems worth mentioning and passing on to you.

Your depot in the dark before June 26.

Ryan Clark’s golf game

Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety and current ESPN analyst was clowned by his peers for his terrible golf swing. Comparing his swing to analysts Jeff Darlington and Dan Orlovsky, Clark…needs some work. Hitting the ball would be a good start.

It’s all in good fun and the good news is that basically everything else Clark does, podcasts, hosting, analysis, turns to gold.

Virtual Al Michaels

We’re through the looking glass, folks. Al Michaels has allowed his voice to be used by AI for coverage of the Summer Olympics later this year.

According to Vanity Fair, “the network will use an artificial clone of the legendary broadcaster’s voice to narrate its daily recaps of the summer event.”

Michaels said his virtual voice is only “two percent” different from what it actually sounds like. As quoted below, Michaels said he was amazed and scared at how accurately the technology managed to reproduce his voice.

While useful in some respects, Michaels doesn’t need to travel, there is a broader discussion going on about limitations placed on AI and possible abuse of the system that could lead to AI being used in place of commentators in the future and actors.

If you’re curious what it will sound like, here’s an excerpt.

Steelers Diversity Program

The Pittsburgh Steelers are participating in the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative that has been expanded across the league. According to the team website, this is the third year of the program, designed to help students who want to pursue a career in sports medicine.

“During their month-long rotations, students will observe and participate with the NFL players, working directly with and under the supervision of the team orthopedic physicians, team primary care physicians, athletic trainers, dietitians, mental health, strength and conditioning physicians. coaches, equipment managers and others to gain medical knowledge and exposure to patient care in sports medicine,” the NFL announced via the Steelers website.

Rotations will begin next month during training camp.