SAN DIEGO -- Dick Enberg spent many Midwestern nights and Saturday afternoons listening to baseball and football broadcasts on the radio. As soon as he could, he got behind a microphone himself.It was a vastly different era, one that helped shape a distinguished broadcasting career that spanned six decades and included covering pretty much every big sporting event there is.Enberg, 81, is down to his final few innings in the booth. Its up to the San Diego Padres to do something this weekend that will evoke an Oh my! or Touch `em all! call from Enberg, who will retire after Sundays game at Arizona.Enberg will step away from the microphone for good on the same day Vin Scully ends his remarkable 67-year career calling Dodgers games.Is it the end of an era?Thats an era only in that we all got old and we grew up in a different system, Enberg said. I go back to Harry Wismer calling football and Bill Stern. They fabricated sometimes, but it didnt matter to me. I was listening as a kid and imagining in my own memory bank of what might be happening on the field, and then Red Barber and Mel Allen in baseballVin and I talked about that a couple of weeks ago, how fortunate we were to grow up in the era of black and white radio, Enberg said The television picture now is the dominant part of any broadcast. Its like giving away the punchline to the joke. Its already there. Whereas on radio you can have 10 different people in a room listening to the same radio play-by-play broadcast and theyre seeing 10 different games the way their mind wanted to interpret it and receive it. We grew up in that era, not confused by television. Thats whats really different between growing up in radio where you paint the entire canvas and now where television is the dominant aspect of any game.Enbergs first radio job was actually as a radio station custodian in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, when he was a junior at Central Michigan. He made $1 an hour. The owner also gave him weekend sports and disc jockey gigs, also at $1 an hour. From there he began doing high school and college football games.He ended up in TV, doing Super Bowls, Olympics, Final Fours, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and many other big assignments.Enberg said hes not sad as his career ends. Hes working on another book, hopes to get back into teaching and is building a vacation home in McCall, Idaho.At the time youre so involved in your work and youve done a great game, maybe a historically important game, but the next week you have another game, he said. That goes by. You almost push that aside because youve got another game next week. Its now being able to step back and realize how fortunate Ive been to be in the right place in the right time.During his nine years broadcasting UCLA basketball, the Bruins won eight NCAA titles. Enberg broadcast nine no-hitters, including two by San Franciscos Tim Lincecum against the Padres in 2013 and 2014.He said the most historically important event he covered was The Game of the Century, Houstons victory against UCLA in 1968 that snapped the Bruins 47-game winning streak.That was the platform from which college basketballs popularity was sent into the stratosphere, Enberg said. The 79 game, the Magic-Bird game, everyone wants to credit that as the greatest game of all time That was just the booster rocket that sent it even higher. ... UCLA, unbeaten; Houston, unbeaten. And then the thing that had to happen, and Coach Wooden hated when I said this, but UCLA had to lose. That became a monumental event.Enberg gave a shout-out to some of his many former broadcast partners, including Merlin Olsen, Al McGuire, Billy Packer, Don Drysdale and Tony Gwynn. He even worked a few games with Wooden, whom he called The greatest man Ive ever known other than my own father.When you add up just those alone, you think about a kid from a farm who dreamed about wanting to be a good athlete and trying hard but falling far short, said Enberg, who has called Padres games for seven seasons and went into the broadcasters wing of the Hall of Fame in 2015. But to be with the greatest in the history of the game and sit next to them and pick their brain every day, and they pay me for it and they put me in a good seat, too, behind home plate or midcourt or at the 50-yard line. 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Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. "They are a very good defensive team," Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Tony-Jefferson-Jersey/ . -- Most satisfying to Russ Smith about No. Friday night was another case of close but not close enough for Western Sydney, held to a 1-1 A-League draw by Brisbane thanks to their own wastefulness and Michael Theos safe hands.If A-League points were awarded for promise, then the Wanderers wouldnt still be seventh on the table, with a fifth draw in eight games and yet to triumph at Spotless Stadium in four.Their second half at their temporary home ground, led by marquee playmaker Nicolas Martinez, would likely rate as their strongest yet except for a late 10-minute spell from Brisbane.Yet the Roar, despite ceding copious amounts of territory and possession, claimed a valuable point to remain third, courtesy of striker-in-the-headlines Jamie Maclaren.Maclaren put this weeks contractual impasse to one side to earn and then convert a first-half penalty, before Japanese import Jumpei Kusukami settled the score on 56 minutes with his first A-League goal off a teasing Jack Clisby volley.But despite the abundant chances - the Wanderers had 18 shots to the Roars seven - this contest was far removed from the goal-happy affair of last seasons epic 5-4 extra-time thriller.Holding the lions share of the ball and territory, the hosts again showed elements of real quality but were regularly let down by one too many a touch or misplaced pass.Gilt-edged chances came and went for Kerem Bulut and Brendon Santalab among others, while Martinez, who played raider alongside Mitch Nichols, drew a superb save from a busy Theo.ddddddddddddAt the other end, No.2 gloveman Jerrad Tyson pressed his case as Andrew Redmaynes replacement by denying Brett Holman with skill.Moments later, he botched it by lunging at Maclaren in the box, an error of judgement that was perhaps a symptom of nearly three years on the sidelines.Maclaren capitalised, sending Tyson the wrong way from the spot.They could have crumbled, but Tony Popovics men sprang into life after the break.Scott Neville was a blistering outlet on the right flank but, unsurprisingly, Martinez orchestrated the equaliser, playing an intelligent ball into the path of an onrushing Clisby, whose subsequent cross presented a straightforward tap-in for Jumpei.Popovic couldnt help but wonder how a second win of the campaign had evaded his side.Weve wondered that a few times this year - more than a few - but thats football, he said.Again, we showed how good we are without the result.Roar coach John Aloisi admitted there was a lot left wanting from his teams performance.We ended up inviting pressure by sitting so deep, Aloisi said.It wasnt our plan but the Wanderers pinned us back and we couldnt get out, then - when we did get the ball - we didnt keep it for long enough.But when youre not playing well, you need to somehow grind out a result, and we did do that so thats a positive. 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