WHEN YOU ask FSN Bay Area general manager Ted Griggs how old he was when he produced his first sports show, he can't recall if he was 19 or 20.

This much he knows for sure: He wasn't 21.

"I was producing 'Sports Final' on Sunday nights," the Moreau Catholic High graduate recalled. "I'd go out after the show to Tommy's Joynt with the cast. I was the producer, so I bought the drinks. But I couldn't drink one myself."

Twenty-seven (or 28) years later, Griggs is preparing for the relaunching of FSN Bay Area as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He recently took time to discuss some career highs and lows.

On his playing days: "I played CYO basketball and baseball. On my best day, I was very average. I learned to scorekeep well and fold the brim of a hat just right because I was on the bench a lot."

On getting his first job at KRON: "My marketing professor at San Francisco State used to say, 'You've got to have green hair.' I read that Bob Mansbach was leaving KRON, and I had the audacity to write a press release announcing I was available on the free-agent market. It stood out. I got the job."

On covering skiing for Golden Gaters Productions: "We were in Albertville (France) right before the Olympics. We were unloading camera equipment off the high-speed train. I had to go to the bathroom, so I went back on the train — and it took off for Paris. Just me and the engineer. I had to go to the front of the train and, in broken French, tell him I had to get off.


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I had to run a mile and a half back to the station. The camera crew was laughing."

On producing the "John Madden Super Bowl Special": "I went to eight Super Bowls in a row, but never went to a game. We worked so hard on all the pregame production, sometimes I slept through the games in the truck. John is brilliant. People think because he speaks colloquially, he's a common Joe and not real smart. Not true."

On returning from New York to take the FSN job: "My old friend Dennis O'Donnell told me the job was open. Growing up here with the Giants, A's, Warriors, Stanford, Cal ... to come back and be a part of a TV station who did their games in some ways was a dream come true."