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I never want to meet any of the 2% of people who voted for Berman and Jim Rome over Bob Uecker.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Grant Hill is dragging that crew down, he's not ready for this assignment. Raftery doesn't need a 3rd man in the booth anyway.
I think Brian Anderson has been awful. He spends the entire game telling you how amazing the game is. I'm already watching, Brian, you can stop selling me now.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/vote-for-the-ncaa-tournament-announcer-power-rankings.html
@yomilan Consistently elite goaltending can make up for mediocre possession numbers.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@Matt_Zemek If the point, then, is to have overtime mimic the way the rest of the game is played, the solution is to play 15 minute quarters until there is a winner.
Alternate possessions starting at midfield is not football.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thestudentsection/football/5-ways-the-nfl-should-become-more-like-college-football.html
A coin flip didn't decide who went to the Super Bowl. An 87-yard touchdown drive did.
Of the 49ers Super Bowl blowouts, I'd rank the one against San Diego lower than the one vs. Denver. As bad as the 55-10 game was, at least the Broncos came into the game as a representative opponent with a good quarterback. The Chargers sucked and everyone knew that game was going to be a blowout, a belief that was confirmed when the 49ers were up 14-0 before appetizers got cold.
I don't see how Steelers/Seahawks is better than Giants/Broncos. The Giants ended up winning in a blowout, but Elway made an upset look possible with a few really big plays in the first half before the Giants took over the game.
The Steelers win over Seattle was boring and ugly from the coin toss.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2015-articles/ranking-all-48-super-bowls.html
Is it too much to ask to just have SOME silence from the broadcast booth during a TELEVISED game? Bumgarner absolutely deserved praise for an incredible performance, but at a certain point, shut up and let us actually enjoy it without telling us it's incredible. Those of us with brains already knew that, we don't need to be spoon-fed by Harold Reynolds - who spent the entire night telling us how "amazing" and "awesome" the game was.
Thanks for the analysis, HR. I never would have known that Game 7 of the World Series was a big deal until you told me.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-announcers-audacity-praise-madison-bumgarners-world-series.html
That's an awful lot of words to describe what happened. Deadspin wrote a story they HOPED was true, and ignored basic tenets of journalism in the process. If you have one source and you can't specifically verify the information he's giving you, you actually have zero sources, and no story. Period.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/dissecting-deadspins-corey-gardner-gaffe.html
I say this with a 100% record of heterosexuality...
My God, he's handsome.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Every time I look through the channel guide, I see something UFC related on FS1. At a certain point, it's not even worth looking, I'm not interested in UFC at all, and I suspect the same is true for the overwhelming majority of sports fans.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-1-needs-to-pass-the-dvr-test-in-year-2.html
Hard to believe that many people watched the ESPYs, what a worthless event.
9 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nicks-kid-choice-sports-awards-beat-the-espys.html
Yeah, no way anybody could ever have known about the tornado warning if they hadn't cut into the broadcast. Surely not from the half dozen prior warnings they'd apparently scrolled during the broadcast, or from emergency alerts sent to cell phones, or from any of about a billion Twitter feeds.
Nope, because this is the year 1974, when local news actually provided a somewhat relevant service. You're not saving anyone's life, you're giving your weather suit some unscripted screen time.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@Buffalo_Brave Your facts are a little screwed up, since there was no domestic outdoor soccer league for 12 years, with the NASL basically doing a death rattle for their last four years of existence.
Clearly it went away.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-massive-world-cup-ratings-really-mean-for-american-soccer.html
He's a child.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@topthecharts3 And the flaw in comparing the NASL to MLS is that without a representative national team in a sport with an enormous international tournament, the league was doomed to failure even though it enjoyed temporary popularity. The US didn't qualify for a World Cup for 4 decades, so there was no galvanizing event every four years for "casual" fans to grab onto.
And nobody ever said MLS was ever going to challenge the NFL. But things DO change. It wasn't even 50 years ago that the NFL couldn't give away tickets to what became the first Super Bowl.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-massive-world-cup-ratings-really-mean-for-american-soccer.html
Yeah, those soccer games just last forever. Now let's all tune in for a 3 1/2 hour NFL game with beer and pickup truck commercials every 5 minutes like true Americans.
And my great grandfather was born here over a century ago with many other first-generation Americans, and has been dead for two decades, yet I'm watching soccer. I'm quite sure all those people in bars and parks have similar stories to tell, and aren't the evil Mexican border jumpers Coulter is clearly and ignorantly suggesting.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@spencerj05 I meant those three sports in conjunction, but even so, I don't think there's a case to be made in favor of baseball any time after the 1994 strike, and that's the absolute latest.
@spencerj05 @JPjr1 Or, what he's saying is that a lot can change in 20 years. The NFL went from a blip on the radar in the early 50s to a giant by the early 70s. MLS hasn't even been in existence for 20 years.
As you pointed out, the reality is somewhere in the middle, which is what both sides of the "debate" need to understand. There are enough people in the US for soccer to occupy a niche, much like the NHL does.
The old curmudgeons of the world need to understand that soccer really isn't going away this time, so while they're free to ignore or dismiss it because it's not the NFL and exists outside their comfort zone, they do risk sounding ignorant and out of touch by doing so.
I'm sure you can find a few people who remember when baseball, horse racing and boxing were the most popular sports in America. Times change.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @rangermom @Pvelyk @RSJem The Kings played an inside out game designed to do exactly that. A scoreless first period was their goal after being blitzed early in both games out in LA, and they got a bonus by getting a goal with under a second left after dodging a huge bullet when Zuccarello's chance went off the post.
I just really hate the idea that their effort or enthusiasm gets questioned because the Kings played a very sound defensive first period and kept things to the outside. There are two teams playing in the series, and the one with the size advantage played a stout defensive period on the road. That has a way of making the Rangers look like they didn't have any jump, but that ignores the fact that they were literally a millimeter away from scoring the first goal.
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Pvelyk @RSJem Jesus, nobody is saying the losses are okay, we're saying the "lack of effort" explanation is absurd. If that's too difficult of a concept for you to grasp, I don't have anything else to tell you. Believe me, I'm well aware that they're down 3-0 in the series.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Pvelyk @RSJem I'm not trying for a moral victory, I'm saying that questioning the team's effort as a common and repeated snap judgment is utter BS. Frankly, it's lazy analysis.
@Dminches Couldn't agree more. Too many people go immediately to effort when there's a lopsided final score. Doesn't show even the slightest bit of analysis.
This is the kind of stuff that really bothers me, any time a team gets shut out or loses by a few goals, people default to saying the effort wasn't there. If Zuccarello's shot goes in instead of clanging off the inside of the post, would their effort have been better? If Carter's shot had gone in 0.8 sec later and been waved off, would their effort have been better? Some people always try to boil it down to effort even when that's not an accurate assessment. The Rangers had the puck all night, they had chances that hit the post, they had chances that hit Quick's paddle and the butt end of his stick. The puck didn't go in, but I don't see how that's from a lack of effort.
And once it got to be 3-0, all the effort in the world wasn't going to do much to crack LA's shell - that's a championship level hockey team locking it down defensively and keeping things all on the outside.
You can say they were irresponsible defensively (Moore on Carter's goal specifically) and lacked finish around the net (I can cite 5 or 6 glorious chances that wouldn't go) but they weren't out there not trying. It just didn't work out.
Braydon Coburn is -5, and has a stupid name.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The problem with Gus Johnson isn't (solely) his broadcasting style, it's the fact that it's incredibly difficult to provide solid commentary without a background of knowledge about the sport - particularly one as free-flowing as soccer. I wouldn't expect Martin Tyler to be able to broadcast an NFL game, because he's likely unfamiliar with the game, having not grown up with it.
On television, soccer broadcasts need to be conversational, and Gus simply does not have the fundamental understanding of the game or its history that would allow him to do that. So he's stuck doing play-by-play (which is largely unnecessary on a visual medium) without the ability to understand or discuss what's really going on.
12 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/american-soccer-fans-arent-getting-any-closer-to-accepting-gus-johnson.html
Someone should have told him that standing around MSG (other than Knicks/Rangers game nights) and Times Square is the last place you'll find any actual New Yorkers. Talking to people in the taxi line with suitcases? Yeah, those people just got off the train from Boston or DC, or took NJ Transit in from Newark Airport.
The only New Yorkers he did find were the ones who walked past him without even turning their heads. As they should have.
Except for the guy who said Hoiberg would be better than the Knicks current coach, despite not knowing who Hoiberg was. He's 100% correct.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Because FOX/CBS want that 4:30-730pm ET window for their national broadcasts. They don't want the 4th quarter, they want 3-3.5 hours.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/why-doesnt-the-nfl-stagger-sunday-games-like-march-madness.html
A Tavares-type injury to Lundqvist or McDonagh is a nightmare scenario. Losing in the gold medal game to a guy who was here for 10 minutes barely even counts as a bad day.
1 year, 1 month ago on Rangers Well Represented in Olympic Semifinals
If my experience on NHL 14 last night is accurate, Taylor Hall is unstoppable if you give him an inch of open ice.
1 year, 2 months ago on Callahan Back on Power Play; Talbot to Start Tonight
He got a shot on goal? Out of how many attempts?
1 year, 2 months ago on Del Zotto Mistake Free In First Game With Preds
1 year, 2 months ago on Blues 2, Rangers 1
@GetTheKingACup The guy played out of his mind last night. That save off of Nash's deflection was all reaction and instinct on a shot heading into the top corner of the net. What else do you want to do on that play? Low shot, perfect deflection, and the guy got his glove on it.
I'm sure the Caps say the same thing you just did every spring when Hank stops every single thing they throw at him.
1 year, 5 months ago on Kreider Doing It All But Scoring
They are really all pressing right now because the puck isn't going in. They don't need to change anything about their approach, but they do need the dam to break to get things rolling offensively. If there's one problem to have offensively, it's the one they're having - generating a million chances and dominating the game but running into hot goaltending. It won't last forever.
@Kevin DeLury @RSJem Keep it in the room, unless you want to tell the assembled media that Hagelin "sucks" on the power play, right? That's what calling someone out actually looks like. Stating the obvious about a soft goal when asked is fair play.
There's far too much concern over the feelings of these guys, as if we can even psychoanalyze them from afar.
1 year, 5 months ago on Lundqvist Has to Make That Save
People really need to figure out that what AV said is not "calling Lundqvist out" and that if Hank's confidence is that easily shaken by a factual remark, we have much bigger problems.
@shoot_the_goalie They've won 3 games in a row and 7 of 9, I'll make any irrational comparison I like.
Obviously it's not fair to put him in Leetch's class at this point, but his game is moving in that direction now that the shackles are off and his coach is actually allowing him to utilize his skills.
1 year, 5 months ago on It Doesn't Get Better Than This Play
McDonagh is turning into Brian Leetch before our very eyes.
I certainly don't think it warrants a lawsuit, but Chamblee has been clutching his pearls ever since Tiger didn't disqualify himself from the Masters - he's brought it up constantly. This response from Tiger's team is exactly what Chamblee wanted out of this, acknowledgment. Should have just left it alone.
1 year, 6 months ago on Tiger Woods camp threatens lawsuit against Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee
Looks like every single former SPEED viewer with an IQ above 70 is represented here.
1 year, 8 months ago on Speed fans are angry about Fox Sports 1
If it's truly taking over for SPEED, TWC in NYC would be 123 for SD and 774 for HD.
1 year, 8 months ago on What channel is Fox Sports 1?
Most speedy wingers do, it's a waste of their talents to play them on the 3rd and 4th line because they don't have anybody to get them the puck and nobody skilled enough to give them enough space to actually score.
1 year, 11 months ago on Kreider Tip Helps Rangers Survive Another Day
He might as well have been gliding around the rink at Bryant Park.
1 year, 11 months ago on Ovechkin Doesn't Like to Hustle
The Caps are unconcerned with Rangers forwards down low, so they pressure the points much more. And the Rangers also are more likely to cycle down low and attempt something in the crease/slot area rather than using their point men.
And who can really blame them? Especially with Del Zotto hell bent on either wrecking Capitals shin guards or firing shot after shot off the end boards.
1 year, 11 months ago on Where the Rangers Goals Are Coming From
Puck luck is an interesting thing sometimes, and Chimera seems to have it against the Rangers. Last night's goal was a softy from the boards, he did literally nothing except have the puck land on his stick for the OT goal a few years ago. His goal in game 2 last year was a dribbler off a scramble in front when Hank left the net and was beaten to the puck.
Not that he hasn't been a major pain in the butt, but he's been quite fortunate in the goals department vs the Rangers for some reason.
1 year, 11 months ago on Forget About Ovechkin, Someone Get a Body on Chimera
Supply/Demand. It's not rocket science.
2 years, 1 month ago on Rangers Season Tickets to Increase Next Year
Someone should paint him toe-dragging a 64 oz soda past Mayor Bloomberg while smoking a cigarette in the park.
2 years, 1 month ago on Nash Takes Manhattan
@Zubov What a fraud he is. That said, that little weasel could be the thing the Rangers need to come together. Just have to hope whoever he takes a run at is ready, and Mashinter can knock Neil's lights out. Assuming he doesn't turtle, which he undoubtedly will.
2 years, 1 month ago on Will Neil Catch Del Zotto With His Head Down Tonight?
I love how Chris Neil is the victim when he was the one who went head hunting on Brian Boyle. I hope he gets run over by a dump truck on the way to the arena tonight.