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There is a very limited amount of appeal to much of their lineup. If you're not a soccer fan you immediately switch off when anything related happens on FS1 and I suspect there are many people like me who will not watch anything related to soccer. College football is only appealing for many when it is the big-time schools being shown and they tend to have a lot of second/third-tier games. Airing radio sports talk shows is cheap programming but again, how many are likely to watch? And Onrait and O'Toole are a love them or hate them proposition - I fall into the latter group and cannot stand their schtick. FS1 got off to a bad start with much ill-will being generated when they killed Speed, and they have done nothing to make me feel better about what they have replaced it with.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/10-questions-for-year-two-of-fox-sports-1.html
I *loved* Kathryn Tappen when she was with NESN. Good hire, fine talent.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nbc-hires-kathryn-tappen-as-notre-dame-sideline-reporter-nhl-host.html
Mike Carey will be good in this job. Too bad Gene Steratore isn't ready to move on though, I love his voice on the calls during the game.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/cbs-finally-hires-a-rules-expert-pulling-mike-carey-off-the-field.html
Jenny wasn't quite up to Heidi Watney standards, but she came a long way in her time with NESN. I liked her by the end of her tenure there. Hope she lands in a good place.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
A legitimate tornado warning is just that - legitimate, and worthy of breaking into a broadcast for. I think the complaints come from local TV over-hyping all sorts of other weather events in the same way, that aren't really deserving of breaking into the broadcast schedule for. They do this because they know the majority of viewers are suckers for weather hype.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
@Giantsfan1982 No kidding. He is funny to someone in the 6th grade, to everyone else he is a unfunny jerk.
More channels for All Leafs, all the time.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/tsn-may-get-to-the-ocho-before-espn-does-launching-three-new-networks.html
@dodgers_suck @KobraCola@WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)@gregbeaulieuYou haven't heard a homer until you've listened to a Blue Jays telecast.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-nl-west.html
Kuiper and Krukow are the best in this bunch I think. I really enjoy their games, especially ones from AT&T park. They are like a comfortable old pair of slippers. Just like most everyone, I love Vin Scully, but a couple of reservations: there are times I wish he had someone in the booth to interact with, and of course most of the road games have the other PxP team, which aren't in the same league.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rate-the-local-mlb-announcers-nl-west.html
Several would be an improvement, permanently. The animated blonde especially.
6 months, 1 week ago on Fox Sports Live looks for a Jay Onrait replacement in Russia
As a Mets fan, I have been hearing @kevinburkhardt on their broadcasts on SNY for several years and have always been impressed with how knowledgeable and conversational he is on-air. I began following him on Twitter a couple of years ago and his style of communicating there is the same. He responds to comments directed at him and seems like a very good guy. I was happy to see him get the Fox gig but I never expected them to elevate him so quickly. My only downer is that I doubt I will see him on Met games after this year. Best wishes, Kevin!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Kevin Burkhardt prepares to call his first playoff game on Fox
I can't argue with most of the picks but I do have a few quibbles with some. Eagle might be good but I only see him on the NFL on CBS where he is saddled with the dull-as-dishwater Dan Fouts. Not my favorite broadcast team. Hicks hasn't done all that much for NBC besides golf, where he is a complete shill for Tiger Woods, which detracts from my opinion of his work. Patrick is very good, except when he does the highlights on the Sunday night pregame show and gets very loud and annoying with some of the calls. But I am really glad you acknowledged some of my favorites such as Burkhardt, Nessler, and Tafoya. The other I really like who is not here is Michael Irvin on NFL Network.
8 months ago on The Top Ten Announcers of 2013
To me it's a combination of not being annoying (that goes beyond cliches) and not making obvious mistakes. On the PxP side I like Buck, Michaels, Tirico, Nessler, and Burkhardt (shockingly good for a 1st-year guy). The CBS teams all annoy me in some way. Collinsworth has vastly improved as an analyst the last few years. He used to be really annoying but has scaled a lot of those qualities back. Maybe working with Michaels helped. I like Gruden for his passion and Billick for his insights.
The most annoying thing for me that any announce team can do is speculation in the middle of a game situation. Nantz and Simms are terrible for this - something will happen, and they will then start speculating what might happen as a result, talking about momentum, inability to do something due to a player injury, or some other dire nonsense. It's like they are always trying to over-dramatize. I hate that. I really like Nantz on most things but hate how he and Simms go off the edge speculating during NFL games.
When I think about the great NFL PxP men of the past - guys like Ray Scott, Pat Summerall, Curt Gowdy, Dick Enberg, and I include Jack Buck on that list - I think certainly Joe Buck and Al Michaels from among those now active either are or will be seen in that same class.
8 months, 1 week ago on Who are statistically the worst NFL announcers?
@ZZtop_VH Nah, I just hate frat-boy buffoonery on a sports broadcast.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on AA Book Club: Jay Onrait's 'Anchorboy' is scattered brilliance
I know this site fawns over Onrait every time he walks and chews gum at the same time, but really.. it is such a treat to be rid of him and his sidekick now. I can finally watch TSN without feeling the need to change the channel every time this clown comes on the air. I just hope Fox Sports 1 never gets approved for airing in Canada, or at least is delayed until these two get the boot.
Kudos to Michele Tafoya. She did a good job of reporting. I suspect many of her fellow sideline reporters would not have been able to do what she did.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Gary Kubiak's collapse proves the need for sideline reporters
Woods seems to believe that regardless of the aspect of life, either on or off the golf course, that the rules do not apply to him. I am not a particular fan of Chamblee but Woods' actions in this entire piece are despicable.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Tiger Woods v Brandel Chamblee feud is nothing but bad news for golf media
Michelle Beadle is great and deserves to have a network exec who recognizes that, and gives her a show where she can shine.
11 months ago on NBCSN cancels Michelle Beadle's show The Crossover
I like FS1 only because they have removed Onrait from my TV, since I don't receive FS1. OTOH, they have wrecked Speed, so I will never forgive that.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Where is Fox Sports 1 after one month?
@DanielOrmsby @KrisHenion What's really pretty sad is that UFC can outdraw anything. Total trash. No wonder it's on Fox.
1 year ago on Speed fans are angry about Fox Sports 1
Speed had a lot of problems, especially the last few years. You really had to separate the wheat from the chaff, and there was an increasing amount of chaff on Speed - shows like that horrendous "Can You Drive Like a Redneck?" or whatever it was called that never should have made air. The decline started when they struck the deal to become a NASCAR-centric channel a few years ago.
BUT... this is a bad move for gearheads in a number of ways regardless. Now their motorsports/auto programming will increasingly get displaced from FS1 when they obtain rights to more stick & ball events, more UFC garbage, and other non-motorhead programming. Already the Barrett-Jackson event in September will be spread across FS1, the virtually invisible FS2, and - get this - National Geographic Channel! What? That will lead to increasingly less of that type of programming until it disappears entirely, because "nobody's watching it". That will be because nobody can find it.
The idea of Speedvision originally, which was great, was to be the one place that all types of gearheads could find something that appealed to them. The sale of it to Fox and the transition to Speed began the decline, with the advent of produced reality show trash programming and a distinct change of focus. But even with all its flaws, Speed was the place where you could go and feel like they were trying to speak to you. That place is gone now, probably forever. Maybe someone will be able to produce an online channel that may eventually take its place, but this is a sad development as of now for those that wanted to find this sort of channel on television.
I find it hilarious that a site called "Awful Announcing" is constantly fawning over Onrait and O'Toole, who are the epitome of awful announcing. From the reaction I've seen in social media to those who never saw them before, they were not well-received.
1 year ago on Fox Sports Live exceeds expectations with room to grow
@spikechiquet @gregbeaulieu Not available here.
1 year ago on The End Of Speed And The Birth Of FS1
@Von hugen dong Of course racers are athletes. You try doing what these people do and see how well you last for 500 miles. I would rather watch racing than the street fighting known as UFC, which one could probably argue ought be illegal.
No idea what is going on in Canada. Speed still exists here this morning, showing programming from 5 years ago (Pinks, Dangerous Drives) that doesn't match what is shown in the digital program guide on my cable provider. Like your motorcycle racing friend, the loss of Speed in favor of UFC and other Fox garbage is a bad thing for folks like us, despite all the sugar-coating they try to give it. I understand why Fox wanted to have a network like FS1, but it seems a shame they had to kill Speed to achieve that. I have to wonder how Mike Joy really feels. He has been promoting FS1 on Twitter for a while and trying to reassure fans, but the reality is most of what they carried will never be seen again. Maybe he, like me, was secretly glad to see a lot of the produced reality junk Speed began carrying a few years ago disappear. I's a shame they went down that hole instead of concentrating more on the things the channel originally aired, which were more faithful to the mission of the channel and more appealing to motorsports fans and gearheads generally.
I certainly get the sense that Mushnick has an axe to grind against a lot of people and EA is one of those. But let's be honest here. EA got to where she is by working her looks for every edge. She was OK at sideline reporting, but seeing her now hosting shows is just cringe-worthy. Maybe she will learn and get better. But right now her work lends some credence to Mushnick's main point, though not to the way he says it.
1 year ago on Erin Andrews dresses too nicely for Phil Mushnick
I was really disappointed when Heidi Watney left NESN and Jenny Dell came on the scene, but she has grown on me and grown into the job. I now quite like her work on NESN. She is getting better all the time and she is certainly gracious, intelligent, and being beautiful doesn't hurt.
1 year ago on Red Sox reporter Jenny Dell splashed after rally
They might be funny if you're in the 6th grade. Or at a kegger. On what is supposedly a sports news show, not so much. I can just imagine how bad it will get under Fox's production style. Glad they're moving on.
I do have to admit the weather forecast was funny, but that was not done on Sportscenter.
1 year, 1 month ago on Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole finish TSN career in style
I love Ms. Beadle, but perhaps this is not her strong suit.
1 year, 3 months ago on Here's Michelle Beadle calling a horse race | May | 2013
Can't happen soon enough. I cannot stand Onrait. The other guy makes no impression at all. Maybe this is the first step towards making TSN watchable again.
1 year, 3 months ago on Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole leaving TSN for Fox Sports One | May | 2013
As someone who has watched TSN since the 1980s, but who has only seen snippets of ESPN since they are not permitted to be shown in Canada, I can only comment on one part of your premise. That is: TSN has become almost unwatchable, to the point of me considering dropping cable entirely. Back in the 1980s it was the reason I got cable, so that will tell you how far it has fallen.
The reasons: its almost total focus on the Leafs, the NHL, and hockey generally to the exclusion of most everything else, combined with a group of highly unlikable on-air personalities. You boy, Jay Onrait, might be funny if you're 10 years old, but other than that he is hopelessly annoying and awful. Darren Dutchyshen comes across as creepy, and aside from Rod Smith the rest of them are all various flavors of bad. When you switch on Sportscenter in July and the lead story is something about the Leafs you know they have a problem. Even with Tebow I don't see how ESPN can be worse.
The only thing saving TSN in Canada is that their competition, Sportsnet, is even worse, being a cheerleading squad for the team owned the their corporate parent, the Blue Jays, and filling the rest of their schedule with garbage shows like poker and UFC. When I finally cut the cable I will miss neither of them.
I will say this: the production on this short is pretty good, and if Duthie wants to move to LA he may have a future as an actor. But it illustrates the kind of meathead frat-boy rink locker-room tone that has taken over TSN lately. They are just not good.
1 year, 3 months ago on NHL on TSN's "Panel Hangover" is sports comedy gold | April | 2013