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Sad that Marv is gone.  He actually got excited and didn't sound like he was announcing a board of directors meeting!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/your-week-1-nfl-announcing-schedule-2.html

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Berman was truly dreadful.  Cespedes has now won for two years and Berman can pronounce neither his first name nor his last name.  


I used to be a fan back when it was John "I am not a" Kruk.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-production-of-the-2014-home-run-derby-falls-well-short-of-expectations.html

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@chrisnfolsom She is ignorant and most of what she says is hateful and wrong, but in this instance, she is yanking our chains.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/ann-coulter-is-back-with-a-new-soccer-column-thats-just-as-awful-as-the-first.html

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Does anybody actually notice which games have MLB announcers and which are retransmissions.  I don't think so.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-networks-july-schedule-continues-to-showcase-contenders.html

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"Fewer" is correct.  "Less" is incorrect, especially for a university, but even for an online publication!


You had me worried there for a minute.


http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/words/less-or-fewer 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Can they get rid of those disconcerting and stupid virtual Raptors signs at each end of the court?  They keep eating the photographers!

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/raptors-official-blames-espn-for-shot-clock-power-outage.html

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and this


B: "we did a game previously."


W:  "We did? When?"


B: "Last week in San Francisco."

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Unless I misheard this:


Walton: "Here we are just a few blocks away from the Berkeley Community Theater where all those great groups played in years gone by.  (Lists The Dead, Jefferson Airplane, etc.)


Bernstein:  "And even today, Green Day is a Berkeley group."


Walton: "Really?"

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Question.  Given that there is going to be streaming of the Fox games, does this still mean that Oakland games in some kind of window are not on TV and, if so, does anyone know what that window is?  


I don't want to see the Yankees on TV where I can't yell at them.  

6 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 teams that are over or under-represented on the MLB on Fox schedule

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I think you could chill out a little.  NBC treats the Olympics like a reality show, not a sporting event.  Of course my viewpoint is based on my perspective.

7 months ago on NBC falls under fire for twisting Evgeni Plushenko story in tape delay

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@Jcool01 @skaus  
Sports fans have NBCSN.  It is in almost as many homes as ESPN.  Here is an excerpt from the Sports Business Journal: "NBC Sports Network’s push to 85 million homes puts it closer to one of its competitors, Fox Sports 1, which is in 87.7 million homes. Both ESPN and ESPN2 are in close to 97 million homes."

7 months ago on NBC falls under fire for twisting Evgeni Plushenko story in tape delay

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You are an NBC defender.  They lied and said he would perform.  

A responsible broadcaster would have led with this story and presented it as news, not this plausibly live nonsense.  The tennis wrap up shows for Wimbledon and the French Open show how to do it.  They keep the excitement, but don't lie.

7 months ago on NBC falls under fire for twisting Evgeni Plushenko story in tape delay

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It was on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus)

7 months ago on NBC falls under fire for twisting Evgeni Plushenko story in tape delay

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Wait a minute.  The game was supposed to be on KNBR 1050 and Hooked on Golf is on KNBR 680.  I was asleep, but I am guessing the game continued on 1050.  Any actual Bay Area sports fan would know to check, although obviously there should have been an announcement if the game was on 680 also.

7 months ago on KNBR-AM cuts off USA vs. Russia for pre-taped golf show

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Masur was mainly a stooge for Ted Leitner, who is by far the worst announcer in the major leagues.  I could hear Masur cringe over the radio.  It is amazing that San Diego fans put up with the pomposity of Leitner.  Think Ted Knight on the Mary Tyler Moore show.

7 months, 1 week ago on Padres fire radio broadcaster, replace him with football announcer

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Wow.  This was the Buck-love center of the universe last week.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast grades

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Summerall was mainly a foil for Madden and he was able to convey the importance of the moment.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Joe Buck

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You are ignoring the fact that he never called ANYTHING with enthusiasm, especially baseball, and that he was generally uptight and not having fun.  Sports should be fun.  It is fun with Marv or Kenny Albert.  One time, listen to Vin Scully's call of the Dwight Clark catch and the plays before it.   


I agree he is improved to tolerable, maybe better without McCarver who is just fingernails on the blackboard.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Joe Buck

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This is even better, especially for A's fans since it does not include Kirk Gibson's home run.  It does show that this event was a whole lot of fun and that Vin Scully is the best.  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/01/vin-scully-nhl-dodger-stadium/

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Vin Scully narrates NBC intro for Dodger Stadium NHL game

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In fairness, several reports are that Bruce has lost his job as 49er pre-game host, a plum assignment.  

10 months, 1 week ago on Damon Bruce returned to the airwaves today, ending 2 day suspension

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One of the best things ever was when Damon Bruce was no longer the nighttime person on KNBR 680 and I had someone to listen to again, even if it was F.P. Santangelo!

10 months, 2 weeks ago on KNBR host Damon Bruce tells women to get off his sports lawn

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@martind1 @skaus I wan't responding to you. Did you notice that?   You don't like baseball, so why bother?

The article says, "It's not the pace of the game, the length of the game, or the late start times."  I was responding to that. 

Ricky_Roe above is correct that all this nonsense about "unwritten rules" is a big turn off. (Also Joe Buck and Tim McCarver)

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Kids aren't watching baseball, but why?

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Seriously?   You don't think games lasting until after midnight on school nights are a problem?  Of course, we 65 year olds have to go to bed also!

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Kids aren't watching baseball, but why?

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Nobody in San Francisco wants to ever hear A.J. again.  He cost the Giants Joe Nathan and came here to antagonize everyone.  

That being said, we need people on national TV with some enthusiasm.  We certainly are not going to get it from the clinical Mr. Buck.  These are ball games, not congressional hearings or proctological examinations. Chuck Todd is considerably more dynamic than Buck, Reynolds or A.J..

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Harold Reynolds is the front runner to replace Tim McCarver on Fox

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I am for Eric Byrnes.  he is funny and knows what is going on today.  Also not an old school nimrod.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Harold Reynolds is the front runner to replace Tim McCarver on Fox

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We did get to hear McCarver say, "that cannot happen" a few dozen times.  He cannot be gone soon enough.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Here's Fox missing Koji Uehara's game winning pickoff

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@RAYVANCE91 That said, this isn't the Soviet Union and he should not be made a non-person.

1 year, 2 months ago on Tim McCarver says MLB won't let networks show Pete Rose video

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@RAYVANCE91 What about the part where he bet on baseball games and lied about it for several decades?  He can buy the ticket with the $ he made on his "confession."

1 year, 2 months ago on Tim McCarver says MLB won't let networks show Pete Rose video

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Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are a good reason.  Nothing is fun with them droning on.

How about a game with Jon Miller or Dan Orsillo?

1 year, 2 months ago on Why are fewer fans watching the MLB All-Star Game?

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If McCarver is correct, it would be the first time he has been correct about anything since the Yankees-Diamondbacks series in 2001. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Tim McCarver says MLB won't let networks show Pete Rose video

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 @tbennett248 Except Joe Buck hates baseball.  He announces it like he is getting a root canal.

1 year, 6 months ago on Joe Buck may revolutionize baseball broadcasting with the St. Louis Cardinals | February | 2013

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 @michaelgreen327 Vinnie:  "At least at the start of today's game, you will know most of the Dodgers and a couple of the Cubs."  And then he gets into many interesting details of the schedule and it is 1958 all over again.

1 year, 6 months ago on Joe Buck may revolutionize baseball broadcasting with the St. Louis Cardinals | February | 2013

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 @MonkeyWrench32 Wow! 16 second delay.  For network broadcasts I have had to hook two 10 second ones up in series.  But it was worth it to hear @tedjrobinson and @_ericdavis_ call the NFC Championship instead of @buck and @troyaikman.  Ted and Eric actually got excited.

1 year, 7 months ago on New Sony sound system blocks out announcers for sporting events | January | 2013

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I like Siragusa's obnoxious presence as the third man on Fox's 'B' team.

1 year, 8 months ago on 2012 NFL Broadcasting Grades & Recap

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The evidence that "everyone" used PEDs is strong. The Mitchell Report identified 89 players who allegedly used. But, we know this was a sampling, not anything near a complete list. Aside from a handful of random people who spontaneously confessed or were accidentally detected, the Mitchell Report only includes those in webs connected to five providers: BALCO, former Met batboy and clubhouse employee Kirk Radomski, former Yankee strength coach Brian McNamee, and two rejuvenation clinics in the South. Fifty two were associated with Radomski, who was required to talk to Mitchell as part of his sentence for money laundering and illegal drug distribution. Only a fool would believe that all, or even most of the PEDs in MLB came from these five sources. These providers are just the ones who were busted and forced to squeal. You have to believe that there were providers in all major league cities. Think Houston or St Louis. Or the Bash Brothers. McGwire's use was apparently connected to widespread availability connected to gyms, as presumably was the case with many others. Sammy Sosa, to pick a random name, has not been connected with any of these sources. In 2002, the Major League Players Association agreed to testing of all players to see if there was a problem. 104 players tested positive, admittedly a group with some overlap to those identified in the Mitchell report. The results were supposed to be kept secret, but some, like David Ortiz and A-Rod, have leaked out since the federal government obtained a copy of the list. But wait, there's more. Testing procedures have improved since these 2002 tests. Barry Bonds apparently was not on the original list, but when his sample was retested in 2004 at UCLA, it came back positive. It is unknown how many of the "clean" samples in 2002 would be dirty if retested today.

1 year, 8 months ago on Ken Burns rips suspected steroid users, says "those mf'ers should suffer for a while"

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Let's start by eliminating Tim McCarver and adding Eric Byrnes. @byrnes22

1 year, 10 months ago on World Series ratings hit record lows this year

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 @cbmonc Yes, the problems are Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.

2 years ago on CBS making a play for MLB rights

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Jon Miller!  

2 years ago on CBS making a play for MLB rights

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What network announcers are missing, two network announcers on Fox in particular, is some enthusiasm for what is happening.  This is not a broadcast of a surgical operation.  It is supposed to be fun.  This two Philly people just forgot what they were supposed to be doing.  It is a big mistake to bring in more sterile network types.

 

When Cleveland was in the World Series in the 1940s owner Bill Veeck found a loophole in the network TV contract and was able to require that one announcer from each team be used in the telecast.  This lasted for decades and served us well.  That is why Vin Scully announced the 1959 World Series and why Dick Stockton, then the Boston announcer, called Carleton Fisk's shot off the foul pole in 1975.

 

I think hearing other announcers is fun. That is what is on the Extra Innings package and a lot of MLB-TV.  Dan Osillo in Boston is great as is Dick Enberg in San Diego.  Just avoid Seattle and the South side of Chicago.

 

(McCarver announced the Giants on Sundays for a year a while back. He was awful at that also as he didn't bother to learn anything about the team and kept jabbering anyway.  Mike Krukow had to feed him the correct pronunciations on the air and he still got them wrong)

 

2 years, 1 month ago on Like NBATV, Fox should rethink local announcers

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Wait a minute.  when Vin Scully or Jon Miller did national games, no one accused them of bias.  This is a problem with these particular people who forgot that we were forced to watch then in Northern California.  I enjoy hearing local announcers, but an entry level prerequisite is the ability to competently broadcast a game without cheering for one of the teams,

 

As I write this I am looking at a foul ball from the memorable at bat where Will Clark knocked in the pennant winning run off of Mitch Williams in 1989.  Still bitter?

2 years, 1 month ago on Like NBATV, Fox should rethink local announcers

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Yay.  We get Kenny Albert while the wrong coast gets both the Yankees vs. Red Sox AND Buck/McCarver.

2 years, 1 month ago on Your MLB announcing schedule for 7/23-7/29

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I was listening to the penalty kicks on SiriusXM  because I had to be in my car.  I cannot believe that was a radio broadcast.  Except for the penalty shot that his the post, they never described where any kick went, how it was blocked or got through, anything.  Just a lot of fancy phrases and no description whatsoever.

 

Does anyone know what that was?

2 years, 4 months ago on The best calls from Chelsea's dramatic Champions League Final victory | May

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The Earthquakes are on the radio!  Who knew?

2 years, 5 months ago on Gus Johnson is now calling soccer?!? | April

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 @DanielOrmsby  @touchpass Your memory is better than mine, so I will conceed, but track & field is a pretty big exception.

 

Also, I live in California and we are entitled to live sports also.  No other sports are tape delayed.  These are sports, not Survivor.  If they want to do it taped on NBC for poufs, they should show it live on one of their many other channels for sports fans.

2 years, 5 months ago on NBC Sports Network planning to air historic amounts of Olympics coverage | April

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 @DanielOrmsby  @touchpass I hope that you are right, but I am skeptical.  I don't see the word "live" in any of the stories.  NBC has a long history of "plausibly live" coverage, even from U.S. venues.  My memory is that NBC did not allow the key events to be posted on the web until their evening soap opera like offering, often almost 24 hours after the event.  They had plenty of cable networks.  They could have broadcast the events live on Bravo and still the non-sports fans could have their survivor-like recreation in the evening.  thisd is the network that for years broadcast Wimbledon on tape delay.  Not caring about live sports is in their DNA.

 

You seem to know more than I do, so maybe you can point to some reassuring statement from NBC that they will give live events to actual sports fans.  Maybe Comcast will change the policy.

2 years, 5 months ago on NBC Sports Network planning to air historic amounts of Olympics coverage | April

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