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As you say, sometimes these lessons are learned the hard way. Too often, they aren't even learned. For Keith's sake, I hope he in fact has learned. It seems he has. Will others?
2 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/keith-olbermannn-says-hes-putting-end-twitter-batting-practice.html
Bill Walton is terrific. He is in on the joke, folks. Once you realize that, he is much easier to take. And he makes the Pac-12 games much more enjoyable.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/bill-walton-breaks-ucla-washington-terms-real-fight-bears-huskies.html
I'd guess travel is big concern, too. Sunday is almost always a getaway day. The M's have to travel vast distances every year and so they would likely prefer not to be playing on Sunday night (either at home or away). Not sure why that affects the Jays, but maybe the hassles of going through customs in and out of Toronto is a factor.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/2-teams-havent-appeared-sunday-night-baseball-last-decade.html
OK, this ranking is completely nuts. Without question, virtually everyone in the Pacific Northwest was watching the game. The entire region was tuned in somehow, with gatherings everywhere. The only explanation that makes sense is that the rating system itself failed somehow. If you need proof that the ratings are fatally flawed, this is it!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/seattle-finished-17th-nation-super-bowl-ratings-17th.html
@NerdEyeBlind @EugeneCoug There is a difference between urging fans to go to the Wizards games and berating them for not doing so. I got the impression Wilbon was doing the latter. Perhaps you feel otherwise.
The best way to fill an arena is to sell the seats before the season starts, rather than rely on walk-up sales, especially when there's no ticket scarcity to create urgency. A good season this year will sell season tickets next year and, before you know it, the buzz will be back. It just takes time. But these are things Wilbon knows. He's just annoyed that the Redskins are seemingly Teflon in DC no matter how dysfunctional or inept they continue to be.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/angry-michael-wilbon-calls-dc-supporting-wizards.html
Classic Wilbon. He's smart and sophisticated about sports. He knows how attendance works: It takes time, usually several years of consistent success, to build back a fan base and to grow season tickets sales. Yet his rant is really this: DC-area sports fans, you are idiots for not knowing in advance that your NBA team would go 18-6 to start the year! This is the kind of nonsense that comes from owners and their PR flacks. Of course, Wilbon is really trying to shame the locals for their unconditional love for their NFL team, more than browbeat them for not going to Wizards games.
Gary, Gary, Gary. You forgot how much the viewers like to yell at the TV screen when you clowns say something idiotic. This fast-paced football limits the opportunity for you to spout gibberish or, even worse, the obvious. What's the point in watching anymore?
1 year, 6 months ago on Gary Danielson: "The fan likes the huddle"
I don't know this guy, but Fireman Ed comes aross as kind of an angry, loud-mouthed jerk (to me, a non-Jets fan). Maybe he's a good guy. Maybe he's beloved by Jets fans. Here's hoping he can become a normal fan again. Good for him if he can. Given his "look-at-me" antics over the years and his decision to publicly "resign" from a self-appointed position, who will be surprised if he makes a comeback based on a groundswell of support or some other fiction?
2 years, 3 months ago on Fireman Ed wrote an entire column to step down from his imaginary post
Well done, but it is worth remembering that Lolo-backlash had been building in track circles long, long before the NYT chose to report about it. Lolo had a chance, slim though it was, to overcome the Lolo-backlash by actually performing on the field of play, i.e., medalling. She didn't. So now, quite understandably, she is trying to kick-start a backlash to the Lolo-backlash by demonizing the NYT, which was simply reporting about the well-known Lolo-backlash, and by implying that her self-reported abstinence is being held against her, all in a effort to change the debate and make her look like a victim. It's really too bad. She is a wonderfuly talented--and photogenic--athlete. Playing the victim card, however, looks like crass opportunism. "It's all about me." Still.
2 years, 6 months ago on Lolo Jones vs The World
I respect Musburger and his commentary, including his warm, personal feelings for Paterno. I appreciate that he had a very short amount of time to give his perspective on PTI and, if he had had an hour or unlimited time to do so, his thoughts might've been more nuanced. He and I might even agree completely if we had a chat about the Penn State mess. That all being said, I do think he engaged in unfortunate hyperbole when he called the NCAA's actions "basically a PR move" and "a horrendous disservice". Perhaps he really feels that way, but, if he does, then (in my opinion) he has failed to acknowledge the complexities of the situation. The NCAA was going to be criticized no matter what action it took. I find it hard to separate Musburger's criticism of the NCAA from the other blow-hards out there.
2 years, 7 months ago on Brent Musburger's comments show complexity of Penn State situation