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You want to know why the Super Bowl is highly rated.  Because of sports betting and everyone is there and if you want other sports, good luck trying to find it.  It's basically whatever is on MLB, NHL, or NBA Networks that week.

3 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espn-predictably-going-wild-super-bowl.html

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Can we not get one of the ESPN networks to do an ESPN Voices on the Pro Bowl.  Watching 4 analysts talking about the game might actually be more entertaining than the game itself.

4 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espn-will-try-everything-possible-make-pro-bowl-watchable.html

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@cjbarresi75 I saw the same thing.  This team doesn't move around at all.  I know it's hard to compare Hockey to Basketball, but I see the Warriors moving around without the ball and be open to make the plays they need to make.  When I watched the Sharks last night, it just seemed like they were playing the game in slow motion and the Devils were skating right by.  There is no aggressiveness, no one who is willing to drop the gloves for his teammate and they aren't skating.  That second goal was nice, but it seems like the gas is an on/off switch.  They were running on Off for most of the evening.

6 days, 9 hours ago on Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: “I’m concerned about our drive right now.”

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I really wish they would put Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts on the Thursday Night games.  I guess they want the A Team, but Eagle and Fouts are the best CBS has IMO.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/nfl-cbs-agree-terms-another-year-thursday-night-football.html

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So ESPN Voices was best and worst?  I'm confused. And it seemed like you liked Berry Melrose being there but didn't like Berry Melrose being there.  Which was it?  Your write up for this section of the megacast seems to contradict each other.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/best-worst-college-football-playoff-megacast.html

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Karlsson is a stud.  Turning into one of the best stories of the season, which isn't so hard because there really haven't been many interesting stories this season. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Sharks improved effort isn’t enough to beat red-hot Rangers

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Right now I can't stand Sports Talk Radio.  John Fienstien is gone, KNBR still simulcasts the Tom Tolbert Show (I want to listen to DA or JT The Brick Dammit) and it's all 49ers all the time.  For me there can only be so much on the subject before it get's "Old and Tired" and KNBR and 95.7 are doing a good job running the topics dry.  These guys don't know how to talk about Hockey so I lost all hope of them ever doing it, but Fitz talks Warriors all the time.  Still, the media is only focused on the negative stories and right now the 49ers fit the bill.  It is god awful.


I also listened to a Gianna Franco update and this was the update:


-Recapping the playoffs from the Weekend

-Letting us know the Warriors are playing tonight

-The playoff schedule this weekend.

-The president of officiating saying the officials missed penalties in the lions game


Remember when I made a post wondering why the updates suck now?  This is basically both stations.  What was the biggest news story that took place today?  Did nothing in the sports world happen when I was at work?


Like I said, radio really sucks right now.

3 weeks ago on Why so little Warriors chatter on sports talk radio?

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@rareavble Really?  Is York trying to destroy the organization?  Unbelievable. 

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Transcript: Brian Murphy gets ‘vaguely hostile’ with Jed York (emphasis on ‘hostile’)

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Man 7 minutes into this interview and York is rattled.  Well done by Brian Murphy (Who I have liked, I just don't like Paulie Mac or "Murph and Mac") asking these questions, but York didn't say anything worth a damn.  Man there's going to be some damage control for the 49ers office this season. 

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Transcript: Brian Murphy gets ‘vaguely hostile’ with Jed York (emphasis on ‘hostile’)

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@Otis Byrd III Not sure if you know this, but Brandon Tierney is going to be on KNBR afterall, considering his morning show is moving to the slot that used to go to Fienstien.  It's perfect symmetry. 

4 weeks ago on December ratings: KNBR takes a 49ers-like tumble

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@Tom J Those, like all the other commercials KNBR has are just plain crap. 

1 month ago on December ratings: KNBR takes a 49ers-like tumble

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Has anyone noticed that sports updates right now are useless?  I've thought about this for a while, but why is it like during the 3:00 PM sports update does Kolsky act like he is doing a morning sports update.  Gee, thanks for letting me know the 49ers lost on Saturday, like I've been sleeping under a rock all that time.  I actually started missing John Shrader, because when he did the updates, the drive home updates would be about that days news.  Also, the updates are now limited to bay area teams.  There was a time when it was also national, giving the big news of the day, local or not.  If you're going to waste the sports updates, than don't have them.


Also, the commercial issue on KNBR is still freaking annoying.  They should pay the hosts half of what they actually make because they pretty much only talk about half the time they are actually there.  

1 month ago on December ratings: KNBR takes a 49ers-like tumble

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@NinerEd @GregMolumby I forgot about that, but it's still better than domestic assault, yelling bomb at the airport, and all the Charges Smith had to deal with .  At least you can wash the car. 

1 month ago on Details emerge from Ray McDonald sexual assault case – apparently Aldon Smith is still drinking

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God I miss the team I was watching growing up that had players like Young, Rice, Taylor, Hanks, those guys.  The 49ers, and the fans, are getting this "punkish" reputation now and I don't like it.  Kinda hard to cheer for this team at the moment.  Also, this whole year was supposed to bring a lot of good things for the team, but I can't help but think it's been the exact opposite. 

1 month ago on Details emerge from Ray McDonald sexual assault case – apparently Aldon Smith is still drinking

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That was an exciting end to that hockey game the other night.  Burns has a wicked snapshot and the Sharks got a bit lucky on the tying goal.  Hope they keep it going against the Ducks tonight. 

1 month ago on Sharks give St. Louis the blues in 3-2 OT win

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No Joe Staley, you are terrible at your job and the sooner you are off this team the better. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Joe Staley doesn’t seem all that pleased with Jim Harbaugh, or perhaps an official (GIF)

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@Otis Byrd III @regulus3333 I was watching some of the games yesterday and quite a few of them were just hard to watch.  I didn't find any entertainment value in them, with penalties being called on every play, or just a lot of stoppages in play.  It's facinating to me that the NFL is so popular (Fantasy and Gambling) yet it's become as slow as Baseball is.  The 49ers having a bad season added to that of course, but just the league as a whole is kinda boring now. 

1 month, 1 week ago on 49ers show some heart in season-ending loss to Seahawks

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I think all those guys and all those advertisment people should be investigated for Fraud.  Every week it's the same thing "GET MY GUARANTEED STONE COLD PICK OF THE YEAR, ABSOLUTELY FREE" (Emphasis on all caps becase they are yelling at you all the time). It's the worst thing about the football season, all these guys who say their picks are free when they have to get something out of it.  I wish radio stations would get them off the air but they are all over the place, especially on Weekends, making radio more unlistenable than it already is.  

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Regular KNBR guest Adam Meyer indicted for fraud, extortion

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@Tom J Telling long stories, what does that mean?  The guy was a journalist, and I liked his chemistry with Boguish.  Also, he was very critical of the NCAA which is what is really needed in radio these days anyway.  Still, I appreciated that he would get in some Islanders talk (like yesterday's show there was a call on hockey and it was nice) and other Hockey talk.  Now locally, you don't even get a Sharks guy on the radio for an interview like you had in the past.  I guess with Ramenda gone, it's kinda hard to do that, but Randy Hahn was always a good interview. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on November ratings: KNBR puts up a crazy number

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@alboe @GregMolumby It seems like all the shows are regular shows today with the Auction in the background.  

1 month, 3 weeks ago on November ratings: KNBR puts up a crazy number

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KNBR is doing their annual sports auction today and it sounds like they've cut back.  They aren't doing it from AT&T Park and there seems to be more reliance on being a normal show instead of all auction all the time.  Anyone know why they cut back so much?  It actually sounds a little weird. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on November ratings: KNBR puts up a crazy number

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Great game last night.  A little surprised at the three stars celebration (James Sheppard?  Really?) but after the first period the Sharks put on a pretty dominating effort.  It looks like Hertl is back and form, Nieto seems to be playing better, and that was a very good win last night.  Hopefully they can keep it going this weekend. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Sharks win third straight as three forwards score two goals apiece

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I was listening to some of Townsand and Zak yesterday (I guess they were filling in for Damon) and they didn't sound too bad.  I was thinking what if they swapped Townsand and Zak and put Damon on at night from 7 to 11?  Both sounded pretty good as a drive time show and since they make changes every few weeks, this could happen.  


I still hate the fact on radio there are more commercials and breaks than actual show.  I mean on KNBR it's almost as if the hosts are only there half the time because the other half is all commercials.  


Also, John Fienstein was let go?  You mean the only show on ANY radio station that I know I will get some hockey talk has been fired by CBS Radio.  Welcome to Radio, where if you don't talk football 24 hours a day 7 days a week you will be gone.  F Radio and their narrow mindedness.  


I don't remember the last time Radio was good, maybe when Radnich was doing the noon show and Pete Franklin was still alive.  It's really been bad for years now. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on November ratings: KNBR puts up a crazy number

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I heard this is the first time the Sharks have won back to back games since October.  That's unreal.  It wasn't pretty but glad they got it done.  Boston is next and I'm going to the game so looking forward to it.  I wish I could see Chara though.  Oh well. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Nieto scores game-winner with 11.5 seconds left as Sharks beat Flyers 2-1

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I really hope they take that win and play hard against the Flyers tomorrow night.  It seems like the Flyers are struggling, which is not good news for the Sharks, unfortunately. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Sharks break losing streak with aggressive 6-4 victory over Ducks

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Was anyone listening to the Damon Bruce show?  He was going all out on Levi's Stadium pretty much changing the name to The Stadium where Turkey was eaten at MidField" and how the 49ers should have stayed in San Francisco.  He made some good points, but it was such a stark contrast to his rah rah attitude about the Stadium before the season started.  I guess now that we almost have a full season under Levi's, it's not as cracked up as we hoped it would be. Still, he really bashed the thing today on the show, and spent almost the entire show doing it. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on No “apology” from Harbaugh today (plus what might be the scariest post-49ers Harbaugh scenario)

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@jwj You know I was listening to the Three Amigo show and I was wondering, why couldn't they be the morning show?  They actually sounded pretty good on radio, and if you just change the name a little bit, I think they could work great in the mornings.  Of course I think one of the hosts does another radio station so maybe that was why, but it did seem like good morning show fodder, from what little I heard. 

2 months ago on 95.7 changes up their morning and evening lineup once again

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I'm starting to feel Apathy for this team and that's not good.  I mean I watch the games, but now win or lose I'm not feeling anything.  Tonight was another game where it looked like they were outworked, and Hertl has had a really disappointing year.  


I hope this layoff to Wednesday will be good for the team because they need it.  They look dead tired. 

2 months ago on Early mistakes sentence Sharks to another shootout loss

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Other than the Marleau goal, that was a terrible game.  The team still looks slow and I was watching Hertl on the power play and he was awful.  I was at the game and there was one point where he came back to the bench and just slapped the stick on it, and this was after giving up two turnovers on the Power Play.  


I hope this trade helps because this team really does look worse than last year and I'm still trying to have patience. 

2 months ago on Sharks continue to flounder in homecoming against Panthers

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Oh great, another show that talks about nothing but Football.  I blame KNBR for this too, but this is a big reason why I don't listen to Sports talk radio anymore.  It's almost like if you can talk about Football, you're just damn lazy now.  No wonder that sport is so popular, amongst all the other reasons. 

2 months ago on 95.7 changes up their morning and evening lineup once again

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Wow they fired another guy?  Good god they can't ever be stable can they.  

For being the flagship of the A's, they sure didn't have a long post game show.  I remember one night where it was only a half an hour?  I know Marty Lurie is obsessed with the Giants, but he goes at least 3 or 4 some nights.  An A's postgame should be at least 2 hours long.  

2 months, 1 week ago on 95.7 to add “The Three Amigos” to Saturday morning slot

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@Otis Byrd III @fabiani12333 @GregMolumby The reason why I thought Kate might have been a decent host is because I enjoy when Gary is off and it's Kruger and Scott only.  The show does flow a lot better and they are actually talking about sports rather than have loudmouth Gary take the show off the rails every chance he gets.  It's a much more enjoyable show.  I also enjoy his work on the 49ers Postgame, even though I find the other guy kind of boring. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 95.7 to add “The Three Amigos” to Saturday morning slot

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@Pulgas de Brent Burns @Otis Byrd III I heard that call and he was all saying stay on topic and crap like that.  Hey, I thought it was a sports talk radio show, meaning the topic is SPORTS.  At least he didn't call in talking about the midterm elections or something like that.  The fact that Damon even hung up on the guy was just flat out rude. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 95.7 to add “The Three Amigos” to Saturday morning slot

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Yet another show where the same 5 topics will be discussed ad nausiaum.  What's that saying go, you can decorate a pig all you want but it's still a pig?  Sports Talk radio is freaking boring, especially on the weekends where it's either those dumb gambling shows where the hosts yell at you for hours, or nothing but football highlights and interviews.  This show will probably be no different.  If you really wanted to provide diversity, either Gianna Franco or Kate Scott would actually be hosting their own show and the show wouldn't have stupid titles like "The Three Amigos".  We need more woman hosts, at least a better option than Amy Lawrence. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on 95.7 to add “The Three Amigos” to Saturday morning slot

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Kind of sad I missed this one.  Seemed like so much was happening, from the whole Roussell thing to the Sharks actually having a good third period.


Pity they couldn't duplicate it against Chicago.  Looking forward to the Florida game. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Sharks’ come from behind victory an ideal way to kick a off road trip

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Tommy Wingels has been the Sharks breakout star this year.  I'm really hoping Nieto has a good decent game tonight because he's been kind of a bust.  Looking forward to seeing the Sharks back in action tonight. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A few thoughts as the Sharks wrap up a rare four-day breather and prepare to host Vancouver

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Time for Roman to go.  If you're not going to give the ball to your star running back, you don't belong here. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Greg Roman: “I’ve got to do a better job”

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@paperback writer That 49er game pissed me off.  It's one thing that they lost, but it was how they lost that made me so irate.  The offense was boring crap, Kaepernick is starting to really suck as QB, but the Offensive line wasn't doing him any favors.  This whole season has been a disappointment, from the coach rumor mill (I think I'm starting to get into the Harbaugh and Roman must go camp), to the bad play.  Yeah I know the 49ers have been banged up, but the offensive line hasn't and I thought the defense had better depth than it does.  Now you add in all this other off field drama and there's a part of me that hopes that Bowman doesn't come back, so he can really get healthy and ready for next season.  


Also, with the Giants, Sharks and Warriors actually putting in the effort (Sharks and Warriors might lose, but the effort is still there) it's hard to be really excited for the 49ers "playoff chances".

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Harbaugh’s tell, Youngstown and ‘outside flack’

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This break is coming at a great time.  Sharks need the rest and the practice.  I just can't believe after Thursday they are going on the road again.  Looking forward to a nice long home stand, whenever that will happen. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on “We’ve made strides.” — Sharks get revenge, beat Islanders 3-1

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I never understood the whole Universal Sports thing.  Comcast owns NBC, yet they don't have US, and I remember watching that channel sometimes when it was on.  For example, like 5 years ago I would actually watch some of the skiing on Universal Sports but now I have to wait 4 years to see these athletes.  An All Olympic channel would be great, but why can't they just fix US and rebrand it and make it more visible than it is already.  

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/year-round-olympics-channel-far.html

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I'm not sure if I enjoy the ratings posts as insomuch as I enjoy just posts about what's happening on sports radio and the media in the Bay Area.  They are your most commented threads and bring out the most interesting of discussions.  I'm still a little confused on the whole Ric Bucher thing.  I heard him on the morning show last week so apparently he wasn't leaving to begin with.  


I really don't listen to The Game anymore, except for maybe Damon's show but even with that it's not much.  I sometimes listen to the Murph and Mac show but man that show is bad and I agree that KNBR has way way too much commercial time.  Not commercials, because they play the same ones (Quicken Loans, Kars for Kids, ect) but it's over and over and over again.  I mean from like 6:00 in the morning to 6:10, it's sports updates and commercials.  I think they've brought it down to a half hour of actual show, to which I'm like "how much are they paying these guys just to sit there for a half hour and then talk for another half hour?"


I'm finding more and more I've been going to national radio, like CBS or NBC, and I do miss Fox Sports Radio in the Bay Area.  I still wish (because he has bay area ties with the Raiders) 1050 would stop the simulcast (Which feels  so meaningless now) of Tolbert's show and bring back JT The Brick.  Unfortunately, there is no relationship with FSR anymore so I doubt that will happen.  I could also do without the unnecessary replays of sporting events, be in the Giants, Warriors, or 49ers. 



4 months, 2 weeks ago on August sports talk ratings look like July ratings, and June ratings …

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@Scott no2 @GregMolumby I bet if the Rise Guys had all those restrictions (Topic radio, Questions for Kriedler, etc) taken off, they would have been the best of the sports radio shows.  They were already better than Murph and Mac, but then that's not too hard.  

5 months ago on When the going gets tough, the Huff gets going (on a permanent vacation): Aubrey Huff quits 95.7 The Game’s morning show

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Man The Game changes hosts so much.  I wonder what The Rise Guys are thinking.  I heard they went onto a Sacramento ESPN station but the dismantaling of yet another Morning show on The Game makes me think they shouldn't have fired The Rise Guys to begin with. 

5 months ago on When the going gets tough, the Huff gets going (on a permanent vacation): Aubrey Huff quits 95.7 The Game’s morning show

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I wish we can get a save Drew Remenda campaign going.  That's more shocking right now. 

7 months, 1 week ago on #KeepJim worked: Jim Barnett says he’ll call every game in 2014-15

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@griffm60 @GregMolumby  Soccar is commercial free for the most part.  Hockey Overtimes are also Commercial Free,  for the most part.  I know there needs to be commercials, but my point is there are too many.  And if they have to have commercials, continue to show the Race. 

9 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nascar-on-fox-hitting-record-low-ratings.html

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My problem was Nascar on TV is all the commercials.  I mean with all the advertising that happens during the race itself, why do they need to go to commercial every 2 minutes and miss like 5 minutes of racing per segment.  For example, one of the races I try to watch was the Sanoma Race (It's local) but I didn't sit down to watch commercials over and over.  For all the millions of dollars that NASCAR makes in advertising, some of that should go to the networks to have either racing commercial free, or get the picture in picture throughout the ENTIRE race instead of at the beginning and end. 

9 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/nascar-on-fox-hitting-record-low-ratings.html

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But I liked the Dan Hicks/Mike Mayock pairing.  That will be missed. 

9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-gets-a-wild-card-game-nbc-gets-a-divisional-playoff-game-for-this-season.html

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That was a hell of an experience for a first time going to a Stanley Cup Playoff game. That building was electric all night long, and it was so much fun.


I went with my father (Who just bought a Sharks 10 pack through is company) tonight and I really wanted to get there early to see warm ups and experience the playoff atmosphere. From when they turned off the lights to pretty much the end of the game that building was fun to be in all night long. I've never experienced anything like that at any sporting event and it was incredibly awesome. If I don't go to another game, I will be said, but I'm glad I got to experience this moment.

As for the game, the Sharks looked iffy in the first period. They looked like they were dominating, but they couldn't control the puck and made some mistakes that led to the two goals. That and Niemi should have stopped the second one. Once the second period started, Oh my god the Sharks turned it on in a huge way. They dominated all facets of that game, and I will say this now. **** Havlat. Mike Brown DESERVES to play in LA because he was amazing tonight. I just saw the hit of Taffoli into Quick (Yeah it was the first period) again and it was still as awesome as it was live. 

The third period I got excited when I saw Hertl on the top line with Thornton and Burns and Pavelski controlling the third. It was like that happened and the Sharks took thier game to an entirely new level. Remember the game against the Rangers where Tomas Hertl announced his presence to the entire NHL and Don Cherry became the ultimate grumpy old man? That's what this game felt like. Sharks were on a 5 on 3 and you knew they were going to score. It was their night and they have officially gotten into Quicks head. When this team is on, it is amazing to watch. Oh, and I'm still thinking about Roenick calling Marleau Gutless. Alrighty than. 

Great experience all around tonight and a great end to Easter Sunday. I hope the Sharks don't get complacent for Game 3 and if they start out hot, I don't think the Kings have a shot. Sharks need to keep the foot on the gas pedal and move forward.

9 months, 1 week ago on Sharks’ depth, McLellan’s wizardry too much for Kings in Game 2

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Was that supposed to be funny?  To me it is highlighting ESPN's biggest problem and why Sportscenter sucks now and has since Rich Eisen left. 

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

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@justme21 @GregMolumby  Yeah the Simulcast did start because of Giants baseball, but that was with Ralph and Tom.  Now that Ralph is not there, there really is no reason to continue doing it.  

As for Ted Ramey, I actually do continue to listen to his show, but it's so weird how he just calls it "The Show".  If he is a mainstay, he might have to change the title.  Who would have though he, of all the hosts on KNBR, would get his own show.  I thought Kate Scott would have been in the front of the line. 

9 months, 1 week ago on March ratings and some notes on Byrnes, Bruce, Barnett

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