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

1 month 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. 

2 months, 3 weeks 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. 

2 months, 3 weeks 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. 

3 months 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.

3 months 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. 

3 months 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. 

3 months ago on March ratings and some notes on Byrnes, Bruce, Barnett

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@Sunset Boy  Kars4Kids now has like 5 variations of the same commercial so I doubt that will happen.  The DGDG stuff does suck though, just like every other commercial on radio.  BTW, don't you have to be really strong to flip houses?  That must be backbreaking. 

3 months ago on March ratings and some notes on Byrnes, Bruce, Barnett

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- Does KNBR care about it's 1050 property at all?  Ever since Gary's Minor League comment when it came to the station, that's pretty much what it's become, with Ted Ramey (Who is a little boring) and the national guys.  I still think the Tom Tolbert Simulcast should end and KNBR is stupid for having it continue, and if you really wanted to make 1050 all national, than do it all national, and put on Doug Gottleib and then JT the Brick.  


- As for Damon, yeah his show is pretty much the same but I'm glad he did get rid of the whole Nooner thing.  


-It will be interesting to see if the A's increase 95.7's ratings.  I've kind of started to listen to the station more with Damon's show, but I can't stand the others.  I even tried the Morning show and it was OK but not appointment listening.  

3 months ago on March ratings and some notes on Byrnes, Bruce, Barnett

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You know what needs the teamcast concept?  Baseball.  If I'm watching the world series and my team was playing, I would love to hear the announcers I've heard all year long calling world series games.  I mean I know I'm in a minority when I say that Joe Buck isn't that bad, but the prospects of having Kruk and Kuip call a Giants world series would be great.  Considering everything is moving to Cable anyway, why not try it. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/final-four-and-championship-game-ratings-tell-interesting-story.html

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Isn't the Final Four such a big event that it should always be on the network, in this case CBS?  I feel like I'm up on media sports news (Why I follow this site for the most part) but I still don't understand why the final four was on TBS, and not CBS, where it's been every year for the last 20+ years.  That might have added to the confusion. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/why-was-there-so-much-confusion-over-the-turner-ncaa-teamcasts.html

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@Tom J  This was when I think I stopped listening to The Game full time.  That decision to not have the games on but to send all their hosts to a Bar to get drunk and be as immature as possible really pissed me off, especially since they got the tournament only a year prior. 

4 months, 1 week ago on What does Damon Bruce’s departure mean for KNBR?

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I would love it if KNBR brought The Rise Guys to thier station and maybe did something for 1050.  That station is now a Barron wasteland and I don't get what KNBR is hoping to accomplish.  Are they going all national syndicated?  Can they stop doing the Tom Tolbert Simulcast?  Are they going to do anything to give 1050 any buzz?  I mean I would like to see The Rise Guys come back, but I kind of don't want them to lose John Feinstein either.  I wish they would just get rid of Murph and Mac and bring in The Rise Guys to host the morning show.  I just think with the handcuffs off, the Rise Guys in the morning would be really entertaining.  In fact, I did think they were entertaining by The Game, but the problem with the Game has more to do with format than it does with Hosts.  The Rise Guys deserve to be on in this Market. 

4 months, 1 week ago on 95.7 The Game tidbits: Bruce gets big raise, they also wanted Krueger

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@justme21 @Sunset Boy  This is why I listen to John Feinstein.  They gave some great coverage on the Rich Peverley incident from last night, something missing on the local stations too busy focused on 49ers and Giants again.  

4 months, 1 week ago on Huge shakeup at 95.7 The Game – Damon Bruce in, Rise Guys out

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Did Damon Bruce just sell out?  He's been bashing The Game on his show ever since that station came into existance.  Now he's going to join The Game and be the Drive time guy?  

What about his weekend CBS Show.  I'm not sure ESPN would like having one of the employees from their affiliate hosting a national syndication show on their competition. 

4 months, 1 week ago on Huge shakeup at 95.7 The Game – Damon Bruce in, Rise Guys out

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Can we please stop with the freaking word "insider".  I don't watch Yahoo Sports Talk Live because that's all they have on it seems and it's just one big ego stroke fest.  They are not insiders.  They are analysts who are paid to cover the teams.  Most do so badly, but there are some good ones like Miaocco. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on CSN Bay Area names full-time A’s insider

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Can we write off this 49ers season?  It seems to me that with all the crap we've been hearing, this season is going to suck.  That is bad too because it was supposed to be an exciting time opening up a new stadium and all. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Harbaugh denies wanting more money/power, says he and Baalke speak “hourly”

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So with no basis other than to bring up the Damon Bruce saga again, Deadspin accuses Bruce of downloading porn with no shred of proof.  That's nice journalism there.  Let the hatred flow, I guess.


I'm not saying it was or wasn't Damon, but why point to him by name.  Because of his woman comments?  Because of his affiliation with Hooters, which is a family restaurant?  Whatever.


As for this notice, if this is recently, it's a poorly written notice.  One employee could just say, "But these aren't Susquehana computers anymore, they're Cumulus's" and get off scott free.  And yes, whoever does download porn is an idiot. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on KNBR tipster sends ancient don’t-download-porno memo to Deadspin for some reason

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@burnerboy  The current state of all sports radio sucks.  It's boring, rehashed crap, for the most part. 

5 months ago on January radio ratings, plus 95.7′s “weed or smoothie” game

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@ScottPon @Pulgas de Brent Burns Shouldn't that make the rivalry stronger?  Sometimes less is more. 

6 months, 1 week ago on Pavelski falls short of hat trick in scrappy beatdown of Red Wings

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I guess they brought back the Nooner which means we have probably completely moved past Woman-Gate.  Makes the reaction to it all the more worse. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Revisiting the radio “wars”

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@Pulgas de Brent Burns @GregMolumby Boy did that boil over quickly.  I think the only reason it lasted a week was because A&E allowed it to last a week.  

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Revisiting the radio “wars”

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@Otis Byrd III Just to clarify something, I don't think Damon should have been fired, but more suspended.  Maybe a week, maybe 2, but not a day which happened to be a national holiday.  He got a slap on the wrist and now a few months after people complained, it's a non-issue.  It's kind of like the Gun issue.  If people were really serious about changing perceptions and laws, you wouldn't be talking about it for 2 weeks and then the issue be shoved to the side.  You would still be talking about it and writing in demanding changes almost every day and just keeping the dialog going.  

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Revisiting the radio “wars”

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I've been wondering if we were going to get any news on KNBR's switch from Fox Sports Radio to NBC Sports Radio.  It seemed like this was a good time to end the Mr. T syndicated on both stations format and go with JT The Brick after Damon's show but they didn't do it.  I get they wanted to do this for Giants games with Ralph and Tom, but I still don't understand why they are still doing it.  There is no variety in the drive time slot.


I was shocked when I heard the news that Damon Bruce got his CBS Show back.  Anyone remember when people were crying bloody murder for Bruce to get fired for his rant.  This is pretty much our society in a nutshell.  Something happens, people blast that something for a week, and then it get's pushed under the rug never to be brought up again.  I wasn't insulted at the time of the comments, but I am a little bit pissed at KNBR's decision to bring him back after a day off and now at CBS Sports Radio's decision to bring him back.  I'm not pissed at the comments, but I'm pissed at the reaction and what a non-factor that really was.  


Right now I only listen to the national shows (John Feinstien and the NBC Sports Radio show at night).  Most of it is more boring football coverage so I've been listening to a lot of music/podcasts lately.  I still like Fitz and Brooks, Damon, and I've been liking the last couple of days of Gary and Lerry's show but Sports Radio in the Bay Area really sucks right now.  I've also decided other than A's games, I can't stand The Game anymore.  I don't need ESPN Radio 24/7 and while 95.7 is local, they might as well be a local version of ESPN Radio and That sucks. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Revisiting the radio “wars”

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And they want to have the Super Bowl in New York.  Man I can't wait till the controversy that week is the cold weather that could possibly not be safe for the players or fans or the various celebrities they have there.  Well done NFL, Well done. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Sponsors save NFL teams from embarrassing blackouts

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This was a great game to watch.  The pace was fast, the Refs didn't start actually calling Kings Penalties until the third period, and it was a thrilling shootout.  The Power Play leaves a lot to be desired though, as well as some of those non-saves Niemi had.  Still, a game against the Kings the night before Thanksgiving, that was entertaining and exciting and it felt very playoff atmosphere. 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Sharks win thriller over Kings in 17,564th round of the shootout

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I know he is only one guy playing on one line, but it seems like Burns makes that entire team better.  Maybe it's his style, or just his leadership, but ever since he came back I've been seeing the Sharks from when the season started, rather than the Sharks who had a long losing streak.  That coupled with the depth the team has (Hannan scoring for example) makes me really happy with this team, win or lose.  Hopefully they can contend come May, but right now, they are just fun to watch.

8 months ago on Sharks continue Eastern Conference dominance by holding off Devils

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@Otis Byrd III Most of the posts in these type of threads are not ringing endorsements for either station anyway, so that's just par for the course right? ;)

8 months ago on Sports talk listening habits: are they changing or nah?

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Something kind of an addendum to what I said, I've noticed I started listening to more talk radio coming home from work.  During the Shutdown and now for Obamacare, I've been going to either Gil Gross or even Mark Levin (Or just KCBS) on the drive home.  Levin comes across as an insanely angry individual, but I'm finding I agree with him a lot on this whole Obamacare thing.  It's also more entertaining than sports talk these days.  

8 months ago on Sports talk listening habits: are they changing or nah?

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I used to listen to The Game a lot when it was first on but I just can't get past how every minute of every day is planned.  It's the ESPN Radio of Sports talk, where instead of carrying out topics that are interesting for two straight (or more) segments, they have to say something like "Coming up next, it's Questions for Kreidler".  Gee, thanks.  Another gimmick that I care nothing about.  


As for KNBR, man I wish Ray Woodson was doing the Morning Show.  Do they really have to have morning zoo radio where it's so annoying that you have to change the channel?  The thing is I like Murph and Mac when they are doing the show solo.  When they're together, it's not good radio.  


I've mentioned my thoughts on Gary Radnich in that thread but the gist of it is he loves to hear himself talk, pound on the table like an idiot, and turns a serious subject into a joke on a whim.  I don't really understand the hatred of Fitz and Brooks (Fitz can be condesending at times but I think that argument is way overblown) and Tom Tolbert with Ray Ratto might be KNBR's best show with Damon's.  That Halloween episode they had had me laughing throughout the entire first segment it was hysterical.  I just wish that show wasn't on two stations and there was more variety in drive time.  Tolbert with Bayrnes is terrible.  As for Damon, I still think he has the best show on either station and I will continue listening to him.  I do not agree with his stance on Women and his "Sandbox" and think KNBR handled the situation poorly (Now I'm asking the question, what courts and why was KNBR so silent) but when the quality of sports talk is really high, I can afford to disagree with him on something.  In fact, the reaction to his comments from media and twitter kind of proved his overreactionary point, which I think should have been the main gist of his argument.


As for the question of sports radio habits, I mainly listen to Podcasts during the day so not really.  I just find podcasts better suited to what I want to listen to (There's an NHL Podcast that's pretty much the highlight of my sports radio day) and I don't have to wait for subjects that I care about.  Besides, all sports radio now is football football football, so there really is no variety to it.

8 months ago on Sports talk listening habits: are they changing or nah?

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@Brent Burns' Fleas @GregMolumby When you go to the Super Bowl, I have a hard time believing that this was a "super bowl" year.

8 months ago on Wildcard bound? 49ers’ road to the Super Bowl now the same as John Harbaugh’s 2012 Ravens

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I hope this experiment works and we get something like the local announcers being able to call the world series eventually.  I mean you listen to your local announcers all year long, yet when it comes to the playoffs, you have to settle for national guys who might be bland and dull.  As a Giants fan, how great would it be to hear Krukow and Kuiper call the World Series for the SF Fans.  

Hopefully this does work and we can see something like it become a reality in pro sports.

8 months ago on Turner & CBS plan to revolutionize Final Four coverage next year with local feeds

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@Brent Burns' Fleas I don't think we need to go the fire Harbaugh/Trade Kap route, but things aren't as peachy as they were last year.

8 months, 1 week ago on Wildcard bound? 49ers’ road to the Super Bowl now the same as John Harbaugh’s 2012 Ravens

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When I'm at work, and I'm on break, I would tune into Gary's show, and it seemed like everytime something serious would be discussed, Gary would turn it into a joke and slam on the table like it's the funniest thing in the world.  Also, I like Kate Scott, but she is being WASTED on Gary's show with the stupid "Yes" stuff.  


As for the whole Damon thing, I'm not sure what else Gary would say.  If KNBR management feels that 1050 is a "minor league" station, than sell it to someone else and maybe get a new format in there.  I actually listen to 1050 more because I do like the National guys they have (John Fienstien, JT The Brick, even though I can do without Looney) and I wish KNBR did more with the station instead of letting it go to waste.  When it was the Ticket, it seemed like a much more energetic station.  I wonder why they can't try that stuff again, maybe bring in an MMA show, or have a Sharks Postgame show on that station after every game.  The ratings are already abysmal, it can't hurt to change it up a bit and maybe bring in the young demographic.  I actually see Damon Bruce's show being more appropriate for the younger demographic.

8 months, 1 week ago on Gary Radnich: Damon Bruce’s comments due to frustration over being stuck on “the minor league station”

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That 49ers pissed me off today for four reasons:

1) I'm starting to question Jim Harbaugh's decision making. What was he doing challenging that touchdown ruled incomplete in the second quarter with ONE TIME OUT LEFT? Doesn't he know the rule, that you must complete the process of the catch in order for it to count as a TD? Just ask Calvin Johnson, that has happened to him probably more than any other reciever in the NFL. Not only that, but you squandered your timeouts in the first quarter, you only had one left with 8 minutes, and you decide to challenge?

2) I saw a game last week with the Saints and Brees looked to be sacked high and low and both times roughing the passer was called. You might as well stick a flag on the QB because you're apparently not allowed to hit him anymore. That protect Brees like there is no tomorrow in this league and it's frustrating as hell. That was a good tackle, even if it was forceful. The whole neck thing is just following Newton's laws of physics. Let the defenders play for crying out loud.

3) I'm actually starting to find the 49ers boring. Kaepernick looks lost, the recievers are doing nothing, and the play calling leaves something to be desired. Where's the flash, the creativity. You have Kaepernick trying to act like Payton Manning (Thus why all the timeouts are used early) when he should act like Colin Kaepernick, and the play calling reminds me of some of the coordinators that the 49ers fired. You don't want to use the read option? Fine, game plan something else that is better than what they have been doing.

4) That idiot 49er who tackled Sproles after he signaled fair catch really ticked me off. Ok, you didn't see it, but HE WAS GIVING HIMSELF UP. At that time of the game is not the time to have a freaking brain fart.

I'm not even sure if the 49ers will make the playoffs now. They don't look like a playoff team, and the division is now far out of reach. With the Cards winning, Carolina keeping on winning, and the 49ers playing like ****, I think we can kiss Super Bowl hopes away. The game was close today, but it was still a joke.

8 months, 1 week ago on Wildcard bound? 49ers’ road to the Super Bowl now the same as John Harbaugh’s 2012 Ravens

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Will Ruthless stay and do a Sharks viewing party after the game?  ;)


I'm out of town but I would consider going if I was still in the Bay Area.

8 months, 1 week ago on Contest winner announcement, plus a reminder to join us at Northstar to watch Niners-Saints

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I feel like I should be given credit for this article.  I called it LAST NIGHT!!!

From your article saying Damon will be back today, here was what I posted:

"The fact that KNBR stayed quiet about this whole thing today really puzzles me.  Yeah I know about the courts and all, but if it really were a court issue, Damon would not be coming back tomorrow.  I wasn't in the camp calling for Damon's head on a platter, but he should have been suspended for at least a week if not 2.  The fact the he's coming back tomorrow might put Lee Hammer back on the worst person of the sports world on Olbermann's show tomorrow night."    

 

8 months, 1 week ago on Keith Olbermann isn’t satisfied: Lee Hammer earns “rare consecutive night victory in world’s worst”

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By the way, there were some points he stated that I whole heartedly agree with, and one of those points was that we live in an overreactionary society.  We have blogs like Leiberman or Aweful announcing making fun to announcers for simple mistakes, we have twitter which makes it easier to interact and bully, and I used this phrase today and I will use it again: We have a mob mentality, made easier by social media, ready to attack at will.  That is scary where there doesn't seem to be room for analysis and debate anymore, but scorn and ridicule.  It's scary where it's either you're with or your against us and you suck is the norm.  It's scary that people refuse to hear opposing points of view and if they disagree, that person making the comment is automatically called an idiot, moron (Thank you Lowell Cohn, how professional was that by the way) and people think you should be scolded in public.  


Again, I don't agree with what Damon said regarding women, and think he needs to learn that what he said was wrong.  I don't agree with how he degrades women (Even though he does have a few on like Slusser, Killion, or whoever), and I do think he has a big ego that get's the best of him most times.  However, I do listen to his show, and he brings some great perspectives and actually has a ton of variety of sports topics.

8 months, 1 week ago on Sources: Damon Bruce will host his show Tuesday, no longer on 49ers pregame show

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The fact that KNBR stayed quiet about this whole thing today really puzzles me.  Yeah I know about the courts and all, but if it really were a court issue, Damon would not be coming back tomorrow.  I wasn't in the camp calling for Damon's head on a platter, but he should have been suspended for at least a week if not 2.  The fact the he's coming back tomorrow might put Lee Hammer back on the worst person of the sports world on Olbermann's show tomorrow night. 

8 months, 1 week ago on Sources: Damon Bruce will host his show Tuesday, no longer on 49ers pregame show

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@justme21 @GregMolumby @Otis Byrd III That's true.  On one end you have the courts, but on the other end are the listeners, and shouldn't they know somewhat what is going on?  Maybe not have the staff talk about it, but I do think (And maybe it will happen) that Lee Hammer should appear on the radio (Like the Mr. T Show, when more people are listening) and say what the situation is or write something on the website. 

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Ted Ramey will host tomorrow in place of Damon Bruce

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@Otis Byrd III I am really surprised how quiet KNBR is about this.  Social media is analogious to a mob mentality right now regarding this situation and the station that employs him is acting as if Damon doesn't even exist.  I hope they say something soon and I think it really is in their best interest to tackle this head on. 

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Ted Ramey will host tomorrow in place of Damon Bruce

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@AJ_Strong @GregMolumby That's true, and KNBR has been around forever.  I'm just saying that with all the options now, I don't think KNBR would have the Ratings if they didn't have the 3 big teams.  It's kind of like network TV vs. Cable.  Way back when, there weren't many channels to choose from.  Now there are hundreds and the ratings are showing. 

8 months, 2 weeks ago on The future (or lack thereof) for the “Radio Wars” ratings posts

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@JimmyJohn @GregMolumby That's where the ratings are, Giants and 49ers.  If KNBR didn't have those two teams, I'm not sure if the Ratings would be as great as they are. 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on The future (or lack thereof) for the “Radio Wars” ratings posts

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I guess I should include Tom Tolbert and Ray Ratto.  If it's Tolbert and Byernes, that show is unlistenable too.  I did find yesterday's Halloween beginning of the show really hysterical though.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on The future (or lack thereof) for the “Radio Wars” ratings posts

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That's understandable, and most of my comments are pretty much the same as they've always been, which is The Game sucks, the lack of variety in the Bay Area Sports radio climate sucks (Tom Tolbert on both 680 and 1050, every day, the unnecessary replays of events at midnight, lack of turnover on hosts from KNBR's standpoint, and the whole thing of I don't know if Gary Radnich really is all that knowledgeable about sports).  It really is a shame we have 3 sports stations and other than John Fienstien, DA, Damon Bruce, and Ray Woodson, and sporting events, they really aren't worth listening to.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on The future (or lack thereof) for the “Radio Wars” ratings posts

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I'm glad they followed up their first loss with a victory, unlike last year.  They played really well last night and Pavelski is a stud.  Looking forward to seeing how they look on this long term road trip to the east.  First real test of the season comes up this week.  If they can go 3-2 (With those 2 losses being either losses or OT losses) than that will be a nice road trip.

9 months ago on Pavelski lifts Sharks to dominant win over Flames

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The question has been asked so many times regarding what is the difference between this start and the start last year.  I think we can add something to answer that question, and it's what you said in your third paragraph Ruthless.  The Sharks can play any style of game and keep up with the best of them.  The Senators were a really fast team, and it almost seemed like the Sens were playing the Sharks game, yet San Jose managed to find a way to pull out the win.  Not only that, but there were some dominating shifts in the third period that really helped.  


Really looking forward ot the St. Louis game.  First real test of the season, on the road, and it's a battle of unbeatens.  Should be fun.

9 months, 1 week ago on Sharks lose Tomas Hertl in fifth-straight win, but for how long?

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My favorite Football crew right now is Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.  Eagle reminds me a little of Gus Johnson in that he has the passion but unlike Gus, he keeps it in check.  As for Fouts, he's a really underrated analyst. 

9 months, 2 weeks ago on The best (and worst) NFL announcing teams

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Just to keep things fresh, I wish they would have a turnover on hosts.  You can keep Kruger and Scott together (I really liked the two weeks they had together during the Holidays), Ray Woodson, and maybe Tom Tolbert.  Get rid of the rest.  Maybe even add a show.  Also, stop with the replays.  You don't need to "replay" every single game at Midnight when you can go to National Syndicated Radio with the new partnership with CBS.  I actually do like the DA show, and to a lesser extent, JT The Brick. 

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Before joining ESPN, Colin Cowherd’s dream job was at KNBR

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If the NFL was serious about wanting people to go to games, it might look to situations like this.  Yeah, it's hard to control and enforce, but it seemed like whenever I went to a Raider game, someone was being dragged away in Handcuffs or a fight breaks out.  You don't have to get that at home, and along with the big screen, NFL Redzone, being in a much more controlled environment, it's hard to beat the home experience.  This 49er fan was an idiot, plain and simple.  Unfortunately, it seems like there's a lot of those at the games, or just any game.

10 months, 1 week ago on A 49ers fan sucker-punched a Seahawks fan/pacifist on Sunday (video)

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I  think this is the first time in a long time where I'm looking more forward to Warriors Basketball than Sharks Hockey.  Granted, I can't wait till the NHL season starts, but what the Warriors did last year has me extremely excited for the season.  Hopefully there will be more than just talk.  I can almost see this team as a 4th seed in the Western Conference.

10 months, 1 week ago on Draymond Green thinks Warriors have the versatility to “annihilate” teams

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AJ and BASG hit on some great arguments that I'm 100% in agreement with but just to add to some of those, and these are some reasons why I don't Listen to The Game anymore other than A's Games


1) I'm still mad at this for what they did during March Madness.  I was at work, couldn't have access to a TV but did have access to the radio and on the FIRST DAY of the tournament, I tuned in because the Game said that they had the rights to broadcast the tournament and they did last year.  Well, what did I hear instead.  The hosts are some freaking Bar getting drunk TALKING about the tournament when it was going on.  Um, excuse me?  Did you guys chicken out after a year because it sure sounds like it.  That in a nutshell is a big problem I have with the station.  They say they are home to the NCAA tournament or any other big sports event,  and then they don't play them because they would rather have the hosts work or they have an A's game that day.  What the Hell, Game.  You oversensationalize your BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS only to chicken out of them when they contradict your "Covering all Bay Area teams", or in the station's case, "all bay area teams that move the needle".  


2) I hate the stupid planned segments.  Nothing is free flowing, or goes from one segment to the next.  Arrogant as he can be, I like Damon's show a lot because he has guests, but the show is free flowing and grows organically.  None of the shows on The Game take that approach and it's annoying.  Also, for them getting ESPN Radio and then doing the whole ESPN planning of segments, well, I hate, despise, loath, ESPN Radio so the Game is not winning there in my book. 


3) The hosts could be so much more.  I like the morning show "hosts" (except for Dibley who I think is went to the school of Gary Radnich in terms of making jokes that are more stupid than funny) but I don't like the Morning "show" itself.  Just imagine if Kriedler and Gleason (And DIbley) were allowed to be free flowing and not have segments like "Questions for Kriedler".  It would be a whole lot better show I think


Bay Area Sports Radio as a whole really is not as great as it used to be.  The only host who I really like (And reminds me of Pete Franklin in a way) is Damon Bruce.  I also like Ray Woodson but The Game promised to be an alternative to "Old and Busted" and they are just "New, and Stale".  That's probably the reason right there why The Games ratings are awful.  People want to be entertained and enlightened.  They don't want to be bored with the same guests and same segments day in and day out.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on August ratings released – 95.7 The Game showing no growth whatsoever

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The issue I have with McLellan is I've never seen him angry on the Bench.  I wish he got more emotional if the team was sucking.  I know one of the criticisms leveled against him (And I've said the same criticisms) is that he just doesn't seem Tough enough, and that shows by the team he had on the Ice.  Maybe I'm seeing a different T-Mac than anyone else:

I would probably rank them this way as far as toughest coaches:

Jim Harbaugh - Always emotional, maybe a little childish

Mark Jackson - I am loving the toughness he's bringing to the Warriors lately.

Todd McLellan - He may not be tough, but he does Coach hockey and that in itself makes him not last

Bruce Bochey - He sticks up for his guys, sure, but He does come across as soft for the most part

Bob Melvin - Ranking him this low isn't a bad thing really.  He and his team feel so loose rather than tough, which has worked for the A's for the last few seasons

Dennis Allan - I just don't know about this guy.  Looking forward to watching a few Raiders games to see what kind of coach he is.  If the team's penalty count goes down, I would think that as a good thing I guess. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Who’s the toughest head coach/manager in the Bay Area? (contest post)

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I'd like to ask a question that no one seems to bring up.  Why does KNBR continue to do Tom Tolbert syndicated on both stations?  I know the reason for it when Ralph was there was because of the whole Giants thing, yet now I just don't get it. I would either love for them to bring in someone to give us an option of not listening to someone like Eric Byernes or go to CBS Radio.  Also, it would be great if they had the Damon Bruce Show go that extra hour again.  Considering Damon has the weekend show now, I doubt that would happen, but I really enjoyed the three-play segments he had on the Old Damon Bruce Show.  I can't stand Byernes, or Bucher (Townsand is much better by himself), I would love to see another option on the 1050 slot.


Also, can KNBR stop with the replays?  What do they add exactly?  Last night 1050 was rerunning a 49ers Preseason game.  Good lord why would they do such a thing.  Also, do people really gear up to listen to the Giants replay at midnight?  I know these don't have to do with Ratings, but we have 3 sports stations in the Bay Area and at night, the options suck when I want to listen to something and fall asleep.  

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Arbitron ratings released – KNBR continues slide along with Giants

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I don't remember Posey ever being a fast runner, and even if he was, do you really want to risk Buster having another injury like that?  It was better to hold him at 3rd and have 2 on with no out.  Not really sure what Kruger is smoking there.  


1 year ago on Tim Flannery blames himself (Larry Krueger puts some blame on Posey) for loss to Diamondbacks

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Matt Cain's Perfect game.  The worst part about that was I had got to the game the night before.  At least I got to see Madison Bumgarner's home run, which was the first of his career.  Would have loved to see a perfect game though. 

1 year ago on The Greatest Game in Giants History (Contest Post)

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Tim Lincecum's masterful performance to beat Texas to win the 2010 world series, I literally cried a little when that game was over.

1 year ago on The Greatest Game in Giants History (Contest Post)

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@FFUC I can't stand those shows because it just promotes more of the yelling over one another mentality.  Maybe they've improved (And being on during the day I don't watch them anyway but listened to the audio versions at one point), but it just seemed like the debate was lost over who is louder.  I see that type of thing not just on ESPN, but on many debate shows (My dad watches CNBC and it's all over that network) and it's annoying.  

1 year ago on Sharks Twitter account owns ESPN for terrible “Sharknado” joke

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Well done by two big rivals of the Sharks.  Props to both the Wings and Stars.  

As for ESPN, if it's not live sports, I'm probably not watching that ever increasingly joke of a network. 

1 year ago on Sharks Twitter account owns ESPN for terrible “Sharknado” joke

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Other than A's games, I can't listen to The Game anymore.  Last week I tuned into the Rise Guys, and it was like 15 minutes on a subject, and then they went to something else.  Usually it was repeated/regurgitated subjects that I have no interest in, and most of it involved just bad radio segments talking about the A's and Giants.  There was no flow to the show, no ability to take a subject and let it flow and expand.  It was all this this this this this and this.  

 Also, the segments they have remind me so much of ESPN Radio and I hate with a passion ESPN Radio.  Why can't they have a free flowing show?  Why can't they cover a lot more subjects than the Bay Area baseball teams.  I wasn't listening, but did they even mention the Earthquake game on Saturday night?  50 thousand plus saw a hell of a game, and I'm sure The Game just stuck with Baseball. If they wanted to go younger, why not talk about things young people are interested in, such as the great Soccer match on Saturday or maybe even MMA or something like that.  The shows say they want young, but they are more old and boring than the competition they always criticize.  


Another thing, I'm not sure if Young people listen to the radio anymore.  I mean ever since I found Podcasts, that's been my listening enjoyment.  Instead of waiting for radio shows to talk about Hockey (And the Game barely even mentioned the Stanley Cup Final, which really annoyed me), I get an hour long hockey show a day and a 2+ hour hockey show over the weekend.  Podcasts have allowed me to choose what to listen to rather than have some old guy choose it for me.  The Game's monicker as been to go against the "Old and Busted."  Well, in my view from someone who is turning 29 tomorrow, the Game is "Old and Busted".

1 year ago on 95.7 ‘The Game’ banking on younger audience to beat KNBR

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@Bay Area Sports Guy @Sunset Boy One thing I love about Damon's show, he has some of the best music of any sports show in the Bay Area.  This is my favorite Killers song, mainly because of the show.  

1 year, 1 month ago on BASGcast: BASG and RSG with Damon Bruce

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I had some criticisms about Damon the other day, mainly questioning his "professionalism", but I will give him credit for sending out the invite and following through with it.  Should be an interesting hour tomorrow. 

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I listened to the first hour of his show today and he wants to talk about professionalism?  What's so damn professional about a guy who uses his radio show to piss and whine like a 6 year old who doesn't get his way saying that a fanbase is trolling him.  What's professional about doing that for THE ENTIRE FIRST HOUR?  What's so Professional about not actually taking what the article said and providing criticism just to teach us the difference between professionalism and trolling?  

The thing is I like Damon Bruce and for the most part he is a breath of fresh air in a market that might promote homarism.  The thing is though that the way Bruce delivers that content is no different than what people accuse Bob Fitzgerald for, and today was a great example.  Let's compare:

1) People accuse Bob Fitzgerald for having too much ND homarism.  Have you heard how much Bruce talks about Indiana on his show.  All the damn time. 

2) People accuse Fitz for belittling the callers.  Bruce does that too, but he also belittles other hosts, other radio stations and he does so because he's so stuck up on a high horse that if he doesn't get his way, he will go cry about it like a 5 year old

3) People Accuse Fitz of immaturity and laughing at the simplest things.  Bruce ogles interns, promotes hooters like there's no tomorrow, and even has a Pound it Pound it drop.  

I know this is straying away from the topic of this article, but the main jist I heard today was about professionalism and that got me off.  Bruce say's he's professional, but it sure doesn't seem like it on the Radio.  you can have a fun show without making fun of other stations, or bashing other hosts.  Bruce is no better than anyone else, yet I think he thinks he is.    With that being said, his content and guests are pretty good and I will continue to listen to his show, I lost a little respect for him this week.   

I hope you guys BASG and RSG take him up on his offer to be in Studio.  That would be a really good hour, and I really do like reading this site every day.  At least it's a little more fair and positive than some other Bay Area blogs. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Trolling the Sharks becomes a staple of The Damon Bruce Show

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This might sound like a minority opinion, but for everyone that criticizes Bob Fitgerald for being holier than thou and talking down to people, I get that sense more from Damon Bruce than Fitz.  I heard that segment and while I respect Damon Bruce, he's getting more and more on that high horse that he is getting difficult to listen to.  Maybe it's going national, maybe it's being on a station no one is listening to but his arrogance is getting so bad I might go back to Fitz and Brooks.  This latest example with the Sharks is a prime example.  I especially loved the comment "We only talk about hockey for a short time and then we put it in the box never to be opened until next year".  Um, yeah.  You want to know why Hockey fans don't call in.  Because more often than not they aren't welcomed, and I'm not sure they are listening.  


The Same thing was something I noticed as an observation with the Rise Guys yesterday.  How many times did they even mention the game, only once and that was quick.  Instead they kept drilling in the point that it was the one year anniversary of Matt Cain's perfect Game.  I'm sorry but as a hockey fan, I don't listen to sports talk arrogant radio much anymore.  It's all dumb. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Trolling the Sharks becomes a staple of The Damon Bruce Show

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NFL Redzone is a perfect compromise to not having Sunday Ticket.  The only way to consume football if it's not your team in this day and age.

1 year, 4 months ago on Could NFL Sunday Ticket Leave DirecTV in 2015? | March | 2013

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If Sunday doesn't pick up more Hockey fans, I don't know what will.  That Blackhawks game was the best game I've seen all year, and really spotlighted how awesome of a Game Hockey is.  Yeah the NHL suffered through a lockout and it sucked, but Sunday showed why Hockey is a beautiful game, and why I'm glad it's never on ESPN.  Hell, ESPN is doing Hockey a favor by not spotlighting it, since other than the website and a few on air personalities, they don't know how.

1 year, 4 months ago on Record NHL ratings continue to pile up for NBC | March | 2013

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Where's the Tide commercial.  I thought that was the best of the night, yet it didn't even make honorable mention? 

 

The Taco Bell ad was terrible, and the crop overall left a lot to be desired.

1 year, 5 months ago on Top 5 Best & Worst Super Bowl Commercials | February | 2013

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I agree with you in regards to Ian Eagle.  He's almost become CBS's proper replacement to Gus Johnson.  He may not have the passion as Johnson does, but he comes really close and it's just really fun to listen to.  I would love it if he did a playoff game.  I would even more love it if he does March Madness, which I think he does anyway.  Still, I think of all the broadcasters I took notice of this year, Ian Eagle is at the top of the list, especially on Radio doing Thursday Night Football.

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The NHL has pretty much been "off the air" since July of last summer, other than the World Jrs and sporadic hockey games.  They never have anything in the off season and that's why the network as a whole fails miserably.  If you want NHL news, either download podcasts (Marek vs. Wyshynski) or read the internet (Twitter, Yahoo, stuff like that).  No matter what the NHL Network does to improve, they will always fail until they get something in for the Offseason.  When they don't even cover their big stories, they fail as a network. 

1 year, 6 months ago on NHL Network fails to cover the sport's biggest story

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 @AndrewBucholtz I think the only way to promote the writing side is like you said, if you're a fan and you are on twitter.   Twitter has been remarkable in terms of how to get coverage, even though you fall into the same trap of having either every writer retweet the same thing, or they all go "sources".  You really have to know where the material is coming from.  

 

For me and my auditory preference, I mentioned Podcasts and that's another way I've followed the NHL and not having to go insane trying to find coverage.  There are two podcasts that I pretty much rely on for news, Marek Vs. Wyshynski (With Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports) and the Puck Podcast (With Doug Stolhand and Eddie Garcia, who come from Fox Sports in LA).  Every day I'm thankful that I discovered podcasts and can get NHL news this way, but it doesn't work when we live in an instant society and there is major breaking news that people should be watching if they are following this stuff.  That's where the NHL Network fails miserably. 

1 year, 7 months ago on The NHL's U.S. struggles as seen through Bill Simmons

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My problem with the NHL Lockout coverage isn't the writing, but more the lack of televised coverage anywhere in the US.  We don't get TSN, or Sportsnet, or CBC down here (At least where I live in California).  ESPN doesn't cover anything related to hockey, and the only channels we can go to for some coverage is NBC Sports Network and NHL Network.  Well, that doesn't even work when they don't cover it either.  I mean NBC Sports Network is the home for Hockey, yet there are no NHL Studio shows now.  And the NHL Network decides to shut down it's entire programming for reruns and constant Stanley Cup playoff games because it seems they can't pay anyone to talk about the NHL for an hour each day.  

 

Look at the other sports networks.  MLB has MLB Tonight year round.  NBA has Gametime year Round.  And the NFL is the most popular sport in the country and we all know how much that get's covered.  What does the NHL have year round.  Nothing.  When the season is going, yeah you get all the news outlets and NHL Tonight and stuff like that, but what about when the season isn't going.  Also, Thursday night was a huge night in this lockout talks.  Why couldn't NHL Network stop showing repeats and bring us some coverage of the damn thing, maybe even show Gary Bettman's press conference live.  Why did I have to turn on my Tunein Radio app to TSN 1050 or Sportsnet 590 in Toronto to get some coverage.  

 

I agree with the article that we have many great writers (And some excellent podcasts but that's a different story), but when you want more than just writers and you can't find anything, that's a major annoyance and I agree with Simmons from that angle. 

1 year, 7 months ago on The NHL's U.S. struggles as seen through Bill Simmons

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