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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Amazing... Actual Baseball Discussion On TV    

Has anyone else noticed that the games yesterday were shown without anyone harping on storylines... with no fighting amongst booth personalities to see who can make the most outrageous claim... and with an actual focus on analysis of the game action? In other words, have you noticed how thoroughly ESPN's pants are being pulled down by the folks at TBS?

Even the unending promos for The John Madden Impression Show Starring Frank Caliendo are easy to stomach when compared to the "news" coverage (steroids, soap operas, etc) and "analysis" (Rick Sutcliffe pimping Roy Halladay for the Cy Young? This year???) that ESPN forces into the game coverage. Hey, at least Caliendo can do a good impression of an announcer, which is more than can be said for anyone at ESPN.

So first TNT blows away the competitors with its NBA coverage, and now TBS blows away the competitors with its MLB coverage. How quickly can we get the Turner people an NFL game? Can we give them the hockey contract for free?

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  • I agree 99%.

    I would also mention that EJ manning the studio booth is great. And pairing him with Cal is also great. I wasn't expecting to like Cal, but I really do - he's not over the top, or quick to judge. Just sensible, levelheadedness. Which may not be ultra-exciting, but that's the whole point- with october baseball, we don't need an announcer trying to make it more exciting- the product stands on its own.

    The 1% reservation I have is one not limited to TBS, but national coverage itself. Having lived and died with your local announcers all season, it'd be nice to have them around for the dance. For the NFC championship game a couple years ago, we tuned out Fox's awful announcers in favor of the local radio guys, who did the eagles right (for a room full of eagles fans). I could do the same w/ the Phillies, but not while out at a bar. Oh well.

    By Blogger Alex, at 12:40 PM  

  • actually, make that a 98%/2% split.
    Another 1% of haterade is reserved for Frank Caliendo, who seriously can die in a fire.

    By Blogger Alex, at 12:42 PM  

  • Once the networks get their heads out of their asses and realize we want a choice of audio feeds (neutral, home, away and Spanish) on each video feed, that won't be a problem anymore.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 2:43 PM  

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