Chris Marlowe is the play by play man of the Denver Nuggets, but you probably know him better as the voice of NBC's Olympic coverage of beach volleyball. I have no idea how many soccer games Marlowe has announced in his career, but I'm guessing it's not very many as he had to check with his analyst for what a red card meant. A tip for any aspiring announcers out there - you should probably know the rules of the sport you are broadcasting. SBN blog Burgundy Wave breaks down the embarrassment of Altitude's minor league coverage of the Colorado Rapids expertly here. This is what they had to say about Marlowe's performance this weekend...
...last night we saw a taste of Chris Marlowe, Nuggets play-by-play man and, well, this might have been the worst one yet. The worst flub on the night was when Chris accidentally let it slip that he didn't know whether or not Chris Tierney's red card meant an ejection, leading to quite a bit of ribbing for the guy on twitter. (Mostly from @Soccerinsider) He also didn't seem to realize that a referee pointing to the spot indicated a Penalty Kick as after both PK's he spent a good couple of minutes trying to figure out if there would indeed be a penalty kick. These were just the biggest problems among a whole plethora. An embarrassment to the Rapids, their fanbase, and Altitude as a whole.
Watch as New England's Chris Tierney fouls Colorado's Sanna Nyassi from behind in the box drawing a red card, creating a moment of announcing brilliance...
"So the red card's an ejection, correct?" - Chris Marlowe
Every time I think soccer is making the next step in this country, the play by play man for the defending MLS champions doesn't know what a red card means. Sigh.
The Poynter Institute imo just doesn't have what it takes to make a difference. They haven't really done anything that leads me to believe they can step up here. If people are serious they need to make a list of Cowherd's advertisers and contact them with this article. Hopefully they'll pull their advertising and ESPN will take some type of action.
From Howard Stern's Private Parts:
Researcher: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day.
Pig Vomit: But... if they hate him, why do they listen?
Researcher: Most common answer? "I want to see what he'll say next."
Before you read on, let me stress I am NOT putting Colin Coward and Howard Stern in the same context in relevance of stature. At least with Stern he's openly stated his show and an act is all satire. He occasionally goes on his high horse, but at least there is some thought provoking and bold opinions to do with the lunacy (and I'm being kind using lunacy). He's usually a piece of shit, but he's our kind of piece of shit.
But I do think ESPN knows what they have In Colin Coward, As much as he is a distasteful asshat, people are listening, people are talking, people are pissed off.....and they go back and listen for more. Then the outrage post it on their blogs, link it on twitter and thousands of people who don't know or don't care about Coward (yeah thats how I'm spelling it now) are listening, reacting and turning on the station to hear more. I really doubt those same listeners link back to Awful Announcing, Fang Bites, Deadspin etc to hear or read what Coward did this time. Its free media for him and for ESPN radio no matter how you analyze his nonsense.
I think what will be telling if and when the Poynter Reviews column addresses questions and gets management feedback on Coward. It took Le Anne Schreiber's column smackdown to get management to at the very least reprimand him for having The Big Lead's URL shutdown (thus starting her legendary status among the sports media blogosphere). But ESPN PR has really let this guy have an unimpeded run of bullshit and never even addressed the incredibly border line racist John Wall rant, while riding the Jalen Rose controversy as if it was big as the Don Imus story.
Their going to force Coward down the audiences throats (Sportsnation) until you at the least 'respect' his stature as a household name. Right now, being a douche is working no matter how ill-informed and idiotic he sounds.
Hell, he's turning into the Glen Beck of sports.
Well there's a few minutes of my life that I'll never get back plus a temporary loss of a few IQ points for listening to that! But hey -- I brought it in myself!
Now that Joe Morgan has been retired by ESPN, I think the screen capture above of Cowherd should go on your masthead Mt. Rushmore.
It is all about ratings. He spews garbage and idiotic statements so he can bring controversy to whatever show he is on (TV or radio). Personally, I think he needs to be fired for his long list of statements (not just this one).You know Colin, if ESPN fires you... you brought it on yourself.
Cowturd (My nickname for him.) went from LeBron Critic (When he was in Cleveland.) to thinking that LeBron is God's Gift to Basketball (When he went to Miami.) He even went so far as to compare the hatred people have for LeBron to the hatred people had for Martin Luther King, Jr. Cowturd in an ass.
The best part is that the unemployment rates in Indiana and Ohio are lower than in the US as a whole and in Connecticut.
For Cowherd to continually partake in such inflammatory rhetoric as class warfare and race bating (his comments on John Wall and the late Sean Taylor) without ANY rebuke from ESPN is mind-boggling. Other personalities get suspended for much less offensive and personally hurtful comments. And it's not like Cowherd is a one-time offender, it seems like a theme of his show is to demean his listeners to prove how smart he is or intentionally play the race card for a cheap ratings boost. When is enough going to be enough for ESPN to do something about this clown?
That's really over the line. I know it's his "brand" to be a moron that just spews garbage, but that's just terrible. I would say you could email the poyter institute as they're the new "ombudsmen" but it seems they're just smitten to be working with ESPN and aren't really looking to crack skulls.
ESPN doesn't go a day without pissing people off, but usually it centers around sports and not something as serious in nature as where you're from and your socio economic status. People have pride of where they are from and it's just plan disrespectful for this jackass to defecate all over that sense of pride for no reason. If ESPN had any sense, they'd suspend him but as Dick Ebersol said you have to say Hitler or take a picture of your penis to get in trouble there.
I never started a fight with anybody and I'm 50..but I always have wanted to hit that aggroant ass the first week he was on.... one week of the week geek laugh was enough...Then ESPN puts that freak looking thing on TV.. I want to look at Michelle but like a car accident you can't belive the Horror! he is
Hey man, if you listen to The Herd, you're kinda bring it on yourself. Not that I don't have sympathy...
ESPN.....I know you folks read this site and I have to say you should be EMBARRASSED by this. I know that this is his whole schtick, but this commentary is just pathetic. What purpose does it serve.? Ohio is hard working state with hard working good people. Times are tough but people have faith and are staying resolved. It's pathetic that this guy proliferates your network just running his mouth as he wants. Pathetic ESPN.....absolutely pathetic. This makes me sick and the fact that he's not a fringe personality but one of your main attractions only speaks to how you reward clowns like Cowherd. I'm done with you.... Cutting the cord,.
In essence: If you don't move to a right-to-work state in the south in which employers are subtly encouraged to abuse their employees, you are at fault for your own unemployment.
Why not just move to India?
@haroldwnorris I was thinking the same thing. Unemployment though though is probably an area I'd stay away from. It's not really relevant and it's peoples livelyhood, pride, etc.
I remember the 2009 Rose Bowl Brent Musberger said a nice thing about hoping for better times and that people would be okay..... It was a nice touch. Then there is the Cowherd approach of napalming anyone possible even based on their hometown and job status. Classy!