The final Second round matchup of the Joe Morgan Memorial Tournament pits two of the biggest loudmouths on the sports airwaves against each other. In one corner we have the small, skinny loudmouth Stephen A. Smith, who unfortunately is slowly starting to pollute ESPN's airwaves once again. In the other corner, is the more prototypical big fat loudmouth, Tony Siragusa. The choice is yours! Which bag of hot air will you send to the next round to complete the not-so-Elite 8 in our quest to find the next face to be immortalized on AA's Mt. Rushmore! We'll be back Monday with all the Second Round results and the draw for the quarterfinals.
Stephen A. Smith vs. Tony Siragusa
Stephen A. Smith
Fact File: ESPN NBA reporter/analyst/debater... well, actually he's not around that much anymore
Why He's Here: Stephen A. is a hard man to find these days. After the mistake that was Quite Frankly and his period of overexposure, Smith faded away. Somehow, he has a job hosting shows on ESPN Radio in New York and Los Angeles and still makes the sporadic TV appearance appearing on First Take, subbing for Jim Rome, and in other various nether regions of the leader. It's enough for us to give Screamin' A. a place on the list.
Round 1 Result: Defeated Stuart Scott 51.45% - 48.55%
Fact File: NFL on Fox sideline reporter and analyst
Why He's Here: Siragusa has been one of the pioneers of the field level analyst. Hockey has gone to an analyst/reporter inside the glass, but Siragusa's role in Fox's coverage is basically the same thing. The idea in theory isn't bad, but in practice it usually disappoints. Siragusa is much more useful telling bad jokes, talking about food, or wasting time rather than providing anything of substance.... like analysis.
Links:Tony Siragusa Is Serious About Honey
#5 Worst Announcer Of The Year
Irritating Habits Of NFL Announcers
Round 1 Result: Defeated 'Crazy' Jack Edwards 71.55% - 28.45%
Stephen A. Smith defeated Tony Siragusa 63.91% - 36.09%
get someone who seems interested in the game and in calling it. I can't stand that smug, lifeless commentary. Does he even know anything about baseball? When does his contract run out.? Please get someone who enjoys baseball. Darling and Schmoltz do a good job - they sound enthusiastic and know the game
It's simple. Joe Buck sounds like someone who doesn't like their job. Honestly, he's better than anyone else on Fox Sports, but that's not saying much. Fox has no standards when it comes to hiring broadcasters. As long as they have a recognizable name, boom, just plop em in the seat and put a microphone in their hand. It's sad, but fans have to watch the games on Fox so there's really no choice. Joe Buck thought broadcasting was an easy way to make a lot of money, but didn't realize that fans actually listen to what the broadcasters say, probably because he trivialized his father's profession at some point. Sports fans are passionate about their sports, and the broadcasters who announce the games should be just as passionate. If they aren't, you get a lot of complaints. It would be like a proffesional dancer performing in front of thousands of people and the dancer just wasn't that into it. It would suck. Just like Joe Buck sucks, and he knows he sucks, and still goes out and broadcasts every major sport on Fox, just to collect a big fat check.
Jeez man go ride the Waahhhbbuullannceee and get out of your moms basement. You act like Buck announcing is the end of the world.
Everyone be in touch with Fox and tell them to put Joe on the 30-day disabled list long enough to let Vic Scully do the World Series this year. Time IS running out and what a great final tribute to Vin and some relief from Buck!
Buck isn't going anywhere. He is the face of FOX and if you see how much regard FOX has for baseball (during football and now that college football) they really aren't going to do much to improve the quality of their telecast. The only significant changes they brought to their telecast since 1996 were more concessions than upgrades (eliminating 30min pregame, mid afternoon telecast, occasional prime time window, and earlier World Series start times). Even their NFL's telecast has been same old same old since they got their contract with the only 'real' change was the A-team replacement for the retiring Summerall and Madden.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that Baseball in general has to make a change in overall national network. There hasn't been any mention of Selig's unhappiness with FOX (though the Dodgers-McCourts story may bring in a sticky situation come negotiation time) and as long FOX shows them the money, I don't think they care too much on quality.
Looking at 2014 when potentially a new deal would be struck , CBS doesn't appear to have any interest in baseball, Comcast/NBC monster deal for the Olympics pretty much taps them out, with Sunday Night Football and the NHL locked up. ESPN makes a lot of sense, but I don't think MLB want to lock baseball exclusively to cable (ditto TBS).
But if baseball does decide to take national games cable exclusive, remember that Time Warner (along with Direct-TV, Cox and Comcast) own a percentage of MLB Network, own Turner Sports and are starting a new Los Angeles cable network that just locked up the Lakers for a 20 year deal with an eye on the Dodgers. But expect FOX to just bathe baseball in cash and we got another 5 years of Buck/McCarver.
I was under the impression that it was the Rangers's decision to let go of Lewin. I wouldn't mind him being back on Fox Saturday Baseball. Should he be #1? It's hard to say. Usually, I'd support the network promoting someone from within, but let's be serious, Fox's stable of baseball play-by-play guys isn't very strong. Basically, they just have Kenny Albert and Dick Stockton, and neither of them should be #1. I like Vasgersian, but he's just part-time with Fox since he already has a full-time job at MLB Network.
I think it would be in Fox's best interest to hire a new #1 from outside, but knowing their reluctance for change, I have a feeling they'll keep the status quo. Their NASCAR broadcasts have been ruined by keeping the blabbering Darrell Waltrip in the booth, but you don't see them changing anything there either.
Didn't Fox get rid of Josh Lewin? I agree about the football thing, Buck is a much better football voice mostly because he actually sounds into it, it's still lacking, but it is better.
Buck's disdain for calling June baseball on FOX shines through and that's why the fans hate him so muc.
I rewatched the Super Bowl last night and paid special attention to Joe's call of it. Quite frankly, I thought it was pretty good. Buck and Aikman make a pretty good team. As a Packers fan, we got a LOT of Joe at the end of last season. In fact, I think he called 6 straight games for the Pack. Really, I think he is a lot better in football than in baseball. I can't stand McCarver either. But in football, Joe shows a little more excitement. His style is never going to be anything like Gus Johnson (duh!) but he still demonstrates enthusiasm, without raising his voice. I really enjoy listening to his football calls. Frankly, I think he is much better than Nantz. I miss the days of Greg Gumbel. My favorite team in the NFL is Gumbel/Dierdorf.
not a honk, promise. the indians announcing crew of underwood/manning is good. when mike hargrove joins them they're the best announcing crew for baseball i've ever heard. (i'm 49.) hope you can check them out sometime.
could have said it any better. Is there any doubt that if his last name wasn't Buck that he wouldn't be the face of Fox sports?
@Keldon That might the most unfunniest thing I've ever read. Waaahhbuulanncee? Who says that?
@Keldon thanks for the comment, the mom's basement joke is so new and original. well played.
@PackerFan I don't have a problem with him when he has his voice, but the way he sounds now is unbearable