In a bit of a surprise, the Olympics are staying with NBC through 2020, covering the next four Olympics. The Peacock was able to beat out bids from competitors FOX and ESPN, both of whom at some point looked sure to beat out NBC after they lost Dick Ebersol. Ebersol was perhaps the one network executive most connected to the Olympics on US television, and his resignation last month looked like the death knell for NBC's Olympic coverage.
Even yesterday, FOX seemed like it had become the new favorite. Say what you will about any of the three networks, but the Olympics would just feel out of place on a network other than NBC. Hopefully the network will heed some of the criticisms they've faced in recent years to make their telecasts even better.
He is unlistenable. Period. I know homer's, and he isn't simply one of them - that's too easy of a label. Harrelson is an announcer who thinks he is far better than he really is, has leaned on his "can of corn" routine for too many years, and baseball fans - Chisox fans or otherwise - who pay attention know the guy is brutal. And Sox fans? Love him if you want, but I would bet there is a large percentage of you who would rather have someone else in the booth. Problem is, there are lot of lackluster/annoying/how-does-he-keep-his-job?" local announcers working for MLB teams. Could they get someone less grating? Yep. Better? Probably. Do the Sox really care? I'd say no.
It doesn't really make him any better as an announcer... but it was a 14 inning game. I can tell you from experience, extra inning games take a lot out of you... and I'm a young guy. It wouldn't surprise me that part of his lackluster call in this spot was the length of the game.
Jackhitts, I agree that Hawk carries it a bit too far. But then again, Harry Caray did too when he did Sox and Cub games. I think there are too kinds of local announcers: The ones trying to wrk their way up to bigger markets who are somewhat neutral and the guys who will be around forever in a given market who are homers. Not everyone is going to be Vin Scully
Well, I know that not everyone is going to be Vin Scully, but I would expect an announcer to have some shred of integrity. I mean, when Jack Buck was doing Cardinals games (as an example) he would cheer the Cardinals more than the other team. See his call of Mark McGwire's 60th homer: "Excuse me while I stand and applaud." Or for Ozzie's homer: "Go crazy folks! Go crazy!" But he was also quick to acknowledge a nice play or nice hit by a member of the opposing team. Obviously, he was a national announcer as well, but he was even fair during Cards' broadcasts. I dunno. I mean, it's hard to achieve that balance and that's probabaly why there aren't very many outstanding broadcasters. The guys that are local homers have their place, but I wouldn't call them great broadcasters.@chipramsey
@chipramsey Either way, an announcer should realize that moments like that deserve the full call... no matter whether they go for or against your team. This is especially true with the prevalence of national media replaying calls and packages allowing fans to watch games regardless of their market.
Chipramsey, the problem with Hawk isn't that he's a homer, but that he's so dismissive of the other team and doesn't acknowledge any time the other team does anything good: It's not because Jose Bautista or whoever is a good hitter, it's because Sergio Santos made a mistake or got cheated in some way. Now, I don't mind an announcer being slightly homer-ish and backing his team, and being disappointed when they lose and happy when they win. But Hawk takes it to a whole different level.
As a lifelong Sox fan, I have no problem with Hawk. An announcer isn't a homer when he is your announcer. Hawk isn't doing national play by play, he's doing White Sox games. Get over yourselves, please.
@chipramsey It's fine to root for your team and be a homer but I think you need to do this in the confines of respecting the game and the developments in them. Harrelson can gawk at any Sox play and that is fine but you can't only do half the job and that's where he fails imo
@chipramsey WGN is pretty national, I think.
@chipramsey actually he sucks. This is a fact. So do the Sox and Comiskey