Eric Byrnes still has "it' in him, but unfortunately he's just lost a lot of his skills as a baseball player. Bynes is on local Bay Area radio and you can tell he still has the drive and enthusiasm to play baseball but unlike some players he wasn't comfortable playing as his skills diminished and his reputation waned as a ball player. I mean who else is playing softball days after retiring from baseball?
Never has Byrnes' crash test dummy like mentality been more evident than this cameo on the MLB Network in which he decides to go full throttle on Harold Reynolds in the clip below.
Easy now Byrnesie.
Reynolds does a good job laughing off the Goldberg like spear and Byrnes does his best to make amends giving HR a makeup hug. Still though you get the feeling that Byrnes needs some hobby to get up this agressiveness and adrenaline out of his system. Rugby? Fight club? Gymkata perhaps?
ESPN could use his services. Pair him up with Dickie V or Len Elmore in college hoops, have him call NBA games, and have him on the #2 announce team with Urban Meyer behind Brett Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit.
Do you remember how bad Fox was when they had the BCS games. I am not sure if it makes more sense for Gus to do college as they were atrocious there or have him replace some of the main guys for the NFL. Fox has horrible broadcast talent.
@soul food Fox has Pac 10 rights so if you think about it, he may be able to do both.
Washington is in the Pac 10 and has a NFL team in the same city. The Bay Area has 2 local schools and a NFC team. LA has 2 colleges and will presumabely get a team at some point (unknown what team/conference).
Arizona has 2 pac 10 schools and a NFC team. Other schools are also in locations that could see Gus call a Saturday game and be in place to do a Sunday NFL game.
In the past I think ESPN has lent out some talent to CBS for the tourney but I doubt in this competitive environment, Gus will be available for CBS/Turner.
This really sucks for the NCAA tourney. I would always come to this website and look at the announcing schedules seeing what game he was doing and would try to will his game to be competitive. His brand was really part of the March Madness and now....
At the end of the day I just hope he is doing more big games across both sports but that's going to be tough.