After College Football Live today on ESPN, the worldwide leader went to an everyday SportsCenter Right Now update. These updates happen all the time, providing a few news items on what's currently happening in the sports world, traditionally without incident. That wasn't quite the case today as SportsCenter anchor Max Bretos had THE MOST EXTREME CLOSE-UP IN THE 33 YEAR HISTORY OF ESPN!!! Thank goodness he didn't have broccoli for lunch, or else the timing here would have been really bad. That wasn't all though as Bretos began reading a Wimbledon update when the accompanying graphics focused on the PGA Tour.
But wow, that close-up really got out of hand. Where's Cecil B. DeMille when you need him!
I live in Cincinnati and can't stand listening to him. When you have a segment during Reds games that it's called ask Marty and the question says Marty do you have any hidden talents. Tell the score, he isn't any Earnie Harwell or Red Barber.
Can't stand listening to him or the Cowboy.
Story's a week old at this point, admittedly. But yeah, Brennaman's really grown into the cranky old man role. He's still a joy to listen to when he's calling baseball plays. But this kind of stuff pops up more & more frequently. If you've ever heard him talk about ex-Reds GM Jim Bowden, or Chris Carpenter & Dave Duncan, you'll know what I mean.
A way more outrageous case was in spring training this year. Peter Gammons made a little speech about Barry Larkin's election to the HOF on MLB Network, which included something like "This is great news for a place like Cincinnati, a city that's just been devastated by the recession." Gammons' words made for good drama & images of hard-scrabble manufacturing town life, except it was categorically, 100% false. Cincinnati isn't a manufacturing town & hasn't been impacted by the economy any worse than anywhere else. (If Brennaman has soured with age, Gammons has just gotten supremely lazy.) But Marty's response was even worse. During the Reds' weekly "Hot Stove" call-in show (which, during spring training, usually emanates from a sports bar, & always involves a couple episodes where the broadcasters get loosened up by a few too many drinks), he brought it up & actually said Gammons should be stood against a wall & shot.