Tom Hamilton's Radio Call
"I'd happily step aside to hear his voice (on the World Series). I would not fight that at all. That's just how I grew up.
"As far as I'm concerned, he could be part of it every year. I'm not selfish. I realize who the game's greats are, and I always defer to them - my dad (Jack Buck), Ernie Harwell, Curt Gowdy, Harry Caray. There are only a handful of guys who are as identifiable with their organizations as any player is."Plenty of baseball fans aren't necessarily fans of Joe Buck the broadcaster, and we've been critical in the past, but even the most vocal detractors of him have to applaud Joe for publicly supporting Vin Scully and this idea. Joe obviously has an appreciation for the great announcers in the sport with his father Jack being another legend of the game. Vin Scully is in that same category and is arguably the greatest living baseball announcer. What better way to pay testament to his lifetime in baseball, and celebrate the history of the game and what makes baseball special by making this happen.
“As the son of the legendary Jack Buck, no one respects the history of baseball more than Joe, so it’s no surprise that he’d be willing to share the World Series stage with Vin Scully, who like Jack, is one of the best that ever was. Having Vin join Joe and Tim for a few innings during the World Series is definitely something we’d consider if it’s something Vin would like to do.”You heard it here first - Fox Sports will consider Vin Scully joining the World Series broadcast booth. This is a great development in this story. Realistically, a few innings or a game is what fans should expect from Fox and everyone involved. However, there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope remains that we may be able to get Vin Scully in the Fox booth for at least a portion of the World Series.
Joe Buck on Vin Scully: Why not bring him in the Fox World Series booth? - Los Angeles Daily News
Fact File: Morning Drive co-host on the Golf Channel and former ESPN studio show host
Why He's Here: I'll be honest, I haven't watched a second of Morning Drive, but Kuselias earns his spot from his recent time at ESPN. Seriously, I know nothing about the guy (beyond his Deadspin resume), but he always appeared to be a bit unauthentic as ESPN's utility player. When subbing for Cowherd, he'd try to be Cowherd, when subbing for Rome, he'd try to be Rome, when doing college football, he'd try to sound like the biggest college football guy on the planet. I'm sure he's pulling a similar act at the Golf Channel.
Fact File: Host of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, Home Run Derby, and golf's US Open, occasional SportsCenter anchor and baseball play by play man
Why He's Here: How much time do we have? Chris Berman has been synonymous with ESPN for over 30 years, but his schtick of nicknames, bad jokes, and bellowing humor has grown old. His protection of the NFL and the stars of the league leave his journalistic bite at zero. The #1 best selling ESPN book painted him as a man drastically out of touch with the modern day world, and it shows.
Somebody Should Explain The Concept Of A Walk Off Win To Chris Berman
Real Tweets From Real People - Berman and the US Open
Tossed Salas Nickname
Classic Youtube Rant
Chris Berman defeated Erik Kuselias 76.83% - 23.17%
I'm glad I missed today's A's game. They got wrecked again, but I'm a lot more thankful that I didn't have to watch Rangers fan Shannon Stone fall reaching for a ball live. Tragically, Stone would die from the fall and our thoughts go out to his family, the Rangers, and their fans. Horrible...
My initial reaction upon hearing the news was wondering how it exactly happened and how it effected the broadcast and the game as I didn't really hear anything specific on those fronts. Here is the video of how it played out and unfortunately it features A's announcers Ray Fosse and Glen Kuiper being a bit too casual about the incident. The video below is not graphic but it is very morbid so view at your own discretion.
(***Ed Note: Because of the stated request of the Stone family, we have decided to take down the video footage and encourage all websites to do the same. You can also place a donation here in honor of Shannon Stone for the Stone family.)
Eeesh. Not good. It's hard for me to gauge how upset to be about the light hearted nature they show about the incident. They do seem to show some concern but definitely have a couple of brief moments where they're dismissive and folksy about the fall...
Fact File: NFL and MLB play by play man for Fox, NBA on TNT play by play, MLB on TBS play by play
Why He's Here: Dick Stockton was once one of America's great announcers, sometime during the Reagan administration. He's had a great career, but the games have passed Stockton by. There are just too many botches and too many times where Dick seems lost. His slow moves down the ladder at Fox and TNT show his current career trajectory.
Fact File: NFL Network studio analyst
Why He's Here: The former Cowboys receiver is the poster child for the staged guffawing that has infested NFL studio shows. Irvin has never lasted in one place too long, jumping from Fox Sports Net to ESPN and now to NFL Network. Irvin can be sincere, honest, and moving when he wants to be (see his Hall of Fame speech), but it's rarely ever seen in his television work.
In the next matchup of the Joe Morgan Memorial we have two controversial figures, and the shocking news is that the more recent figure embroiled in controversy isn't Deion Sanders. First up, here's the results from yesterday...
Tony Siragusa d. Jack Edwards 71.55% - 28.45%
Thom Brennaman d. Jon Gruden 58.32% - 41.68%
That means 1/4 of the second round draw is complete - Skip Bayless, Rick Reilly, Tony Siragusa, and Thom Brennaman.
With revelations in the ESPN Book, Mike Tirico has suddenly become a polarizing figure in the world of announcing. But will his dulcet tones and smooth delivery be enough to keep him from advancing? Or will the overwhelming and overbearing presence of PrimeTime be enough to send him into the next round of awfulness? Let's see how they stack up!
Fact File: ESPN play by play man for Monday Night Football, NBA, golf, and college football
Why He's Here: Aside from certain personal exploits, Tirico's play by play often sounds incredibly forced, especially for NFL and NBA games. It's a phenomenon that is hard to put into words, almost as if his smoothnes feels over the top and phony. The personality depicted in the ESPN book doesn't help his likability factor.
Fact File: NFL Network analyst
Why He's Here: Deion Sanders could be given a nightly two hour long show to talk about only himself, and fill it with 20 hours to spare (he would have to sleep some). No other analyst is so self-aggrandizing than Primetime, who has carried that same swagger to his analyst positions. To put it in perspective, CBS dumped Deion for Shannon Sharpe. Ouch.
Deion Sanders d. Mike Tirico 69.59% - 30.41%
-The explosion of sports rights on television
-The Comcast merger with NBC, how it affects Versus, and whether or not they can compete with ESPN
-Athletes and the impact of Twitter
-The uncertain future of golf on television in a post-Tiger world
-The NFL and NBA lockouts
There are so many compelling possible topics in sports business worth talking about and Darren touches on a number of them in this interview, including some strong takes on both the NFL and NBA lockouts. A huge thanks to Darren for taking the time to come on the AA Podcast, and we even gave him a question to ponder for his next appearance.