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Watching E. Washington at Idaho...at about 10:30 to go in the first quarter, WR goes out for a pass, steps out of bounds, comes back in to make a leaping catch and lands out of bounds (so it would be incomplete). Referees rule that he was out of bounds and came back in and was first to touch the ball and the penalty would be loss of down. Announcer says, "Oh, loss of down, costly penalty there!" Sheesh, it was an incomplete pass anyway, they weren't going to let them play the down over! Announcers do this all the time on intentional grounding too. "What really hurts is the loss of down!" No, it's just the same as a sack. It's not like it goes from second down to fourth, ok?
Could you point me to the article(s) where you tell why you don't respect Pam Ward's broadcasting. I've always enjoyed her and like to support people who break down barriers.
Scott Hattenberg is the lousiest broadcaster on TV. Especially for baseball. He does not know how to talk you would think since he was a player at one time. Talk about boringggggggggggggggggg yes that is he. BRING RAY FOSSEE BACk ASAP
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Local Sports Radio-2012
“Felix, every time you talk about sports, my ulcer acts up”. Oscar Madison
Is that a similar reaction of someone that listens to local sports radio?
How many members of this profession really know the sports that they are talking about? Is the fact that their ability to articulate a point to the extent of fooling people without the same access or intelligence make them experts and in some cases give them the right to be at times condescending?
It is important to note that this does not apply to all of sports talk radio, but enough of this behavior exists to be examined. Also it is naïve to believe that local sports radio is similar as depicted on commercial for ESPN Radio with a host yelling catch phrases and blowing horns while Colin Cowherd nods his head in disapproval. That’s ridiculous.
It is amazing how far local sports radio has come. 25 plus years ago, some local radio stations would dedicate perhaps an hour a day to sports on its programming schedule, but 24 hour programming? Unheard of. Then in 1987 WFAN-AM signed on-air in New York City, providing area sports fans with the first and only outlet to hear and talk about sports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today, there seems to be an infinite amount of 24 hours sports radio stations.
It should go without saying that a perquisite in speaking about sports for a living is knowing more about the X’s and O’s of a particular sport than the average fan. How often is it talked about with intelligence how a play came to fruition (i.e. in basketball, running a flex offense against a man to man or a baseline screen to free a player for an easy layup to win a game.) Those type comments in and of itself are not necessarily entertaining to every sports fan nor does it need to be the dominant subject of a program. However, if a caller were to be on hold for 20 minutes and then ask why perhaps a great 3 point shooter with a limited amount of quickness, readily gets open instead of saying “The guy can shoot”, have a more detailed answer. In doing so these hosts will have more credibility and may offset the usual all too common type conversation:
A particular athlete does not have “The Heart of a Champion”:
Up until 2012, that line was used more to describe LeBron James than how talented he is. What does that mean? Makes one think that prior to the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Miami Heat fans were hoping there were heart surgeons that could perform this procedure on LeBron. Carmelo Anthony needs to call LeBron immediately and get that Doctor’s phone number since he seems to have that disorder as well. Guess it’s too late for Dan Marino, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Karl Malone. The fact that talented athletes make it to a certain level tells you about their determination.
A team won because “They Wanted it More”:
So the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI because they wanted it more? This is a gambler’s dream. Somehow find out what team or player wants it more and bet the farm. This could change sports gambling forever! What kind of commentary is that?
The “He had that look in his eyes” one is interesting. This may exist when a coach or an analyst at the site can see maybe a lack of confidence in a player. However, it has been said what seems like infinitely that Tiger Woods is on his way back to major championship level, he has that look in his eyes. Really?
What about the listeners whose participation in local sports talk is pivotal? With 24 sports talk, there are only so many interviews, updates, parodies or talk between hosts that can be done. Need those listeners that in reality pay the salaries and fill the time. There is no disputing the legitimate frustration that takes place among hosts considering only a small percentage of these callers has something worthwhile to lend to a program. They like to use the aforementioned “the heart of a champion” or “hey wanted it more” phrases to describe sports. However, they are not the professionals. The knowledgeable and gracious hosts acknowledge this in their responses showing no matter how parochial the caller’s comment or questions seem to be, a conversation does not need to be awkward. The callers that want just to be on radio to wish injury on someone or play a joke? They deserve to be open game.
The non-gracious and less knowledgeable hosts are the ones that prompt articles like this. They will take the same parochial call from a listener and instead of taking the approach their gracious counterpart did; they seize the opportunity to be condescending. The same goes for a caller that disagrees with them as if a sin was committed. It prompts someone to perhaps say “hey (host’s name), it’s ok to disagree with someone, but there is a way to do it”. Maybe these hosts are told to do this because it makes for good ratings. Perhaps its insecurity because they were not athletes themselves. More and more of these programs are being hosted by the former athletes or coaches that are articulate (Howard Cosell’s comments that how former athletes were given jobs as announcers without earning them or “Jockocracy” as coined by Robert Lipsyte not withstanding). They do have the superior knowledge and access. Who knows? However it sliced, this behavior exists. At least a level of revenge for some listeners takes place when these same hosts will interview an athlete or coach and attempt to discuss X’s and O’s only to be corrected several times.