COMMENTS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY
Written by: Mike in DA
Date posted: 12/20/2010
SPORTS DEATHS: MARCH - JUNE 2010
9 - Willie Davis, 69, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), natural causes.
13 - Cliff Livingston, 79, American football player (N.Y. Giants) and stuntman, complications from LBD (Lewy Body Dementia for the acronym-challenged)) and Parkinson's disease.
11 - Merlin Olsen, 69, American football player (L.A. Rams) and actor (Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy), mesothelioma.
16 - Billy Hoeft, 77, American Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher.
2 - Mike Cuellar, 72, Cuban Major League Baseball player, stomach cancer.
6 - Robin Roberts, 83, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, natural causes.
23 - José Lima, 37, Dominican baseball player, heart attack.
4 - John Wooden, 99, American basketball player (Purdue, Indianapolis Kautskys) and coach (UCLA, 1948–1975).
12 - Les Richter, 79, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and auto racing official, NASCAR head of operations, brain aneurysm.
19 - Manute Bol, 47, Sudanese basketball player and activist, kidney failure and Stevens–Johnson syndrome.
NICE TRIBUTE TO DON MEREDITH BY FOX!
Last Sunday (12/12) on Fox’s “NFL Sunday” pre-game show, Terry Bradshaw gave a tribute to the late Don Meredith, in which he told of Meredith's spirit and contributions to the broadcasting profession. Then at the end of the tribute, Terry sang "Dandy Don’s" song, "Turn out the lights...." When Terry finished, the studio lights were turned off and Fox went to a commercial.
The tribute was very touching and while the Peanut Gallery often knocks the Fox pre-game show for its wacky approach to football analysis and not holding itself accountable for many of the things said on the show, we congratulate “NFL Sunday” for finally doing something good.
FLUB OF THE DAY!
On the "Colin Cowherd Show" on ESPN Radio (97.5 FM) on Wednesday (12/15), Colin said he had a report that Yankee pitcher, A.J. Burnett, had just gone through a terrible divorce and called Burnett’s wife, Karen, “vindictive and spiteful”.
|The Burnetts are still "happily marrried"|
The asshole Cowherd said his "report was wrong" and it was his fault, not ESPN's. Cowherd did not say why he didn't bother calling either Burnett or his agent before broadcasting his "report" to check out its accuracy. This wasn't an MLB trade or manager hiring or firing rumor. This was a personal matter.
When ESPN reporters report something, they have a habit of checking it out. However, like many sports talkers, Cowherd doesn’t seem to be held accountable for what he says.
And of course, the Houston Chronicle continues to mess up. They are famous for screwing up scores of high school games, so you might have been surprised if you looked in Sunday's 12/19 Sports on page C9 and saw the following: Second Baptist 70, Westbury Christian 38.
The score was right, but they had the wrong winning team. That's nothing new for Houston's #1 newspaper.
VIDEO: NATE ROBINSON ALMOST KILLS HIMSELF CELEBRATING!
BRONCO FANS APPLY FOR HEAD COACHING POSITION!
|These guys look more qualified than Josh McDaniels.|
|Garrett is all smiles|
Right before the second half of Sunday's Texans game (12/19), sideline reporter, Rich Lord of SR610, asked Houston Texans Coach Gary Kubiak what the Texans needed to do in the second half to get back in the game. Kubiak's insightful response:
"John, err, Rich, we have to move the ball..." Thank you, coach.
ANDRE WARE NEVER LISTENED TO ME!
|"Oklahoma all over Texas A&M." Now that makes sense.|
On Sunday (12/19) two of Andre's "all overs" were:
"The Giants all over the Eagles at halftime, 24-3." Final score, Eagles 38, Giants 31.
"Baltimore all over New Orleans, 21-7 in the second quarter." New Orleans eventually tied the game at 24 and the Ravens needed two fourth quarter FGs and an interception to pull it out, 30-24.
THIS IS CALLER-DRIVEN RADIO? NUNO FOOLED ME AGAIN!
On Sunday night's "Nuno Show" (KGOW 1560, 7-11 pm Sunday through Thursday) with Marcus Coleman co-hosting, Nuno started off the show saying it will be a caller-driven show. Since I enjoy caller-driven shows, I thought, "Show me, don't tell me."
|Nuno should ask Santa for callers.|
At 8:03, Luke called in to ask Marcus something about soccer. With all the noise in the background at the remote, all I could get from the call that it was about Manchester and Chelsea (I think) and I didn't understand Marcus' response.
|Dylan Gwinn's show is "caller-driven".|
As the Jewish Defense League once said, "Never again." Now I know why Craig Shelton told me to never review Nuno's show because it would be ripped to shreds.
USELESS GRAPHICS CONTINUE TO FILL THE SCREEN!
One of my pet peeves here is the ridiculous number of graphics on the TV screen that are basically meaningless, which shows that certain network employees have a lot of time on their hands, so they look for things to report on graphics.
Last Sunday night on NBC’s Sunday Night Football (SNF) game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys there was a graphic that showed that the best winning percentage against the Cowboys by a coach belongs to the Browns' Blanton Collier, who coached Cleveland in the 1960’s. Did it matter that the Cowboys, a 1960 expansion team, didn't have a winning season until 1966? NBC didn't care.
Once again, imagine the meaningless research that went into this; then someone had to approve this info to be entered into the data bank and then passed on to NBC's national audience.
1960 WORLD SERIES GAME #7 WAS DEFINITELY A CLASSIC IN MORE WAYS THAN JUST BEING AN EXCITING GAME!
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned here that last Wednesday, 12/15, the MLB Network would air Game #7 of the 1960 World Series between the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates. It was one of the most exciting games ever and was ended by Bill Mazeroski’s ninth-inning homer, a 10-9 Pirate win. (If you’re not familiar with that series, you can read about it using Wikipedia.)
As mentioned in that previous blog, the game took 2:36 though there were 19 runs scored, 24 hits, and seven pitching changes. That was baseball the way it should be played and the broadcast is the way a game should be broadcast.
During Game #7, there were no ridiculous on-screen graphics like today. The TV screen was not cluttered with graphics. Can you imagine what my 10-inch or 17-inch screen would have looked like with today's graphics?
(Talking about clutter, for example, last Thursday night (12/16) on the NFLN, during the first quarter of the 49ers-Chargers game, there were 32 plays. During that time, 30 different graphics were posted on the TV screen. That doesn’t include the score, time, and down and distance graphics. Many of them contained unnecessary and needless information.)
Getting back to Game #7, though Pittsburgh is a blue-collar town, many of the male fans in the crowd wore ties and jackets and many of the female fans wore dresses. The fans sitting behind home plate did not wave to the TV cameras and since there were no cell phones then, there were no people speaking into them.
There were no “Yankees Suck” chants or hand-made signs mocking any of the players. There were no shots of the crowd after every other pitch in the exciting late innings of the game. The cameras were focused on the field and dugouts and the game was played in sunlight.
And last but not least, there was one announcer at a time. Bob Prince of the Pirates announced half of the game and Mel Allen of the Yankees announced the other half. That’s one man in the booth instead of three guys chattering back and forth with a lot of unnecessary info. There was no off-field baseball reporter roving around the stadium putting in his or her two-cents. There were no cuts to the studio telling the audience to stay tuned for the post-game show.
I'm sure you get the picture by now. Things were much more simpler then and a lot less costly and the games were just as well-played, if not better than they are today.
A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BRETT FAVRE!
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