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Mr Ricochet

Why do so many fans hate sports announcers?

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Reason #1: Nepotism. Buck, Brenneman, Gowdy, Johnson, Caray, and more. All second or even third generation announcers. Some at the peak of the profession. Does anyone really like seeing that?

 

One of the things I don't like is when the play-by-play guy starts judging players. That is usually the color guy's job, and they usually played the game. Just because you've sat in the booth for years doesn't mean you understand the game any more than I do. I would rather hear from a guy that has played.

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I'm old, so I remember the days when the guys in the booth didn't think they were entertainers or cheerleaders. If I want entertained I'll watch Sanford & Son or Mannix. Nothing wrong with delivering a game using your personality but you ain't Don Rickells. ...... This coming from a guy who grew up listening to Harry Carey when he was drunk by the 4th inning and Jimmy Peirsall who was a certifiable maniac. You could live a million years and you won't get a pair like those two again.

 

Tutorials on every single play, especially baseball guys. Some color guys feel the need to critique and teach on every play. Not every viewer is from a desert island watching their first game.

 

Understand if you are doing radio or tv. If you're doing tv you don't have to call every single sight. For this reason I have trouble with the great Doc Emerick. Be quiet awhile man. Conversely the best I ever heard, the Hawks' radio man, John Weidemen who paints a great proverbial mental picture.

 

Be prepared, know the other team. Hawks' HOF PBP man Pat Foley is as woefully unprepared as any announcer. Wasn't always that way but Foley now simply doesn't know the other teams' players outside of the top 6 and makes up for it by talking about Eddie O's wife's cookies or anything else a listener has no interest in ........... On that note I find it incredible how prepared USHL guys are. At a level that is so hard to follow as a fan it is a rare occasion when I listen to/watch a USHL game that I don't learn something.

 

As a guy who grew up before cable tv I spent many many hours with my transistor radio listening to far away baseball games many a night. All these guys were pros and to me the face/voice of that team. I find the call of a game as interesting as the game itself and more so as I get older and farther and farther away from when an announcer didn't think he was an entertainer/cheerleader and part of the show. It's an art like anything else and good ones make the experience much better for me.

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