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Gawd Awful Announcers... BK Commercials are More Entertaining!!!!
Posted by on 04/24/2009
LOUISVILLE, COLORADO -- Let me preface this rant by saying that I have no background in TV journalism and I realize that the NBA is not as entertaining as college basketball by no means, not to mention the poor fundamentals and the horrific looking 'tats' on some of these dudes. A kiss tattoo behind K-Mart's (a Denver Nugget) ear? That's not natural!!

Oh, and by the way, I know that I could turn the volume down or change the channel but when you are in the "doghouse" you need to be entertained to keep your mind off of the obvious....Right?

ESPN's "lead" announcers are Mike Breen doing "play by play" with Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy doing the color. I don't know much about Breen but when the game started tonight it was 0-2 Houston when Portland scores a 'bucket' and he goes, "Portland is looking good tonight!" What, is this a two minute game?

Then you have MJ, no not that one but Mark Jackson and the guy has a 'delivery of someone trying to talk with half of a sandwich in his mouth!
Now Reggie Miller on TNT is no "walk in the park" either, he sounds like some 'Trekkie' that was invited to sit in on a telecast and adds nothing to the game.
To quote: "TNT will use its full slate of NBA announcers with play-by-play veteran Marv Albert paired with analyst Reggie Miller, Kevin Harlan will provide play-by-play alongside analyst Doug Collins, and Dick Stockton will team with analyst Mike Fratello."

To me Marv, is the best and the other "play by play" guys are much better than what ESPN has to offer.

Ex players don't necessarily make good announcers and Doug Collins (TNT) is living proof. Talk about a guy living in the past!

Now this Jeff Van Gundy guy that had a nice run coaching the Knicks for a while is the worst. First of all he needs to raise his voice a few octaves up and stop looking like Mr, Vargas, the science teacher on "Fast Times At Ridgemont High". Narly!!!!
As far as the pre-game coverage, halftime and post game shows, TNT is much better.
Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith have great chemistry and have good insight into the games and they don't just read off of the teleprompters when they are making a point. It is much more spontaneous.
Well that's my 3 cents and hopefully I will be out of the 'doghouse' soon so that I can start living again.......
*joking and I give myself a VH*

     
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Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-04-24:
So, how did you enjoy the game?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-24:
NBA games don't get good until the last 5 minutes in most cases. IMO
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-04-24:
They don't get good until the final buzzer rings!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-25:
As always an excellent read ZZ. (VH)
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-25:
Thanks Crabs.
Boki, the location of that tattoo is hideous!!
MadC: Obviously because I like watching BASKETBALL. Shall I watch "needlepoint 101" like you or a CSI rerun instead? Uhhhhh, NO!
I vote your reply to be not helpful in my time of need!!!!!!!!
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-04-25:
That's as bad as a fingerstache!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-25:
Good read Zz. Why can't the Lakers win in Salt Lake? Is it the clean air or something? Well now we "might" start Pau Gasol at center, yeah that will fix everything. We want Boston!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-25:
LA, has always had problems in Utah, huh?
The Nuggets come on at 11 this AM MDT. Boki you should "tune in" just to see dude's tattoo! *smiling*
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-25:
The Lakers have never done exceptionally well in Salt Lake. They beat up the Jazz pretty good at home though. The same is true with the Angels, they do really well all year then they meet the Red Sox and can't win a game in Boston. I am convinced it has to do with our very special air in L.A.

ps) Denver in 5.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-25:
I say six.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-25:
Sacto really screwed the pooch this year,worst in the NBA.We still have great fans,even though they all bring their cowbells to the games.

I have to agree with the play by play..what? Petros Papadakis wasn't available? His play by play during USC Trojan football games (on Comcast sports net) wanna make me scoop my eardrums out with a shovel.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-25:
"..........scoop my eardrums out with a shovel......."
*tears*
ESPN and the NBA are a bad fit.
*grabbing a shovel as I watch N.O. and the Nugs*
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-25:
Uh Oh', Nuggets getting a bit of a spanking right now. Three minutes to go, wonder if Zz's upstairs Lady friend is jumping up and down?
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Is This What I Waited All Summer For?
Posted by on 09/11/2007
USA -- I realize that there are much more important things to talk or think about on this day so forgive me while I vent on this trivial subject of Monday Night Football featuring the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals.
First of all what was ESPN thinking about starting the game at 5pm MDT? Do we really need a doubleheader on a MONDAY? I get home and the first half is nearly over. Luckily, I missed that hot dog loser Chad Johnson's touchdown celebration but that wasn't the end of that. They replayed it numerous times then ESPN has two schmucks debating on the entertainment value of it at halftime! Who is producing this nonsense some ten year old? It's bad enough seeing these guys do these stupid sack dances or touchdown dances when they are in some cases LOSING the game but now the announcers are so shallow that they have to glorify these acts? I'll take a tipsy Don Meredith, Howard Cosell, and Kathy Lee Gifford's bumbling husband (Frank) any day over Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and this Cornheiser clown. Heck they made me long for the O.J. Simpson days in the booth! I know some will say turn the volume down or listen to the radio broadcast but that gets kind of awkward with the signal delay differences and all.

Oh well that's my 3 cents for the day and I feel much better now. Thank goodness for College Football!
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
I still say OJ is guilty.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
So do I. Btw, what was your take on the game and the broadcasters?
Posted by MRM on 2007-09-11:
Have you read OJ's book, "I Did It?" He done did it!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
I read Chris Darden's book. Juice did it and they blew it!
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-09-11:
It's almost like the big football night is Sunday now. Well except for those who bet and are trying to push off their weekend losses.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
To much night time football. Football is a Saturday game for colleges and Sundays for the pro's. They are doing this to us for the ad revenue they can create. Now we have Sunday night, Monday night and Thursday nights. It's all B.S. and about the money now, they are ripping the heart out of "our" sport.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
You really need a TiVo...
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
I want to know what O.J. is going to say to St. Peter some day when he is at the gate trying to get into heaven? Goldberg killed the wench then himself and I just found them like that?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
Slim: I know. I went to bed on the second game last night. If I had money on that early game last night I would have had a heart attack. Between the officiating, the horrific play calling on the Ravens' part and the turnovers, they had to break some bettors hearts last night.
Super, they are milking it for all that they can, huh?
Posted by LarryDan on 2007-09-11:
At least we don't have to hear Theisman anymore
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-09-11:
Yeah well that's their problem, zz. I'm still dealing with that debacle the Eagles called playing a game of football.
Posted by chemman on 2007-09-11:
I can't stand Kornheiser either, the guy drives me nuts always talking about either his fantasy team, or stupid antics like Johnson's last night. I have to disagree about Jaworski though. I like that he actually talks about the plays on the field and breaks down the coverage, etc. He is a very knowledgable football analyst. Last night while Kornheiser was going on and on about how disappointed he was in Johnson's much over hyped celebration, Jaworski made a comment about how he "could care less about the celebration but did you see that route he ran?" Jaworski seems to be the only one in the booth that actually wants to talk about football.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
Zz, you have it right and it pisses me off no end. The last time we had any true Pro Football was in the 1960's and 1970's, the network exec's have wh0red the game out to the highest bidders now. Very few are in it for the love of the sport anymore, it's all about the damn money now!
Posted by flipper on 2007-09-11:
At least Cincinnati won. Yea Team!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
Yeah, Jaworski is pretty good. I almost forgot about Theisman, I couldn't stand him either.
Slim, the Eagles will be alright. At least you have a quarterback, we just signed ours.
Flipper: BOOOOOOO!!!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
zzrokk - I sometimes forget how extremely intelligent you really are. I guess it gets overshadowed by your keel & wedges, andre and tartar sauce rants. Okay enough about that.

Excellent write up zzrokk. I'll always be envious of your writing style. Couldn't agree more with ya! I voted your contribution 'Very Helpful'.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
Why thank you Stewart, you are too kind. I did the same for all of the people that responded. Even your good friend pirate, got a (VH) for not flaming on this thread.....
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-09-11:
Pirate is so bad the closest he is to helpful is not being a troll?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
He almost stayed on the subject since I did mention OJ.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2007-09-11:
I'm more upset with the choice of plays that the Ravens choose at the end of the game more than anything else. We wouldn't have lost if they would have just ran it in, they blew it. Is it me or was the officials being nitpicky about the Ravens plays throughout the game?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-11:
Crazy, I couldn't agree with you more. They took a TD back when Heip (sp?) was clearly the one being held and whoever called those plays in the "red zone" should be looking for work today. What was it like eight or so plays down there?
Posted by JJ Bart on 2013-09-10:
Monday night crew Tirico and Greden were nothing more than cheerleaders, Had to turn the sound off, do the job not cheerlead
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