I could have sworn that was poop on A-Rod's helmet in the illustration to the left of the graphic. Turns out its eggs. Poop would've been better.
posted by oscillator72 at 12:18 PM on August 09
It's "Slappy McBluelips," not "Smacky McBluelips." Anyway, I think Olbermann has it mostly right. We in Boston (or most of us, anyway) tend to excuse Manny's foibles because he is, as always, being Manny. A-Rod doesn't have a persona that allows fans to like him for him, rather than simply for what he's done for them lately. It's like he's hyper aware of how he's being perceived, and doesn't, as Olbermann says, let it wail. All that said, he's an excellent player and in any other market (besides Boston) I'd guess he'd get the benefit of the doubt. And, of course, I hate him.
posted by oscillator72 at 12:15 PM on August 09
Fox spokesman from the article: "We found we've lost some of the attitude we've projected in the past. Robots are sacred ground for that." Just fucking shoot me now. No, hang on, just shoot the guy at Fox who decided attitude=robots.
posted by oscillator72 at 09:29 PM on August 04
I see a trademark infringement lawsuit in someone's future.
posted by oscillator72 at 01:02 PM on June 28
And Donovan and Beasley...what the fuck? They're best of friends, or didn't you hear? I loved the moment at the beginning of the second half where the ESPN announcer went out of his way to apologize for repeating yet again that the U.S. had to win the game to advance. His excuse was that there were lots of people just joining them for the second half who might not be aware of that fact. And he based that conclusion on what, exactly? Sigh. Our team sucks, our announcers suck... why do I watch this game again?
posted by oscillator72 at 02:01 PM on June 22
Must be an Arena Football fan.
posted by oscillator72 at 08:33 AM on June 19
Is your keyboard broken?!???!?!???!
posted by oscillator72 at 02:07 PM on May 26
If the Jags throw deep early and often, they win. Both Carolina and Philly figured this out too late (the Eagles waaay too late). I'm losing my mind watching teams avoid doing the one thing the Pats are worst at defending.
posted by oscillator72 at 03:13 PM on January 07
Or do I have that wrong about Luccino and Manny? I can't keep that situation straight.
posted by oscillator72 at 08:24 PM on October 31
Why are we pinning this on Lucchino? Why must Red Sox management always be the bad guy in these situations? I love Theo, and I understand that he wants to "shop for the groceries," as it were. But he's being selfish here, no sympathy from me. You want to GM (or coach) the Red Sox, you're going to put up with input from ownership. Particularly this ownership, who knows more than a little bit about baseball. And then you're going to go home, roll around in your 1.5 million a year, and laugh and laugh at how you're 30 years old and living the dream. If Theo's serious about taking a year off, I'd say he's just burnt. And yerfatma, I don't see how ownership has spent its goodwill. Hell, Lucchino appears to have been the one who kept Manny around, much to the fans' delight and Theo's chagrin. What makes you say that?
posted by oscillator72 at 08:22 PM on October 31
Somebody upthread mentioned that annoying graphic Fox likes to throw on screen telling us who's pitching, who's at bat, and who's on base. All that redundant information is bad enough, but then they go and put "Right Now!" at the top of it. That single, solitary exclamation point symbolizes all that is wrong with Fox sports coverage. Anyway, I mostly wanted to post to say that if you guys get to bring back Herman's Head, I get to bring back Andy Richter Controls the Universe.
posted by oscillator72 at 07:49 PM on October 29
Having a "vast knowledge of sports" -- and I reject the notion that Berman has such a thing -- has pretty much zero to do with being an effective play-by-play man. Berman's problem is, as the article alludes to, his complete inability to understand that there are times when words get in the way. It is a bizarre paradox that on television, where we can all see what's going on, play-by-play announcers like Berman feel the need to talk constantly, whereas on radio, where we can't see a damn thing, the best play-by-play guys leave plenty of room for us all to absorb the moment. >>fan friendly excitement<< I'm sorry, but fuck that. It's that sort of thinking that got us Fox's Scooter the goddamn baseball teaching us all how a curveball is thrown. Over, and over, and over again. Baseball, particularly playoff baseball, doesn't need gimmics to be exciting. It doesn't need manufactured enthusiasm, it doesn't need nicknames, it doesn't need camera shots of Fox sitcom stars "coincidentally" in the crowd, and it doesn't need Scooter the goddamn motherfucking baseball!
posted by oscillator72 at 06:56 PM on October 08
Did I hear the announcer ask, with about 10 laps left, "can she turn the trick and win the race?" Not the best choice of words there.
posted by oscillator72 at 03:30 PM on May 29
Last year I was listening to WEEI, Boston's sports talk station, and was utterly shocked when a caller brought up Sabremetrics and the host (Bob Neumeier, I believe), said 'Sabrewhatrics?' I'm not even close to a stat freak, but I'm at least familiar with the term. If 'serious' stats are indeed becoming a bigger part of team building and so on, boneheads like Neumeier are going to have to get on the stick to make sure they keep one step ahead of their listeners.
posted by oscillator72 at 11:23 PM on March 25
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