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Old 11-30-2007, 07:18 PM   #11
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I still don't get why being an ex-player makes you suddenly more qualified. Sure, it helps, but it doesn't guarantee anything. And if there are so many "intelligent" ex-players out there, why do the networks insist on hiring mostly "developmentally challenged" ones?

And you shuddap about Korny, dude. He's the fuggin man. Him and Wil-Bone have been lighting up the WaPo sports section for a long time, and he is a funny guy sometimes. Dennis Miller, on the other hand, is a douche whose "let's see how obscure a reference I can make" shtick was played out a decade ago.

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Old 11-30-2007, 07:26 PM   #12
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[quote=Reverend JC]My issue with the player as commentators is this.

Seriously, if you are going to be an announcer of any type learn to freaking talk!

Jaylen rose was talking about football today on ESPN as a commentator on some show. while talking about Ben Roethlisberger he says not once but 3 times

(spelled phoentically how he pronounced it) Ben Raw-phwess-buger.


Emmitt Smith is the protypical example of this. I'm not even sure that he's speaking English half of the time he opens his mouth, and the other half he's getting names, places, facts or stats wrong. I turn the channel if I see his face. It causes me much anger.

Kornheiser and Wilbon rule, btw.

You know who I want to hear do color for an NFL game? Frank Caliendo. Now THAT would be entertaining.

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Old 11-30-2007, 07:30 PM   #13
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I still don't get why being an ex-player makes you suddenly more qualified. Sure, it helps, but it doesn't guarantee anything. And if there are so many "intelligent" ex-players out there, why do the networks insist on hiring mostly "developmentally challenged" ones?

And you shuddap about Korny, dude. He's the fuggin man. Him and Wil-Bone have been lighting up the WaPo sports section for a long time, and he is a funny guy sometimes. Dennis Miller, on the other hand, is a douche whose "let's see how obscure a reference I can make" shtick was played out a decade ago.
The networks probably hire the less intelligent ex-players to validate their hiring non ex-players. I love PTI but I don't wanna hear Tony during the game. I only like when he and Wilbon bark at each other. Caliendo would just do Madden the whole time (probably against his will) and nothing would sound any different...
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:31 PM   #14
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I figured Dumbell last night sparked this thread, he's a tard.

I don't think Joe Buck is an ex-fb player, but what he says is pretty good, I just can't stand his voice.

Kornheiser is one of my fav....although I'm a little biased since he's a WashPost writer, and a big skins fan....so sue me. Although he needs to realize he's not fooling anyone with the comb-over

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Old 11-30-2007, 07:33 PM   #15
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That blind old drunk was the absolute worst announcer of all time and he is 95% of the reason I hate the fecking Chubs so much.
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:35 PM   #16
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I think Joe Buck is one of the best, and he probably got his ass kicked in pop warner. Al Michaels? First class.

It's usually the athletes I want to beat with a pipe; Troy Aikman, Tony Siragusa, etc.

Oh, and John Madden? He should be shot.

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I tend to be far more interested in what the former coaches have to say than the former players. And say what you want about Madden (and I hate him too) but he sees things in a game that no one else sees (then talks about them endlessly for the rest of the game).

I'd rather listen to someone who never played a day in his life but who can speak intelligently on the game than someone who is in the hall of fame and a complete moron.

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Old 11-30-2007, 07:50 PM   #18
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I'd rather listen to someone who never played a day in his life but who can speak intelligently on the game than someone who is in the hall of fame and a complete moron.

I agree. But not all ex-players are bad announcers. Larry McCarren, who does radio for the Packers, is excellent. Bob Uecker is in the Hall of Fame as a broadcaster. Joe Garagiola was an excellent broadcaster. I used to like Matt Millen when he was in the booth. But it seems as if most of the ex-jocks that are on the national scene nowadays are terrible
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I tend to be far more interested in what the former coaches have to say than the former players. And say what you want about Madden (and I hate him too) but he sees things in a game that no one else sees (then talks about them endlessly for the rest of the game)..
Speaking of seeing things in the game - Jaws is amazing. Anybody else every watch the film breakdown show on ESPN with him? He points things out that you never would have noticed.
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I'm just the opposite. I think very, very few ex-jocks make good color men. Most trip over their own words or are just plain nerve-racking to try and listen to. Madden, while likeable, is kind of a cartoon and McCarver, Deion and Brian Baldinger are just dopes!

There have been some good ones - Joe Garagiola, Frank Gifford before his cheese slipped off his cracker, and currently I think Troy Aikman and Chris Collinsworth and do a good job. But by and large, give me Scully, Costas, Jack Buck, Rizzuto any day.

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I would LOVE to see an ex-referee do commentary during a football game. I bet he'd really bring an interesting angle to the game.
That would be a very good idea!
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