Random items for Jason's Day:
San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami wrings his hands in Comic Book Guy fashion and calls Fox's Thom Brennaman, the worst baseball announcer…ever. Someone had to say it.
"When Fox insists on trotting Lyons and Brennaman out there, in little games and big games, they're proving that they not only don't know baseball, they could care less about it," he writes. Touché.
The New York Times' Richard Sandomir recently wrote of the Fox announcer, "He is mediocre, distinguished mainly by an unmodulated megaphone-like voice that is like a parody of what a sportscaster should sound like." Perfect. He's Ron Burgandy for the sports scene. Except...you know, real.
My favorite Brennamanisms involve when he decides a play should be magnified for much more reason that it should be, and continues to harp on that point for the next three hours even if everybody else in the booth ignores him. Boston could be up 12-0 on Tampa in the eighth, and Brennaman will continue to spout off on a misplayed foul ball in the second inning, a frame in which the Red Sox didn't even score. And yet every fall he is forced into our living rooms when at the very least we should be getting some sort of welcome respite from McCarver. Thanks, Fox.
Good for BC kicker Steve Aponavicius, the kind of story that makes even the jaded among us smile especially because of the kid's obvious energy. Everyone gets a one-week moratorium on Rudy comparisons. Please, no more after that.
On the flip side…the Chicago White Sox will start games at 7:11 next season after, yes, 7-11 and the team developed a sponsorship deal. 989 Sports could only respond by tossing their collective arms in the air.
Leave it to ESPN version No. 6,754: Following weeks of the public pleading for Tony Kornheiser to stop with his nobody cares fantasy football team updates, not only does he continue, but Monday Night Football producers add graphics and points information for the announcer's team, basically announcing to America that they're going to keep banging it over our heads. Ugh. Bragging about your fantasy football team to anyone not in your league is like whipping out the pictures from the family trip to Aunt Bertha's. Just. Don't.
Speaking of Monday Night Football, is it just me or is ESPN a little overstaffed for these games? Last Monday, they had no less than 15 on-camera personalities in Denver. How many story lines could there possibly be?
And another thing: Why does every single sideline reporter, when trying to summarize what a certain player told them prior to the game start their account with, "Look..."?
I think we learned there's a little underlying evil in our girl, Sun, no?
Shaquille O'Neal called the NBA's decision to switch to a new, microfiber ball "the worst decision" the league has made.
I don't know. Vancouver seems to ring to mind.
They had better be watching these postseason games in droves on the west coast for all these sleepless nights I've been suffering. Thanks, Fox.
Snow in Detroit benefits us all as it turns out. Fox will broadcast Game 3 of the ALCS at 4 this afternoon prior to its prime time coverage of the NLCS Game 2 between the Mets and Cardinals.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal: "Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, partying with about a dozen FHM magazine models Tuesday at Pure in Caesars Palace, three days after taking a lot of heat for the Yankees' early post-season exit." Yeah. Poor A-Rod.
Has the cast of "Justice" been randomly spotted in the stands yet?
Not that I don't applaud Tommy Lasorda's rah-rah efforts, but even he should know that he might want to leave well enough alone and leave that Cubs fan up in the tree.
Am I missing something in this all-of-a-sudden Bill Belichick-Tony La Russa buddy movie script?
The Tigers might have been dealt a blow in the World Series aspirations, as relief fireballer Joel Zumaya is out indefinitely with a sore wrist. Team trainer Kevin Rand believed the original problem arose from the "repetitive act of pitching." You don't say.
You want to see someone go bezerk in a few weeks? Wait until Ben tells Jack the Sox didn't re-sign Pedro or Lowe in lieu of Matt Clement and David Wells. That's not going to go over well.