Thursday, October 04, 2007
Again, TBS had about 36 hours to put together everything for the Phillies-Rockies game, so I'm not saying it was easy, buuuuuuuut that was some of the most boring Baseball coverage I've ever seen.
Let's get through the bad.......
First off, Frank Thomas. I think Frank is a likable guy, but he is not meant for TV. I remember a comment that someone made when I was on Blog Show. The first thing you need to think about before anything else is posture. Thomas is a huge guy and he just looked small in the seat between Cal and Ernie.
Second, for those of you wanting Cal Ripken to be the next Charles Barkley.....just shut up. That's so dumb it makes me laugh. Cal has never been that outspoken and looked much better than his first night during the play-in game.
Third, I don't know if it was because the games were so boring but these seemed like meaningless games being played in June. There's only energy from a few of the announcers and I started to fall asleep during the Cubs game.
Fourth, enough of Frank Caliendo. Seriously. No more.
Fifth, Jose Mota.......sorry.....you are horrible.
Sixth, I say this every year and I know some of you people love Dick Stockton, but he's past his prime. He called the Rockies Closer Julio Jorge at one point and mixed up a bunch of other details. I love his voice and I know he tries hard, but he just has too many mistakes
Seventh, I do not like the pairings at all. You have a high energy guy in Stone with a boring ass Robinson. It just doesn't work.
Now onto the good........
First, It's not Fox. While the announcing was pretty dull most likely because the games were slow as hell......these analysts seem capable of providing accurate insight. This is unlike anyone on FOX.
Ron Darling and Steve Stone are great. They were about the only thing(s) keeping me awake during some of those innings.
And ummm.......that's about it.
Here are some reader and columnist's comments that I'd like to share as well.....
With a repertoire limited pretty much to "It could be a long night for the Angels and Beckett/Daisuke Matsuzaka/name a Boston pitcher being masterful," Thomas soon had Johnson sounding like a lawyer interrogating a hostile witness -- or a dentist struggling to find some entertainment value in pulling teeth. (CHRISTINE DANIELS- LA Times)
TBS didn't get off to a great start Monday with its coverage of the Rockies-Padres wild card playoff game. In a puzzling move, the network assigned the who-are-they? announcing team of Don Orsillo and Joe Simpson. Considering this was TBS' first big game—in prime time, no less—it should have trotted out its No. 1 crew of Chip Caray, Tony Gwynn and Bob Brenly. (ED SHERMAN- Chicago Sports)
TBS is probably not one of the first networks the sports junkies tune to for their baseball fix, so their marketing campaign was critical. Even ESPN had to work hard to spread the word on their new NASCAR programming. It takes time, so Turner having a seven-year contract will help. (Media Life Magazine)
Will you please get rid of Jose Mota as your on field reporter and hire NESN's Tina Cervasio for the rest of the series? In case you didn't notice, Jose made absolutely no sense and at times seemed to be speaking alien. Tina's better looking too.
All in all I think the only word for yesterday's triple-header is in the title. Underwhelming. This is October TBS.....let's pick the energy up a bit, give Frank Thomas some lessons in broadcasting, and hire some hot chicks to be on-field reporters.
You need to spice it up. First night of coverage's grade......C-. I'm giving them a little leeway because of the boring games.