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Honestly, I think that for a lot of us, the problem isn't the announcing, it's that we don't find the post-season as riveting and exciting as we used to. There's more of it, teams on average make it more often, and we have a better understanding of how random the results are. That's a clear recipe for boredom and dissatisfaction.
you might as well have your gps calling the game for cr8ssakes
you might as well have your gps calling the game for cr8ssakes.
There is something to this and the rise of snark, but I have honestly found all the postseason series this year to be riveting, and the TBS crew to be good at times. Joe Buck hasn't been god awful or anything, but he's certainly no better than average, and he's certainly not worthy of his overexposure.
It's interesting- recently the Division Series week has been my favorite week of the year.
all this talk of understatement is somewhat baffling since i didn't think not having a pulse really qualifies as 'understated'. last i checked that equates to dead.
buck is so busy being curt gowdy he left any zest in the suitcase. he's an automaton. you might as well have your gps calling the game for cr8ssakes. at least there you could have some foreign woman's voice and that has some s8x appeal.
understated? he's under ground more like it
i didn't compare buck to vin scully. that would be a ridiculous comparison.
He's mediocre on his best days, and yet he calls the two biggest sporting events in America. It's insane. He should be held to a very high standard. The highest of standards, in fact.
One of my favorite comments about Pete Rose is after game six of 1975 world series, in which his team lost, he was asked why he was smiling and he said he got to play in the best game ever, (he added we'll win tomorrow). That is the emotion you want from your sports announcers in the big games, They need to enjoy it. Angel Pagan has had a good game today in the playoffs, whether you are a Cardinal or Giants fan, you have to appreciate it, the fact that Joe doesn't seem to care much more than the immediate moment is his flaw.
I remember these specifically because I'm a cards fan, but if the yankees and phillies and red sox and Giants in the interim were any better, I certainly can't remember anything about them.
If you're a fan, it's just a better experience if the person broadcasting has a way of getting across that he's a fan, too. Buck just doesn't do that. He does games in a boring, "it's just my job - and it beats filling out spreadsheets" fashion. That's the majesty of someone like Vin Scully - every game I've ever heard him do, I feel like he's as thrilled to be describing a baseball game as I am to be watching or having it described to me. It's just catchy.
Just who are these Gus Johnson-style, over-exuberant baseball announcers that contrast the understated, benign and boring Buck?
this is the same author who was taken aback that a good many fans are not enthralled with the cardinals
methinks the lad doesn't get out much.........
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