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Saturday, November 26, 2011

STL Today: Dan McLaughlin to return?

Everybody deserves a third shot

chance.

It appears that Dan McLaughlin will find out if he’ll be back in the Cardinals’ TV booth in the next week or so. And while his return looked like a long shot in the weeks shortly after he was arrested in late September on his second drunken driving charge in 13 months, all indications now are that he has a good chance of being retained.

Fox Sports Midwest general manager Jack Donovan was extremely angry when he found out about the latest of those arrests and immediately suspended McLaughlin, although the move was mostly symbolic because he already had finished his Cards schedule and had no other FSM assignments pending.

...Second, working in McLaughlin’s favor is that he has been extremely up front about his situation, not holding back about criticizing himself in a recent STLtoday.com interview when he addressed his troubles and seemed sincere.

“I’m an alcoholic, and I’m not ashamed to say that because I needed help in a bad way,’’ he said in that conversation. “Through what’s happened, it’s turning my life around. That’s the truth.’‘

Repoz Posted: November 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tripon Posted: November 26, 2011 at 07:34 PM (#4001291)
The one city and team where its okay to be an alcoholic is probably St. Louis.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 26, 2011 at 08:37 PM (#4001310)
If the Cards hadn't made the playoffs, I can see a case for not bringing McLaughlin back, but since they won it all, his transgressions should be overlooked.
   3. shoewizard Posted: November 27, 2011 at 12:15 AM (#4001395)
From reading the article, I think he deserves another chance. 3 strikes and you're out I guess. He seems very sincere in trying to change his life and is very repentent.
   4. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: November 27, 2011 at 04:12 AM (#4001462)
Is he any good as an announcer? If not, aren't there a zillion mediocre announcers running around who aren't going to embarrass the team? Why give this guy a second thought?
   5. asdf1234 Posted: November 27, 2011 at 04:51 AM (#4001488)
Many Cardinal fans don't like him, but IMO he's one of the best pbp announcers in the business. He does the vanilla straight-man act extraordinarily well and has an excellent voice.

Also, the alternative to Dan is Ricky Horton, who was sent by God to punish Cardinal fans for investing their time and emotions in vicarious entertainment.

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