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messma03
04-15-2007, 01:28 PM
What do you think?? Check out this list and see if you agree. Pretty funny:

http://maximonline.com/slideshows/index.aspx?imgCollectId=175&src=mtm75

TornLabrum
04-15-2007, 02:10 PM
Hawk worse than Santo? You've GOT to be kidding!

MDF3530
04-15-2007, 02:15 PM
I would've made it a three-way tie for first: Santo, Berman and McCarver.

TDog
04-15-2007, 02:53 PM
Does Santo do any play-by-play? I wouldn't consider him an announcer. ("Oh, man" does not qualify as play-by-play.)

A lot of people around the country hate Harrelson. Many Sox fans love him. That is consistent with the way people feel about Santo. If Santo did play-by-play, he would be out of his element, though.

No one who does regular play-by-play is worse than McCarver. There are worse announcers, of course. I heard one the other night. But it was the radio voice of the Class A Modesto Nuts.

PaulDrake
04-15-2007, 03:30 PM
I didn't read the link yet, so I don't know what my choices are. Ron Santo is the worst announcer I ever heard. Chris Singleton is a close second.

ilsox7
04-15-2007, 03:36 PM
Buck should be on that list b/c I have never heard a guy take what should be some of the most exciting moments in sports and make them completely dull.

Deebs14
04-15-2007, 03:51 PM
Buck should be on that list b/c I have never heard a guy take what should be some of the most exciting moments in sports and make them completely dull.

Good call...whenever he's calling a game in which I'm locked into I usually mute the tube and jam to some **** on my computer or something.

I'm also not a big fan of the Tigers announcers either...they seem to beg for everything and always get under my skin a lot. Cleveland's aren't as bad, minus the bitching they did on Friday night when Pod's had a few close encounters at first base sliding back and ****.

RadioheadRocks
04-15-2007, 05:38 PM
I can't stand that one cocky SOB on Cleveland (his name escapes me, but is it really worth knowing anyway?). Was subjected to him and his lame sidekick listening to the game on XM today.

Hey pal, you know what you can do with that "BALLGAME!" shout, don't you? (not to mention we get to enjoy hearing it twice during the SOX PRIDE DVD).

Oblong
04-15-2007, 05:40 PM
They sure got #2 correct.

I'd put Joe Morgan up there too. Last year during a Sunday night game between Detroit and Anaheim he insisted the radar gun for Zumaya was off. It was reading 102 and he actually siad something like "maybe 99, but not 102". He was insistent. Miller tried to goad him into playing it like a joke, that he could really tell the difference between the two, but Morgan didn't get it.

oeo
04-15-2007, 05:48 PM
They sure got #2 correct.

I'd put Joe Morgan up there too. Last year during a Sunday night game between Detroit and Anaheim he insisted the radar gun for Zumaya was off. It was reading 102 and he actually siad something like "maybe 99, but not 102". He was insistent. Miller tried to goad him into playing it like a joke, that he could really tell the difference between the two, but Morgan didn't get it.

He was probably right. :dunno:

Jjav829
04-15-2007, 06:05 PM
They sure got #2 correct.

I'd put Joe Morgan up there too. Last year during a Sunday night game between Detroit and Anaheim he insisted the radar gun for Zumaya was off. It was reading 102 and he actually siad something like "maybe 99, but not 102". He was insistent. Miller tried to goad him into playing it like a joke, that he could really tell the difference between the two, but Morgan didn't get it.

On opening night this year, Morgan said something to the effect of, "Jose Valentin was the reason the Mets offense was so good last year."

Yes, Jose Valentin. Not David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, or even Paul Lo Duca. Jose Valentin. Riiiiiight, Joe. :rolleyes:

joebro25
04-15-2007, 06:13 PM
I would replace Hawk with Bert "circle me" Blyleven, he is horrible to listen to. I dread the days when the Sox have to go to Minny and I have to listen to him on MLB.tv

Frontman
04-15-2007, 06:19 PM
So, when it comes to Hawk, they find the following phrases annoying:

"Poof!,"
"Do some chunkin',"
"Sit back, relax, and strap it down,"
"He's getting ridden hard and put away wet."

Um, is it just me, or has it been YEARS since he's used any of them, save the opening "Sit back, relax, and strap it down,"?

But they left off Joe Morgan. Great choices, there Maxim.

(I do find it funny that two of the ten are now the announce crew for Fox's game of the week.)

chisox117
04-15-2007, 06:50 PM
Some of my least favorites include:

Jerry Remy
Josh Lewin
Buck/McCarver

:gulp:

Oblong
04-15-2007, 07:14 PM
I researched it and the quote was "That's not 101. Maybe 99 or 100, but not 101". Then they compared the ESPN gun to the Comerica Park gun and they matched.

Another time, this was during the 2005 playoffs and I cannot remember the teams involved. A runner was on first and a ground ball was hit and on the throw to second, the second baseman didn't have his foot on the bag so the ump called him safe. The reason he didn't have his foot on the bag was because the runner was sliding hard into second and he was getting out of the way. Joe kept saying "As a second baseman I gotta say he should get that call. It's so routine". Miller tried pointing out that he wasn't on the bag but Morgan would have none of it.

Railsplitter
04-15-2007, 07:20 PM
Buck should be on that list b/c I have never heard a guy take what should be some of the most exciting moments in sports and make them completely dull.

Buck could make a Roman Orgy sound dull.

thedudeabides
04-15-2007, 07:26 PM
I was surprised Grace is on there. I like him. Anyone else?

SOXSINCE'70
04-15-2007, 07:45 PM
I nominate Fox reject Joe Sux (I mean Buck).

And I don't know how others on this board feel,
but it's awfully hard to listen to these 2:

:farmer :slowswing

lumpyspun
04-15-2007, 08:11 PM
Buck should be on that list b/c I have never heard a guy take what should be some of the most exciting moments in sports and make them completely dull.

Actually, I don't like him ever since he went nuts in the booth yapping about Randy Moss. So he sucks when he's dull and he sucks when he's going ballistic.

PAPChiSox729
04-15-2007, 08:21 PM
I researched it and the quote was "That's not 101. Maybe 99 or 100, but not 101". Then they compared the ESPN gun to the Comerica Park gun and they matched.

Another time, this was during the 2005 playoffs and I cannot remember the teams involved. A runner was on first and a ground ball was hit and on the throw to second, the second baseman didn't have his foot on the bag so the ump called him safe. The reason he didn't have his foot on the bag was because the runner was sliding hard into second and he was getting out of the way. Joe kept saying "As a second baseman I gotta say he should get that call. It's so routine". Miller tried pointing out that he wasn't on the bag but Morgan would have none of it.


I thought "neighborhood" calls were common. Were they just trying to get the force or were they trying to turn two?

Oblong
04-15-2007, 09:10 PM
I thought "neighborhood" calls were common. Were they just trying to get the force or were they trying to turn two?

They were trying to turn two and since the guy was coming in so hard he hurried up to get out of the way so he wouldn't get barrelled. Which is the point of going in so hard. I think Joe is just so stubborn that he can't ever admit he's wrong on something.

Lip Man 1
04-15-2007, 09:28 PM
Folks, Jerry Coleman of the Padres makes Harry Caray in his final days on the air, seem lucid.

John Sterling and Michael Kay add nothing to a broadcast other then 'oh the Yankees are so great...'

Lip

paciorek1983
04-15-2007, 11:35 PM
I'd listen to any of those announcers millions of times over Dan Shulman!

If anyone wanted to torture me all they would have to do is put a receiver in my head with him announcing.

For anyone who doesn't know who this guy, he is the pbp guy on epsn radio sunday night broadcasts, as well as alot of the pbp on espn tv games.

What a shame that on drives home on suday night that I can't listen to the ballgame because of this guy. He absolutely sucks. He can't stop the letter "d" from coming out of his mouth or ading an extra syllable.

Example: Jim Edmunds = Jim Edamunds. Boston = Aboston Inning = Idding:angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:

chaerulez
04-16-2007, 06:59 AM
Does Santo do any play-by-play? I wouldn't consider him an announcer. ("Oh, man" does not qualify as play-by-play.)

A lot of people around the country hate Harrelson. Many Sox fans love him. That is consistent with the way people feel about Santo. If Santo did play-by-play, he would be out of his element, though.

No one who does regular play-by-play is worse than McCarver. There are worse announcers, of course. I heard one the other night. But it was the radio voice of the Class A Modesto Nuts.

Santo and McCarver are both color guys. Color commentators are still announcers.

itsnotrequired
04-16-2007, 07:07 AM
John Sterling is the worst in my book. I'd rather listen to McCarver than that guy. "An A-bomb...for A-Rod!" Ugh.

Chiwhisox6155
04-16-2007, 09:57 AM
Joe Morgan and Tim McCarver exemplify what is wrong with announcers these days. They will NEVER criticize managers or players, and will just say what they think will keep them their jobs. Plus, they are consistently wrong.

PatK
04-16-2007, 11:16 AM
I was surprised Grace is on there. I like him. Anyone else?

He's terrible.

When the Sox were on Fox against the Twins, he was constantly making Cub references when talking about Chicago.

FedEx227
04-16-2007, 11:34 AM
He's terrible.

When the Sox were on Fox against the Twins, he was constantly making Cub references when talking about Chicago.

While him and Thommy Boy made all of maybe 5 references to the actual game going on.

viagracat
04-16-2007, 11:44 AM
Hawk worse than Santo? You've GOT to be kidding!

I was going to post the same thing.

I'll admit it: I'm a Harrelson fan. Always have been. I'll take his cornpone, catchphrases and general silliness because he is an entertaining, knowledgable guy who loves the Sox and wants to see them win. Sure better than some boring straight guy like Chip Caray and sure as hell better than Santo, who has clearly lost his baseball insight and is reduced to being the parody for long-suffering, agonizing Cub fans.

I understand not everyone appreciates the Hawk's style, but this is just ridiculous.

Keep it real, Hawk, and don't change a thing.

MeteorsSox4367
04-16-2007, 11:57 AM
Three things:

1. I like Hawk. I know some people here aren't fans and that's cool. But of the four announcers the Sox have, he's the only one I enjoy listening to. Farmer sounds bored and I think DJ and Singleton just aren't very good.

2. In a list of worst announcers, how the hell is Chip Caray not on there? If there were ever a case of baseball nepotism, Chip should be the stinkin' poster child. He was awful with the Flubs and is awful with the Braves. Did I mention I think he's horrible?

3. I used to like Jon Miller a lot, but now the way he pronounces the Hispanic last names drives me up the wall. Hey Jon, you're bilingual. We get it. How come he doesn't pronounce the Italian or Polish or German last names in their dialect? After all, "Peerzinski" should be pronounced "Peerzhinski" in Polish.

Chez
04-16-2007, 12:37 PM
For me, the list starts and ends with Ed Farmer. His biggest shortcoming is that he's the only person in the world who doesn't realize that Ed Farmer is just not funny. At all.

Fenway
04-16-2007, 12:41 PM
The Red Sox have a new guy this year on some radio games that is simply awful.

Glenn Geffner was the teams PR man and was the Padres announcer a few years back.

The other new guy Dave O'Brien is great but only works half the games because of ESPN soccer and Monday Night baseball

SBSoxFan
04-16-2007, 01:39 PM
Does Santo do any play-by-play? I wouldn't consider him an announcer. ("Oh, man" does not qualify as play-by-play.)

A lot of people around the country hate Harrelson. Many Sox fans love him. That is consistent with the way people feel about Santo. If Santo did play-by-play, he would be out of his element, though.

No one who does regular play-by-play is worse than McCarver. There are worse announcers, of course. I heard one the other night. But it was the radio voice of the Class A Modesto Nuts.

:roflmao:

AZChiSoxFan
04-16-2007, 03:02 PM
Folks, Jerry Coleman of the Padres makes Harry Caray in his final days on the air, seem lucid.


Lip

Wooooooo doctor!!!!

jenn2080
04-16-2007, 03:42 PM
Farmer Farmer and Farmer.

Fenway
04-16-2007, 03:53 PM
John Sterling is the worst in my book. I'd rather listen to McCarver than that guy. "An A-bomb...for A-Rod!" Ugh.

don't forget Suzyn

What amazes me is that MLB still allows Yankees games on the radio in TAMPA

so George can listen in his car to his announcers

http://www.wcbs880.com/pages/23958.php?contentType=4&contentId=125003

RadioheadRocks
04-16-2007, 05:02 PM
Three things:
3. I used to like Jon Miller a lot, but now the way he pronounces the Hispanic last names drives me up the wall. Hey Jon, you're bilingual. We get it. How come he doesn't pronounce the Italian or Polish or German last names in their dialect? After all, "Peerzinski" should be pronounced "Peerzhinski" in Polish.

I know this is aside from baseball announcers, but Kirk Gimenez on ESPN News is even worse. Not only does he use the Hispanic pronunciation, he exaggerates the living HELL out of it. I used to cringe whenever I heard him pronounce "Ortiz", however MUTE is a guy's best friend and I use it whenever he's on camera.

chitownhawkfan
04-16-2007, 05:22 PM
I know this is aside from baseball announcers, but Kirk Gimenez on ESPN News is even worse. Not only does he use the Hispanic pronunciation, he exaggerates the living HELL out of it. I used to cringe whenever I heard him pronounce "Ortiz", however MUTE is a guy's best friend and I use it whenever he's on camera.

Just in general this really pisses me off. If we started doing that to every word in the English language it would cease to be English. We get it, you are bi-lingual, just say it in English. There is a Hispanic reporter for CLTV who is sometimes on Chicago Tonight, he goes crazy with it. When he was talking about the two US bid cities it took me a while to figure out he was saying Los Angeles. My last name is Norman French, maybe I should figure out how they would have said it.

ewokpelts
04-16-2007, 05:44 PM
Does Santo do any play-by-play? I wouldn't consider him an announcer. ("Oh, man" does not qualify as play-by-play.)

A lot of people around the country hate Harrelson. Many Sox fans love him. That is consistent with the way people feel about Santo. If Santo did play-by-play, he would be out of his element, though.

No one who does regular play-by-play is worse than McCarver. There are worse announcers, of course. I heard one the other night. But it was the radio voice of the Class A Modesto Nuts.mccarver is a color man

ewokpelts
04-16-2007, 05:52 PM
don't forget Suzyn

What amazes me is that MLB still allows Yankees games on the radio in TAMPA

so George can listen in his car to his announcers

http://www.wcbs880.com/pages/23958.php?contentType=4&contentId=125003
so...yankee games are on in florida, nevada, AND arkansas, all places that are part of other teams territories?


but they cant fix the tv blackouts?

skobabe8
04-16-2007, 06:15 PM
I'd listen to any of those announcers millions of times over Dan Shulman!

If anyone wanted to torture me all they would have to do is put a receiver in my head with him announcing.

For anyone who doesn't know who this guy, he is the pbp guy on epsn radio sunday night broadcasts, as well as alot of the pbp on espn tv games.

What a shame that on drives home on suday night that I can't listen to the ballgame because of this guy. He absolutely sucks. He can't stop the letter "d" from coming out of his mouth or ading an extra syllable.

Example: Jim Edmunds = Jim Edamunds. Boston = Aboston Inning = Idding:angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:

Wow...to each his own I guess.

I feel the complete and utter opposite of everything you said.

Madscout
04-16-2007, 06:23 PM
There is no way that there are not more ESPN guys on that list. They cover so many teams that they just can't know them all that intimately. Converstation always drifts red sox/yanks/mets with those guys.

TornLabrum
04-16-2007, 08:49 PM
I'd listen to any of those announcers millions of times over Dan Shulman!

If anyone wanted to torture me all they would have to do is put a receiver in my head with him announcing.

For anyone who doesn't know who this guy, he is the pbp guy on epsn radio sunday night broadcasts, as well as alot of the pbp on espn tv games.

What a shame that on drives home on suday night that I can't listen to the ballgame because of this guy. He absolutely sucks. He can't stop the letter "d" from coming out of his mouth or ading an extra syllable.

Example: Jim Edmunds = Jim Edamunds. Boston = Aboston Inning = Idding:angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:

In other words, he's ESPN's version of Max Armstrong.

Tragg
04-16-2007, 09:48 PM
Joe Simpson is incredibly boring.
Chip is a lot better with the Braves than the Cubs...and it isn't just the Cubs ...he isn't the same announcer....I think the Cubs must require their announcers to needlessly hype the team or something.

Daver
04-16-2007, 09:50 PM
Ken Harrelson and Ed Farmer top this list for me.

Both are very hard to tolerate, but with Rooney gone, the radio is no longer an option for me.

Brian26
04-16-2007, 10:11 PM
Both are very hard to tolerate, but with Rooney gone, the radio is no longer an option for me.

The radio broadcasts are unlistenable. I was driving in my car this weekend and actually had to turn the game off because Singelton was so annoying. If the Sox don't understand what a bad sign that is, they're clueless.

Brian26
04-16-2007, 10:13 PM
I'd listen to any of those announcers millions of times over Dan Shulman!

I completely disagree. I thought Shulman and Soup Campbell were the best radio team in baseball last year. I loved those Sunday night ESPN games.

paciorek1983
04-16-2007, 10:16 PM
Wow...to each his own I guess.

I feel the complete and utter opposite of everything you said.

I know you and others out there like this guy. And I really can't understand why. You actually like it when an announcer over-pronounces words?

Can you or someone else explain this to me? I've heard Mark Silverman from espn chicago say how great he thinks he is as well. What gives?

If he could ever stop over-pronouncing, He could be listenable, but I think it might be an impediment. Everytime I listen to this guy I end up starting to make a a spastic rolling "d" sound and I have to turn him off. Absolute torture.:(:

EMachine10
04-16-2007, 11:11 PM
Joe Buck is by far the worst for me......but that could possibly because I get annoyed at his hatred of Chicago. Even when he was doing football games. I'm pretty sure FOX demoted him to the recap center near the end of the season.

Slats
04-16-2007, 11:28 PM
Radio? I'm going to nominate Miller Brewing Company for forcing us to listen to THE SAME COMMERCIAL for every inning break of the Sox game. Jeeze guys, can't you at least mix in a few different ones? :cuss: :cuss:

ewokpelts
04-17-2007, 05:15 AM
Joe Buck is by far the worst for me......but that could possibly because I get annoyed at his hatred of Chicago. Even when he was doing football games. I'm pretty sure FOX demoted him to the recap center near the end of the season.he's the new JB of fox nfl sunday. AND lead PBP guy.

paciorek1983
04-18-2007, 12:04 AM
I completely disagree. I thought Shulman and Soup Campbell were the best radio team in baseball last year. I loved those Sunday night ESPN games.

Brian, how can you and others honestly like a guy who puts an extra syllable into almost every word? That's absolutley horrible. Shulman is terrible. How can so many people miss an obvious blunder in broadcasting style? Can you explain how adding an extra sylable to every other word is an attractive trait in an announcer?

If he ever became the tv voice of the White Sox, I'd cry. I'd never be able to watch another Sox game on tv with the sound on again. Sometimes I get this crazy feeling that he will be our braodcaster eventually. It would make me absolutely sick to my stomach.

soxinem1
04-18-2007, 07:45 AM
A tie.

Us,

http://tribuneradio.com/photos/patronbooth2001hardborder.jpg


Followed by:




http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/images/team/broadcasters/broadcaster_cws_farmer.jpg http://artfiles.art.com/images/-/Chris-Singleton---Studio-Portrait-Photofile-Photograph-I11794345.jpeg

US!!!!!!!!

skobabe8
04-18-2007, 08:39 AM
I know you and others out there like this guy. And I really can't understand why. You actually like it when an announcer over-pronounces words?

Can you or someone else explain this to me? I've heard Mark Silverman from espn chicago say how great he thinks he is as well. What gives?

If he could ever stop over-pronouncing, He could be listenable, but I think it might be an impediment. Everytime I listen to this guy I end up starting to make a a spastic rolling "d" sound and I have to turn him off. Absolute torture.:(:

To be honest, I guess I do because I really like Dan Shullman.

paciorek1983
04-18-2007, 04:31 PM
To be honest, I guess I do because I really like Dan Shullman.

Well wow, I guess you really do then. That's a weird thing he does, I don't understand how that is a quality that people like. We all have our taste, it's a shame yours is bad.:wink:

skobabe8
04-18-2007, 05:07 PM
Well wow, I guess you really do then. That's a weird thing he does, I don't understand how that is a quality that people like. We all have our taste, it's a shame yours is bad.:wink:

To be honest dude, I've been trying to imagine Shullmans voice in my head and I cant really put a finger on his over pronunciation. I could probably find him on youtube i guess if i really wanted to. I like him for the sound of his voice and his dramatic calls more than any pronunciation issues he may have.

paciorek1983
04-18-2007, 10:05 PM
To be honest dude, I've been trying to imagine Shullmans voice in my head and I cant really put a finger on his over pronunciation. I could probably find him on youtube i guess if i really wanted to. I like him for the sound of his voice and his dramatic calls more than any pronunciation issues he may have.


If he didn't have his pronunciation issues, he'd be a great announcer. But to me that is a stong downfall and I just can't listen to him. I'll never be able to get over it.

I will give examples in case you didn't get to see my other post:

Jim Edmunds=Jim Edamunds, Boston=Aboston, Inning=Idding

I'm not the only one who has noticed this. It has been posted on other sites.

PeteWard
04-19-2007, 06:27 AM
This guy never shuts his yap and his southern midwest accent drives me up the wall

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messma03
04-22-2007, 08:52 AM
make sure u check out the list, then give me your opinion

http://maximonline.com/slideshows/index.aspx?imgCollectId=175&src=mtm75

Frontman
04-22-2007, 10:19 AM
make sure u check out the list, then give me your opinion

http://maximonline.com/slideshows/index.aspx?imgCollectId=175&src=mtm75


Ummm; its the same article as the link in your first post. What opinion are you looking for?

SOXfnNlansing
04-22-2007, 09:30 PM
santo is the worst in History.......... brickhouse a close second

paciorek1983
04-23-2007, 06:46 PM
santo is the worst in History.......... brickhouse a close second


I'd still take them over Shulman.

zach074
04-23-2007, 07:14 PM
Thank god Chris Berman is on that list wow he is awful.

Grzegorz
04-23-2007, 09:37 PM
The radio broadcasts are unlistenable. I was driving in my car this weekend and actually had to turn the game off because Singelton was so annoying. If the Sox don't understand what a bad sign that is, they're clueless.

Funny, that's the only way I can take in a Chicago White Sox game. I find the TV side a horrible viewing experience.

skobabe8
04-24-2007, 04:18 PM
Funny, that's the only way I can take in a Chicago White Sox game. I find the TV side a horrible viewing experience.

Folks, this is a really disturbing trend. We (WSI) are some of the biggest supporters, and most of us cannot stand either the radio or TV side of the broadcast, and often times both! Changes really need to be considered. Casual fans arent going to listen to the broadcasts if even diehards cant stand it.

Personally, I like Hawk, but not together with DJ. They dont mesh well. I find DJ more enjoyable without Hawk, but that doesnt mean I want to see Hawk go. On the radio side, I like Farmer, but only when he is doing color. Him and Rooney were obviously fantastic. I also dont mind Singleton doing color. But when he is doing pbp I have to turn it off. So basically, IMO we have 2 color guys doing radio and 2 guys together on TV who make the experience uncomfortable.

Someone needs to get Dave Wills up here ASAP.