The idea of Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson winning the Ford Frick Award for broadcasting excellence is really frightening. It's akin to posthumously giving notorious Anti-Semite Henry Ford the B'nai Brith Award for outstanding service to the Jewish community.
It's on par to granting Illini backup QB Reilly O'Toole the Heisman Trophy.
It would be parallel to giving Vinny Del Negro the NBA Coach of the Year Award.
I know I said in a previous post I would stop critiquing Hawk Harrelson, because it's gotten old and at this point it really is very low hanging fruit. However, he just won't go away and leave us alone.
Secondly, the main point of this post is showing you how others have critiqued him. And beautifully at that.
Maybe it's not even critique, they're just presenting the 2013 Hawk Harrelson body of work and letting you make up your own mind.
I will say this, Hawk Harrelson is as much to blame for my baseball hiatus as any single human being...
The Chicago Bears
played their second preseason game last night with quarterback Jay Cutler
already hitting his stride. In surliness that is. Cutler was filmed during ESPN
’s Monday Night Countdown show yelling at a ball boy to “give me the f*cking ball.” Cutler than shakes his head in disapproval. (Watch the GIF here
What’s even more shocking than the ball boy incident is this: pregame shows for preseason games actually EXIST. I’m surprised there’s a market for this. But how AWFUL was it to tune in last night and hear the bloated bloviator of Bristol, Chris Berman calling the Chicago Bears game. I thought GOOD GOD WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS HORROR??
Berman mispronounced Corey Liuget’s name. And then made a bad joke in which he correctly pronounced it. The former Illini
(pronounced “legit”) was a top 20 NFL Draft
pick and has started for the Chargers for awhile. If Berman is such a NFL expert, he should know how to pronounce his name correctly. “Boomer” also made the TIRED AND CLICHE “the Butler
did it” joke, and peppered the night with his 70s rock humor that no one over the age of 14 finds witty. Chris Berman is the national version of Hawk Harrelson. No one can explain his popularity anymore.
Enjoy this pic of Mr. “You’re with Me Leather,”
with a bunch of strippers...
Lots of trending topics to discuss with the Chicago White Sox
this week. And Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune White Sox
beat writer is the best person to discuss them with. If you don’t do so already, make sure you read his work regularly. He’s the best source to keep up on the Sox.
You can follow Mark Gonzales on Twitter here
Whenever I consume a Chicago White Sox
broadcast it’s radio only. Hawk Harrelson
is the reason why. Steve Stone is a MLB
genius, but Harrelson is not even remotely close to being tolerable. I elaborate on this point in further detail here.
WSCR 670 The Score midday co-hosts Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein are perhaps the most polarizing figures in Chicago sports media
. Lots of people love ‘em, lots of people dislike them. It seems we have a war of words going on: Boers and Bernstein
vs. Hawk Harrelson
This column started in April, so it's a less than a year old. However, 2012 gave me plenty of people who set themselves up to be criticized. It was a fun 8 months, despite the fact that I've been battling a monstrous illness the entire time I've had this blog
Still, I've done guest radio spots for The Score, CBS radio Cleveland and ESPN Honolulu- all while in a hospital bed hooked up to an IV pole. Things have gotten much better on that front, and continue to get better every day. So hopefully in 2013, I can spend less time in clinic and more time on my work.
And I can do more of these. Because the critical columns are fun, and often make new friends, especially among the rival media outlets of those who you just ripped. Or at least it gets you more Twitter followers and Facebook friends among the media in general. But of course, it makes enemies too. A lot of enemies.
So without further ado, here were the ten best...
It was an extremely eventful year for Chicago sportscasters. Jim Deshaies replaced Bob Brenly
in the booth for Cubs broadcasts after Brenly left to take the Arizona Diamondbacks job.
Sarah Kustok left Comcast Sports Net Chicago for Yes Network
. She was replaced by Susanna Collins
. White Sox colorman Hawk Harrelson continued to be an intolerable abomination to broadcasting.
What follows is a list of 5 memorable moments that involved all these tv personalities...
-(Awful Announcing) ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (pictured above) had a funny gaffe in her spelling bee coverage. In the linked video, you’ll see she was looking at the wrong kid. Here’s your gratuitous photo gallery of Ms. Steele -(Chicago Radio and Media) Sun-Times Announces Major Reorganization Of Editorial Department. Includes internal memo from head honcho... Read more »
You know what a ridiculous homer and quirky public speaker Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson is (see here). That’s not news. And you know how much vitriol he has for the umpires- this isn’t a breaking development either. (See this Joe West rant) But today, he truly out-did himself in both categories. What happened... Read more »
Big hat tip to Jenna Myers Karvunidis from the mom blog “High Gloss and Sauce” for the idea on this one. I thought her readership was a special bunch, but I’d take my starting five of hate mailer all-stars and put them up against hers or any other Chicago Now blogger’s group. My group of... Read more »
Who’s the biggest dead weight connected to the Chicago White Sox: Gordon Beckham? Brent Morel? How about Ken “Hawk” Harrelson who gave us 63 seconds of dead air Friday night on the game’s most pivotal play. Yes, over a minute of silence as the game’s critical home run unfolded. Obviously, it’s time HE GONE! Over... Read more »