The Ten Best Broadcasters in American Sports

The Ten Best Broadcasters in American Sports

I watch more sports than just about any human being I know. Working and writing from home means my TV is on some sports-related program pretty much 12-14 hours a day. Aside from the normal stuff I watch a lot of soccer, NASCAR, golf, tennis and even spend some time on rugby and cycling if the mood strikes. (First person to monetize Wiffle ball the way they have darts will make a fortune and have a friend for life in me.)

Because of this rampant experience I believe I'm qualified to write a column like this: the best broadcasters in American sports.

A few notes. (1) Outside of New York & Chicago I am not listening to local sports radio. So only those two cities were considered. (2) I know everybody says Doc Emrick is amazing. I just don't watch hockey. Ever. So I'm not going to bullshit you and rank him like I do. No hockey announcers were eligible.

#10 Waddle and Silvy (ESPN Radio, Chicago)

About a year ago, after spending a few months consistently listening to Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman on ESPN Radio Chicago, I asked on Twitter why the best radio hosts in the city (by far) were not in the pivotal drive-time market. A year later they are. Silverman's impassioned Chicago pipes and Waddle's perfect ex-athlete, emotional counter-balance are the welcomed antidote to a market, due to the horror shows on 670 the Score, which seems to reward uninformed snark and what passes for "guy humor" with lucrative multi-year contracts. Waddle & Silvy are not without their silliness but its tempered by their consideration and understanding that sports, while not as important as low-income health care or the threat of terrorism, are still quite important to a lot of people in the city of Chicago.

#9 Vin Scully (Los Angeles Dodgers)

I don't need to write about Vin Scully. In his prime he is probably the greatest voice in the history of American sports. Even now at eighty-five years old he is capable of beautiful moments like this one:

#8 Dan Hicks (NBC)

He's not Jim Nantz so I greet Dan Hicks' appearances on important golf telecasts with a combination of relief and enthusiasm. But Hicks is not only remarkable for not being Nantz. He's also the most professional and welcoming voice in modern play-by-play and his versatility is somewhat astounding. He is NBC's lead Olympic man for speed skating and swimming. He's done NFL, NBA and the aforementioned golf. And in 2013 he'll replace Tom Hammond as the voice of Notre Dame football. No matter what he's calling Hicks gives the viewer the sense that the sport before him is his life. One can only wonder how much preparation the man does.

It is often said the best play-by-play men are the ones so good you don't notice when they're there. I think the best ones make you long for them when they're not. That's Hicks.

#7 Bill Simmons & Cousin Sal Guessing NFL Lines (Grantland.com)

They get on the phone and guess the point spreads for the coming week, using that structure to dissect the minutiae of both the NFL and the NFL viewing experience. It is a simple concept, sure, but these two achieve the impossible goal of presenting the natural discussion without it feeling inauthentic.

Simmons is wretchedly awkward on TV and his pop-culture related columns bore me into next week. Sal writes for and appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live, a show I don't think I've ever watched. But these conversations capture - better than any I've ever heard broadcasted - the tone and sensibility of two educated NFL fans in front of the barroom TV on Sunday.

Here are Simmons and Sal doing Mike & the Mad Dog - the greatest broadcasting team in the history of mankind:

#6 Bob Ley & Mike Tirico (ESPN)

When ESPN brings in the soccer audience for the World Cup or USMNT qualifiers, they turn to Ley. When ESPN airs early hours of The Masters or US Open they turn to Tirico (and let Berman talk once every two hours). Yes they are the class acts of a classless, overexposed, under-talented network but that does not diminish their intelligence and skill.

If sports had a true Meet the Press-style program, Ley would be unanimously selected as host. If fans could select the play-by-play man for every program on the ESPN/ABC they'd be fools to not choose Tirico. These two guys constantly remind us how important and enjoyable a network ESPN used to be.

#5 Dan Patrick (Dan Patrick Show, NBC)

Patrick still has the smug co-host of The Big Show in his bones. On a recent show he positioned Phil Jackson's new memoir and a book of farts behind him on a shelf so the audience read "Phil Jackson Farts" quite clearly for more than an hour. But he's also developed, at least on-screen, the kind of mature mind sorely lacking in a sports universe wherein Skip Bayless is part of the mix.

Patrick is fascinated by what happens on the playing surface, of course. That's his bread and butter. But he never stops asking the bigger questions. He knows people dislike LeBron James but he wants to know why. He knows Jason Collins coming out is a big deal but he questions use of the word "heroic". He knows player safety in the NFL is important but he wonders why HGH has not become a more central element of that issue.

In my heart I still hope NBC will commit to a true sports news/highlights show in the style of Sky Sports News. I hope when they do their first call is to Patrick.

#4 Mike Francesa (WFAN Radio, New York)

I have been defending Francesa for what seems like my whole life. Here's the summary. If you are turning to Mike Francesa for sports information and insight you are an insane person and deserve the experience you encounter. You turn to Francesa, the only radio host on earth who does 5 1/2 hours a day, for Francesa. For his abusing idiot callers. For his commentary on sporting events he's already admitted to not watching. For his needling of Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. Sometimes he screams at producers to break Rangers news. Sometimes he falls asleep on air. Sometimes he just leaves the air dead and reads something quietly to himself. Sometimes he goes year-for-year through a random third basemen's career and evaluates his Hall of Fame credentials as drivers across the New York metropolitan area pass out and veer off the road.

It's all great because it's all Francesa and there's simply nobody like him. He's an original. Ask yourself how many of his critics are.

#3 Larry McReynolds (NASCAR on Fox et al.)

Larry Mac taught me about auto racing.

Noah and I decided a few years back to just start watching NASCAR. Not for any particular reason other than, "Hey, all these people watch it. There's got to be something to it." Sure enough there was. But for someone who has never owned a car and knows nothing about how cars work, learning to love NASCAR on a bar television was the equivalent of attempting to learn a foreign language in a class being taught by someone only speaking that language. I kept looking around the room with a "huh" type glance, searching for help.

McReynolds, a successful NASCAR crew chief, taught me everything. He taught me about chassis adjustments and why track bars get raised and lowered. He taught me about the importance of fuel mileage on the mid-range tracks. He taught me about communication patterns between driver and spotter. McReynolds does not only comment on what's taking place on the track but seems to always be a step or two ahead of the action. That's the mark of a great sports broadcaster and McReynolds is nothing short of that.

#2 David Feherty (CBS, Golf Channel)

Golf can be a stuffy game. As stuffy as a taxidermist's work space. (I know.) Feherty is the antidote to that stuffiness. He presents golf to the audience with both a sparkling wit and a humbled awe. He knows how hard it is to do what the gentlemen on the PGA Tour do and he makes sure the audience does as well. But he also doesn't mind having a bit of fun. More than that, he's been brutally honest about his life of addiction and a recent bicycle accident that could easily have taken his life.

I thought Feherty was wonderful. Then I saw him interview Bill Russell on his Golf Channel program, aptly titled Feherty. Now I know better. Feherty is a wonder, sure, but he may also be the smartest, deepest, most intellectually curious voice in mainstream sports. Edgard Allen Poe famously said, "To look a fool is the act of a wise man." Feherty is a fool. But his wisdom should never be taken for granted.

#1 Ian Darke and Steve McManaman (ESPN, Premier League)

Funny. Honest. Brilliant. I applaud the new NBC deal with the BPL but not having Darke and McManaman call the best of English football will be terribly sad as August turns to September. Watch this:

Honorable Mention

Pro Football: In a world where women are basically thrust onto sports television because they're attractive, Stacey Dales & Kim Jones at NFL Network are both attractive and wonderful reporters. They've paid their dues and deserve your attention.

Basketball: Two words: back biting. Marv.

College Football: I don't love his work on the NFL Network but Brad Nessler continues to be one of the most consistent and enjoyable play-by-play men in the college game.

Tennis: It should be no surprise to anyone but I think John McEnroe would be my #11 if I continued the list above. McEnroe tells the truth, even when that entails criticizing the match directly in front of him. He's got a boatload of integrity.

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  • Vin Scully!

    I grew up in L.A. (more or less), and rooting for Los Dodgers, so I still equate him with baseball, spring, and a pleasant evening of chilling and dodger dogs.

  • what's on a dodger dog?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Anything you want on it. They just give you the dog and a bun, and let you hit the concession stand.

    However, for some odd reason, those dodger dogs taste great. I don't know if it's the certain type of meat they use, or getting really hungry at the ball game after a few beers, or what, but those dogs are delish. I think Farmer John's provides them with the dogs which isn't too far from Dodger Stadium.

    The TRUE L.A. Dog though I think now goes to the bacon wrapped dog that the Mexican vendors sell on the streets at 2 am after a night of boozing, dancing, and cheap feels.

    You hit that 2am air all sweaty, and booze-hungry, and hear those bacon-wrapped dogs sizzling, and it's the best aroma ever!

  • que sabor!

  • lips and assholes my man... lips and assholes

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    que sabor!

  • I used to be a Dan Patrick fan. Then it seemed like he got full of himself - Loved making fun of people. I listened to him for a week straight a year or two ago. Every episode for that week he would ask every guest or caller what they thought of Fergie. "Whatcha think of Fergie?" "Do you think Fergie is fugly?" On and on and on... The last thing I want to hear about on sports talk is Fergie.. Change the station every time I hear his voice.

    Oh, and poor Jeff Joniak.

  • So your willing to watch a sport where using your hands is illegal and another where you drive around in circles, but you're not willing to watch hockey?

    It's your site so do what you want with it, but McKayla Maroney is not impressed with your selections.

  • In reply to Shady:

    *You're

  • In reply to Shady:

    *Ur

    Oxford English Dictionary 2050 edition.

  • The ONE time actually correct my horrendous spelling and grammar I get a smart ass reply from Captain Jean Luc Picard. Pretty clever though.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Ur welcome.

  • yor both feegs. NTTAWWT

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "I don't mean to be a dick or anything, but you're all fucked up, you talk like a fag, and your shits retarded..."

    http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/767091/

  • Great list. I have always liked Feherty even though I don't really follow golf.

    And Darke & Macca are excellent, knowledgeable but measured voices for the beautiful game. So much better than than having to endure Alexi Lalas.

  • Just curious if anyone else is having issues trying to access this site through DaBearsblog.com? Recently I've had to go the long route through the Gnome's homepage and then search for the blog. Are we leaving yet?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Yes, Shady. I'm working on it.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Bang! Bang!

    there's your answer Murph!

    MUUUURRRPH!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am waiting patiently!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I know you are. you are a patient man.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Thank you.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    YES!

  • I gave Boers & Bernstein props for the Paterno thing. They were first to the high ground and they planted a flag there PRIOR to the Frees report and took all the usual hail for that.

    But abiding the Score has become increasingly difficult to do. It's like the 19th hole pub at a golf course that you're not really welcome at - a lot of in-jokes and bad sports takes. They give the Doomer a show. It's become un-listenable at times, I just like Hub's takes but I can foresee increasing irrelevance for the guy as PFW takes a dump.

    Problem is, I don't like ESPN radio. So right now I am off the sports radio thing.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i called 670 the score today and told them that until Rosenbloom dies I will have to switch to ESPN.

    I also asked the die hard loyal intern how he could possibly support the bullshit that is put on the airwaves on their station. I was hung up on.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Nicely played.

    Problem is, B&B are sitting at #1 in the ratings (all it takes is a 6.5 to be #1 these days? damn.) and it's ESPN that is shuffling to take a bite out of that.

    http://www.shermanreport.com/chicago-radio-shuffle-cowherd-show-to-air-in-morning-on-espn-1000-waddle-silvy-to-afternoons/

    So to answer the question of who ya' crappin? Us, I guess. We're crappin.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Man I wish I coulda heard that. Hee hee.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Oh man Trac, if you only came to Chicago and met Waffle! Then you truly could have heard that in your head, no problem! Woulda been just like you were there. I close my eyes and I hear him delivering a Johnny Waffle original tirade at that intern! Priceless!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I'll actually be in Chicago next spring right around the draft Murph. I'd love to meet you and some of the guys.

  • R2 -

    You may be a little young for this, but like John Byrne - who was the greatest Superman writer and artist and all - had an issue where a baddie takes over Superman's mind, and then has him fuck a supervillan's wife in a Porno, and then Darkseid shows up in the guy's living room and is all, like, "dude Superman is fucking your wife in a porno" and it's totally, possibly the most messed up comic of all time.

    http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/08/superman-sex-tape/

    I'm gonna go ahead and guess that this Superman does no super pornos in this reboot. Although, fun fact, Chris Reeves did a little gay porno before hitting it as the man in blue, so to answer MB's question about Supe and gay - I think that answer might be yes, kinda, for awhile.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Haha, thanks for that long explanation!

    Is it weird it doesn't bother me now if Superman was gay or might become gay?

    I just want to believe that someone out there wants to just help people who really need it and has the power to do so.

  • george w bush and dick cheney

    (sorry couldn't resist)

  • Supes has the power to love EVERYBODY. (NTTAWWT)

  • Yes Artoo, it IS weird!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Imagine that. Could a human female take a Super-wad?

  • YIKES!

  • No Jim Rome? But he invented his own cool lingo and what not.
    But seriously I do really enjoy Frank Deford (only when he talks about sports. The man is a moron politically) and Harrold Lettewrman is just one of my favorites for comic relief.

  • Sac -

    You are west coast liberal and Deford is on NPR. How is this not jiving with your world?

  • SMH

  • jesus christ, we're this desperate?

    I'm going to throw out my signature catch phrase on this one....

    I couldn't give a smaller fuck if I was the worlds smallest midget.

    (did you like how I spiced it up this time? Good huh?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/23267930.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    exactly

  • Jeff Joniak & Tom Thayer, anyone????

    Jeff Hughes..."You are RIDICULOUS!"

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Love Joniak and Thayer but kinda ruled them out too. Unfair for me to judge guys I'm listening to with a specific interest.

  • here you go GP: http://guyism.com/sports/woman-twerking-at-white-sox-game-great-lebron-moments.html#19-10-sums-up-the-xboxps3-war-perfectly

  • uuurrrp: http://instagram.com/connorbarwin98

    wow.

  • Random Bear thought...

    Man, if we can just get ONE more good year out of Hester this season...God, we'd be fucking dangerous.

    If teams start spotting us at the 40 like Hester in his prime, and with Marshall, Alson, Black-Uni, Bennett and Forte actually running behind a line that goes forward and not acting like a defacto OG...Oh, sorry, I think I just gave myself an woody.

    Carry on...

  • i agree, now i have a boner too. I am calling it a short field /red zone boner.

  • Some teams WERE avoiding Hester last season. Even though he didn't return any kicks teams still knew his reputation. As usual the offense coudn't take advantage in most of those situations.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Devin, I hope, knows that getting back to near old form is what will keep him on the Bears and give him a shot at Canton. But we ain't gonna see that shit we saw his firs two seasons.

    But I believe he can still be the best in the league.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I think he's a pussy. he's lost his heart and has settled into laziness. Easy to do when you're a multi millionaire and you get a little older.

    Takes a lot to turn it back on and put in the time and work. Don't think he's made of what it takes, but I hope I'm wrong.

    Once you get escared in football, it's fucking over.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You might be right. It takes a lot of balls to return kicks. A returner needs to have an almost kamikaze personality - I forgot the name of the personality, but it can be found in daredevils, test pilots, tight rope walkers, and other crazy fucks.

    Sometimes when a person gets older, one gets more cautious, especially after kids. Maybe Hester saw Knox in a back-brace and cane retiring in his early 20s and made as Prime-time would say "a business decision."

    We'll find out this year, either way. The thing with the world is there will always be someone out there younger, healthier and more reckless, and sometimes that trumps experience and caution.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not sure I'd go that far MB. I think Hester is a one trick pony is all. The minute he started making the big bucks, Angelee had to justify signing him to split reps at WR and he lost his groove. I say keep the many as a returner, period. Give him 6 games and then cut your losses and have him shining balls if I'm Trestman.

  • Thank goodness Colin Cowherd wasn't in your top ten.

  • No Brent Musburger?

    I got my buddy good many years ago. He was a sports journalist in Madison and co-host for the WI Badgers football pregame show for a few years.

    I called in with serious comments about the major match-ups for the game, but I threw my buddy for a loop by prefacing my comments by stating that I loved the show and thought he was destined to be the next Brent Musburger. He didn't know how to react. He said thanks, I guess. I don't know whether to take that as an insult or a compliment.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Loved that. Hilarious.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Awesome. I've always despised that smarmy little p.o.s.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    He reminds me of Jimmy Olson. Except shittier.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Funny Shit! When he was doing NFL games back in the '70's we'd insult each other with "Brent (real last name)burger". It was the same as calling someone a douchebag.

  • No one has mentioned Bob Costas. He's gotta be the GOAT.

    However, it may actually be easier to come up with a list of the WORST broadcasters of all time. My top (or bottom) three?

    1. Joe Buck
    2. Chris Berman
    3. Joe Morgan

    Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Wayne Larrivee would probably be my number one and two picks, but I'll disregard them because I'm a biased Cubs and Bears fan.

    There have also been plenty of terrible Monday Night Football broadcasters. Phil Simms, Tony Kornheiser and Dennis Miller are probably the worst in the MNF booth for me. John Gruden is brutal too but at least he knows what he's talking about.

    Tim McCarver is finally quitting after 34 years. Thank God.
    Sam Rosen can't seem to get anyone's name right.
    Jim Gray is a tool.
    Bill Walton's voice causes ulcers.
    Magic Johnson can't put together a sentence.
    Tony Siragusa is absolutely useless.

    The list just goes on and on and on...

  • In reply to Shady:

    Troy Aikman's pretty bad too, but he may actually have an excuse (ahem, concussions).

  • In reply to Shady:

    Joe Buck is OK doing baseball. It's his football partner Troy Taintman that I despise more than anyone else in sports commentary.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Wayne Larrivee is still one of my favorites, even though he does play by play for the Packers. He's also good at college football and basketball.

    Wayne is always prepared. He calls a game better than anyone.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Never listen to him doing Fudgie games (too painful) but I agree he was the best play-by-play guy. I used to listen to the games on radio and watch the TV with the sound off. Howard Cosell was good for one thing, making me desperate enough to look for other options.

  • I couldn't agree more with Jeff's last paragraph. John McEnroe makes a sport I pretty much have no interest in whatsoever actually compelling. I think that says a lot...

  • I loved that Feherty thing. It really does not get better than that.

  • Here's a good Q&A from Dan's Mailbag...

    Jay Cutler said the new offense will take three years to learn, but he only gets two max if he underperforms, right? -- @DreddRunner, from Twitter

    I think if Cutler underperforms, I think he gets one year, no more. And really that’s all Marc Trestman should need to determine if Cutler is right for him. The other day Cutler said it takes three years to learn an offense. That is something a lot of coaches have said about many offenses. What it means is a quarterback needs three years to master an offense, to understand every nuance of it, to become a PhD in it. What it does not mean is the quarterback has an excuse to fail in his first year. We have seen many, many examples of quarterbacks succeeding in the first year of a system. Remember Dan Marino in his first season in Miami? Tom Brady won a Super Bowl in his first year in the Patriots’ system. In Drew Brees’ first year in New Orleans, he had his most productive season up to that point. How about Brett Favre’s first year as a Viking? Peyton Manning seemed to do alright last year in Denver. Robert Griffin III never played in Mike Shanahan’s offense before last year. Any more questions?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-chicago-bears-dan-pompei-mailbag-20130614,0,5372544.story?track=rss

    He's right and wrong.

    If memory serves me correctly, none of those QBs walked into a first year head coach, right?

    Don Shula was there forever before Marino, and was a great HC.

    Billichick was with the Pats the year before going 5-11 with Bledsoe. Bledsoe got injured the following year, in steps Brady and the rest is history (Even so, Billichick was a previous HC in Clevland where he was horrible).

    Childress was with the Vikes for a few years getting his system in place (not like it matters because Farvre at that point was his own O.C.)

    The same with Peyton Manning in Denver, but for good measure John Fox was already on board from 2011, and HC's for several year in Carolina.

    Shannahan had already won a few SBs in denver with Elway, and already in gearing up his system for RG3.

    No, the only good template would be the Aints with first year HC Sean Payton and somewhat unproven (at that point) Drew Brees turning around a 5 win team into a playoff team (they lost to us that year in 2006. That was when Reggie Bush taunted 'Lach on his way to a TD).

    Even then, look at all those examples. Shula-Marino. Billichick-Brady. Payton-Brees. Petyon Manning, Farvre, Shanahan...There's a lot of HOFs in that bunch.

    So in other words, Trestman-Cutler must, like Patyon-Brees, become epic for us to have a chance at a SB this year.

  • Good analysis! I think Cutler comes back for 1 year if he's just so-so and there are legit excuses (OL still sucks, WR's not named Marshall suck, key injuries, etc). If he's so-so with no legit excuses, he's gone. If he can't get along with the coaching staff and is so-so he's gone. If he plays better than avg. he gets re-signed. I'm hoping for the last option.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Curlers not going anywhere Canada. Regardless. Capiche? The Bears are gonna ride that pony till the saddle comes off. The only way I see that happening is if the Bears go 2-14 in 3 or 4 years and they draft a top gun.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    If he doesn't get along with the coaching staff he's gone unless he plays really well. I would be surprised if he doesn't get along with them. He's a smart guy and knows the clock is ticking. Not to mention, the offensive coaches shouldn't be too hard to respect. They all have some NFL pedigree.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    It all depends, Trac.

    What if the Bears go 7-9 because Cutler suffered another concussion and missed a few weeks? Then what?

    We got a Top 10 pick. We can franchise Cutler then trade him for at least a 1st rounder. We can trade Pepp for another late 1st.

    Suddenly, we have three 1st rounders in 2014 (and future 1st rounders) which we can use to trade up for the #1 QB and totally rebuild as Trestman sees fit.

    There's a lot of moving parts. I don't necessarily believe that only a disastrous season would entail the end of Cutler in Chicago.

    It all really depends on what Canada said, really - Cutler's relationship with Trestman and Emery.

    HCs and GMs have stood up for questionable QBs if they believed in them (look at Romo).

    Works the other way too - Brees, Warner, etc...were let go because those organizations thought they would rebuild.

  • We can trade Pepp for another late 1st.

    I really really don't think he'd bring anything.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Certainly no where close to a first rounder. Maybe a 5th.

  • Not sure we could get a first rounder for Pep. I think the windows closed on that kind of a move at the end of this season, he's getting long in the tooth. Cutty is to talented to be talking trade and if the word gets out that he couldn't get along with the staff, there goes that 1st rounder. Cutty would pull a Carson Palmer just to spite the Bears.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    If we're spending $16M+ on a player we can't even get a late 1st rounder for - we're doing it wrong.

    But yeah, at this point in his career, Pepp might not be worth as much in the open market.

    Dumervil (and a lot of other rushers) went for chump change, and he's much younger.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Trestman did say that the one thing that impressed him in camp was the young WRs ....

  • Who's playing center for us in the super-bowl run, Butch?

  • Some 4rth round pick in the 2014 draft, from Rutgers...

  • As far as announcers go, Loved Harry in his prime. Sat close to him doing a game in the bleachers years ago. He had a cooler about the size of a coffin and everyone around him was drinking. We were too far away to get in on that but it was fun to watch. About halfway through the game another cooler arrives. My brother-in-law and I were hammered (20 oz beers back then were $1), and Harry drank a lot more than we did. Amazing!

    Loved Larivee. He'd get you so amped up it was awesome. Al Michaels and Tirico are good play-by-play guys. I hate 3 person booths and sideline reporters. Totally worthless. On the networks usually the 2nd string teams are better than the first. I usually prefer the Tim Ryan's and those guys. Not as polished as some of the top guys but they aren't trying to be bigger than the game. No sense going on a tirade about the guys I hate. It's pretty much the same list for all of us!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    +1 Wayne Larivee.

  • If you're old enough to remember Bob Elson doing the White Sox radio broadcasts then you also remember you never had a problem taking a nap while listening to him. When I was a kid, I used to have a little transistor radio tucked next to my pillow to listen to the White Sox night games. I was asleep in minutes...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Brickhouse was the same way. He made Vince and Lou sound riveting.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Bob Elson "The Commander".
    WCFL, "The Voice Of Labor' in chia=cago.

    LOVED waking up at midnight or 1am to go to the john and discover that the Sox or Cubs game on the West Coast was STILL going on!

    Sox swept by the ASTROS this weekend so it's official. They stink this season.

  • Hey MB, can you get behind this? An oldie but a goodie!

    http://swimdaily.si.com/2013/06/13/throwback-thursday-laetitia-casta/?sct=hp_bf3_a4&eref=sihp

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada... I would love to get behind her.

  • Got nothing to say on the main topic. Don’t know the broadcasters. I’d trade every football announcer I’ve ever seen on television for an extra camera on-field (or better yet, high above-field). Mostly I want them all to stfu.

    Does Bill Murray count?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQNjUcdkbqw

  • OT (sorry, but Holy Crap):

    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/kraft_putin_stole_bowl_ring_qtB16b5PI0jipYT6tQxUGO

  • Wow! Anyone who reads that has to realize how you can't believe what you read anymore. Irish knows!

  • Preemptive happy Father's Day guys. My pops is a man amoung men. He taught me to be a man old school style.

    I can't say this is one of my favorite memories but I can definitely say its one I will never forget.

    One night in high school while waiting on my friend to pick me up, mom told me to do the dishes. I was miffed because it was my sisters turn so off I went to the kitchen in a huff. When I was safely out of earshot, I murmured an ugly comment under my breath and unbeknownst to me, my Dad was a step behind me. Within a seconds, my Dad had grabbed me by my shirt and bounced me off every cabinet and wall in the kitchen. Before I knew it, there was my Dad, holding my shirt in his hand ripped to pieces. He calmly looked at me and said, "now do the dishes".

    I also remember the only time I ever beat him at arm wrestling when I was 17. He tore his rotator cuff and I often wonder if he thinks about that when his shoulder hurts. It has bothered him ever since. I was proud when I beat him back then but now at 48 when I think back on that day, oh how I wish I had of held back and let him win.

    He taught me a lot and he worked his ass of to support the family. Tomorrow when I say thanks, I'll really mean it.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    It's weird when you realize you're stronger than your dad. We were carrying an old water heater out of the basement when I was in HS and it dawned on me the old man wasn't carrying his weight. Never said anything but we both knew at that moment the dynamic had changed slightly. If the poster's on here are of a certain age they all have some stories about dad giving them an attitude adjustment. When I was little it was mostly mom with the lumber store yardstick or the dreaded wooden spoon. Mostly it was the nuns in grade school and the priests in HS that were always dealing out the corporal punishment. Always loved mom and dad, nuns and priests not so much.

  • Man of Steel reviews anybody? Thinking of taking the boys tomorrow for fathers day.

    Artoo? Bueller?

  • Check out the last thread maings.

  • Meh. I'm waiting for the next Hobbit sequel to come out.

  • solid movie. i wouldn't take the boys unless they are a little older. it's a little intense at parts.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Check the last thread but it's a good movie.

  • The Score rules. There is a reason the B&B dominates their time slot.

  • Happy Father's Day you hapless fucks!

    bwhaha

  • For the Worst list, I nominate Jerry Glanville

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'm not sure who would be the absolute worst for me. Howard Cosell has to be up there. Along with Dennis Miller, Joe Buck, Joe Theismann, and a host of others. For me, the worst idiots are on the studio shows on game days. Berman and Irvin make me insane. Both are incredibly loud and never say anything interesting. Oh well.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Troy Aikman. Cock.

  • Happy Fathers Day to all the dads on the blog!!!!!!!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    thank you my man.

    happy father's day to all the dads. We're critical to our kids healthy, happy, balanced upbringing.

  • Happy Father's Day to all, but especially those with an empty nest, regardless of the reason. For those of us whose kids have grown and gone on, Father's Day can be a real day of reflection.

    I did manage to turn out one new Bears Fan (out of 3 - the other 2 follow them closely though so they can connect with dad during the season) and am working on the grandkids. All of them got Bears stuff at birth - heh!

    Bear Down all.

  • Just for fun....

    Did a Youtube walk-through. Enjoy.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Fencik+And+Plank&view=detail&mid=7D16CCB6BC22EF468E4D7D16CCB6BC22EF468E4D&first=0&FORM=NVPFVR

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9uM3Zl0VjI&feature=player_embedded

  • No kids myself (none that I know of anyway) and I considered fatherhood for about as long as I considered the priesthood - a little under two minutes. When you're narcissistic and self-centered, that's the best way to go. I'll give the old man a call a little later, though.

    And a quote for the day from Mark Twain:

    "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

  • Curious...

    How many of you with kids have added new Bears fans to the populace?

  • My twins are only two - and female - so I'm just getting them used to the idea of actual Bears first ... and they're not praying to Walter just yet.

    They have both worked out that Eli Manning isn't elite though. Daddy proved that on an etch-a-sketch and there were no questions.

  • +1. AND, my daughter has indoctrinated her new husband.

  • Happy Father Day boys!

    I'm enjoying a cold beer and a hot steak with my feet in a kiddie pool and no chores or responsibilities for at least a couple of hours.

    I wanted to post a nice little article about one of our vet LB pickups.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/20750663-606/linebacker-james-anderson-comes-with-a-teacher-feature-for-bears-rookies.html

  • Since this is a list thread, and it's father's day, Top 10-5 TV Series Dads?

    Hmmm...off the top of my head.

    1. Al Bundy.

    Naturally!

    2. Hal from Malcolm in the Middle

    He reminds me of a lot of dads. I was chit-chatting with a Breaking Bad fan yesterday, and he asked, "How awesome would it be if the guy from Breaking Bad went into witness protection and his alter life was being the dad from Malcom in the Middle!?"

    3. Homer/Peter Griffen/American Dad

    Yeah, they're animation, but they're still good characters. Heck, the Simpson's have been on for so long, Homer probably seems like a dad to some kids.

    4. Sisco from Deep Space Nine, Star Trek

    Gotta give my Trekkis a nod. Sisco was an african american single parent raising his son in hostile territory and was pretty awesome at it.

    5. Jack London, Little House on the Prairie.

    Maybe should be higher, but just going off the top of my head. In some ways, this dad is the epitome of fatherhood.

    There's probably a lot of others like Sanford and Son, etc, but I'll give you guys the floor.

    Any who, enjoy your day Papa Bears.

  • My ideal dads came from an earlier generation. Ward Cleaver (Leave It To Beaver), Steve Douglas (My Three Sons) and Alex Stone (The Donna Reed Show) immediately come to mind. Kid logic - I once bought my father a pipe for Father's Day hoping that would make him more like Ward Cleaver and I'd get stern looks instead of the fraternity paddle. My Three Sons gave me the hope necessary to make it through my adolescence. Ernie was originally the kid next door and then the next season he was the third son, living with the Steve, Rob and Chip after Mike went off to college. I thought hey, maybe some cool family would move into the neighborhood and then I could go live with them like Ernie did and ditch my crazy family. Never happened...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Actually, I believe Ernie came on board after Mike got married and had kids of his own.

    Don't forget "Bub" (William "Fred Mertz" Frawley) who passed away to be replaced by "Uncle Charlie" (William Demarest).

    In case you don't think Fred MacMurray could act, check him out in THE APARTMENT, DOUBLE INDEMNITY and THE CAINE MUTINY. Those 3 roles are about 180 degrees out from "Steve Douglas."

    How about Robert Young "FATHER KNOPWS BEST" ? Jane Wyatt was gorgeous as the Mom.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    All I know is that one year Ernie was the kid next door and the next season he was a Douglas. I waited years for a Douglas-like family to find me but no such luck...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I had a great Aunt Madge that reminded me of Uncle Charlie...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I dreamt of being whisked away to Beverly Hills with my second cousin, Elly Mae. Kinda worked out the opposite for me.

  • Ellie May was hot. Those Petticoat Junction chicks weren't bad either...

  • Imo, you can’t leave Archie Bunker off that list (father, adoptive father, father-in-law). “Father” of Eric Cartman:

    Trey Parker: “...we started talking about, "How could you bring an Archie Bunker back? What if you made him a little eight-year-old fat kid?" That, that really influenced one of our characters, Cartman, in the show. It was based on Archie Bunker...”
    http://www.firstamendmentonline.org/about.aspx?id=12881

    And (also imo) Ralph Waite (John Walton Sr) comes before Michael Landon.

    PS: Check-out the story of Jack London and his (possible) father:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_london#Family

  • Archie Bunker was based on the British sit-com character though, right? Alf Garnett. Britain's favourite racist.

  • I didn’t know that. According to Wiki, there was also a German and Brazilian version. German Archie was actually played by a little guy with a mustache and side-parted hair.

  • all TV dads are an embarrassment to the institution.. making light and fun of something that's critical to raising well balanced adults

    http://www.esquire.com/features/why-men-still-cant-have-it-all-0613?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1456_9004294

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yes, I'm getting all militant about it.

    I'll heed NB on this one and won't go into why.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not to make light of your situation MB, but come-on, Andy Griffith was a great father. So was Fred MacMurray (My Three Sons), Bill Bixby (Courtship of Eddie’s Father), and my personal favorite, Buddy Ebsen (The Beverly Hillbillies).

  • I see you left out Conrad Bain from Different Strokes? Was that intentional?

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Whatcha talking about, Willis?

    I left a lot of contenders out (Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Brady, Mr. Huxtable, etc)

    I figured this would be a generational list for many. My step-dad loves The Rifleman, and he'd probably be up there for him.

    Was interested to see what nominees you guys put up.

  • Sanford & Son was Steptoe & Son in Britain (stoppit Irish!)

    Sorry.

    TV dads? How about Walter White from Breaking Bad with all that cash. I'll take the cash over any other bullshit.

    Silver Spoons. Can't remember his name, but he had the Benjamins ..... and Ricky Schroeder drove his own train and had cabinet video games.

    Little House. I'll go with Charles Ingalls too. And how cool would it be to have Merlin Olsen living in your dirt patch?

  • Do me a favor, for those of you that have created an account on my site, log in and tell me what you think of the new avatar feature/profile feature I added.

    Thanks.

  • Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Much better than gravitar.

  • In reply to Shady:

    +1

  • In reply to Shady:

    quantum fucking physics is easier than gravatar.

    smhv

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shaking my head violently? That's a new one.

  • vigorously.

    What's all the anger about Erik. Sheesh!

  • Hollywood was savvy to put Man of Steel out at father's day.

    Kostner is really good in a few short scenes. He takes all of his Field of Dreams Kostner-ness and angles it like a prism on Superman, putting a new Jonathan Kent up there. His death scene was poignant. Even moving.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That was my favorite scene.

  • Yeah, I think a LOT of folks would like to see Costner die. JUST kidding.

    OPEN RANGE is a great western and Kevin was smart enough to step aside for a tour de force performance by Robert Duval.

    And just to Clarify...

    COSTNER: Actor, Kevin.

    KOSTNER: A Chicago avenue.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I really thought Open range was a horrible western. There wasn't much plot/character development.

    I think it was because my hopes for a Dances with Wolves kind of movie was a little too high.

  • See Broken Trail, Artoo? That was watchable. True Grit (the remake) was excellent. You could download Jeremiah Johnson, Redford in his heyday. John Cusack was in a good little movie his dad wrote, The Jack Bull.

  • Being a fan of The Duke's TRUE GRIT, the Jeff Bridges redux surprised the hell out of me. My daughter dragged me to see it and I think it IS excellent.

    Attorney: "Is it true you've shot 17 men?"

    Rooster:"Shot? Or Kilt?"

    Couldn't get into BROKEN TRAIL. Seemed like Duval was playin' "Boss" from OPEN RANGE all over again.

    Jeremiah Johnson is outstanding.
    I respect Leonard Maltin's reviews but he (or likely one of his minions) criticizes the "inconclusive' ending.
    Huh? Johnson and Paints-His-Shirt-Red declare a truce. What could be more CONCLUSIVE?

    Bear Claw Chris Lapp: "Ya come far, pilgrim."

    Johnson: "Seems far."

    BCCL: "Were it worth the trouble?"

    JJ: "What trouble?"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The Coen Bros. script for True Grit was wonderful. And how Hailee Steinfeld got snubbed for Best Actress category .. and then doesn't even get the Oscar for Best Supporting .... that needs explaining.

  • +1.

  • Agreed. She was excellent in the movie. Matt Damon was good too. I didn't even realize it was him in the movie until towards the end.

  • And I think Dances With Wolves is overrated. I think It's excellent developing the relationships bewteen Dunbar and the Sioux.Then\they have to pound you with the ALL WHITE MEN ARE EVIL climax.

    No character developement in OPEN RANGE?
    Could not disagree more.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Tatanka!

  • THAT was still in the "EXCELLENT" part.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I really liked Open Range. I agree about Dances with Wolves but I liked it more than you. I was really glad there wasn't a massacre at the end. The remake of 3:10 to Yuma was really good. My fave is still Unforgiven. If it's on with no commercials and uncut, I'll watch it every time. Love the shoot out. Love revenge flix.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    UNFORGIVEN. Very good. GREAT climax...

    "Well, he should have armed himself if he he was gonna use my friend as a decoration".

    But overall, a little too deliberatedly paced for me.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    All this cowboy talk got me youtbing for movies. Joe Kidd - starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall. No idea if it's any good but it's 1972 and that was a good year.So if anyone's bored at work - here's the whole movie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WORfwoYWQ0

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    My favorite part of the film (and where I think it really sets itself apart) is after Kostner and Duval confront the Marshall at the tavern and Duval makes his big monologue about freedom and how the bad guy killed their friend, they go outside to plan the next move.

    After the tension Duval looks at Kostner and says "how'd you like my speech?" Classic.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    One of my favorite films. Glad to see someone else enjoyed it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Still think my favorite Western is High Noon. Not that I'm really much of an aficionado, however.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i thought they did a good job with the movie. I thought it was a good first movie in a series.

  • I made my objection to Mike Tirico the last time you had him in a thread recently so we will continue to disagree.

    Dan Hicks.

    No issues here. He got his start here in Tucson at KVOA-TV 4, the NBC affiliate. He jumped from WEEKEND sports anchor there to, then fledgling, CNN before moving on to stardom at NBC.
    BTW, another KVOA Weekend Sports Anchor, George Savaricas just moved to THE GOLF CHANNEL.

    But the BIG soapbox today is reserved for Dan Patrick, who just seems to get on my nerves more and lately.

    Item 1:

    First and foremost is the INCESSANT need to reference/complain about "The Mother Ship" whence he comes across as a jilted lover. Danny apparently just CANNOT get over the fact that, even though he has moved on more lucrtive career endeavors, including a plum roll on the NFL's (and television's, for that matter) #1 stage, Sunday Night Football, that the "Mother Ship" just let him move on when he refused to stay on after they didn't offer him a pay raise in a new contract "back in the day". Instead, he basically got the old "Good luck and don't let the door hit you in your fanny on the way out" routine and I think THAT fact just EATS him up. He constantly bashes the hand that used to feed him and then, supposedly, cannot figure out why they wont allow their hosts to do his show as guests. Well, DUH! Additionally, his Howard Stern-like on-air sabotaging of ESPN's GameDay college shows a couple of seasons ago was completely, totally, unprofessional. If anyone had done the same to him during a DP SHOW location he'd have had a conniption.

    Item 2: The CONSTANT name-dropping. This week it was time wasted strolling down memory lane with Darius "Hootie" Rucker. "Remember when the concert was rained out and I MADEyou guys play for me in the hotel room..." blah, blah, blah, yada, yada yada, we don't give a crap, Danny. Like wise we are NOT impressed by your crappy walk-ons / cameos / bit parts in the latest crappy Adam Sandler,
    "this trash should-have-gone-directly-to-cable", movies.

    Item 3: Treating the "Dannettes" more and more like crap of late. Guests cancel. It's not your booker's fault . Get OVER it. It's like you're testing to see which one's the first to tell you "Drop dead, Jerk. I'm OUTTA here." The fact the YOU never have to suffer the effects of the "Wheel of Punishment" speaks volumes.

    Item 4: The verbal fawning of of the Super Models. They're all young enough to be your children or grandchildren, Dan. Are you not aware that you just come across as a Dirty Old Man?

    Item 5: SPORTSCASTER THE YEAR. I hope you're happy you FINALLY won. You CAMPAIGNED for it long enough.

    Item 6: Listen up, Bear fans. Danny boy just SAT there early last season while he allowed his "buddy', the ignorant Warren Sapp, to to call Brandon Marshall "retarded" on the show. A REAL interviewer (and Dan fancies himself a GREAT interviewer) would have jumped on that like a tigere on raw meat and thrown that comment right back in Sapp's ugly face by pointing out the absolute train wreck that Warren's OWN personal life is. A personal life replete with sterotypical-stupid-athlete features such as 5 or 6 kids with 4 or 5 different women and his multi-million dollar NFL & TV earnings PISSED away into backruptcy. Capped off with a "Who's 'retarded'now, Warren?"

    Other than that, I really have NO issues with Dan Patrick.

  • I was bored and decided to rent SNITCH with The Rock. It's not even bad. Totally expected a typical Rock action movie and actually got a decent movie with a solid cast with a bit of well placed, story applicable action .

    Solid 2.75 star movie out of 4.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I rented Identity Thief.

    I love the fat chick and bateman... some parts were funny, but for the most part it sucked. lame. I bailed out about halfway through.

    Anyone sorry to be able to tell me how it ended?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Rented Dead Mans Burden. 4 out of 5 stars. Atmospheric western that leaves you tasting the Arizona dust in your mouth.

  • Happy Father's Day, Bear Bloggers. Hope you had a nice one. Mine was fabulous!

  • Dances with Wolves won Best Picture at the Oscars.

    It beat Goodfellas.

    Yeah. Me too. I stopped watching then, too.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I stopped watching after the movie "Chicago" won best picture.

  • wait... you used to watch the oscars!?

    (Oh, uhhh... NTTAWWT)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It was my thing with my grandparents. We really loved the movies. I would usually get the "Best Picture" or "Best Actor."

    I miss it. Thanks for making feel gay and like shit at the same time lol

    Anyways, I know you're playing before you feel like shit for saying what you said, I had "Road to Perdition" pegged as the "Best Movie, Soundtrack, Actor, and Supporting Actor."

    Tom Hanks, Jude Law, and the story/movie was really good, to me at least. I don't remember exactly but I'm sure the movie "Chicago" won just about everything. I was pissed lol

  • damn you!

    That was messed up man.

  • Buttsteak, this is for you my man

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L7S3nPxkHI

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Gee thanks MB (I love me some Queen Bee Barbecue). This is for you:

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvoy19VgQD1qlog3i.jpg

    It would make a great gravatar (let me know if you need help with the site).

  • Hahahaha... that's one of my favorite pics of all time, but I have to stay true to my namesake. My favorite safety of modern times who was robbed of a trip to canton by similar injury prone-ness that I have/had... and a cheap-ass charger FB who shall remain nameless here.

    Don't need help with gravatar, despite my funnin' erik about it. but thanks.

    I know, I made the weak connection between WV and BBQ. I would have done murph, but we didn't do BBQ when I was there.

  • PFT is speculating the Bears are considering a Hester trade. Sure hope they see what most Bears fans have suspected for the last year. His skills have diminished and I say trade the foo!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Bang! Bang!

    I'm in.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    It depends what they can get for him. Now that the WR stuff is more-or-less over, I am curious to see whether he can become the best returner in the league again.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i'm also intrigued to see how he'll respond this year. I'm just a little concerned that keeping him around for just that means that we would have to leave one or two talented WR's off the team.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Hope it's true. Bye bye bitch.

  • I actually read Goodell's rule proposal incorrectly.

    His rule change to eliminate the kickoff is to toss the coin, then the winner gets the ball on their own 30 yard line and the down and distance is set to 4th and 15.

    Teams can run a play, or punt.

    AS much as we love the kickoff, can you imagine this dynamic? Bears opening day in Chicago against the Vikes. Bears win the toss. You are in the stands.

    If they bring the kicker out, for the opening play, , would you go apeshit? Boo?

    "You PUSSIES!"

    I mean, would there be a team that wouldn't risk this huge crowd backlash if they did anything BUT go for it?

    I have to admit, it would be a fascinating rule change.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    roge goodell is selling the game of football out to the insurance companies... and himself and his cronies.

    He needs to be run out of town on a rail. Fuck that guy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Eliminating kickoffs is a cop out. Any damage that occurs from the fact that these guys get their heads bashed in since age 7, not from some hit on a kickoff. Just keep the kickoff yard line as is right now, fine fiercely any brutal cross field blindside hits and make it illegal for blockers to be within a couple feet of each other at the point where the KR catches it.

    The fact that they even talk about kickoffs as the issue is laughable.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    How about a little one-on-one kickoff action? Maybe one-and-one-half-on-one (keep the kicker in for shits and giggles).

  • 22 men enter, 11 leave?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Some kind of hockey-style shootout. Or Maul Ball rulez (ever play that as a kid?)

    http://www.gameskidsplay.net/games/ball_games/maul_ball.htm

    We always used a football.

  • we played the very un-pc named smear the queer. Basically aussie rules fb... but you know, without any rules.

    Whoever had the ball got tackled was pretty much the only 'rule'.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygEuglq_Yck

  • In reply to gpldan:

    One key rule on punts is that there is no PI. This is important because otherwise teams will try to draw a PI call on a fake punt when the blocking team tries to jam the gunners.

    Jeff pointed out a few weeks ago (maybe on twitter) the fatal flaw in Goodell's plan. Teams that go for on 4th and 15 get a PI call (more common now than ever) and they get a first down with good field position for free.

    I liked what the XFL did to a certain extent (can't believe I'm typing that). They got rid of the fair catch rule, but required a 5 yard buffer around the returner. If he didn't want to get hit, he could just go down. Seems to me that a rule like that, if followed, makes kickoff returners about as safe as a bubble screen or YAC type play.

    Its not getting much press, but they also added a rule this year that the receiving team can't overload one side to try to block kicks. That cuts down on exciting plays, but it also protects the blockers on these plays from getting steam rolled. Wonder if they should do the same with blitz plays on defense ;)

  • Hard Knocks is going to be in the Nati...again. They should just keep bouncing between the Bungles and Cowgirls and truly dissect what it takes to make a losing team.

  • Now that Lovie is gone, if you were missing your fill of head coaches who look aimlessly at the sky and watch clouds go by - you can tune-in to HBO and watch Marvin Lewis do it until you had your fill.

  • fb_avatar

    Was this list compiled while on LSD?

    If you are going to rate local guys, rate local guys. If you are going rate national guys, rate national guys. And don't mix radio and TV because it's not a level playing field. A sports talk show is not play by play and radio play by play is not TV play by play.

    Not having Doc Emrick on this list is a total abomination.

    Where is Al Michaels? Why is Vin Scully so low? Bob Costas anyone? Perhaps even Verne Lundquist?

    And your number one is two soccer guys who maybe six people have ever heard broadcast? Where the hell do you think we all live? Brazil?

    I do sports talk for a living, I've evaluated hundreds of perspective announcers and your list isn't even close to what reality would be. Nice try though.

  • In reply to Chip Ramsey:

    Lay some of 'dat sports radio science on us, Chip.

    Tell us the "real" list that guys in the know would have.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And yes, it is totally possible that Jeff went Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds while blogging.

    Didja know they made AM tuners out of crystal, Chip? Crystal. So many colors, so many facets, it's like you see the whole range of time in one of them, Chip. It's beautiful. Now... you see what you made me do... now I'm crying, Chip. crying. Life is so beautiful, man.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    seriously... chip. Why would you do that to GP chip... why chip?

    Jesus chip. jesus.

  • In reply to Chip Ramsey:

    I don't know most of these guys, but the soccer pundits would be considered a joke/novelty pairing. John Motson, is/was the voice of football.

  • Check out #4 GP

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/14/tech/gaming-gadgets/top-games-e3-2013/index.html?hpt=hp_bn5

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you ever see the Petrol Charger?

    http://tinyurl.com/mcvke5o

    Normally, I prefer the straight RestoMod to the Pro Touring "I'm gonna re-imagine this car" shit, but I really like that mutant Charger.

    They took a 70 Charger front end, welded it to the back end of '68, put a 600hp monster in it with pro touring race suspension, and then painted out the nose and dropped all the chrome, using the paint scheme from Ferrari's 60's racing team.

    Outside of Chip Foose re-imagining the 67 GT500 with the Eleanor body kit, I don't think there's anything I like, I'm a purist who wants to see them go all stock. But that's an old school that is quickly dying out. Even RK Motors in Charlotte is selling Pro Touring now.

    Some Pro Touring makes me vomit in my mouth a little bit:
    http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/1967-Chevrolet-Camaro/133330

    Some Pro Touring can be good, I would own this car if I could.
    http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/active#!/1968-Dodge-Coronet-R-T/134119

    I think that last car is real true to the Coronet. A guy at a Mopar event with a Coronet with a 6-pack to me > Charger guy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I like the garage more than the car in that first shot.

    To me, the best reimagined car over the last decade or so is this (I think tobi is with me if memory serves): http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Sariel/FordGT40/original8newandold.jpg

    That's the same GT40 (paint job) the dude has at my ex's community. Thing's bad. ass.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yup, and I'm not picky. Either dark blue with white stripes or red with white stripes will do...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Only downside is there isn't much room for groceries. I once managed to get a Christmas tree home in the 96 Vette...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've always had an affinity for the Gulf livery.

    The original mid-60s GT40s that ran LeMans looked great:

    http://www.gt40gulfliverycars.com/thecars.html

    But it was very rare and I never even knew about it until the 2005 GT came out and they reissued that livery. I always associated Gulf with the film LeMans.

    When I was a kid, my parents bought me the LeMans official Steve McQueen slot car racing set. The set was vaguely shaped like LeMans in that one side had the Mulsenne straight, but the main thing was the two cars it came with. One was the classic Gulf 917 from the film. I would get up and watch that movie no matter when it came on, and when my parents got a VCR it was the first videotape I wanted to own.

    If I had Gates money, I'd go pick this up and put it in my garage:

    http://tinyurl.com/l74twhz

    That's the car that DEFINES the Gulf livery. For me, at least.

    http://tinyurl.com/l74twhz

  • In reply to gpldan:

    beautiful car.

    Maybe when my bro and I get our e-type back on the road I'll post some picks. Hopefully second half of the summer if things go well.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    pics

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have a friend who used have two of those, late sixties. One had the open headlights and the other had the covered type. I remember he always had a bitch of a time keeping those three carbs synced...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    the le mans car GP linked to or my e-type?

    I have a '67 with the covered lights. Midnight blue (I wanted BRG, but it wasn't my car when my pop picked the color)

    http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Jaguar/67-Jaguar-XKE_FHC_DV-09-AP-01.jpg

    It's the front one's body type with the rear cabriolet's color.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Your car. One he had was that British green and the other was a very light metallic blue. They were both convertibles...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    don't love the cabs... in any car. *LOVE* BRG (British Racing Green... same color you're talking about). I do like the midnight blue though... very classy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Closest I got to that scene was a POS 1963 Triumph TR-4. That's when I discovered in addition to SAE and Metric, there was also Wentworth...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think I remember that set. Wasn't it by made by Strombecker? and it was in 1/24th or 1/32 scale wasn't it?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Maybe Scalextrix?

    Like this, kind of:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF7O0UCMy_s

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's been so long I can't find the set on Ebay even on old toys sets. This was a mid-1970s slot car set, it had a picture of McQueen on the front of the box.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GT40's what came after the Shelby Cobra in terms of the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari. Funny to think those two were racing adversaries at one time.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    By the way, that Ford GT from '05 wouldn't touch those GT40's from back then. It was dumbed down for the masses, all us folks who need helmets even whilst not driving a racecar, just in daily life.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Interesting side note - Carroll Shelby was instrumental in the creation of the Sunbeam Tiger, another screamer from the mid-sixties:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbeam_Tiger

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Nice, looks like a similar concept to the Cobra- cram some American muscle into a compact European package.

    Someday I'd like to build a Cobra kit, they look like a lot of fun.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Tobi, you gotta check out some of the cars one of my customers has in his two garages, each bigger than his house. The one Shelby is 100% stock, one of a handful in the world. Check out the Sunbeams as well.

    http://www.dirksgarage.net/

  • http://cdn.crankandpiston.com/brain/media/2013/05/Steve-McQueen-Le-Mans-Full-Film.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Does your E-type have the 3.8 XK I6 with the straight port heads?

  • Tonight's bedtime story...

    I was going home on the train from work. Guy sitting ahead of me in the car on the side bench. Didn't notice him until after two stops when the train clears out. Man... it looks like... no. Is it? Seriously?

    http://tinyurl.com/n7uesz8

    So, I go to leave. I look at him, I try and get a good look when he's looking away, but he sees me. He raises his eyebrows at me, as if to say

    you got something you wanna say?

    I stand there, like a foo.

    So I say, "Jim, yes?"
    He smiles a big smile at me, winks.
    "You're the first to notice."

    Dunno what to say. So I say "hey, we still love you, man." I give him a thumbs up, like a dork. He just smiles.

    Guy in front of me hears me say this. We step off the train. "Who was that?" he says.

    "Jimmy Mac. That was Jimmy Mac on the train."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Get the fuck out of here! No way ! Oh man. Swoon.

    Greatest.
    QB.
    Ever.

  • Although I would have gone up to him and said "I wrote you when I was 13 man ...."
    "Aw that's cute, thanks -"
    "You never wrote back. I was your number one fan Jim..... I was in pain ... and you never wrote me back."

    Then shit be gettin' crazy.

  • I seriously contemplated not saying anything, because I heard the stories about it

    I wanted to put my iPhone on video and ask him to do a DBB promo.

    "Hi, this is Jim McMahon and I want to say when I'm in Chicago, I read Da Bears Blog."

    But there was no way I was going to do that. Besides, he'd have told me to fuck off.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He would most certainly have told you to fuck off. Cyanide pill time.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cutty wouldn't get the train. Whadda bum!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    awesome maings... awesome.

  • Damn. Who's the douchebag on the left saying the '85 Bears were lucky they ran into the Dieter Brock Rams in the playoffs.

    LUCKY?? Yeah, we're lucky that opponents QBs kept falling over backwards very fast and sacking themselves. Jesus Mary and Joseph.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000207417/article/chicago-bears-most-underrated-and-overrated-players-of-all-time

  • http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz306/MikeD-2010/angelooo.jpg

    thanks GP!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and this is what my old man came back with regarding the e...

    The engine is a 3.8 straight 6 cylinder with 3 SU carburettas.

    he didn't know what you were talking about.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's the XK I6. It's a nice straight 6, makes about 190bhp.

    In '71, they introduced the Series 3 E-Type. They put a monster (for the time) 5.3L V12 in that. It's distinguished by a cross-slated grill, like this one:

    http://tinyurl.com/lt4ea3f

    It also has a badge that says V12 on it. That car is a handful.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, a v12 in that car would be a little frightening.

    I can't wait to get it fixed up and running. Can you imagine pulling up to a first date in that car and stepping out in a white 50's style tux... all fucking 007.

    I might do that just for shits and giggles. That would be fun.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Excuse me madam, but before we proceed, I simply must know if the carpet matches the drapes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bang! Bang!

    Last redhead I tried that on I went from being her favorite guy in the bar getting all touchy feely with me... to her walking off in a huff and not talking to me again. (or was that what you were referring to... if so, great memory)

    Cracked me up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You actually used that line!?

    Who do you think you are, Larry from "Three's Company"?

  • It wasn't a line actually. I was a little buzzed and we were already kinda groping each other so it was way beyond a pick up line (which I don't use anyway)... anyway, I was really just curious and I didn't give a shit so I just asked.

    After, I realized that gingers probably get teased a lot and that question probably has a lot of emotional baggage associated with it... I kinda felt bad afterward.... kinda.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Chevy built a "one of" V-12 Corvette back in 1992. Used a Falconer 610-cubic-inch V-12 aluminum block engine that put out 686-HP, 680-ft/lb of torque. If you're interested, link below to a link to a Motor Trend article on it:

    http://www.corvettereport.com/corvette-odd-ball-the-one-and-only-falconer-v12-conan-the-corvette/

  • HAWKCE?

    (btw, it would kinda be a nice thing for boston if they were to win.... just sayin')

  • By the bye ... isn't it queer how "the best golfer ever" keeps finishing fourteen over?

  • A few years back when they were annointing Woods as the goat, and the inevitability of him passing Nicklaus for career majors, Jack said something along the lines of "don't you think you should wait until he *does* it first?"

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Ed Zachary.

    I don't remember Nicklaus, Ballesteros, Tom Watson et al ever being so inconsistent. Guys like Phil Mickelson have been doing it week in week out since they first got their tour card. Surely consistency has to be right up there when talking about GOATs.

  • Next up:

    "Why is mommy a ho' bag?"

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/06/17/sesame_street_why_is_my_dad_in_jail.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    this was always my favorite sesame street skit: http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/02k2di/chappelle-s-show-kneehigh-park

  • you guys want to see some vid of my new workout... here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thdkvji087s

  • I have compiled my list of top 10 Division III equipment managers. Here's the link http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/03/15/top-breweries-in-the-sacramento-region.html?s=image_gallery

  • that was funny.

  • I have a question for you guys... what is it about girls drawing a nose and whiskers on their face that instantly raises them by 1-2 points?!? I don't get it, but it totally works

    https://www.google.com/search?q=girls+with+cat+whiskers&rlz=1C1SFXN_enUS523US523&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=dZLAUf7NMKmniAK42IH4Ag&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1440&bih=785

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Smvh dood. Smvh.

    It's not cute, it's a big red flag letting you know you shouldn't go anywhere near this girl.

  • In reply to Shady:

    agree. it's not for me this time... I've just seen it a lot lately and it works.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In Japan.

  • In reply to Shady:

    http://data.whicdn.com/images/32038629/anime-boob-face_thumb.gif

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It’s basically make-up, like red lipstick only less subtle. It triggers certain obvious associations that make the woman seem more sexually open. I’m not sure why you and Shady see it as a red flag.

  • I think that's spot on BS.

    It can seen as a way of trying to get attention maybe. Possibly why shady said what he did.

  • http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/red-flag/n13192/

  • In reply to Shady:

    Guess who?

    http://distilleryimage7.ak.instagram.com/656f3332230511e285b022000a9f15de_7.jpg

  • Halloween is a legitimate excuse to dress up like a cat, any other day of the year raises issues no matter how hot you are.

  • In reply to Shady:

    What raises issues, Shady my man, is looking at something like that and seeing a “big red flag” (unless you see the flag like the bull sees the flag).

  • that chick is a fucking 10... so hot.

    Don't worry BS, I met Shady... he's just gay. NTTAWWT...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes she is.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BS, it just hit me... I like pussy.

    (ok, ok, so it was a pretty lame, easy joke, but I've been waiting for someone to whip it out, but no one had... so I felt obligated.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYlDbv7MqE8

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I find comfort in the fact I'm not the first commenter to be outed on this blog.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry Shady. I realized that dancin’ for the man just ain’t where it’s at.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4hLw5pyCtw

  • In reply to Shady:

    I like wearing suits.

  • I like girls who wear suits.... cat suits.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I prefer birthday suits

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    well played dave... well played.

  • Q: What associations did this face paint trigger?

    http://thebostonjam.com/2012/01/02/the-cutest-nfl-face-paint-you-will-ever-see/

    A: His release.

  • In reply to Shady:

    loves me some dj. bye bye little guy.

  • In reply to Shady:

    A: Wilfred

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB-Rcgh_Psc

  • is that show funny? I don't like the hobbit guy, but it seems kinda funny.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't know. I only saw the commercial promo.

  • The number of stories getting planted is too high to ignore

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/18/trading-or-cutting-hester-would-be-easy-cheap-for-bears/

    Bears are planting these stories. That's what I think. Who leaked Hester's cap hit? (see story)

    I think Devin would probably like to join Dave Toub on the Chiefs. Get him out of the NFC. Maybe get something for him. I'd take a 4th rounder for him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'd take a ham samich and a coke for that POS.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i wouldn't go that far but I think we can all agree that the production, impact and need for Hester at this point has dropped off noticeably.

    Moving the kickoffs up was a bullshit move and reduced the number of kickoffs by half.
    Hester is older now and injuries/age have progressed to the point where he is not the burner we once knew.
    The blocking on Special Teams is definitely not where it was back in 2006.

    I'm not going to call him a POS but I do feel that he's at the end of his career unless he makes a conscious decision to ball out and leave it on the field this year. Even if he doesn't break returns for TD's 30-40yd returns are a kick in the nuts for the opposing team.

    Causing the other team to punt directionally is a great way to get better field position.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    here's my deal and why he got that label from me... I knew there'd be brushback but i don't care....

    He ADMITTED that he phoned it in and collected a paycheck for the last TWO ENTIRE years. Never mind that it was patently obvious on the field, and he fucking practically dove for cover when anyone would get within 15 yards of him.

    Remember when you played maingses.... what would you have done to a guy like that on your squad while you were giving your blood sweat and tears to win games every week? I know what I would have done.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He did not admit to phoning it in the last 2 years. He said he was having troubles. 2 years ago he had 3 return TD's. How is that phoning it in? If that's the case, if he tried he would have had about dozen TD's that year?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/31/devin-hester-i-dont-know-if-i-want-to-play-anymore/

    “I don’t even know if I want to play again, man. You know, that’s been on my mind for two years now,” Hester said.

    PHONING. IT. FUCKING. IN.

    Don't know how much more clear you want it my man.

    I hope he goes to be with lovie and we get something for his fucking useless ass. Thanks for playing hard, you know except for the last two years.

    The bottom line is that he WAS ridiculous and he WAS amazing... Now he's just old, and rich, and with two kids... and just not into it any more. He's done.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    or more appropriately...

    HeGone!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We won't even get a bag of chips for Hester though. And I think his cap hit is only like $1M.

    However, Hester can be taking up a valuable roster spot for a real WR/KR/Gunner like Joe Anderson.

    Ask yourself this: if you had to cut one, who would it be?

    That'd be tough. I still give Hester til about mid-season. If he's still running backwards and sideways and sliding, trade him to the Chiefs for a 7th and be done with it.

  • I know that the Bears aren't dumb enough to let Anderson walk. Dude is a fucking baller.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Piece. Of. Shit.

    Cut him on principal. But a fourth would be cool.

  • "So, I have my workers’ comp papers in my pocket. " - Hester

    That's so insulting to working men and women I don't even know where to begin. Workman's comp. Damn.

  • Did your grandfather create a will or a trust? He may have already listed you as a beneficiary. Otherwise you'll provably have to speak to the executor of his estate.

    NBiT?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Konniciwa bitches.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fryM3I9grtw

  • Ok Erik, two bits of advice:

    1. Don't put specifics in blog posts. Stop doing it. Names, addresses, etc. Just don't do it. I've been on here for 5 years. Nobody knows who I am, except Jeff and Murph. There's a reason for that.

    2. You need to ask an attorney about trusts and estate law. But, it needs to be a Tennessee attorney, because this will be very state specific. So, break out your credit card, look up one in TN - there are many good lawyer rating sites by specialization, then call one and retain one over the phone and request a written opinion of your situation. It will cost you about $400 if you do it right. But it will be advice and understanding that will be useful if you go anywhere with it.

    Ok, enough of that. You seem like the nicest guy around, but you gotta know the 'net is no place for details.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Seriouslay R2, maybe you can ask Jeff to delete your post before some rotten cheese dick gets a hold of it.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Will do.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Another reason why it would be nice to be on a site where you could at least edit if not delete something you posted...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wait a minute, I thought your real name was Keyser Söze...

  • Wow Artoo. I just learned a LOT about you dude. I think I may have posted a pic or two on here when I made Sandwich Stadium but thats about it. Yeah you may want to keep stuff like a home address on the DL. But I like your honesty and willingness to trust this group of miscreants with sensative matters of a legal and financial nature. If i were you I would hit up the Aunt, tell her you want $12k and settle for 8. Then go invest that cash in something so that you never have to livein TN again.

  • I just know deep down, I will probably have to just let her keep the house or stop my Uncle.

    I could do it but you know what? I'll just let it go. A lot of good things have been going my way and there's no use in getting into a long lawsuit/war over land/house that truly will not matter in 50 years.

  • Um when it comes to money NEVER overlook an oportunity to make the "ask" Whats the worst that can happen? BTW the same goes for women.

  • Still. If you really know me, you would understand why I'm going to just let it go.

    It's just land and house. Granted, I grew up on that land and in that house but it's not worth getting what I would be owed or trying to fight to get in my name.

    I can hear my grandfather telling me how it's just land and fighting over it is just stupid.

  • MACCA

  • doh!

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130618/patriots-hernandez-questioned-by-police-in-homicide-probe/?sct=hp_t2_a5&eref=sihp

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hernandez was known to associate with this guy:

    http://tinyurl.com/k69obo2

    Reports have it that his associate's dad is also in jail for unknown crimes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hahahahahahaha!

    awesome.

  • Take a spin through this shit. Wow.

    http://www.tested.com/art/makers/45172-the-comic_con-2012-cosplay-gallery/item/sdcc2012_587/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Haha Awesom-o

  • yeah maings... I didn't know how half those characters were, but some of the chicks were hot... and some of those costumes had to cost thousands, yeah? Like the predator one and some of the ironman and halo ones.

    I'd love to check that joint out once, but I think I heard you need a ticket like 2 years in advance. Lotta nerds out there I guess.

  • 'We see what you did there.'

    LOL. Ok, that was funny.

    http://tinyurl.com/k776w7h

  • here you go Erik: http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-global/dims3/GLOB/resize/550x600/http://www.blogcdn.com/www.mandatory.com/media/2013/06/superman-bieber-fire.jpg

  • Hey, for all you FB peeps who want to look at hot gals in COS costumes, I strongly recommend you "like" Aggressive Comix

    https://www.facebook.com/AggressiveComix?ref=stream

  • Like so...

    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/944731_646652152031147_1556289275_n.jpg

    Plus, it has a lot of funny shit for sci-fi/gaming/comic geeks.

  • Speaking of comics, holy effing shite.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmcBOIfhHQY&feature=player_embedded

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