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...
WSCR-670 The Score and CBS
Radio Chicago will be hosting the First Annual Larry A. Pogofsky Chicago All-Star Softball Challenge on Saturday. The game features Chicago Cubs
and Chicago White Sox
legends, including Frank Thomas
, Ozzie Guillen
, and Derek Lee. MLB
All-Star Jamie Moyer will be pitching too. And it’s all for a good cause, as the proceeds will benefit Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox charities.
Prior to the game, which begins at 4pm, young fans will have the chance to take part in an on-field clinic hosted by the Bulls
/Sox Academy. Starting at 2:30, kids will have the opportunity to experience the true nature of baseball, consisting of base running, batting, and fielding drills.
The game will be held at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg, Illinois
. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $50 for a VIP admission, which includes priority seating, a premium item, and access into the post event VIP barbeque
This event is the brain child and inspiration of Ben Pogofsky...
(Update: Paul Sullivan is gone from the Chicago Cubs beat, and Vaughn McLure will be covering Illinois for the Tribune)
You know that job posting you saw online for the Chicago Tribune; the open baseball writer position?
It’s been filled internally; sources have told me. With this promotion of Colleen Kane, there will also be a couple of beats being shifted around. At least that’s what insiders tell me. Colleen Kane takes over the White Sox
beat as Mark Gonzalez
) shifts to the Chicago Cubs
Comcast SportsNet Chicago often acts as a White Sox
Public Relations Network; sometimes doing promotion in the vein of MLB
Network and Major League Baseball
. A few weeks ago, I called out Comcast SportsNet Chicago for their overt Blackhawks cheerleading.
Hate to keep poking the bear here, but
1.) they are literally the only game in town right now. CSN Chicago is the only all local sports network. This is a Chicago sports media
blog so naturally I have to cover the monopolist. It remains to be seen whether or not the Chicago market could support another all sports local television station. Maybe it could?
2.) most people still think CSN Chicago is an independent news outlet like NBC
5 or ABC 7. Their name has a lot to do with that. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
You see it in the way Chuck Garfien
and company cover the Chicago White Sox
. Garfien’s homerism is pretty obvious. As for Hawk Harrelson
, he’s just a cartoon character these days. He’s so over-the-top with his partisanship that he’s crossed over into becoming a lampoon of himself. There’s no point in criticizing him as an on-air personality because myself and many others have belabored that point already...
The University of Illinois
and the Chicago White Sox
will soon share a broadcast partnership. WSCR Chicago is home to radio broadcasts of all White Sox
games; WSCR 670 AM will also carry Illini
basketball starting in 2013-14 and football in 2014. (STEAKS AND CAKES!)
The logo of WSCR 670 The Score is blue and orange for a reason. All CBS
owned radio stations adopt the colors of their local NFL
team for the station logos. Obviously, WSCR got it’s colors from the Chicago Bears
. Papa Bear Halas brought the colors with him to the Bears
from the Illini
Today’s White Sox
game with the Seattle Mariners was to baseball what tramp stamps are to Tilted Kilt waitresses. Something potentially passable is just ruined by something unsightly. Obviously, I prefer football and basketball to baseball; and educated brunettes to TK staffers. The 24-32 White Sox
visited the 26-33 Seattle Mariners for one game of 162 this season; and it was a double header all by itself.
As the White Sox
entered on a seven game losing streak, this contest obviously had HUGE PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS! It went into the 14th inning tied at 0-0. I could’ve sworn somebody had turned on soccer
. As much physical torture as watching soccer
is, at least the sport has Alex Morgan
and Hope Solo
to look at. Yes, I know Solo is guano crazy. This White Sox
game could be summarized by Darth Helmet in Spaceballs: “no, it’s not what you think. It’s much, much worse!”
The White Sox
scored 5 runs in the top of the 14th inning only to…wait for it…see the Mariners tie it with 5 in the bottom half of the 14th. The White Sox
eventually ended up winning 7-5 in 16 innings. Time of game: 5 hours, 42 minutes. Or the equivalent of three games pitched by former White Sox
ace Mark Buerhle.
This elicited some hysterical reactions on Twitter
from White Sox
experts and local sports media
. Time for one of my tweet fueled stories...
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
Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is engaged to Brittany Fletcher, a medical device sales rep who starred in Amazing Race season 21.
A few minutes ago Beckham tweeted
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