Couple of recent e-mails, before we head into one of the busiest sports weekends of the year:
First, from Kevin Fox, on TSN puckist Pierre McGuire:
"His overuse of hyperbole is mind numbing. I’ve never felt a need to hit the mute button when there’s a stoppage in play until listening to this guy. Please ask him to just tone it down a few notches."
Kevin, I think you just did. And judging by some of the folks who have joined us for our text commentaries, you're not alone.
Last week, I noted here the fine work of Pat Tabler, and his on-air contention that Fenway Park measured less than the advertised 310 feet down the left-field line. Tabler sent along this email to elaborate:
"When I was with Cleveland or KC (it's been so long now) we were out at Fenway early for a game one day and a couple of us stepped it off from home plate to left field corner. It measured 285-290 ft. Just steps mind you ... but we were surprised at the distance. Have you heard of anyone else doing the same thing? I'm going to re-step it next time in Boston. ... Fenway was the only one that we stepped off. It is a one of a kind ballpark."
I don't want to rag on TV announcers here. It's a job -- so much air to fill, they're bound to say the odd inane thing. (Imagine tracking a dinner-party conversation with the same fervour).
The irony is that Tabler has been criticized for blandness -- it's true, he's not the most dynamic of cheerleaders. McGuire, the anti-Tabler, knows the game back to front but the schtick says he has to scream it to the world -- Mute buttons of the world, unite!
Today it's time to throw the comments open to your favourite moments in sports broadcasting -- your favourites and your worst, something someone said to amuse you, impress you, infuriate you, whatever. And in the spirit of the holiday, please give thanks. It could be you, there, putting your foot in your mouth. Or even worse, me. Or, worst of all, Pierre.
Some of what's making news today:
The NBA wants to bring in a dress code, which has Dave Feschuk pining for the good old days of Charles Oakley.
With baseball's playoff season in full swing, Rich Griffin offers up five dream World Series matchups -- and five nightmares.
Out with the GM, in with free parking. Welcome the new Devil Rays.
It's a World Cup qualifying break, and Cathal Kelly is in full Go Uzbek Go! mode.
In Oklahoma, there are questions about a man -- perhaps a suicide bomber, according to some reports -- who blew himself up outside an Oklahoma University game.
Be back later today, with some Pro-Line
stabs in the dark picks and last items before the weekend begins.