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Broadcasters in the news

I spent much of the morning listening to callers call into The Score and complain about how Hawk and Ed Farmer each handled Gavin Floyd’s no-no bid last night.

“Hawk jinxed it,” one caller said. “‘Call your friends! Call your family! Gavin Floyd is 3 outs away from a no hitter!’ Are you kidding me? How can you jinx it so badly?”

“I was listening on the radio,” another caller said. “And I didn’t even know Floyd was going for a no hitter because Farmer wouldn’t even saying anything about it!”

Okay, only one of these two callers is right and it’s not the first one. I sincerly doubt that Hawk was the reason why Joe Mauer hit a double in the gap. As for Farmer, I wasn’t listening on the radio, but if he really didn’t mention the no hitter because he was afraid to jinx it, then he wasn’t doing his job. I’ve been broadcasting basketball, hockey and football games on the radio for two years now and our job is to describe in detail what is going on in the game. That’s sad if Farmer did not do that. But again, I wasn’t listening on the radio.

Hawks and Bulls jumble broadcast teams

The return of Pat Foley to the Blackhawks’ booth was the best news of the week in my mind. Foley never should have been forced out in the first place, but this is just another genius idea from John McDonough who continues to amaze me with his moves to generate interest in Hawks. I know I’m looking forward to next season.

As for the Bulls’ moves, I guess I don’t really understand them. If it ain’t broke then why fix it? Wayne Larivee is one of the best in the business and Tom Dore was holding his own with sub-par analysts. Meanwhile, Neil Funk and Bill Wennington were great on the radio so why break them up by moving Funk to television? Basically they went from having to three good play-by-play broadcasters to having only one.

On the flip side, I couldn’t be happier to see Johnny Red Kerr move to the studio.


Singleton has to go, maybe Farmer too

I’m sick of this and it’s time for White Sox fans to take a stand. Our radio crew is the worst in the business.

We used to be right at the top. John Rooney and Ed Farmer were like peanut butter and jelly. In 2005, USA Today ranked them only behind Vin Scully as the best broadcasting team in baseball.

Today, I wouldn’t rank them ahead our own WSUM crew that broadcasts the UW softball games.

Last year I was all over Chris Singleton. He had no passion and never painted a Singleton picture of what was going on. I’ve been to 1000 baseball games in my life and he  some how makes me forget where left field is.

Singleton is a little bit better this year, but that isn’t saying much. The bigger issue I have this season is that Farmer is now as boring as Singleton. I don’t know if Singleton ****** the life out of Farmer or if Farmer is just not suited for play-by-play, but the radio team is somehow worse this season than it was last year.

The bad news for Sox fans is that these guys aren’t good enough to get a bigger offer somewhere else. The good news is that this radio team is still only in its second year and the Sox have a chance to change it.

If you are wondering why this bugs me so much, it’s because in April and September I am stuck in Madison, Wisconsin with only the radio to listen to. Right now, I’m at the point where I just want to watch the online scoreboard and Brewers game (although Brian Anderson, the new Brewers play-by-play guy, isn’t very good either).

As fans, we want to be at every game. There, the emotion comes from the crowd. At home, we can cheer but we need a third party to help feed our emotions — that third party is the broadcasting team. Ken Harrelson might be annoying to non-White Sox fans, but for us, his stupid sayings and constant yells keep us going at home.

Let me tell you what I heard last night and you tell me if it is supposed to make me excited:
It’s the bottom of the eighth, Royals have runners at second and third with two Farmerouts in a 7-7 game.

Ed Farmer: "Called strike three …(3 second pause)… and the Sox get out of it. We go to the ninth still tied."

Excuse me? That was the most important pitch of the game — and knowing Boone Logan, I doubt anyone thought he would get a called third strike to end the Royals threat. If Farmer was at all excited I would have been happy to throw an exclamation point in that quote, but believe me, there is no need to.  Try to read the quote again, but this time read in the most boring and slow way possible. That is how Farmer sounded — and I’m done listening to him to do play-by-play.

Look, the Sox and The Score aren’t going to change their radio team mid-season, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t change it in the offseason if Sox fans do enough complaining.

Remember how great Rooney’s World Series call was when they won Game Four? I could only imaging Farmer’s:

"Grounder to short (no mention that it went over Jenks because that would be too much detail) … (three second pause while Farmer watches the play) … ‘Yes!!’ (I put that in single quotes because that is Singleton yelling) … The White Sox have won the World Series."

Now, Farmer did a great job of keeping his composure and immediately backing up Rooney with analysis when the Sox won it in 2005, but I just can’t see him doing play-by-play in such a situation. And I certainly can’t see Singleton backing Farmer up with good analysis.

The Sox never made a move when Darrin Jackson struggled early in his broadcasting career with the White Sox. Over the years, D.J. has improved into a decent analyst, but terrible play-by-play guy. Now, it’s too late to make a change.

I just hope the Sox don’t make the same mistake with the radio team.

Mugs of Singleton and Farmer courtesy Whitesox.com