Archive for the ‘Media musings’ category

EVERYTHING IS NOT RACIST

October 25, 2007

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You have to pick and choose your battles when crying racism. Ridiculous claims of racisms hurt the legit claims. Some buffoon in Tennessee decided to hang some dummies in front of his house for Halloween.

This one has a Michael Vick jersey on. To be expected, someone is bitching that the display is racist.

DR Z. IS A HYPOCRITE

October 23, 2007

What about the game?

Major networks guilty of neglecting on-field action

That was the headline for this week’s Dr. Z’s column on the rapidly deteriorating si.com. As usual, Dr. Z fails to sum up his feelings in a concise sentence or two, so it is difficult to re-cap. Read the column here 

Suffice it to say, the headline says it all, as Dr. Z. takes shots at MNF and FOX for concentrating on things outside of the game. Does Dr. Z ever check out his own website? 

Does he not remember the weekly “She Says, Z Says” video?   Now, I’m not complaining about watching the gorgeous Brooklyn Decker, but it is extremely hypocritical for Dr. Z. to call out the TV networks for taking a diversion from hard core football coverage.

As you will see in the video, Decker and the Pecker…oops, I mean Z, go head to head on five NFL matchups. The video shows Decker playing with a miniature kicker, trying to goof off during the picks, exactly what you’d expect her to do. Funny and nice to look at. No complaints. 

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The game breakdown is hardly intense. Perhaps Dr. Z. should look in the mirror before chastising other media members. By the way, Dr. Z. posted an outstanding 2-3 record straight up, not against the number.  

HOW ABOUT SOME OBJECTIVITY ON THIS SUZYN WALDMAN NERVOUS BREAKDOWN?

October 11, 2007

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Sometimes the New York media is ridiculous. Put friendships aside and call it like it is.

Richard Sandomir, N.Y. Times, explains why he was fine with Waldman’s ridiculous emotional meltdown on Monday.

It is not stunning that she wept. She has been connected to the Yankees by reporting about them or calling their games on WFAN, the MSG Network, Channels 5 and 11, the YES Network and WCBS for 20 years. She brokered Yogi Berra’s return to Yankee Stadium by eliciting an apology from George Steinbrenner for the way he fired him.

He says multiple times that she represents the fans. No she doesn’t!!. She represents a tiny segment of fans (not legit media) who cried when the Yankees lost. The rest of the Bomber fanbase are adults with real lives and realize it’s just a baseball team.

Plain and simple she let herself get caught up in the moment and delivered news that isn’t factually correct. Bottomline, is that most of this team will be back….just not Joe Torre. Listen below to hear Sunshine have a coronary over Waldman.  

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REVIEW JOURNAL COLUMNIST ED GRANEY WITH SUNSHINE

October 11, 2007

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Graney pops in to talk more about the sometimes thin line between being a reporter and a fan. He also addresses potential criticism from UNLV boosters and fans who feel his criticism of the Rebels was too harsh after this weekend’s loss to Air Force.  

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AL BERNSTEIN CHECKS IN FOR SOME BROADCASTING AND BOXING TALK

October 11, 2007

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Al comments on Suzyn Waldman, the crazy Sam Peter fight and this weekend’s heavyweight title fight with Evander Holyfield.

About Waldman, Bernstein said, “Every woman sportscaster cringed when that happened.”

He also said no doubt that Peter won his fight and proved he has a giant heart. Evander Holyfield has a shot in this fight according to Bernstein.  

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SUZYN WALDMAN EMBARASSES HERSELF AGAIN

October 10, 2007

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Maybe we need a more sensitive approach to covering sports. It’s quite possible that most radio hosts are way too harsh on athletes. coaches and teams.

That said, do I need to get weepy on the air when the team/sport that I cover loses?

That’s ridiculous. You’re a member of the media. Show some semblence of objectivity. You can have rooting interests or even be a homer, but when you’re driven to tears…you become an embarassment.

Just look to Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman for latest example of this. Her performance on the Yankee post-game show made me sad for all female broadcasters. There’s an incredible stigma on female sports media members and Waldman added fuel to the fire for female bashers.

Listen to her try to hold it together after New York’s loss on Monday.

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Waldman became a national laughing stock back in May with this over the top reaction to Roger Clemens return to New York.

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Even Don Zimmer is embarassed.

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I will give her credit, towards the end of the broadcast on Monday, she pulled it together to present a good pro-Joe Torre argument. And she did encapsulate the mood in that clubhouse.

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Thanks to WCBS for the audio.

TBS & MIKE TIRICO ARE THEY GETTING ANY BETTER?

October 8, 2007

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We questioned Turner’s decision to assign the Yankees-Indians series to Bob Brenly, Tony Gwynn and Chip Caray,  a crew comprised of National League expertise.  Caray calles Braves games during the regular season, Brenly analyzes the Cubs and Gwynn is a former Padre who, when he is actually audible over the most modest amount of crowd noise, fails to impress with his American League knowledge.

In Game three, when Chip was finished, for the time being, patting himself on the back for his “Yankees offense is ready to explode like a shaken up two liter bottle of soda” analogy, he fired out to his analysts, “So, who do you think will start game four” referencing the decision presumedly facing embattled skipper Joe Torre.  The experts responded by eliminating both Phil Hughes, since he pitched 3 and 2/3 of relief that night, saving the Rocket’s failed launch and Andy Pettitte, since he was currently throwing a side session in the bullpen (not because he threw 92 pitches Friday night). 

The crew, seemingly unfamiliar with the roster composition and track record of the players currently on the roster, continued to swing and miss through this relatively easy question.  Finally, the group settled on Mike Mussina as the Game Four starter.  While Mussina was certainly one of the only two options at the time, Game One starter Chien-Ming Wang was the other option.  Anyone who followws the Yankees even remotely knows Wang’s splits this season, 10-4 with a 2.75 at Yankee Stadium this season and a 4.91 ERA on the road. 

While the answer may have been unknown at the time, Wang’s name wasn’t even brought up in the conversation.  One would presume Caray was asking the question based on the decision of Mussina vs. Wang and not Mussina vs. Pettitte on two days rest vs. Hughes on NO days rest.  However, Caray didn’t mention Wang in the debate and both analysts, clearly not well-versed on the Yankees roster, even mentioned Wang. 

In addition, with the injury to Roger Clemens, the Yankees would have the ability to add a player to replace Clemens for the remainder of this series, a new rule this post-season. The one caveat would be Clemens would be ineligible for the next series. The thought of Ian Kennedy, rehabbing in Tampa and coming off his wedding ceremony, would be a possible issue to address.  I’m not sure if either analysts knew of the Kennedy option and whether or not he would be ready to pitch.

With a five run lead and needing to possibly use Joba Chamberlain backt-back nights, Joe Torre, with his job on the line, didn’t feel confident using Kyle Farnsworth for the 8th inning.  I don’t blame the skipper on this one, but my Yankee reporter friend texted me “If you can’t use Farnsworth for an inning with a 5 run lead, why is he on the post-season roster?” 

Excellent point.

MIKE TIRICO SHOW CONFUSION

Two quick notes on the new ESPN Mike Tirico show.  Mike’s rotating band of co-hosts and fill-ins is comprised of Michelle Tafoya, Kirk Herbstreit and Scott Van Pelt.  With four “hosts” on the roster, why was the ever-annoying Doug Gottlieb going solo last Thursday?  Yikes. 

Then, on Friday, with the Yankees down 0-1 in the series, Tirco asked co-host of the day Van Pelt if this was a bigger game for the Indians or the Yankees.  When Van Pelt responded “The Yankees,” Tirico seemed surprised.  Hmm…best of five and the host of a national sports-talk radio show is wondering if it is important for a team with enormous pressure (see George Steinbrenner’s comments on Sunday) to not fall down 0-2? 

Wow, what insight!?!

By the way, word on the street has it that Frank Caliendo will have a new TV show on TBS in November.  Can anyone confirm this?


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