September 02, 2006

Sportscasters all show these days

After reading Ray Frager's comments in his media column of Aug. 25, I started thinking about today's sportscasters and came to a definitive conclusion. We can trace the sad state of today's sportscasting to 1979, the year ESPN began broadcasting.

Since then, sportscasters think that they have to be personalities rather than reporters.

Our current local sportscasters, with the exception of Scott Garceau, are over-the-top, rank amateurs compared to Vince Bagli. Their quest to be sarcastic, alliterative comedians at the expense of a clear, concise broadcast has made them unwatchable.

This practice harkens back to the days when stations felt that they had to put the weatherman in a clown suit. Today's sportscasters are only missing the makeup and the red rubber nose.

Wayne Carson


Woods' major feats are truly special

Tiger Woods has won 12 of the 40 pro majors he has entered. In baseball, that would be a .300 batting average, which usually merits Hall of Fame consideration over a career.

But consider this: When a "really good" ballplayer steps to the plate, his chances of getting a hit are about one in three.

When a really good golfer steps to the first tee on Thursday of a major, his chances of winning the event are at least one in 25. In fact, he usually has to beat 144 other golfers to succeed.

Imagine a ballplayer stepping to the plate with a similar chance of success (one in 25) and still batting .300 for his career. Imagine it, because you won't see it.

What Woods has done is simply amazing from any perspective. You don't have to be a fan of sports and statistics to truly appreciate the magnitude of the situation, but it helps.

Ralph Watson

Severna Park

Owens doesn't get the team concept

What was Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinking when he agreed to allow Terrell Owens to join his team?

Was he cautiously optimistic that Owens would change his ways? Sorry, that isn't going to happen, not in Owens' lifetime.

Owens never has and never will grasp the concept of team.

The whole idea is antithetical to what he stands for.

The sooner NFL owners collectively realize that the psychotic Owens feels he belongs on a plateau above everything and everyone else, the better off the league will be by unconditionally ousting this troubled man.

The alternative? The "TOFL."

We all know what that stands for.

Patrick R. Lynch


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