Today’s Announcers Can Learn From Vin Scully

Posted: September 19, 2016 in Sports, Things I Hate, Things I Love, TV
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Vin Scully is ending his legendary announcing career soon, and he’s going out vin-scullyas the same guy who began his career in 1950 with the Dodgers – classy, understated, and modest. He’s been in the biz 67-years, folks, and he’s been a pro from Day 1.

There was no farewell tour, no accepting gifts from every team in major league baseball, nobody fawning and preening over him endlessly.

Here’s what he said on the Dan Patrick Show today:

“I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. Actually I’m embarrassed. I never wanted to get out in front of the game. I want to keep the game out front and I’ll hide behind it. I’m most appreciative but it’s embarrassing.”

You see, Vin Scully stepped back and let the game play out for the viewer. Even on radio he believed the crowd noise, the vendors selling popcorn and beer, stuff like that was all a part of the atmosphere. Vin didn’t feel the need fill quiet time by blathering on endlessly.

He believed announcers should stay in the background, to not become a part of the game, to never be the story.

And he was right.

Compare this attitude to the screeching, catch-phrase spewing morons today who want to unleash their “hot takes”. Hell, if you don’t have a catch-phrase today like “Boo-yah!”, or “From way downtown . . . BANG” or“A facial!” or “Rumblin’, stumblin’ bumblin’ or “Dipsy-doo dunkaroo!” you can’t be successfulGood Lord, I get sick of that garbage. Just call the game and step back, like Vin Scully says.

Are you listening, Dick Vitale?

There have been many games where I’ve muted the TV and just watched. After all, I don’t view a game because a certain person is announcing. I watch to see the game.

By the way, Chris Berman’s “He. Could. Go. All. The. Way”, “and “Rumblin’ stumblin’ bumblin” were stolen from Keith Jackson. Next he’ll probably yell “Whoa Nelly!

Keith Berman is an idiot.

Hey, I know the days of classy announcers are long gone. Real men like Keith Jackson, Al Michaels, Chris Schenkel (remember him?), Dick Enberg, Curt Gowdy, Jack Buck, and Jim McKay are a rare breed indeed. No “look at me!” attitudes among them. They never, ever got in the way of the game they were covering.

Today’s announcers can learn a lot from those guys, but will they? They will not, and that’s sad. Unfortunately we can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube, as they say.

Because those days are back-back-back-back . . . gone.

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