February 29, 1992
For those who complained about the commercials during the Olympic Games, how much did you pay for this super coverage? For those who commented upon Paula Zahn's and Tim McCarver's comments, could you do better? Why not apply for the next session? To all of those who worked on the Games for (CBS), my big thanks for a wonderful job. EDITH J. HOWELL, Glendale
November 2, 1991
To each his own. The thing I like about Tim McCarver and Jack Buck is they're both relaxed and having fun, which is what baseball and the World Series is all about. The things Larry Stewart knocks about McCarver and Buck are what I like about them: Tim says goofy things, Buck screws up. They're real. I can't think of a better team. STEVE FOSTER Los Angeles
October 28, 2000
T.J. Simers writes, "If you listened to Tim McCarver, Clemens should be serving time instead of presenting his glove to the Hall of Fame." He then asks, "By the way, does anyone listen to McCarver?" It's obvious that you do, genius. STEVE SMITH San Gabriel A plea to USC President Steven Sample: Please return T.J. Simers' telephone call so he'll shut up. JOE LYOU Gardena
February 22, 1992
We cannot blame Tim McCarver. Someone, somewhere, sometime must have told the budding sportscaster that he had uttered a clever play on words. This seemingly harmless act unleashed a menace on us all, a man who has bombarded the airwaves with the most hackneyed and sophomoric puns. For this, the one who encouraged McCarver must be apprehended, prosecuted and jailed. With talented, articulate and insightful journalists such as Charles Kuralt in the CBS stable, why must we have McCarver thrust upon us as a prime-time host?
January 22, 2005
Jim Tracy is quoted on Jan. 15, after two Dodger coaches were re-signed: "I think it is important to reward people within the organization." I assume Adrian Beltre is still laughing. Gene Ewald Oxnard Brad Penny won one game for the Dodgers last year before an injury ended his season. In 2004 he made $3.725 million and now wants a raise to $5.7 million, while the Dodgers counter at $4.7 million. He sounds like a few of my ex-employees, doing subpar work and requesting a 53% increase in pay. Matthew D. Kerster Gardena With the hiring of Steve ("I forgot where I was when I dropped my pants")
October 19, 2002
What has Fox got against television viewers by having Tim McCarver be part of the broadcast team for the World Series? This pontificating know-it-all is personally responsible for the installation of mute buttons on all of the television remote controls. His constant yammering drives all the people I know crazy and makes me wonder if his salary is based on the number of words he uses. Art Ficke Long Beach Let's see, in the Fox commercials during Angel playoff games, there was: bombing and terrorism for "24," rioting high school students and a baby discarded in a bathroom for "Boston Public," hookers and men who drank so much they couldn't remember or passed out for "Firefly," a gynecologist diving into a woman's crotch for "girls club," murder and pools of blood for "John Doe," and violence, guns, sex and bar scenes for "Fast Lane."
October 31, 1992
Why did Otis Nixon bunt? With two out and two on in the bottom of the 11th, and the World Series on the line, is this where the manager takes a holiday and leaves it up to the hitter? Or is this were all the analysts and sportscasters simply "go off the clock" in some domino effect of stupidity that dictates that if the most burning questions aren't asked at the time, they can never be asked thereafter? In a sport where they analyze everything, how and why did sportscasters leave the most important at-bat of the season unsullied by comment, opinion or insight.
October 23, 1996 |
Goodness knows there hasn't been much in the way of on-field drama through the first two games of the World Series, so perhaps the thing to watch is how Fox manages to juggle the traditions of baseball with the need to drag the sport into the 20th century. Fox has pledged to take the grand old game to new places, and, for the most part, the network is doing well. The zippy graphics have been nice, but the hallmark of Fox's presentation has been the sound of the game.