Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Game's Exciting -- Wake Up the Announcers

Not to be bitter or anything, but does it seem like an insult to have to watch national baseball on "Braves Superstation" TBS to anyone else? I kept waiting for that damn chop chant to start in back of the deadly droning of Joe Simpson and Don Orsillo last night.

Then again, the paranoid part of me keeps thinking that Tom Glavine was an Atlanta plant, and Braves general manager John Schuerholz was just waiting to detonate him and the Mets' season when it would hurt the absolute most. After all, Glavine almost did go back and sign there the last off season. I'm just saying....



Anonymous Al Bonowitz said...

TBS is no longer the Braves Superstation, which is kind of a shame. They're going from just about every Braves game to a national game of the week on Sunday afternooons (I think).

Braves games will still be available, but only on a regional basis.

I will admit to being somewhat lulled to sleep by the announcing duo: If that happened during such an exciting game, I worry about what might happen during a lackluster one.

On a somewhat related note, I stuck with the Dodgers as long as I did this summer because Vin Scully won't be around forever. Things just won't be the same once he's gone.

10:31 PM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

Uhh, I think TBS still IS the Braves station. I'm going to estimate they televised about 100 Braves games this year? So Al, are you saying TBS is changing their baseball lineup for next season? Because if that's true it's news to me.

They should chuck the two guys in the booth out of there and stick Cal Ripken in there with Tony Gwynn. That might be interesting.

I completely agree with you about Scully. The man is a gem, and he won't be around forever. I watched many a Dodger game this year just to listen to him. I'm a Yankee fan, not a Dodger fan.

So just to keep you apprised, I called Cox earlier this week to confirm that they indeed will NOT be putting TBS into the HD lineup for the playoffs. These people are idiots. TBS has held rights to this years division series and NLCS for over a year now; you'd think they had some foresight to get it in there by October 1. Comcast in New England lined it up, why can't we?

I even emailed Mr. Media Craig Smith to see if he could help us lobby Cox to add it in time for todays disvision series' premiere, but he never got back to me.

A related story: last college football season, one of the alphabet networks was actually NOT going to televise locally the Big Game (Ohio St v Michigan) and a small but loud uproar got the local Cox team to stick it in the lineup by gametime.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Al Bonowitz said...

All I know is that Skip Caray was saying his heartfelt goodbyes on Sunday and that they offered a retrospective on 30 years of Braves baseball on TBS before signing off. I admit that I didn't do full research (and still haven't prior to posting here) but yes, I am pretty sure that TBS won't be showing 100+ Braves games next year.

The Braves will be available in the south (and I believe that Skip Caray will be working those games).

I now reside in Orange County, where I am very happy with Time Warner. But I lived in SLO for a brief time, and Charter makes Cox look good.

I will repost after I have more time to look into this.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Al Bonowitz said...

Excerpt from a USA Today story of July 11, 2006:

"Bye bye, Braves. TBS, starting in 2008, will also have 26 weekly Sunday national games. But it will also give up a staple it's had since the 1970s — lots of Atlanta Braves action.

"TBS parent Time Warner is trying to sell the ballclub that Ted Turner famously used as pioneering cable TV programming. After showing 70 Braves games next season, TBS won't show them nationally anymore — although the Braves could still show up on TBS' new Sunday games. What will be different then: The Braves will, presumably, play on TBS if they're actually good — now they get on by showing up.

"Turner's Levy says the TBS change isn't related to parent Time Warner trying to unload the team: 'It was a programming decision.' "

Full story: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2006-07-11-hiestand-mlb_x.htm

9:43 PM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

Thanks for the update Al. I didn't know they were going "Fox" with TBS' baseball coverage.

I wonder now, though, if they will black out the baseball package BOTh days of the weekend like they do on Fox Saturdays now. It was a real drag down the stretch when I couldn't catch the Yankees on the package because Fox on the West Coast was playing yet another September meaningless Dodger/Giant game. In fact, they blacked out the Wang/Beckett matchup a few weeks back when that was the obvious choice for game of the week and instead played a Dodger game. So annoying!

7:41 AM  

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