June 17, 2021

Could the Minnesota Twins have a possible announcer problem? (Twinkie Town)


When it comes to sports announcers, I feel like I grew up in a privileged age. While watching NFL contests, I was fortunate to experience the glorious pairing that was John Madden and Pat Summerall, as well as consummate professional Al Michaels in prime time.

On the baseball side of things, I distinctly remember Bob Costas and Joe Morgan calling many playoff games, and Joe Buck being a great “baseball-only” guy (before he got overexposed in the NFL). Locally, Bremer & Blyleven are a solid duo—especially in their early years together—on TV, while Herb Carneal & John Gordon basically constituted the dream radio pairing.

Over the past 20-or-so years, however, I feel as if baseball and football have significantly diverged in the realm of broadcasting.

Despite potentially having quite a bit to gripe about (concussions, flags, major sport changes, etc.), NFL broadcasts typically are high-energy and exciting. Michaels is still around and seemingly having a great time with Chris Collinsworth, Tony Romo bubbles over with an almost adolescent-like energy, and even in the joke of a broadcast that Monday Night Football has turned into, Joe Tessitore gives it his all.

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