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Goodbye old friend

August 2, 2014 // 7 Comments

The Professor has died, and for Braves fans of a certain age, it’s a big loss. The Original Big Three — Pete, Skip and Ernie — are all gone. Pete Van Wieren’s voice was always reassuring. He avoided the hyperbole so pervasive among today’s announcers. Those of us who [...]

Smoltzie returns to Braves broadcasts

April 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Smoltzie, probably the best baseball analyst working today, will join Chip and Joe for “select Atlanta Braves games during the season on FOX Sports South and SportSouth,” according to a press release that just landed in my inbox. Tom Glavine will also be returning for “select [...]

Pete screwed again

December 12, 2013 // 9 Comments

Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel wins the Ford C. Frick Award, besting Pete Van Wieren, one of 10 finalists. Nadel may be worthy, I don’t know, but any club that has Milo Hamilton as a member doesn’t deserve the likes of Pete, Skip and Ernie. Sure would’ve been nice seeing [...]

Pete a HOF finalist

October 3, 2013 // 3 Comments

Imagine this 2014 HOF class: Glavine, Mad Dog, Bobby and Pete Van Wieren. It could, and should, happen. Congrats to the Professor, one of 10 finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award. It would be a crime if he didn’t get [...]

So what is a broadcaster’s responsibility?

September 27, 2013 // 4 Comments

Talking Chop is miffled about an exchange last night between Chip and Joe and Tom Hart over advanced stats. Predictably, Chip and Joe played the role of dismissive boobs, but that has nothing to do with why I like one and not the other. The stat geeks hate Joe, but I appreciate his occasional [...]

Voices of the Braves screwed again by HOF

October 9, 2012 // 14 Comments

Guess who’s not among the 10 finalists for the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Broadcasting Award, previously given to blowhards Milo Hamilton and Tim McCarver? How Skip, Pete and Ernie — beloved locally and nationally — continue to be overlooked is baffling. Meanwhile, DeWayne [...]

Last chance to vote for Skip and Pete

October 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

If you don’t have a Facebook account sign up for one — it’s free, and it’s the least you can do for the voices of the Braves.   National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Fan voting for the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award ballot ends at 5 p.m. ET on Friday. Cast your vote on [...]

Vote Skip, Pete and Ernie

August 30, 2012 // 2 Comments

Fan balloting starts today for the Ford C. Frick Award, which has been given to the likes of Milo Hamilton and Tim McCarver but not to one of the Bravos’ trio of legendary voices. That needs to change. Vote [...]

Encourage Chip Caray to keep tweeting stupid shit

August 3, 2012 // 10 Comments

Maybe he’ll get himself canned. Chip Caray’s Twitter feed last night tweeted the following, which appears to be Caray snarking on a news headline regarding the Aurora shooting to make an anti-Obama point (i.e. the “brighter day” will come when Obama is voted-out in Novemeber): As The [...]

Off the field annoyances

April 12, 2012 // 8 Comments

The list is growing, thanks to the FSN Twitter chick. Perhaps she and Chip will be involved in an embarrassing, Bobby Petrino-esque incident that will get them both fired. Chip’s singsong narrative is driving me to drink (more). I won’t even bother to wish for an end to Mark [...]

HOF robs Skip, inducts annoying gasbag

December 7, 2011 // 11 Comments

I knew it. Tim McCarver, who has been a national analyst on television networks for three decades and simultaneously shined as part of broadcast teams with four big league clubs, was named on Wednesday the 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball [...]

Cross your fingers for Skip

December 6, 2011 // 4 Comments

The HOF will announce the winner of the Ford  C. Frick award tomorrow (not today as originally scheduled). Skip is among the finalists, along with a bunch of guys I’m not familiar with and one with whom we’re all too familiar. If Tim McCarver gets in over Skip then I suggest we pool [...]

A programming note and a shameless plug

November 21, 2011 // 2 Comments

Tonight at 9 EST on the MLB Network Bob Costas interviews Knucksie, who’s quite the storyteller. Speaking of storytellers you might enjoy my article just posted on ajc.com about Larry Munson’s movie club. No question Munson loved the ladies, but around his movie chums he was more like [...]

Munson the Brave

November 21, 2011 // 1 Comment

Before he became a Bulldog, Larry Munson was, briefly, a voice of the Braves. If only he had stayed and Milo Hamilton left. Wouldn’t you have loved to hear Larry call Hank’s 715th? Munson, who said baseball was his favorite sport, reminded me of Jack Buck, and I love Jack Buck. I can [...]

Vote Ernie!

September 1, 2011 // 1 Comment

Milo Hamilton is in the Hall of Fame. Ernie, Skip and Pete are not. That ain’t right. You can vote ONCE A DAY at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page through September, starting today. Spread the word, and vote daily. If every Braves fan votes 30 times, we can have an impact. We don’t [...]
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