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September 7, 2011 / theoldsilly

Just Call the Game, Please?

I’m sitting here watching the Tigers play Cleveland, and shaking my head. Not at the game itself, but … Okay, look. Maybe I’m feeling grumpy, wanna grouse a bit. But my word, watching a professional baseball game these days … sports announcing has become a non-stop tedious litany of advertisements. Does every inning, every this and that throughout the game have to be “brought to you by” so and so? Used to be, back in the day, I grew up listening ot my Detroit Tigers with Ernie Harwell calling the play-by-play, you’d get what was happening on the field, with some interesting facts about the players, the teams, coaches, upcoming schedule, who was hot around the league, etc., and that was it. There weren’t sponsors for every last possible segment of the contest.

I figure within a few more years a typical announcer will sound like this-

“Here comes the windup, brought to you by Pepsi-Cola, and the delivery—brought to you by Little Caesar’s Pizza. The first pitch is a strike, right down the middle of the plate. Remember, for every strikeout by a Tigers’ pitcher, this and every Tigers’ game, General Motors donates $100 to the American Cancer Society. And here’s the second pitch, brought to you by Dish Network. The windup—brought to you by Mars Candy Bars, and the delivery—brought to you by the good hands people at Allstate. Cabrera smacks it! That ball is carrying, carrying, and bounces off the deep center wall. Here comes one run in, brought to you by Cracker Jacks, the second runner makes it home, that one brought to you by Hungry Jack Complete Pancake Mix—just add water. Cabrera is trying for third, here comes the throw—brought to you by AT&T, and,  he’s, gonna, be … out at third base!

So that’s the final out of the inning, the third out brought to you by Walmart, and the inning brought to you Wilson Sporting Goods. We go now to the top of the fifth—brought to you by …”

Okay, I’m done. Just hadda get that off my chest, lol. Anyone else notice the overly blatant abundance of sponsors and advertisements laced throughout pro sports these days?

Off beat post, I know. I’ll be back on point next post, promise …

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  1. Stanley Berber / Sep 7 2011 12:02 pm

    Hilarious, lol. And yes, I too do so tire of the endless sponsorships and advertisements in pro sports nowadays.

  2. Mary / Sep 7 2011 12:10 pm

    “We apologize that the following three hours or more of ads will be interrupted periodically by the Tigers/Indians game”

  3. Arlee Bird / Sep 7 2011 1:42 pm

    Well, with what everyone in sports gets paid these days it’s no wonder. I guess the broadcast rights get very expensive and all of the TV guys must be fairly decently paid. Then there are the network CEOs who have to get their multimillions. Where the heck does all the other money go? I wish they’d send me some.

    Tossing It Out

  4. Ronald Meyers / Sep 8 2011 8:13 am

    Oooh yeah – I get peeved at that too. I like the one commenter – we interrupt the advertisements to bring you some of the game, LMAO!

  5. tashabud / Sep 8 2011 10:09 pm

    That sure is funny! I’m glad I don’t watch many sport games. You’d make a great sports commentator, Marvin.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 9 2011 6:22 am

      Thanks T-Bud, man – you’d have to talk really fast to get it all in there though, hm? LOL

  6. yvonne lewis / Sep 9 2011 3:46 am

    It’s the same here in the UK Marvin.


    • theoldsilly / Sep 9 2011 6:21 am

      Glad we’re not the only comercialaholics, Yvonne. 😉

  7. Cactus Annie / Sep 9 2011 6:19 am

    LMAO! It is getting pretty bad, I agree. But then our whole world is so commercialized and consumer driven.

  8. Marcus Franks / Sep 9 2011 9:18 am

    It can get burdonsomely annoying. But with the bazillions of dollars these guys get paid and all the ancillary expenditures in big time sports and entertainment, I guess it comes with the times, sigh. Fun poke there, though Marv, LOL.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 9 2011 9:19 am

      Thanks, Marcus, and yes – definitely a sign of our commercial, materialistic, idol-worshipping times, hmm?

  9. John Standish / Sep 9 2011 11:05 am

    I like the one comment about “we interrupt the advertising to bring you some of the game” – LMAO!

  10. emdhunter / Sep 9 2011 5:08 pm

    I know the feeling. I love tennis and nowadays when free-to-air tv broadcast tennis, they have man-made tennis balls coming out with advertisers’ logos on them DURING the match! I want to watch the real ball, not the fake ones. But the other alternative is to get cable. Marvin, good that I found your blog again.

    Every Savage Can Reproduce

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