Leave It To Chris Berman To Ruin Everything

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Since Baltimore is such a dreadful city these days and the O's are worthless all we've been hearing about in the area is "Caaaal going to the Hawwwl" (Baltimore speak for Cal Ripken going into the Hall of Fame). The guy was even on QVC last night getting rid of some pillows and whatnot from his closet.

Well anywho, the Baltimore Sun has collected some quotes from the people around Ripken, and they are exactly what you expect them to be....all but one. See if you can pick it out....

"More than any other player in its history, Cal Ripken understands what makes baseball a great game. It's not the great players, but the great fans."- Steve Phillips (Aww!)

"He emptied the bucket, then walked around the field retrieving all the balls himself; there was a nation of baseball fans and some clubhouse kids who would have done this for him, but Cal did it -- his penance, it seemed, for his slump. Then he returned to home plate, and started over, hitting balls into the twilight."- Buster Olney (Good story Busta Bust)

"He had this boundless energy. He'd wrestle his teammates in the dugout, and finally we turned to Earl [Weaver] and said, 'Please, please, please put him in the lineup.'"- Mike Flanagan (Coming from the best GM ever!)

"When Cal arrived in the clubhouse before the game, we were set up to meet him to conduct a brief interview. I looked at him with a straight face and said, 'Cal you think you might get in tonight?' Cal laughed, and then we had a great interview for the telecast. Next time I saw him, he thanked me for, at least for 30 seconds, letting him laugh and relax on that unbelievable night."- Chris Berman
What a dick! He takes one of the best moments in the history of the league, and makes it entirely about himself. Seriously, could you be more into your own "beached whale" of a self?

Announcing Rule #1- Do not put yourself above the game or its players

Thoughts on Ripken (Baltimore Sun)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 9:39 AM


"When Berman arrived in the clubhouse before the game, I had to give tihs guy an interview, before the goddamn game! I looked at him with a straight face and said, 'what the hell are you doing here? Can't you see I have a game to play?' Berman laughed, and then he reached deep into his nose with his index finger, pulled out this long booger and ate it, right in the middle of the clubhouse! Next time I saw him, which was ten seconds later, I couldn't get rid of the fat sweaty jerkwad, I thanked him for letting me laugh and relax on that unbelievable night. If I didn't puke all over my son's head after he chowed down on his nose boulders, I wouldn't have cared."- Cal Ripken

hollywood wags said...
Jul 24, 2007, 11:44:00 AM  

This is why I'm happy that Doug Williams will never make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ("Who cares if he's the first black quarterback to win the Super Bowl. I know you all came here to see video of Williams throwing a pass to ME!")

It's the same reason why I'm happy that Huey Lewis will never make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Anonymous said...
Jul 24, 2007, 11:55:00 AM  

If there's one guy who knows how to put himself above the game and the players, its Berman.

Chris said...
Jul 24, 2007, 12:05:00 PM  

It's always about Berman. That's why he screams; why he wears those Bozo the Clown sports jackets; why he ripped off Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificent for his "Schwam" character. He's been there from Day 1, and until he decides to leave, or the PTB finally wise up and can his fat ass, he'll get away with it.

Bruce said...
Jul 24, 2007, 12:40:00 PM  

He has to retire soon, right?


Jul 24, 2007, 3:01:00 PM  

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