Friday, December 19, 2008
Matt Vasgersian hasn't exactly made friends in St. Louis in recent years, which is why this comment he gave to the St. Louis Dispatch is so hilarious. The Dispatch talked to a few FOX announcing teams about what it's like to cover the Rams this season, and this was Vasgersian's response....
"We've had plenty of Lions and Chiefs and Raiders games, too, the last couple of years, so we know how to polish up a turd pretty good,'' he said. "We're not getting A and B games, and after the A and B games are assigned the networks all tell you'' that everything else is equal, "which we know is not quite accurate. But not everybody can do the Giants and the Cowboys and the Patriots every week.''Ah yes. That karma certainly is a (I'm assuming he said bitch)....bitch. But if getting to do NFL games each week, and becoming the face of a newly formed MLB channel is bad luck, I'll be the first to say that St. Louis is a shithole (I kid, I kid).
He said that when he sees the Rams on the assignment sheet, he is more concerned whether they are at home or on the road than being stuck with a lousy team. The Edward Jones Dome isn't his favorite venue from which to work.
"That building's pretty dreary, man,'' he said. "That's a little more trouble than having them on the road, because the building stinks and there's just no energy in there. That's one of those things you look at and go, 'Oh man, are we the Z crew?'""''
Vasgersian is no stranger to strong comments about the St. Louis market. He had been the San Diego Padres' television play-by-play announcer before giving up that assignment to take the MLB job, and while broadcasting a game from Busch Stadium in August 2007 said Cardinals fans should get in their El Caminos and drive back to the Ozarks.
He said that was a joke. But he also was heard that night in comments that weren't intended to be broadcast: "I'm done with this place. I'm so tired of losing here. It's hotter than (bleep). We get our (butts) kicked every time we come here. I'm not coming here next year."
He finds it somewhat ironic that he's been working a lot of football games involving a lousy St. Louis team.
"Karma's a *****,'' he said, chuckling.
St. Louis Rams' games no picnic for broadcasters (St. Louis Dispatch)
Matt Vasgersian Trashes St. Louis (Awful Announcing)