Hardest job in broadcasting...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hardest job in broadcasting...

...has to be that of a play-by-play or color man of professional sporting events, calling the Little League World Serious.

This occurred to me this afternoon as I started to flip past Cable ESPN's coverage of the an­nual roundrobin event held in William­sport, Pennsylvania, but stopped to listen to the creative ways that Gary Thorne and Orel Her­shiser covered the 11- and 12-year old butts who were get­ting the ball caught up their nostrils on almost every other play.

I was amused at hearing two professional broadcasters say things like:

"It's not as easy as it looks when the ball is hit right at you."
"Having your parents in the stands for a game is probably a major distraction."
"Tough play when everyone else is calling for the ball."

But they kept straight faces... at least when they were on camera... and did the job they are paid to do.

Hershiser, a personal favorite when he almost single-handedly carried my Dodgers to their last World Championship in 1988, is a low-key color man, and I've always enjoyed Thorne's calls of hockey... he infuses an excitement in much the same way as does the legendary "Doc" Emrick.

But calling the Little League World Serious? They've gotta be in someone's doghouse!


1. Jeanne Speir said...

Aw, c'mon now, they probably succumbed to the parental pressure to make their little darlings feel professional.

And as a recovering "Soccer Mommy," you know all about that sort of thing, doncha?!

2. Jeanne Speir said...

Yes, yes I do. But now I've become a Philadelphia Kensington Soccer Club fan! And they just had a visit by the Independence, a pro-women's soccer team. That had to be cool.

Well, I'm pro-women's soccer as well.

O, you meant a professional-women's soccer team.

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