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  • Captain Cold Nose
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    Well, his restaurant is very nice.

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  • ol' aches and pains
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    Originally posted by Matthew C. View Post
    I one time listed to about 5-7 minutes of a broadcast, thinking it was Shannon time-filling for a rain delay, but it ended up being the middle of an inning.

    Like somebody said, he is awful, but he has been our awful for a long time, and it will seem very strange when he is gone.
    I feel the same way. Harrelson has been the voice of the White Sox for around 30 years, and as much as I've cringed and bitched while listening to him, now that I don't hear him anymore, I kind of miss him.

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  • Bothrops Atrox
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    I one time listed to about 5-7 minutes of a broadcast, thinking it was Shannon time-filling for a rain delay, but it ended up being the middle of an inning.

    Like somebody said, he is awful, but he has been our awful for a long time, and it will seem very strange when he is gone.

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  • Michael Green
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    As we've discussed before, announcers can be an acquired taste. Shannon is in his 41st year on the air with the Cardinals after playing for them, so he's part of the fabric of the place. I think Cardinal fans are entitled to better after more than half a century of Harry Caray and Jack Buck, but ....

    That said, a story I've shared elsewhere. One day, the Dodgers were the backup Game of the Week on a doubleheader day, and NBC used Phil Stone and Shannon. I had to be out. When I got home, my mother said she wanted to talk with me. Now, my mother had grown up with Red Barber, always said that if I liked the student, I should remember that the professor came first, and so Vin was great, and that I underrated Jerry Doggett, which I did. But she had really disliked Ross Porter when he came in. She said, "I just listened to these guys," and had written down their names. Then she said, "I will never criticize Ross ever again." And she never did. It took Stone and Shannon to calm her down.

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  • Captain Cold Nose
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    Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
    Today I tried listening the Indians/Cardinals game on XM and had to change the channel. Mike Shannon may be the worst play by play announcer that I've ever heard. He made Herb Score sound like Red Barber.
    I've been saying as much for years. I actually think Harrelson is better, as Hawk's not as much of a name butcher that I've heard.

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  • ol' aches and pains
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    Originally posted by Mr. Laser Beam View Post
    Shannon's a damn sight better than Hawk Harrelson, I'll give him that.
    Well that's damning with faint praise.

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  • Mr. Laser Beam
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    Shannon's a damn sight better than Hawk Harrelson, I'll give him that.

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  • StanTheMan
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    Alternating is common...

    He announced Freese's game winning extra inning HR in Game 6ast year for instance.

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  • Bulldog19
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    That's okay... we'll keep him!

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  • Mr. Laser Beam
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    ^ The last time I listened to them, they alternated PBP and color commentary work. Meaning, for a few innings Mike would announce and Rooney would do color, then they'd trade.

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  • ol' aches and pains
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    Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
    Today I tried listening the Indians/Cardinals game on XM and had to change the channel. Mike Shannon may be the worst play by play announcer that I've ever heard. He made Herb Score sound like Red Barber.
    Wait, the Cardinals have the excellent John Rooney, and Shannon's the PBP man? How did that happen?

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  • EdTarbusz
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    Mike Shannon

    Today I tried listening the Indians/Cardinals game on XM and had to change the channel. Mike Shannon may be the worst play by play announcer that I've ever heard. He made Herb Score sound like Red Barber.

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