Patrick Reusse: No sugarcoating homerish ways on television

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 15, 2012 - 9:26 AM

Fox Sports North clearly prefers coddling to criticism when it comes to telecasts of Minnesota sports teams.

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stribbyJan. 14, 12 8:06 PM

Talk about a 3-1 cookie - Dimond served up one big-time with that quote at the end. Well done, Patrick.

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la2309Jan. 14, 12 8:23 PM

didn't read the article only read the headline... COULDN'T AGREE MORE nicely done reusse not all of us are so Minnesota Nice

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rjtinmnJan. 14, 12 8:43 PM

Patrick, surely you must know that this is not unique to Minnesota? The same happens everywhere(maybe with the exception of the really big cities like NY).

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bassillJan. 14, 12 8:53 PM

all i know is when it comes to twins games i dont watch the games to listen to announcers rip on the twins i am a big boy i have eyes i can see how bad the twins were playing and you could hear it in bert and dicks voices during the game people who need announcers to rip on the twins get a life or get out there and play yourself.

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snoozecruiseJan. 14, 12 8:54 PM

I think the commentary section following articles like this or following recaps of games, or sports talk shows are for the wild mood swings that fans like myself go through. As for the announcers and color guys, their job is to talk about the game itself. I don't think they are meant to address systemic issues and poor decisions by management, coaches, and the like. That's the domain of columnists like Ruesse and all my fellow mood swingers, flip floppers, and bandwagoneers. Personally, I'm glad the announcers are more stable than many of the rest of us, myself included. That doesn't mean, for instance, that someone like Roy Smalley wouldn't be a significant upgrade over Blyleven in terms of insightful analysis, but that's another issue.

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mandichJan. 14, 12 8:57 PM

I watch broadcasts from most of the teams in the American league. The Twins crew isn't even close to being the homers that most of the others are. Try listening to the White Sox coverage sometime. And on another note, Valencia got trashed nightly by Bremer and Blyleven.

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jbiowaJan. 14, 12 8:59 PM

No, not all broadcasts are as homerish as the Twins broadcasts. Last summer I became so disgusted with Dick/Bert that I began watching the other team's feeds when I had them available. In general, it was a refreshing experience. First, there is generally less homerism (White Sox broadcasts excepted). Second, and much more important to me, there generally tends to be less "yammering" on other team's feeds. Dick Bremer apparently believes that silence is to be avoided at all costs. Bert isn't quite as bad but I wish they would understand that it isn't necessary to fill every moment with talk. Baseball on TV is a VISUAL game -- at times, silence truly can be golden. And then there is the issue that I have e-mailed FSN and the Twins about repeatedly -- that is, the sheer OVERABUNDANCE of "Talking Heads" on the Twins broadcasts. I challenge you to find any other team that has so many different analysts -- and worse yet, who lets a large number of them talk during any given game. The whole thing is ludicrous. I rarely last more than a couple of innings without hitting the MUTE button for the rest of the game. So take heed, Mike Dimond, some of us are very dissatisfied with your broadcasts.

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dcnashJan. 14, 12 9:01 PM

Pat U are so right..all these guys are cheerleaders not play-by-play announcers U missed the worst one, Paul Allen!!!

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wyovikingJan. 14, 12 9:04 PM

I now live outside of Twins territory. I subscribe to MLB Extra Innings to get the Twins. You usually get the home team telecast. I can tell you the Dick and Bert are not even close to being homers compared to most. Not even close. The White Sox guys are the worst. Seattle guys are bad too.

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Markus17Jan. 14, 12 9:14 PM

I cannot use volume on my TV when watching the Wild. I don't know how people can listen to those yahoos. Thank you for writing this column!

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