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    4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Well the White Sox FINALLY signed somebody

    Unfortunately it is the Hawk

    The Chicago Sun-Times could use a copy editor
    Hawk Harrelson received a three-year extension from the Blackhawks to keep him in the White Sox television booth through at least the 2011 season.

    Harrelson, 66, has worked White Sox games for 23 years, including 19 in a row.
    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseb...020608.article

    Hawk's favorite columnist explodes
    BY JAY MARIOTTI Sun-Times Columnist
    Ensuring that illiteracy remains in the Chicago sports media for four more years, the White Sox have handed a contract extension to alleged broadcaster Ken (Hawk) Harrelson. This means listeners in an otherwise sophisticated town will be punished with more hillbilly twang, which is almost as embarrassing as Harrelson's .239 career batting average and his short-term flop as the general manager who fired Tony La Russa.
    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mario...ttiweb.article

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Seriously... People gripe about Kay all the time and there are plenty of annoying broadcasters in teh world of sports, but how on earth can anyone not named Ken HarrelsonsMom enjoy listening to long spurts of silence iterspersed with jabber and the ever enjoyable "he gone"???

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by chisox
    Wow. Harrelson is a terrible announcer, but why did Mariotti make everything so personal? Was there some sort of altercation between these two?

    His career batting average was .239, but his career OPS+ was 109. Not a bad (playing) career at all.

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Mariotti is to writers what Hawk is to broadcasters.



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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    & the balance of power shifts from KC's signing of Jose Guillen back to the White Sox

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Damn, I was hoping "he gone."

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    BY JAY MARIOTTI Sun-Times Columnist
    Ensuring that illiteracy remains in the Chicago sports media for four more years, the White Sox have handed a contract extension to alleged broadcaster Ken (Hawk) Harrelson. This means listeners in an otherwise sophisticated town will be punished with more hillbilly twang, which is almost as embarrassing as Harrelson's .239 career batting average and his short-term flop as the general manager who fired Tony La Russa.

    Ahhh, the only acceptable bigotry left...anti-southernism....unreal...would Marriotti ever write that "Harrelsoni talks like a dumb ginzo hood?" How about "McHarrelson, who often sounds like the drunken Irishman that he is....".as an Irish-American myself, I'd be pissed.....but feel free to call someone a redneck or a hillbilly, and imply that he's dumb by reason of your own supposed "sophistication"...I could go on, but why bother....Harrelson may not be a good announcer, but Mariotti is a bigot.
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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by Bronson'sCornrows
    Wow. Harrelson is a terrible announcer, but why did Mariotti make everything so personal? Was there some sort of altercation between these two?

    His career batting average was .239, but his career OPS+ was 109. Not a bad (playing) career at all.
    There most certainly was.

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    I wonder what I would think of Hawk if he was the announcer for a team I like. He definitely is the most annoying announcer to listen to now though, when the team you root for is facing the White Sox. But how bad is he when he's your announcer?
    “I mean, people knew that Brown was out there, and that Randy was ornery all the time. And Pavano is whoever he is. But if you’re their manager, you can’t go out and write about them like that.

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by Rice14
    Damn, I was hoping "he gone."
    Nope.

    You can put it on the board, yes.

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    His HR call of White Sox is the worst I've ever heard.

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by Bronson'sCornrows
    Wow. Harrelson is a terrible announcer, but why did Mariotti make everything so personal? Was there some sort of altercation between these two?
    IIRC, they got into a shouting match, Mariotti threatened to hit him but backed down. Since then, the Moron does nothing but take cheap shots at Harrelson and the Hawk still feeds into it during some of the Sox broadcasts. I wish Harrelson would just shut up and take the high road instead of sinking to Mariotti's level.
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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by Meecham4ever
    BY JAY MARIOTTI Sun-Times Columnist
    Ensuring that illiteracy remains in the Chicago sports media for four more years, the White Sox have handed a contract extension to alleged broadcaster Ken (Hawk) Harrelson. This means listeners in an otherwise sophisticated town will be punished with more hillbilly twang, which is almost as embarrassing as Harrelson's .239 career batting average and his short-term flop as the general manager who fired Tony La Russa.

    Ahhh, the only acceptable bigotry left...anti-southernism....unreal...would Marriotti ever write that "Harrelsoni talks like a dumb ginzo hood?" How about "McHarrelson, who often sounds like the drunken Irishman that he is....".as an Irish-American myself, I'd be pissed.....but feel free to call someone a redneck or a hillbilly, and imply that he's dumb by reason of your own supposed "sophistication"...I could go on, but why bother....Harrelson may not be a good announcer, but Mariotti is a bigot.
    Mariotti can dish it out but can't take it. Remember when he went into a fit when Guillen called him a derogratory sexual term? He still won't let the comment die. But it's OK in his world to call Frank Thomas the 'Big Skirt', Rex Grossman any name in the book, and the list goes on.


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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Marriotti thinks he is Mike Lupica.

    BTW Yankees fans really can not complain about Hawk too much as you still have Dame Edna in the booth. How can you put up with her and Sterling for 162 games?

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by chisox
    Marriotti thinks he is Mike Lupica.

    BTW Yankees fans really can not complain about Hawk too much as you still have Dame Edna in the booth. How can you put up with her and Sterling for 162 games?
    We only listen when it is absolutely necessary! And then spend the entire length of the game, yelling at the radio!

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    I think I can safely speak for most intelligent baseball fans when I say:

    UGH.
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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by chisox
    Marriotti thinks he is Mike Lupica.

    BTW Yankees fans really can not complain about Hawk too much as you still have Dame Edna in the booth. How can you put up with her and Sterling for 162 games?
    I kind of like their chemistry.

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWeaverFan
    I wonder what I would think of Hawk if he was the announcer for a team I like. He definitely is the most annoying announcer to listen to now though, when the team you root for is facing the White Sox. But how bad is he when he's your announcer?
    I usually see people enjoying him if they catch a White Sox vs. their rival game on WGN, but they don't have to deal with it day in and day out. He hasn't been the same announcer since Ozzie signed on board. He's really more annoying as a complete mouthpiece for the organization.
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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by chisox
    BTW Yankees fans really can not complain about Hawk too much as you still have Dame Edna in the booth.
    Uhhhh..... yes, we can. I'd rather chew gravel then listen to the Hawk. Seriously, I'm sure he's a great guy, but it is abysmal.

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    I've said this before in other threads, but Suzyn doesn't bother me. I may be in the minority on that one, but to each his (or her ) own. I'll even turn on John and Suzyn on XM or MLB.com and listen to them when I'm getting out of town broadcasters on the EI package (I can sync the audio and video with my TiVo).

    Hawk, on the other hand, I can't take AT ALL (and DJ doesn't help either). As a baseball nut living in Chicago, I'll turn on a Cubs or Sox game when there's nothing else to watch. But Hawk kills Sox games for me every time. I'd rather listen to nails on a blackboard. (Sorry if that mental image just made anyone shiver...).

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWeaverFan
    I wonder what I would think of Hawk if he was the announcer for a team I like. He definitely is the most annoying announcer to listen to now though, when the team you root for is facing the White Sox. But how bad is he when he's your announcer?
    He was an announcer for the Yankees awhile ago - when Claudell Washington was on the team. He used to call bloopers into the outfield "ducksnorts" and that became my nickname for Washington.

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by chisox
    Marriotti thinks he is Mike Lupica.

    BTW Yankees fans really can not complain about Hawk too much as you still have Dame Edna in the booth. How can you put up with her and Sterling for 162 games?
    Hey, I love Dame Edna and named my gorgeous blue Honda Accord after him/her........!

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    I don't know anything about Mariotti. I'll take people's word for it that he's got all these bad qualities.

    Am I still allowed to agree with him that Harrelson is the very worst broadcaster there has ever been?

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

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    Hawk, on the other hand, I can't take AT ALL (and DJ doesn't help either). As a baseball nut living in Chicago, I'll turn on a Cubs or Sox game when there's nothing else to watch. But Hawk kills Sox games for me every time. I'd rather listen to nails on a blackboard. (Sorry if that mental image just made anyone shiver...).

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    Re: 4 more years of Hawk Harrelson

    Quote Originally Posted by chisox
    Marriotti thinks he is Mike Lupica.

    BTW Yankees fans really can not complain about Hawk too much as you still have Dame Edna in the booth. How can you put up with her and Sterling for 162 games?
    Sterling is the man, Dame Edna is a Red Sox fan and the day she is gotten ridden of, I will be a happy man.
    “I mean, people knew that Brown was out there, and that Randy was ornery all the time. And Pavano is whoever he is. But if you’re their manager, you can’t go out and write about them like that.

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