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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Tick Tock

    there are so many poor announcers its incredible.
    what I despise the most is when there is an obvious horrendous penalty and they go look at it on replay and the two dip shit announcers don’t have the balls to call out the obvious poor call and instead just sit there in silence and then conveniently just move on to the next play.
    gruden actually called out a refereeing crew this Monday night for a horrendous; call first time I ever heard it.

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    AlbertInTucson

    Sorry, Czabe, even without Dick Stockton, watching the Redkins is going to be a chore.

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    brad schimke

    I’ve felt that way about Dick Stockton for years. As a Vikes fan (I know that’s a sign of some sort of personality flaw) I’ve gotten to/had to listen to Stockton for years on the 4th most important Fox game. He’s horrible. Yet, I’ve always had a built of “respect for your elders” guilt because he was a “living legend” yada yada yada….

    Stockton is terrible. Only hope is that TNT fires him from NBA games next. If possible, he’s worse doing NBA than NFL in my opinion.

    And as a Vikes fan who had to listen to Mike Goldberg do the Vikes/Lions game on Sunday, he deserved to be fired. It was fingernails on the chalkboard bad. He was on KFAN sports radio out of Mpls on Thursday the 9th stating he was scheduled to do this game solely as a “practice game” because it’s been so long since doing an NFL game. He was scheduled to do the upcoming Vikes/Bills game this Sunday and was going to do the Lions game just as practice and not be broadcast. But then said the brass at Fox told him he might as well do both games on TV. So he did it, was terrible, and they let him go. Maybe they should’ve let him do the practice game after all.

    He’s a former voice of the Mn Wild and has some Mpls ties. He was on with Paul Allen, who’s the radio play by play voice of the Vikes, when he was talking about all of this. On Allen’s daily 9-noon show.

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    Tom

    Maybe Tim Murray should get a shot?

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    Dave

    As a Pistons fan I have hated Dick Stockton forever. He and his wife were utter shills for the Celtics during the Bad Boy years, routinely “missing” what was happening on the floor when it contradicted his narrative. Even without the bias he always seemed kind of dim and clueless — two beats slow when reacting to something unexpected, prone to lots of verbal gaffes, very poor vision for what was happening on the court.

    And that was A QUARTER-CENTURY AGO. Retire already, Dick, and quick banking millions you don’t have enough time left to spend.

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    Shelly Holt

    Dick Stockton shows bias as an announcer, is flat and has limited vision. He even shows fan based bias while announcing games. Very irritating. Unacceptable.

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    Joe

    There was a nationally aired NFL game 20 some years ago that had no announcers. The network announced before the game that it was an experiment. On television, you heard what the fans in the stands heard. I loved it. I actually had to follow the game with my eyes, and There were no announcer distractions.
    There was a technical error with the announcers for a motorcycle road race in Europe a few months ago, all the television viewers got to hear was the actual sound of the motorcycles changing gears, engines revving up to 17,000 RPMs,spinning up the rear tire, tires squealing from cornering loads and braking loads. Oh how I wish they would do away with announcers for those motorcycle road racing events and just let us hear what’s really going on , The modern onboard cameras and microphones and technology today make you feel as though you are on the motorcycle in the race, it seems that announcers feel obligated to open their mouth even when they have nothing to say that pertains to the event at times.
    It’s painful to try to watch a preseason football game. The announcers talk about the New season, new players, and then they go off and start talking about vacations, or that their children got an autograph from some player, or that they went to high school with the coachs sister-in-law ,all the while, athletes are in a life-changing event if they make it, yet the announcers at times go far off topic, completely ignoring the titanic struggles taking place that they are there to convey to the audience.. I cringe every time someone visits “the booth “that means a visiting celebrity will be there pushing his own agenda talking over what’s really taking place usually without mention of the event i tuned in to watch.
    A few years ago, I began watching sporting events with the sound off. I actually get into the game, into the pitch count, into the down and distance, into the time.. i’m sure that the companies that buy advertising space during these events will not be happy to hear that there are other people out there like me they turn the sound completely off.
    Dick Stockton is one of those announcers that I would never turn the sound off because he talks about what’s going on and when I tuned in to see..
    I will be watching Monday night football with the sound off, because they’re pushing a woman into the announcers booth. I’m sure she’s good, I’m sure she knows her stuff, but I am as uncomfortable with it as having a man in a dress be able to use the same bathroom as my granddaughter.there’s a line there that they can cross, but should they, just because they can?

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    mike

    just turn the sound off people…i’ve been doing it for decades…or set it very low to the point where you hear the announcers but can’t understand what they’re saying….

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