|Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese|
I've always had a weakness for sportscasters who would "tell it like it is." Enter Muhammad Ali's friend, Monday Night Football legend, Howard Cosell. Howard put sports in their place, secondary to verbs, adjectives and prepositional phrases. Howard knew in December of '80 that John Lennon's death was bigger than any game he, Frank Gifford and Dandy Don were broadcasting.
Watching Babe Laufenberg broadcasting
yesterday's Cowboys game made me recall honest sportscasting. Babe rejects homerism, telling us over the years that the Cowboys were bad, analyzing why they're bad before going to commercial. Yesterday's broadcast was no exception as Babe explained Romo's desire to go back into the game after a "stiff back" as like a kid going to daddy, then mommy to ask if he can go back into the game.
Nena, watching Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley on TNT's broadcast of NBA basketball, identified with Barkley somehow. Before she lost her sight after the strokes, she read all of Barkley's books, starting with "I Might Be Wrong, But I Doubt It." Nena mockingly uses the Barkley pronunciation of "turrible."
And, then there's Lou Holtz, the quipster, the folk hero, the motivational speaker of sports commentary. Forty years ago, Lou told us the light at the end of the tunnel was an onrushing freight train: