Archive | October 9, 2019


From: Hank Ashmore
The Deplorable Infidel




The announcers for the Major League Baseball division championships are about to drive this fan from watching baseball. They just never shut up, instead going on and on about their favorite inanity of the game at hand. They have an annoying propensity for talking as if the people at home were tyros, completely clueless about the game and uninformed about players we’ve watched all season.

With few exceptions, it doesn’t matter which teams are playing or which announcers are blabbing; they give the TV-watcher no peace and quiet to savor the game. The stations try to have a Hall of Fame color commentator on hand to lend wise counsel on what’s happening out there on the diamond, and usually that guy has no feel for how much is too much.

The worst such offender is John Smoltz, who in his pitching days was one of my faves. Smoltz, will you please not talk so much? We accept that you know more about pitching than anybody who ever threw a baseball, but we’re not really all that interested in the exacting details of the craft. You’re almost as bad that way as the worst color guy of all times and places. Bill Walton at a basketball game. The only guy worse than Smoltz is hall-of Famer Randy Johnson, who vies with Smoltz for not knowing how much is too much and adds to that a gravelly voice that grates harshly on the ear.

Even worse are the professional announcer cast. Some of these guys seem to be vying with the color commentator to exhibit their deep understanding of the more abstruse points of the game, or their profound grasp of the psychology of a given moment. They can’t just say some young guy’s performing well under pressure; they have to make him sound like Moses coming down the mountain with tablets in arms at the age of 5. The most detestable of this crew is Bob Costas, who a few years ago used his spot one evening to preach to America about gun control. I dread the Yankees winning the American League pennant; it would mean having to endure Costas sneaking in snarky comments about illegals at the border or the horrors of guns or Trump or blah, blah, blah. Costas once was pretty good, but he chocked that chicken with politics, and now I don’t even want to hear his voice.

One yearns for the days of the Tony Kubek – Joe Garagiola team of the seventies. Or even better still Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese in the fifties. When the game was dull, you could always rely on Dizzy singing his rendition of The Warbash Caonnonball. Arizona announcers Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly set a high standard today. They clearly enjoy working together, and humor just naturally arises between them as the game progresses. They are actually pretty good entertainment all by themselves, quite apart from the game.

Other television teams would do well to study Brethiaume and Brenly to get a clue about how the job should be done. Good announcing is significantly more than knowing the game and having a string of accomplishments; it’s also knowing the people you work with and the people you’re talking to (the TV audience). These neglected aspects of the entertainment that is baseball, especially at the time of year when it draws the most attention, detract greatly from what should be sheer fun and enjoyment.

Richard Jack Rail



“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.”

-Walter Williams-



The Deplorable Infidel totally agrees with Mr. Rail. But he omitted the worst of the professional cast. That honor goes to Dan Hicks, who is the golf commentator for NBC Sports. This man never knows when to shut up. He gives the total career highlights of every golfer as they play a hole. He needs to go back and watch Jimmy Demaret and Gene Sarazen on “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf” to see how to announce golf. These gentlemen were your professional announcers. When the golf tournament is on NBC, I just utilize the mute button. Makes watching a lot more enjoyable.



A little government involvement is just as dangerous as a lot – because the first leads inevitably to the second.





The Editor:  Can you explain to our loyal readers how or why people or things get there,  LL ?

Antiquity Cat:  Most explanations are lost in antiquity, before even when RBG was born.  Here are two ( 2 ) that I can explain.

Here is a get there feat that most Congresspeople would love to accomplish.  They would want Congressional Privilege instead of a death sentence.

Here is how your money got to DC.

Let’s see if John Roberts is still a make-believe Constitutionalist.

Here is how Trump is going to get to Minneapolis.

Trump is accustomed to running against the wind.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

NGC 7714: Starburst after Galaxy Collision
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Legacy Archive;
Processing & Copyright: Rudy Pohl Explanation: Is this galaxy jumping through a giant ring of stars? Probably not. Although the precise dynamics behind the featured image is yet unclear, what is clear is that the pictured galaxy, NGC 7714, has been stretched and distorted by a recent collision with a neighboring galaxy. This smaller neighbor, NGC 7715, situated off to the left of the featured frame, is thought to have charged right through NGC 7714. Observations indicate that the golden ring pictured is composed of millions of older Sun-like stars that are likely co-moving with the interior bluer stars. In contrast, the bright center of NGC 7714 appears to be undergoing a burst of new star formation. The featured image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 7714 is located about 130 million light years away toward the constellation of the Two Fish (Pisces). The interactions between these galaxies likely started about 150 million years ago and should continue for several hundred million years more, after which a single central galaxy may result.

Tomorrow’s picture: the window seat