Red Right 88

Cleveland sports fan and sports writer

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

quit my job decided to drive west

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Someone needs to put Matt Underwood on a word count

Matt Underwood must go.

He is the Cliff Clavin of Cleveland broadcasters. I need him to shut up. Just call the game and forget the trivia and stories. I understand that he came from radio where you have a lot of air to fill. But he has now been on TV long enough to realize we can see pictures so we don't need every second to be filled by words. Less is more Matt. You make the games unlistenable.

If Indians pitchers can have pitch counts than Underwood needs a word count. I wish the radio cast matched up with the tv cast so I could put on Hamilton and Hegan but the time difference doesn't allow that.

And besides Underwood incessant mindless banter, it is obvious he has no chemistry with Rick Manning. Underwood tries to dig Manning all the time and you can tell Manning is just annoyed, often he lets Underwood hang himself or just corrects what Underwood says really quickly. You can tell the difference whenever Manning gets to do a game on the week on Fox. Whoever his partner is always makes Manning better.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

And Big Brown goes down

I have never been a fan of favorites.

I have never been a fan of loudmouth trash talkers especially those who are the favorite.

So I loved watching Big Brown lose. It could not have happened to a nicer trainer. Instead of being humble, instead being secure in just winning, Big Brown's trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. flaunted his outlaw cheating past. He talked smack and insulted his competition. And then when his horse lost, he was nowhere to be found. He let his jockey and his owners talk at the press conference. Dutrow is the worst kind of sportsman and I loved seeing him get his just desserts. History shouldn't to the villains. Horray for karma.

I am glad the horse appears to be fine and will have a lost and fruitful life.

Everybody wins.