Traina Thoughts: We Don't Give Bob Uecker Enough Credit For Being a National Treasure
1. There are certain old-time sports broadcasters who we love for being legends AND characters. Vin Scully, Brent Musburger, Verne Lundquist and Al Michaels immediately come to mind.
For some unknown reason, though, when we discuss that special group of announcers, Bob Uecker often goes unrecognized -- and he shouldn't. Maybe it's because he's a local broadcaster for a team that doesn't have a ton of national appeal. Maybe it's because he hasn't had a big stage on which to call games. Maybe it's multiple reasons. But the truth is, Uecker is a national treasure for a career that has featured a little of everything.
The 85-year-old has been calling Brewers games since 1971. Last night, when Milwaukee clinched a postseason berth, Uecker was right in the middle of the celebration with just as much energy as the players.
For most people, when they hear the name "Bob Uecker," the first thing that immediately comes to mind is "Juuuuuuust a bit outside" (and rightfully so).
But let's not lose of the sight of the fact that while he also starred in the fantastic Mr. Belevedere, Uecker is also a WWE Hall of Famer, who appeared at Wrestlemania III and IV.
And if you've never heard the behind-the-scenes stories Artie Lange and Norm MacDonald have told about Uecker's personality, head on over to YouTube after reading Traina Thoughts and do some searcing. Here is just one example.
It's been one hell of a career for Mr. Baseball and we should not forget that.
2. That narrative about Major League Baseball's audience being nothing but old people got a big boost from this tweet via the New York Times.
3. Rex Ryan, who is more known for saying ridiculous things than being a successful head coach, says Baker Mayfield is "overrated as hell." Baker Mayfield is asked about Ryan's quote. Mayfield answers the question and fires back at Ryan. Mayfield is then portrayed as the bad guy. And then people can't figure out why athletes hate the media.
4. Tom Brady will promote the TB12 Method any chance he gets.
5. This is real.
6. This week's SI Media Podcast features two interviews. First up is John Ourand from Sports Business Journal who discusses various sports media news stories including the increases in NFL pregame show ratings, FOX's new college football pregame show and Tony Romo's contract status with CBS. Then, Matthew Berry from ESPN joins the podcast to talk about what it's like to cover fantasy sports for a living.
7. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: Happy #NationalPancakeDay.
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IN CLOSING: The over 45.5 in the Eagles-Packers game tonight is the play.