White Sox Ken “Hawk” Harrelson: worst announcer in all of sports? (video)

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(re-post from 5-7-12 as Hawk Harrelson now finishes his career and unjustifiably gets the “retirement bounce”)

Who’s the biggest dead weight connected to the Chicago White Sox: Gordon Beckham? Brent Morel?

How about Ken “Hawk”Harrelson who gave us 63 seconds of dead air Friday night on the game’s most pivotal play. Yes, over a minute of silence as the game’s critical home run unfolded. Obviously, it’s time HE GONE!

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’13 Chicago Sports Turkeys: Jordan Lynch, Derrick Rose, ESPN 1000, Hawk Harrelson

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It’s that time of the year again. Roll out the hams and turkeys with sides of stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mediocre Thursday NFL football. But before all of the fun and awkwardness that family can offer comes over to your recently cleaned house, let’s take a look at some of the biggest sports turkeys the Windy City has seen in 2013.

To be clear, a sports turkey does not mean that they are not necessarily bad or ignorant. All it takes is one boneheaded or off-the-wall act or decision to be labeled a turkey.

Jordan Lynch bandwagon: This one pains me, but who in their right mind thinks Jordan Lynch is worthy of the Heisman Trophy? Even if Lynch somehow manages to snag an invite to New York for the trophy presentation, it will be a token one. His numbers are more than impressive but have been accumulated against bums. There are at least three other quarterbacks that will rank ahead of him in the voting process, and it is deserved. Like everyone else, I am enjoying watching Lynch single-handedly lead the Huskies to another BCS Bowl game, but have realistic expectations beyond the college football regular season. [Read more…]

Top 5 Chicago Sportscaster moments of 2012 (Video)

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It was an extremely eventful year for Chicago sportscasters. Jim Deshaies replaced Bob Brenly in the booth for Cubs broadcasts after Brenly left to take the Arizona Diamondbacks job.

Sarah Kustok left Comcast Sports Net Chicago for Yes Network. She was replaced by Susanna Collins. White Sox colorman Hawk Harrelson continued to be an intolerable abomination to broadcasting.

What follows is a list of 5 memorable moments that involved all these tv personalities.

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Hawk Harrelson’s EPIC anti-umpire rant today (video)

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You know what a ridiculous homer and quirky public speaker Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson is (see here). That’s not news. And you know how much vitriol he has for the umpires- this isn’t a breaking development either. (See this Joe West rant)

But today, he truly out-did himself in both categories. What happened today versus the Tampa Bay Rays is one of the most entertaining moments of his career. And truly emblematic of who he is.

Here’s a written synopsis of the gist of the rant via Awful Announcing. And then the video itself. As you’ll see it was pretty intense:

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