I admit it. I sometimes don't get people. Take the comments section of today's Chris Zelkovich offering.
There, a review of Matt Devlin's (real) first three days on the job turned into an opportunity for the masses to bash the new play-by-play guy, while lamenting the lack of hyperbolic onions on display.
Chuck Swirsky's influence remains strong in the true north strong and free. A generation of basketball fans have grown up thinking that what Chuck did was normal. That's just crazy.
Look, Swirsky did a lot of good things for the team and he always had time for the fans. He deserves credit for that. But, his was an act. A Chris Berman-lite act that turned off as many people as it inspired to buy salami and cheese t-shirts. It's hard to understand, at least to this basketball fan, why people need a sideshow to enjoy a NBA game.
Devlin is a professional. He is fine. And, although I have questions about why they couldn't have found a Canadian broadcaster that could have done as good a job, I think the man deserves more than three games before he's thrown under the bus.
Actually, if things keep going the way they have I couldn't care less if Alvin and the Chipmunks call the game.
Related: William Houston's take