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Saturday, February 25, 2006

SO THAT'S WHY THERE IS SENSITIVITY TRAINING

http://www.broadcastmonsters.com/Wichita/Thunder022406.asx
Go to the 1:31 mark and listen to the call of a no-goal for Tulsa.

Wichita Thunder color commentator Joel (not-so PC) Lomurno, after a Tulsa goal was disallowed, said "And I see those retarded 10-year-old kids with no shirts running around the concourse for no reason. There is no goal. The kids don't realize it, so, yeah, go away."
Are you kidding me? RETARDED????????
You can't say that! I am baffled. This dude could NOT work for Gannett (not that he'd want to, I'm just saying ... he'd be in HR before he knew what the heck happened).
Especially in this day in age, I would be shocked if someone didn't voice a concern about this outburst. The sad part is, it didn't just slip out. He went on to chastise the youngsters for HAVING FUN. He's berating exuberant kids for celebrating. Hello, those are the future fans of the game! Yeah, it would be much better for them to sit on the hands. Plus, it takes a big guy to chirp little kids. Pick on someone your own size.
Trust me, calling games live is no easy task. I've done color the past two postseasons for the Mudbugs. But the problem is, you have to realize what you say is etched in history FOREVER. You have to have class.
My biggest fear was dropping an expletive, but thankfully it never happened. And it didn't happen during Game 7 in Laredo, so I can't imagine a more volatile situation than that.

2 Comments:

Blogger Pedro Pizarro said...

How appropriate: A Bush-League radio announcer for a Bush-League sport.
I wonder how many dozens of people actually heard the call on live radio? Half a dozen maybe?
Don't worry too much about that "mentally impaired" announcer, Roy - karma has a way of making things even. He probably won't lose his job over this (although he should), but I'd like to see how his children turn out.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Brian McCallum said...

What's hockey?

4:38 PM  

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