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February 27th, 2008


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03:05 pm - it don't matter who else famous died today
But Myron "Yoi!" Cope, long-time sportscaster, inventor of the Terrible Towel and beloved color commentator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died at the age of 79.

Time was when every sports city had a fellow like ol' Mahrn, the sportscaster who was a real character, the one you'd watch the games for when your team was in the toilet (and the one who was always mentioned in an apocryphal story about fans watching the game on TV with the sound down so they could hear him on the radio.) Unfortunately Cope was among the very very very last of a dying breed. LA's Chick Hearn ("this game is in the fridge, the light's out, the eggs are coolin, the butter's gettin hard, and the Jell-O's jigglin") is gone. Boston's beloved Johnny Most ("You can't call a foul on me, I'm Moses Malone! The Exalted One!") is gone. Harry Caray is gone. Mel Allen and Red Barber are long gone. Who do we have today who even approaches this level of colorfulness?

These guys didn't just fool around and make us think it was patently unfair that they should get paid to have that much fun (though it's true.) They brought life to the game and they made things more entertaining for everyone. Alas, poor Myron. Double Yoi indeed.

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From:hyperina
Date:February 27th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
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now you're just bumming me out
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 27th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
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What about Bob Uecker?
that being said, i miss stoney.
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From:k_sui
Date:February 27th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Ernie Harwell is still around. So is Harry Kalas.
From:zhym
Date:February 27th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
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How do you fly a Terrible Towel at half-mast?
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From:spwebdesign
Date:February 27th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Who do we have today who even approaches this level of colorfulness?

San Diego's Jerry "Oh Doctor! You can hang a star on that baby!" Coleman and Vin Scully in LA?
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From:cursethedark
Date:February 27th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm fond of Pat Hughes and Ron Santo on Cubs radio broadcasts. Mostly for Ron's "Crazy Old Man" factor, which I think might even be higher than, say, Woody Paige.
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From:giantfightbot
Date:February 28th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
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The broadcaster for the Penguins is really good.

Actual quotes:

"Sidney Crosby scores! He'd sit on a bald man's hat!"

"Another goal by the Penguins! HOW MUCH FRIED CHICKEN COULD YOU EAT?!?"
From:zhym
Date:February 28th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
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Mike Lange!

Partial list of Lange-isms here. I can't believe the Pittsburgh Fox sports channel fired Lange. He's on Pittsburgh radio, but that does me no good on my NHL Center Ice package.

Also, it's important to close quotes.
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 28th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
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SWEET SASSY MOLASSY, GET OUT THE CHECKBOOK AND PAY GRANDMA FOR THE RUBDOWN
HE'S GOIN HAPPY GO JACKY ON THE WHITE GUY LIKE A DONKEY EATIN A WAFFLE
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From:elkabong
Date:February 28th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
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DA TERBUL TOWL LIVES ON TO PERVIDE ITS AMAYSING MISTICLE PAAHRS TO BRING DA STILLERS TO DE PROMISED LAND, DUBBLE YOI!
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From:dogofthefuture
Date:February 28th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Vin Scully. But he's not long for this world, either.

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