Anyone else think it would be cool to be able to toggle on and off the announcers like you can in video games?
Every once in a while, FSOH has "audio problems," where all you can hear are game sounds (wind, crowd noise, etc). Then when the audio for the announcers come back up, they apologize like a million times, as if the broadcast couldn't possibly continue without their input.
I say that NO ONE beyond the casual fan could possibly get anything from an announcer. This is pretty much how it goes:
Announcer: "Ryan Freel comes up, batting .247 with 35 runs knocked in"
(these stats are flashed right below, so all he is doing is repeating what we already can read.)
Announcer: "Starts into his windup..."
(we can see that)
Announcer: "Strike one to Freel."
(really? never would have been able to figure that out.)
Announcer: "no balls and one strike to Freel."
(it says that on the graph at the top of the screen...more wasted words.)
...Then when there is nothing going on, they talk about their family, spew their biased opinions, or other crap no one cares about.
So I am wondering:
1. Beyond the appeal to the casual fan, aren't announcers in this day and age pretty much worthless?
2. Wouldn't it be a much cooler game experience to be able to watch the game with only the game sounds?