Null phrases used to pad a broadcast

DMZ · October 11, 2005 at 6:08 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Collected through the 2005 season:

As far as [x] is concerned
As we said
At this moment
Game [x] of a [y] game series
[I/we/you] can’t stress enough that
[I’m going to/I’ll] tell you what
It’s one of those things
Let me tell you something
No question about it
No doubt about it
One of the things you’ll [see/notice]
One thing I’ll tell you
Right now
That’s a case where
The thing about that is
They always say
Think about that
You could say [this/that]
You talk about
We always talk about


38 Responses to “Null phrases used to pad a broadcast”

  1. msb on October 11th, 2005 6:23 pm

    added tonight, courtesy of Lou — ‘waal, Timmy….’

  2. David J Corcoran on October 11th, 2005 7:25 pm

    I love having Lou in the booth. When he no longer manages he should consider broadcasting.

  3. Jeff Sullivan on October 11th, 2005 7:29 pm

    Courtesy of Lou, again:

    “…so, we’ll see what happens.”

  4. Laurie on October 11th, 2005 7:47 pm

    Does “he’s gotta keep the ball down” constitute a null phrase? I think when it’s said so often it becomes meaningless it should qualify.

    I miss Lou.

  5. msb on October 11th, 2005 7:49 pm

    how long was he in the booth for the Yankees? was it a year?

  6. clarence credence on October 11th, 2005 8:06 pm

    You make a whole list of Rick Rizzs’ creepy bonhomies about the lovely children he shares the booth with during the kids’ inning of M’s broadcasts….

  7. Blair on October 11th, 2005 8:08 pm

    How about “new episodes of House MD will debut Nov. 1st”? I have heard so many times, it 419 to be specific in the last 2 1/2 mins, that it may have become a new member into the baseball lexicon.

  8. Basebliman on October 11th, 2005 8:14 pm

    Rizzs: “Attaboy!”

  9. Laurie on October 11th, 2005 8:19 pm

    Fairly: “Good Golly!”

  10. Mr. Egaas on October 11th, 2005 8:21 pm

    Lou is such a straight shooter. He’d be an awesome number 2 in the booth.

  11. tino on October 11th, 2005 8:22 pm

    How about the ever popular Rizzism — “Say friends…”

  12. Ace of Spades on October 11th, 2005 8:40 pm

    “Holy Smokes”

    “Y’know, when I was a second baseman playing for the Big Red Machine…”

  13. Shoeless Jose on October 11th, 2005 9:05 pm

    The only thing that creeps me out about Rizzs is the way he says “Buddy” when referring to the kids (and sometimes other people). Don’t know why, but it just does. Unctuous ooze.

    Fairley’s “There’s no doubt about that” isn’t just a null phrase, it’s also a leading indicator he has absolutely nothing to add on the topic and doesn’t have a clue of another topic he could propose instead. Not that that stops him talking or even slows him down.

  14. Shoeless Jose on October 11th, 2005 9:07 pm

    Another repeated Lou-ism tonight:
    “You’ve got a point” — whenever McCarver or Buck differed at all from something he had just said.

  15. Colm on October 11th, 2005 10:39 pm

    How does Lou keep from cussing or saying something spectacularly inappropriate on air?

  16. goodbye baseball on October 11th, 2005 10:45 pm

    Let me tell you something, there’s no question that’s a case where you make a good point; I can’t stress that enough.

    Wise-cracking sentences aside, how about “speaking of [insert name, place, subject].”

    By the way, I have no problem with Lou in the booth; would you rather have Bret Boone back? Piniella has some professional broadcasting experience; in 1989, he co-hosted the Yankees’ pre-and post-game shows on MSG Network. Of course, his next two jobs would prove far more fruitful.

  17. shaun on October 11th, 2005 10:54 pm

    Don’t forget “Make no mistake…”

  18. Greg on October 11th, 2005 10:57 pm

    My personal anti-favorite:

    “The fact of the matter is…”

  19. DJ on October 11th, 2005 11:09 pm

    FWIW, with all the discussion of upcoming roster moves, has anyone given any thought to what could be improved by changing out our broadcasters? A recent Fairly-ism when discussing Felix’s high ERA over the then most recent couple of games: “ERA a tad high” when their graphic said 9.90.


  20. Colm on October 11th, 2005 11:41 pm

    How narrow a sample size would one have to draw to give Felix an ERA of 9.90?

  21. Zip Bailey on October 11th, 2005 11:49 pm

    How about, “And this crotch-scratch brought to you by the Washington State Lottery Commission, which invites you to play Instant Win…” Anybody else sick of every visit to the pitcher’s mound, splintered bat, or bobbled foul ball in the stands being sponsored by a company looking for a clever tie-in?

  22. Josh on October 12th, 2005 6:40 am

    Say friends, the radio is even worse; I guess it’s not enough that we have commercials between innings and “calls to bullpen brought to you by…” but in between batters or pitches they’ll just toss in a plug for Sterlings Savings Bank or something. It’s like a little baseball between in the advertising.

  23. Ty on October 12th, 2005 7:21 am

    “I don’t know about that one, but this guy really is one of the best umpires in the league”.

    Lou reminded me of that last night after talking about how crappy the umpire was and then cleaning it up, but the guys in the M’s booth really do say this a lot as if the umpire will come up and get them.

  24. Dan on October 12th, 2005 8:56 am

    “This goes without saying but…”

  25. Evan on October 12th, 2005 9:11 am

    That was Lou in the booth? He sounded so old.

  26. Gregor on October 12th, 2005 9:54 am

    Has anybody else noticed how many people (not just baseball broadcasters) say “The thing is is that …” (with two “is”)? It’s some kind of strange grammatical epidemic.

  27. basebliman on October 12th, 2005 10:25 am

    Let’s not forget, even the score is also brought to you by Trane Heating and AC.

  28. David on October 12th, 2005 12:11 pm

    The all-purpose Vin Sculley line . . .

    “It’s interesting to note . . . “

  29. capthoohoo on October 12th, 2005 12:24 pm

    Personally, I don’t care how many of these null statements are used by an announcer. What I wish for, is the statement that FOLLOWS these null statements to be informative/factual/interesting/etc. That is a bigger source of irration than the use of these null statements. I’d love to hear Rizzy say “Let me tell you something, as far as WFB is concerned, his butt belongs on the bench.”

  30. jim on October 12th, 2005 12:28 pm

    #13 – it’s because it reminds you of Peter Graves in “Airplane”.

    #28 – the all-purpose VS line is “I remember when the Daaadgers….”

  31. Paul B on October 12th, 2005 12:36 pm

    The way Ron pads the air time is just to say the same thing about 3 times, and then modify the words a little and say it twice more for good measure.

    I will grudgingly admit that he has improved and seems to do this less frequently than in previous years.

    I was going to repeat something I heard that former second baseman for the Big Red Machine say that was really silly, but I’ve forgotten it.

    Even with Joe Morgan, I have to admit I didn’t mind the ESPN announcers half as much as FOX (“Derek Jeter is GOD”) this year.

  32. unholycow on October 12th, 2005 12:46 pm

    The one that gets me is when one guy asks a question, and the other guy start the reply with “There’s no question…”

  33. Evan on October 12th, 2005 12:58 pm

    If I ever had to listen to Joe Morgan and Tim McCarver at the same time, I think I’d set the building on fire.

  34. Triumph on October 12th, 2005 1:30 pm

    “At the end of the day”

    (What about the other 23 hours?)

    Ron Fairly’s personal all-purpose-means-nothing-filler-phrase:
    “I’ll tell you what…” Usually followed with “he likes the ball out over the plate.”

    (Who doesn’t ???)

  35. Brian Rust on October 12th, 2005 2:01 pm

    While we’re on the subject of broadcasts, how did they manage to spread out four division series all at different times, and now that there are only two series, they have to be on at the same time?

    On the other hand, we can switch channels as soon as each inning ends, and miss most of the commercials.

  36. Jim Thomsen on October 12th, 2005 4:58 pm

    The null phrase to end all null phrases:

    “It goes without saying that ….”

  37. DJ on October 12th, 2005 10:35 pm

    Re #20: I think they were trying to show how Felix had had a rough time over the past couple of games. It doesn’t mean anything, but it does illustrate how figures and stats can be manipulated to show anything you want. It was Fairly’s comment that jumped out.

    One sports cliche that I am really tired of is how you can generally count on someone making the statement that a particular player “is the best in the league at” or “does X better than anyone else.”

    I agree with #29…use whatever terminology you choose, just say something meaningful with it.

  38. Panev on October 13th, 2005 3:25 pm

    #34 hit it out of the park with “he likes the ball out over the plate”. No Ron, he likes it in his ear hole. Is there a player that doesn’t like the ball “out over the plate”?

    But let’s not forget Jay Buhner – “No doubt.”