Sox to obtain out if Kasper milquetoast travels

SO, AS Very first Suggested in this space 17 months ago, Len Kasper is leaving Cubs Television set.

To function White Sox radio.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Because it includes Kasper, the to start with impulse is to get to for the shark-toothed Gary Deeb Thesarus to locate clean synonyms for the term “milquetoast.”

Kasper has individuals dog ears included. So the next task gets to contextualize the rock ‘n shock value of the defection.

If Harry Caray from the Sox to the Cubs in the wintertime of 1981-’82 was a “10” — and it was — Kasper-to-the-Sox is a “2.”

It is like inanimate Charlie Wojciechowski leaving WMAQ-Channel 5 Information for WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight.”

Or fortunate-charmed Lou Canellis departing skeletal WFLD-Channel 32 Sporting activities for “Fantastic Early morning Steubenville!”

Minimize to its main, the Kasper lane improve is a C-listing play-by-perform guy shifting to a C-listing local MLB radio house.

That could be upgraded to a “Group B” radio home on ESPN AM-1000 in 2021 if Tony La Russa and his peanut-butter conspiracists enjoy up to anticipations.

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Kasper in no way, form or tone is a game-changer.

For 16 prolonged seasons — like an electric flooring lover in the night — he has droned via Cubs online games as if touched by Advil P.M.

In tandem with Jim Deshaies for the previous 8 years, Kasper and mate could prompt only 1 summary from a reasonable viewer:

Both equally are just two strained, self-enjoyable broadcasters who anyone crucial favored.

As for dormant AM-1000, the acquisition is like a lot more seasonal pothole fixing on the Kennedy.

Under Craig Karmazin and Mike Thomas, the Fantastic Karma Makes station has little expertise, listing revenues and continues to be mired 20,000 leagues beneath the Chicago t-radio sea.

To start with-wave rumors keep on being rife Chris Myers will swap Kasper at the Cubs Marquee Sports Network.

Two many years ago, that would have been an impacting improve. Myers bolted ESPN for Fox in 1998 and had very hot, large-level dice.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Now he’s 61 many years outdated, a 2nd-tier countrywide identify and not likely to established baseball-viewing pulses racing from Wrigleyville to Wheaton.

The Marquee startup has been plagued by very poor arranging, low electricity and poor luck.

GM Mike McCarthy can begin in-household de-mothing by building far more productive marketing, hiring an impressed cadre of Cubs-centric imagineers and developing a media relations division.

In the meantime, if La Russa ever feels the urge to drift off in the Sox dugout upcoming period, with any luck , none of his staff will offer ear buds tuned to AM-1000.

That could ship The Senior Seor off to the land of winkin’, blinkin’ and nod.

30-5 A long time Ago this 7 days, Mike Ditka and the 12- Bears went to the Orange Bowl and received fin-faddled by the Miami Dolphins, 38-24.

It would be the team’s lone reduction in an 18-1 time that finished with triumph in Tremendous Bowl XX.

A overview of the ABC telecast of “Monday Night Soccer” on YouTube (q.v.) is intriguing, primarily underscoring how thoroughly Don Shula and team out-coached Ditka, Buddy Ryan, offensive coordinator Ed Hughes and all.

Definitely incredible was Ryan’s failure to counter Shula’s insertion of drinking water bug Nat Moore as a third zip option for Dan Marino. Moore experienced his way with Wilber Marshall and Miami scored on its initially 5 possession en route to a 31-10 halftime direct.

Eeriest Tv set minute arrived for the duration of an trade concerning Frank Gifford and analysts Joe W. Namath and O.J. Simpson when Simpson was being kidded about his high priced motor vehicle selection.

Joking that Simpson could have to provide 1, Namath included, “I never feel Nicole would like that. She appears to be so really in ’em.”

Street-BEATIN’: When Gary Bettman is contacting the commence day of the NHL time “a operate in development,” credible studies some groups are well alongside in discovering a hub — household out of doors arena hybrid. …

Only 15% of the U.S. will be pressure-fed the Bears-Lions Sunday (Fox-32, midday Kevin Kugler-Chris Spielman). It’s possible George McCaskey and rising Detroit heiress Sheila Ford Kamp can arm-wrestle at halftime. …

The Thanksgiving Day rib-knocker involving Dallas and Washington was TV’s most-watched exhibit due to the fact the Tremendous Bowl. (What, no Prime Time Emmys?) …

Marv Albert strategies to return — remotely — to perform-by-engage in when the Turner/NBA package tips off in a few weeks. (At age 79, he sat out the Disney bubble.) …

Dave Corzine and Zach Zaidman are again as the DePaul men’s radio team when the Blue Demons travel to Iowa Condition Sunday (WYLL-AM 1160, 5 p.m.). Dave Leitao is in difficult with spidery Paul Reed long gone professional and in camp with the Sixers. …

And London-bridging Wally Ruston, on ways to crack the dour Bears Television cycle: “The 2nd 50 percent of Tottenham-Arsenal on Peacock High quality.”

• Jim O’Donnell’s Sports activities & Media column seems Thursday and Sunday. Arrive at him at [email protected]