Periodically, I listen to sports on the radio. I don’t make a habit of it, but when I have to drive for more than an hour, an AM station from the city I’m driving to is far more likely to not have wacky things happen with it than, say, any given radio station I find on the FM dial.
Having listened to both football and baseball on the radio, I can say this:
Football is an awful radio game.
It doesn’t even really matter on the quality of the announcer. You can have a pretty strong one and, still, there is a huge amount of action that happens that is faster than a person can put into words. “There’s the snap, off to… oh, the defense tackled him.”
Baseball, however, has some really quality lag between events that allows for a good announcer to explain to you exactly what’s going on. “Davidson catches it, throws it to Wallace, to Lopez! A perfect 7-5-4 double play.” If you know what positions are associated with which numbers (something that even penetrated *MY* brain when I was a kid), you just saw it in your head and, get this, the announcer had time to say “Davidson” when the Left Fielder caught it, “Wallace” when it got to Third Base, and “Lopez” when it got to Second.
While the best announcers immediately summarize what just happened (“Looks like Smythe tackled the running back Jones for a loss of 4 yards”), the limitation of Football is that it’s a spectacle. You pretty much have to watch it and the only real benefit to listening to it on the radio is the real-time score updates with the occasional explosion from the announcer when something awesome happens.
Baseball, however, is the perfect radio game.
But, yeah, it’s pretty good in person too.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?