Tuesday, December 05, 2006

ESPN Radio's Freddie Coleman: Who Is This Guy, and Who Gave Him License to Kill the English Language?

I listen to ESPN Radio a lot. I listen to the jocks they have on there as long as I can, then I turn it off. That means that Freddie Coleman gets about 10 seconds of my time. Ever listen to this ultra-maroon? Ever wonder how the hell he got on radio?

I tried to find out more about Coleman. I found no bio on the ESPN Radio website. His name comes up on Google searches, but only referencing the fact that he’s a part of the ESPN Radio GameNight team. There is no hard data on his career or how he came to be hired by ESPN. He’s apparently a cipher—which is maybe no surprise given how he comes across on the air.

If you dig a little deeper on Google, you can come up with the fact that Freddie Coleman attended Mansfield University, located in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, in the north central part of the state. Mansfield plays Division II football, and just concluded a 0-10 season, yet another banner year for the Mountaineers, who usually are lucky to win a single game. And the Mounties don’t just lose—they get hammered. Among this year’s wonderful performances were the 46-0 loss at Slippery Rock, the 61-7 drubbing at the hands of East Stroudsburg, the 51-7 debacle at Kutztown, and the season-ending 41-0 defeat versus Millersville. The Mounties are nothing if not consistent.

So they can’t play football at Mansfield, but apparently they can’t teach the English language there either. Ever heard esteemed alum Freddie pronounce the word radio? He says “RAY-do.” He always says “RAY-do.” You’d think a guy who was having a career in radio would know how to pronounce the very word. It’s “RAY-Dee-O,” Freddie. Get a clue.

The other night, Freddie stumble-bumbled his way through a sentence in which he used the phrase, “in that standpoint.” The cliche phrase, if that’s what he meant, is “FROM that standpoint,” which means ol’ Freddie can’t even use a cliche correctly. But what I think he meant was “in that eventuality,” in which case what he said was simply ignorant nonsense.

How does a guy gifted with substandard pronunciation skills with no sense of English usage—Anybody wanna bet that Freddie can’t spell, either?—qualify as an ESPN broadcaster? And remind me not to recommend Mansfield University to anybody as a seat of higher learning.

I’m not alone, either. Here’s Tom Danehy in a memo to ESPN executives in the 9/21/06 Tucson Weekly:

“Can you find people who speak the language? I don't mind the slang and vernacular (although Stuart Scott's shtick wears thin after the 5,000th invocation of ‘cooler than the other side of the pillow’). What I do mind are people who haven't got a grasp of basic grammar and syntax. It's infuriating to hear an announcer (Freddie Coleman, for example) say, ‘He should have ran’ or ‘She could have went.’ “

So if anybody out there in the blogosphere knows anything at all about this Coleman guy’s resume, drop me a line. He doesn’t appear to be an ex-jock of any repute, which otherwise would have supplied the only logical explanation for how he could have launched a broadcasting career. But even at that, since when are ex-athletes exempt from learning how to enunciate words properly and speak with literate competency? You can bet that when ESPN execs go on speaking junkets to colleges they stress to young wannabe broadcasters the importance of acquiring language skills and all that conventional crap. Then they go back to their offices and hand cushy, high-paying jobs that most of us would kill for to illiterate dummies like Freddie Coleman.

That’s our modern, hypocritical world for ya.

We don’t want anyone to go home empty-handed, though. Here, to the left, is a picture of the infamous Mr. Coleman speaking at Mansfield University. I wonder if anyone understood a word he said...

UPDATE: A reader on the West Coast e-mailed today to inform us that Freddie Coleman was a second-team all-PSAC selection at wide receiver for Mansfield in 1986. That solidifies the ex-jock connection, anyway.

152 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've listened to Freddie Coleman often and he sounds nowhere as bad as this person is proclaiming. I've heard much worse.

Sounds like this critic of Coleman has an axe to grind. Maybe Coleman stole his girlfriend in college or something?

9:29 AM  
Blogger Martin Brady said...

Dear Anonymous:

I do not know Coleman personally, and you can be sure he never stole my girlfriend. This is a media-centric site, and the critique is of Coleman's inept broadcasting skills, which have included poor grammar, incorrect word usage and flat-out mispronunciation of common everyday words. Approximately one week after this blog post was forwarded to George Solomon, ESPN's editorial ombudsman, I heard Coleman on the air very clearly and deliberately pronounce the word radio properly. Maybe he got the message. The only ax I have to grind is with a system of hiring for high-paying sports media jobs not based on competence. But if Coleman is going to take the time to improve on his skills, then that's a good thing.

12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with much of what you say here. Freddie Coleman is actually worse than you describe him. What really bothers me are his metaphor confusions. He will blend two overused metaphors into one, or get confused and say the wrong thing...I just get infuriated listening to him. On top of that, you can be his point of view is going to be completely milk toast and mainstream. Freddie Coleman is benign on his best day and crazy-making, rage inducing on his worst. Fire him, please.
-Portland

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent this to espn radio after a broadcast:
I am deeply offended by Freddie Coleman's comments at around 11.55pm on Wednesday night Feb 7th stating"even the white people have rhythm" this was in reference to what do U2 ,Michael Jackson and a wedding reception have in common.

I think this was low class and uncalled for. I have rhythm and I am also white , but it goes deeper than this. If a white person went anywhere above the so called line talking down on black people he would lose his job and have to go visit Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

This reverse racism crap has to stop . Why is it ok for Freddie Coleman to make a comment that I see as unacceptable on sports radio and other people will say or do nothing? Please explain to me why? I am open to discuss this . I am a very unhappy listener. I wanted to hear sports scores and fun stuff , not snide comments that belittle white people!


Sincerely,

Doug B

10:11 AM  
Blogger nickjobgolf said...

I agree that the reverse racism is rampant and not in check. Last night Freddy had Beyonce and another black athlete on in back to back half hours. He was so excited and said "it is good to be a brother". Imagine Dan Patrick having Christie Brinkley and Joe Montana on his show and then claiming...."it is good to be white". FIRED !!!!
Enough said ???

Rob Portland Oregon

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got to this site as I was on the web trying to get info on Frddie Coleman. Who is Martin Brady? His comments were crude in 2006 so I can imagine what this nit-wit is writing now. Cannot imagine a legit company having anyone like him on their staff.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Martin,
Last time I checked ESPN hired on the basis that you had a good radio voice, a deep knowledge of sports, and something lively to incorporate into a sports debate. Freddie Coleman satisfies this criteria, and his live/breaking interviews are well versed and in depth (which are not prescripted interviews as GameNight follows the conclusion of that evenings biggest games). If Coleman uses the occasional slang, I can live with that as the other 99% of his arguments are well-founded and thoughtout. As far as your quibble that he comes from middle of no where Pennsylvania, it's ludacris. I don't believe it is an ESPN requirement to come from a major market in order to be hired, but hey, just like you on this entire subject, i could be wrong.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Tom Las Vegas said...

Freddie Coleman is probably one of the best listens on radio. He treats callers with respect which is more than I can say about most talk show hosts. He responds to his emails and seems like he really cares about his listeners. I have never heard him take issue with race his grammar and word usage is most acceptable. Those who have ripped him are those who cannot compete with him on his level. One of the only reasons I listen to ESPN radio.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...I was looking for some information on Freddie, myself, when I stumbled across this forum. I spend a lot of time listening to radio programs of all sorts. Granted, I am Canadian, so perhaps there could be an argument made that by definition I do not feel as strongly about athletics as my neighbours to the south (although I would choose not subscribe to that theory)I am nonetheless curious that something as innocuous as ESPN radio could inspire such feelings of anger in anyone, irrespective of broadcaster.

Good LORD, people...bend your ire on something of consequence...you are Rome, not the mob...

John Williamson

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listen to Freddie every night and enjoy his broadcasts. He treats everyone fair and is not racist. I can take a few English language mistakes when the broadcaster is professional as well as knowledgable.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have listened to Freddie since his days broadcasting in the New York City area. He's great!

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie Coleman sux as a radio personality. The guy must be hard of hearing or he has a speech impediment. ESPN RAYDO C 'MON!! This guy is a loser and has no business on the radio.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this. Only in America can people of color who have actually been the victim of true racism and prejudice have to listen to white people feel victimized by "reverse racism". No my friends this is reverse inconvenience...When we burn crosses on your lawn, assasinate your leader, enslave you, lynch you, have more of you incarcerated than college educated, destroy your neighborhoods, let police brutalize you and so on and so forth...Then you have officially suffered from "reverse racism" then you can complain...

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Bill in Calgary said...

I too Googled Freddie looking for credentials that might show why he's on the radio. Of course I didn't find any so I'm even more puzzled now because as nice as he is, he doesn't speak very well and sounds like he's got a mouth full of marbles. I don't care if he's black, white or green, he should be taken off the air and given many voice, diction and grammar lessons.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, dude, you must be the most bored human being on the face of the Earth. I like Freddie Coleman. I don't like you. Come out of Mama's basement and get some sun.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that Freddie starts a sentence without any idea where its going to end. Just simply awful

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a radio broadcasting degree from Stanford University, I now work at KMOX, St. Louis, the highest rated radio station in the world,and I believe that Freddie Coleman is one of the best sports commentators today. I'm sorry that everyone who has commented negatively has a favorite sports team that sucks, but don't take it out on Freddie. He has a job to report sports news, and if your team is terrible don't take it out on Coleman.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, get a life, Freddy's GREAT!

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listen in almost every night with my new satellite radio, and think freddie coleman does a great job!!

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've been listening to sports radio jocks butcher the english language for years so it was no surprise to hear freddie continuing that time honored tradition. Insert the name Dizzy Deane here. The surprise to me is that freddie is african american. I was convinced he was a big 300 pound plus white neanderthal type from the bronx. The fact is that he is truly dreadful. The weird accent, the poor syntax, the confused metaphors and un-funny jokes. He so bad he's kind of charming. I think, though, given the overall poor quality of the sports talk genre it's unfair to spotlight freddie coleman. In a world of cliche' ridden interviews, inarticulate personalities and down right stupid jocks, freddie is hardly the worst. Close, but not the worst.

7:52 PM  
Blogger William said...

Yeah, he's syntactically inconsistent...but who cares? The guy has an opinion and makes points, and I've come to enjoy listening to him. He's no master of grammer, but neither is Golic...and I love him too. Give the guy a break. And if Freddy says "it's great to be a brother" who the hell can argue with him? It must be.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that you are from Nashville.........hmmm is that close to Pulaski? I also have some bleach for your white sheets.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First and foremost, in the last few years I've been noticing a tastelessness as I continue to follow the NFL. I could never figure out why until I started to realize that what seems like over 50% of the TV and radio I take in that relates to football in general is presented by ESPN. I'm now starting to focus more on that fact that I really despise Jim Rome, Todd McShay, Sean Salsbury, Mike and Mike, Freddie Coleman, those two idiots on late night sports radio (Looney and who else??--that New Yorker with the loud scratchy voice--Jason something is it??) And many, many more, they have given to sports talk what Fox has given to political news: Obtuse, loud, overbearing, self righteous idiots with bad opinions who many people love because of those very things I just mentioned. Now I will get back to watching Rich Eisen and Brian Baldinger on the NFL Network and enjoy my football, not hate the people who talk to me about it.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Steven: Eugene, Oregon said...

Freddie Coleman is a great host. In fact, he's my favorite sports radio personality.
Honestly, this post of yours reeks of arrogance. I'd rather listen to a radio personality make some mistakes in pronunciation than read your pompous blog any longer than I already have.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

martin brady, you are clearly an aging, over the hill hack who has nothing better to do than write utter nonsense on this bootleg of a blog. i, like many other people who posted on this story, went searching for info on coleman and came apon this trash. why are you so spiteful? is your basis for arguement really on grammar skills? and speaking of credintials, whats on your resume? I grew up in philadelphia, where the local sports talk radio is generally some of the best in the nation, and id say freddie is actually a great listen who brings all kinds of things to the table. martin brady, stop the hating you chump asshole

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Is someone a little jealous they couldn't make it to ESPN? Freddie Coleman is a man a listen to every night because he respects his listeners and the people he interviews. He doesn't bash people for stupid things and he respects the arguments of people who he might disagree with. Get a life, you are a waste of time.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my mind Freddie Coleman is the most underrated radio personalities on ESPN Radio. Your critique epitomizes pretension, and it screams jealousy. You were probably the kid who got picked last in gym class. I listen to Coleman on a nightly basis, and noticed he is one of the most considerate personalities the station has. He listens to both sides of an argument, and does his best to let his audiences opinions be heard on the air via email/phone. That said, get a new day job.....

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first time I heard Freddie Coleman I thought it was Dave "Hendu" Henderson of Mariners and Bosox fame. Hendu used to do the color for Mariners games up until last year. Ever had Dave on the show with Freddie?I think it would be interesting.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Ray Doe said...

Is this Martin a man? Very hard to tell from the picture.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous doogie said...

I agree that he is brutal. I hit the floor when he was talking about the Knicks and pronounced that "bad leadership starts at the top". Where the hell does any leadership start?

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

freddy is the man.dont like it,dont listen!

3:48 AM  
Anonymous redsoxpatscelts said...

i would love to see martin bradys resume compared to colemans. who cares what college he went to.you can dig up as much dirt as u want on him,i will still listen to him every night

3:58 AM  
Anonymous doogie said...

While we're at it, how about throwing Doug Gottlieb under the bus. Who cares about his ramblings about movie night wiht the missus and picking flowers out for his sweetie?

In fact that whole ESPN radio crew should be silenced.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original post is nothing more than classic racism! "Kill the English Language"!? Quit being a hater & just simply stop listening to GameNight. See how easy it was to solve your idiotic problem. Freedie must be doing something right for you to take the time to post a comment! Society in America will never get better with such hatred being trickled down from people that think like you

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously you're a hater that is so afraid to accept your own lack of talent by destroying the credibility of an obviously reputable network like ESPN and the talent they hire. Just because you've been in the business for years and obviously not satisfied with where you are in your own career doesn't give you the right to question ESPN execs and there knowledge of programming. If you knew anything about programming you would know that Freddie Coleman reaches a certain demographic that went untapped for years in sports radio. Quit hating and improve your own skills before attacking someone that you know little about.

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like freddie coleman, is good at what he does.however i dont like how he says espn radios. Its like EEEEESSSSSPPPPNNNN RADIO. every time, annoying, just say espn radio freddie, no need to say EEEEEESSSSSPPPNNNNN RADIO. we all know what were listening to and who.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe all you whining homos should teach grammar instead of complaining. Its sports talk radio, give it a break bitches.

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Black man with a B.A. and MBA! I don't particularly care for most of the ESPN hosts, including Freddie Coleman, however, the way this racist asswipe is 'beating up' on FC is straight-up wrong! Sounds like this person is a typical, non-athletic, one-inch penis having idiot that can't compete with black people physical or mentally. I get tired of white males who feel threatened so they start blogs or subscribe to blogs and anonymously write white racist snide nonsense! First of all, you need to define 'RACISM' before you try and call black people reverse racists. Racism means a institutional system that denies a group of people civil, political and human rights. I must ask you: WHAT WHITE MAN IN AMERICA HAS BEEN DENIED HUMAN RIGHTS BY A BLACK PERSON? When you get a name, email me at: neptunemarketinggroup@yahoo.com White males who are uncomfortable with their own sexuality, mental and physical state can associate with people of color without the 'Paternalistic attitude' but, white males that have 'penis envy' because most have small toddler-sized penises, non-athletic and are not intelligent chose to espouse racist jargon like the writer of the opening article. I've heard plenty of white males butcher the English language and I really don't care, so why should you? Most people in this country speaks informal English sometimes, so get a grip Fool! You are jumping on FC because you just don't want a Black man earning a great salary and competing with you for the same housing, cars, careers and WOMEN! Most white women I have dated (And most of have been fine as hell and NOT fat!)tell me that they only dated white males because they didn't want their families to disown them! They say most white males are lame people, period. They also say white males are whiney, feminine, bitchy, arrogant and faggoty and would rather hang around other like-minded white males than spend time with them or have sex on a regular basis. Let me ask you this: Why do white males like to play grab-ass all the time? Is it gender confusion or just plain gayness? Holla back!

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Black man...we get it. We should all bow down to your massive penis. That is obviously what drives your utterly inane ramblings. It certainly could not be your educational credentials, if in fact they exist.

Bottom line....Freddie is terrible, black, white, green or blue. So is Doug Gottlieb, Ryan Rusillo, etc, etc, etc.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The butchery of the English language is never fun. How about the countless broadcasters who destroy indirect and direct objects daily
"...if you gave Favre and I an invitation..."

And as for lack of quality control, you really should pick on the legends who literally have trouble speaking (of the Barbara Walters and Tom Brokaw variety). Next to these people, Freddie is a sonic genius.

And At least Freddie's voice is made for radio, unlike Mike Greenberg's voice, which was made for silent movies (not to mention his pedestrian nickname "Greeny" - how original). And I'll bet Coleman doesn't fellate the microphone the way Greenberg does.

The Truth

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not an expert, but if one wishes to complain about another's misuse of the English language, shouldn't said person not misuse the language either?

In the above article, the author posts a reference to another article pointing to Freddie Coleman's language skills. Here is a sentence from that article: "What I do mind are people who haven't got a grasp of basic grammar and syntax." In this sentence, the author used two different forms of the same possessive verb, consecutively to describe the same noun. These two sentences would be more appropriate: "What I do mind are people who haven't (or have not) a grasp of basic grammar and syntax." or "What I do mind are people who do not have a grasp of basic grammar and syntax."

The way the author wrote the original sentence complaining about grammar and syntax is actually worded in a way that violates both grammar and syntax.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to speak about the man who posted a comment earlier who says he's a black man with an M.B.A. Racism is not just a physical act. And anyone can be a victim of racism, not just a member of the black community. I am a white man, and I've experienced racism, or as other's say it "revearse racism." In middle school I played basketball in a junior rec league. I was tall, and talented. I was an allstar multiple years in a row. But during gymn class I was picked last almost every day for basketball because I was the only white kid in my gymn class. There was an assumption that because I was white, I was inferior when it came to sports. Much like you made the assumption that the author of this blog is unathletic and lacks in penile gerth because he is white.

You sir are racist yourself. You would probably call me racist. And to the other guy posting that doesn't believe in reverse racism, I went to school in a mostly black school district, have numerous black friends, and have never lynched, incarcerated, or burned a cross in the yard of a black person. Racism exists between all other races. Everyone has a right to be upset about racism, but to respond the way you guys did is straight bigotry. The original author made a suspect remark about reverse racism, but then you guys went exponentially worse by negatively grouping all white people the way you did.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

I'm pretty baffled why someone who claims to dislike an individual so much has taken so much time to analyze his work at such length.

When I think radio sucks, I will change the dial. When a TV show sucks, I change the channel. When a blog sucks, I stop reading. (So sorry I only made it through about half of your ramblings.)

You lost me at the reasoning of how Freddie must suck at radio because his alma mater's football team blows. You are very critical of Coleman for a guy making one of the dumbest arguments any of us have ever read.

Congratulations on what is undoubtedly a Harvard Law degree hanging in your den.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, with all the stuff going on in the world you guys take time out to bash Freddie Coleman, what da hell! Let's get real, for whatever reason you don't like him, probably because of a racial issue from what it sounds, I've heard far worse commentators than him, both black and white, but hey, this is radio where the likes of Don Imus and Rush Limbaugh speak such perfect English. He's one of the radio guys who actually treats his callers with respect, so maybe try putting your energy into something positive. Whilst you're at it, it's 2008, time to check your baggage at the door mate and move on!

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Matti said...

you sound like nothing but a ignorant fat prick who hasnt gotten laid in 10 years. Get a life! People listen to freddie not because of his "knowledge" of the english language, but for his knowledge on sports and the diffrent points he presents. Listen to him on a nightly basis and then get back at us when you have a serious point besides ray-do jackass

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone say "BITTER!!!! Not only does reverse racism exist, but, hello, racism has never went away. If you believe that it has, then you're as misguided as this rant on Freddie Coleman.

9:49 PM  
Blogger James said...

Hey Martin!

Did NONE of you people watch CNN in the late 1980s, or its short-lived spinoff, CNNSI? Fred Coleman was on with Vince Cellini, Van Earl Wright, and others hosting CNN Sports Tonight on CNN, and then was regularly on CNNSI. So, he already had the cable TV work at CNN and CNNSI on his resume before coming to ESPN Radio.

I must admit, his voice is the same, and I always thought that though he sometimes stumbled in his words, he was more articulate than these wiseguys, bums, and jocks who were no good at actually covering sports and being able to communicate. Yes, his voice is the same, but GEEZ! not only did he shave off the mustache and shave off the hair on his head, he has certainly eaten his success! He was a little skinny thing at CNN with hair and a mustache/goatee. I hardly recognize his appearance... but his voice is the same, just he is a little more laid back than when he was at CNN and calls himself "Freddie" rather than Fred. He takes pride in his work, and often you can tell, which is more than I can say for many of the bums on the air, who just want to mark time, get callers off the air so they can act like pseudo-intellectuals.

I've obviously been watching and listening to Fred for a lot longer than any of you people, and
Fred stumbles in his speech a little, yes, but he more than makes up for it in his interesting thoughts, interviews, and commentary.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Russ said...

I would rather listen to someone stumble over words that has actually played any of the sports being discussed than hear, for instance, Tim Kurkjian's scratchy irritating "I've obviously never played a sport before" voice.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie Coleman is GREAT! He is funny, witty, and has a great voice. Colin Cowherd is a close second.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous doogie said...

James, save your story pal. It was Fred Hickman on CNN, not Freddie Coleman. By the way he is still terrible and Colin Cowherd and Doug Gottlieb suck too.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is happening in here, Mr coleman is the best sports anaylist there is, what the hell, he is better than Jim Rome, He is my number one broadcaster ever, listen to his predictions, they never fail, get a life, if you do not think freddie is great, then you ought to listen to Sean hannity, Get out of here, Freddie is SIMPLEY THE BEST< GO FREDDIE< WE LOVE YOU MAN

11:06 PM  
Blogger JKW said...

Why all the hate? Freddie "ain't that bad". And yes, I know that "ain't, 'ain't no word". If you want perfect English, go to a lecture in an English class. If you want to be entertained, leave Freddie to do his business. Vernacular (whoo, big word) is here to stay. Get over it, or listen to another station.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all i can say is...where did chris and chuck go?? they were the best gamenight voices. oh "the good old days"! i can not find the same appreciation for gamenight any longer, and seem to get tired of the freddie voice!! i am ready for a change....mike eugene oregon

4:25 PM  
Anonymous John, Scottsdale, AZ said...

I'm an English major, white and love Freddie Coleman. I came across this blog today because I'm a new listener and was looking up more information on one of the best sports broadcasters I've heard. Perfect grammar is for a valedictorian speech. Even I butcher the language from time to time. But it's made to be butchered. The questions are, "Did I make my point? Did I communicate well?" This complaining post reminds me of a kid whining about the ugly wrapping paper on his birthday present. It isn't about the packaging my friend; it's the content that counts. And Freddie has the goods, language be damned.

John
Scottsdale, Arizona

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Chuck Nice said...

After reading Martin Brady's original post, I got the sense that he was one of those "Fox News" types and stopped just short of labeling Freddie Coleman's hire by ESPN an "Affirmative Action" hire.

I've listened to Freddie Coleman's show and I happen to enjoy it. I've heard the occasional bad use of grammar, but I've heard similar mistakes on other radio shows and so far I've not seen an entire BLOG solely dedicated to criticizing any of those personalities.

I think Mr. Brady needs to relax and realize saying 'RAY-DO" does not necessarily make you a bad host.

Also, he needs to realize this is 2008 and diversity ain't such a bad thing once you get over your own insecurities and embrace it.

Have a nice day Mr. Brady.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie Coleman is a terrible sports radio host, probably the worst I have ever heard. I will gladly listen to almost any sports radio show out there, but when I tune into Game Night and Coleman is host I am forced to turn it off. His inaccurate use of metaphors is infuriating and his sports knowledge is average at best. The most painful part of listening to Coleman, however, is the way he stretches and stresses EVERY syllable…..it’s truly unbearable. Even if he knew what he was talking about, I still wouldn’t be able to listen to his show. I would think that EITHER superior sports knowledge or good hosting skills would be a requirement for an ESPN Radio host, but apparently this is not the case.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the idiot that pointed out that he said RAYDO to ESPN. Now he is so much more annoying since he has to enunciate the word RADIO. I will forever hate the guy who brought this to ESPN's attention. Thank you for trying to make a difference, but screwing it up for everyone else. Next time...let it be you tard

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie Coleman is just awful...have to turn to another station everytime he comes on.
ESPN radio sucks with the exception of Mike and Mike.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie Coleman is awful... not because he can't speak but because he brings nothing to the table on sports talk- he starts on one subject and 10 seconds later he's ranting about something totally unrelated and never finishes his original thought- I have to turn off the radio whenever he is on, it's just frustrating to listen to.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good grief people its espn radio not yale's graduation speech.Who cares how he pronounces words, he has good knowledge of sports and is a dedicated fan....wich should be espn's first criteria.

p.s:who frigging cares about what unniversity he went too and that theire football team sucks.its probably more of a academic school ya turd.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin - If you think setting up a blog and calling it "Sports Media America" makes you an expert on sportscasters, think again... Commenting on what college Freddie Coleman attended is totally irrelevant and makes you sound like an idiot...
I don't know Freddie Coleman personally and didn't know a thing about him until I googled him today. But I can tell you that I think he's one of the very best ESPN radio announcers. To me, he sounds down-to-earth, not an egomaniac, has a good sense of humor and is very knowledgeable about sports. In fact, I figured he was a former NFL player.
I have only read two posts on your blog (the other being your scathing criticism of Amy Lawrence) and in both you come across as a mean-spirited, bitter, unhappy underachiever who is taking out his frustrations on those who have "made it" in the mainstream media.
I don't care what Amy Lawrence looks like and I don't care if Freddie Coleman doesn't use the "King's English". Neither deserves the caustic commentary from you.
I know nothing about you, but you strike me like most of the posters on college football boards - that is, ignorant and immature.
In fact, I'm upset with myself for even taking the time to comment on your blog... Believe me, I will never look at it again...

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie Coleman is a million times worse than you describe. It drives me up the wall when he refers to ESPN radio as "mighty." Worse, I go nuts when he adds extra and unnecessary words in an attempt to sound intelligent. In any case, you can find his ESPN biography at this link: http://www.espnmediazone.com/bios/Talent/Coleman_Freddie.htm

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have listened to Freddie on the air and he reminds me of the neighbor construction worker, Billy Carter, George Bush, Tim Allen, his delivery isn't pretty, but his content is great and he brings up good points and arguments. There are other sports shows or websites that use flash and fluff, with great delivery but no content...or no substance to their reporting (too many females in sports reporting (especially fox) we know what they are selling flash and delivery .....I'll take content over delivery every time. Bela Kirolyi, not pretty but you listen to what he has to say. Amy Lawrence and Freddie give us much needed diversity.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to listen to Freddie if I'm in need of a good laugh. He is by far the worst radio personality that has ever been nationally broadcast. Where he went to school or where he came from have nothing to do with it. After all, there are plenty of great talents in the media that came out of nowhere. Anyway, I'm not sure how anyone could listen to Freddie and think "Man, this guy knows his stuff." His delivery is terrible, he isn't funny or entertaining, and most of the time I can't understand how he actually believes what comes out of his mouth. I used to get really pissed when I heard his voice, but now I just think it's hilarious. I'm baffled that "THE MIGHTY" ESPN would employ this person. And he is way worse than this blog indicates, though I think by bashing his college and football record, it severly cheapens the message that is intended.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie is akin to a second string quarterback. Not quite good enough to start but just good enough to keep around. Definitely has trouble carrying a show solo though.

10:32 AM  
Blogger JoshMan said...

Freddie Coleman OWNS YOU!!!!!

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're an idiot. you probably don't have many friends and apparently spend most of your time writing blogs on talk radio hosts. "Get a clue, Freddie"...? NO, GET A LIFE MARTY!! You're an absolute loser, i feel sorry for you.

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I looked for the right thing to post, but your other critics beat me to it ... you are an idiot.

signed,

another well educated Mansfield Unversity Grad!!

1:24 PM  
Blogger brotherinlaw said...

I had never heard of Freddie Coleman until Saturday night. My wife and I were returning from the SEC championship game and he was on ESPN radio. He was amazed at the number of BAMA fans in attendance and made the comment: "where do they get the money to buy all of those tickets?"
Well Freddie, they get the money by working as doctors, nursed, lawyers, teachers, salesman, farmers, etc. Such a classless statement tells me all I need to know about FC.

brotherinlaw

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Blais said...

Hi Kids,

Not only do I know Freddie, but also my parents were English professors at Mansfield University, the institution of higher learner than Martin Brady inexplicably feels qualified to judge. So I'm not only incensed at Mr. Brady's caveman-like drubbing of my old friend, but also I'm insulted at his characterizations of my parents' combined 60 years of teaching...

Freddie and I were DJs at Mansfield's radio station--this is over 20 years ago. He was the most decent, hardworking, knowledgable and humble guy I knew, who could school you on sports and music in the same paragraph. We were mutual admirers, and our backgrounds were quite different--his, urban, and mine, one traffic-light rural town.

Since then, I went on to a career in performing arts and publishing in New York, and, clearly, Freddie rightfully landed at the top of the sports-broadcasting game. Mr. Brady, you apparently have skills as a journalist, but as a human, you've proven yourself to be little more than a jealous c*nt. Your qualms with Freddie amount to the hyperventilative whining of someone who's perhaps angry at his lot in life, in Nashville--hardly the journalistic capital of the nation--spinning his wheels by attacking broadcasters who do not speak standard Englsh (and none of us do, really, save for perhaps the late William F. Buckley, and he's dead.), and, in the end, revealing himself to be a blogger with nothing of substance to say.

So.... I happened across your blog while searching for info on Freddie--and how interesting that this one post of yours has the most comments. Seems that your racist inclinations--subconcious or not--touched a nerve in many readers, and I suppose that the dialogue can only be a good thing... although here in the blogosphere, aren't we all just talking to ourselves? You certainly seem to --- most of your posts have no responses at all. That must be hard for you, given your prodigious output.

I am not anonymous. If I'm ever in Nashville, you and I can go out for a drink, and if I don't get an apology from you for insulting my parents--and my friend--I'd be delighted to kick your ass.

3:03 PM  
Blogger globex said...

Wow! What I would like to know is why you even care? It's entertainment stupid. Do you have that much time to kill that you really feel the need to rip a "raydo" host? I'm sure you are perfect in your line of work. When you feel the need to criticize someone try pecking away at your keyboard about something more pertinent like the asswipes in Washington spending our tax dollars on "the Big 3" or the end of capitalism as we know it.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Nick Demola said...

Freddie Coleman is the single worst personality on the radio in America. The guy says completely off-base opinions, offers no backup for them, and crushes the language every minute of the day.

I love ESPN radio. Every time this complete idiot is on, though, I change it to FM.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Brady clearly wants Freddie's job, as evidenced by the statement "Then they go back to their offices and hand cushy, high-paying jobs that most of us would kill for to illiterate dummies like Freddie Coleman."
Mr. Brady, probably would not only like to have Freddie's job, but his life as well.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I imagine that nobody will be reading any of this, since this blog was written quite some time ago. However, I just had to comment about how laughable it was.
I find it pretty hilarious that someone with such basic writing skills has the nerve to get online and complain about another person's grasp of the English language. Sure, the spelling (with the exception of "wanna") and punctuation are fine (nothing a computer can't do for even the most illiterate blogger though). However, if you're going to whine about someone's lack of language skills, you should probably write with some more skill of your own. I felt like I was reading a fourth grader's choppy school writing sample. "My mom told me to go the store. She wanted me to buy milk. Then I went to the store. When I got to the store I bought milk. My mom was proud of me for doing it on my own. I would like to go the the store all by myself again someday." You sir, should do some work before you write all by yourself again.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its March 2009 and I found this blog in google.

This is a ridiculous commentary. Freddie Coleman is one of the best sports radio personalities out there now. We don't need an english major on the radio, we need someone to start compelling discussion which he does. I'd highly recommend listening to him on his afternoon ESPN radio show. One last thing - as far as the black white thing, some of the negative comments on this board about reverse racism are also ridiculous, Freddie is far from being a racist. You people need to understand the difference between having a sense of humor being a racist.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Yosemite Mike said...

Freddie is enjoyable to listen to on the weekends in my car and around the house. Keep up the good work, Freddie!

3:14 PM  
Anonymous TyLaw101216 said...

Wtf is wrong with this tool, Freddy Coleman is a solid radio analyst? Any retard is allowed to write articles nowadays I guess

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coleman is horrible! If he's going to sound like an idiot then I have no choice but to think he is one. He slurs his words and sounds uneducated, a terrible combination for radio - because of this he has no credibility to me.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Dennis said...

I like Freddie Coleman. I think he is fun to listen to. I usually catch him on the weekends while out running errands. He gives me what I want: sports news, sports perspective, good interviews, and entertaining debate. That is all I can ask for.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy listening to freddie coleman He is very knowledgeable and has a great voice for radio Cmiller

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Connie Canuck said...

Freddie is great! Like everyone else here, I was looking for info on him. He's a radio guy who makes listeners either love him or hate him--hat's talk radio--that's why we listen. We gotta love someone or hate someone to keep coming back. Love you Freddie.:-)
Dated:
July 12, 2009

10:57 AM  
Blogger Reuven said...

freddie is amazing why are you so synical??????

4:34 PM  
Blogger ssmeow said...

I wonder if Coleman had speech therapy earlier in his life. If he didn't, too bad as he sure needed it. Perhaps he had repair of a cleft palette. These folks are often left with a discernible speech impediment. I don't mind what he says but it's how he say it that gets on my last nerve. Why on earth do so many people with lisps go into broadcasting?! I spend more time cringing at his "lisping r's" than to what he says. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard. I can't stand to listen to the guy for more than a few minutes.

12:06 PM  
Blogger ssmeow said...

Coleman's demographic? How about male, under educated or uneducated, unemployed or barely employed, lower or low middle class, lives at home with his mother, mommy still washes his clothes, probably not married (or if he is...calls wife his "ball and chain"), has poor self-esteem and finds only refuge with others of his ilk. I'm not saying that the average listener is unintelligent.....that education, upward mobility and the respect of most women is very important to them.

12:43 PM  
Blogger ssmeow said...

NOT!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.espnmediazone.com/bios/Talent/Coleman_Freddie.htm

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

COLEMAN IS HORRIBLE. I TURN THE STATION WITHIN 5 SECONDS OF HEARING HIS VOICE!!! HE IS KILLING ESPN RADIO. WE HE COMES ON THE AIR I ALWAYS TURN TO FOX SPORTS RADIO AND IT SEEMS TO STAY THERE FOR A LONG TIME.......USUALLY UNTIL I FORGET ABOUT HOW MUCH I CANT STAND FREDDIE COLEMAN.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Briana Coleman said...

Freddie Coleman is my father and you are only mad because he is making good money and his dream finally came true

6:36 PM  
Blogger ssmeow said...

Brianna, not mad...I am disgusted because of so many people with speech impediments (and lacking a fundamental grasp of English) making a living in broadcast media. They could, at least, get speech therapy and stay awake in English classes through high school and college.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous i turn him off immediately said...

It's not this guy's drawl that is the problem, it's the fact that he clearly reads directly from a script most of the time. He's definitely the sore spot in the otherwise solid ESPN lineup of national radio personalities.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous A.J. Throwback said...

I personally don't have a problem with Freddie Coleman. I find that he's probably more professional and cordial as a host than some of the people who have "better speech". Is he the best host that ESPN has to offer? That's up for debate. Will my skin crawl from listening to him for more than 5 minutes? Absolutely not. I think this guy is being way too harsh on Coleman.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't stand him either, but a lot of the ESPN radio guys bug me. I mean, Mike and Mike, I am laughing. Cowherd thinks he knows things like how to win championships, like a lot of GMs are listening to his show for tips. Eric, the lawyer, yeah, after a while his voice gets old and he's predictable, but he gives you something of interest usually. Coleman tries to hard or something. He has a big dopey voice, tries to say clever things, comes off sounding dumb, states only the obvious, and always just ends up being boring and annoying. Or he gets all geeked up over the dumbest thing, like the Yankees winning the division and then makes a bold "you can take that to the cash register". Certainly, not very good, and with no insight. Take Stink (Mark Schlereth) or Golic or Marsellus Wiley. They give me insight and make me able to relate to playing high level football. Along with scores, that's what I want, not dribble. I'll have to listen to RAYDO. I haven't particularly noticed it, but I wouldn't doubt it.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy talks about someone else's grammar? I am an English Prof and his grammar is questionable..."don't even"...."never stole".....get a clue idiot....have you heard the saying 'people in glass houses...'.
I can assure you that Mr. Coleman makes more money...with his mistakes....than you do about mouthing off about it. What a life you must lead.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm baffled by all of this. I googled Freddie Coleman because I think he's one of the best radio personalities ESPN has and I was curious about his background. I think he's great to listen to. Amazing the things people find to complain about.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Easily my favorite ESPN personality. Great radio voice. His pronunciation of radio is not "wrong"- its intentional. It gives a flavor to something Espn requires of their hosts, the constant stating of the network name, which often gets in the way of during a show. He's one of ESPN's most talented interviewers; listen closely and you'll realize he is a truly genuine human being with a voice almost soothing in nature who possesses a tremendously versatile knowledge of the sports world. I love turning on the radio at night and hearing Coleman's voice- once it's on, I can rarely turn it off before GameNight, or Football Tonight, or whatever show he may be doing, is over.

EL

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Racist

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Rock Starr said...

my absolute favorite Coleman-ism: "I'm not sayin', just sayin'" WHAT????? how did this nimrod get on the air & even better how does he stay there?

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will probably piss off people on both sides of the Freddie Coleman as a radio host discussion...

I like Freddie Coleman and found this site trying to find out a little about him. I like Freddie Colman's take on sports news and definitely stay tuned in when he is on the air.

On the other hand, I don't like the race card being placed from either side of this blog. Get over it. Oh I know...but move on.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Brady is on crack!
Freddie Coleman is awesome!!!
I'd like to strap Mr Brady to a chair and have him listen to Amy Lawrence not stop for a day. I bet he'd change his retarded views about Freddie.
He's knowledgeable about sports and is a joy to listen to. Period!

You turkey's just don't realize how good a radio personality he is.
Get your heads out of your asses!!!

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone with a mike is a sports jock, everyone with a computer is a critic. Listening to sports radio is limited to what’s on while I drive to work, so it’s very limited cause I have a twenty minute commute. Comparatively, Freddie’s appeal is the sincerity in his voice and analysis that seems to come from his heart. I’ve enjoyed all the jocks while driving to work and having a beef with anyone seems strange to me. To the writer that launched the blog I hope you get things worked out. Peace brother.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Freddie Coleman stinks because he is like every other sports talk guy...always makes a safe point and will never criticize without saying "not to take anything away from (insert name)". ESPN is all around phony garbage.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stumbled across this dumb blog because I wanted more info on Coleman. Someone is a little jealous here i think. Get a Life. Coleman talks like a regular guy not some elite piece of trash like you Mr. Brady. And Freddie is still doing well 4 years after the OP date. Move on idiots.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say that the individuals that have issues with Mr. Coleman has an issue with race. There are only a handful of minority sportscasters on radio. Thus, he is getting hammered. I have an issue with this. Hammer some of the white broadcasters that are making a ton of mistakes on the radio. This is nothing but bs.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Freddie Coleman is refreshing personally, and I enjoy listening to him. What I don't like about ESPN telecasts lately is that they do seem to have illiterate analysts on the air with peculiar voices as of late. (Avery Johnson, Magic Johnson, Bruce Bowen, and the two guys during the NFL season that give their critiques).

It's almost as if ESPN has made a conscious effort to relate to the "average guy". It's totally annoying, and it rewards guys who have no handle on the language. It's totally consistent with the latest trend of dumbing down the population as evidenced by commercials and popular music these days. But on the subject of Mr. Coleman, I have no problems with him whatsoever.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The party responsible of this blog DOES sound like he or she has a problem with Coleman personally. I listen to him often enough, and I understand what he says just fine Maybe you need to clean your ears out.Maybe you have a psychological problem to begin with, and you're simply projecting that onto Coleman.Do you work for ESPN? Are you a broadcaster or even in the FIELD? What qualifies you to critique Coleman, other than your right to an opinion? What should Coleman sound like to you in order for you to be happy with his ability to broadcast? It amazes me that people dedicated ENTIRE blogs to the masturbatory practice of thinking that your opinion carries so much weight.Here's a plan: Why don't YOU GO approach a network and host your own show?

12:17 PM  
Blogger Oscar S said...

This Coleman guy is a moron. Not being an English speaker myself I am not going to critique his communications skills. However, last Sunday (06/13/2010) the topic of his show was that he does not get soccer, he does not like it and he even call a player of soccer Team US to ask him, why should we watch soccer at all? This question came after a few comparisons of soccer vs. football (American football), vs. hockey and vs. basketball. To me, anyone trying to make this kind of analysis is plainly IGNORANT and blatantly a MORON, even more so if he works for a "sport network". His main argument was that soccer does not have enough "contact". What???? If he likes "contact" he should watch Sumo and get a job at the NY subway. Each sport has its own beauty and trying to rank them will be offensive to ALL sports fans. Pathetic!! Although for different reasons, I agree with the original creator of this post: this guy is not qualified and he should not be allowed to have air time in a sport network. End of discussion. (p.s. my apologies for any incorrect use of the beautiful English language)

8:29 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Go Fuck yourself Douchebag! Stop rippin people because they found success and you didn't! How is that for syntax! BITCH!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Skuleb0y said...

Coleman is a maroon? Use your own spell checker before you cast stones. Freddie is more than adequate in his late night and weekend fill in role.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like sour grapes and the green-eyed monster are at work here. Did you apply for the job and he got it and you didn't? You have the freedom to change the channel if you don't like him. Why are you so upset? You have a blog don't you? You know that people are going to criticize you right? Well that's probably what it's all about -- attention. Jefferey C in Ohio

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love listening to all the sport announcers, they are funny and very knowledgeable, i find it very stuip for all those that feel that mr. coleman is not capable of doing his job, if you dont like listening to his, turn if off until he is finished, you have your right to your opinion and if you can do a better job, call espn and apply for his position and let's see if anyone would listen to you as well

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie Coleman makes me want to rip my ears off. His crutches, his cliches and his comatose presentation is too much. How does this man have a job on the radio?

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Freddie is a nice guy, but he's definitely one of the worst on-air jocks I've ever heard.

It's as if they picked someone up off the street with a grade 9 reading level and put him on the air.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I play hoops with Freddy weekly = maybe that makes me a bit biased - but I like his show. I am a big WFAN guy but I go to ESPN for Freddy. He is up against Steve Summers most nights but Freddy's show moves quicker and covers alot of the top story lines. I like his strong opinions. If you don't like the way he speaks then you must not be able to make it through one Sportcenter show on ESPN television because it seems they speak an entirely different language on that show. The fact is that a very small percentage of people actually speak with proper grammar (and nobody on this blog appears to be on of them) and Freddy talks good sports and that's his job. It gives a feel like you are sitting around with your knowledgeable buddies talking sports.. bottom line is that's fun! Freddy also has a very nice low post game for a short guy, as long as he doesn't travel.
-- Scott B. YMCA Hoops.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie is not my favorite. While I don't usually feel a pressing desire to turn him off, I have to admit, when he says "texts" in a way that sounds like "Texas," my cringe factor goes through the roof! I've also noticed the mixed metaphors, and more than once I've heard him say, "axed" when attempting to say "asked".

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listen to Freddie Coleman and enjoy him.

Why is it that people have to always cut down other people?

Must be because they don't feel good about themselves. It boosts their egos to put down other people.

So sad!

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today, 11/14/2010, in reference to the Bears Vikings game Freddie asked, "Is this a must win game for these teams? If so, which team can ill-afford a loss the most?" Well the Bears are 5-3 and the Vikings are 3-5 so I'm gonna guess the Vikings? You effing moron. A couple months ago he asked if rivalries were good for sports. The thing that bothers me is that he acts very clever in his questioning. I think he is the worst on Espnradio and it has nothing to do with race or his diction. He just doesn't get it and everyone else on their does. I guess they have to have 1 african american though.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black people and White people speak English and I don't think the color of Freddie's skin makes a difference.

What does make a difference is the fact that he has horrible diction, a demented cadence, terribly cliched catch-phrases ('stick and stay'; 'keep cool, stay blessed') and the fact that he seems to think he's clever; I think that's what bothers me the most.

"Speaking of" is one of the hokiest ways to connect subjects in the history of man, and of course, Freddie uses it regularly.

Essentially, he breaks every rule to being a broadcaster. He reads his script verbatim as if he were a five year old reading his first book aloud to his parents.

Christ, I'm not a vitriolic person, but Freddie Coleman just makes me angry.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had finally had enough of listening to this guy stumble through his segments, so I did a search on him and came across this article. Its painfully obvious that he is reading lines through the majority of the show. (like when someone guest hosts Jim Rome is Burning). You can tell when he has an original thought. Im sure he is an ok guy but surely they can get somebody better to do his job. Also, someone tell ESPN to drop the whole "teasing us with some random question before commercial break like - what nfl player said this or did that " It really is becoming annoying. Its like the same guy writes this for EVERY show. ENOUGH

10:01 PM  
Blogger reddeer said...

Yeah, Frddie can have some messed up sayings, but it doesn't anger me, it makes me laugh. And that's because he sounds so sincere. He's maybe the only sports talk jock that I can listen to for long. You want bad! Colin Cowherd - I usually get less than 30 seconds of him before I'm so pissed off I have to turn the channel. He's so smarmy. He thinks his absolutely pedestrian thoughts are worthty of a Nobel prize or something. And he always talks like he's the only one who realizes some truth. I especially get peeved when he does that schtick where he thinks he has some brilliant point and mimics "everyone" else who theorhetically argues with him "But Colin,...". And what he argues is generally such a well known truth that only an idiot would be making the argument he says "everyone" makes.

So pick on someone REALLY deserving.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

eric allan, sal palintionio are idoits, they are always talking about mike vick and both of the were dead wrong about him being slow because of all the hits he has taken. they really need to quite being haters AND LEAVE VICK ALONE.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

freddie coleman says his own name too much.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Analytical Person not from Stanford said...

The thing with Coleman is his pitches and tones of speech don't match natural speech... Like someone said before, he sounds like he is reading a teleprompt over the radio. When I was listening to his Baseball Tonight segment on ESPN Radio, I had to turn it off because it wasn't "delightful" to listen to - not because the information was terrible, but because I can't listen to a radio host who sounds like he is reading a book out loud for an hour straight. His style of voice is similar to Rome's. Whoever made the comment that they were a Stanford graduate and said he's one of the best out there is truly retarded.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The writer of this post is a severe douchbag. What does the university's football record have to do with anything. Get a life you minion.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Ansel said...

Well!! Seem lke we can tollerate Bush's grammer for 8 years and get so infuriated about Fred's syntax. Get a life.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie Coleman is very easy on the ears. Way better than Rome or Cowherd.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone is jealous that Freddie has a good job.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And a few minutes ago Freddie suggested that because he now has "haters", Tiger Woods would be playing with a "carrot on his shoulder."

A carrot on his shoulder? I guess I'd be mad too if I had to walk around with a carrot on my shoulder. What does that mean? Is that like having a tomato on your neck or a beet on your knuckle?

I realize Freddie was mixing cliches, but come on! It's either a carrot on a stick or a chip on the shoulder. ESPN bows once again to mediocrity in the name of political correctness. Or maybe it's just difficult to find intelligent guys/gals to work weekends.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Mike Farrell said...

I love Freddie Coleman. He is knowledgable and enthusiastic about his job. He is respectful to his callers and guests. He is solid. People can have their opinions, as Freddie says, and I have mine. I can listen to him every night.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am listening to Freddie Coleman on the radio right now (11/27/2011)! Scoreboard.....

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's two thoughts for all the haters,
1) use your ability to criticize and write letters to
Congress and the powers that be about more
Important shit!
2) get some Viagra for your impotent asses so
You can have fun in the bedroom with your
homo/Hetero partners rather than sitting up late
At night critizing a guy that has a late night sports
Show! Good grief you pessimistic bitchin no life
Having blow hards.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus is my friend

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Geoff C said...

Freddie's great. I have no idea what Mr. Anonymous is talking about. I suspect since Freddie's weekly show is on late nights during the week perhaps he is listening with drunk ears.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie couldn't possibly have stolen this lames girlfriend.. Hard to find a girlfriend let alone a human in his mommy's basement!! His blog has no reference to formal education either, it looks more like a date sight!! Who cares your a Capricorn you nerd!! You suffer from the same thing you claim Freddie doesn't have "credibility" you can get a journalist diploma on line or at your local community college. Blogging isn't a real job!! It's cowards sitting on a roof sniping people with real jobs!! Your the new wave of cowards with a computer mommy and your boyfriends money a thesarisus and a peanut butter sandwich by your milk and cookies!!

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie is different it's like listening to a stick dragged thru mud. But who needs credential to be on radio? It's just sharing your opinion on a subject matter. Anyones advise is as good as the next.

6:03 AM  
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referee Kenny Bayless,etc-as well as a two-minute spot on the Saturday-Sunday early morning "Ben Maller Show" called
"Cowboy's Corner"-CAN'T FIND TALK SHOW HOST WORK!!!!AMAZING,GIVEN MOST HOSTS
ARE DUMB-A** CONTRIVED CONTROVERSY STARTERS AND/OR PLAIN DEMAGOGUES!!!!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Brady is an idiot

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on of these days I'm going to count how many times he says his own name during the course of the program.... you're listening to freddie coleman ...this is freddie coleman... email me at freddiecoleman.com .....

8:11 PM  
Blogger DeMorrian said...

I just heard Coleman say that top to bottom the Big 10 is better than the SEC. IN FOOTBALL!!! in 2012!!!!!!! And he claims this has been the case for a few years... THE BIG 10... SEC After winning what seems like 20 titles in a row... and he seems to still want to try and convince us that top to bottom they are arent the best... For 1... the SEC continues to have different champions. Sooo.. there goes the argument. Also, he says that the bottom of the Big 10 is better... umm.. ill take Vandy, Kentucky, Ole Moss and Miss St over Iowa, Minnesota and whoever the heck else anyday. Come on bro.. how are you on the radio. Is this a Skip Bayless routine?

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie Coleman, that is his name. Do you want to know how I know this? Well he says his name maybe 100 times during his show. Why does he feel the need to say his name before and after every commercial? I have to admit, he is very bland, but damn we know your name already. Geeez!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yesterday afternoon (Nov 10), listening to Freddie Coleman on "College Football Tonight", my son and I heard Coleman repeatedly refer to the USC Trojans' 38-17 victory over "Arizona." Coleman must have said "Arizona" a dozen times in discussing the game, including during a short phone interview with a Trojans player. In fact, USC defeated Arizona State yesterday, not Arizona. They're two different schools, ASU in Tempe (adjacent to Phoenix) and UA in Tucson 110 miles to the southeast.

I can't believe that neither the idiot Coleman's on-air sidekick nor any studio person clued him in. My guess is the idiot still thinks USC played Arizona yesterday.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Highly doubt that KMOX is the highest rated radio station in the world,especially ina market the size of St Louis

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White people have not destroyed black neighborhoods,black people have,white people dont force more black people to commit crimes than go to college,black people do it on their own black people gotta stop blaming and take some responsibility for themselves and this is from a 30 something black man from the inner city

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddy lit a fire under the Lakers saying they have to do one thing to win, make Kobe change his game. Kobe reinvented himself and Lakers are no longer the laughing stock of the NBA. Thx Freddy, you rule.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Randal Sorrels said...

Look at this guy who says freddie coleman is inadequate. I would bet good money he would classify pete rose, ty cobb, jim thorpe, babe ruth and endless other greats as senseless and inadequate. Listen home biscuit, you probably never really played any sport on a field, you are probably a waterboy who is pissed at anyone with good sports sense and madly disturbed at anyone who does because you yourself are such a flop.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I want to know is how Freddie Coleman get such a hot sidekick as Prim Siripapat?

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today, in prep for the US Open, I had the radio turned to Sirius/espn Radio and Freddie Coleman was commenting on what Phil Mickelson needed to do to win. His commentary was so unbelievably off-base, poorly imagined, horribly delivered. In fact, bad enough to make me research who the buffoon was. I'd never heard of him until today, and I'm laughing my butt off to find an entire blog dedicated to how bad Coleman is as a radio commentator. This guys definitely needs to be prepping for another career.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's like Hooked On Phonics gone bad! I have never listened to anyone on radio speak in such broken phrasing. At times I swear he is just trying to read a bad script in front of him. How has he lasted this long?

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are A) an idiot, and B) not black. Stop lying.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I suppose everyone here who hates Coleman would prefer to listen to the likes of Mike North?

Puh-leeeeeeaaaaaase!

7:46 AM  
Anonymous standoutboybrad1953 said...

Freddie Lee Coleman is a white boy-a**-
kissing,Mississippi Negro who defended that bigoted,Guido filth Richie Ingognito over the bullied,racially-harassed Jonathan Martin,because as UNCLE FREDDIE put it,"The Miami Dolphins coaches valued Incognito's "toughness" over Martin's alleged "wimpiness," or words to that effect.Aside from Martin's being a STANFORD grad,a school that doesn't accept dumb good ol' boys and ghetto trash,ala MOST BCS "schools"/i.e.,"foot-
ball factories,"Incgnito has a history of thuggish and racist behaviour dating back to getting booted from TWO universities,and,I believe the Panthers.
But because some black players are de-
fending this a**-clown Incognito,and hanging out Martin to dry,two thoughts:One,the NFL is suffering "bright flight," because only the desperate and (perhaps) dull-normal will assent to assaults on their manhood by racist honkie players,coaches,front office folk,Simon Legree Commissioner/Dictator Roger Goo-
dell.Two,FAR TOO MANY African American players are "Booker T. Washingtons,"i.e.,accomodators in their own degradation rather than radical,
militant W.E.B. DuBois types,from whom it will require a revolt against the NFL's massa/slave mentality towards even its superstars for Goodell and his fellow scumbags,the corrupt,thieving
owners to knuckle under to the players' demans.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Scott Porter said...

My personal opinion on Mr. Coleman is he's a smart analyst with great insight on what's going on in the sports world. Why would it matter if he played sports? John Clayton is one of the smartest statistical analyst at ESPN and he is far from being a jock unless there's some ping pong tournaments he played in at high school. It just seems Martin Brady is jealous of where Freddie Coleman is at in his life and probably wishes it was him. In the year 2013 we as society call that a hater. Worry about your own life Mr. Brady and you might have 1% chance of being as successful as Mr. Coleman.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Freddie a break man. He's not perfect to be sure, but he's far from being the functional illiterate that you're trying to portray. Save your vitriol for a truly awful sports-talk personality. Ever heard of Colin Cowherd? He's a pompous jerk who always tries to mix sports with politics and culture - very unsuccessfully I might add. I only listen to him when I rant to raise my blood pressure. His show does the trick every time.

As for Freddie Coleman, all I can say is "lighten up a little bit." He's okay. I don't expect a sports-talk personality to have a Ph.D, nor do I expect them to speak and enunciate as if they do have one. Getting all bent out of shape over a sports-radio host is just silly, and a waste of valuable time. With that, I'm done here.

11:29 PM  

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