This podcast is a tribute to the late great Harry Kalas, who passed away on April 13th at the age of 73 of heart disease.

In this special show, I share a number of his great calls along with some of his accomplishments, including a couple of my all-time favorites from the Phillies' voice for the last 38 years. I also include some listener feedback, along with my personal contact with Kalas through the mail as he was kind enough to critique my announcing demos from 2004-05.

Listening to Phillies baseball will never be the same without him describing the action. Enjoy this special show and please e-mail me at DJKrayzTom@comcast.net with any comments.

Direct download: Crazy_Tom_Special--Harry_Kalas_Tribute.mp3
Category:baseball -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

I don't normally 'blog'...but I want to make this special announcement regarding my next show.

As you probably know by now, longtime Phillies (and Hall of Fame) broadcaster Harry Kalas passed away today at the age of 73. Needless to say, this is one of the darkest days Philadelphia has seen in a very long time. The brightness did shine as three Phillies (Victorino, Howard, and Ibanez) paid tribute with 'outta here' circuit dingers of their own in the Phillies' 9-8 win this afternoon.

We truly lost a voice for the ages. I was fortunate enough to send a couple of demos to Harry a few years ago and was privileged enough to get a couple of responses from him with his feedback on what I was doing. In fact, one year I got a holiday card from him which included his 2002 Hall of Fame induction photo. I want to take time to share this with you and the rest of the listeners in this special show.

Instead of sticking with my normal podcast format, I want to put together a special 'tribute to Harry' show for the coming week. In a completely separate podcast, I'll talk about the rest of the stuff (NHL playoffs, etc.) at a later time.

If any of you would like to contribute to this special show...such as, sharing your memories of Harry--your favorite calls, his personality, his accomplishments, his connection to you, etc.--please feel free to contact me. I am going to send a similar message to those involved on Phillies boards on Facebook, and want to use as much as I can in this exclusive podcast. Also, if you know of others who are not in the group and want to contribute, please have them contact me about this. You can get a hold of me at DJKrayzTom@comcast.net or come leave a note on my Facebook group called 'The Crazy Tom Page.'

It is not every day that an oppotunity presents itself to pay tribute to a true and gentle human being that passed so suddenly. So again, any help you can give will be greatly appreciated...just let me know what you want to contribute and I'll be more than happy to get a hold of you about it.

All the responses I receive will be used in my Kalas tribute show. Once completed, I will notify you and the Phillies about it.

Thanks again for your help and support...and I'll keep you posted on things as I start to put this together.

Category:sports -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

You would think the title would completely fit this podcast...the yolk was on me when putting this together. This week:

  1. the harshest baseball first week (including tragic passing of Nick Adenhart)
  2. a CZT Knucklehead of the Week for the ages
  3. final push of the NHL season
  4. no more NBA playoff push, the teams are all set
  5. updates on football including clarifications missing from last week
  6. a short recap of Wrestlemania 25 (the good and the REAL bad)
  7. why college basketball really was ho-hum at the most important time

All that and more on this week's 'eggcracker'...sourly put together. Please feel free to e-mail at DJKrayzTom@comcast.net if you have any thoughts.

Direct download: Crazy_Tom_Show_041009.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 4:58am EDT

This week, what you will hear is:

  1. an NFL update (including the CZT Knucklehead of the Week)
  2. hockey and the race for the President's Trophy
  3. a semi-obvious NBA update
  4. the men's Final Four...embedded with this weeks' CZT Dance Track!
  5. why the University of Memphis is NOT about winning...AGAIN
  6. a 2009 baseball preview
  7. finally, some interesting predictions compared to Sports Illustrated's...and a common sense World Series guess

Unfortunately, difficulties have caused much of the information this week to be considered outdated upon release of the podcast...a LOT changed since I finished the talking portion of my show, so I apologize for the outdated details in advance.

Do contact me at DJKrayzTom@comcast.net as always if you have any comments.

Direct download: Crazy_Tom_Show_040209.mp3
Category:sports -- posted at: 12:28am EDT



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