The Baltimore Sun reported today that Mike Flanagan is returning to the television booth this season as a Color Analyst for MASN. The announcement made me long for the old days of John Lowenstein and Mel Proctor on HTS. Proctor and Lowenstein had a great on air rapport and Lowenstein’s commentary always had the element of surprise, if not hilarity.
I’ve never been a big fan of Flanagan’s TV work. Mike always strikes me as thinking he’s way funnier that he really is. Of course, when you consider that he’ll be replacing the crackling voiced pre-pubescent Buck Martinez maybe Flanagan isn’t so bad after all. I’ll say this, the Flanagan hiring does at least spare us from a season of Dave Johnson in the booth. Jim Palmer’s place as MASN’s top dog is secure.