They wanted a more local guy who devoted more time to the gig and was around the facility more and could bond with players and coaching staff.
Sure, Plummer was not afraid to call it like it was, and indeed, he was brutally honest. Sometimes, over the top.
But Plummer was rarely seen around the practice facility, (he lives in San Diego) and team officials wanted someone new and fresh. A bit sanitized too? Yes, but Eric Davis, is hardly a homer, but yes too, he'll be a good company man. If that sounds lame, get used to it. It's how most of the teams in most markets do business. The 49ers are no different. The days of Bill King, Lon Simmons, Hank Greenwald, and Vin Scully are over.
*I haven't talked much lately of why so many people despise Bob Fitzgerald because then I would be accused of piling on. "Fitz", or as he's known around Warriors fan sites, "Giggles", is never wrong and will tell you every day if given a chance. He's also the biggest, phoniest, dweeb on the planet with a smarmy personality that would make Jim Gray look like Mary Poppins. I long ago figured out "Rudy", yeah, tell us how fantastic Notre Dame football is 365x a day.
*Finally listened to Eric Byrnes on knibber. All I will say is that it was far worse than I expected....Byrnes used to be a baseball player and drinks beer and surfs alot, dude. Oh, and he's got a personality too which automatically means he's great, right? Yeah, on MLB-TV and Fox, he knows how to play to the camera and is fairly knowledgeable.
On radio, he sounds, sorry, lazy. "Thanks for the call", lots of empty dead air and a mishmash of sometimes incoherent rantings. That's about it. Oh yeah, and he's succumbed to the usual baseless KNBR brand of beer sound drops. Utterly original, "Byrnesie."
*From my friend at Newsblues, (pay wall,) Mike James informs me that KGO/ABC7 GM,
Valari Dobson Staab, has taken a new gig and will become president of NBC Local Media. She's been at KGO since 2002. Staab begins duties in June.
*And no, Gary Plummer will never be the color analyst of the Oakland Raiders. Then again, when you refer to a player as a "turd", your chances of hooking up in the future dramatically decrease. Maybe Plummer can apply for the Sabrecats gig.
*How classy of a few "mainstream" bloggers of local papers to refer to the Plummer firing without attributing the guy who broke the story first. Humn, wonder who he is? Then again, thanks to Mike Sando of ESPN.com, SFGate, and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk for their professional courtesy.
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