Even better is the meaty political roundtable with Matier and fellow Chronicle political writer, Carla Marinucci and Willie Brown.
If you like politics, then this is must-view. The banter is straight-forward, revealing, and pointed give and takes. And better yet, interesting as all get-go. Perhaps it's the setting in a local coffee shop that lends some down-home authenticity, but it works.
Here's hoping PIX keeps Makovec and Matier a permanent fixture every Sunday and the roundtable with Matier and Brown a regular feature.
*On Twitter, I was picking my all-time favorite Bay Area sports play-by-play broadcasters. Here they are in no particular order:
Bill King, (the best ever, and with Lakers voice, Chick Hearn, the two greatest PBP guys in broadcasting)
Notes: I know Russ Hodges is left out and only because I never heard him live. Here just including those of my lifetime...King, in my opinion, was the greatest Bay Area tonsil; first off, he did three different sports, many years simultaneously. Basketball was his best, (Warriors), and football, (with the Raiders/A's) were his next best. King was a master wordsmith and elite broadcaster--never a homer and always prepared with the best ingredients: the voice, the detail, the cred. Holy Toledo indeed...Lon Simmons was gifted with knowledge, dry, sly sense of humor and again, never a homer--told it like it is/was. Baseball was his kingpin, but he was great on the 49ers...Don Klein was very understated, maybe a bit too much for me, but he was consistent, sharp, and straight....Ted Robinson was an underrated announcer on baseball and I love his football work for the 49ers...Hank Greenwald, to me at least, was the best Giant's PBP guy, A small notch over Simmons. I like Jon Miller a lot, but he's not above Greenwald and he's not close to Simmons...Yes, you read it right: Roxy Bernstein is on the list, (my list); he calls a good game and keeps it straight and simple. Good flow of the game...Monte Moore was a homer, sure, but he knew baseball pretty darn well and managed a long career...Greg Papa is a complete professional. Love him on basketball and his football radio PBP is good, just a little less cheering and he'd be a straight A. Master on radio, miss him mightily calling Warriors games...Joe Starkey makes the list as a dedicated Pro-Football and college announcer. He was good on hockey too.
ADD: Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda broadcast hockey. I'm evolving into a hockey guy, but not quite there yet...but Hahn is simple so good--knowledgeable, entertaining, and quite capable of controlling the flow of the action, just a superb broadcaster. And Remenda too, who obviously prepares, loves his subject and has a very dry sense of humor.
Who do you like?