Results tagged ‘ Mike Couzens ’

A farewell….

Seven days ’til the Hot Stove.  Less than three months ’til Opening Day.  365 days until next January 14th.  Time flies.

 

Recently, you saw a blog post scribbled out by Kevin Brown, my new broadcast partner for the upcoming season.  I have had several emails since then wondering where Mike Couzens has gone.  “Is he shackled to the wall of a dungeon?,” Joe from Camillus wrote.  “Where is Mike?  Has he dedicated his life to only watching Burn Notice, the original series from USA Network?,” asked Jackie from Tully.  Neither of those is the case (maybe).

 

Mike is going…..well, I’ll let him tell you.  All I will say is that Mike is an extremely talented young broadcaster who has all the potential in the world.  Plus, he’s an admirable human being who makes the people he’s around better.  He’ll be missed around the park.  Here’s Mike….

Thank you very much Jason it’s time to tell our contestants what’s in store on the SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN!

What?

No game show today?

Well then, back to business I suppose.

Jackie in Tully, fear not. I have dedicated only a Thanksgiving Day turkey sized portion of my life to watching Burn Notice on the USA Network. Granted, that’s still a rather large portion, but not all of it. And Joe in Camillus, I am no longer in a dungeon…the wi-fi connection was horrible there. 

Since we last spoke on September 6th of last year, I’ve had a few developments in my life. First, I have graduated from Syracuse University. Believe me, I was surprised they gave me a diploma too. Second, I have accepted a new job in Minor League Baseball.

This upcoming season, I will be working as a broadcasting and media relations assistant with the Dayton Dragons, the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, in Dayton, Ohio.

I am very excited about this opportunity to not only continue calling baseball, but to work with a great organization that is on the verge of setting a very big record. The Dragons have the opportunity to surpass the Portland Trail Blazers for the most consecutive sellouts in history this year.

While I’m going to be working for a team that has a strong fan base, that will certainly be nothing new. Chiefs fans are some of the finest baseball has to offer, and it was a privilege to spend time with you every night from the bone chilling cold of April and May, the simmering heat of June and July, and the warm, relaxing nights of August and September. You know you’re in the thick of baseball season when those trees by the train tracks in left field start to bloom.

I have to say thank you to everyone in the front office as well. They’re an incredibly hardworking and tight knit staff that I was very happy to call my baseball family last season.

And to Jason, a wonderful broadcasting partner and friend: A big thanks for not just the three hours we shared together on the air every night, but for the time we shared off the air as well. I learned so much from you and I know that Chiefs fans will have a voice to look forward to hearing every night.

I’ll be off to Ohio sooner rather than later, but that doesn’t mean our relationship has to end here. To those of you that I met in person, or only spoke to online or over the air, please keep in touch. I would love to hear from you. My email address is mikecouzens@gmail.com

All the best,

Mike

Booth Review (or Stories from Above)

I’m as good at titling things as the creators of Rocky and Bullwinkle.  So, these entries are going to have varying names as we move along.  You can decide which title you like most.  Maybe I’ll choose it.

This portion of the offseason is sorta like traveling 45 minutes to go to a swap meet.  The anticipation is really fun.  You don’t know what you’re going to have to choose from when you get there.  And it’s really up to someone else what’s put in front of you.
At this juncture, we can guess who’s going to constitute the 2010 Syracuse Chiefs.  It’s an educated guess, but a guess nonetheless.  What we can say without much risk is that the players we’ll see at Alliance Bank Stadium will have a good amount of Triple-A experience.  The Nats are loaded with pitchers who came through Syracuse last season and have played in the Nation’s Capital.
Hi.  I’m Jason Benetti and I’m your new radio guy.  My three-time broadcast partner, Bob McElligott, is toting his headset around the various NHL cities as a member of the broadcast team of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  To be straight-faced for a moment, Bob deserved this move.  To be practical for a moment, Bob’s probably got someone carrying his headset for him.  
You’ll find enough out about me throughout the course of the season, but a few major points.
-I am a Syracuse University alumnus.
-I am a law student in my spare time.  
-I enjoy a) American Idol, b) the New York Times crossword puzzle and c) playing bocce.
-One of my previous jobs is “umpire.”
For those of you that can’t get past the second point, I haven’t progressed far enough in law school to be truly adept at corruption.  Fear not.  For those of you that can’t get past part a) of the third point, it’s not polite to stare.
In all seriousness, I am humbled to be sitting in the chair that I’ll be sitting in this season.  To share a spot in history with people like Sean McDonough, Carl Eilenberg and Marv Albert (and so many others) is unreal.  Couple that with making a summer home in Syracuse–a place I’ve spent so much of my adult life–and I am really revved up for this season and beyond.  
We’ve got some surprises for you this season.  We’ll be adding content via the web to allow you to access the Chiefs whenever you please.  We’ll be making an added presence around the ballpark at selected times.  And, we’ll be adding some new elements to the broadcasts, as well.
It is up to you, though, to let us know what you want to see and hear.  Please email jasonbenetti@syracusechiefs.com if you have ideas for us.  We have our own thoughts, but we’ll be happy to steal yours.
My use of the pronouns “we” and “us” did not display a lack of a grasp of English.  You’ll be hearing from Mike Couzens on the broadcasts and on the website this season as well.  Mike will handle pre-game, in-game and post-game reports and he’ll also do some play-by-play.  Mike is a well-meaning individual who knows sports very well (OK, “very” might be a stretch.  He was the 72nd man on his high school basketball team).  Mike, though, deserves your pity.  He is both a New York Mets and Kansas City Chiefs fan.
We’ll also have some other additions to the broadcast throughout the season……yes, that was meant to be cryptic.  It’s called a tease in the industry.
It’s a pleasure to have you as an audience.  I look forward to meeting everyone–whether it’s via email, blog response, or even over a pre-game hot dog.
Jason
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