The Detroit Lions- a team not known for either intelligence or decision making- fired their radio play by play announcer today. After 31 years. On July 10th. Folks, the team reports for training camp in about 2 weeks. Jim Brandstatter deserved better. And he is better than the team he covered and radio station he worked at. Timing is everything and because both WJR radio and the Detroit Lions do not understand this and fired Jim, they have earned a stay in… Beav’s Penalty Box.
Full disclosure here- Both owners of Beav’s World are HUGE fans of Jim. The voice and person. He has been a guest on our podcast and Brandy was nice enough to host us and Kathy’s son in his booth this year before a Michigan game. Jim is a beloved figure in Beav’s World. He is a rare talent who can do play by play (Michigan Football) and color (Lions), breaking it down for the average and expert fan. This is the type of guy you want to be your guide during a broadcast. You can trust his eyes and ears. And he was...fired? SMH
People get let go all the time. It is not always for a good reason or anyone’s fault. Hell, the two owners of this website have been canned. Stupid Bleep bleep Bleep. It appears the Lions and WJR wanted to go in another direction. Good for them. Be sure to tell Jim and give him notice. Maybe he wants to do games for another team or do a national broadcast. July 10th? Most of those slots are filled. Jim Brandstatter deserved better. 31 years. WITH THIS TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jim is one of us—the voice of the fan. He tells it like it is- good or bad. He can break down a play and sometimes see the future. He was not a cheer leader but was for the home team. This is a big, big loss. For a team that has had many. The winner here is Jim- who gets to sit, have Thanksgiving at home and Sunday’s off. The Lions fan losses. And because the team and WJR did our friend Brandy wrong, the earn a nice stay in Beav’s Penalty Box.