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How I do what I do
Bob Barry Sr. explains what it's really like when you're working the dirty job of being a play-by-play man. "My dad told me, ‘You can tell how much you like the job you're doing by how much you like doing the drudgery of that job.' Because every job has drudgery. "The drudgery part of my job is the spotter boards and preparation. I make a card out for every player, every player at every position on a team. It takes about eight hours to get ready for a football game for me. "Some people listen to me and don't like me. You're going to have that in this business of being in the public. "I had a guy write to me the other day and said, ‘I think you ought to go out to pasture.' "You're going to have this. People are going to like you and not like you. You don't like to get complaints and criticism.” "What I do honestly is listen to what they say or write and try to analyze it. Sometimes, the criticism is warranted... "In the (John) Blake era, when the team was so bad. When you're winning, your broadcasts sound a lot better than when you're losing. "You have to keep your enthusiasm. You can't just point out all the negatives. And yet, you don't want to be too much of a homer. "But announcing a team that's losing regularly is really hard to do. Because people are PO'd their team is losing and it's just a difficult thing.”