Mike Brusko is winding down his first full year as a reporter/photographer for Service Electric Cable's "Sports Scene" and he's come to appreciate what many of us in sports media discovered a long time ago; namely, "It's not bad getting paid to watch sports."
Brusko, a former three-sport athlete at Emmaus High and a football standout at the University of Maine, has become a regular presence at local sporting events.
Brusko was your basic football-basketball-baseball guy at Emmaus, but has learned a lot about many different sports in his time at Service Electric.
"I have covered everything you could possibly imagine," he said. "I've done CYO track meets, tennis, field hockey, ice hockey … you name it. I've learned a lot and I've gained a lot of appreciation for the athletes in these various sports.
"Wrestling, in particular, stands out because I didn't know anything about it before I got this job. I didn't even know the rules. I used to think it was boring, but once you start to understand the rules and strategy involved, it's really interesting."
Brusko said that watching every sport "you learn the intricacies and the demands that each of them have that separate them from each other. Some people are just naturally athletic and if you put them in a sport, they'll figure it out. But there are sports that not everybody can do. You do appreciate that from watching and my respect level has truly grown. I notice something new every day."
He has become a regular on "Sports Scene," but did one color commentary assignment and that was on an ice hockey game working with versatile play-by-play man Steve Degler.
"I never ever thought in a million years I'd get that opportunity because that may be the sport I know the least about and for two days I was just printing out everything I could find and doing all kinds of research," Brusko said. "It was fun. I would have not survived without Steve Degler. He made it so easy."
Brusko said he wouldn't mind doing more game commentary, but is happy with his role at Service Electric.
He, like everyone on the "Sports Scene" staff, will miss Regina Potocnie for several months this summer.
Potocnie, the show's assignment editor, is expecting twins in early June, and will be out on maternity leave for several months.
"We will miss her a great deal because we already see that it's much more hectic when she's not there," Brusko said. "She really does a great job keeping everything together."
New Harry and Whitey
When the Phillies have afternoon games, as they did on Tuesday, many of us don't have time to watch the games on TV and must listen along on the radio as we drive around the Valley.
And, it struck me again on Tuesday how well Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen mesh together in the Phillies radio booth.
You can tell the difference between two people who work together and two people who genuinely like each other and the latter definitely seems to be the case with Franzke and Andersen.
They really do remind listeners of the easy-going, non-forced rapport that Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn had for years on Phillies radio and TV broadcasts.
Yes, they — Andersen in particular — can be homers, but that's what hometown broadcasters are for, right? And Andersen may bash the umpires too much.
Brusko enjoying his new gig on the sidelines
Former Emmaus High and University of Maine standout has become a regular on Service Electric's "Sports Scene"
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