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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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Posted 09-26-2010 at 01:37 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 09-26-2010 at 06:02 PM by TommyJohn

John Arnold "Jack" Brown Play-by-play Announcer 1960-present Brown was a 25 year-old part-time disc jockey in California struggling to make it in the business when the AFL was formed and teams hired or held tryouts for play-by-play announcers. Brown auditioned for the Los Angeles Chargers job and didn't get it, but did land the Sharks job. He later found out that owner Martin Dole hired him because he was young and new and could be paid like it. Brown did the TV pbp by himself for five seasons, and getting the job enhanced his profile enough that he was able to get a DJ job in California-so he did the DJ job during the week and the TV pbp job on Sundays. In 1965 the Sharks hired a color commentator to share the TV booth with Brown. He went through a couple until 1970, when the Sharks hired ex-quarterback Gary Larson to do the color. The chemistry bewteen the two worked so well that they remained a team until 2005, when Larson retired. Brown worked as a DJ in California until 1966, when he was hired by a station in Honolulu. He then moved there full-time. He has seen every great and low moment in Shark history, and named his favorite moments in 2000. In 2009 the Sharks honored him for his 50th season with the team. He is now 75 years old, still sharp, and says he will give up the job "when they cart me out of the booth and bring me to the morgue."

Jerome Daniel Rosen-Quarterback 1968-77 Rosen was born and raised in New York City and attended the University of Alabama, where he succeeded Joe Namath as QB. He did well enough to garner attention, but was not considered to have much potential. The Sharks signed him as an undrafted free agent to back up Carl Tasby and Gary Larson. Before his first start in an exhibition game, vs. the Jets in Shea Stadium, NY native Rosen famously bragged to a sportswriter "My family is here today, but not women I dated in college, because if they came out, there'd be no seats left for anyone else." Rosen was a swinging bachelor who was famous amongst his teammates for his way with women. He was also Jewish. This brought him a lot of attention too, and it also made him a favorite of comedians from Jackie Mason to Woody Allen. He would start some games over the years but would be never be more than a serviceable backup. As a starter, he was bad. Bad enough that fans used to constantly rag Pastos for Rosen's continued bad play. He was released in 1977 and retired.

Ronald Allen Chadwick-Quarterback 1973-77 Chadwick was another unusual Pastos project-drafted out of the University of Oregon, where he shared QB duties with Dan Fouts, Chadwick was hailed as the savior who would fill the void left by the defection of Carl Tasby. Chadwick had been born and raised in England, and his family came to the U.S. when he was 13 after his father, a journalist, was transferred by his London paper to Washington, D.C. Chadwick took up football and martial arts as a response to people who bullied him over his "sissy", "fruity" English accent. Chadwick was a popular QB at Oregon, and become known as the "Bombing Brit." Once with the Sharks he became the "Bumbling Brit" and seemed a bit lost out on the field. A few times in 1973 he had good games, but seemed unable to harness his enormous potential. Pastos decided after one year to move in another direction and drafted another QB in 1974. Chadwick was reduced to third string status behind Jerry Rosen and stayed that way until 1977. In 1975 neither he nor Rosen played a single down; starter Stan Witowski played every offensive down that year. Chadwick retired in 1977, moved back to his native England and became a popular Rugby announcer.

Alexander Aristotle Pastos-Fullback 1972-79 Alex Pastos came to the Sharks as a Number One draft pick out of the University of Michigan. He had actually been with the Sharks long before that-he was the second of Gus Pastos' two sons, and had worked on the sidelines of home games as a ballboy during his high school years. Gus took plenty of heat for drafting his son, but Alex justified him by doing well and making All-Pro in 1974 and 75. He was on his way to another great season in 1976 when Jack Tatum of the Raiders blasted him hard on a routine screen pass, separating Pastos' shoulder. It was the beginning of the end for Alex, who would be plagued by more injuries until he retired in 1979. It was only the beginning for him, and his post-playing years would be filled with more drama, first as an assistant coach and later as an owner.
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