Archive for the ‘Sportscasters’ Category

The ESPN/ABC College Football Sportscaster Lineup

July 14, 2009

You know we are beginning to get dangerously close to the college football season when it’s time to scout out one of the most important aspects of watching a game. ESPN/ABC released their fall broadcast lineup, which did come with a few surprises.

For starters, I was not particularly happy when Bonnie Bernstein recently announced on her website that she will be leaving her sideline duties to focus on more studio work and in-depth reporting, which includes NFL Live, Outside the Lines, Jim Rome is Burning, College Football Live, and First Take. On the other hand, I was very extremely happy to see that Paul Maguire is taking a reduced role this season. However, Maguire will work “the occasional game and do some studio shows and radio,” according to ESPN.

Also being shuffled around is Craig James, who will move from the ABC booth to one of the ABC Saturday afternoon games along with keeping his ESPN Thursday primetime games. Perhaps the biggest surprise came when ABC announced that Sean McDonough – my personal favorite – will be working with Matt Millen (fresh from his Detroit Lions gig) for ABC’s main Saturday afternoon game. Solid.

Not going anywhere is Lou Holtz. Expect more brilliant things such as ‘he had shoulder surgery on his elbow (video here)’ this fall from the studio and from the booth.

For the studio teams, click here.

Game Telecast Play-by-play Analyst Reporter

  • Saturday Night Football (on ABC): Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Lisa Salters
  • ESPN College Football Primetime (Saturday): Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Erin Andrews
  • ESPN2 College Football Primetime (Saturday): Mark Jones, Bob Davie
  • ESPNU SEC Saturday Primetime: Eric Collins, Brock Huard
  • ESPN College Football Primetime (Thursday): Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer, and Erin Andrews
  • ABC Saturday Afternoon: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, and Holly Rowe
  • ABC Saturday Afternoon: Mike Patrick, Craig James, and Heather Cox
  • ABC or ESPN2 Saturday Afternoon: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham
  • ESPN College Football (Saturday afternoons): Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, and Chris Spielman
  • ESPN2 College Football (Saturday afternoon): Pam Ward, Ray Bentley
  • ESPNU Saturday Noon: Clay Matvick, David DiazInfante
  • ESPNU Saturday Afternoon: Todd Harris, Charles Arbuckle
  • ESPNU Late Saturday: Carter Blackburn, TBD
  • ESPN and ESPN2 Fridays and select ABC Saturdays: Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore
  • ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 Saturdays and select Fridays: Terry Gannon, David Norrie
  • ESPN and ESPN2 Midweek Games: Rece Davis, Mark May, Lou Holtz, and Rob Stone
  • ESPNU Thursday: Charlie Neal, Jay Walker
  • ESPN Radio games:; Bill Rosinski, Dennis Franchione, and Joe Schad
  • SEC Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games): Dave Neal, Andre Ware, and Cara Capuano
  • BIG EAST Network (ESPN Regional Television syndicated games): Mike Gleason, John Congemi, and Quint Kessinich
  • ESPN Region al Television MAC Syndication: Michael Reghi, Doug Chapman

On a semi-related note, Alex Flanagan will still be doing her part in trying to resurrect Notre Dame’s dismal NBC ratings on Saturday afternoons. High five, NBC.

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Do Fox Announcers Make Your Ears Bleed?

January 13, 2009

And the answer to that question is “yes.” After watching last week’s national title game on Fox, I think it’s safe to say that every college football fan on the planet should be sending ESPN a “thank you” card for coming out on top of the bidding war for the rights to broadcast the BCS games starting in 2011. If you didn’t believe in religion before, this is proof that a God does, in fact, exist. But that still means you will need to utilize the “mute” button on your remote for one more year, assuming Fox sends its dynamic duo of Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis to the booth for next year’s BCS title game broadcast.

In case you muted the broadcast after the first of 37 “Tim Tebow is the greatest human being on earth” comments, here are some snippets of what you missed courtesy of Awful Announcing:

“Super Sam beat out Superman for the Heisman.” – Davis

“These thoroughbreds, these Secretariats, it could tighten up at halftime.” – Davis

“Our camera hovering above the field like a humming bird.” – Brennaman

“Tebow steps out of major trouble to gain a yard..erm add 5 on top of that for a gain of 6.” – Brennaman after a 5 yard penalty

“He comes right across the face of number ten.” – Davis

“I got so excited, I thought they were going on 4th down twice!” – Brennaman
“I should have been there to help you partner.”Davis

“They had 4 games that hit the 500 yd rushing mark, Tebow was one of them.”Brennaman

“That was Louis Murphy, the son of a Baptist Miner…Minerster….stirring it up.”Brennaman

“Oklahoma won the turnover.”Brennaman

“Architectural like precision from Bradford.” Brennaman

“He lost his shoe after losing a defender!”Brennaman

“If you’re fortunate enough to spend 5 or 20 minutes around Tim Tebow, you’re better for it.” – Brennaman (at least once)

“When Major Wright hits you, you feel it in a major wrong way.” – Brennaman

“If this is a tennis match, those are two unforced errors.” – Davis

“These two teams have run everyone out of the gym.” – Brennaman

“Big decision time here…do you go for it on 4th down?”Brennaman
“Go, go, go ,go go”Davis on 3rd and goal. The video of the call is here.

“The field goal is almost conceded where they are on the field of play.”Davis the play before Florida scores a TD to go up 10 from the 15 yard line

I thought Fox could have at least issued a disclaimer for the kids listening. I’m not sure it was appropriate to let them hear Davis and Brennaman make love to Tebow through the microphone for 3 1/2 hours. Listening to Charles Davis televise any college football game is like sending out Lucas at wide receiver in the Super Bowl. Someone in the Fox production team needs to be fired for assigning these two talentless announcers for the biggest game of the college football season. When you are begging for Craig James and Todd Blackledge in the 2nd quarter, you know there’s a problem.
Even Google agrees. Searching for “Charles Davis” and “terrible” pulls up 398,000 hits. (Disclosure: googling “double extra point” and “terrible” pulls up 203,000 hits.) And how does the only Fox announcer with any credible experience, Chris Myers, get sideline duty for the title game? It’s kind of like having LeBron as the 6th man on the Cavs bench. Makes less sense than OJ’s pre-sentencing rant in a Las Vegas courtroom last month.
The gold standard of painful moments in broadcasting came from Frank Hamlin in season one of ‘South Park.’ And I think it goes without saying that Thom Brennaman has reached that gold standard.

Stuart Scott Live and Unplugged

August 12, 2008

ESPN’s own Stuart Scott has just kicked off his music world tour in Bristol, CT.

Notice how his shirt says “born on the street?” For some reason, I am pretty sure he never grew up anywhere near the hood when we was younger. In fact, I bet he was getting his ass kicked plenty of times during his childhood from kids in the hood. Also, take notice in how serious he is taking this. # of times he has practiced this song in his dressing room or in front of his mirror at home: approximatley 3,698 times.

Our buddy Jerry from barstoolsports says it best, (his) “singing is like gravy on a biscuit, it’s all good. He’s as hardcore as the Wu-Tang Clan on steroids. Just call him butter cuz he’s on a roll. He’s doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well. Don’t see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind. He’s got his mojo workin’ and he’s breaking him off a little somthin’ somethin’. And so as not to miss the obvious, Stuart Scott is cooler than the other side of the pillow.”

Stuart is now officially the only dude ever to karaoke “I’ll Be” while wearing a “born on the street” t-shirt. And to top if off, check out the cougar in white shirt in the left on the screen. Stuart is singing the whole song to her. Somehow, he manages to walk off into the night without her. Beautiful dude.