This was just really bothered me the other day and then again last night. When you get a game and the guys calling it do everything they can to praise teams for stuff they probably don't deserve. It's like they think we can't figure out what we're watching really isn't impressive at all.
Like the Monday Night San Fran vs Arizona game. The guys tried to tell us the whole night what awesome defense it was. That was putrid offense, plain and simple. Did anyone buy this? I think even Greenie didn't as he point blank asked if it was great D or just bad O, but the other Mike's of course tried to say it was just great defense.
Then last night's college game was more of the same. Sure Miami looked great in taking apart Texas A&M. But could you at least mention Texas A&M has played pretty shitty defense in all of it's games this season so looking good against that group really means jack squat? Now shutting down their offense might, MIGHT be considered impressive but when you consider that those guady offensive numbers A&M put up before this game came against the likes of Montana State, Fresno State and Louisiana-Monroe, well not so much. I kept waiting and waiting for them to bring these things up but they ignored it and kept talking about how great it was for Miami to be shutting down this "potent" A&M offense and how great Miami's offense looked as well.
At least Desmond Howard came along for a few minutes and pointed out that while they were kissing Wright's ass he got damned lucky to complete those two "punts" he threw. That weak armed stuff ain't gonna work against a top team. And for that matter, what the hell Coach Fran? You've shut down Miami's running game the whole first half and your safties are biting on play action like it's their biggest concern? Why are you still employed?
Ok I'm done complaining. Guess I should just be happy an ACC team beat a "top 25" team for once.
The quality of announcing on Thursday Night College Football has slipped the past few years. I could live with Craig James, but the scab Flutie is just annoying. Doesn't seem like their is any chemistry in the booth, unlike the Corso/Kirk days. I like Fowler doing the pre-game show, but he loses something doing play-by-play. Although I always hated him as a coach, what did Davies do to get demoted back to working with Jones on Saturday rather than in the 3-man ABC booth?
Flutie just doesn't fit in. And they spend too much time talking with him about his career. We know what he did guys, don't care anymore.
Kirk can do well. He's knowledgable, but for some reason his predictions are crap. He's terrible at calling before games what's going to happen, which kinda makes me laugh. It's like, how can you analize a game in progress so well but be clueless just a few hours prior?
Folwer does fine calling the game, but they HAVE to get guys in there willing to give strong opinions and call it like it is. Which isn't really his job so I don't blame him. Like I said, you can't spend half your night talking about A&M's "potent" offense and never once mention who those points came against. It's just silly. But hey maybe I'm the only clueless one as most articles today are saying Miami got a "big win", just like the annoucers were last night. Yes, beating an unproven middle of the pack Big 12 team at home sure is big. Way to go guys.
Isn't complaining about ESPN announcers a little like complaining about Fox News hosts? In that it's pretty well known that you're getting suck, and/or bias by now?? (You W's scoring at home can decide which applies to which )
Personally, I get more annoyed that every utterance needs a commercial plug these days... the McDonald's starting line-ups, the Fed-Ex call to the pen, etc.
I listened to the first few innings on the radio today, and was surprised that they missed out on getting a sponsor for a whole sentence. I expected something like "the Fruit of the Loom bottom of the lineup due for Pittsburgh in the second".
I believe that Tarkenton requested a trade from Minnesota primarily due to differences with the head coach. He was only in the league a few years at that time, so it really had nothing to do with misleading them or quasi-retiring.