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Is Dan Dakich awful or is it just me?
I like him. He said nice things about us, too. He's outspoken and called out the Knicks in a way I loved.
And for bonus fun, he stirred up little bro' tonight. When he talked about some teams complaining about injuries, Izzo fits the bill. Big time.
There's a thread at RCMB where they're all upset.
Loved the trashing of the Knicks. Especially as it came right after commercial for a Knicks game. I would imagine some execs at ESPN were cringing during that.
In his defense, I recall him once praising Max Bielfeldt for having the biggest calves in the Big 10, so at least he recognizes certain accomplishments.
Yeah, that was earlier this year. A little strange.
He's awful and he knows it. He's a huge troll.
I thought I posted your post and had no recolection of it.. took me a second. Have you had this avatar a while? I just created this new account not long ago, I had a different avatar on my other account.. but I use this avatar all over the internet. Either way, just curious more than anything.. it's a great avatar. South Park and Stauskas, two of my favorite things.
You guys have the same number of points! Stop fucking with my mind
It's a case of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Jekyll. They are one and the same.
I can't even remember where I got it. It's been by basketball season twitter avatar for the last few seasons.
He might be trying to hard to not be biased because his kid plays for Michigan
This certainly explains a lot...makes it a bit more forgivable
He used to really troll us hard before this. Now he's just merely unbearable.
Sometimes it seems like he tries to do a Dickie V. impression (at least pitch and "enthusiasm"-wise), which is when I find him annoying. He definitely didn't seem to have many nice things to say about Michigan before his kid walked on, but he seems decently balanced to me now.
Griese did that when he announced UM games while Brian was QB. I remember a game, might have been the OSU game or the Rose Bowl, and he was the announcer and you could hear him straining not to cheer on his son so hard. Obviously not the same, but in this instance it does feel like Dakich tends to underplay UM basketball a bit.
That said, he can be downright insufferable, though I'll take million of hims over a minute of Vitale.
Remember it well - he struggled with it for a while. He insisted on calling him "Griese" all season until the final game or two, when he loosened up and called him Brian.
when Brian was named MVP and his dad was in tears.
Can't think of a better broadcasted father son moment.
I loved his call of the game. The fact that it was our greatest road win ever had some play, but I love any guy who actually calls people out, especially refs, and the Knicks. Dude's real. Jabrill Peppers probably loves Dakich. Word's awful, not aweful.
I, too, loved him calling out the Knicks. I'm sure the folks at ESPN didn't like it as much since they kept advertising the Knicks vs Nets game on Monday. Then Dakich goes on to say he doesn't know how anyone can willingly watch the Knicks.
Yeah, what a new, topical spin on the Knicks' season. Hilarious! Did he make any ESPN loves Tebow cracks, too?
I thought that rant about the Knicks was hilarious. He didn't just mention it.. it was a legit 30 second bashing of New York. Found it pretty funny.
"If you pay money to watch the Knicks after that performance... you must have a lot of money."
he gave his Indiana buddy, Woodson, a total pass.
Yep, people in here are too damned sensitive sometimes.
In all seriousness, I don't see how ANYONE enjoys listening to him.
I think because his son plays for Michigan and now he's more pro-Michigan that Michigan fans all of a sudden like him. THAT is actually more annoying that Dakich himself.
99.9% of Michigan fans couldn't STAND Dakich the past 2 years...now his son plays for Michigan and he knows the team better, loves Beilein and Stauskas and all of a sudden people like him.
He's still a terrible announcer, he's just now a terrible announcer that likes Michigan.
People REALLY need to stop comparing broadcasters to Dick Vitale.
Could you imagine Dick Vitale, actually calling a game like a normal person? It would be weird and be even more awful.
He's his own entity at this point. Just accept it, he's not going to get better, he can't...he gets paid to be him. It may be a clown, but that's what it is. Just like Chris Berman isn't going to stop being Chris Berman, that's his brand. That's why they still have a job, it's not because they're actually GOOD. It's their brand.
Keith Jackson was borderline senile that last 5 years he was in the booth. It was painful to listen to him because he messed up everything. But he was the brand and the voice of the Rose Bowl. If he could get off one "WHOOOOOOOAAAA NELLLLLLLIIIIIE!!!!" then it was worth it.
Musberger is now in this group. Corso is this for College Gameday.
Some of these guys shouldn't be compared to the standard in their profession is what I'm saying. So it does nothing comparing Dakich to Vitale. That's a horrible comparison. Compare Dakich to his industry standard. When you do, you'll see his sucks.
I thought he made some funny wisecracks and provided quality color commentary (fwiw) some people you just can't please I guess
I just remember hearing him say something along the lines of, "Big Ten guys like to touch each other."
"Occasionally guys touch each other. Thats just a basketball play."
I believe the true definition of 'awful' is to be full of awe at something.
Bother me, but I'm not easily bothered. He's no Pam ward
I actually enjoy his broadcasts.
I'll second that. I think he's great. Obviously, he's got a lot of bball knowledge and he's good at sharing it during the game. I don't see what the problem is with him. I'd take him over Dickie V any day. Dickie V spends most of the game kissing butt instead of actually breaking down plays and adding true color commentary.
HaHa, yeah he is tearable. He is quite maranic and says some stoopid stuff.
I don't know what everyone else thinks, but I think Dakich is actually one of the better color guys on ESPN.
Much worse. Seems like its been a night and day difference which may be because his son is on the team now. Either that or I just didn't notice tonight being so ecstatic with how good of a game we played.
Glad his son plays for Michigan but it will forever make being annoyed with Dan an awkward situation. We all know by now that various recruits and players read this blog. I know it's a favorite pasttime to talk about our distaste for Mr. Dakich but I cringe at the thought of Andrew coming onto this blog and seeing it.
I think my permanent stance on Dan Dakich will have to be "I find other announcers to be more enjoyable than him. Next question."
You in awe of him?
Did you watch any games before his son committed to UM? He was just as bad, if not worse, back then.
He doesn't bother me much. He says some stupid things at times but all announcers do. As others have mentioned i like him calling out the refs when they screw up. I also liked him calling out the knicks tonight.
He's not the greatest, but there are far worse out there. Bottom line is, so long as Michigan plays like they did today and comes away with a W, then Miley Cyrus could call the game and I wouldn't care... Come to think of it, that might be entertaining as hell... Can we make this happen?
I don't mind Dakich. At least he seems to be honest. Some guys gush over every little thing or say the same thing over and over. He comes off as a little too opinionated sometimes, but I like when he's calling the game. Wasn't he the one who tweeted about how "UM and OSU were both looking for coaches at the same time for the first time in forever, one because they didn't get Terrelle Pryor and the other because they did" or something like that?
He's fine in my opinion.
I like him as a color commentator -- I'd suffice to say he is in the top 10%. He actually gives out some decent analysis due to his coaching career, just like Bruce Pearl. He is a little loud and uses some hyperboles (Aaron Craft), but he isn't nearly as bad as Dick Vitale. His willingness to get excited about great basketball plays AND speak out about bad plays/refs/behavior makes me take his opinion more seriously than fluffer commentators.
I don't like him on twitter, however.
neither does anthony wright
It's always a chicken and egg thing with national personalities acting up on twitter, but he was trolling Anthony Wright (and Michigan generally) on twitter very hard for a while. Announcing, to me at least, seemed to be a decent story.
He's kind of annoying.