Does Pam Ward have her own soundboard?
Not to mention Gus Johnson is the announcer for Madden. Can you imagine if Pam Ward were the announcer for Madden? Suicide rates would go through the roof.
has his own soundboard ...
Gus= The Best
Pam= The Worst
i'm so confused. gus johnson is 100% awesome and pam ward sucks all the awesome from those around her. do you not have the not equals sign?
Gus Johnson is the antithesis of Pam Ward. Made a pretty big mistake tonight at the end of BYU-Florida, but no one can capture a moment like Gus can.
What did he do?
that BYU should foul when the game was tied... not a huge mistake but dumb nonetheless
gus likes to ask questions like that to try to help people learn the game of basketball a little better. this one was a little too unnecessary.
Gus Johnson is hands down the best announcer in sports. To compare him to the worst announcer in sports is a joke. Seriously, who do you think is a good announcer? Jim Nantz?
This is beyond sarcasm. There is a reason that Gus Johnson is the fourth-string TBS guy, and consigned to the second or third BTN game of the week. It's because he's an eye-rollingly bad announcer.
Gus Johnson won't be doing the national championship game. Unless it is the field hockey national championship, in which case he'd be perfect.
You really misjudged the opinion of the blog masses, huh?
Not that I care; it doesn't change my mind the least bit about Gus Johnson. But I am actually amazed; I never imagined Gus Johnson having any fans.
YOU'RE MCFARLIN! GET HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you live under a rock?
is having a snowball fight with pitching great randy johnson a bad idea?
The Big Ten Network ran an entire ad campaign for him...
I'm not kidding. How come no one has come to your defense? It's pretty clear most people here are pro-Gus. How come there are countless YouTube tributes to him? I can't think of any announcer with a following like the one he has. He has so much passion and brings out the energy in every game he does, whether it is a crappy big ten game or the elite 8. He loves what he does and has fun doing it. Sorry you are just cranky. I'm also going to assume you share Frank Beckmann's opinion on the Fab 5.
Also, Section1, you also never answered my question. Who do you consider a good announcer?
And the answer would probably be different for different sports. I do think very, very highly of the job Jim Nantz does. Who wouldn't? But Gus Johnson's job is play-by-play for football and basketball. That's a job where you want to be like the referee, and just stay out of the way.
What was Frank Beckmann's opinion on the Fab 5? (btw, I remember the first time that the Fab 5 were ever mentioned together on radio, and it was Beckmann who did it. It was a football game in the fall of, what, 1991? And Beckmann and Brandstatter were having fun in a blowout game, talking about the five new freshmen coming in. They knew all about Chris Webber from Country Day, and Jalen Rose from Southwestern, and a spectacular kid from Chicago named Juwan Howard. Then there were two kids from Texas. "King," and another kid. (They got the answer in about two more minutes.)
Jim Nantz is a fantastic golf announcer. But it is impossible for him to show any emotion. He treats the Final Four like it's a preseason NBA game. I also completely disagree with you opinion on what an announcer's job is. His/her job is to accurately tell the play-by-play and at the same time reflect the significance of the event (aka Gus getting excited). It's not to stay out of the way. if the job was to stay out of the way, we wouldn't have announcers on TV broadcasts.
Finally, This is what Beckmann had to say about the Fab 5.
Jim Nantz makes me sick.
He oozes sanctimonious hypocrisy from every pore. He does his best to ignore the rampant corruption and cheating in college basketball, and, when he's forced to confront it, he routinely blames it on the players alone. His comments about the Fab Five are Exhibit A in this respect. By saying that the Fab Five ruined Michigan basketball, Nantz slandered the members of the Fab Five who were never even accused of doing anything wrong, and ignored the role of Steve Fisher and the other coaches who had to know that Webber was getting paid by Ed Martin and that Ed Martin ran an gambling operation.
I'd rather listen to anyone else do play-by-play on a basketball game, even Verne Lundquist.
Well, to be fair, they were big scary black men.
Also, don't insult Uncle Verne. He and Raftery are easily my second favorite pair. Tomorrow is going to bum me out, though Albert and Kerr aren't awful.
But Lundquist . . . sigh. I just can't take him. Maybe it's the neck.
As for Marv Albert, he's my favorite basketball announcer ever. I have a lot of happy childhood memories of listening him broadcast Knicks' games on the radio. I was in second grade when the Knicks won their first championship in 1970. The game was not on TV in New York; it was tape delayed until 11:30 pm. So I listened to Marv call the game, with Willis Reed coming out of the tunnel and setting the Garden on fire and Walt Frazier having one of the greatest individuals performances in a Finals game ever (36 points, 18 assists).
announce the World Series. Joe Morgan is on ESPN's Game of the Week every week. This must make them all AWESOME announcers by your definition.
Please tell me who you think is the better than him on BTN? Why do you think BTN has a weekly feature of Gus Johnson's best calls? What other announcer gets that treatment? Exactly. And Jim Nantz does the title game because he has been doing it for 20 years. He's got seniority. There's a reason people talk about the "Law of Gus"...that close finishes seem to follow him because his calls of the game are so awesome.
The more you post, the more I think you must be a pretty miserable person.
I used to only disagree with about 95% of the shit you spew, but this definitely pushes it up to 100%. Gus Johnson is fuckin amazing, how can you hate on someone who goes absolutely bannanas while calling a game. He is by far the best announcer out there in my opinion, and if TBS and the BTN were smart he would announce all the big games, including the National Championship. Get with the times, let me guess, you're a Nantz fan?
The announcer on CBS tonight is Verne Lundquist. Verne Lundquist is senile. The fact that Gus is on CBS has nothing to do with his quality as an announcer.
And don't get me started on Jim Nantz.
No argument there. The funny thing is, Gus Johnson strikes me as 30-going-on-Lundquist.
I have it on good authority that when God watches college basketball, he insists on Gus Johnson play-by-play. That is all.
Gus Johnson is the BTN's #1.
And he isn't employed by TBS, he is employed by CBS, and has long been their #2 being Lundquist.
He does not do more games on BTN because THEY WON'T PAY HIM ENOUGH. Why do you think the BTN runs ads for basketball that advertise Johnson, not the game? Because people like him.
I'm going to create new usernames just so I can neg you more.
EVER say that again
Gus Johnson : Pam Ward :: Girl from 4E : Roseanne Barr
Are you kidding?? Welcome to the Antithesis Olympics. Next up Michael Phelps vs Martin Short's synchronized swimming character from SNL...
"Im not a very strong swimmer..."
Section 1. What, did he suggest everyone should stand up during games?
You leave Gus alone. You hear me.
When someone reaches their awesomeness apex, anonymous internet hipsters decide that something can no longer become more awesome than it already is. They then decide that if they opinionate not liking the awesome thing, they will be ahead of the trend of when it's cool not to like the thing that once was awesome. That doesn't necessarily mean the original thing has stopped being awesome. I wish I had a chart. Chart?
Johnson has made about 5 mistakes, including the one tonight during the BYU game
Ward makes about 5 per play
We cant have nice things.
He grew up in Detroit and is a Michigan fan
I'd nominate Tirico as about 10,000% better than Gus Johnson, with a wealth and range of experience that puts Gus Johnson's resume to shame.
This is now a Gus Johnson tribute thread. Let's post our favorite Gus Johnson moments. I'll start: I thought he was going to have a heart attack during this game last year
bautista with the caaaAAAATCH.... AND THATS IT
but nothing is better than when he just yells uncontrollably at a late game 3 pointer
That video has my favorite Gus reaction of all time. When Crawford hits the deep three, Johnson can't even muster words. He just goes "UH! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!"
My favorite call has to be Adam Morrison's buzzer beater against Oklahoma State. "LARRY BIRD...MAYBE!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmY-BXzMc5g
My favorite Gus game is the end of UCLA-Gonzaga (the game where Morrison cries). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt0VUSyVIr4
ed: Embed didn't work, so I just posted the links. Sorry.
Are you kidding me? Best EVER! COLD BLOODED!
Kill yourself. I'm serious.
That was an overreaction...
Fuck the heck...? No.
Ward sucks. Johnson is great. Other than that, though, they are EXACTLY alike.
I have to say; you can't argue with the ratings. Obviously, you guys are representative of the demo that advertisers want. I truly had no idea that Gus Johnson was popular, and I really do not understand why anybody thinks he's so good. I honestly do find him unlistenable. Cliche'. Phony importance. Dumb. Low-brow.
do the finals in sports apparently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xdTYVxzEwI
gus johnson is march madness. jim nantz is my afternoon nap.
So being excited at a basketball game is dumb and low-brow? Boy you must HATE student sections.
It doesn't get more cliched and phony than Jim Nantz. He is faux high-brow and highly scripted. He sucks the life out of a broadcast.
How dare you compare the two as equal
troll harder, I don't buy this
There's a lot to comment on. As someone who watches a shitload of sports and broadcasters, I can tell you right now that Nantz is one of the best in the game.
It always makes me laugh when people complain about Joe Buck, when Nantz is just as emotionless and gets less publicity.
Do you want to know the truth?
There is no such thing as a bad announcer. Maybe it's all the sports I've watched, all the radio I've heard, all the TV I've seen. Every announcer is capable of moments of emotion, so there goes the Nantz / Buck "monotone" excuse. ("ROCK CHALK CHAMPIONSHIP, KANSAS TAKES THE TITLE!")
Gus Johnson is a good broadcaster, but he isn't the best. He makes a few errors during his broadcast. I was actually reading an article on the NY Times about him the other day, he makes a few technical errors and makes a few slip-ups every game, but every broadcaster does that.
No one shows more emotion than him though at the end of a game.
To sum up, Gus is good, but is the love for him a bit overrated? Yes. He's a very emotional broadcaster and he gets you excited. But he's not the best. I always laugh when I read people saying he should be the lead voice of CBS. No he shouldn't. That's Nantz's job, and there are better people at CBS doing football and basketball than him, including Verne Lundquist.
that you watching sports is gonna be a good argument for saying how good an announcer is considering that there are probably a lot of people on this message board who watch just as much as you.
PRobably true, since there isn't cable here.
The point is Johnson is good, but he's not the best. Nantz in my opinion is better. And I'm 26. :|
I like every broadcaster though and rarely criticize them. Never did understand hate for Buck or Nantz either, they're professional. Dont' have to holler at the top of your voice to call a good game.
Nantz's repeated ad hominem attacks on the Fab Five have been anything but professional.
I stopped reading after you said, "I dont think theres such a thing as a bad announcer". I feel like Rod Allen's name might belong somewhere in the bad announcer conversation. Some of the things he says are funny, but the guy doesn't know more about baseball than the average Tigers fan.
That's dirty... Dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty dirty.
Actually, I like the announcers like Gus and Rod and Harry Caray, who's real emotion shines through and are genuinely excited / upset at the game. Vitale used to be that, but somewhere around the mid 90's he turned into a characature of himeself. Listen to the Vitale announcing any of the Fab 5 games from their freshman year and you'll hear good coaching analysis along with a crap load of emotion and compare that to any Vitale game from this year where the emotion is just heaped on like another joan rivers plastic surgery.
As for the "professional" announcers like Nantz and Joe Buck, these are the guys I can't stand. The "I'm a professional announcer" shtick is just lame and condescending. Listen to an Ernie Harwell or Curt Gowdy or even Dick Enberg broadcast... it sounds as professional as you can get and there's still an emotion to the announcer that makes you feel like you're at the game, included and they're excited to be there as well. Buck and Nantz feel like I'm watching a Ken Burns documentary and being lectured to on the importance of this replay.
Give me Doc Emerick on an NHL game, Uncle Brent on a college football game (unless Keith Jackson is available), or Jon Miller (minus Joe Morgan) on a MLB broadcast.
I don't mind announcers who let emotion show, I like the others you mentioned in the first paragraph. I don't like Rod because he doesn't seem to know that much about baseball. I was watching the Tigers this week and Brad Penny threw a 76 mph curveball which Rod proceeded to call a splitter.
Rod Allen is a "color" commentator. He's there to do the expert commentary around Mario Impemba's play-by-play. I actually like the Mario Impemba/Rod Allen team. I think that they are doing a good job at the impossible task of replacing Ernie Harwell in the minds of Tiger fans.
The Dick Vitales of the sports-broadcasting world are performing a substantially different function from people like Jim Nantz, Dan Hicks, Dick Enberg, Mike Tirico, or Joe Buck.
Using the responses so far I'm going to extrapolate and say that the entire world disagrees with you.
Gus Johnson is the American version of that Spanish 'goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool' guy
Taylor for 3...GOT IT...TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME OUT BUTLER!
Wisco is coming back and Gus is getting excited. I'm excited.
Not you again.
Even though it's Indiana, enough said.
Don't forget the "HAHAAAAAAAAAA!" at the end of that.
(Yeah, I've seen that commercial about 100 times, it's burned into my memory permanently. I'm sure I'm not the only one).
I'm torn here. On the one hand, there is really nothing objectively better about one announcer than another. I mean, diff'rent strokes, right? It's all a matter of taste. You like mutton, I like PB & J. You like Matisse, I like Keith Haring. You see what I mean.
On the other hand, Section1, you cannot be serious.
Also, there is this.
I think Gus Johnson is as great as the next MGoGuy. Bill Simmons had a great tweet regarding him tonight though:
Way late to the party as I was watching the games but this post, in conjunction with the one directly below it on the board regardin jerseys, have to be the two worst back to back posts by seasoned vets on this board to date.
1. I love talking about jerseys. Especially when we're talking about a school with more tradition interladen with their jerseys than any other school in the country.
2. Gus vs. Pam Ward? I 100% thought this was a joke when I read it. How do you not love Gus? Even if you don't like him, even more remarkable is that you were completely clueless of Gus' widespread popularity as one of the best! That's what really struck me as surprising from that post. This literally boggles the mind coming from someone who I assumed followed sports closely.
I'm not going to ban the OP. But I thought about it.
Honest to God, Brian; I had no idea that there was this Gus Johnson fan club thing out there in cyberspace. I really do think he's awful. I don't get it. I wasn't looking for this reaction.
you're asking for it
Pam Ward is death to the ears, and needs to be secretly given Castor Oil before announcing Northwestern vs Iowa on Espn 3 on so she makes a big Dookie in her panz on air n getz FIRED!!!
Brian, if you're looking for someone to ban, how 'bout this bigoted twerp?
one of his best calls. Cooold bloooded!!!!
Sorry wouldnt let me embed.
Saw this pretty funny list of the worst announcers on yahoo a while back. It includes Pam Ward, Digger Phelps, and of course Lou Holtz
Dumbest comment in Mgoblog history not related to Michigan football. Who exactly do you think you are? Are you Pam ward?
Maybe you prefer Mike Patrick and Dick Vitale at a Duke home game.
Gus Johnson is Jesus of March Madness.
Pam Ward is the Ben Stein of announcing.
I can't believe someone would pose this question. Even if you aren't a Gus Johnson fan, which would be dumb, Pam Ward is horrendous. Rise and fire baby.
This strikes me as a cry for attention.
is by far the best big play announcer in sports.
I was at that game. It was the worst fucking game in the history of the NFL, and not because the Bengals lost. I'm only nominally a Bengals fan and so after sitting in the blazing sun (1st game of season) for 3 hours watching a massive cripple fight, we got up to leave after the Bengals had finally "put it away."
Then that happened. Just an all around awful day.
This seems like trolling.
Two words. Bob Ufer. The most energetic broadcaster of all time, biased as hell. Are you saying you don't like Bob Ufer? Because that is unacceptable..