“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Motion to ban Bruce Pearl from commentating games
You work on the legal briefs...and we will support you
I'm pretty sure most people on the board were fawning over Bruce Pearl at the start of the year so good luck with this...
Would anyone fawn over Bruce Pearl. He is Satan
Would anyone fawn over Bruce Pearl. He is Satan
I agree with the OP, though I probably would have stated it with less melodrama. It did seem like every time Michigan made a good play, Pearl called it a "foul," while every time Bradley got called for a foul, Pearl said it was a "bad call."
There really isn't any reason for him to cheer for either team, and he is usually a good analyst, so I was somewhat perplexed and mildly irritated. Maybe Pearl is trying to develop a conscience, has overcompensated, and now roots for the underdog.
I just find it funny that he is still suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress) from all of the back door cuts Michigan torched Tennessee with in his last game as a head coach. He kept bringing it up over and over, "look for Michigan to run some back door cuts right here..."
I think he was just pulling for the underdog - a natural inclination for any analyst hoping to maintain interest in the game they are calling. I take it as one more sign we have arrived as a consistent favorite.
Didn't bother me.
He's just mad his last game he coached was a 30 point ass whipping issued to him by Michigan in the NCAA tournament.
Motion to ban people from starting topics to whine about announcers.
Every announcer has something people can point out they don't like. Just part of the game (in a way).
He's better than Dick Vitale!
He could be announcing a game between a B1G team and an SEC team, and the only thing he'll talk about is the ACC
In the universe of college basketball commentators, he is not bad. I here lots of positive comments and i find him relatively palatable.
I never understood hiring former players/coaches to jobs they are not really qualified for simply because they are connected to the sport. Sportsman=/=Commentator
Because 9 times out of 10 a former coach or player knows more about the sport, which is why he is a color commentator to bring insight into the game that people who never played the game can't do. He is a little "young" when it comes to announcing games but when he gets more practice at it he will get better like with anything people do.
This is especially true for ex-coaches. (Ex-players can be more hit-or-miss.) Most do a very good job breaking down the game and making observations the average fan wouldn't have noticed. My favorite is Bob Knight - he's not my favorite person, but he has great insight to offer.
In the span of about 3 minutes in the game time he complained about the following calls:
- Charge taken by Hardaway should have been a block.
- Flying manbeast foul on Burke mid-jumpshot should have not been called, "let em play".
- Egregiously early spin move on a free throw was a "ticky-tack" lane violation against BU.
- Fast break de-pantsing move on Hardaway on his way to a slam was a "play for the ball".
I get it, it's an underdog, and it's fun for a neutral observer to have a close game, and you could maybe complain about one of these things on its own, but he sounded like I would expect a Bradley alum to sound calling the game.
(edit: to be fair that Bradley guy with the 20 second freethrow release, I'm surprised the BU players aren't _constantly_ getting lane violations)
People are just being homers. I hadn't seen the game before this thread so I watched it with some of this in mind, and there really weren't that many things he seemed to be biased about. First, I don't think that should have been a charge. The second call I agree but the guy did block the shot also and even the announcers made it sound like it was a harder collision than it really was, hardly a "manbeast" foul. Also, he said something like maybe it shouldn't have been a foul; he wasn't very decisive about it. Third, I agree with you, but he didn't call it ticky-tack; the other guy asked him if it was and all he said was "I don't know, it's an eh? call", which is actually a worse explanation lol. Fourth, that guy just made a totally routine end-of-game desperation foul, and I agree completely with Pearl there. Plus, he was just saying it shouldn't have been called as an intentional. So, that's just 4 calls you think he was being biased about, 2 of which I don't agree with.
That's the rational thing to do here
Looking forward to hearing Dakich's story about Spike's father, yet again.
You mean the Biddy-Ball legend?
I'm just happy that I am able to watch over 20-25 games here in Colorado! It's awesome that I can now watch more games than I could when I actually lived in Michigan.
I'm not mad at commentary, but mad that we played like dog shitte. That THJR slept walk through the game. That Morgan had the quietest double-double ever. That Burke can't pass with under 7 second on the shot clock.
For Better Off Dead reference.
What is a goal is basketball. I am the only one that noticed him keep saying "the goal" as in "hoop", "rim", "boards".
That term isn't completely unheard of. After all, that's where "goaltending" came from.
and there's also the term field goal in basketball as well. Come to think of it, "goal" may in fact be the official name of the basket....
I'm going to harlm to shoot some hoops, shirts and skins. I'll make sure to ask what goal we are going towards.
Bruce Pearl is also the one who wrote an article on ESPN about why he thought we would become a basketball dynasty again.
This could be turned into a positive.
Who is the worst announcer of all time?
I will go with Chris Spielman.
Followed by Pam Ward at a close second.
Better get a timeout, Baby!
After the first game Pearl did this year everyone kept saying how awesome he was and now everyone hates the guy?
He was good the first time he broadcast earlier this season but ya he was a little off today. Also motion to have Gus Johnson broadcast every game in ever sport from here on out.
I second that motion
Burke gets smashed on a shot: "I'd like to see them let that go"
We cleanly knock the ball out of their hands for a steal: "a lot of contact on that one"
Yea, my head was spinning a bit on the way he observed that sequence of plays. lol
I like Bruce Pearl.
i lol'ed when he started discussing what should and shouldn't be improper benefits from people outside of the program lol
But he's uniquely qualified for this sort of stuff.
TC doesn't know about Commentating 101:
Always pump up and over-sell the underdog to keep the casual fans with minimal rooting interest paying attention.
Bradley was a huge underdog so of course they'd argue things their way. Now if a game isn't so lop-sided on paper then commentators can balance who to praise.
for three games in a row. Has to say some generous stuff about Bradley. And heck--they played us tought. Respect to them. Pearl's way better than a lot of people.
or blog, you would be a hero. Which is why I upvoted your post.
I've heard worse
His Brave bias was hard to listen to, but early on he DID make a funny & insightful comment:
"last year, Michigan's backup point guard was a time-out."
agreed that was a good one...give credit where due...overall he's a pretty good analyst
I am glad I wasnt imagining it. He sounded like a damn fool- No commentator should comment on the officiating as much as he did; especially when it is so clearly one sided.
Down with ALL complaining about announcers threads PLEASE. 9 times out of 10 people have no idea what they are talking about and don't know the sport and can't take off their maize and blue glasses.
Pearl's wanna-be Billy Packer impression all game was why he should be banned from TV...not because he was arguing for/against calls late in the game. Most of them were legit, Michigan played soft all game while Beilein tried to keep it close and get certain players a bunch of PT. It was an ugly/odd game and let's be glad we won and move on.
Pearl actually loves us, he's done other games this year and both he and Dakich (who seems to get all of the other games) BOTH love Michigan.
Bruce Pearl did write an article on ESPN praising our team a few weeks ago. Settle down.