The Announcers

Submitted by Evil Monkey on February 19th, 2012 at 12:17 AM

I know one of them was Jay Bilas, I did not catch the name of the other one. Anyway, I thought the announcing tonight was absolutely awful. Which ever team scored, became the "best team in the Nation." That's annoying on it's own, but to add on to it, they would not give credit to where credit was due. I recall several times where Morgan was playing tough, "Big Ten D," and stopped Sullinger from scoring. But everytime, it was a foul according to Bilas. Adding on to my last point, they thought anything close to a foul, should've ben called. Example, Sullinger had a nice move around Morgan to score, and Bilas thought Sullinger should have been called for the foul. Then when Burke/Morgan blocked Craft at the end. Bilas said "thats Big Ten basketball right there," kind of contradicting himself. It was not a foul, but the fact that Bilas wanted everything called, was not "Big Ten basketball." I dont know, maybe I'm over exaggerating, but it was nearly impossible to listen to, and I find it very hard to watch, while the TV is muted. Just thought I would state my opinion. Anyway, they don't matter because Michigan played a hell of game. I'm pumped for the both tourneys and I pray that Michigan wins out though. It will be tough but wouldn't that be something?



February 19th, 2012 at 12:20 AM ^

Jay Bilas is a tool. I was especially upset when he was calling us out for flopping on blatant charges. I have a newfound hatred for that guy now.


February 19th, 2012 at 1:04 AM ^

Coach K and the Dukies are all a bunch of whiners.  That's why the ACC just continues to get worse, it's such a soft conference now.  Add to that that Bilas has never hidden his distain for Michigan after firing his boy, Tommy Amaker, and you'll see why he's consistently digging into Michigan.


UM Fan in Nashville

February 19th, 2012 at 12:22 AM ^

Jay Bilas SUCKS!

The weird thing is, I like him when he's not calling a game.  I think he has great insight and great diagnosis of matchups etc.  But when he's calling games, he turns into the biggest idiot. Everyone is wrong, the Refs are wrong, the Crowd is wrong, the Coaches are wrong, except for Bilas.   

I actually think he's the worst calller on tv of all sports right now.   I'd take the chick football announcer over him any day.   


February 19th, 2012 at 12:32 AM ^

I generally don't mind Bilas, even when he is doing games. As long as you separate his bias, he's fine. 

However, tonight was just flat out bad. I got the feeling he wanted Ohio to win, and I'm not sure why. Without a doubt, he does have respect for Novak, and probably Burke. Beyond that,  he has no use for Michigan.


February 19th, 2012 at 12:22 AM ^

I did like the part where oe of them was talking about Hoke and how he was ready to commit after seeing Hoke with the recruits today.

But other than that, yeah, it was terrible.

Franz Schubert

February 19th, 2012 at 12:24 AM ^

Talked about the officiating the whole game to an extent ive never witnessed before from an announcer. There were bad calls both ways but it sure seemed like Bilas was rooting for Ohio. I wonder if he is still a little bitter about his buddy Amaker being fired ?


February 19th, 2012 at 12:45 AM ^

It still sticks in his craw that Michigan fired Amaker. That is his boy. I'm sorry but Tommy got 6 years. Sorry Bilas. I think your a great analyst, but when it comes to Michigan, you can't be unbiased. Same with Speilman and Jim Jackson. Clark Kellogg and Herbstriet are less biased given the Ohio ties.

Bilas just doesn't watch much B1G besides Ohio or MSU.


February 19th, 2012 at 1:13 AM ^

I have no been more annoyed with a person or word in my life.  It was just mind blowing how many times he said "foul" to the point where every time he said it, I was literally screaming at him from my TV.  I was laughing with rage because it was comical how annoying he was.  O god, I just never want to hear the word again...


February 19th, 2012 at 9:07 AM ^

Bilas was allowed to play "Duke Defense" for four years.  This means that, at best, any of what he was calling "fouls" on Michigan would just be business as usual whenever he decided to play defense.  Really, though, Duke did and does much "worse" than what Michigan did, and never gets called for it.

Bilas is still angry with Michgan for firing his pal TA.  While I admire his loyalty to his friend, I don't think he should ever be allowed to call a Michigan game again.  


February 19th, 2012 at 12:24 AM ^

was talking so much trash about Michigan and just all over Sullingers junk on how he wasnt charging and getting fouled on every play. I actually spent the half swearing at him more than the two teams playing. Plus did anyone catch right after the half the nice SEC symbol ESPN put up right behind the score and scoring leaders of the half? I was sick


February 19th, 2012 at 1:15 AM ^

I had to laugh when I saw the SEC logo appear, because it's obvious that ESPN is on it's knees for the SEC already, but to throw the SEC logo up on the screen when two B1G teams are playing (when not even 1 team playing was an SEC team)...That was just pure comedy.  Guess they have that SEC promo locked and loaded to play at a moments notice, even if during a Big 10 battle. 


February 19th, 2012 at 12:26 AM ^

Jay Bilas is an asshole.  The guy commented on the officitaing 47 times tonight.  Yes, I counted.  Just STFU, call the game, and stop acting like the god damn snake anus lawyer that you are. 


February 19th, 2012 at 9:34 AM ^

I think Bilas was equally asinine both ways.  His comments were almost unanimously just plain wrong.  Whenever I would see a play and think it was either a foul or not he would call it the opposite.  He appears intelligent in pregame discussions but it certainly doesn't translate to calling the game.


February 19th, 2012 at 2:57 AM ^

I know it's the scots thing, but there sure was a lot of Willie the Groundskeeper going on there.

"Would you stop talking to me about tee-nis players and stupid Hollywood Actors, Phil! Tom Cruise, the (?). If he smelt a socker jockstrap he'd faint dead away!"

I think he called Tom Cruise a prick, but that may have just been what I wanted to hear.


February 19th, 2012 at 12:29 AM ^

But all forms of exaggeration are over-exaggeration. I don't think it's possible to "under-exaggerate" something.

It's like "mis-underestimating" something (as that last president-like person once said).

tn wolverine

February 19th, 2012 at 12:33 AM ^

Bilas is a joke, complaining about Michigan players flopping. He went to Duke where flopping is an art form. I seem to remember flopping being his best form of defending with that 4 inch vertical leap he had.


February 19th, 2012 at 12:45 AM ^

Bilas was being a total tool tonight. He didn't hide his dislike for Michigan one bit. Didn't have a good thing to say about us all night. Completely unprofessional, but precisley what I'd expect from him