Brutal TV coverage

Submitted by hat on September 6th, 2008 at 5:48 PM

I had the misfortune of having to watch this one on TV   I know it's easy for commentators to side with the underdog, but today was just ridiculous.  Miami committed one turnover, three penalties, and dropped a couple of passes.  In other words, they turned in a pretty typical performance.  But to hear Pasch and Ware bitch about it, you'd have thought it was some historically sloppy performance ("It's not Michigan who's beating them.").  Miami got its own "real time on the field" clock whenever it was on defense, while we never got that (even though our defense was on the field longer than theirs was).  They went on and on about the "turmoil" surrounding our program (losing a recruiting battle constitutes turmoil?). 

And then the kicker was a little bit they did on "the state of Michigan feeling the blues" or something.  They mentioned GM closing plants, UM and MSU's season-opening losses, the Tigers' record this year and the Lions' playoff drought.  Strangely, they mentioned nothing about the local NHL or NBA teams.  Assholes.  (I guess the state of Ohio is enjoying great economic and sports success?)

 

Comments

Sommy

September 6th, 2008 at 5:54 PM ^

"And then the kicker was a little bit they did on "the state of Michigan
feeling the blues" or something.  They mentioned GM closing plants, UM
and MSU's season-opening losses, the Tigers' record this year and the
Lions' playoff drought.  Strangely, they mentioned nothing about the
local NHL or NBA teams.  Assholes.  (I guess the state of Ohio is
enjoying great economic and sports success?)"

That really got on my nerves as well.

thethirdcoast

September 6th, 2008 at 8:32 PM ^

The in-game announcing was pretty awful, but the bit trashing Michigan was
clearly conceived and produced by human scum. It was especially
convenient how they completely ignored the Pistons' recent success and
the Red Wings' GD STANLEY CUP WIN.

Pricks.

old fan

September 6th, 2008 at 8:39 PM ^

They forgot to mention that we have had a championship caliber team in Detroit for my entire lifetime.  Red Wings, Pistons, or Tigers are always alternatingly competetive.  Lions, well ok but that is partially Andre Ware's fault in the first place.  They should have had a section on how they drafted Ware in the top ten of the first round and how he couldn't unseat Rodney Peete.

WolverBean

September 6th, 2008 at 11:32 PM ^

let's add that ESPN2 production crew clearly hasn't figured out the new 40 second play clock rule.  That, or we just get back to the line and snap it again before the TV folks are ready. We missed what, 3? 4? plays in the first half because we were watching a canned RichRod interview or a Penn State highlight?  To their credit, at least they seem to have figured out that they had timing issues; it was less of a problem in the second half.  Still... we aren't the first team in the history of televised games to run an up-tempo offense.  You'd think that the TV folks would know how to handle it.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

September 6th, 2008 at 11:36 PM ^

"They went on and on about the "turmoil" surrounding our program (losing a recruiting battle constitutes turmoil?)"

While I agree with most of what you said, you can't deny this has been a very turmoily year.

Eric

September 7th, 2008 at 12:55 AM ^

What was with these guys insisting that both teams go for it on just about every 4th down?  Miami was down 7 with over 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter and had the ball on about the 15 yard line going in to score and Andre Ware was insisting that it was 4 down territory...They were down 7, Michigan hadn't been moving the ball at all and there was 23 minutes left in the game...Didn't he win a Heisman?  I thought his input during the game was just awful...

wigeon

September 7th, 2008 at 7:59 AM ^

He talks and talks and talks and nothing comes out. "That's a tough one for Michigan."  or "Gosh, tough break for Miami" (when their QB got absolutely SMOKED). It's one fucking "duh" comment after another.

 We need Fred Willard from Best in Show doing college football. 

formerlyanonymous

September 7th, 2008 at 9:41 AM ^

Minnesota @ Bowling Green. Seriously, the color commentator had to be mentally retarded.   The play by play guy was alright, but yeah, his partner was so bad I swear the play by play guy was going to jump out the window to his death.  It also didn't help that it was Minnesota vs Bowling Green.

The FoxSports guys doing the Louisiana Tech vs Kansas game were probably the best I heard all day.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

September 7th, 2008 at 9:50 AM ^

Off the topic of the announcing, but does ESPNU always have cheap, cut-rate camera work?  I was watching UVA-Richmond, and it was a retro game: retro unis from 1989 (cool), retro ticket prices from 1989 (because nobody was there and they had to sell tix somehow) and someone must've informed the TV crew because the camera work was retro too.  There was exactly one camera for game action, stationary, and located around the 15-yard line, which meant that action at the other end was angled funny, and there wasn't any yellow first-down line.  I wonder if this is standard for ESPNU, having not had it up until this season.

Hannibal.

September 9th, 2008 at 9:27 AM ^

I actually like the guys who did the Michigan game better than most of Disney's pairs nowadays.  The play-by-play guy has a good voice and does a good job of narrating the game and Andre Ware usually has good comments.  I didn't think they were that bad but they completely missed the explanation on the Miami, OH lateral play.