Is Dan Dakich awful or is it just me?

Submitted by Eve_of_TheRivalry on January 18th, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Absolutely elated with the win tonight!!! But I need to ask this question: Did anyone else find Dan Dakich unbelievably aweful tonight? An unranked team just took down #3 in the country at home and he seemed like someone just punched him in the nuts. I don't wanna take away from the post game celebration but I need to hear some other thoughts on this. Go Blue...Go 2014


Cold War

January 18th, 2014 at 11:11 PM ^

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.


January 18th, 2014 at 11:07 PM ^

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.

Mmmm Hmmm

January 18th, 2014 at 10:39 PM ^

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.


January 18th, 2014 at 10:21 PM ^

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.


January 18th, 2014 at 10:14 PM ^

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.

Mr. Yost

January 19th, 2014 at 8:44 AM ^


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 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.

Mr. Yost

January 19th, 2014 at 8:51 AM ^

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.


January 18th, 2014 at 10:30 PM ^

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.

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January 18th, 2014 at 10:14 PM ^

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.


January 18th, 2014 at 10:16 PM ^

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."


January 18th, 2014 at 10:15 PM ^

and not the play-by-play guy, i actually thought he did a good job, entertaing without overdoing it.   it was my first time hearing him so maybe i don't have the built in prejudice that others have, but he did just fine. 


January 18th, 2014 at 10:19 PM ^

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.


January 18th, 2014 at 10:19 PM ^

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?


January 18th, 2014 at 10:23 PM ^

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?


January 18th, 2014 at 10:28 PM ^

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.