I listened to the Penn State game on the radio this past weekend. I really hate to dog him out because he is such a great representative of the University, but man, Jim Brandstatter is almost unlistenable as a play-by-play announcer.
Forget that he doesn’t have the classic voice or the proper intonation of a PBP announcer. The sheer number mistakes he makes when comes identifying players is astonishing. Constantly mixing up McSorely and Stevens is one thing. Not being able to tell the difference between Higdon and Evans or Long and Hill is inexcusable.
The University has really done a disservice to Brandstatter—a lifelong Michigan Man—in installing him in a role he is so ill-equipped to handle. After serving the University so well for so long, he deserves better. It’s time they made things right by hiring a true PBP man so Brandstatter can move back where he belongs as the color commentator. Keep Dan Dierdorf around and have a three man booth for all I care. Just please, for the love of god, take the PBP duties away from Brandstatter. It’s so, so, so bad! Sorry Jim!