July 27th, 2010 at 1:29 PM ^

No Pam. Its one thing to ruin a random Indiana-Northwestern game that no one is watching, but you will not ruin a perfectly good NFL game as well.


July 27th, 2010 at 1:30 PM ^

Please let her be sent to the NFL network or something. If that happens, at least our ESPN 2 Michigan games won't be haunted by that suckubus anymore.


July 27th, 2010 at 1:30 PM ^

Ok so I decided to skim some of the story.  Why is she winning awards? Why does someone think she's a good announcer?  Why did that guy write the article? Christ.

Six Zero

July 27th, 2010 at 1:34 PM ^

than be anywhere even remotely close to the Big Ten.  Isn't it ridiculous how all of these politically-correct equality drones buy into the whole 'trailblazing' meme with Pam?  Dude, can you not hear or see how bad she is??

Yinka Double Dare

July 27th, 2010 at 2:04 PM ^

I feel like Pam Ward and Suzyn Waldman might actually be holding women back by being the "trailblazers" -- they're so awful, it might make it harder for other women who might actually be good to get into the jobs.

Ward would be the wrong woman on ESPN to get a bump up to the big time -- Doris Burke should be doing more work at the broadcast table for NBA games and less as a sideline reporter. 


July 27th, 2010 at 1:36 PM ^

Sounds good to me...as long as we are talking about NFL Europe.  I don't know if that even exists anymore.  Who cares, we can send her over there anyways.


July 27th, 2010 at 1:51 PM ^

"...I wonder why no one has even bothered to at least talk to me about the possibility."  Maybe because you suck?  Take the hint.  I believe that broadcasters like her lead to the invention of the mute button.


July 27th, 2010 at 1:58 PM ^

Until I realized that I was getting Pam Ward confused with the sideline reporter Pam Oliver.  Now, that I realize who Pam Ward is, I must agree that I strongly dislike her as well.


July 27th, 2010 at 3:36 PM ^

Andrea Kramer -- Always looks like someone just pulled her tail. Also, her Tweety Bird eyes make me shutter to think what the baby would look like if she and John Clayton ever had a love child.

West Texas Blue

July 27th, 2010 at 2:18 PM ^

I don't care about the NFL as much as college football, so I'm perfectly fine with Pam Ward going to NFL.  Then maybe we'll have competent announcers for Big Ten games.


July 27th, 2010 at 2:36 PM ^

I'm a girl who CAN'T stand Pam Ward, but she is really the only woman that I can immediately think of that is calling college football.   I would love to have her job one day (Ideally doing it much better), but I understand that it's more credible/less annoying to have people who have actually played the sport to call the games.  I won't be offended by any of the responses to this question, but is it just better if it is a man calling the games? Just trying to get a feel for the general consensus from my lovely MGoCommunity. 

Yinka Double Dare

July 27th, 2010 at 3:12 PM ^

I think it helps to have an ex-player or ex-coach as an analyst so long as they can actually explain things and speak coherently, but for PBP by and large most never played professionally and probably never even played in college.  I took a look at Fox's NFL PBP guys and the only one I could tell even played in college was Ron Pitts (who did play in the NFL).  On the other hand, at least three of them are sons of famous broadcasters (Buck, Albert, Brennaman).

To me the key is to get it right and to not talk just for the sake of talking -- this leads to saying stupid stuff.  Call the action appropriately and correctly, call the substitutions, set up your analyst, etc.  Do your research.  I don't feel like Ward does much of any of it very well.


July 27th, 2010 at 4:36 PM ^

for me personally, it is any woman and football announcing that I dislike.  There are many sideline reporters that are terrific and could probably call a game well, but to me, football is a masculine game with a singularly masculine personality to it.  My favorite boss ever was a woman, the best person who ever worked on a team of mine was a woman, and I love that my wife loves football and goes to our games with me.  I'm raising my daughter to love football.  But for me, a woman in the booth just takes away from the "grr" appeal that only football has.


July 27th, 2010 at 8:05 PM ^

I get the same feeling both ways.  There's something "off" about a woman calling a football game.  By the same token, I feel like it's almost....creepy, maybe....when you see a women's game of some kind (basketball, or in the Olympics) and it's only men doing the announcing and coaching and whatnot.  I don't know, it's weird.  Maybe I just want the voices I hear to match what I see on the field or court or rink or whatever. 

I do know this: the worst thing that can happen to announcing is to have Pam Ward be the designated trailblazer that you can't criticize because it's like criticizing Jackie Robinson.  Because then she'll be the standard by which woman announcers are judged and then oh god what a horrible world if there's a whole army of Pam Wards invading the booth.