In a video that has been everywhere around the internet in the last 14 hours, Harvick gets out of his car on pit road to confront Busch in his car behind him. Once Harvick got out of the car, Busch, who later said he lost reverse, took it upon himself to plow into Harvick's car parked in front of him and send it into the pit road wall. As Busch drove away, Harvick got a punch in at Busch. In the words of Fox announcer Darrell Waltrip, "HOLY SMOLY!" The action really gets started at the 1:20 mark...
I have to say, that's the first time I've ever heard an announcer say the words "holy smoly" during a telecast. This video does lead to a point on announcing and NASCAR (and outside the stupidity and recklessness of the drivers involved). I appreciate Waltrip and NASCAR announcers who don't pretend to be something they aren't. Yes, saying "holy smoly" and "dad gum" sound hokey to a large portion of the country, but I'd rather hear a NASCAR announcer be authentic and say that than try to be someone else for a coveted demographic. Sports like NASCAR and soccer are much better, especially on television, when they are presented for what they are and not dumbed down or sold to an audience that wouldn't care in the first place. Oh, and have a holy and smoly Mother's Day!
How about Mike Breen calling the Celtics-Knicks series? Why were we subjected to that? He was openly rooting for the Knicks. Anytime the Knicks made a play, he would let out exclamatory bursts. When the Celtics made a play? Subdued and matter of fact, somber even. It was pathetic and sickening.
Local broadcasts can be pretty hit or miss for sure. But I actually don't mind silence there. It lets you soak in the moment a little bit more. Perhaps the Memphis broadcasters could have picked a better first word to say. But a great announcer not only knows when to talk, but when to be silent. In a big moment like that, silence is not a bad thing. You can really feel the energy in the building. If it were the Spurs broadcasters staying silent, it would have been absolutely perfect.
I agree though, TNT has enough broadcasters to share that would give the NBA an unbiased broadcast crew for these games. It is unfortunate not all the games are on national TV. But, hey, it could be like the NHL.