In the newest AA Podcast, we're joined by Ken Fang of the excellent Fang's Bites to talk about CBS and Turner's NCAA Tournament coverage. With March Madness in full swing, the focus hasn't been on just the on-court action, but on the announcers and studio personalities that bring March Madness to life. We dive in-depth into who has shined thus far, who hasn't, and other topics with Ken including...
-Does the tournament actually miss Gus Johnson?
-Should JIm Nantz be announcing more college basketball games?
-Has bringing in NBA talent helped the tournament?
-Which broadcast team has been the best?
-Bob Knight's feud with John Calipari and Kentucky being aired on ESPN
-Skip Bayless, Emmy award nominee?
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I generally don't like Joe Buck. The Randy Moss mooning incident was a perfect example of him going overboard on a humorous yet relatively juvenile dance by Moss. If you remember, this was when everyone was trying to do something unique after a TD and I think Buck was just waiting to go off on someone.
As a Giants fan though, I don't find anything wrong with his original call. It was a tense moment and everyone was unsure of exactly what happened. I don't expect my play by plays to go nuts. I think its classier when they don't. Gus Johnson is very good but I don't know if his style would be well suited for many events outside of March Madness.
I think people's criticism of Joe Buck has been widely unfair. I agree that his call on the Tyree catch was underwhelming, and frankly I don't think his reasoning is a perfect excuse. But, I like the guy. He has a different style - but what's so bad about that. He shows excitement through his tone of voice instead of getting loud and screaming. (Now, I like Gus Johnson, usually, too.) (And I LOVE Kevin Harlan.) Joe also is very very good about stepping back and not ruining the moment. I like that a lot.
I dont know what is more annoying, Joe Buck or the person who just commented on the story saying that they like him. Ugh. What a tool.
He does have a point. Watching it on TV live, you don't see the helmet catch at all, and you're not sure if anyone came down with it until the officials signal so. I have a feeling if Gus were calling that, he'd be screaming hoarse from Manning's escape... but the actual call would be something like "DOES HE HAVE IT??? HE HAS IT!!!" after Tyree has already gone down on the ground, and then talking up Manning alone until he sees the replay.
I'll agree Buck's tweets and performance in the World Series has made him slightly more sympathetic. And it's nice to know he cares about his performance, at least in football.Still, Buck has to find a way to walk the line between "pulling his groin" like Gus Johnson and being completely emotionless. Too often, Buck comes off as the latter. It's one thing to let the moment speak for itself. It's another to come off as completely disinterested and above the broadcast. His pompous, condescending attitude ("class dismissed") is also a big turn-off, remember his "apology" at the beginning of the World Series? So, while Buck isn't the worst announcer in the world, he's still a long way from being one of the best. But, maybe his openness and a willingness to get better can still improve his stock with fans and critics.
He is considering NOT calling any more Philadelphia team games if I send him some Tastycakes. Probably going to take a few boxes though... crap http://lehighvalleywithlove.com/post/15675787796/joe-buck-listens-to-offer-of-tastycakes-for-him-to-stop
I get more out of commentary when the emotion of a person's voice matches the importance of the moment. For me it's just as bad to hear bland commentary in an exciting moment, which is Buck's modus operandi, as it is to hear over-the-top commentary in unimportant moments, which is what I though Musberger was doing throughout the National Championship game.
Gus Johnson does a really good job keeping his emotion in touch with the game, probably because he's a fan like us. He's not thinking about how to call something before it happens and planning things out. He along for the ride just like we are.
And we need to deal with the part where he said he doesn't like baseball. And also the part where he has not yet put a cork in Tim McCarver's mouth.
There's a significant faction of sports viewers that are incredibly annoyed with the antics of guys like Gus Johnson. I'd rather have Buck just call what's happening and leave the crowd/viewers to get wrapped up in their worlds versus waiting for some idiot to make a crap joke or hyperbole. Remember, today's Gus Johnson is tomorrow's Chris Berman.
Plus, how much of replay is killing announcers being able to go nuts on a call? Take Tyree and Buck. Buck's point is right, if he goes nuts on it then it gets overturned, then what? Give me a simplistic style like Buck over the Kevin Harlan's nonsense any day.
I used to live in KC when Harlan did the Chiefs. While I hated the Chiefs and avoided Harlan's announcing like the plague, I remember him calling a TD with: "If you want to send mail to Marcus Allen, send it to End Zone USA, zip code 66666." You fucking kidding me? That was his call.