The real beginning of the NCAA Tournament is finally here! Today kicks off the Round of 64 with 16 games today in the real first round. After suffering through watching California and some of the less than stellar basketball played in the First Four, it is something we all deserve. So with the tournament kicking off in full, it's time for the Billy Packer Chronicles to do the same.
The Billies work just like the Pammies and the Dickies. Leave us the announcer and analyst quotes in the comments below or tweet them to us at @awfulannouncing and/or by using the hashtag #BPAA. Don't forget that it's not just the game announcers but studio personalities, radio announcers, and anyone talking college basketball that is elligible. After each round, we'll have a new poll and award points all the way through the Final Four. At the end of March Madness, which announcer will have their one shining moment as the winner of the Billy Packer Chronicles? Here's a few quotes from the First Four to get us started...
"Ball stolen away by Mississippi State." - Jim Nantz (via AA)
"Iona's not a 14 seed. ... If Iona don't pass the eye test, you just blind." - Charles Barkley (via smedindy)
"When you've got a guy that can eat glass like that..." - Clark Kellogg (via AA)
"Western Kentucky pulls off one of the greatest comebacks in NCAA tournament history" - Jim Nantz (via JoeCNC)
"And the Hilltoppers just keep... hill topping." - Clark Kellogg (via ktquick)
"I'd like to say both teams are shooting terribly." - Barack Obama (via AA)
"It's hard to follow, sometimes, exactly who has done what wrong." - David Cameron (via HuffPost Sports)
Jim Nantz: "It's the season finale of Lizard Lick Towing Monday at 10 PM on truTV."
Steve Kerr: "Not quite like promoting the Masters, is it?" (via AA)
"Nice ball-handling in tight quarters." - Clark Kellogg (via JT_Orlando)
"It's the Bulls and the Bears, the all Wall Street matchup." - Ian Eagle (via AA)
"And Bak Bak with the miss miss!" - Ian Eagle (via AA)
" I make stuff up as I go along." - Jim Spanarkel (via glokkenspx)
"Its elementary, Watson getting it done right now." - Reggie Miller (via MattHoeppner)
"Cannon has a stronger lower body. You can relate Verne." - Bill Raftery (via KSJ49)
"They are confident strokers." - Bill Raftery (via KSJ49)
"His mother is a nurse in the state of Minneapolis." -- Bob Wenzel (via MCPitlik)
"Got to get hands on balls" - Reggie Miller (via GoF*ckYoSelfInc)
"What a dodge to bullet." - Reggie Miller (via sudikoff)
"I'm disappointed Syracuse is sticking to that zone" - Charles Barkley (via bitterwhiteguy)
"Dickey can't find the stroke this afternoon." - Kevin Harlan (via AA)
"As they would say in Norway … OOFTA!!!" - Verne Lundquist (via ZachFromRollag)
"The game is a lot easier when the ball goes in the basket." - Dan Bonner (via sctvman)
"Knocks down the dagger from long distance" - Reggie Miller (via AA)
"A little head and shoulder... no dandruff!" - Bill Raftery (via Jeff1317)
"I love when I see little guys go in there." - Bob Wenzel (via sctvman)
Seth Davis: "Can I ask you a question? Do you know what network we're on?"
Matt Winer: "I have no idea."
Davis: "Do you really not know?"
Winer: "I'm really not sure." (via tomatPSU)
You could replace 3D in your article with HD about 10 years ago. HDTVs were expensive and not much content in HD. 3D is going to be a standard feature on even the lowest model of television starting this year. Plus, I would argue that ESPN really hasn't gone too deep into an agenda. I believe they only have 1 3D production truck, so they haven't made a huge financial risk. How many events does ESPN show each year? 2000? So roughly, 10% of their production is in 3D. I can't say I've seen them advertise it too much unlike say promoting MNF or World Cup Soccer. If anything, they will be ahead of competitors.
@jonadler They may have added a second 3D production truck - I think they've had 3D events on consecutive days in different venues in the past year.
I am embarassed for you for even posting this article. You do realize that there are 3d Blu-rays, and have been for a long time now? And a 3D TV costs 50% more than a regular flat panel? I paid around $100 more for my 42" 3D LED than I would've if it wasn't 3D.
LOL @ 3D DVDs