The 2012 college football season got underway this weekend without the namesake of the Pammies and AA Mount Rushmore resident Pam Ward. Ward was kept off ESPN college football assignments this year, although she continues working a variety of sports for ESPN. Bristol still employs one female play by play announcer for college football broadcasts, the capable Beth Mowins. Mowins announced Saturday's Syracuse-Northwestern game with Joey Galloway (who I thought was pretty good in his first game), but many watching somehow thought Mowins was Ward. This, of course, was wrong.
Maybe it speaks to some kind of greater societal issue at hand where all female play by play people have to sound like Pam Ward in our subconscious. Not every female announcer is Pam Ward just like every male announcer isn't Chris Berman. Then again, it could just speak to our inability to pay attention to the many occasions when Mowins' name and/or picture appeared on screen to identify her as the announcer for the game. Either way, maybe we collectively have a ways to go. As always, these are Real Tweets from Real People...
Beth Mowins is just awful. She's the pits- with her constant chattering and over inflection of her voice. She truly the "mistress of the obvious". She's dumber than a box of rocks. Why does ESPN keep her? Who does she have pictures on? I don't care at all that she's a lesbo- that's her business- but polluteing my ears is my business. When she's on I hit the volume button- that gets ride of her and the COMMERCIALS. She always gets the scrub games and my South Florida Bulls are a scrub team. So if it's not bad enough for my Bulls- Beth is their announcer. DUMP BETH, Jim Perruso
Except Beth has always had that voice, even back when she was announcing in the early 90s. And if you ever had met her, you would know that is her real voice. I guess, however, that would imply that you could talk to an actual real woman sometime...any time. Without a credit card and/or roofies.
I guess I'm digging your vibe: it's just easier to mock and stereotype rather than provide an actual substantive argument or comparative achievement. Keep stirring the HorseySauce (tm) or call another OWU Women's JV Basketball game!
Funny, we flipped on that game following OHIO vs Penn St on Saturday and the gf remarked "what is it about our society that forces all female sports commentators to have that same fake-low-voice? Turn it down, I can't take this!"