Normally at this time of year, AA is devoting time to predicting which canned line Jim Nantz will use at the end of the national championship game. His clever punnery has reached legendary status and has grown into a tradition unlike any other. A few suggestions for tonight's game...
@awfulannouncing my money’s on something like “The national championship has a NEW Kentucky home…” after he used Old Kentucky Home last year— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) April 8, 2013
@awfulannouncing Be-WARE of the Cardinals... Louisville is your national champion!— Kevin (@kederart) April 8, 2013
@awfulannouncing these wolverines have made a Beilein to the national title— Jason Grefer (@JasonGrefer) April 8, 2013
@awfulannouncing "Release the white smoke...this Cardinal is on top of the world"— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) April 8, 2013
Nantz's championship calls represent his perception as an announcer to a wide swath of sports fans. Scripted, safe, predictable, perfectly milquetoast. You won't find very many people with a passionate opinion of Jim Nantz, positive or negative. He doesn't get the praise and adulation of Marv Albert or Al Michaels nor the disdain of Chris Berman or Joe Buck. He's the ideal corporate face for CBS Sports, which is why he'll be announcing all of their biggest sporting events until 2068. Nantz is just as comfortable behind the mic at the Super Bowl or March Madness as he is shaking hands with his friends at Augusta National in famed Butler Cabin.no comments