ESPN To Air More OSU-MICH Coverage Than Any Human Can Stand

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I was looking through the release of ESPN's coverage of the "Big Game" this weekend, and the further and further you got down on the thing the more and more ridiculous the coverage seemed. Given it's a huge game every year (the biggest in my fandom) and viewership should be through the roof, but check out some of this nonsense.

1) Obviously Gameday will be there and Desmond Howard won't be booed for the first time in years.

2) ESPN Classic and ESPN U will air 9 different former clashes between the two Big Ten teams...

Wednesday, Nov. 14 - 2 p.m.: 1981 Ohio State at Michigan (ESPNU)
Thursday, Nov. 15 - 2 p.m.: 1995 Ohio State at Michigan (ESPNU)
Friday, Nov. 17 - 1 p.m.: 1997 Ohio State at Michigan (ESPNU)
3 p.m.: 2006 Michigan at Ohio State (ESPNU)
5 p.m.: 2005 Ohio State at Michigan (ESPNU)
Saturday, Nov. 18 - 3 a.m.: 1973 Ohio State at Michigan (ESPN Classic)
5 a.m.: 1997 Ohio State at Michigan (ESPN Classic)
7 a.m.: 2005 Ohio State at Michigan (ESPN Classic)
9 a.m.: 2006 Michigan at Ohio State (ESPN Classic)

3) An interactive Blog going from Noon to 7pm on

4) Fans can purchase and download full versions of the classic 1973, 1997, 2002 and 2006 Ohio State–Michigan games from The iTunes Store for $1.99 each.

5) Podcasts throughout the day.

......and lastly and most importantly..........

6) Reporter Greg Garber Gets Mohawk Haircut!

This week’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (Saturdays at 10 a.m. on ESPN) will include reporter Greg Garber receiving a Mohawk haircut as part of a story about the seemingly growing trend for the hairstyle among college football players. Players from South Florida, Kentucky, Oregon and Boston College are featured in the piece.
Sweet! I don't even care about the game anymore. I just want to see a middle-aged white dude get a haircut.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:40 AM


This is obviously a huge game for us that root for Michigan or Ohio State, but it's not 1 vs. 2 like last year, so I was curious about the coverage.

Then I looked at your college football announcing schedule. There is no other game that comes close to this one. I mean, would people rather watch ND vs. Duke? This is by far the game of the week.


Anonymous said...
Nov 15, 2007, 11:59:00 AM  

Hmmm good point....I do want to see Louisville/South Florida though, but alas it's on ESPNU.

Nov 15, 2007, 12:09:00 PM  

It's all just a primer for the Navy/NIU game. That'll be an instant classic.

Nov 15, 2007, 12:19:00 PM  

Let's see if they devote this much coverage to the Army-Navy Game or the Iron Bowl.

Anonymous said...
Nov 15, 2007, 12:35:00 PM  

There only showing six different former clashes. The '97, '05, and '06 meeting are being shown twice, once on each channel.

chiguy23 said...
Nov 15, 2007, 4:57:00 PM  

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