FOX's Bowl Bash Needs Some Serious Work

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I know I've posed this question in the past, but why would a National Network to trot out teams of announcers and hosts that haven't really covered College Football all year long? Seems to be a really bad idea, and if the first set of games on FOX are any's a terrible idea.

Yesterday started with Pat Summerall and Brian Baldinger on the call of the Cotton Bowl. Baldinger has obviously been on NFL coverage all season long, so he'd presumably have no time to take in any College Football. Summerall has only cracked the starting lineup for NFL coverage a few times this year and seems so out of touch that I don't think it would matter if he called games all year or not.

Joe Sports Fan cataloged their telecast yesterday and it was riddled with rule mix ups, mispronunciation of names, and just down right nonsense. My personal favorite quote being Summerall's, “Casey Dick will have some wild hog for me." (That needs to be added to the Post Season Pammies)

The Sugar Bowl on the other hand featured two individuals that at least worked some College Football games over the span of the season, but didn't fair much better. Don't get me wrong, I think Charles Davis is possibly the most improved analyst in the calendar year, but just working a Studio Show doesn't prepare you for a live game. Thom Brennaman worked enough Big Ten contests over the year to qualify him, but the play-by-play man seemed uninterested and almost combative towards his analyst and officials at times during the game. Obviously some of his ire probably came from the game being a blowout, but you still have to be professional throughout a contest.

Add to these pair of that don't end until 1am and a Pregame/Halftime Show which consists of a cheesy Sports Talk Show Host, an NFL Studio Analyst and Fran Tarkenton (umm why?), and you have a recipe for an awful telecast. Hopefully Matt Vasgersian, Pat Haden and Terry Donahue can give us a little more, but with FOX having the rights to the BCS games until 2010 it looks like we're going to be stuck with this same level of unpreparedness.

Summdinger goes to the Cotton Bowl (Joe Sports Fan)


Summerall has only cracked the starting lineup for NFL coverage a few times this year and seems so out of touch that I don't think it would matter if he called games all year or not.

How about once this year? Rams/Bungles.

ssreporters said...
Jan 2, 2008, 1:45:00 PM  

If I have to hear one more time about how strenuous Jimmy Johnson's schedule is this week then I'm gonna kill someone.

Chase said...
Jan 2, 2008, 1:47:00 PM  

Jimmy Johnson's schedule is strenous.

Kill me.

Mookie said...
Jan 2, 2008, 1:50:00 PM  


Mookie said...
Jan 2, 2008, 1:50:00 PM  

I said it elsewhere, I'll say it here: I just want a game to start within 15 minutes of when my TV says it will start! An 8:00 start time but the game doesn't begin until well after a quarter till nine. That's just plain unacceptable.

J.J. said...
Jan 2, 2008, 1:57:00 PM  

FOX has to stop thinking we give a damn about the school bands that aren't from Grambling or Southern.

Mookie said...
Jan 2, 2008, 2:00:00 PM  

The school bands aren't an issue for me. I'd rather see them than see an American Idol Finalist sing God Bless America like they usually do.

J.J. said...
Jan 2, 2008, 2:05:00 PM  

Yeah, but you're not factoring in the bonus points for their coverage of Bonerama.

MDT said...
Jan 2, 2008, 2:07:00 PM  

I for one, and I suspect millions more, turned off the Sugar Bowl midway through the second quarter when the mismatch seemed certain. I wonder if Fox and its advertisers noticed.

I can deal with Brennaman and such when the game is good, but these BCS blowouts make it torture.

NewMexiKen said...
Jan 2, 2008, 2:15:00 PM  

I switched to SVU when there was about 3 minutes left to go in the first half. When SVU was over, I switched back--just in half to see the second half kickoff. Does it really take an entire hour to play three minutes of football and have a halftime show? Once again, unacceptable.

J.J. said...
Jan 2, 2008, 2:18:00 PM  

I could be worng, but I think Charles Davis was the lead analyst for the big Ten Network this past season. So he wasn't stunk in the studio all season long.

Anonymous said...
Jan 2, 2008, 2:20:00 PM  

I wonder if the Sugar Bowl organizers were trying to delay the kickoff until the Rose Bowl was over, in case there's some country that shows both bowls on the same network, or simply because of contractual obligations not to start while the Almighty Rose Bowl is still going.

Morgan Wick said...
Jan 2, 2008, 3:34:00 PM  

As far as T-hom Brennaman goes, he wasn't alone in his bitching about the game. Ron Franklin on ESPN Radio either wanted his blanket or a gun to join Adrian Karsten he was so upset. I don't know if Fox could do any better, though. Joel Meyers & Dave Lapham or Barry Tompkins & that dude who looks like a male version of 'Blossom' from FSN?

Rick James Bible Owner said...
Jan 2, 2008, 4:01:00 PM  

Fran Tarkenton looks like a homeless version of Archie Manning. Get that guy a comb, please.

GMoney said...
Jan 2, 2008, 4:06:00 PM  

Brennaman was just bloated from all the hurricanes he had drank just minutes before the telecast to get him through that terribly mismatched ballgame. I do agree that even though the game was out of hand by the middle of the second quarter, old Thomas has to present some sort of professional decorum when announcing. Bitching a 13 year old girl who just had her cell phone taken away isn't going to get the game to move any faster.

Jan 2, 2008, 4:09:00 PM  

I agree with some of what Thom brenemann had to say last ngiht. The officails took way too long on that challange by Georgia on the foruth down play by Hawaii, the game was out of hand and this dopey officials took forever to come down with th edecision. Tht challange didn't have to be that long. Another thing that I agreed with Thom, Georgia didn't have to pass on that fourth down play, the game was out of hand.

Anonymous said...
Jan 2, 2008, 5:06:00 PM  

Yes, but the Ohio native didn't have to defend Ohio State so stongly for getting their asses kicked last year.

Anonymous said...
Jan 2, 2008, 5:31:00 PM  

tHom always talks OSU football on Reds radio/tv broadcasts. It gets a little nauseating because either his dad (on radio) or the analyst on TV (depending on the night) doesn't really seem to care.

I like Dave Lapham for Bengals radio broadcasts.

Anonymous said...
Jan 2, 2008, 7:31:00 PM  

I agree Thom brenemann went a bit too long on that Ohio State rant. I think he should have mentioned tht he and Charloes Davis both wrok for the Big Ten Netowrk before going on that rant.

Anonymous said...
Jan 2, 2008, 7:49:00 PM  

That had to be the worst pre-game show I had ever seen. No game strategy. No discussion of anything remotely pertinent: Hawaii's lame schedule, the impact of Moreno's injury, how would Georgia defend Hawaii's offense, etc. Instead, we got Hershell Walker (moderately interesting) and a couple of bands. The banter between Rose, Tarkenton and Johnson was forced and boring. Fox has been accused of being a poor fit for the BCS and they provide more evidence of it with each broadcast.

Mal said...
Jan 2, 2008, 9:47:00 PM  

As much as most of us don't like ESPN, the one thing they do know how to cover is College Football. Please give the BCS back to ABC!

At least they get the National Championship Game in 2010. That's something I suppose...

Anonymous said...
Jan 2, 2008, 10:16:00 PM  

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