Gus Johnson Will Be Hosting CBS' At The Half This Saturday

Friday, January 18, 2008


I've noticed Gus on the Women's At The Half before, but I don't think he's ever been taken out of the booth for the Men's version. James Brown is usually the man in charge, but will obviously be on NFL duty for the weekend. Gus will be on the set with Seth Davis for the day which will form the youngest Studio Show Team by at least 40 years.

This isn't necessarily a good or bad thing, but I just wanted to give CBS some advice in light of last weekend's Vanderbilt-Kentucky game. The combination of Gus Johnson, Clark Kellogg and a Double Overtime contest was almost too much to handle for a regular season College Basketball game.

If you keep putting teams of announcers like this together that are actually exiciting and insightful you might get some positive posts out of me. What am I saying? You'll ruin it this March by dropping Gus for the Sweet Sixteen and put a random combo like the JB-Len Elmore one from last year (my guess for this year is Dick Enberg and Jim Spanarkel).

15 Comments:

I'm a big Gus Johnson fan. Why CBS under-utilizes him is a mystery to me.

Draft King said...
Jan 18, 2008, 2:56:00 PM  

Gus has been on At the Half in studio for men's games many times over the years, especially early in the year. I assume this is because he lives in NY so it's easy for him

Anonymous said...
Jan 18, 2008, 3:15:00 PM  

I assume it's because nobody fucks with Gus Johnson.

GMoney said...
Jan 18, 2008, 3:45:00 PM  

I assume it's because nobody fucks with Gus Johnson.

So true, gmoney. So true.

That Vandy/Kentucky game last weekend was so awesome -- only because GuJo had the call.

Jan 18, 2008, 3:52:00 PM  

Hey AA, I shudder that I'm using a Bill Simmons podcast as evidence here, but Gus said in an interview on the BS Report that he will be back calling calling the regional semifinals and finals this season. Obviously things like that are subject to change, but at least that information came from the man himself.

Danny said...
Jan 18, 2008, 3:57:00 PM  

Yo. I thought Greg Gumbel usually hosts At the Half. Or is that only during the tournament?

Mikey said...
Jan 18, 2008, 4:01:00 PM  

yes, Greg Gumble useally is the studio host for the NCAA tournament on CBS. I thought James Brown was going to call the Reginal Simifinals and Final, He did that last year I think.

Anonymous said...
Jan 18, 2008, 4:40:00 PM  

Maybe CBS realized how godawful he was and scaled him back to just the first two rounds.

Anonymous said...
Jan 18, 2008, 6:18:00 PM  

Gumbel hosts At the Half closer to the end of the regular season and then of course for the NCAA Tourney with Kellogg and Davis.

For the early and mid regular season, they usually use whoever is around. Often, it is JB because they have a game the same day as an NFL game so he is already there.

Other times, they use Tim Brando, Gus Johnson, or even Sam Ryan. I can even recall seeing Craig Bolerjack host it at least one time in recent years.

Anonymous said...
Jan 18, 2008, 6:25:00 PM  

greg gumbel has been hosting NCAA ON CBS since his 1998.

They used others until Feb when Greg Gumbel takes over.

Awful Announcing needs to know these things if he is a Sports Media blogger.

Anonymous said...
Jan 18, 2008, 7:38:00 PM  

I would listen to Gus Johnson doing bowling.

Anonymous said...
Jan 18, 2008, 8:10:00 PM  

Stop with this Gus Johnson garbage. The clown never stops screaming. Everything is absurdly overdramatized. He's like a guy playing the role of a strident, hack announcer in a bad movie. And you buy into this crap? Wake up.

Anonymous said...
Jan 18, 2008, 8:14:00 PM  

Anonymous above me, your full of crap.

Anonymous said...
Jan 18, 2008, 9:04:00 PM  

Anonymous above me... Go back to junior high. you moron. It's not YOUR full of crap; it's YOU'RE full of crap. No wonder you buy into Johnson's nonsense. YOU'RE illiterate. Or so you better understand me, YOUR illiterate. What a dope....

Anonymous said...
Jan 18, 2008, 9:18:00 PM  

Most recent anonymous: The reason everyone likes Gus Johnson is because he actually pays attention to the game, knows what's going on, and because he sounds like a fan watching the game. Better him than some curmudgeon (Billy Packer) who refuses to be the least bit entertaining - he's been calling the Final Four since the Nixon era, and I'll bet the number of people who enjoy him can be counted on one hand.

SpartanDan said...
Jan 19, 2008, 12:29:00 PM  

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