The Concept Of Time Greatly Confuses Dick Enberg

Monday, September 15, 2008

What a wild game between the Chargers and Broncos yesterday. It had it all. Lots of TDs, potential overtime, a terrible call by the ref (shame on you Eddie Gunz) and a gutsy call to win it by Mike Shanahan. Of course all of this confuses one Dick Enberg. In the excitement, Dick forgets that there's still time left on the clock after the Broncos go for two and get the lead with :24 seconds left....



Yeah, I'm sure you don't have multiple views of the game clock throughout the stadium or on the monitor right in front of you. The funny thing though is that it would have been a great call to end a game if that's actually what had happened. Instead Enberg sounds like he has no idea what's going on, which is probably a pretty accurate statement.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 8:01 AM

17 Comments:

I believe the game clock in the stadium wasn't working and was being kept on the field for the last few minutes.

Dan said...
Sep 15, 2008, 9:04:00 AM  

Even so, Enberg had to know there was more than 30 seconds left in the game when the TD came. He should have known that in the plays leading up to the final one. Furthermore, he assumed Denver would kick the extra point and go to overtime without just shutting up, watching which team came out for the conversion and then declaring Denver would go for 2. Frankly, Enberg has slipped greatly in the last three or four years.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 9:14:00 AM  

Thanks Anon. That's a perfect assessment. The overtime comment just added to the whole thing.

Sep 15, 2008, 9:16:00 AM  

I would've NEVER agreed with anon 9:14s last sentence until watching yesterday.
Oh my! He was 'greatly confused'.
It was tough to watch.
But even worse was Criqui and Fouts on the Titans game.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 9:49:00 AM  

Criqui had no clue what was going on - I actually felt bad for Fouts. Maybe it was the wind....

Utkman said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:28:00 AM  

A few years ago, I really liked Dick Enberg. Now I agree with anon @ 9:14. Enberg's best years are behind him.

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:48:00 AM  

Listening to Enberg call anything but tennis is like watching Steve Carlton pitch for the White Sox and Michael Jordan play for the Wizards. It's painful to hear. It's almost as bad as Verne Lundquist calling college basketball.

Scott said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:48:00 AM  

I'll give Enberg a pass since the game clock wasn't working and honestly announcers get caught up in the moment alot.

Howthathathappen said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:52:00 AM  

You might be a little confused, too, if Dan Dierdorf was eating your fingers.

GMoney said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:54:00 AM  

"Furthermore, he assumed Denver would kick the extra point and go to overtime..."

Yeah, you just knew he was going for 2. Riiight.

The Zoner said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:34:00 AM  

He also said "Playing with the house money" before Denver was about to snap the two point conversion. Playing with house money would have meant the game was tied and if they get it or not they would go to OT.

He's been terrible the last few years.

rs27 said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:50:00 AM  

"Playing with the house money" refers to the fact that Cutler actually fumbled. Therefore, San Diego should have already won the game, and every play after that fumble was like.............. playing with the house money.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 1:55:00 PM  

Oh yeah, about fifty percent of Criqui's statements were factually inaccurate in the game yesterday.

At least he didn't do what he did last year, and call the Titans "Houston" and VY "Steve McNair" several times each.

Daniel said...
Sep 15, 2008, 2:33:00 PM  

CBS really does need to gracefully phase Enberg out. He's up in his 70's now and as much as he wants to keep up with the games, he just can't. Phase him out (starting with college basketball, he's so out of place) and start moving Harlan, Eagle, and Gus Johnson back up the ladder like they deserve.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 2:55:00 PM  

Even with a miscall yesterday, I'll take Dick Enberg over Gus Johnson, Kevin Harlan and anyone on ESPN any time any place.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 4:24:00 PM  

I love Dick Enberg, and any game he calls is better for him being associated with it. That being said, for the first time in my life I was yelling at ol' Dick for the last minute of that game. With :24 seconds left, he's yelling that the Broncos just won. I kinda feel bad for him, but I still want him to call football as long as he can. I'll just get used to yelling at him...

David Simpson said...
Sep 16, 2008, 4:53:00 PM  

I love how sports shows are filled with bloopers by players and fans -- but when one of their own screws up royally, they close ranks faster than you can say "Broncos win". EVERY sports show went with the radio broadcast. I'll bet the "boom goes the dynamite" kid wishes he'd received the same treatment as ol' Dick.

Anonymous said...
Sep 19, 2008, 12:21:00 AM  

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