Musburger And Knight To Call Pat Summitt's Attempt At 1,000

Friday, January 30, 2009

The reviews were mixed from the first announcer switch, when Breen, JVG, and Jackson got traded to the NCAA for Vitale and Shulman, and the ratings didn't really seem to grow based on the stunt. And while "Announcer Swap #2" probably won't see that great of ratings either, the move itself is extremely interesting.

On Monday night, ESPN2 will air Pat Summitt's attempt at win #1,000 against #2 Oklahoma, and Brent Musburger and Bob Knight will be on the call. Why is that interesting, you ask? Well, you have the all-time NCAA Men's leader in Knight, working a game featuring the all-time wins leader in Summitt.

The announcement will come later today, and I'll have more info if there is any, but this plan seems like a winner. While the last move came off as more of a stunt than anything else, this one seems more like ESPN is capitalizing on a great opportunity.


The only way that I could be less excited for this would be if the Arizona Cardinals were playing.

GMoney said...
Jan 30, 2009, 10:49:00 AM  

Seriously, Musberger shouldn't do this.

I can handle Knight provided he seems like he knows he is on camera, but I'd much rather have a Dan Shulman call this game.

SSReporters said...
Jan 30, 2009, 10:54:00 AM  

Anybody doubt ESPN will cover Calhoun and Boeheim's quests for 1,000 as much as they are with Summitt? Cause I have a funny feeling they aren't gonna cover those two as much as her

Ryan McD said...
Jan 30, 2009, 10:57:00 AM  

It would be much better if the game featured Tennessee versus UConn...but alas Summitt doesn't want to play Geno's team because she might get her feelings hurt.

A-team announcers should be utilized for the best schools. That UConn is not playing makes this more of a pointless ploy.

Ed said...
Jan 30, 2009, 2:21:00 PM  

Ed, Summitt has won 3 in a row over Geno, so I don't think she's scared.

As far as Calhoun and Boeheim, they are both over 200 wins short of 1,000, which means even at an average of 30 wins a year, they are still 7 years away, and I don't see either coaching long enough for us to find out. .

Brian said...
Jan 30, 2009, 2:28:00 PM  

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