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Was it just me or were they horrible? It was the only football game on that night. Why couldn't they get some top play by play guys for our game? They gave us some no names I had never heard before. Really? That big of a stage and you break in some rookies on the Sugar bowl?
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Musberger and Herbstreit were in Pasadena the day before.
Tirico and Gruden were in Miami the night before.
Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge were in Tempe the night after.
Not sure how you've never heard of Sean McDonough or Chris Spielman anyway. Neither are rookies by any stretch of the imagination.
They weren't no-names or rookies, just bad!
Sorry, I like Spielman.
Sean Mcdonough did make some decent calls, like the one where he said "it just reeks of depseration" when Florida onside to start the second half. That was spot on
I must not watch enough college football then but like you said, they were bad.
They started the telecast saying Terry Bridgewater. At least it was only once though.
Then you must not watch the Big East Tournament either...LOL.
McDonough is a good announcer. Spielman, not so sure...at least we didn't get Len Elmore or the "great" Pitt QB John Congemi, with a rousing Congemi's corner at halftime that focused on Tino Sunseri's work at a local soup kitchen.
During the game, the cintrast between my level of emotion and theirs was like separate continents - or galaxies, lol. Each of those guys relies on some interesting observations, analysis and - now and then - straight from the hip comments like the "desperation" one by McDonough - or the bald faced admiration for Bridgewater, very early on, by Spielman.
But their styles together was like Midol. It was like dueling Eeyore's, lol.
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I, personally, am a big McDonough fan. He tends to call things like he sees it, and he doesn't take himself too seriously.
McDonough does a lot of b-ball games with Bill Raftery and Dick Vitale. I don't know if I've ever seen him do a football game before.
dueling Eeyore's - LMAO!
Sorry, I thought McDonough and Spielman did a pretty good job, at least we were not abused by the other nimrods they had calling games (although Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock from the NFL Network Thursday games would have been a superior pairing). McDonough's lower-key delivery suits me better than somebody trying to artificially hype the action on the field (Gus Johnson comes to mind immediately.) Doesn't really matter, the only talking that mattered was what the Cards were saying with their play on the field.
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I was at the game, so I had to go back and watch it, but I thought they were actually very good. I personally think Sean McDonough is the best in the business. Spielman is kinda amateurish, but I even thought he was pretty good during our game. I'm usually more critical of announcers than the average viewer, but I was pleasantly surprised when I rewatched the game.
McDonough is a Syracuse grad and does a respectable job when he calls a game with a BE school. Spielman's line of "TB throwing the receiver open" was the best bit of analysis you are ever going to hear on ESPN. I'm not sure what there was to complain about. Sometimes you just gotta accept that UL isn't disrespected by everyone all the time and act like we've been there before.
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They are both pretty well known. Not "no name" announcers. If you watch college basketball you would know who McDonough is.
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