People just love to see things in brackets. Heck, for two years, I did a bracket of all the best brackets, and people seemed to love debating which bracket would win that make-believe bracket. This bracket, however, is probably my favorite other than the actual basketball bracket I have ever filled out.
I love basketball and have been around the game for over 40 years. When I began watching the college version, very few regular season games were on television at all.
No one heard of Dick Vitale. A company named TVS dominated college basketball syndication and maybe one game a week was on, generally on weekends. Curt Gowdy called the the title series on NBC. Viewers saw the championship game and one of the semi-final games. There were likely more games on national television this weekend than there were through much of the entire s.
Anyhow, here are my thoughts of these select games. In part 2 later this week, I review the other games I watched. His play-by-play is spot-on and emotional.
Working with the legendary Vitale, he fills voids. Bob did, strongly suggesting a 60 second clock on all replay reviews. He said the refs sometimes use replays as a crutch.
Dick brings enthusiasm to anything he does and a sense of history to the game broadcasts which is always refreshing. Vitale turns 80 this June. Allison Williams was brought in quite a bit from the sidelines during the game.
So Coach Lincoln Riley joined the broadcast in the first half. A lot is asked of viewers to watch one thing on the screen while the audio focuses on something else. So after getting the obligatory out of the way, LaMont asked Riley an intersecting question, whether he ever played basketball.
It produced a symbiotic confluence of sorts for at least a minute or two. Hummel, the former Purdue Boilermaker is relatively new to television after a couple of utility years in the NBA and later in Europe. Very few new voices become immediate stars on television.
Hummel, you might say, is still pretty much at the outset. The matchup was otherwise meaningless. Alter prepared a ton of notes and seemed to want to get many of them into the broadcast. This said, he was very prepared and had a good play-by-play cadence.
Young broadcasters have a tendency to push too much information on viewers and need to modulate their excitement. Silence is sometimes golden.
Alter did engage Savage, including once when the ex-Princeton hoopster referred to Justyn Hamilton as Hammi. Alter stunned Savage, asking him why Hammi?
I also got Jimmy Jackson the former Ohio State standout. Gus was somewhat restrained yesterday, his words measured and his vocal cords on a short leash.
All good, it was a bit easier on the ears. Thank goodness. The game was a blowout and provided little competitive material.
Although the announcers were saddled with little drama, they made the best of it. The CBS production crew was ready too. Eagle added that former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall sits near the CBS broadcast position and regularly says hello.
Hall is Benetti is facile with three sports, and can do either on radio or television; baseball, basketball and football.
Not too many active today can do so seamlessly.
I would think that of those who do and are active, Sean McManus showcases the necessary wares masterfully. Jason has a strong voice and clips his phrases effectively, underscoring the moment. Dakich offers a blend of wit and instructional know-how.
He used replays to demonstrate what slipping the screen means and later how defenders can use their hands to disrupt the offense. The ex-coach also took advantage of a light moment when students unfurled the large state flag, a practice that he says is growing in popularity around college basketball.
He gives the game its deserved presence. No agenda. Gettys is also an attorney with ExxonMobil. His air work is solid. Giving a broadcast a sense of importance can make fans want to stick around whether the game is close or not. But he needs more muscle to his vocal presence to get to the next level.
Tim is a former coach and the son of Jerry Welsh who coached at Iona. Tim breaks down players very well and provides insightful analysis. You watch him and you ask yourself, is there a soul there?
He makes it look easy in the studio and transitions effortlessly to game work. His commentary in the studio is broad in stroke and as a game analyst, he economizes his sentences and gets in and out quickly.
Kutcher is Dr. Everything is great. I can just picture Justin getting out of bed on a bleak day. It seems that every sentence is finished with a flourish! I saw lots of empty seats all over this weekend, everywhere.
Just kidding. The man is smooth. It makes me long for Brent Musburger, someone with an edge. Viewers focus on the game, not on Shulman.
Viewers want to get to know their announcer friends on television. Mark is good on fundamentals and defers to Fraschilla.