Actually a parody of Angry Joe’s rant about the 2009 VGA show:
Actually a parody of Angry Joe’s rant about the 2009 VGA show:
This is a rather fair question. I happen to live in the Philly area, and get a good mix of the “top” announcers as the Eagles, Giants, Jets and Steelers are usually in a headline matchup. A lot of the time I happen to get the Albert/Moose/Goose pairing, and today I found myself listening quite intently to the announcers. Since I was younger I’ve slowly but surely been able to train myself to mostly ignore sports announcers. It especially helped back in the day when I was watching Islanders games and they would start talking about the Lobster at the Hotel during a 6-1 rout.
While I’ve always liked Tony Siragusa (the goose) as a sideline guy, I think all three guys work together great. The banter makes you feel like a couple of guys at the bar. The fact that both Johnston and Goose have worked in the trenches instead of being QBs means they give you the basics without being a personality. All three do a wonderful job of not putting themselves over while giving you the nitty gritty of whats going on. It’s also great because Moose being an offensive player and Goose being defensive means that they have expertise on both sides of the line.
When the games do get out of hand, their chatter doesn’t really seem to be as annoying as other talking heads looking to fill up time. They occasionally bicker back and forth, but it’s nothing that would make your eyes roll or seems forced. While Joe Buck bores people to death, Chris Collinsworth makes you want to wring his neck, and Al Micheals sounds generic as hell, these three are actually fun to listen to. They also don’t insult the intelligence of those listening, which is a pet peeve of mine. They know your watching the game because your a fan, they don’t remind you what offsides is every time it happens.
Even more important is what Goose brings to the game. As far as I know he is the only male sideline reporter out there. AND HE MAKES IT WORK. Instead of just standing around, looking good and getting pointless interviews with coaches who will admit nothing about injuries, he is able to give actual input. That’s right, he’s able to give great input about the game and what is going on in a position that is dominated by clueless airheads because you shouldn’t be able to analyze the game from that perspective. Most people have an overhead view of the game and the monitors 3 inches from their faces, and he picks up on stuff better then most of them.
Prime time Football announcers are some of the worst, most of them are only putting themselves up there to seem like geniuses. There seems to be a real disconnect between the average guy and most of these announcers. That’s what makes the Albert/Moose/Goose combo so great, they seem like your buddies. They are painfully underrated, especially being behind the horror show that is Joe Buck announcing anything. If you happen to have the pleasure of catching these guys sometime, go for it. It’s really a treat, no matter how bad the game is.
I’m not the biggest college football fan, but I do tend to follow the standings from week to week. I thought Boise St was overrated when they started the season as highly ranked as they did. It gave them one of the easiest roads to the BCS championship game that a team could have gotten. It’s so hard for two teams from major conferences to go undefeated that an undefeated Boise St team was pretty much a lock for the BCS championship game.
I liked Boise St, especially back when they used all those gimmick plays to beat the eternally overrated Ohio State. But since then it feels like all you ever hear from their fans is bitching and whining that they go undefeated (with one of the weakest conference schedules) and deserve to be in the championship game. Just this week one of the big school presidents got into a bunch of hot water for saying they shouldn’t be in the game.
No surprises though, he turned out to be right. Boise St was just upset by #19 Nevada. Now I only caught the 4th Quarter and that was completely by accident. I was having a midnight snack, and saw a football game on. I was shocked to discover it was the 4th and the game was still competitive. If anything Boise St should thank Nevada and Kyle Brotzman for saving them from an even bigger embarrassment.
Watching the end of this game, there is no way that Boise St could have been competitive with the best teams in the nation. At least now they can say that they lost to a team whose whole season was centered around beating Boise St. Not just that, but Nevada was also celebrating Senior night and at home. Now unless something crazy happens Boise drops to the bottom of the top 10 and maybe next year we don’t have to be bothered by them moaning and complaining.
But why did Boise St lose to Nevada? Nevada in the 4th Quarter was absolutely able to run the ball straight down Boise’s throat. Run after run was gaining 3-6 yards and they were almost all right up the middle. As the announcers pointed out, the starters for the Boise defense hadn’t played that many full games. Or even that many downs in the 4th during the season. Tonight they continually looked gassed as Nevada just steamrolled them.
Don’t even get started on playing under pressure. The two missed field goals by Boise St kicker Brotzman (who is sure to be loved on campus come monday) were the absolute sign that this wasn’t a championship team. With the game on the line and two important kicks, Brotzman managed to miss them both. It should be noted that both kicks were straight on. The football was inbetween the hashmarks in the middle of the field. You could not ask for any easier field goal attempts to win the game.
An inability to win under pressure, the complete collapse of a defense in the 4th Quarter who had to know that nearly every play was going to be a run, are signs that Boise was never a competitive team. Their fans and the players should be happy now. Instead of going into the BCS Championship game and getting totally slapped around by a real team, they get to play in a non-BCS Bowl that no one will care about and probably beat Ohio State again. Feel free to beat Ohio State, I hate them too. Just stay out of the Championship picture because it should be obvious to everyone that you don’t belong.
Hooray! The Jets get a win, which surprises me. With some of the best parts of the Jets Defense out suspended, the “smart” pick was with the Texans. The Texans who still haven’t shaken off the label of Expansion team. The Texans who traded Sage Rosenfels because Matt Schaub looks so much better.
Even better though was checking out the stats for Detroit. So I use Yahoo usually and wanted to see the box score. Yahoo has a quick stat box in the corner showing you the top performers. Detroit’s top performer was Kevin Smith (The guy from Clerks?) with an amazing 20 yards on 15 carries and 1 TD. Wow, I should bet against the Lions all season long, cause its not looking pretty. Don’t go by the final score, its obvious the Saints half assed it after halftime cause the game was in the bag.
My other prediction of the Dolphins collapsing this season in the face of tougher competition looks like it’ll come true too.