ESPN vs TNT NBA Basketball Coverage Complaint - Gawd Awful Announcers... BK Commercials are More Entertaining!!!!
LOUISVILLE, COLORADO -- Let me preface this rant by saying that I have no background in TV journalism and I realize that the NBA is not as entertaining as college basketball by no means, not to mention the poor fundamentals and the horrific looking 'tats' on some of these dudes. A kiss tattoo behind K-Mart's (a Denver Nugget) ear? That's not natural!!
Oh, and by the way, I know that I could turn the volume down or change the channel but when you are in the "doghouse" you need to be entertained to keep your mind off of the obvious....Right?
ESPN's "lead" announcers are Mike Breen doing "play by play" with Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy doing the color. I don't know much about Breen but when the game started tonight it was 0-2 Houston when Portland scores a 'bucket' and he goes, "Portland is looking good tonight!" What, is this a two minute game?
Then you have MJ, no not that one but Mark Jackson and the guy has a 'delivery of someone trying to talk with half of a sandwich in his mouth!
Now Reggie Miller on TNT is no "walk in the park" either, he sounds like some 'Trekkie' that was invited to sit in on a telecast and adds nothing to the game.
To quote: "TNT will use its full slate of NBA announcers with play-by-play veteran Marv Albert paired with analyst Reggie Miller, Kevin Harlan will provide play-by-play alongside analyst Doug Collins, and Dick Stockton will team with analyst Mike Fratello."
To me Marv, is the best and the other "play by play" guys are much better than what ESPN has to offer.
Ex players don't necessarily make good announcers and Doug Collins (TNT) is living proof. Talk about a guy living in the past!
Now this Jeff Van Gundy guy that had a nice run coaching the Knicks for a while is the worst. First of all he needs to raise his voice a few octaves up and stop looking like Mr, Vargas, the science teacher on "Fast Times At Ridgemont High". Narly!!!!
As far as the pre-game coverage, halftime and post game shows, TNT is much better.
Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith have great chemistry and have good insight into the games and they don't just read off of the teleprompters when they are making a point. It is much more spontaneous.
Well that's my 3 cents and hopefully I will be out of the 'doghouse' soon so that I can start living again.......
*joking and I give myself a VH*