I've been working a Tuesday-through-Saturday schedule recently. While that has done nothing for my social life, it has afforded me numerous opportunities to watch ESPN's Big Monday college basketball telecasts on my nights off.
If you're unfamiliar with Big Monday, they always show a Big East game at 6 p.m., followed by a Big 12 game at 8 p.m. The announcers for that 8 p.m. Big 12 game are always 500-year-old Brent Musberger and Bob Knight, the erstwhile former coach at Indiana.
Kevin Kietzman, a sports talk show host in Kansas City, apparently doesn't care for the work of Musberger and Knight. In fact, he dislikes the duo so much that he has started a petition to have them removed from the air. Kietzman plans to submit the signatures to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe at the conference tournament, which will be held March 10-13.
The petition rightfully points out that Musberger and Knight are prone to senile, obvious commentary. A good example came this past Monday, with Texas A&M trailing top-ranked Kansas by five points with 18 seconds left.
"I think they're going to look for a quick shot," Knight said as Texas A&M prepared to inbound the ball.
No kidding, Bob. They're down by five with 18 seconds to go. One would imagine that would necessitate a quick shot.
Strangely enough, I enjoy listening to Knight's commentary. That's odd because I absolutely hated the ground he walked on when he was the coach at Indiana. Knight is a jerk, but he also knows a ton about basketball. Between all his name mispronunciations and Captain Obvious statements, he does offer some pearls of wisdom that will make you more knowledgeable about the game. That's more than I can say for some other commentators.
In addition, Knight doesn't hesitate to rip referees when they make atrocious calls. There are a lot of broadcasters who act as if officials are beyond reproach. They are not. When they make a crappy call, they should be called out on it. Knight does that.
I've never been a Musberger fan, but here's the thing: I can think of numerous other broadcasters that I'd rather see off the air than Musberger or Knight.
Can we get rid of Dick Vitale? While we're at it, let's send Chris Berman packing too. The schtick got old years ago with those two guys. As I've said before about Vitale, the man knows college basketball. It's a shame he spends all his time screaming and hollering instead of offering his insights.
Vitale and Berman would be the first two ESPN personalities I would want gone. Can I petition to get John Kruk taken off Baseball Tonight? I can't stand him. My co-worker, Michael Lush, cannot stand ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer. Maybe he should petition to have Dilfer sent somewhere else to talk about "the football."
I thank God each and every day that I'm not a Cubs fan. If I were, I'd have to listen to Ron Santo all summer and I might brain myself. "You're right, Pat, absolutely!" Whatever, Ronnie. Take a hike. If I were a Cubs fan, I'd start a petition to have Santo removed as well. I imagine non-White Sox fans would like to see Hawk Harrelson gone also. I would have to admit that Hawk's excuses grow tiresome when the Sox are on a losing streak.
There are plenty of others who should be wiped out before Musberger and Knight. I'm pretty confident I've just scratched the surface here. If anyone has any other announcers they want gone, feel free to drop a comment here.