CBS, Turner has released roster of NCAA Tournament announcers:
Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg*
Marv Albert/Steve Kerr*
Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery*
Gus Johnson/Len Elmore*
Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/ Dan Bonner
Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel
Tim Brando/Mike Gminski
Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel
*Semi-final and Regional Final Announce Teams
Note: Nantz, Kellogg and Kerr will call the "First Four" and Final Four.
In-studio: Greg Gumbel, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Greg Anthony
Other In-studio: Matt Winer, Steve Smith, Seth Davis, Reggie Miller
I like the addition of Steve Kerr. In fact, I like pretty much everybody on the list except Elmore ... who is terrible. I guess Bilas got cut out, though.
Last edited by Bluedog; 01-21-2011 at 11:55 AM.
Excited to see the NBA TNT team will be doing some studio coverage. Can't wait to see Charles give Kenny Smith the business if UNC makes it and goes down in the first weekend.
When I read the thread title I thought it meant that they had been "released," if you know what I mean. As in, FIRED.
I find many of them pretty annoying at this point.
Failure is always an option.
I'd like to hear a game in which Dickie V and Bob Knight were the only two guys doing the game.
I think that would be more entertaining then the game. We would have a very good idea of what the players were doing right and what they were doing wrong. But I could see Knight reach over and grab Dickie by the throat once or twice.
Who do you find annoying? Definitely Elmore, and maybe Kellogg sometimes, but I like or am okay with pretty much everybody else. I can see how some might grow weary with Lundquist/Raftery, but I actually find them enjoyable. Much better than ESPN's teams, in my mind.
VITALE: "I was talking to Jim Calhoun about Singler at the Jimmy V Foundation Dinner last year, where we raised money for the Jimmy V Foundation and all of the great, great work the foundation does. Boy, wouldn't it have been great if Jim Calhoun and Jimmy V could have coached against each other? Wow, man, talk about slam bam jam city, baby!! They'd tear down the rims!"
KNIGHT: "Shut up, Dick."
That's about how well that would go.
Eat Mor Jonny.
I like all the announcers listed although Gus Johnson comes on a little too strong for me at times. Must be an age thing because all three of my sons like him. Kellogg is a whole lot better than he was before he went to the studio for several years; however, his continual attempts at being clever annoy me. Personally, of those color men listed, I like Jim Spanarkel the best but that may be the result of listening to too many games with Gminski, Raftery and Elmore. I look forward to hearing Kerr, the best long range shooter of all time. Not that interested in listenening to the NBA-types analyze the games but I could be surprised.
I think any thread remotely related to Gus Johnson is incomplete without a link to this.
In all seriousness though, I do like most of the announcers this year, especially the inclusion of the Brando and G-Man team (I don't recall them doing the tournament in previous years...) - obviously with the exception of Len Elmore. However, I am quite disappointed that Bilas is no longer covering the Dance, as I do find his analysis (that is, when it is not about Duke) to be very accurate and insightful. And of course, I would have been doing cartwheels had Knight been included on the list.
Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/ Dan Bonner - ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Seriously, Harlan's monotone delivery puts me to sleep, I'd just rather turn the volume off. I feel sorry for the people in the Midwest who always have to hear him cover games.
Agree that Clark Kellogg is much better than he used to be.
Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel - ???
So we only have three Dukies this year. Our hegemony is cracking!
I really like Steve Kerr... he really knows his basketball, and he's very succinct and well-spoken. Of course, the best addition of all is Charles Barkley. Most studio analysis is completely worthless, with the exception of Sir Charles making me laugh.
Dan Bonner fan here, and I know there are a few others on DBR board, because I recall being pleasantly surprised [on a thread a year or more back] at the several other Bonner fans who praised his solid work.
When I first saw/heard him, he seemed a bit, well, goofy [maybe that broad smile]. But he focuses on the game, the action, provides good insights, some telling details.
Dan Bonner for President!
Paired with mumblymouth old sourpuss Elmore, though, ugh. Seems like we never get Gus doing our games though, and still I would prefer to be at the game than watch tv any time.