Was this the worst commentated game you've ever listened to?

"That's Bud Foster" - ESPNU's finest Roy Philpott and Tom Ramsey.

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Maybe they should have taken the safety

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

That was probably the most bizarre football idea I've heard by a commentator ever, especially since talked about it for 3 plays and still thought it was a good idea.

Wait what 😂 ?? I was at the game so no idea about this.

When UNC was pinned back at their endzone (and up 19-14), right before they cut loose with a big play that was followed up by the fumble, the commentators said that maybe Fedora should just take an intentional safety.

I remember Joe Thiesman doing that once with Washington. I don't remember the exact scenario but there were a few too many seconds left on the clock, it was 4th down, and the opponent still had a time-out. So the question was, how do you burn the clock with zero risk of a turnover? Thiesman took the snap and zig-zagged backward to the end zone. Time expired, the other team got two points, and Washington got the win.

Suffice to say, this was not that scenario.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

Yea....that guy was a complete moron. I couldn't believe what he was saying

I'm surprised when we got inside field goal range he wasn't suggesting taking the FG and trying an onside kick.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Instead they both chimed in "4 down territory from here on out". These guys were trash.

I have expected them to say "I think the team that scores the most is gonna pull this out" #Madden

The Dude Abides

Meh. They had 3 straight penalties that backed them up...that without being tight to the goal line to begin with would have cost them 30 yards. They were out of sync. And given the real chance of Beamerball popping it's head up, and a punter having less than 15 yards, a safety was a real option to save them from giving up 7 points.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

that's what happens when you end up on ESPNtheOCHO. I thought these guys were announcing the game until I saw them

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

These guys woulda been better

Run to Win. Pass To Score
Josh Jackson on Ricky Walker - ““He is the captain of this team, He’s the leader. He’s the bell cow, the Pail Holder.“

Timecode 2.09.19

You put those words together, those are my favorite words, Popeyes and bahama
- Mike Burnup

I was really impressed by Ryan Wilson's last drive, personally

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Don't forget Deshawn Mc..Mc..McClaine. He showed some serious grit

Ha... or when they called Charley Wiles Bud Foster. Even my 12 y/o caught that mistake by screaming, "That's not Bud!"

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them." L Corso

I've watched Tech soccer games covered by interns on ESPN3 that were better commentated than this game was.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

That was worse than a raycom nooner.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Roy Philpott is a former upstate SC radio personality who beyond any rational logic somehow made his way into the commentating booth for lower ESPN games. He is an unabashed Clemson homer, I can only imagine what it's like when Clemson finds itself on ESPNU.

I remember watching some Big South Network commentators when we played Radford in hoops. Devin Watson, Justin Pipps, and KJ Blackshorts all had a big day.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

We've had quite a few gems the last couple of years.

-"Corpse of Cadets" - Anish Schroff, ESPNU.
-"They should run the ball! Yeah, they got a touchdown, but what did they really prove?" - Tommy Tuberville, ESPN2.
-fake JFK accent - the CBSSN crew

-Mack Brown trying to pronounce "Motuapuaka."

Using /s is for cowards.

Oh, you mean we didn't have a linebacker named Moe Tepooka?

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Moe-too-puh-woo-shoo

-Mack Brown

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Mo two a pa wookie

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

I forgot about that ridiculous Tuberville comment. Still commenting that the offense was bad after we scored. Wat.

What game did that happen in?

UNC last season.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I wonder if he was okay with our offensive output by the end of the game...

yes. Next question.

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Every crew that mixed the names of Sam Rogers and Bucky Hodges and also those who butchered each Edmunds name. Seemed very frequent.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

*Rogers

Shhh, don't tell anyone.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

I don't know, I think you're wrong on the Edmunds part. I watched a lot of tech football and I'm pretty sure we had the 3 Edwards brothers play here. Two of which were drafted in the first round this year. /s

It also didn't help that the main camera had some sort of issue going on. I don't know if they had to pull out some old equipment and we got a SD camera or what. The image looked like it was put through the watercolor filter on Photoshop. Yet, all of the cutaway shots and alternate angles had decent pictures.

I fucking hated it, soooooo much.

Yes! Felt like I was watching an NFL 1pm game from like 2000...very not HD.

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

It was bad and showed lack of prep.

Still wasn't as frustrating as hearing Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson call the Sun Bowl against UCLA. They talked up that guy from Hampden Sydney for like 10 minutes and then how much fun it was to call the "Kick Six" Iron Bowl. It felt like watching a football game while they were just talking.

SEC commentators can't call games outside of their conference. ACC commentators can't call games within their conference.

Those two were awful, but the game on Saturday was worse. Beyond their complete lack of prep I've never heard one guy ask the other a question only for the second guy to answer a completely difference question or not even acknowledge that one was asked.

Guy 1: "You were a QB, what do you think they should do here?"
Guy2: "I really like mayonnaise so I think Duke's is the best."

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Thanks to Larry Fedora straightening out all of that erroneous head injury research, we can definitely rule out CTE as the cause.

Listening to them nonstop praise Zumtwat for the rest of the game after his cheap shot on Logan was possibly the maddest I've ever gotten watching a Tech football game.

Bud/Wiles 2020

Damnit it's Mcmillion!!!!

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Any cbs sports net, ACCN, or ESPNU game I've listened too has been horribly commentated

It wasn't as bad as the homerism during the ODU game. But you could tell they didn't want to be there. They did no homework and seemed clueless about both teams.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Yeah, it was terrible. ODU was terribler. I would even say terriblest.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

I believe I witnessed Carter Blackburn go through all stages of puberty on live television with the way his voice was cracking during the broadcast.

This, plus his incessant use of the word "Hoagies."

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

I agree ODU is the worst broadcast but disagree on the reasoning. They had the obvious wrong names and generally didn't know much about the team, but they had the biggest fucking boner for ODU to pull off the upset. All game that shit was annoying and at the time I didn't have the slightest thought that we would lose to ODU. I thought surely that our coaching staff would be capable of winning with our better talent

Recruit Prosim

That's what I meant haha

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

I think they had no idea how to prep.

Fedora Lawrence Asshat preps his teams better for a hurricane game.

Edit: wanted to use his formal name

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

It was so bad that my wife, who was not watching the actual game, chimed in from the other room "These commentators suck".

I admit that the game was tough to watch, but there is a reason people remember the great ones. You think Vin Scully enjoyed every dodger game he was calling?

I think there was an office pool and these guys lost and had to call UNC-VT

The Dude Abides

Nothing will ever top Tommy Tuberville saying our touchdown didn't count because we didn't run the ball.

"Ashby was responsible for both of those injuries"

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

That griped me so much. I brought it up multiple times during the broadcast and since as the prime example of how inept the announcers were.

Not even close.... go listen/watch the ODU game again. You could of sworn it was to ODU homer's calling the game.

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

go listen/watch the ODU game again

No....

Correct response

lol touche

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

It's Time to go to Work

43 comments and no one has mentioned how entertaining (awful entertaining) Mike Leach was in the booth.

Them trying to say their defensive coordinator John Papuchis' name was fantastic.

"And guess what, you've wandered into our school of tuna and we now have a taste of lion." -Allen Gamble, The Other Guys
@Doooougie07

This was the only thing that kept me from muting the TV. At one point I could have sworn they said "puh-poop..." and then just trailed off hoping no one would notice.

They totally did! They did it a couple of times actually.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

My wife was giggling up a storm.

Using /s is for cowards.

Mcclease went through a few names on Saturday. Jalen Holston, Deshawn Holston, Mcclear, McLean, jayshawn Mcclease, I'm sure I'm missing a few more.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

I'm glad it wasn't just me. One time, they said it was a nice night in Blacksburg. We wished.

ESPN trimmed a lot of salaries by firing their middle-level talent. So they only have the A team and a bunch of scrubs. Terrible.

If they didn't own CFB, I'd never watch.

To be fair, Fox is terrible too.

We would have been better off with Joe Buck. #IHateJoeBuck

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JP

Have you ever head Bill Walton call a basketball game? Hilarious if it's not your team, but frustrating as hell if it is your team.

Not great, Bob

Bill Walton calling the Maui Invitational is the highlight of my time off around Thanksgiving every year.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

We'll be there next year sadly and happily

I made it through one quarter before meeting the TV and turning on my tail gate tunes. I pray for the day we can simulcast radio announcers and video of the game by default. I would pay so much for that.

Was this a casual meeting with your tv or something a little more serious?!! Hahaha

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Fuente almost jumped 12 clear inches off the ground to hug doctor foster! Don't know why but I found that extremely funny. White men can't jump.

Worst was the safety bit.

Chick Patty w/ Cheese

It was pretty bad but there is this one crew with a female commentator that may take the cake. I don't remember if it's any one member of the crew or just the collective badness they all have together from the comments, condescension and vocal tones.

beth mowins

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Yeah. That crew.

That ODU game was one of the worst announcing I have witnessed. Had the sound off the entire game.

Reach for Excellence!

VT Football: It'll get after ya!

Proud Hokie since 2004.

I typically turn on the radio and listen to laze and MB. Mute the TV.

#Let's Go - Hokies

The only time I've been able to get that to work was the Pitt game last year. It was in perfect sync.

I tried it during the ODU game, but the delay on the TV was too much. In the time it took the TV to come back from commercial and set the play up, I had already heard the play on the radio and had time to repeat it to my buddy.

I wish I could do this, but with YouTube TV the feed is always a little behind.

*This is also about the only downside to YouTube TV I have seen so far.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

I used to do this all the time until streaming became the norm. Now the delay is just too much between audio and video for me to enjoy it.

if you use the tune-in radio app on your phone instead of the actual radio you can pause the radio broadcast to line up with the TV broadcast. This works most of the time and is my go-to for games with crappy announcers.

They are all insanely bad. I can't stand announcers, wtf are they doing during the week, not studying film from the teams. They practice the players names for an hour and then they call the game for 4 hours.

The last good announcer we had for one of our games was years ago when David Pollack called a game. He was talented and did his homework. It was refreshing, but then espn moved him off of calling games because he was too much better than everyone else.

I hit mute on Saturday and turned to my wife and said "I can't take this shit. I need a break". She looked at me funny and went back to her iPad

hahaha. That's basically how my night went.

With about 10 minutes left in the game, my wife gets up off the couch to go to bed. She looks up from her iphone and says, "wow, you look really depressed." "Yeah, these kind of games go better when you're watching it with someone who can commiserate with you." "Oh, is Tech playing badly?"

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I was putting together a freaking massive wine rack buffet table thing that my fiance bought, so I "watched" the first half and couldnt take their shit anymore so I used tunein for the second half... so much better.

The second rain out week was the worst commentating I've ever heard though. Bar none.

Warning- Filter lost.

"Look at this... This is just spectacular.... These people are losing their minds"

FREE THE "STICK IT IN" CHANT!!!

I was putting together a freaking massive wine rack buffet table thing that my fiance bought, so I "watched" the first half and couldnt take their shit anymore...

I thought this was going to end with that wine rack in a crumpled heap. Lol.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

About did. Mostly because of the game, partially because of how f-ing frustrating and massive it was.... She couldnt help because the baby is teething so he was miserable and screaming.... My patience was..... Tested.... to say the least

Warning- Filter lost.

"Look at this... This is just spectacular.... These people are losing their minds"

FREE THE "STICK IT IN" CHANT!!!

That reminds me of a time when I was trying to install magnetic locks on the cabinets under the kitchen sink. I had to be careful about how I was drilling the holes for the magnets to insert into, because I didn't want them to go all the way through the cabinet, but I kept having problems with the holes being wide enough. So I'm getting frustrated with that, and it was on a fall Sunday afternoon when the Redskins were playing the 4 PM game. I have the TV on in the background to see the local Fox station having difficulty with relaying the feed from Fox for the early game, so that's adding to the frustration because I'm not sure if I'll actually be able to see the game.

Then I ended up drilling a hole all the way through the cabinet door anyway. (It's been four or five years, and I still haven't gotten around to actually fixing that hole.)

Unless Fowler and Herbstreit are calling our game, I put Laaser and Burnop on TuneIn and sync their broadcast with the TV and mute the TV.

How do you sync the TuneIn broadcast? or are you doing on your TV instead?

The delay in WatchESPN usually makes this impossible for me

I run the Tune In through my phone (or iPad) through the sound bar - the TuneIn App will let you 'pause' to sync if the radio is ahead of the TV. From my experience, the TV is always ahead of the TuneIn App broadcast, so I pause the TV and let the app catch up. Xfinity let's you pause Live TV - unsure about other setups though.

Only away game I've been able to successfully stream through my Google Home Assistant is the FSU game. For ODU, Duke and UNC I've had to rely on my 30-year old alarm clock, whose speaker is hit or miss at times.

Any ideas? Or is it possible I'm getting blacked out since I'm in Christiansburg?

They all suck. However, I will contend that the ODU commentating from Carter "pre-pubescent" Blackburn and Aaron "Ex-Football Moron" Taylor was the pinnacle of suck.

[ASIDE] I have said it before on these boards and will say it again now: I watched the National Championship game on ESPN3 using the "Sound of the Game" viewer where ESPN offers you the option of no commentators whatsoever. This experience was akin to flying cross-country in first class because it has ruined me for every game henceforth. Thus, if ESPN allowed me to pay an annual subscription fee to only have the sounds of the game for all sporting events, I would pay it gladly. I can't even begin to tell you what my price sensitivity would be for this "service," but it's easily a couple hundred dollars per year if it included all sporting events.

The paid professional "announcers" like the aforementioned Carter "pre-pubescent" Blackburn are bad enough [ANOTHER ASIDE: Did anyone notice that Blackburn kept calling us the "Hoagies" during that shitsuck game?], but then you throw on top of that the quentisential ex-football moron who thinks we tune in to the game just listen to them talk, or think we absolutely need/crave/want their "expert insight." Bullshit. Nobody cares about how rock-hard your veiny football-boner got watching dudes knocking heads "like a couple of rams" on a goal-line stand back in 1993, Mr. Commentator. We all have our own massive football boners to deal with week-in and week-out, and we certainly don't need you yucking it up about your days in the sun when your football boner was the biggest it's ever been.

Now if anybody needs me, I'll be over here handling my bye-week football boner.

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

I will admit, I was at Busch Gardens for my annual trip to Howl-O-Scream, drunk, riding roller coasters and was simply updating the Game Tracker.

When it hit 2 minutes left in the 4th and the ball showed in UNCs hands on our 2 yard line, I decided I wouldn't look at it again so I wouldn't kill my vibe.

Booted my phone up at 12am on the car ride back home and about woke everyone up.

I can't attest to the commentating, but from the sounds of it I'm glad I wasn't tuned in.

VT Marketing Class of 2009
Current Roanoke-Hokie
Go Hokies!

...but it was the perfect way to get through this game.

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

How was it this year?

Recruit Prosim

We go every year so there's not much change from year to year, but it's always pretty good.

I mainly enjoy the "pomp and circumstance" of Halloween and admiring the decorations, time/effort, and costumes that they put into it.

Typically, you can only get through 2 haunted houses because lines are so long, so after 5ish years of going and considering we might have to end the tradition because we're expecting, our friends and I went all out and got the unlimited quick queue passes this year.

That's a game changer. If you can afford it, it's amazing. Every roller coaster and haunted house all day long we would just walk by about 2,000 people and get right on. I think we saved about 12-15 hours per person of line standing total throughout the day, and we honestly didn't ride as many coasters as we could have.

If you go, I have a few tips... We typically will split preferred parking amongst people, we bring a cooler of beer and liquor with lunch. It's super easy to walk in/out of the park, pound drinks in the parking lot and eat without having to spend $30 per person on lunch and/or $10 per beer.

VT Marketing Class of 2009
Current Roanoke-Hokie
Go Hokies!

Wow I remember going in middle school and it being empty. Was always fun to bring girls to those haunted houses

Recruit Prosim

How many times they referenced RW being a KU transfer became a pseudo drinking game at our watch party...

Having a conversation with you is like a Martian talking to a Fungo.

#JustinTime

Sounds like we have the heir apparent to the Logan Thomas drinking game.

Don't forget about Boykins XXXL gloves.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Did you guys know that Devin Wilson played both football and basketball!?

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Did you know Bucky is 8'7?

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Did you know Ricky Walker is the bell cow?

Recruit Prosim

David Wilson can do a backflip

And he wears a shirt & tie everyday to class...

Let's not forget that Terius Wheatley is the son of Tyrone Wheatley..

Wrong....

David Wilson can do 24 back to back to back to back backflips.

Also, he once caught a Rabbit during practice by outrunning it and waiting for the rabbit to come to him.

wow david wilson can do 96 consecutive back flips

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

My all time favorite commentating line is mentioning Logan Thomas' size and TE background at least 3 times before halftime. Never gets old.

Any game that isn't commentated by Herbie and Fowler IMO is just the worst. Those two do a great job of giving quality commentary. Anyone else I might as well burst my own ear drum.

I dunno, the Herbie and Fowler hard on for FSU this year was pretty unbearable

I didn't think they were biased actually. FSU has the better athletes and hype with a new coach. We didn't have anything but poor news coming out of the off-season. Near the end of the game it was all praise for our D (which we all know was premature).

Honestly, I thought Flutie and the other guy did a pretty good job with the 2016 Notre Dame broadcast. They were obviously homering for ND, but the reason why is obvious. Other than that, both guys had done their homework, had smart things to say, and the camera crew was top notch.

Leonard. Duh.

I almost never criticize announcers, they are usually decent to good and can be forgiven for making mistakes about a team they don't follow every day or being semi-biased for a top team or during a big upset. However, these announcers were so terrible right from the get go. They not only got names and facts wrong throughout, but they also made nonsensical, inane, and sometimes weirdly sexual comments. For me it was exemplified when the play-by-play announcer said "When I talked to Ricky Walker, he told me something that will stick with me all year. He said that he's been here for 5 years so he understands how to work hard."
Really? That statement of mundane fact was so profound to you it will stick with you all year?

Outside its night time, but inside its LeDay

Jackass who kept calling us the Hoagies last year Pitt game was probably the worst for me. (Luckily) didn't get to experience the commentary Saturday watching at a bar.

Alright the Sun Bowl with Verne was pretty bad. He was brilliant at SEC games but clearly didn't give a damn about our game.

Now, onto the important story:

I was watching some bullshit BC game a few years back that Matt Millen and Sean McDonough were calling. The game was nearly over I think, and the stands were pretty sparse. Since it's so quiet, I can hear a student in the background somewhere yell, 'MATT MILLEN! YOU STINK!'. It was clear as day. McDonough chuckled for a minute and Millen...sounded like he was smiling. Funniest moment I've ever heard on a football broadcast. I laughed for a good five minutes.

I don't pay a lot of attention to commentary, but I remember watching a football game in the late 80's / early 90's and the commentator said "The defense is swarming in like SURREALISTIC BATS!"

Also, here's a best / worst. It was a Rose Bowl when they started using sideline reporters, and the lead commentator didn't seem to like the idea. One team kept having players go out due to cramping, and they kept cutting down to Holly Rowe and she was saying how cramping was a major issue. The head commentator responded "Well, Holly, you should know a little something about that".....I almost died laughing.

The announcers for the Duke game were worse.

Every single VT v GT game.

"Tech is definitely the better team"

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Anything involving Phil Simms.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

If we're veering off to worst commentators ever, I always hated Pat Haden. He was on TNT (Yes, youngins... TNT had the Sunday game for a few seasons.) for awhile, and he was just so fucking smarmy. I just know the guy he worked with punched him in the face at some point off duty.

Leonard. Duh.

I know it wasn't our game, but if anyone else caught Lou Holtz and Mark May call the Bahama Bowl in like 2013, it was hilariously bad. Pretty sure it ended on a wild last second touchdown and Lou had zero clue what was going on the whole time.

Bud/Wiles 2020

It's the Bahamas Bowl. Crap location, crap time slot. Other than the people who can turn the game on at work on a Monday afternoon, is there anyone watching?

To listen to Lou Holtz try to remember player names from Western Kentucky and Central Michigan? I'm all in

Bud/Wiles 2020

well schon of a bisch- Lou Holtz

I don't know what a Hokie is but God is one of them (excluding JMU/ODU)- Lee Corso

Joe Buck, Bob Costas and Johnny Miller can't stand them.

Matty Ballgame

I REALLY wish Marv Albert had called Michael Jordan's last game as a Bull...Bob Costas was terrible..

Totally Agree!

Matty Ballgame