After losing to both Akron and Wake Forest in our only noon kickoffs of the season, NC State has been scheduled for the noon kickoff slot (on miserable Raycom/Lincoln Financial) for the next two weeks. Link to comprehensive schedule and link to an entry about the inconvenient nature of the Akron scheduling (as if the inconvenience of scheduling during the State Fair this past weekend wasn’t enough).
October 21: NC State @ Maryland, Noon
October 28: NC State @ Virginia, Noon
I was at Saturday’s game and therefore didn’t have to sit through the Lincoln Financial/Raycom broadcast. If you have a Premium subscription to Pack Pride then you can click on this link to a thread titled “Lincoin Fin has to do something about the anouncers”. Evidently the announcing is so weak that some Wolfpackers found a silver lining in the loss:
After the game I said to my roommate: “Well, the positive is I can erase this immediately from the DVR and not suffer through the horrible announcers”. They make the Chris Speilman/Pam Ward team seem great by comparison.
One particular item of note was highlighted by some posters when Martin evidently said something to the effect of:
“The question [whether a pass was complete or incomplete] is whether or not his knee was down before he stopped bobbling the ball.”
Related to this entry are some of the comments made in this previous entry on SFN:
* With the recent purchase of Jefferson-Pilot Insurance by Lincoln Financial, our beloved JP Sports is officially dead. Everyone on Tobacco Road has fond memories of ‘sailing with the Pilot’ during classic basketball telecasts; but JP’s football coverage always left a lot for want. This article classicly discuss JP’s SEC football telecasts and can easily be applied to JP’s (sometimes painful) ACC productions.
* Relatedly, I remember making a few critical comments of JP’s broadcasts – particularly ‘Doc’ Walker – a few years ago when the original Statefans.com was launched in 2000. It wasn’t long before I received a critical email of my own from JP’s very own Steve Martin. Martin didn’t take too kindly to me not-so-constructive criticism despite the fact that I was obviously speaking more directly about “Doc” than Martin. It will be interesting to see what improvements, if any, Lincoln Financial chooses to make in their future broadcasts.
As difficult as Martin & “Doc” Walker can be to stomach, at least they aren’t these idiots. I must say that the first time that I saw the Miami-FIU fight film I immediately noticed the odd and unprofessional response of the announcers. You know it is bad when you pick up on it in the middle of such concentration of watching the fight. The N&O’s blog has a great piece on this topic that just got posted this afternoon.
For more fun, just imagine the brawl involved N.C. State and that it was Wolfpack radio sideline reporter Tony Haynes, instead of Thomas, threatening to throw down.