Were you thinking about that because tomorrow's games are on CBS? I was, lol.As we wait for tip… random hoops thought: I don’t miss Billy Packer. At all.
I just can’t stand how corporate suck-uppy he was. Always kissing the asses of the power programs. And a major pearl-clutcher, too. Never liked him one bit.Were you thinking about that because tomorrow's games are on CBS? I was, lol.
He was all Xs and Os. Never injected much humor or interesting anecdotes. Worse, his Xs and Os knowledge was derived from the mid 20th century.
What sayeth the hoopster?
This was true. McGuire offered insight but realized the game was fun, it's basketball. Packer was a mediocre coach who thought his proclamation about the game was gospel.McGuire appeared to believe the game was a gift to him. Packer seemed to act like he was a gift to the game.
This was true. McGuire offered insight but realized the game was fun, it's basketball. Packer was a mediocre coach who thought his proclamation about the game was gospel.
Among the current announcers, here are some I like:
Robbie Hummel - seems to do a game every night on BTN or ESPN. Future very bright. Takes the time to know the team, will criticize teams if warranted but not over the top. Also willing to laugh at himself.
Fran Fraschilla. Takes time to know the teams and respects the game.
Stephen Bardo - yes, the former Illini great is a good announcer. Doesn't try to make himself bigger than the game.
Settles - has improved a lot, especially when he's not doing Iowa games. Really growing into the job.
Raftery - has lost a bit off the fastball but still gives games big-time feel. Guys who like the game and are happy to be announcing I like listening to.
Len Elmore - some don't like him, but he's willing to give praise and to criticize effort.
Ones I don't care for:
Bilas - is good when he just calls the game and doesn't try to tell me how oppressed the players are or how terrible the NCAA is. I get it and agree with him on principle on some things.
Casey Jacobsen - I realize he does mostly western region games, but just focus on the game.
Dakich - gets way too sidetracked on his pet issues or tries way too hard to make some minor point. Just call the game.
Wasn’t Packer the one that called Allen Iverson a “quick little monkey” and then basically disappeared or am I not remembering that correctly?I just can’t stand how corporate suck-uppy he was. Always kissing the asses of the power programs. And a major pearl-clutcher, too. Never liked him one bit.
Right. And of course they were outrebounded by 11 in a loss. Omoruyi collected 14 for a season high in that one. Need to do a better job of keeping him off the glass.Just looking at the box score from the game against Rutgers back on January 27th. Iowa didn't get a single point from their bench in that game. That very rarely happens to an Iowa team under Fran.
I just hope Hawks do not lose their focus after NW and they do not go cold from the field. Rutgers is very good defensively.
Robbie Hummel said during the game RU was fouling on every possession, daring the refs to call it.
And the foul on Keegan with 2 seconds to go that gave RU the win? Hummel couldn't believe they called that foul
The screw job was in.
Even the 4 studio guys at CBSSN couldn't believe Green called that foul, when doing the 'highlights' during halftime of their game.
I'm by no means an Iowa fan, but that was absurd. The quality of officiating in the Big Ten is atrocious.
We got screwed at the end of both half's tonight.
I could tell the shot was good on a 55” TV. No idea how the refs overturned that one.
That was atrocious. Absolutely atrocious. In all honesty, that play is NEVER a foul. If the game is called tight, you’re not making that contact with 2 seconds left. If it’s called like this one, allowing a lot of contact (especially at one end), then the refs blowing that whistle is a complete joke.
I’m not a fan of blaming refs and Iowa did a crap ton tonight that wasn’t good. Refs could have been what they were and Iowa still could have won fairly easily by making open 3s, converting more at the rim and making FTs…….but the idea that Rutgers can shove, grab and hold every possession and then THAT gets called on Keegan at the end is just awful.
Green is quickly building up a reputation in the B1G as an official that decides games. Not a good thing to be known for as an official.
Among many other examples.......
Patrick McCaffery is surrounded by 3 RU defenders down low, takes the ball up and is both slapped on the wrists/forearms during shot block attempts as well bodied down low, no calls and no points. While defending pump fakes, McConnell drags his foot across JBo's lower legs, forcing JBo to stumble and put up an off-balance air ball for a shot clock violation, no call and no points.
Keegan Murray plays great 'in his shirt' defense on Harper, with perhaps a bare whisper of contact, with 2 seconds on the game clock in a tie game along with Harper using an arm-bar to help create a little space for himself, and a late whistle on the anticipatory guesswork that Keegan bodied him up. Phantom call and 2 free points.
He has a lot of company in that category. The BIG has always been and always will be the most inconsistent (pitiful) collection of refs doing conference games. Watching the rugby game throughout the first 39.58 minutes and this BS call seals the game. Sad.
bump in greens bank account??
I have an irrational dislike for Rutgers. I'm not sure if it's because East coast folks suck or because they don't belong in the B1G. Either way, let's beat the piss out of them.