Thursday, March 20, 2008

Comically stupid NCAA commentary

Hilariously wrong at a critical moment! Bob Wenzel embarrasses himself. Check it out:

Duke leads Belmont by one. Four seconds remain. Belmont in-bounds the ball--the game on the line. Bad pass. Duke steals and is fouled. Officials go to the table to check out how much time is left. It'll be a little under three seconds (they wind up putting 2.7 on the clock, which is what I would have done given the same video).

Wenzel states that the decision of how much to put on the clock is really, critically important, since, and I quote verbatim:

"I would guess about three [seconds] here. That's plenty of time. If it's over three, you can get a shot--and I'm speaking of Belmont. If it's under three, it has to be a tip situation."

Marvelous! He's mixed up three seconds with three tenths of a second! And the assist goes to play-by-play man Craig Bolerjack, who didn't correct this egregious error.

The only thing better would have been to watch Wenzel make this hilarious mistake as a coach. Could you imagine one of his players trying a volleyball-set-style tip to win the game, missing, and waiting two-and-a-half more seconds for the buzzer? I can. I'd love to see it.

Nice job with the color comedy--er, commentary, Wenzel.


At 11:37 AM, Anonymous massref said...

I didn't hear the comment myself, but it was mentioned on another website that I read.

Look, the bottom line is that 99% of the commentators are windbags, period. Their job is to make the telecast more entertaining; and has nothing to do with the actual rules of the game.

Yes, it was a dumb thing to screw up, but I'm sure I'd screw up a few things if I had to broadcast 4 games in an afternoon.

I mostly ignore the windbags, as much as possible. I would be curious if the gaffe was mentioned in a "post-game" once they were off the air.


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