As we briefly look back on the 2012 NCAA Tournament, many things can be said: namely that Kentucky was far and away the best team in the country, the west coast was pitiful, and the power conferences were much better in this tournament than normal.
Even more definitively than that, we can say there wasn’t one moment from this tournament we’ll look back on and remember the announcer’s call or analysis. Even the two 15-seed-over-the-2-seed upsets didn’t produce amazing broadcasting moments.
For those like myself who care deeply about who is behind the microphone and those particular people’s performances, this was a very difficult tournament to dissect. No announcer stood out for a particular call (as already mentioned) and none were even able to steal the momentum of the tournament to use it as an opportunity to build their pedigree and become famous within the blogosphere.
It’s sad because announcer rankings are the epitome of irrelevance in sports and the very thing 25-year-olds living in their mother’s basements depend on to keep them interested. There is no consensus on this topic for this tournament. Hopefully that means a fierce debate will be enraged upon the release of these rankings.
For the sake of order I will make two separate rankings—one for the play-by-play guys and another for the color analysts, in that order.