Calling the Game: Issues from the Booth

David MatuszakContributor ISeptember 22, 2010

This photo is not meant to blame these guys in particular
This photo is not meant to blame these guys in particularDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

As football season has gotten underway, and players report to hockey training camps across the country, most articles appearing on this site will focus on them, the athletes.

Today I would like to focus on something different. Today I feel it is absolutely necessary to write a few words about the sportscasters. The well-dressed, often former players that call games around the country.

If you do call games, and the following content offends you in any way; honestly, I do not care. I say that because if it does offend you, you are probably guilty of much of it yourself. So maybe a change of ways is in order? Just saying.

Over the past several years of my life, watching sports with my parents or family members has been a struggle. They would constantly complain that "these guys are terrible," or say, "This guy hasn't shut up." Those are to name a few. My common response would be: "They get paid a whole lot more than you do to say all of that."

And that is true.

Most sportscasters who call professional games these days get paid quite well, and I really have no problem with that. The problem I have is what comes out of their mouths.

I was watching a game the other day, and it was late in the first quarter. A big play happened, the offense might have even scored, but the announcer had to ruin it by saying something similar to, "That was the play of the game," or "Wow, he is such a great athlete isn't he?"

First off, that play might have been the play of the game so far, but there is still a lot of football to be played. So calling it a "play of the game" is almost as gutsy as Michigan State faking a field goal in the final seconds.

I know, I know, it might have been an important play. So then save it for the postgame coverage.

Another thing is pointing out that someone is a great athlete on television. Honestly, do I really need to hear that Peyton Manning is a superb quarterback, or A-Rod is clearly one of the best players in the league, or that Sidney Crosby is a goal-scorer?

No. I do not. I know that, or can gather that information on my own simply by being a sports fan and watching games.

You might be wondering at this point, why I have not mentioned any specific announcers. The reason is simple. Most, if not all of them, are guilty as charged.

I feel sorry for these guys sometimes. When I'm not cussing them out that is.

You have heard them, I'm sure. They say things that nobody really needs to know; they get names, statistics, and even the call of the game in progress wrong.

My biggest issue, and the one I am going to conclude with, is the sides they take over the course of the game.

One team could be the best thing since life itself one minute, but as soon as something bad happens, they are the scum of humanity. Not to mention, when a large college plays a smaller school, the big name almost always gets the glory in some way, and the little guy gets a "good game."