West Virginia-Pitt: Bad Calls, Bad Commentators, Bad News for the Panthers

Scott Pauley@scott.pauleyAnalyst INovember 28, 2009

Unfortunately, it is quite impossible these days to complete a full college football game without a missed call or bad call from the officiating crew.

It is also growing more common for ESPN commentators to not know what they are doing.

To get to the point:

There were several missed calls in the 2009 edition of the Backyard Brawl. 

There were missed holding penalties, interference penalties, and a host of other misses. Not to mention the terrible ball-spot that WVU got near the end of the game that nearly cost them the first down.

These calls were not necessarily one sided, but West Virginia—of course— got the short end of the stick since they were not in the BCS picture.

Though it didn’t stop the Mountaineers from knocking off the No. 9 Pitt Panthers, 19-16.

To continue my gratitudiful disposition:

Bob Davie is quite possibly the most ignorant college football commentator I have ever heard. 

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Someone needs to inform him that Larry Fitzgerald has been out of college football for six years.  Why did he mention the Arizona Cardinal wide receiver at least five times? 

Name dropper!

Would someone also let him in on the little secret about the departure of Rich Rodriguez from WVU?  Again, at least five mentions! No one cares anymore!

We all know that Bobbie made his coaching debut with Pitt.  However, we don’t care about that when you are a mere analyst on the tube—remind you of any other former Notre Dame coach that works for ESPN?

All of that has come to be expected, considering the way that television has taken over college football—a lot of games to cover and not enough commentators.

Nonetheless, Mr. Davie, you cannot go into Morgantown and call John Denver’s “Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High.”

I hear the Big East is looking for some good officials. 

I think Bob Davie would fit right in—not knowing what in the world is going on.


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