it seems to me that the quality of college football announcing on tv is getting worse and worse. lots of hyperbolizing and editorializing. lots of artless ex-players that interject anecdotes from their own playing days instead of focusing on the field in front of them. i knew the profession was really in trouble during the big XII championship game this year when craig james said on air that he'd hugged colt mccoy before the game.
anyways, it seems from comments i read here and there on blogs like this one and elsewhere that other people feel the same way about specific commentators at least, but there is nowhere to hold these guys accountable. it's an art form of sorts, but unlike movies or records or any other kind of tv show, there's not, to my knowledge, a website dedicated to reviewing their performances. maybe if there was such a site--something like rotten tomatoes or meta critic then maybe it could help change the overall quality of the announcing. farfetched and idealistic maybe, but at least it would give people a place to commiserate and vent about commenting for specific games.
i'm wondering if anyone else thinks this is a good idea. also, i'm wondering what you thoughtful, analytical golden bears would consider useful criteria for assessing a commentator's performance. i'll get it started:
1) not mentioning hugging a player before the game.
2) inventiveness, creativity, subversion of cliche--if all you can muster is "he's a home run hitter", "he's gonna play on sundays", "the defense needs to pin its ears back" then maybe you should seek out a career that doesn't involve describing things for hours at a time.
3) describing without too much prescribing--"now you see what he should have done on that play..." "that's just bad technique..." this kind of stuff is better from partisan radio play-by-play and color commentators since they, along with the listener, are pulling for one side.
4) silence--yes like that zen thing about the notes that aren't played making the music, silence is key to good announcing. too many announcers really smother the game.
5)....i could go on, but want to hear what y'all think.