Verne Lundquist may not be as precise with his game calls as he was 10 or 15 years ago, but what you want, the guy is 75 years old. Still, he remains a familiar and welcome voice on CBS and Turner’s NCAA men’s tournament coverage, and it was fun to listen to him and Jim Spanarkel broadcast the action from Brooklyn over the weekend. And, make no mistake, Lundquist and Spanarkel were at Barclays Center, as viewers were able to see plainly during pre, post and in-game shots of the pair during games played on Friday and Sunday.
Few people in the country watch games because of the broadcasters. The days of people turning on Monday Night Football just to hate Howard Cosell are long gone. The action is the thing, and people want to know who wins and who loses, not how the announcers describe things. During the NCAA tournament, the excitement is such that the men behind the microphones provide a soundtrack to the Madness, but they don’t make the event. Upsets, improbable stars and last-second shots rule the tournament.
It does help, however, that they are on site and able to describe all of the craziness – on and off the court. Put it together and you have some of the most compelling television around.
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