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Oct 09 2008

The Five Types of Things Sports Announcers Say That Really Need to Stop

Published by at 3:20 am under Sports

Obvious Statements

If anyone here has watched any, and I truly mean any kind of sporting event that involves two teams pitted against one another, you will inevitably get your fair share of obvious statements from announcers.

John Madden and Al Michaels who I consider to be very good announcers are even guilty of this.  I’m not sure if it’s because they have nothing left to say, or because they’re required to keep talking but I tell ya, some statements are so damned obvious I’d rather just watch blank air time.

And it’s not just booth announcers, it’s the interviews after the game.  They’re just as bad.  I’ll show you what I mean.  I’ve compiled 5 specific types of statements that announcers always make, that couldn’t be any more obvious if they tried.

The “when a team is losing and on offense” statements

Obvious Statements

This is a classic time in a game for an announcer to point out the obvious.  Nowhere is it more prevalent than in football.  A team will have the ball, be down by a couple of touchdowns and inevitably someone will say “you know Bill, if they’re gonna have a chance in this game, they’re gonna have to put some points on the board,” or “score some touchdowns.  Something to that effect.  In baseball, “they’re gonna need to score some runs.”  So on and so forth.  Can we get a little more obvious here?  Do we as fans not know this?  How about something like “I’m curious to see what kinds of plays this team will run to try and turn this thing around?”  Or maybe a,  “I hope this team can find some magic.  Anything but “they need to score points.”

The “when a team is losing and on defense” statements

Obvious Statements

“Bill, they’re gonna need a stop here.”  “The Knicks are really gonna have to step up their defense and not allow points if they’re going to win this game.”  Really?  Really guys?  So when a team is losing, one of the main things they can do to prevent a loss is to prevent the other team from scoring?  Nice!  Thanks for that.  How about something like “Obviously what they’ve been doing hasn’t worked up until now, let’s see if the coach mixes it up a little bit.”

The “when a team is winning” statements

Obvious Statements

This is almost the same thing as the losing team playing defense scenario.  In baseball a team will have a lead and an announcer will say something like “The relief pitchers really can’t let up runs here.”  Or in football, it will always be something like “If Tampa can get a stop here, they might win this game.”  Can we please cut this out?  We’re aware of this.  We all know what the score is.  How about “does it get more exciting than this?  Will they blow it?  Will they come through?  It’s anybody’s guess!”

The “How’d You” question

Obvious Statements

Jim Gray, the most annoying interviewer of all time, is the master of  of this question.   Inevitably after every single game winning touchdown, shot, home run, you name it, some schmuck will always ask the player “How’d you make that shot?”  “How’d you hit that home run?”  And every time the player has no choice but to answer with a cookie cutter answer like “I saw a good pitch,” “I had a good look” type of statement.  For once I wish they’d be like “How?  I have no idea how.  I ran real fast and I caught the ball. That’s how.  I put up the shot and it went in, that’s how.”  Can’t the announcers get a little more creative?  How about something like “Where does this rank in all time best moments for you?”  “How much work did you put in to get to this point?”  And don’t get me wrong, these questions are asked from time to time, but can we just remove the dumb ones?

The “What and Why” questions

Obvious Statements

These are along the same lines as the “How’d You” questions.  And once again, Jim Gray is the master at these.    After every win or loss when a coach is being interviewed he’s being asked “Why’d you win this game?”  or “Why’d you lose this game?” or “Why’d you play such good defense?”  I want to hear a coach say “Because we scored more points than them,”  or “Because they scored more points than us, that’s why.”

Let’s just take out the obvious and get to the heart of who these people are.  Not the obvious facts during the games.  Thanks.

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11 responses so far

  • Ty

    I would like to nominate “Here’s a guy…..” to the list of banned sportscaster statements. I think Stuart Scott started it in one of his pathetic attempts to be cool and in the process destroy the English language. You can’t watch a baseball game, football game, or even a highlight show for 10 minutes without hearing it.
    “Here’s a guy, who is very close to watching broadcasts with the volume turned all the way down.”

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  • danimal

    In football on close yardage situations, at least one announcer is compelled to blurt out, “It depends on the spot!”. DUH! Doesn’t it always depend on the spot?

  • Dan

    For any UFC fans, Joe Rogan saying “He got rocked!” Is that the only adjective he knows for someone getting hit in the face?

  • C

    The one I hate the most is the “I bet he’d like to have that one back.” Usually referring to a QB after throwing an interception, or after a pitcher gives up a home run. Well no sh*t Einstein! Of course he’d like to have it back and do over. It’s not rocket science.

  • Bill

    Charles Barkley said something like this to a “why” or “howd you” question.

    “I love it when people ask me for tips and secrets on rebounding. I always just say “you jump up and get the damn ball”"

    Paraphrased, but you get the idea.

  • Paco

    How about this one:

    In baseball if the player is really good, they ALWAYS say, “The guy is as good as anyone…”

    WTF does that mean? Anyone? Like little leaguers? Like Babe Ruth?

    Dumb dumb statement.

  • Patt

    What about “unanswered points”? The NFL broadcasters love that one. It really chafes me when a team is up by, say, 14 and the team that is down scores two TDs. Then they say “Pittsburgh was down by two scores then scored 14 unanswered points”. Weren’t the points answered when they went up 14-0?

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  • ‘Bag Hunter

    An ESPN favorite that I can do without, “He is a football player.”

  • sneaky

    “It’s a reverse!” – they call this all the time when in reality it’s just an end-around type of play. The reverse would be when there is a change in direction in the run, a la the original runner handing off to a runner going the other direction. The real reverse – why they call that a “double reverse”. Oh, well…..



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