MINDBOGGLINGLY STUPID RADIO COVERAGE OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

                    Kallas Remarks By Steve Kallas

    

So you’re stuck in the car during rush hour on Friday and you want to listen to the NCAA tournament.  You turn on Westwood One’s radio coverage and you hear, at the half, that San Diego, a #13 seed, is beating UConn, a #4 seed.  Although I’m no UConn (or San Diego) fan, I’m happy to listen to a potentially huge upset, most of the time thinking that UConn will come back and win the game.

   

But stupid is as stupid does.  As often occurs on Days 1 and 2 of the tourney, there were four games going on at once.  If the other three games were all blowouts, surely someone with a brain at Westwood One would have the intelligence to just give us the UConn game, right?  Well, not exactly.

         

South Alabama-Butler was never really a game.  Up 17 at the half, #7 seed Butler was cruising to an 81-61 win.  Yet, inexplicably, we had to listen to the last few minutes of this game, right down to the final gun.  Unbelievable.  At the conclusion, the announcer told us that San Diego was beating UConn and we’ll get to that later, but first … .

        

UMBC-Georgetown was never really a game.  Up 12 at the half, #2 seed Georgetown was cruising to a 66-47 win.  Yet, inexplicably, we had to listen to the last few minutes of this game, right down to the final gun.  Unbelievable.  At the conclusion, the announcer told us that San Diego was beating UConn and we’ll get to that later, but first … .

       

Austin Peay-Texas was never really a game.  Up 15 at the half, #2 seed Texas was cruising to a 74-54 win.  Yet, inexplicably, we had to listen to the last few minutes of this game, right down to the final gun.  Unbelievable.  At the conclusion, the announcer told us that San Diego was beating UConn and we’ll get to that … right after these commercial messages.

         

Simply stunning.  The real joke was, if you were in the tri-state area (especially UConn territory), you had to turn off the Westwood One coverage and switch over to WFAN where they were giving you frequent updates on the UConn game.  Think about it – you were listening to “exclusive” coverage of an NCAA tournament game and had to leave that coverage to get better radio coverage of the only game that resembled a game in the tourney at that time (between about 5 and 5:20).  Eventually (with about nine minutes left in regulation), Westwood One got to the game they should have been on for the whole second half.  Thankfully for me, I was in front of a TV by then. 

         

Will they ever learn?  Just beyond stupid.       

© Copyright 2008 by Steve Kallas.  All rights reserved.

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One response to “MINDBOGGLINGLY STUPID RADIO COVERAGE OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

  1. Rob from teaneck

    Excellent points !!! However, the individuals in charge of programming are probably not sports fans, but reading statistics about demographics. As in the new age of sports coaching, numbers rule over common sense and gut feelings.

    Keep your unique type of sports commentary coming for the thinking sports fan

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