Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Real Stars of Championship Week

Usually the stars of ESPN Champions League are the players that hit the last minute shots to win a game and send a team on to the next round, but this years Championship Week star might be a little know broadcaster.

During the course of his work on the Big East Tournament, Dave Pasch, a Syracuse graduate, has shown that he is ready to be a big time star on TV. While working the tournament Pasch was at the controls for the two biggest moments of the week: the ref error in the Rutgers vs. St. John's game and the game winner by UConn's Kemba Walker against Pitt.

On both calls Pasch showed grace and a flair. While others also do that, Pasch let the moment breath and did not over power it, which is something that you rarely see anymore as announcers try to brand themselves.

This is how little a name Pasch is, check out his Wikipedia entry: "Dave Pasch is an American sportscaster. As of 2010  Pasch works for ESPN, for which he calls play-by-play of college football, college basketball, NBA, WNBA, and Arena football games. He has also been the radio voice for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL since 2002, teaming with Ron Wolfley." Not exactly the wikipedia entry of a big time sports announcer.

With his performance on the mic I would expect Pasch's stature to continue to grow in the coming years and maybe take on a bigger role at ESPN.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ryan Giggs: The owner of Arsenal

This banner is set to be debut tomorrow during United game against Arsenal in the FA Cup and boy is it true. Giggs has owned Arsenal over the years.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Craig Burley owes Nani something

While yesterday was not the greatest day to be a Manchester United fan, it was made worst by  the action of TV Commentator Craig Burley on FSC. During the game Jamie Carragher slide into Nani with studs showing creating a huge gash on the Portuguese winger leg. After the tackle Nani went down and check then injury and then went running over to the ref asking for a red card and then falling down again in pain.

While this was all going on Burley went off on the winger questioning his tactics and basically calling him a cheat. After the match was over photos came out that showed the severity of the Nani injury, it looked like someone took  a knife to his leg.

The one thing that got lost on Burley was the fact that Carragher should have been shown the door for his tackle, it was studs up and high, not at one point during this rant did Burley go off on Carragher for the irresponsible challenge. I think that has something to do with Carragher being English, but that is another story for another day.

While I'm not saying Nani was in the right in his actions, but Burley was not right to question the players injury and he should apologize for his comments. 

Sunday, March 06, 2011