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Fan launches petition over CBS Sports’ SEC Championship broadcast

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Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist have faced controversy from fans over the years during their time as CBS Sports broadcasters. They’ve almost become ingrained in our lives and our fall ritual of watching CBS Sports’ SEC Game of the Week.

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I feel like I know both of them.

But one Alabama fan named Andy Bearden isn’t happy with Danielson and Lundquist, and he filed a Change.org petition to have CBS remove the two broadcasters from the air.

Bearden’s reasons were based on impartiality.

“Their commentary is extremely negative for most of the game. They are also two of the most biased commentators on TV. They cannot remain neutral at all! They pick their team in the game and constantly berate the other team!”

Lundquist has been a broadcaster since 1970, on different assignments with TNT, ABCS and CBS, while Danielson has been with CBS since 2006 after a career with ABC/ESPN and as a former player.

CBS’ SEC Game of the Week has consistently dominated ratings the entire season, and the SEC Championship game was the highest rated game of the season and the highest rated conference championship this year.

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I’ve always thought Danielson has done a really solid job. He played football, and he knows football. Lundquist is just a sidekick, play-by-play guy who chortles and says, “Oh my!” too loud. I haven’t had a problem with either, and I’ve always thought they’ve done a solid job in their analysis and commentary.

No sportscaster will truly satisfy the masses, and Danielson and Lundquist have been solid throughout their careers.

Do you like Danielson and Lundquist? Do you share Bearden’s same sentiments?





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  1. They can’t take them off the air, it will ruin the innumerable drinking games I’ve created based on their antics (i.e.: drink when they mention a roommate situation.)

    • …and you have to take a drink when Verne chortles, but I’d be happy with replacements. We could seriously use a little more unbiased youthful commentary for sure! Stop talking about these guys imperfect past on national TV. They’re football players and typically from rough neighborhoods. Not everyone grew up at the countryclub like Danielson and Lundquist.

  2. The guy that started the petition is an idiot. He is just mad because Alabama is playing in the sugar bowl and not the national championship.

  3. Jon I think the biggest problem most people have with Danielson is that he will call your team out good or bad. Most people are calling this biased when in fact he is just telling the truth. Danielson called out Mizzou for switching to a 3-4 and getting trashed, and they took this as being biased. At the same time how can say nice things about the “#2″ defense in the SEC getting decimated for 500+ rushing yards? They tried to compliment Mizzou’s offense, they really did, but the defense was so atrocious it far out weighed the offense. Just sounds to me that people need to be able to take a bit more criticism and not get their feelings hurt when someone says something bad about their team. Grow some thicker skin and quit crying.

    • I agree. I think Danielson, although he can be very critical, knows his stuff and adds to the game. He is not the usual bland sportscaster.

    • I guess you missed all the times Danielson was apologizing for Auburn. “Oops, wide open in the endzone”, “He shoved Josey, because he pushed him in the facemask”, “Josey hit the tire”,

      • He wasn’t apologizing for AU. I’m not really sure you know what the word apologize means. Josey had a pretty firm grasp of his facemask which should have been an offensive facemask, but you almost never see that called, and if that truck hadn’t been there it would have been a non-issue. I’m not really sure why you would think that’s Danielson being apologetic he was just saying what happened….. I guess some people just see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear.

        • Yeah right. Explain, “Oops, wide open in the endzone”. I want to see every apology you make for Danielson. And yes, he did say “Oops”.

    • I agree Bryan. I didn’t hear the broadcast because I was at the game but none of the Mizzou Faithful could fathom staying with the 3-4. When we sold out we had some success, I would have rather went down making them throw than what occurred. Besides the best way to make a biased announcer look like crap is to win the friggin game.

  4. I rarely if ever listen to most announcers whenever South Carolina plays. I prefer to listen to our radio crew. In regards to these 2, Danielson knows his stuff and I can tolerate him; Lundquist really needs to think about retiring. He’s almost always biased and his bantering gets annoying quickly.

  5. OMG! Verne and Gary are the worst! When I lived in Florida I would mute the TV and listen to the radio, but now living out of state am forced to tolerate their inappropriate chatter! Gary is egotistical, always remarking “when I was coaching”. Verne is a golf guy and doesn’t have a clue most of the time. There are much more professional broadcasters out there then these two.