Criticizing the broadcasters: Verne Lundquist and the 'dinosaur offense'
This just in: CBS broadcasting stalwart Verne Lundquist is old.
He’s 75 years old, to be exact.
So when the veteran play-by-play man tabbed the Alabama offense as a “dinosaur offense” during Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, we probably should have taken his word for it. Because if anyone would be in tune with what a “dinosaur offense” might look like, it would be him.
That didn’t stop the Crimson Tide faithful from being perturbed by it, though.
— jodeewright (@jodeewright) October 17, 2015
“It’s called dinosaur offense.” -Verne Lundquist @SEConCBS PLEASE FIRE THIS IDIOT
— Riley Fowler (@Riley_Fowler13) October 17, 2015
— Ryan P (@Ryan_Pigg) October 17, 2015
I mean, the first thing you think about when you think of Lane Kiffin is old-school football, right?
We’ll move along, because there is more Lunquist criticism to cover.
In what has become a weekly theme, Verne had more trouble with names while covering Alabama’s win against Texas A&M on the SEC on CBS broadcast.
These were some pretty easy ones to avoid:
— Allen Balint (@AllenWantsTacos) October 17, 2015
How can Verne Lundquist call multiple Bama games already, and still call Derrick Henry "Harvey" multiple times on the same play?
— Jeff Yeager (@jyeag4) October 17, 2015
But it is not all bad news from this telecast.
Uncle Verne is bringing families together all across this great nation. Who says he is no longer useful?
Mom says Verne Lundquist needs to find another job. So happy we agree on something!
— Makeda Nzingha Hill (@makedanzingha) October 17, 2015
Welcome to the SEC, Mack.
Former Texas coach Mack Brown has been doing some color commentating for ESPN this year.
He drew a SEC assignment on Thursday night, covering Auburn’s win against Kentucky with Dave Flemming and Allison Williams.
Much like they were often critical of him as the Longhorns head man, SEC fans were equally critical of his work in the broadcasting booth.
Here are some highlights:
Mack Brown being impressed with the Auburn secondary is probably why he got fired
— Ghini (@GhiniFNPowers) October 16, 2015
"Auburn can run the ball" – gripping commentary by Mack Brown
— PrincessOffThePlains (@PrincessPlains) October 16, 2015
By virtue of Mack Brown saying momentum has turned 8 times this 3rd Qtr, Kentucky has to win.
— BamaGoose (@BamaGoose525) October 16, 2015
— CollegeFootballNews (@ColFootballNews) October 16, 2015
Retroactively criticizing Brent Musburger
This didn’t happen in Week 7, but we need to both call out SEC Network play-by-play man Brent Musburger and give some credit to ESPN’s Jesse Palmer at the same time.
During a Week 6 telecast of Florida’s win against Missouri, Palmer warned that Ole Miss should be concerned about its Week 7 matchup with Memphis.
Musburger laughed at him.
See the exchange here:
Brent Musburger laughs at Jesse Palmer for saying Ole Miss shouldn't sleep on Memphis http://t.co/Q3jIiAzr6i
— Tara Hall (@TaraLeeHall) October 18, 2015
Following Memphis’ 37-24 win against the Rebels on Saturday, there were several Tigers fans ready to call Musburger out.
— Russell Born (@RussellBorn43) October 18, 2015
@JessePalmerABC is Brent Musburger eating crow today after you told him Ole Miss shouldn't sleep on Memphis and he laughed it off
— DK (@dk4grizz) October 19, 2015
@JessePalmerABC Hey Jesse, thanks for the love for my Memphis Tigers! Is Brent Musburger still laughing? Go Tigers!!
— Rowanator62 (@BobRowan2) October 19, 2015