Criticizing the broadcasters: SEC fans dislike Beth Mowins & more
ESPN play-by-play voice Beth Mowins drew what ended up being a good game — last Saturday’s 21-20 victory by Arkansas over Louisiana Tech.
However, she also drew an ugly response from SEC fans on social media.
Though many never really did a good job of articulating exactly why they disliked the job Mowins was doing, that didn’t stop SEC fans from blasting her on Twitter:
@RyanBrownWJOX I be listening to Eli and Phil. I would rather hear fingernails on a chalk board than Beth Mowins.
— Steve Mitchell (@SEMitch2015) September 7, 2016
Can we not have Beth Mowins not call any of our games again? Just terrible.
— Kip C (@BomisHawg) September 3, 2016
Flipped over to Arkansas-Louisiana Tech game and the sound of Beth Mowins' voice caused me to immediately hit mute button.
— Brett Brown (@jbrettbrown) September 3, 2016
#KSUvsPSU Let's take a moment to thank the football gods for sparing us Beth Mowins as our commentator today. ?
— ☘Phil Jacksonville☘ (@ClutchMilroy) September 3, 2016
Hahahah Beth Mowins calling SEC Network games is the best gift I could give to SEC fans.
— Chris Nolan Sahm (@ChrisSahm) September 3, 2016
Beth Mowins gets to call another Gator game this year, I'm buying tickets to that one asap, idc where the game is
— Gators 24/7 (@FLGatorNation_) September 3, 2016
And that’s just a small sample. There were many, many more with the same sentiment.
Granted, Mowins is no Keith Jackson. She sometimes mispronounces a few names from time to time and sometimes is shaky when explaining some college football rules, but was her performance so bad that it warranted this type of criticism?
Musburger trolls Petrino
SEC Network play-by-play man Brent Musburger is always colorful and sometimes eclectic while calling games. Whether he’s making veiled references to Vegas — or commenting on the girlfriend of the quarterback — Musburger delivers entertaining narratives.
During Saturday’s matchup between Clemson and Auburn, Musburger brought up Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino.
Petrino was involved in a controversial motorcycle crash in 2012. Even though Musburger didn’t delve into the details, the mere mention of the Louisville coach’s name was more than enough of a zinger. It was weird for him to go that route but definitely entertaining for viewers.
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto
Last but not least, we thought ESPN’s Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit did a pretty good job during Monday night’s Ole Miss-Florida State broadcast. However, we found at least one person who does not share that view:
There is an unmistakable robotic quality to Fowler-Herbie broadcasts. They know all the notes and how to play them, but rarely make music.
— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) September 6, 2016