Criticizing the broadcasters: Vols, Cats fans call Musburger drunk and more
It was Halloween night and Tennessee was on the prowl.
But in spite of dominating Kentucky to the tune of a 52-21 victory, many of the Tennessee faithful were focused on what was going on in the booth in Lexington, where Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer were calling the game for the SEC Network.
More specifically, they were citing speech patterns, mispronunciations and offhand comments as a reason to accuse Musburger, who is now 76 years old, as perhaps being a little less than sober on Saturday night.
That’s an accusation not to be taken lightly.
It may stem from mistakes like Dak “Preston” and “domintated” during the broadcast, which are captured here:
Dak Preston & domintated ? Brent Musburger was drunk last night. https://t.co/d6KlLdyFF3
— Rainey™ (@RaineyVol) November 1, 2015
But it wasn’t just one of the viewers saying this. It’s like they all coordinated their efforts to accuse the veteran broadcaster on Saturday night. Even some Kentucky fans were asking questions. Odd, to say the least.
Take a look at some highlights from Twitter from Saturday night:
Brent Musburger is struggling tonight to call this game. Very confused and making several mistakes. #TENNvsUK
— Ken Long (@LongHardRoad1) November 1, 2015
Somebody please check Brent Musburger's water bottle #bourbon@breederscup
— yodapie (@garynobert) November 1, 2015
Brent Musburger just said "domintated" he's had too much Jack also
— Tim Haralson (@TimHaralson) October 31, 2015
Brent Musburger it's Tennessee Offense not Kentucky. Are you drunk?#Vols
— Barbra Smith (@barbraksmith) November 1, 2015
Brent Musburger might be drunk
— Garrett Bridwell (@LilBriddy) November 1, 2015
I don't know what's going on with Brent Musburger but he's trippin balls right now.
— Ya Girl Dad™ (@jordanwebb2599) November 1, 2015
Brent Musburger sounds like he's all sauced up tonight. Early calls against the Vols. Easy Musty. Take a breath.
— Chris Cunningham (@christopherhalo) November 1, 2015
I think Brent Musburger is drunk. #TENNvsUK
— Roger Ely (@RogerEly) November 1, 2015
Brent Musburger is hammered drunk
— Hardie Sorrels (@Hardie_Sorrels4) November 1, 2015
Brent Musburger reminds me of that old drunk man you find at a VFW!! The one whose passed out and then randomly yells out FUMBLE!!
— Chip Payne (@UT_RockyTop) November 1, 2015
— Jackson Latta (@JacksonLatta) November 1, 2015
Brent Musburger will probably get pulled over after the game for a DUI. #TENNvsUK
— Adam Lentz (@lentzadam533) November 1, 2015
Is Brent Musburger drunk?
— ctb (@parezcoydigo) November 1, 2015
Go home, Brent Musburger. You're drunk. (But seriously, are you drunk? Take a halftime nap then drink some coffee. Please?) #TENNvsUK
— Mandy Massingill (@MaryAmanda77) November 1, 2015
— DJ Otis Badass (@DJOtisBadass) November 1, 2015
Is it my imagination, or is Brent Musburger slurring his speech? Been in the pumpkin juice?
— Busy Mom (@Busymom) November 1, 2015
Is Brent Musburger drunk?
— Dan Harvey (@BigDanHarvey) November 1, 2015
‘Uncle Verne’ talks old school
What makes the “Uncle Verne” character so great is that he really does say things that your great uncle might say at Thanksgiving in a few weeks.
Lundquist dropped a couple of lines during the CBS broadcast of Georgia and Florida that raised some eyebrows:
"If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas." Verne Lundquist, ladies and gentlemen.
— Jason Lee (@jasandlee1) October 31, 2015
Verne Lundquist with the hard-hitting holiday analysis: If ifs & buts were candy & nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas.
— Janna Abraham (@SportsPundette) October 31, 2015
Verne Lundquist dropping a Walter Kronkite reference like 2% of the audience picked up on. Noice.
— K. Chris Cornell (@kcornell) October 31, 2015
"It was all black and white optical sound" — Verne Lundquist on the old days of calling football
— CrunkOps (@rlangford77) October 31, 2015
Thanks a lot, Brian Griese
This may seem like a minor infraction, but there’s nothing worse than an announcer ruining a good trivia question.
Ole Miss and Auburn fans were cheated during Saturday’s SEC telecast:
Why would Brian Griese say the answer to the Aflac trivia question five seconds after it was asked? Who is that helping?
— Gary Samer (@SamerismyNamer) October 31, 2015
And that wasn’t the only thing the former Michigan quarterback did to upset viewers.
Just look at this scathing review:
i hope that people who bitch about verne lundquist are sentenced to a lifetime of dave pasch and brian griese
— Walter Lewellyn (@walter_lewellyn) October 31, 2015
Criticizing the critics
Now, if you’ll indulge me, we’re going to flip the script a bit on criticizing the broadcasters.
It is time that the SEC fans take some heat for their criticism of the CBS broadcast team.
Each week, no matter what the matchup may be, there are fans from both teams Tweeting about how much Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson hate their team.
For example, here is a snippet of what I ran across during last week’s Florida vs. Georgia game on CBS:
Pretty sure Verne Lundquist hates the gators. So he can piss off.
— Evan Dupont (@ellisjuan350) October 31, 2015
If Verne Lundquist uses the word "abysmal" about Georgia again, let's boycott CBS. What is his problem with us?#ugavsfl
— Patti McWhorter (@emmadawg) October 31, 2015
These Tweets were sent within two minutes of each other. TWO MINUTES.
Now I’m not saying there isn’t a mass conspiracy by Lunquist and Danielson put together to ensure that you all get offended by their treatment of your favorite team. I’m just saying it’s far more likely that you’re just super excited about your team playing in the league’s showcase game, and perhaps you’re a little oversensitive to any comment that could be construed as criticism of your team on the national stage.
To put it another way: There are many, many things to criticize the broadcasters for, but them purposely hating on your team probably isn’t one of them.