In today’s SEC Championship game broadcast. booth commentators Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson were a complete embarrassment to CBS Sports. Hey, I’m just a struggling would-be journalist writing from my basement in the suburbs of Atlanta, Ga., but even I take the time to do some fact-checking and to learn the names of the players I’m writing about.
This is not an indictment of CBS as a network. They’re one of my favorite networks to view all different sporting events, but this pair of college football doofs has got to go.
Let’s start with mis-stating the names of players, not one…not two…but at least four different times during the broadcast. Malcom Brown? Malcom Marshall? Hunter Mason? And those were the three most egregious ones. Absolutely inexcusable when you have a written roster at your disposal. (For those who don’t know, the players correct names are Marlon Brown, Malcom Mitchell, and Hutson Mason)
How about favoritism and perceived partiality? This one falls mainly on Danielson. Look, we all have our favorite teams (or alma mater), and teams that we don’t particularly like. But it’s the job of someone in Gary Danielson’s position to never let that favoritism shine through in commentary. I cringe every time a Georgia game is going to be called by the Lundquist-Danielson duo because I know that the latter is going to rip Georgia every chance he gets and rain praise upon the other team.
Tonight was no exception, even in Georgia’s brightest moments in the game, Danielson found some little flaw or question to raise. And–on multiple occasions–in his hurry to shower the Alabama Crimson Tide with accolades, he couldn’t even keep track of the stats he had right in front of him.
It was also enlightening to know that these two could erase Georgia’s 1942 national championship off the books.
CBS generally provides exceptional coverage of the SEC. Tim Brando and the rest of the in-studio crew are infallible and entertaining. Brando himself has strong ties to both LSU and Ole Miss, but he constantly remains professional and objective in his analysis and game breakdowns.We need the same kind of professionalism in the booth.
It’s time for CBS to step up the coverage on the premier SEC game each week and especially on games as huge as the SEC Championship game, because listening to Lundquist fumbling over his words and Danielson showing zero impartiality during broadcasts is a blight on a great sports network.