There has been much made about the impartiality of announcers recently (some people are in an uproar about Erin Andrews covering Florida sports) and I think it’s a viable concern. Not so much because guys like Kirk Herbstreit are covering Ohio State, but because ESPN puts
a clown an alum like Bob Griese into the booth for a Purdue game.
Of course, while it is tremendously egregious to let your color guy wave one team’s flag from the announcing booth as he screams to crowd is problematic, Griese’s rampant homerism isn’t the biggest issue here; playing “Shout” to get your crowd pumped up before the fourth quarter is. How on earth can you possibly not expect to cough up a 14 point lead with that sort of business happening? Oh, and in good news, Purdue lost in overtime.