Last night’s broadcast was just awful, but I think ESPN lucked out in the end. They lucked out because the game got so high scoring that there wasn’t any time for filler. If there was any extra downtime last night I would have lost my shit. Dan Fouts was just too damn funny. He ran the gamut of Awful Announcing……cut people off, talked about himself, messed up names, called plays wrong, dragged his partner Tim Brant down to his level, and was just downright incomprehensible. To tell you the truth I thought he had retired because I haven’t heard him call a game the entire season.

It didn’t help that ESPN’s production was off as well. In the first quarter everyone went to break except the production truck. The commercials started but immediately cut back to the game in the middle of a play. Neither Daniel nor Timothy said anything for about a minute. (I also knew it was a bad omen when Bobby Bowden introduced the ‘Noles and Bill Walton introduced the Bruins.)

But back to Fouts and another thing I was unaware of……he’s a PbP guy now? When did this happen??? And if he wasn’t the PbP guy…..he was fighting with Brant for airtime. It was just awkward. It seems like Fouts is near the end of his rope. He wasn’t THAT bad of a color guy, and I think Dennis Miller ruined him for good.

Fouts calls were such a stretch that one point he compared UCLA QB Pat Cowan to Roger Staubach…..because they were both wearing the #12?!?!

I’m pretty sure that this was the duo’s last game of the season….we can only hope so. Actually, for the site’s sake I hope not….that way we can get some more quotes like these…..

“This one’s starting to have the aroma of a barn burner!”- DF

“As Jack talked about this is a flat field because it’s a baseball field”- DF

“Steve Barth our referee from the USA…..Conference.”- DF

“Booker looks looked like he was heading to halelujah land”- TB

“And the fair catch is signaled and….IT’S MIFFED!”- DF

……and I’m miffed that I had to listen to those two ass-hats.

Update: One thing I forgot to mention. Dan Fouts’ dad was a famous announcer for the 49ers. It looks like the apple fell pretty far from the tree.

Update Numero Dos: Flubby from KSK points me in the right direction. A Hiestand Column from May explains the change.

Says Fouts: “It’s been in the back of my mind for years. It’s a new challenge.”