After watching a few rivalry reruns on ESPN Classic --- maybe I'm a tradionalist --- but the classic OSU/scUM rivalry just isn't the same when it's not Keith Jackson or Brent Musburger. I'm not sure who will be calling The Game yet, but I've got some strong feelings about who I prefer and don't prefer.
Keith Jackson isn't my favorite all-time announcer, but there's just something nostalgic about hearing Keith Jackson call the game at Noon. I know he hasn't called The Game in years, but I wonder if there's any way they could bring Keith Jackson out of retirement or pre-record & dub his voice (think NCAA Football '98) ?
I guess the more realistic next choice would be Brent Musburger. Again, another nostalgic part of the OSU/Michigan rivalry. I can deal with the empty back-and-forth of Musburger & Herbstreit over other broadcasting duos.
Please, dear Lord - anybody but Beth Mowins & Joey Galloway. I'm assuming ESPN has the sense to relegate them to the ESPNU Game of the Day Nobody Cares About, and rightly so.
Well, I take back than anybody part. If it's Joe "You Know, Montee Ball Could Break The Record With One More Touchdown" Tessitore & Matt "Meathead" Millen --- that would be absolutely turrible for all involved. By the way, did anybody else notice how excited Tessitore would get when Wisconsin had a sack last week? The over/under on how many times he wetted himself in that press box was about the same as the opening line on the game: 2 1/2 - 3 range. Then, after Ohio State scored the touchdown in overtime, and kicked the extra point to go up 21-14 ---- I thought Tessitore was going to off himself. He seriously sounded like the most depressed commentator of all-time. In his downtrodden broadcasting voice, I could hear the tears streaming down his once-glowing face. The emotion in his voice fluctuation was palpable.
I'm assuming Tess & Matt got over that OSU win by over-indulging themselves with a few bottles of Stella Pinot Grigio & a case of Natty Light, in the La Quinta Inn & Suites Madison deluxe room they shared.