Ah yes, the Turner Broadcasting System. TBS is best known for showing reruns of sitcoms and the funny movies that have made it all the way to cable, but, this Saturday, at 7:00 Eastern Standard Time, TBS will be carrying UT/Baylor nationwide; that's right nationwide. Not that I'm complaining. I'm glad I don't have to buy a pay per view package to watch the horns in Boston this weekend, but in my mind there are two problems with TBS football coverage.
Horrible Announcing: If you ever saw a game TBS carried where VY played, you are probably well acquainted with the phrase "he's got a lot of green in front of him." This is because the play-by-play guy said it every time Vince tried to run the ball, even when he did not, in fact, have a lot of green in front of him.
Texas plays down to their opponents on TBS: For those of you not keeping track, UT/Oklahoma State was on TBS last year. I don't know if the people who choose which games to air at TBS are sports geniuses or just lucky, but it hasn't just happened to the horns. Off the top of my head I can think of two other examples:
2004 USC/Stanford - Stanford had a lead over #1 USC at halftime, the same USC who would go on to an undefeated season ending with a solid thrashing of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.
2006 OU/UAB - Only a Herculean effort from Adrian Peterson kept the Sooners in this one.
So let's hope that nothing unexpected happens on Saturday. We need to beat teams we're supposed to beat by a good margin to stay in title game contention.