Big 12 suspends Texas Tech radio announcers for bashing umpires, league
1. Who the hell knew local college football broadcasters were supposed to be professionals? I certainly didn’t know it was.
Local college football broadcasters do not call a game. They’re offering a three-hour rah-rah session for team fans.
But the Texas Tech radio team crossed the line in the eyes of the Big 12 in last Saturday’s game against Iowa State.
The radio team of Brian Jensen and analyst John Harris were downright apoplectic with the refereeing that took place in the Red Raiders 41-38 home win. Check out the look on Jensen’s face as the referees called off an interception from Texas Tech (which Jensen called “bulls —” just before the official call).
This look is downright scary.
Jensen and Harris were not only relentless in bashing the referees, but they also made some serious accusations, saying the Big 12 didn’t want Texas Tech to win the game. Jensen also demanded Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby answer bad umpires. Oh, and at one point, Jensen decided to read aloud the name of every official working on the game.
Jensen even complained about the calls on Twitter during the game.
Bowlsby, however, did not respond for the bad referees. Instead, he suspended Jensen and Harris for Texas Tech’s game this Saturday against Oklahoma State.
“I understand the roles of the play-by-play and color analyst,” Bowlsby said in a statement. “However, as representatives of the University, they also have an obligation to abide by the Conference policy regarding commentary on match officials. Comments from announcers at the Red Raider Radio Network booth were inconsistent with respect levels. and professionalism expected. Questioning the integrity of Conference officials and in particular calling members of the official team goes far beyond appropriate and permissible behavior. “
Are Jensen and Harris guilty of these things? Yes. Do they deserve a suspension? No. A warning would have sufficed. All the Big 12 had to do was tell them to never hit umpires like that again. It is not necessary to rule them out for a match.
And something tells me that they would have received a warning if they hadn’t mentioned the name of the Big 12 commissioner during their rants.
Personally, I don’t think the NFL and college football broadcasters call referees enough to suck so badly, so I got a huge kick on Jensen and Harris going there. I was also mesmerized by the sheer spectacle as they lost their minds to the calls. I think they cared about whether Texas Tech was winning or losing more than the Red Raiders players.
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3. As the Texas Tech broadcasters in the first post kept us entertained with their collapse, Stephen A. Smith gave us some high-profile artistic performances yesterday while raging against Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
4. It’s clearly the day of the rant today in Traina Thoughts. Kings forward Tristan Thompson gave an exclamatory speech at his post-game press conference last night explaining why the players – not the coach – are responsible for a team’s poor play.
5. Prediction: The Rock vs. Roman Reigns will take place at WrestleMania in 2023 from Los Angeles.
Speaking of Rock, Traina Thoughts was delayed about 30 minutes today after I got dizzy because of it.
6. The full trailer for the upcoming Kurt Warner biopic, American Underdog, abandoned yesterday.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Thanks to Introduced to programmingby Douglas Pucci for alerting me this morning that on that date in 1992, Seinfeld’s episode “The Contest” debuted on NBC and “master of your domain” instantly became part of the lexicon.
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