(Editor's Note: I'd like to add to all of this that Digger was wearing a Notre Dame sweater and referred to the Fighting Irish as "we" on multiple occasions. Truly a low point for ESPN's fling with professionalism)
I know it was discussed on the thread, but I wanted to extend the discussion.
Never have I been more frustrated with the commentary in a game.
Specifically, the vendetta that was taken by Digger Phelps and Bob Knight against Kyle Kuric was sickening.
Going into the game, Kyle averaged 8 PPG. Before the technical, he had 17 points and then finished with 18.
Then, according to Phelps and Knight he had a 'mindset shift', resultant of the technical, that affected his game.
Kyle scored 8 points in the second half, including a clutch three and three free throws in front of a very hostile ND student section.
Knight and Phelps created a false villain in Kuric.
Did anyone else notice when Kuric missed a three in the second half, Digger said 'short' in the most vindictive manner? Or maybe you noticed the celebration in Diggers' voice when Kuric missed a lay-up in overtime.
I find it difficult to blame refs...it is difficult to make real-time decisions and is easy to get caught up in the atmosphere, especially at a place like Purcell. That said, I put a little more faith in the commentary team, who has the opportunity to see replays.
Simply put, I feel that this commentary team was extremely skewed in their bias towards ND.
Some other moments that bothered me:
- Saying Preston had no business taking a three pointer he hit in the second half after lauding Hansborough all first half for having such range.
- Making no mention of the Abromitis 'hook' or 'travel', which were both blatantly obvious on replay
- Making no mention of the injuries suffered to three of our starters until Rece brought it up with 6 minutes left in the game...you think that would have been a story line.
- Did they even refer to Kuric as King Kyle?
- Using the terms 'we' and 'our' when referring to Notre Dame
- Digger having a Notre Dame logo on his sweatshirt
- Digger passing out student tickets to the Notre Dame student body on campus this morning
I want to open the floor for discussion, but I really wish ESPN would adopt a policy where commentators who have been affiliated with a University are not allowed to be a part of the commentary for a game including that team. I am alright with 'analysis' or 'College GameDay' type events, but when you involve them in the play-by-play or color commentary, you are simply making the game a painful experience for 50% of the viewership.
I feel better now.