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Billy Packer canned by CBS
« on: July 14, 2008, 09:19:09 AM »

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an era 34 years in the making has come to an end.
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3485871

Clark Kellogg is likely to replace Packer and do the big tournament games with Jim Nantz

Re: Billy Packer canned by CBS
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2008, 09:28:33 AM »

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Nice to see that the suits at CBS finally got around to doing this -- about 20 later than they should have - because the college game officially passed Packer by back in the late 80's.  Other than the ACC, the guy didn't follow the college game, was unentertaining and never said anything interesting.

Other than that he was a top notch analyst.  ::)


Re: Billy Packer canned by CBS
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2008, 09:39:45 AM »

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Packer had a good run, a very good run.
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Good decision by CBS.  Packer's time had definitely come.  (Actually, it probably came sometime in the late '80s-early '90s).  He's been a lightning rod for criticism and has been unable to recognize and adapt to the changing current of college basketball.  He's a fan of the big programs and was always ready to shoot down the upstarts.  (See St. Joe's).  He was critical of the mid-majors when it was evident that those teams were legit (See George Mason) and he just carried himself in a very haughty manner.  

Not sure how I feel about Kellogg.  I don't think his studio stuff is anything to rave about but his color analysis does seem to be alright.


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Re: Billy Packer canned by CBS
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2008, 09:48:40 AM »

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How soon before everyone's beloved Tommy is canned and replaced by the up-and-coming Donny Marshall?

Talk about losing your fastball!

Can't wait for that announcement!

Then we can have "Donny Points"!

Re: Billy Packer canned by CBS
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2008, 10:04:07 AM »

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Kellogg is a decent choice to replace him.  At least he's current on the college game. 

The thing about Packer is that Dick Enberg and Al McGuire made him.  Prior to CBS taking over the NCAA broadcasts, that team was incredibly popular and also entertaining as hell.  The reason was that McGuire was so off the wall and he would regularly challenge Packer and vice versa with Enberg doing a super job of acting as the play-by-play guy/referee.  Together they remain, by far, the best announcing team I've ever heard for college hoops.

Then Packer went to CBS for the big bucks and what you've seen the last several years is what you've always gotten from him at CBS, except that he was more with the times back in the 80's.  I've always felt that the reason he's kept his job was that he was either incredibly tight with the high ups at CBS (who were ignorant of the fact that the guy was at best an average analyst) or else he was real good at the corporate level taking care of the sponsors.

Take away Enberg and McGuire and he was a mediocre run of the mill analyst, but to be fair, Enberg and McGuire were never as good together as they were when Packer was with them.



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How soon before everyone's beloved Tommy is canned and replaced by the up-and-coming Donny Marshall?

Talk about losing your fastball!

Can't wait for that announcement!

Then we can have "Donny Points"!



We don't want Tommy to retire.


And when he does, we don't want Marshel.  He is good in studio, not so good on the broadcast.



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How soon before everyone's beloved Tommy is canned and replaced by the up-and-coming Donny Marshall?

Talk about losing your fastball!

Can't wait for that announcement!

Then we can have "Donny Points"!



We don't want Tommy to retire.


And when he does, we don't want Marshel.  He is good in studio, not so good on the broadcast.



I say go with Scali.   TPs become 'Scali Snacks'

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Re: Billy Packer canned by CBS
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2008, 03:10:54 AM »

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How soon before everyone's beloved Tommy is canned and replaced by the up-and-coming Donny Marshall?

Talk about losing your fastball!

Can't wait for that announcement!

Then we can have "Donny Points"!

You should lose all your Tommy points. Hes an Icon and will leave when "HE" wants. I would never thought of using the word "incredulous" if not for him.

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How soon before everyone's beloved Tommy is canned and replaced by the up-and-coming Donny Marshall?

Talk about losing your fastball!

Can't wait for that announcement!

Then we can have "Donny Points"!



the difference is the packer does it for a national audience is should be very nuetral.

but tommy does local celtics games, and his passion for this team i believe is a huge part (other than historical success) of huge following of this team. i could not think of a better broadcast team than tommy and Gorman, althoug very bias, but there is so much passion and knowledge through years of experience in thier broadcast.

every once in a while, i feel that tommy is losing his mind, but i still love the guy, and really appreciate his commitment to this team