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    CBS's Coverage

    Is it just me or is their coverage of the Final 4 bad? They do a good job on the rest of the tourny (except they need to show games on other stations CBS owns). Cann't they find someone better than Billy Packard to do the games. He was calling the refs out during the games, it sounded like he was rooting for Memphis, and gave KU little credit. Heck it took him 4 possitions to figure out KU was in a box and 1 (my wife figured it out before he did). I know they have to pay the bills but a commerical at every possable break, come on. Why isnt the studio crew in San Antonio? Every other media member is.


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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Is it just me or is their coverage of the Final 4 bad? They do a good job on the rest of the tourny (except they need to show games on other stations CBS owns). Cann't they find someone better than Billy Packard to do the games. He was calling the refs out during the games, it sounded like he was rooting for Memphis, and gave KU little credit. Heck it took him 4 possitions to figure out KU was in a box and 1 (my wife figured it out before he did). I know they have to pay the bills but a commerical at every possable break, come on. Why isnt the studio crew in San Antonio? Every other media member is.
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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    The promo's and commercials got a little tiresome.

    I have always thought that CBS has done an excellent job on the NCAA tourney coverage though.

    It will be a said day when CBS loses the tourney, and "One Shining Moment" dies.



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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by superdorf View Post
    The promo's and commercials got a little tiresome.

    I have always thought that CBS has done an excellent job on the NCAA tourney coverage though.

    It will be a said day when CBS loses the tourney, and "One Shining Moment" dies.
    One Shining Moment will live on forever even if it means I have to illegally download it and blare it from my car will driving all over the country during March Madness



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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    Here's a crazy thing about Billy Packer, he's done every Final Four since 1974. I don't know if I really have anything against him, but he doesn't seem all that great either. Yet, you'd think somebody who'd been there for 34 years would seem like a legend but he just seems so average to me.



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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    Packer is a legend...in ACC land.

    Personally, I'm not a big fan of "One Shining Moment".

    When a network pays as much as CBS did for the rights to the Tourney you are going to get a lot of promos and commercials.

    Although CBS has improved their coverage over the years, they still have not matched the coverage that ESPN had back from the early 80s to early 90s when they (not CBS) covered the early round games. I don't think CBS covered the entire tournament exclusively until 1991 or 1992. Additionally, prior to 1981 or 1982, NBC carried the final rounds of the tournament.

    NBC had a great announcing crew of Dick Enberg, Al McGuire, and Packer. McGuire was able to keep Packer in his place because he really knew the game.



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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    Yeah Packer was sure rooting for Memphis during the game, and then he was kissing Kansas's *** during the post game interview.


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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfreddy View Post
    Yeah Packer was sure rooting for Memphis during the game, and then he was kissing Kansas's *** during the post game interview.
    I didn't notice this at all. I thought he was very neutral.


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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    How much better would that game have been with Gus Johnson and Jay Bilas or Bill Raftery doing the call?



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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    I didn't notice this at all. I thought he was very neutral.
    I would have to agree. He complimented KU defense on Rose a lot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ4ISU View Post
    How much better would that game have been with Gus Johnson and Jay Bilas or Bill Raftery doing the call?
    Exactly. Gus Johnson deserves to be CBS's #1 announcer. He knows the game, is neutral, and is a joy to listen to.



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    Re: CBS's Coverage

    Did anyone else hear what Packer said late in the game when Memphis was trying to save time by not picking the ball up when it was rolled in bounds? He was screaming for the Memphis player to pick the ball up so they would not get a 5 second call. That rule was changed years ago, the count stops as soon as the in bounder lets go of the ball. Nantz didn't know what to say and there was a moment of silence. Billy needs to go away!!!


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    The only thing I don't like about CBS covering the final four is that they don't have Erin Andrews


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    Billy Packer nauseates me. Half the time he is analyzing the blindingly obvious, and the other half he's contradicting what he just said. I like Jim Nantz, but I'd prefer a baboon doing the color rather than Packer. When Packer let loose with the "this game is OVER" comment in the first half of the KU/UNC game, I thought Nantz was going to burst out laughing. I was cheering on UNC just so Packer would have to eat his words. I mean really... what kind of a moron says that the number one seed in the NCAA tournament is out of the game with over 8 minutes left in the first freakin' half?


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    I thought there was a bias for Memphis as well once they took the lead. Not as much prior to that, but once Memphis took control I thought they turned on the bias.



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