Kentucky fans zero in on announcers as much as any group of people I know. The phrase “violent cuts” has become universally known in the state thanks to Jimmy Dykes, Dominic Papa was a summer cult hero after his work in Windsor and a day that isnt “Inside the Huddle” with Rob Bromley is a day not worth living. But there have been very few more universally negative reactions to an announcer than Mark Schlereth on Saturday. I was watching the game in public and thus wasnt treated to as many Schlereth gems as others, but from my email box it is clear that the player whose teammates named “Stink” was not the type of announcer fans would ever like to see again. His corny lines, odd analysis and bad jokes made a terrible loss even worse, and fans gave him levels of hate that could only be matched by a Thamel-Forde three-man booth.
Look ESPN, you have access to a lot of talent. You can do better than an announcer who admits that he doesnt watch college football. You can do better than an announcer that only talks about how much he enjoyed playing with John Elway. You can do better than an announcer who simply says “checkmate” randomly whenever a big play occurs. And you can certainly do better than an announcer who drops the line, “That kid should be a realtor because he is renting space in the UK backfield,” that is so bad it makes Jay Leno groan. We may have a lot of games on ESPNU for the rest of the year…please, no more Stink.