Since I got XM radio, I've been listening to a lot of baseball and there seems to be something rather common among most announcers. It's actually common in other sports as well, but I listen to more baseball so I guess I notice it more there. It's the whole double standard about what are great plays and what are mistakes.
Announcer Bob is the play by play guy for Team A. The slugger for Team A hits a home run. Bob praises the hitter for a good piece of hitting. The next inning a hitter for the other team hits a homer. Bob berates the pitcher for giving up a homer and mentions that the pitch was a mistake that allowed the hitter to hit it out. No credit is given to the hitter for actually hitting the homer and all blame is attached to the pitcher for giving it up. When Team A's hitter hit a homer, he was praised and no blame was attached to the opposing pitcher for giving it up. Was either homer the result of good hitting, poor pitching, or perhaps a little bit of both? Bob, however, never sees things both ways.
Later in the game, the slugger strikes out. Bob tells the listener that the hitter is the one who struck out and that doing such was somehow his fault and is a sign of a poor at bat. When a player on the opposing team strikes out, the pitcher is praised for striking him out. What announcer Bob believes: "When our pitchers strike out a hitter, it is a great piece of pitching, but when our hitters strike out it is poor hitting and unacceptable."
The same holds true for walks. An opposing hitter walks and it is all the pitcher's fault for walking him. A hitter for Team A walks and it is a great at bat to draw the walk.
And on and on and on. In football it's always a great play when your defensive back intercepts a pass but a poor pass when the other team picks off your QB. If your QB is sacked, it's the line's fault for giving it up, but if your team sacks the opposing QB, it's a great play by the defensive player.
I guess there are plenty of examples in most every sport and hardly any announcer is immune. Even some of the "non-biased" network announcers fall into this trap on occasion and possibly betray their loyalties. The bottom line: Our team makes great plays but the other team only accomplishes anything good if one of our guys screw up and allow them to. I know that sometimes a play happens a certain way because of a mistake of some sort and sometimes it is through a good piece of skill on the part of an athlete, but to many announcers this is a one way street. Most of the time I just ignore it, but occasionally it gets on my nerves.