I think Packer hated everyone equally. By the end of his run, I think he hated what College Hoops had become. He hated the slick coaches, hated the one and done guys, and hated the tattoos. Somehow, he took one of the most fun and exciting sporting events and turned it into a miserable experience.
Variatio delectat - Cicero
New Mexico State
N.C. State (Women's)
Louisville football team
New York Yankees
Dobbins High School
Joe B. Hall
His grandson Hunter
His grandson Jake
Mike & Mike
Awesome Baby (race horse)
the only thing Vitale is biased towards is attention and winning. Whoever is winning, that is who he is for. That's the way it is with the entire media in every sport. Everyone loves a winner and Vitale is not any different.
"My mission is to be the ray of hope, the guy who stands out there on that beautiful field and owns up to his mistakes and lets people know it's never completely hopeless, no matter how bad it seems at the time. I have a platform and a message, and now I go to bed at night, sober and happy, praying I can be a good messenger." -Josh Hamilton
"Bias" is done willfully, on purpose, with self-awareness; a lot of what the national sports pundits do is a bit more innocent. It's not "bias," but it is certainly "predisposition" and it's done cluelessly, and in many cases, with at least a tinge of ignorance. Perhaps not ignorance of the X's and O's of basketball (for an armchair jockey such as myself to suggest that would be foolish), but an ignorance of evolving trends, of one's place in the grand scheme of things, and of how stupid one looks when one becomes a caricature of oneself or dedicates one's existence to being a "personality" rather than an expert in one's field.
I'll never accuse Packer of dipping to McCarver-esque levels, but the joy I feel at his dismissal is very real, and stems from the bias/predisposition-to-ignorance he showed a few years ago when St. Joe's got a #1 seed. God, what I would give to have Packer's too-long career eulogized by Phil Martelli....
I never though bias was Packer's problem. It was more that he was a total jackass on the air.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
I saw this in an article sounds like Packer is done broadcasting on any network. Don't expect him to change networks he is quitting doing Raycom games too.
Packer also will end his long run as an analyst for Raycom, a regional network that covers the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"I have had a chance to broadcast most of the great games since college basketball got on national television and I'm not interested in broadcasting any more games," he said. "I enjoyed doing that but I won't be any more."
He said he is involved in a college basketball project that he'll discuss in a few months.
JMO, but I think Nance does an excellent job on the NCAA Tourney broadcasts.
Where's the love? It is not like he is to blame for "One Shining Moment"
"Booing on opening day is like telling grandma her house smells like old lady."--WOY
and the fans
As long as I don't have to hear him or another announcer say "Strenth" during a game, the world will be a better, less cliche place.
I am elated that Packer got fired. I hate that moronic fool. He ruined many a great game of basketball.
He is a clueless person convinced he knows everything. Good riddance Billy Packer!!!!!!!!!