Listening to the MSN Radio broadcast of the Blue & Gold game over the weekend, two things were apparent: first, that Tony Caridi is a smooth play-by-play man who does a great job; and second, that color analyst Dwight Wallace sounds like somebody who rode the short bus to school.
Sample exchange from this mismatched pair:
Caridi: "And Geno Smith is taken down for a loss! Might be a blown coverage on the offensive line. What happened there, Dwight?"
Wallace: "Well, Toe-ny, the dee-fensive line-man pushed his way past the ah-ffensive line-man and brought the quar-ter-back to the ground. It's called a sack, Toe-ny."
Caridi: "OK, in-depth analysis as always, Dwight. Second and 20 ..."
I know, I know, Dwight was an assistant coach under Don Nelan, and he coached Major Harris. But why not GET Major Harris to do color for the broadcasts? Or Pat White? Or Avon Cobourne or Amos Zereoue or Jake "the Snake" Kelchner? How could any of them possibly do a worse job than Dwight? Hell, get Don Nelan himself! He could provide better analysis than this in his sleep:
Caridi: "All the way down to the 15! Smith looked great on that run, Dwight!"
Wallace: "That was a good play, Toe-ny."
Caridi: "Yes, it was, Dwight. Back to the action!"
The worst part of it is, Wallace lives in Indianapolis. He flies in for the games! Can't we at least get a guy who lives in West Virginia to call the WVU games? Surely we can find a local guy who is slow talking, slow-witted and doesn't seem to know that much about football. That way we could maintain the current level of performance, AND stop outsourcing the job to Indiana.
Think about it, MSN! Football season will be here before you know it! Drop this dolt and get us a real commentator! Or at least an equally lame local guy.