Tuesday, July 15, 2008

We won't have Billy Packer to kick around anymore

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Enough already about taxpayers being forced to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or the New Yorker's satirical "Obama & Michelle as Terrorists" cover. The real news today is that CBS isn't renewing Billy Packer's contract as a college basketball announcer. Woo-hooo! It's about time, although I do give Packer credit for introducing actual analysis into hoops broadcasting. For years, Packer, a former Wake Forest hoops star during the prehistoric days of my childhood, was an very knowledgeable analyst whose insights into the inner game of basketball were fun and enlightening.

Over the years, particularly the last ten, however, he morphed into a brittle, know-it-all haranguer whose egomania got in the way of his commentary. He'd start every game by announcing how each team should play and, more often than not, he'd spend the rest of the game scolding the teams for not playing the way he'd said they should. I used to enjoy him, but I sure won't miss him now.

As for the Obama New Yorker cover, it's appalling how humorless and paranoid many obsessive progressives on the Internet have become; I know many liberals are gun-shy after nearly 8 years of Bush's idiot version of tyranny, but try to relax, people! By the way, the actual New Yorker story on Obama is excellent. Read it here.

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