Trail Blazers announcers make me want to not watch the Trail Blazers

Mike Barrett and Mike Rice complain about officiating more than just about any team I’ve ever heard.  I can live with calling attention to a call if  a replay shows a mistake.  But, in the game I watched last week, they complained even when replays showed the officials were correct.  Heck, they’d complain before looking  at a single replay–their default assumption was a screw-up.  Ick.  And when official Violet Palmer  made a call they didn’t care for, one of them said “Well, Violets don’t do well in the rain.”

Stay classy, fellas.

When I talk to my friends, even die-hard Blazer fans feel annoyed by this.  Why do the Blazers believe this is a good way to package their product?


About Paul Hamann
I am a basketball referee in Washington State, working mostly high school games.

4 Responses to Trail Blazers announcers make me want to not watch the Trail Blazers

  1. jwrosenzweig says:

    I don’t know if this will help, Paul, but my father has gotten into the habit, in instances like this, of turning on the TV but muting it, and using the stereo to play the radio announcers. It’s a little weird, of course — the commentary and replay or stat graphics never match — but if you want to enjoy the game and the announcers make it impossible (sounds like it may be the case here), it might be worth a shot.

  2. Paul Hamann says:

    Alas, James, I watch virtually all my sports delayed on the TiVo. Commercials are still more annoying than announcers’ bitching.

    • jwrosenzweig says:

      Ah — you live among the Blessed, my friend. I’m in one of those “not for the next two years” DVR households. 🙂 Well…I guess you’re either going to live through aggravation for the NBA season or give up on watching the Blazers. Though I think lifelong Blazers fans would tell you that aggravation of one form or another is part and parcel of that kind of personal commitment. 🙂

  3. Paul Hamann says:

    There’s always 1977! Oh, that’s right. You weren’t even born.

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