BJ Schaben is no John Walters.
John Walters is no Pete Taylor. I think JW is fantastic, but I will always miss Pete calling games.
I agree I will miss Pete Taylor until they "Put Me in the Ground" and cover me with dirt....
I started listening to Pete Taylor in the fall of 1968 and he was doing the games with Dan Grimm on KRNT radio, they were really a great announcing team and when things would go bad Pete would say "Oh Brother" and Dan would say things like "I hope the Offensive Line blocks better in the 2nd half because they didnt do a thing in the 1st half".
While I think he does a fine job of delivering the play by play, I also think he is terrible and being a homer(which is what you expect from your home announcer). I was listening to the BBall game against Cincinnati on the way home from the football game and was completely confused on why the ISU broadcast was being done by the Bearcats announcers. This guy was so excited every time the Natti scored and was completely emotionless when we scored. Needless to say, as I was on my way home from just watching us lose to WV in football, I was irate listening to this guy and finally figuring out he was supposed to be our guy. This guy has no business doing our games as far as I'm concerned.
During the game I was trying to figure out what things bother me about BJ's work. I had known before the tone of his voice is a little distracting for me but I was able to put my finger on another thing last night while watching cyclones.tv. John does an excellent job of not just saying what team gets the rebound but what player did and keeping track of players who are approaching or exceeding 10 rebounds. The same for significant numbers of blocks, steals or assists. BJ just doesn't seem to have that in his arsenal. When they tell us that someone is approaching double digit rebounds I want the announcer to let me know every time that player gets a rebound and keep the count for me. Even if John doesn't tell me how many every time, he almost always tells you who got the rebound so you can continue the count yourself.
I often get the feeling that BJ does not have a good memory for rosters. I swear I can hear him search his sheet frequently during the game for who player #4 is when they launch a shot or grab a board. Occasionally, its even an ISU player from deep on the bench.
These types of thing are just little things, but being able to remember those things and articulate them within the flow of the game can really enhance the game experience for your audience.
He's no Pete, but no one else is. I really don't think he is too much or too little of a homer. There is nothing wrong with just giving the pxp and letting the color guy (Eric continues to be great for BB and FB) give commentary on good call/questionable call/bad call, etc. Eric is the expert who has walked the walk, BJ let's him do his job. I also think that his announcing tone has actually mellowed - it's not as much of a high pitched screech as I remember it from a few years ago. I used to not be able to stand him. I'm sure he will continue to grow as an announcer.
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