Saturday, October 05, 2002

Pam Ward is calling Big Ten college football games for ESPN2, teaming with former Ohio State and Detroit Lions linebacker Chris Spielman. Having received degrees from two Big Ten universities, I am disappointed to have to listen to this substandard announcer on Saturdays. Besides having a weak announcer's voice, Ward does not understand the concept of providing basic information like who caught or carried the ball, who made the tackle, how long the play was, what down it is, and how much more is needed for the first down. Many television announcers fall down on providing basic information nowadays, probably because they rely too much on television graphics, but Ward is particularly bad.

I suppose when Ward is rightly let go by ESPN, NOW and other women's groups will be in an uproar. You can read USA Today's puff piece on Ward here.