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You hated Billy Packer

Posted on: July 14, 2008 11:25 am

And I understand. But I enjoyed him immensely, and so I'm going to miss him in the CBS booth. I'm guessing there are lots of people like me, hard-core hoops fans without a rooting interest in anything but the game itself. Those are the people Packer was always speaking to, and we appreciated him.

But everyone else hated him, and I understand that. If you had a rooting interest in either team in a game being worked by Billy Packer, he made you furious because he was so honest. Maybe you think honest equates to negative, and at times it does. But honest also equates to honest, and Packer was that, and most of the time, fans don't want to be told the truth. They want to be told things they like, and Packer wasn't about making people happy. He was about speaking his mind.

So I'm sad for me, personally, that Packer is gone. But I'm happy for most of you, and I'm happy for CBS. Because most of you disliked him, and that was a reflection on everyone else here at CBS.

Does this post sound cold? I don't mean it to be cold. I mean it to be exactly what Billy Packer always was, and is: brutally honest. Besides, karma will get me. I'm sure when I'm forced out, some wiseass will write the same thing about me.


Category: NCAAB
Tags: Billy Packer

Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 3:08 am

You hated Billy Packer

You think he was biased against UNC and Duke???????  You are out of your tree friend. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2008 10:51 pm

You hated Billy Packer

Like I posted earlier...what kind of retard plays golf from the pin to the tee?  Senile!!!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2008 9:34 pm

Packer SUCKED always

I got to the final four every year.  I have seen Packer and have met him.  He is an absolute A$$.  He has been for years this guy needs to get a clue no one is ever bigger than sports.  I dont know what this guy thinks but he is a moron.  I have never met a bigger jacka$$ in my life.  Good Buy jerkoff......please go retire or stroke COach K

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2008 9:33 pm

You hated Billy Packer

Doyel is an idiot. Just because we hated them does not mean we found him too honest. He was overly negative. And he ENJOYED irritating people with his negativity. That's what we hated. He wanted to piss you off, which why he is a grade A jerk.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2008 8:32 pm

You hated Billy Packer

When BP started out I really enjoyed his comments and analysis of what was happening on the floor.  But as the years went by it seemed to me that he came across as more interested in showing how smart BP was (especially compared to the opposing coaches) than in giving the fans balanced commentary on the games.  To explain why a particular play worked or not is fine.  To tell us what the coaches should have been doing according to BP is self-aggrandizement, not honest reporting.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2008 7:26 pm

You hated Billy Packer

Oh, one other commentator comment. I remember the OSU football game when Woody Hayes hit the Clemson(?) player with his clipboard. I'm sitting there saying to my friend. He just hit that kid with his clipboard. Slightly before TiVo folks, so I couldn't rewind. The cowards in the booth, I don't remember who they were, either missed it (yeah, right!) or didn't know what to say. It seemed like it was forever before they came on and mentioned it. Then of course they played it a hundred times.

Some people get to a point of prominence and forget that they are after all just human and should not look down on others. Packer was good at his craft, he did know basketball. He got somewhat of a GOD complex and he did say some of the darnedest things. Someone mentioned it earlier, I couldn't fathom how Kansas understood overtime games because they had played one in the fifities?!!? These kids didn't and their parents might not of been alive either, so I thought that comment and it's ilk missed the dartboard completely. Hope it didn't land in someone's beer!

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2008 7:04 pm

You hated Billy Packer

Yes, Cosell was definitely in another stratosphere. Cosell thought he was the sun and the moon AND all of the stars combined.  And he might of thought that all of those luminaries weren't bright enough to be his equal.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2008 7:00 pm

You hated Billy Packer

I agree. Bilas would have been the best choice. I wonder whether he was considered, and if so, why he wasn't chosen.OMG, he's also an ACCer! And even a Dukie. I'm not a Duke fan, but Bilas is really good, so I could overcome my Blue Devil dread.

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2008 5:53 pm

You hated Billy Packer

Clark Kellogg is OK, but Jay Bilas is hands down the best analyst in college basketball. He should be doing the Final Four in a couple years, except that there's no way CBS would let an ESPN guy do their marquee sporting event. We're just lucky that ESPN lets him get away for Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen games!

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2008 4:03 pm

You hated Billy Packer

I didn't really care much for Billy Packer, but I would rather watch without the announcers altogether. I was at a bar last season and the Big Ten Network was having audio problems. All I could here was the PA announcer and crowd noise. IT WAS GREAT! I don't care who they have calling the game. After watching basketball for 25 years, there's nothing they can point out that I didn't notice already. It's amazing how often I make a comment to my buddies and 5 seconds later they say the same thing on the telecast. We don't need announcers at all, fire them all.

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