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.