Things College Softball Announcers Can Quit Saying 2022 Edition

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Jun 11, 2013
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"If the foul lines were paint that ball would have spun foul." "That chalk kept the ball from going foul." Um, shouldn't foul lines be chalk on dirt? Play on artificial turf if you think that matters.
A lot of teams use paint instead of chalk even on dirt.
 
Apr 2, 2015
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The most cringeworthy announcing I heard all year was 2 male announcers speculating on why female athletes suffer more ACL injuries than male athletes (don’t even know if this is true).

Based on my experience with high school basketball, this seems true to me.

P.S. Hilarious thread.
 
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Dec 11, 2010
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And another season of goofy college softball announcing draws to an end!

Thanks to all that posted! Stay tuned for the 2024 edition!
 
May 27, 2022
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The most cringeworthy announcing I heard all year was 2 male announcers speculating on why female athletes suffer more ACL injuries than male athletes (don’t even know if this is true). Might have been Kennesaw St v Samford. The production value on ESPN+ for non P5 games is pretty low.

My DD's high school basketball coach had some comments on this 'fact' during pre-season meetings. He even had them work on techniques to put less stress on their knees. From studies he had read through, it was true and they were trying to coach for it.
 
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My DD's high school basketball coach had some comments on this 'fact' during pre-season meetings. He even had them work on techniques to put less stress on their knees. From studies he had read through, it was true and they were trying to coach for it.
It is a fact that women have more ACL injuries than men and they frequently happen during their cycle. The ACL injury rate is due to skeletal and muscle structure differences. And they also occur during their cycles and they think it is related to hydration.





I see no reason for getting on the TV crew for a subject relevant to the sport they were covering



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May 29, 2015
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May 7, 2008
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I am hearing on ESPN Plus broadcasts all the time "Strike Number 1," "Ball Number 1," "Strike Number 2," and on like that. I think there must be some script that is instructing inexperienced announcers to use the word "number" for balls, strikes and outs. Anyway, I could go on forever about the announcing on many of the college games, as a good deal of the play-by-play and color people literally have no idea about the game.
 
Dec 15, 2018
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I'm over announcers just not having the slightest concept of obstruction.

Last night BYU / UCF game, they were incredulous for 10 minutes about an out that was overturned, and never even once had the inkling of a seed of a thought that it was because of obstruction. The word obstruction was never mentioned. They couldn't understand why the umpires were even looking at replay in the first place because the runner was so clearly tagged. Meanwhile 30 times in super slow mo we see the first baseman standing directly in front of the bag.

So guess this would be filed under things announcers should start saying. But still.
 

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