Takeaways from the Virginia Tech / Boise State clash?
Well, I could comment on how Nike Pro Combat is ruining the college game (You got your Tron Convention in my Football!). Or I could lament the fact that an early season victory against a spastic ACC foe apparently qualifies you to play in a BCS bowl. Or I could note that Special Teams are to Beamerball as a Wahl Groomsman Elite is to Gman’s body hair (used to be integral, but are now woefully neglected).
But I won’t mention any of those things (wait . .), because the biggest bombshell from the Labor Day telecast of the Hokies and the Broncos was commentator Brent Musberger and his unnoticed-until-now thug-life bona fides.
A sampling of quotes from Big B to illustrate:
- Time to roll ’em up, pardner, time to roll ’em up
- Boise State is gonna burn one, and then we’ll be right back!
- Its that hash again, the hash always gets him.
And then finally, to underscore that Brent is street (and you better recognize it):
- Kill Shot, that was the Kill Shot
I’m not sure what was going on. Was Musburger trying to stay young, hip, and relevent, or is he in on the joke and having a little fun with us?
Or maybe, just maybe, it was sports commentary as performance art, and he was seeking to draw our attention to the disparity between the designer suits up in the air-conditioned press box and the sweating hordes (disproportionately minority at that) in the corporate-sponsored gladiator match below.