Letter: Call the game

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  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    2 bits is calling other people on this website know-it-alls? Haha that is rich… True comedy.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    Boler is at the bottom of the heap in football. He only gets the lousy games

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    RE: "The analysis in my viewing area (with friends and family) is actually much better than what I'm getting from these two"...

    Oh boy... I would LOVE to watch the game with you know-it-alls.

    You have to turn the sound down because you know so much, and so you can hear yourselvs talk it's so brilliant... your friends and family have better insights than the prophessional broadcasters with a team of statisticians and replay technicians replaying and replaying things and querying statistics and talking in their ear?? Wow... It must be fun to watch a game with a bunch of sports geniuses like you guys.

    I hope the interviews with players and coaches at your house (like the one with Gordon Hayward referenced in the article) are better too.

    Oh wait... you don't have access to the players and the coaches to talk to them.. do you? But what you and your friends have to say is so much more valuaable anyway... who needs interviews with the players and coaches.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    Mike in Sandy..

    You do realize that Craig Bolerjack works for CBS College Football as game caller, Right? that he is one of the leaders in the industry for calling games? Why do you think he is not doing all the Jazz games during the football seasons?

    So there goes you "big city" comment down the drain....

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    I agree with the author. I watch Jazz games with the sound turned off. What I want from Bolerjack is play-by-play. What I want from Harpring is analysis. I get too little of either to really enjoy them. The analysis in my viewing area (with friends and family) is actually much better than what I'm getting from these two.

    They do try to be comedians and neither is very funny.

    Sometimes I don't think Boler even knows what he is saying or what the words mean.
    - Every time someone shoots a three, he calls it a long three. Really? Is there such a thing as a short 3?
    - Any ball off the front of the rim is because the shooter short-armed it. Does he even know what it means to short-arm a shot? I've seen many short shots where the shooters arm is fully extended. He just misjudged the distance.

    I had high hopes for Harpring but he allowed himself to be Boler-ized. When he provides analysis, it's pretty good. But I don't want to wade through 20 minutes of weak comedy to get a small nugget of insight.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    I like their coverage. If you don't like it... Turn it down and listen to the radio guy (have fun with that). I like them.

    Firing them because you missed one play seems pretty harsh.

    From the sample questions I think I know the interview you are talking about (the chat with Gordon Hayward). I thought that was a good interview. They ran out of time and should have skipped the quick-question part, but some people like that part.

    Just because you didn't find them interesting doesn't mean nobody did... or that nobody should be able to hear their coverage of the game because you don't like them.

    Bollerjack is in high demand nationwide and does get gigs in "big markets" for both football and basketball broadcasts. I think he does a good job (most of the time). We are lucky to have him. It could be worse. You could have the radio guy.

    Harpring is not a polished broadcaster, but he's a veteran player, and I like to hear a players perspective too.

    Who would you have replace them??

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:03 a.m.

    Small market sports are awful in many area. Announcers, as you mention, local sports radio, which will put a rock to sleep, sports reporting tends to omit lots of sports news of national interest. But as a peripheral Jazz fan---having moved here from a big sports market---I agree wholeheartedly. These would never get a job in sports in a big market.