In a world where watching 24 hour sports on TV is about as normal as brushing your teeth, calling a well known quarterback by the wrong name over and over is not.
At least not if you’re on a national broadcast, right? Even if the network in question is not the worldwide leader in sports and the school they’re covering also happens to not be one with which you have this ginormous contract for time and all eternity.
Would ESPN have ever committed such egregious sins? Not if it wanted a longstanding contract with the school in question for time and all eternity, baby. That would be tantamount to losing legions of followers.
But wait, hold the phone. The network in question while chasing your triple cheese with a diet Coke 2-liter was not ESPN–it was CBS Sports Network. The crack announcing team that the big boys in NYC unleashed upon the poor souls watching the BYU vs. San Jose State Spartans game at the ungodly 9:30 pm (!!!) start time were in for a treat.
By the time the teams warmed up and were ready to go–when most on the East coast were already asleep–Tanner Mangum and the BYU boys laced em up and strolled out on the Spartan Stadium turf.
The team at CBS was in fine form, repeatedly throwing out names like BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum was slinging passes. Tyler Mangum. Tyler Magnum. Wait, what? Yep, CBS Sports Network announcers were calling Tanner Mangum Tyler–even though this crack announcing team of Rich Waltz and Adam Archuleta had days to prepare for the game. Even so, Mangum took the maddening mispronunciation–OK, let’s call it like it is, straight up lunacy–in jest on Monday morning.
Well, BYU winning the game by the razor thin margin of 17-16 probably had something to do with it. “We got the win! Can’t complain with a W! But I’ll tell that Tyler Magnum guy to not throw any more pick 6’s… #GoCougs,” tweeted Mangum.
Mangum wasn’t the only Cougar to get constant mispronounciations; BYU punter Jonny Linehan was called Jerry umpteen times, adding to the questions BYU fans probably had as to why this crack announcing team wasn’t more prepared to do their jobs.
You get paid to do one job and that’s it. You fly in on the company’s dime and you sit in the booth and memorize a few names for a few hours leading up to the game you’re calling. The least you can do is learn how to say the right names–or at least try to pronounce them correctly. Upon further review, the ruling on the field stands; these guys were what we thought they were–idiots.
By day, Waltz is a Miami Marlins play-by-play announcer–and should probably stick to baseball. Archuleta–Waltz’s sidekick for this game–was a former standout NFL player on the defensive side of the ball who has won Super Bowls and should know better. Even so, he repeatedly got names wrong and mispronounced others on the BYU team.
Waltz is just as guilty as Archuleta, however, because the veteran PxP guy did nothing about Archuleta’s constant miscues. Obviously, neither individual in question did any homework whatsoever leading up to this botched snap of a game call. They just fumbled their credibility away.