Players vs. Commentators

If you stayed up to watch the BCS Championship Game, you were richly rewarded at about midnight when Florida State completed a thrilling comeback to win the game.  
 
But if you only stayed up until just after halftime, and if you watched part of the simul-cast from ESPN2, you may have witnessed 2 similar events on each channel.  On ESPN2, Tim Tebow was doing an analysis of the game, along with Johnny Manziel and 2 other “non-football player” announcers.  Each time Tebow spoke, he began to provide really insightful perspectives on the game.  And in the midst of each comment, he was stepped on by the 2 non-football playing announcers who had a different or stronger point they wanted to make.
 
Even better, on ESPN’s primary broadcast, they had Nick Saban at halftime analyzing the game.  Desmond Howard was there too, along with Lee Corso (a failure as a college coach, and a pop announcer who provides zero content) and Chris Fowler (a neutral MC who does a nice job at managing the commentators usually).  Every time Nick Saban spoke– Nick Saban, winner of 5 national championships– Lee Corso interrupted and stepped on his point and made some definitive statement about what Florida State needed to do to recover and win the game.  So instead of getting the analysis of the 3-time BCS championship winner (Saban is 170-57-1, or .748pct), we got it from Lee Corso (73-85-6, or .436pct).
 
If we aren’t careful, this is where America is headed folks.  The people who “know”, the people who “do” or have “done”, are being stepped on by the people who “think they know”, who have been “highly educated” and have all the answers even though they’ve never played the particular game they are engaging in.
 
The President, of course, is the shining example of this.  He is Lee Corso– interesting to listen to, great entertainer, but when it comes to experience, execution, and content, he is hapless.   But it’s all around us in the public sector, in many businesses, and elsewhere.  Most of all it appears in the opinion press. In sports, we hear 10 times more from people who have never played than we do from those who have.  In politics, we hear from the NY Times editorial page former editor (Frank Rich) of the “Arts and Leisure” section elevated to writing syndicated columns about foreign affairs, read by millions.
 
Mitt Romney is Nick Saban, Barack Obama is Lee Corso.  And we elected Lee as our President, twice.  
 
We need to get back to the people who do, not the people who don’t but think they know exactly how to “do”.  
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2 Responses to Players vs. Commentators

  1. Gene Josephs says:

    Creative article—-there might be an interest by WSJ to print it?
    Gene

  2. Bueti, Rick says:

    Dan, you read my mind about Corso. At one point at halftime he said something like “Florida State’s defense needs to be better in the second half and give Winston a chance for the comeback.” I thought to myself, oh my God will this guy please shut up and let me hear something insightful from Saban!!!!! Corso is an absolute clown show, an empty suit in the Terry Bradshaw mold who constantly tries to be a comedian instead of just giving me some insight. Your Obama analogy is therefore perfect.

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