Via ESPN980, which is owned by the Redskins:
RED ZEBRA BROADCASTING announces today that they have re-signed Hall of Famers Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgensen for the 2012-13 football season on the Washington Redskins radio network. Sonny and Sam have been broadcasting Washington Redskins games together since 1981.
Larry Michael and Sonny Jurgensen will broadcast all 20 games. Due to the rigors of travel, Sam Huff has decided to broadcast 12 games. All 10 home games at Fed Ex Field and two road games.
I'll just be a straight shooter here. It's
almost impossible to listen to the play call on the radio. Larry Michael, who catches a lot of distaste for his pro-Redskins show, Redskins Nation, I think does a good job on the radio. Sonny and Sam though clearly have lost it (much more Sam than Sonny), spend no time preparing for the week, or likely a lot of both.
Sonny and Sam's on-air mistakes have been Bogged quite often the last couple years. The common mistakes are forgetting who the personnel is on teams, but then you get the big mistakes. I forget which game it was but a friend of mine was driving where the Redskins had a FG kick to win the game. Larry Michael called "the kick is up..." (pause)....and Sonny said "IT'S GOOD!!!" where my buddy was honking his horn and celebrating. Not so fast. Larry Michael: "No...it's wide! No good." Sonny: "What? It was good." Larry: "No, it was wide. Redskins lose." Friend turns radio off.While in a way these stories are kind of funny, when you're listening to a game over the airwaves, you're at the mercy of the broadcasters to paint that mental picture. Dave Johnson for the Wizards is fantastic at informing users at which way the play is going, where players are, etc. With the Redskins broadcast, it's another story:
- Sonny and Sam's hilarious conversation on OT rules
- Sam Huff praising the Redskins defense for a stop, only thing is it wasn't Redskins defense on the field
- Sam Huff didn't know Matt Turk played for the Redskins
- Sam Huff not knowing you're allowed to spike the ball after a TD.
- Sam Huff calling a hook and lateral play the Wildcat
Then, they do have good moments like this TD call. So, what suggestions do I have for who should be in the booth? And let's not bring in the Frank Herzog discussion since that is not happening:
- Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, Doc Walker
- Larry Michael, John Riggins, Doc Walker
- Larry Michael, Doc Walker, Fred Smoot
- Larry Michael, Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell
- Larry Michael, Pat Fischer, Fred Smoot
- Ken Meringolo, Kevin Ewoldt, and Briana Banks