ESPN just released their announcer pairings for the fall, something we found via Pat Forde's Twitter feed. We thank you and your majestic frontispiece of a hairstyle, Mr. Forde. It could cut a skirt steak dragged across it into fajita strips ready for the skillet.
The new arrangements for the fall:
Matt Millen's Inexplicable Employment Continues. What Matt Millen has to offer to college football that Chris Spielman doesn't is clear: the stigma of reeking, carrion-strong failure from being the worst GM in the history of the NFL. If the stench is real, his new broadcast partners Sean McDonough will have to wear a gas mask. This would probably be just as good as most in-game commentary, now that we think about it. Holly Rowe moves over from ESPN to join them for ABC Saturdays, and it will probably be a bit blander overall than the Spielman/McDonough combo since Millen's not likely to say anything as cool as "hunt, dog, hunt!"
Spielman moves to work with Dave Pasch and Bob Griese, and they'll be working the noon game on ESPN.
The Champagne Crew: Nessler, Blackledge, and Andrews keep the ESPN Saturday Prime Time slot, a.k.a. The Ron Franklin Suite. Musberger, Herbstreit, and Salters on Saturday's Blue-Ribbon game stay strong, as well.
Caucasian Menudo: The trio of James, Fowler, and Palmer remain together, who for our buck were the most gregarious, entertaining, freewheeling, and surprising crew last year in how much fun they had in the booth together.
Palmer gets additional face time as an in-studio analyst on Saturdays, thus expanding the Gator Nation's reach into even our most hallowed halls of power like College Football Live. The Jort Illuminati grows in power; we approve. Andrews remains with them, and should really just start brandishing a combat shotgun everywhere she goes.
James will also see a shuffle as he joins Mike Patrick and Heather Cox for Saturday broadcasts on ESPN.
Thus ends Patrick's endless bellyaching over Blackledge's immortal rabbit metabolism during "Todd's Taste of the Town," and begins the ascendency of Cox in the rankings of "soon-to-be-ruthlessly-stalked." Buy options now.
Most importantly: DAVE LIVES. One of them, anyway. The new agreement effectively turning Jefferson Pilot/Lincoln Financial/Nigerian Space Program Television into ESPN Regional brings along one Dave, Dave Neal, who was forced to fight the other Daves to the death with the broken end of a pool cue by Norby Williamson dressed as the Joker. Neal emerged, bloodied and wild-eyed, and could be visibly shaken as he works with Andre Ware and Cara Capuano on the regionals.
This requires revision: The reverse negative of Ole Miss fan Shepherd Smith--Brock Huard--will proved commentary for the new Saturday night SEC game on ESPNU along with Eric Collins. Ron White belongs in this booth as a third banana, and be promises he'll keep his Scotch off-camera.