The best things about CBS’ broadcast of the Sun Bowl may have been what we didn’t see and what we did hear.
CBS made the right call by not replaying Oklahoma defensive tackle Adrian Taylor’s gruesome leg injury. Taylor broke his left leg, and you knew it was bad the way his teammates immediately began frantically waving to the sideline to send out the trainers. Gerald McCoy cried.
But viewers weren’t forced to watch. The live shot didn’t show it, and play-by-play man Craig Bollerjack declared there wouldn’t be a replay, leaving the curious to go scrambling for a clip on the Internet. If you found one, don’t e-mail it to me.
Thanks, CBS. And thanks for the sounds that college football viewers rarely hear. NFL and NBA games frequently featured mic’d up subjects whose comments are only presented in edited replays. But CBS’ sideline microphones were strong enough to catch Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh in some heated moments.
We heard Harbaugh begging for a holding call and protesting others. Best of all, we heard Stoops’ reaction to one of the game’s most controversial calls. When officials waved off a Stanford kick catch interference against Ryan Broyles, we heard what Stoops thought: "You guys stink, I’ll tell you what.”
At that point, some fans probably started wondering if CBS should mute Bollerjack and analyst Steve Beuerlein and let the sideline mics take us home. But there are so many bowl games and only so many prime-time college football announcers.
Bollerjack’s regular gig would have had him in the Ford Center. He’s the play-by-play guy for the Utah Jazz, who played the Thunder on Thursday night. He and Beuerlein normally call second-tier SEC games. They’re likely better versed on Ole Miss and Arkansas, and it showed.