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.
Win one for the ‘Tree’CBS took viewers inside the Stanford locker room for coach Jim Harbaugh’s over-the-top pregame speech. Harbaugh was clearly playing to the cameras. Question No. 1: "Who’s got a better opportunity in the country than us?” Question No. 2: "I’ve got a question for you, one we like to ask around here: DO YOU BELIEVE?” If you were wondering why OU and Stoops didn’t demand equal pregame time, you’re not from the 405 or 918 area codes. Not the Sooner style.
Beuerlein bloopersBeuerlein has probably had better days. During pregame he proclaimed it "very doubtful” that injured Stanford QB Andrew Luck would play, just as CBS showed a shot of Luck during warmups, wearing a sweat suit and no pads. A few minutes later he asserted OU "wants to prove it’s a program on the rise.” There are a lot of things the Sooners wanted and needed to prove, but that isn’t one of them. Beuerlein struggled with a few names, butchering Dominique Franks — coming up with something that sounded like "Ndomekay Franks” — and calling Mossis Madu "Morris.” And then there was his fourth-quarter observation that Ryan Broyles "still had a little gas in the tank.” Sorry, but anyone with a sense of humor and/or knowledge of Broyles’ past couldn’t help but thinking of a certain incident.