I had to run a bunch of errands on Saturday morning, leaving me with the lesser of two evils — get updates on USC and UCLA games by KNX-AM (1070) radio, or listen to the actual home-team broadcasts.
Comparing Pete Arbogast head to head with Bob LaPeer … even a USC fan had to eventually settle for the later if he was to be honest.
In what was the most time spent this season listening to Arbogast call USC’s game at Washington State, I tried but could not come away other than having the feeling that he sounded so unjustifiably arrogant about the Trojans’ performance.
His touchdown calls were barely indistinguishable from his inane asides about the movie he saw on the plane or spotting John Jackson on the sidelines with a suit because he “was a TV guy” for this game.
Arbogast’s smugness in games like that is really unbecoming and insulting to any listener, perpetuating the cliche that all USC people are condesending to a fault. Or maybe, the more I think about it, that’s what his limited filter has decided is the audience who he’s talking to. He’s one of “them” — a USC die-hard whose birthright is a polarizing loutish behavior that just goes with the territory of having success.
I mean, it’s 21-0, USC leading in the first quarter, and Arbogast is already saying, “Bring on the Wildcats,” a reference to the Trojans’ opponent in a week.
If only Paul McDonald could save the broadcast once and awhile. Believe it or not, the former QB does offer more than a laugh track to the ridiculous Arbogast comments, but you really have to listen hard for the pertinent analysis.
This doesn’t even mention that on the post game show, Arbogast remarked, “Yeah, so it was another Trojan blowout,” and failed to give the score.
Sorry to bore you, but some of us would just like a few facts mixed in.
You’d think he’d have learned from his “performance” that caused USC to lose to Oregon State just a couple of weeks ago (linked here).
Add to that the first paragraph from his blog posting today on WeAreSC.com:
Well, we came close to putting 70 up, but I imagine if SC had wanted to, it could have been 150. And, yes, that Washington State team would lose to some high school teams in Southern California. Never mind the size of the linemen; the skill guys would be the difference.
The bottom line: The guy has about as good a voice as you’d want for a football play-by-play man. But something is lost in his translation of his job description and his personal attitude. Things get so skewed up from a basic Broadcast 101 syllabus that it’s a wonder how he got past doing College of Sequoa games.
Other than that, great broadcast. How don’t you do.
Give me your thoughts.