Florida International University’s decision to tap former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez as an analyst for their football radio broadcasts has already been ridiculed in this space, though full credit to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, who actually endured Sanchez’ debut, one that he characterized as “so unspeakably bad and unintentionally amusing that it sounded, at times, like a Saturday Night Live skit.”
He seemed determined to sabotage play-by-play man Tony Calatayud’s call of last week’s opener against North Texas by interrupting him repeatedly or shouting childbirth-type sounds over him. Even more galling: Several times Sanchez shouted over Calatayud to give an inaccurate description.
On an FIU fumble, Sanchez yelled, “Wesley Carroll gets it back! Wesley Carroll gets it back! No, he didn’t!” Or this one: “What a catch! It appears to be a no catch!”
A few times, Sanchez said “wait until you see the replay” or “watch the replay,” which suggested he forgot he was broadcasting on radio.
He enlightened us that the running back’s “mission there was make sure you get the yardage.” (As opposed to all the other plays.) And North Texas giving up large chunks of yards “is not what you want to do.” You don’t say?