ESPN's Dave O'Brien sounds like Al Michaels
By tdh on Jun 09, 2006
Dave O'Brien is calling the World Cup games with Marcelo Balboa. Nothing against the guy, but he sounds just like Al Michaels, which makes me cringe. It harkens back to the days, say last week, when they bring in some guy who hasn't a clue about Football and just drones on from a cue card. And of course, now if you think of Al Michaels, John Madden isn't too far away.
From the Talent bios, he appears more well known for baseball, i.e., they appear to have brought him in for the World Cup recently:
Dave O’Brien (Play-by-Play) - play-by-play commentator for ESPN since 2002 handling major League Baseball telecasts…added soccer play-by-play responsibilities for ABC Sports and ESPN2’s MLS and U.S. National team telecasts in 2006…making his FIFA World Cup debut …was the voice of the Florida Marlins from the team's inaugural year in 1993 through 2001…provided commentary for Major League Baseball's international coverage of the World Series since 2004… television voice of the New York Mets on WPIX-TV since 2003…won Achievements in Radio (A.I.R.) award for Best Play-by-Play for his call of Mark McGwire's 59th home run in 1998.
They seem to have a solid crew of vetran soccer play-by-play and analysts otherwise. Either they have prior experience calling games or they are retired players.
Too bad Costa Rica bunkered down against Germany. I also thought Germany showed an exposed defense, but really looked sharp other than that.
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