ESPN's Dave O'Brien sounds like Al Michaels

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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I was just watching a replay of the England - T&T match and stumbled upon your site while looking to see if Dave O'Brien was actually covering the World Cup. I am glad to know someone shares my opinion that he sounds just like Al Michaels. When I first started watching the match I looked at my husband and said "Is that Al Michaels doing play-by-play?" Since my husband is British I just got a blank stare. I figured it had to be O'Brien, and while O'Brien has some (read, very little) soccer experience, I think he's a bad choice. Not only does he sound dead on Al Michaels, he delivers play-by-play the same way every baseball play-by-play announcer in history has, with a few notable exceptions, of course. He doesn't build excitement and tension as most soccer announcers do. He just makes you wonder who's up and what the count is.

Posted by Lily on June 15, 2006 at 10:45 AM CDT #

I was doing lunch with a bunch of coaches on Saturday at a D License course. We pushed our lunch break off until the US-Italy game started.

A couple of them also thought that O'Brien was also Michaels.

Posted by Tom Haynes on June 19, 2006 at 09:22 AM CDT #

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