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CDC84
11-19-2018, 01:34 PM
Jason Benetti, and yes, Bill Walton

Winning tonight's game is now of GRAVE importance. Because if GU fails to, we have to deal with Walton again tomorrow.

basketballzag
11-19-2018, 01:40 PM
Jason Benetti, and yes, Bill Walton

Winning tonight's game is now of GRAVE importance. Because if GU fails to, we have to deal with Walton again tomorrow.

If we win tonight that means we are up against the League of Champions tomorrow unless the League loses a Champion before the Semi-Finals.

ZagNative
11-19-2018, 01:47 PM
Oh-oh! Here comes Zagnative with her mandatory "I love Bill Walton" shout out!

sittingon50
11-19-2018, 02:01 PM
Oh-oh! Here comes Zagnative with her mandatory "I love Bill Walton" shout out!

+1.

seacatfan
11-19-2018, 02:06 PM
Mute button! And longing for Heister's aw shucks-ness.


But you will get to hear about the family dog, and sleeping out under the stars with the cactus in the Sonoran Desert, and Grateful Dead concerts, and redwood trees, and a bunch of book recommendations for books you will never read. Good stuff.

RenoZag
11-19-2018, 02:08 PM
Where's that thread that describes synchronizing the radio feed to the telecast. . .LOL. . .

Zagceo
11-19-2018, 02:27 PM
Where's that thread that describes synchronizing the radio feed to the telecast. . .LOL. . .

I give up....if you listen to Walton and hate him...its your own fault

MDABE80
11-19-2018, 02:43 PM
Babbler in chief doesn't matter. We play hard and we win. We will play hard.

CDC84
11-19-2018, 02:49 PM
If we win tonight that means we are up against the League of Champions tomorrow unless the League loses a Champion before the Semi-Finals.

Regardless, I would imagine that Bilas will announce both semifinal games tomorrow. That makes Walton someone else's problem. Hence, the critical importance of winning tonight's game.

GonzagasaurusFlex
11-19-2018, 03:16 PM
Where's that thread that describes synchronizing the radio feed to the telecast. . .LOL. . .

+1

TheZagPhish
11-19-2018, 03:18 PM
Oh-oh! Here comes Zagnative with her mandatory "I love Bill Walton" shout out!
+1.

+2

The Illinois board had some funny stuff about Walton. I think the consensus was that drugs help?

NEC26
11-19-2018, 03:23 PM
I give up....if you listen to Walton and hate him...its your own fault

You can count me as someone who can't stand listening to that buffoon babble his nonsense all game long. Doesn't matter who is playing he is TURRIBLE.

krozman
11-19-2018, 03:45 PM
I'm listening to Walton as a blood sacrifice to the god of 3s that we don't go 2/14 in the first half.

ZagMan in Philly
11-19-2018, 04:18 PM
+2

The Illinois board had some funny stuff about Walton. I think the consensus was that drugs help?

Plenty of pakalolo in Maui.

White lightning
11-19-2018, 05:35 PM
I'm going to try and find the Japanese feed. I'm sure it will be less annoying than Walton!!!!!!!!!

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Zagceo
11-19-2018, 05:54 PM
from Illini site

https://www.facebook.com/Fire-Greg-Heister-167281706633344/

RenoZag
11-19-2018, 06:02 PM
I give up....if you listen to Walton and hate him...its your own fault

I don't hate him. . .I was making light of the angst that accompanies his broadcasts. . .would I want him narrating a Zags highlight reel ? Probably not. A ball game or two is no big deal.

RenoZag
11-19-2018, 06:04 PM
By the way, what's the over / under on how many times ol' Bill utters the phrase " Conference of Champions" during the Arizona game ? I caught the first one during his intro, then switched to the nightly news. . .

Zagceo
11-19-2018, 06:14 PM
I don't hate him. . .I was making light of the angst that accompanies his broadcasts. . .would I want him narrating a Zags highlight reel ? Probably not. A ball game or two is no big deal.

comment wasn't aimed at you....just those that hate him.

ProVeeZag
11-19-2018, 06:17 PM
By the way, what's the over / under on how many times ol' Bill utters the phrase " Conference of Champions" during the Arizona game ? I caught the first one during his intro, then switched to the nightly news. . .

I would say "6", but by now he's probably into dubble-digits!

Here's hoping for no Walton references to Karl Marx or Leon Trotsky...just not in the mood for it tonight.

tummydoc
11-19-2018, 06:28 PM
While I respect Bilas and usually enjoy him, he still bleeds Duke blue blood. I think I'd take Billy in the finals over Jay

RenoZag
11-19-2018, 06:40 PM
comment wasn't aimed at you....just those that hate him.

:cheers:

I think Walton is an acquired taste like fava beans, menudo, or cauliflower crust pizza.

They could trot out Joe Buck and I would resist the urge to hit the "mute" button.

NotoriousZ
11-19-2018, 06:57 PM
Walton has grown on me over the years. I used to hate him as a broadcaster, but he’s a good change of pace from the rest and every now and then he’ll throw out a Greatful Dead reference. However, I think 2-3 games a year is about my Walton limit.

rennis
11-19-2018, 07:03 PM
Walton just said (during AZ game) he heard Lorenzo Romar lost his house in the Malibu area fires. That sucks!


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katman50
11-19-2018, 07:13 PM
Don't hate Walton. Just chose not to listen to the guy. The game will be muted for me most of the time. To each his own.

Reborn
11-19-2018, 07:14 PM
I like Walton too. He's interesting. and reminds me of Heister.

CDC84
11-19-2018, 07:15 PM
"The is the best I have ever seen the Cyclones play"

Yeah right.

bballbeachbum
11-19-2018, 07:19 PM
I mute all who call the Zag games unless it's the home town crew tho I'll listen to Walton call other games. I don't mind him but can't stand Bilas

NEC26
11-19-2018, 08:09 PM
As per normal Walton is awful. Not even following the actual game. Cannot stand Walton.

2Zags3Pups
11-19-2018, 08:25 PM
Dear God, ESPN get rid of Walton. He's terrible. Doesn't even know what's going on it the game.

NEC26
11-19-2018, 08:32 PM
For the life of me I cannot understand how he keeps his job.

GU69
11-19-2018, 08:35 PM
It's almost like the game is a distraction to these guys.

2Zags3Pups
11-19-2018, 08:36 PM
The play by play guy just keeps blowing him off. Even he knows Walton sucks

Birddog
11-19-2018, 08:40 PM
The play by play guy just keeps blowing him off. Even he knows Walton sucks

Jason made a comment at the start about his career being on the line working with Walton.

TacomaZAG
11-19-2018, 08:42 PM
Walton is horrible tonight, even for him...........

I knew we were in for a long night when the show opens with Walton doing the hula. No way to unsee that image.

Go ZAGS

IvantheZag
11-19-2018, 08:43 PM
Came to watch basketball, and I ended up learning about volcanoes. Canít say I have had that experience before when watching a game...


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ProVeeZag
11-19-2018, 08:43 PM
For the life of me I cannot understand how he keeps his job.

How true...one of life's mysteries. It's one thing when he rambles on about everything but the game at hand. However, tonight he won't even allow the other guy to do his job! I would say, without a doubt, this is the worst "performance" from Walton I have ever heard.

Anybody know how many turnovers the Zags had the 1st half? I ran out of fingers.

webspinnre
11-19-2018, 09:02 PM
Bill Walton isn't good, but it is pretty hilarious hearing the interaction with him and Benetti.

webspinnre
11-19-2018, 09:33 PM
Where else are you going to hear about the beach of the game?

kreese555
11-19-2018, 10:04 PM
That was the worst watching experience I’ve had in 23 years of watching Gonzaga Basketball. Bill Walton is the worst announcer I have ever heard. Miss me with his “schtick”, he’s a bumbling idiot and I never want to sit through that again. Thank God we won.

Zagricultural
11-19-2018, 10:06 PM
Do not like Walton as an announcer! That was just agonizing!

LongIslandZagFan
11-19-2018, 10:10 PM
After the 5 minute diatribe about Volcanoes in the first half... Bill had me thinking about our boy Heister


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bartruff1
11-19-2018, 10:14 PM
For the life of me I cannot understand how he keeps his job.

It is a complete mystery to me....it is a insult to anyone who wants to watch the game...

JPtheBeasta
11-19-2018, 10:15 PM
"That guy should play more" (referring to Jeremy Jones)-- the only thing he said all night that I liked. I don't get what the production director and ESPN are thinking with this guy. It is as if they thought they were here to put on a travel show and a basketball game broke out. If they were going to do that they should at least have the decency to get Brooke Burke in there. They should muzzle Walton! Wild on Basketball or send him on a really long bike ride to his favorite volcano. It was hard enough to watch all of the ticky tack foul calls and to have it narrated by Dazed and Confused Walton was almost too much.

Worthington
11-19-2018, 10:15 PM
Walton legitimately did not know that both feet had to be entirely outside the restricted area on the block/charge call. As a professional basketball player and announcer, I honestly do not know how this is possible.

Hoopaholic
11-19-2018, 10:18 PM
"That guy should play more" (referring to Jeremy Jones)-- the only thing he said all night that I liked. I don't get what the production director and ESPN are thinking with this guy. It is as if they thought they were here to put on a travel show and a basketball game broke out. If they were going to do that they should at least have the decency to get Brooke Burke in there. They should muzzle Walton! Wild on Basketball or send him on a really long bike ride to his favorite volcano. It was hard enough to watch all of the ticky tack foul calls and to have it narrated by Dazed and Confused Walton was almost too much.
Hope he is moved to
Loser games tommorow

basketballzag
11-19-2018, 10:18 PM
After the 5 minute diatribe about Volcanoes in the first half... Bill had me thinking about our boy Heister


https://media1.tenor.com/images/34fd42cc5f9db8e1b68bc531feb24af1/tenor.gif?itemid=4398730
Walton asked Jason what his name was 7 times during the game (once after calling him Jim).

And the fact he says breeds every day was an imagine I can't shake off.

GonzaGAW
11-19-2018, 10:41 PM
i do not understand the person who likes Walton, as a commentator. and I too wonder, how on earth does he have a job with a microphone in front of his mouth?

lets be honest, a play happens, any play, and the first thing he does is make up a reason to be critical. why? again the reason is obvious he has the biggest head on the planet.
well I could go on............but i'll leave it at this.

MDABE80
11-19-2018, 10:54 PM
Just two guys chatting away. There just happened to be a college basketball game going on in the background.awful

TexasZagFan
11-19-2018, 10:57 PM
Just two guys chatting away. There just happened to be a college basketball game going on in the background.awful

lol, but they weren't as bad at their jobs as the 3 zebras.

tummydoc
11-19-2018, 11:00 PM
He was horrid tonight,so much so that I am withdrawing from the fan club. Never again. Give me Richard Fox for color and insight any day

Zags11
11-19-2018, 11:35 PM
He breeds daily.

ProVeeZag
11-19-2018, 11:42 PM
After the 5 minute diatribe about Volcanoes in the first half... Bill had me thinking about our boy Heister


https://media1.tenor.com/images/34fd42cc5f9db8e1b68bc531feb24af1/tenor.gif?itemid=4398730

I'll take Heister any day of the week over "Maui Bill". Don't think I've ever heard anyone as self-absorbed as Walton ... Sorry Bill, you're just not that interesting. We've heard it ALL before, multiple times.

ProVeeZag
11-19-2018, 11:47 PM
He breeds daily.

Yeah, I spit up just a little when he said that. Shaking my head, why are we forced to listen to that. Get this: Walton actually believes that he is entertaining us!

Zagsker
11-19-2018, 11:51 PM
You all spend too much time listening to the announcers...just watch the game

TheZagPhish
11-19-2018, 11:56 PM
I mean, yeah, but the Grateful Dead song references are right on the money.

Martin Centre Mad Man
11-20-2018, 03:45 AM
https://tucson.com/bill-walton-bingo/image_cf9ffb64-a2c0-11e4-a5b4-dbcad36d2f1e.html

Birddog
11-20-2018, 03:59 AM
lol, but they weren't as bad at their jobs as the 3 zebras.

That is debatable but I see where you're coming from.

GonzagasaurusFlex
11-20-2018, 05:16 AM
I've somehow learned to not be bothered by Walton....not paying attention to his rambling and just watching the game helps.

What I did like from him tonight at end of game he simply raved about Jeremy Jones and stated pointedly "that guy needs to play more." Game recognizes game

ZagsObserver
11-20-2018, 05:22 AM
I’m clearly in the minority, but I enjoyed the announcers. Y’all take things too seriously.

Birddog
11-20-2018, 05:32 AM
You all spend too much time listening to the announcers...just watch the game

I'd like to know who the foul was on every once in a while and how many would be helpful too.

NEC26
11-20-2018, 05:47 AM
This is nothing new. If you are at all interested in the game he is terrible. If you came for sideshow Bill then he is the guy for you.

LongIslandZagFan
11-20-2018, 06:36 AM
I'd like to know who the foul was on every once in a while and how many would be helpful too.


https://media.tenor.com/images/caeb341677a8af3cafb9661c95feb70c/tenor.gif

Bills thoughts and ramblings are the height of sophistication and the brutish basketball game can wait.

Zagsker
11-20-2018, 06:45 AM
I'd like to know who the foul was on every once in a while and how many would be helpful too.

Can't you tell by watching the game or seeing the graphic when it pops up on tv?...with that said Heister is horrible :)

bartruff1
11-20-2018, 07:47 AM
Is that idiot Walton going to be on the broadcast tonight ???

zaguarxj
11-20-2018, 07:59 AM
I didn't think he could get any worse. I was wrong. I watched most of the 2nd half on mute.

roxdoc
11-20-2018, 08:03 AM
Huddy and Morrison did their usual great job....just sayin!

billyberu
11-20-2018, 08:05 AM
There wasn't a point in last night's game when I had the sound on. Bill Walton makes my ears bleed with his God-awful commentary. I'd sit in a room for 24 hours straight with Greg Heister reading me Atlas Shrugged before I even entertained the thought of listening to that ignoramus.

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3XaZag
11-20-2018, 08:08 AM
That was torture. Too lazy to find the radio link but I also had to mute it at times. Ridiculous.

I know Walton has his fans, but as this thread shows, few and far between. You can get away with just a few fans if the rest don't absolutely cringe and use the mute button, but he drives people away in droves. His broadcast partner was heroic. Deserves hazard pay.

CDC84
11-20-2018, 08:20 AM
S-R's Vince Grippi and his usual post-game take on the TV announcers. Needless to say, his article is extra long due to Walton:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/nov/19/tv-take-espn-bill-walton-praises-gonzaga-when-he-w/

CDC84
11-20-2018, 08:21 AM
There wasn't a point in last night's game when I had the sound on. Bill Walton makes my ears bleed with his God-awful commentary. I'd sit in a room for 24 hours straight with Greg Heister reading me Atlas Shrugged before I even entertained the thought of listening to that ignoramus.

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LoL :)

CDC84
11-20-2018, 08:24 AM
Is that idiot Walton going to be on the broadcast tonight ???

Fortunately no. Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas announce the semis.

https://arizonawildcats.com/news/2018/11/20/mens-basketball-cats-face-gonzaga-in-maui-invitational-semis.aspx?path=mbball

sittingon50
11-20-2018, 08:47 AM
49 fouls, 54 FT's, 35 TO's, guys slip-slidin' all over the court.

Walton was the best part of the game.

You need someone to tell you what you're seeing?

JPtheBeasta
11-20-2018, 09:40 AM
https://media.tenor.com/images/caeb341677a8af3cafb9661c95feb70c/tenor.gif

Bills thoughts and ramblings are the height of sophistication and the brutish basketball game can wait.

That’s what is implied to me by him with his ramblings. It’s his public service to the unwashed masses, I guess. I wish he would be internally consistent with what his ideas of what flops/offensive fouls are, at least. He seems to be a contrarian by nature and just disagreed with whatever the play-by-play guy said. I’m happy to learn the difference between an extinct vs dormant volcano and should probably be thankful to have had the bonus distraction of a basketball game.

basketballzag
11-20-2018, 09:43 AM
Bill’s Maui Invitational games for today:

Tuesday Nov. 20
11:30am PST Xavier vs SDSU loser (E2)
2pm PST Iowa St vs Illinois (E2)

Those poor #######s at Illinois are going to commit suicide before the end of the day. Back to back Bill Walton analysis!

Zagceo
11-20-2018, 09:45 AM
Huddy and Morrison did their usual great job....just sayin!

^^^^^truth^^^^^^

fans ruin the game thread with unwanted thoughts about some horses *ss......why spread the Cancer?

Zags11
11-20-2018, 11:21 AM
You all spend too much time listening to the announcers...just watch the game

Announcers are fun and i love good announcing.

maynard g krebs
11-20-2018, 02:12 PM
I know Walton has his fans, but as this thread shows, few and far between.

This isn't a scientific poll. This is the collective opinion of the most hardcore Zag fans, and from what I can tell, it's a largely "conservative" fan base.

On the other board I read regularly, the collective opinion of Walton is much more positive, like probably 60% pro-. If this thread was representative of the general population, he'd have been fired a long time ago.

One thing that can't be denied is that he preps for the broadcasts more than anyone else in the business, in terms of knowing all the human interest/background stories about the players and coaches.

It is, after all, "color" commentary. Yet most commentators are pretty black and white. I tape a lot of games and fast forward through ft's/stoppages, but when Walton's on, I keep those on to hear what he'll say next.

To each their own.

maynard g krebs
11-20-2018, 02:17 PM
Is that idiot Walton going to be on the broadcast tonight ???

I think he's going to be bicycling across your lawn.

NEC26
11-20-2018, 02:53 PM
This isn't a scientific poll. This is the collective opinion of the most hardcore Zag fans, and from what I can tell, it's a largely "conservative" fan base.

On the other board I read regularly, the collective opinion of Walton is much more positive, like probably 60% pro-. If this thread was representative of the general population, he'd have been fired a long time ago.

One thing that can't be denied is that he preps for the broadcasts more than anyone else in the business, in terms of knowing all the human interest/background stories about the players and coaches.

It is, after all, "color" commentary. Yet most commentators are pretty black and white. I tape a lot of games and fast forward through ft's/stoppages, but when Walton's on, I keep those on to hear what he'll say next.

To each their own.

Please enlighten me as to what being conservative has to do with anything or why you would throw shade about it? I have a hard time understanding why politics has anything to do with this discussion.
Walton is terrible because he babbles incessantly about himself, his thoughts, his day, his vacation, whales, volcanoes, and wherever else his mind wanders. Pretty much anything but the actual game.
Even on the rare occasion he offers a thought on the game its not all that enlightening or insightful.

Robzagnut
11-20-2018, 02:56 PM
Rallying cry for all GU fans,

"Please beat Arizona, so Walton isn't our announcer tomorrow!!!"

ProVeeZag
11-20-2018, 03:09 PM
I think he's going to be bicycling across your lawn.

Bicycling I can overlook one time; however I have to draw the line at "breeding" on my lawn. Blame my parents...just the way I was raised.

maynard g krebs
11-20-2018, 10:14 PM
Please enlighten me as to what being conservative has to do with anything or why you would throw shade about it? I have a hard time understanding why politics has anything to do with this discussion.
Walton is terrible because he babbles incessantly about himself, his thoughts, his day, his vacation, whales, volcanoes, and wherever else his mind wanders. Pretty much anything but the actual game.
Even on the rare occasion he offers a thought on the game its not all that enlightening or insightful.

I didn't "throw shade". (Though I hate that lame expression). I simply made an observation. Walton's a hippie. Conservatives hate hippies, in general, and hold them in contempt. At least that has been my experience, with a few exceptions. Walton, being an old hippie, and tends to talk like Kerouac or Ginsberg or Kesey wrote. Whether one likes that or not depends on one's perspective/world view.

The other board I referenced is a Duck board, as most here probably surmised. Western Oregon is a very progressive/liberal area in general, and on Duckterritory when Walton is discussed, the view skews much more positive. (Though a lot of that also has to do with appreciation for bringing an NBA title to Portland, to be fair).

If you reread my post, I think you'll see I said nothing negative about conservatives. (Unless you consider disliking Walton a negative). I responded to a post saying that the opinion(s) on this board are reflective of the general attitude of the public about him; I pointed out that this board is not a representative sample of the general public, and gave what I think is a reasonable explanation of why.

I think you extrapolated something that wasn't there. If I'm wrong, feel free to cite the words you consider problematic.

ZagsGoZags
11-20-2018, 10:29 PM
zagphish said "The Illinois board had some funny stuff about Walton. I think the consensus was that drugs help?"
can you provide a link to the Illinois board?

TheZagPhish
11-20-2018, 10:42 PM
zagphish said "The Illinois board had some funny stuff about Walton. I think the consensus was that drugs help?"
can you provide a link to the Illinois board?

CEO previously linked to this thread over there: Pregame: Illinois vs Gonzaga, Monday, November 19th, 10:30pm CT, ESPN2 (https://www.illinoisloyalty.com/Forum/threads/pregame-illinois-vs-gonzaga-monday-november-19th-10-30pm-ct-espn2.24685/)

TexasZagFan
11-21-2018, 05:34 AM
I didn't "throw shade". (Though I hate that lame expression). I simply made an observation. Walton's a hippie. Conservatives hate hippies, in general, and hold them in contempt. At least that has been my experience, with a few exceptions. Walton, being an old hippie, and tends to talk like Kerouac or Ginsberg or Kesey wrote. Whether one likes that or not depends on one's perspective/world view.

The other board I referenced is a Duck board, as most here probably surmised. Western Oregon is a very progressive/liberal area in general, and on Duckterritory when Walton is discussed, the view skews much more positive. (Though a lot of that also has to do with appreciation for bringing an NBA title to Portland, to be fair).

If you reread my post, I think you'll see I said nothing negative about conservatives. (Unless you consider disliking Walton a negative). I responded to a post saying that the opinion(s) on this board are reflective of the general attitude of the public about him; I pointed out that this board is not a representative sample of the general public, and gave what I think is a reasonable explanation of why.

I think you extrapolated something that wasn't there. If I'm wrong, feel free to cite the words you consider problematic.

I don't think politics has a damn thing to do with Walton. He's a UCLA alum, still basking in the Wooden-era success that ended over 40 years ago. Their compadres are Dallas Cowboy fans, who continue to pay good money for a team that has had virtually no postseason success for a quarter of a century.


Give Walton a chance to run his mouth, and you'll hear his constant references to the Pac-12 as the "Conference of Champions".


IMHO, it's the P5 bias that we rankle at, whether it be Walton, Bilas, or just about every other P5 bred homer on ESPN...and don't get me started on Seth Davis...lol.

OCC's been dead for months, maynard. To say that the Gonzaga fan base is conservative is incorrect. I take issue with your statement "conservatives hate hippies". Hate is such a strong term. There's too much rancor on both sides of the political spectrum, as evidenced by the violence encouraged and propagated by Antifa towards those that aren't on board with them.

NEC26
11-21-2018, 05:47 AM
The fact you brought up being conservative as reason to dislike like him was odd from the get go. Or to even assume that thats were the dislike is coming from is in itself telling. I have never seen anyone reference hippies or anything of the like. To assume so is absurd.