Give us the sound of Tom Leach and Goose Givens on every streaming game

Give us the sound of Tom Leach and Goose Givens on every streaming game

Kentucky beat the Kentucky State Thorobreds 111-53 tonight in Rupp Arena, a feel-good game to end the preseason. After the Cats’ lackluster performance in their first exhibition win against Missouri Western State, it was good to see them get back on track tonight, shooting 50% from the floor (38-76) and 46.2% (12-26) from three. -points, all while holding Thorobreds to 28.2% shooting. Topping the century mark without Oscar Tshiebwe, Sahvir Wheelerand Daimion Collins was impressive, regardless of the competition.

An unexpected bonus was ESPN uses Tom Leach and Goose Givens’ radio calls on the broadcast, which only streamed on SEC Network+ and ESPN+. We’ve given the ESPN app a lot of crap over the years, so it’s only fair that we praise the world leader when the opportunity arises. I know I’m not alone in Big Blue Nation when I say that. Our. Raw.

If you weren’t able to watch the game live, instead of sending a broadcast crew to Lexington, ESPN simply syncronized Tom and Goose’s radio feed with the video. Turning down the TV and turning up the radio is a long tradition for many in BBN, but has become more difficult in recent years due to the delay between broadcasts. Tonight it was perfectly matched, giving TV viewers the pleasure of hearing Leach and Goose.

Furthermore, there were no advertisements. Instead, viewers were treated to the intermissions at Rupp Arena, which really drew you into the experience, from the cheerleaders to the 1990s and 2000s hip-hop playlists and crowd shots. We even got to see the team credits and intro video. All I needed to feel like I was was a folding chair in the press row and some ice cream. I know I’m not alone when I say that I will pay for that option as part of a subscription going forward. It was the BBN equivalent of being wrapped in a big blue blanket.

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A Tom/Goose broadcast option for every game may not be realistic. In addition, we would miss our best friend Tom Hart. But what about the streaming-only games? Kentucky has two SEC Network+/ESPN+ games on the schedule right now: North Florida on Nov. 23 and Bellarmine on Nov. 29. A UK spokesperson tells us that broadcast plans for these games have not been finalised, but if ESPN hears how much BBN enjoyed having Tom and Goose on tonight’s game, perhaps an encore is in order? Can’t hurt to send them a message on Twitter @SECNetwork @ESPN.

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