Big 10 Network Huh?

Boo Hiss!

I share this opinion.

I’m going to try this. Have no idea what will happen at game time–whether it will actually allow me to stream.

BTN is available on a lot of the streaming services. I’ll be watching it with my Hulu subscription.

I get it with YoutubeTV. Almost all of these streaming services have a free trial. Just pick one with BTN and stream it.

The guy commentator seems knowledgeable and fair. For example, he was good with the flagrant call, but thought it should have been flagrant 1. Fair enough. He gives credit to the Arkansas players but points out the difficulties in playing short-handed against a tall team, as we have all week. The in-studio staff is a different story. The older guy there is a total homer, complaining about the officiating in other B1G games and the Clemson-OSU game last night, without real cause.

Totally agree. Did his homework and was spot on with his points he was making

The analyst was Dan Bonner, who also called the game at Georgia Tech. I’ve always liked him, but he hasn’t called an Arkansas game in awhile before this year. He used to work the NCAA Tournament for CBS, but I’m not sure if he still does. He was on the call of the crazy Arkansas-Syracuse game in Austin in 1995.

I too thought they did a good job. Sometimes you get completely clueless folks. They weren’t and they were fair.

Bonner was spot on for the entire game. I didn’t disagree with anything he said in this game. They were a bit slow to figure out that Arkansas cut off the entry passes to the post in the second half. And, they didn’t explain how they did it. It was with great on-the-ball defense. The guards could not see the post when it was there because hands were in their face as they tried to look. They never picked up on what Arkansas actually improved in the second half.

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When it came out as a flagrant 2, Bonner explained why – that it was not part of a basketball activity and completely out of the play. I’m sure he got that explanation directly from the officials but it was good that he passed it along to us.

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I was pleasantly surprised. I expected a lot of homerism and we got a well called game. Made me happy

I watched on TV and Muted the audio. I listened to Chuck!

Dan Bonner must be sort of a free agent that has contracts to work on more than one network, as he’s now done two Razorback games, on two different networks. He’s worked a lot on CBS games, and has been on many NCAA tournament broadcasts. I’ve always liked his work. The first time I remember him being the commentator for an Arkansas game was way back in the 1989-90 season. Arkansas played an early December game in Mobile, AL against South Alabama. Tim Brando was the play by play announcer. That Hog team made the Final Four in Denver. MayDay, Credit, Lenzie Howell, Huery, etc.

I listened to the game on the radio. This was the first time in a very long while. It gave me the opportunity to listen to Chuck and Zimmerman. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Zimm is a complete homer, and I loved every minute of it.

To be honest, I was shocked it was called. Yes, it should have been, but I’ve seen home cooking ignore that stuff for years. I also was shocked at the overall calls. They weren’t completely one sided as they usually are. Looked like the officials at least attempted to get it right.

Some of you may remember that I did a sports on TV/radio column in the old Gazette for about two years called the Couch Potato. That would have been about 1989-91 if memory serves. I remember talking to Bonner for a column.

Actually now that I think about it, he was working a Razorback basketball game with Bob Carpenter, who worked at KTUL in Tulsa for a while and is now calling games on TV for the Washington Nationals. I was working the local angle on Carpenter for the column because you got a lot of KTUL on western Arkansas cable systems at the time. Bonner acted mock-offended that I wasn’t talking to him too, which was actually pretty funny and made its way into my column.