Having Bill Walton back on a national stage this season has been a huge plus. His quotes during Pac-12 games on the ESPN Family of Networks have been true gems.
Walton has also been working on Pac-12 Network for the tournament. We have some quotage from the Cal-Utah game which ended in an upset.
And during the ESPNU telecast of the Washington-Oregon game, Walton made a Ray Lewis limousine joke and a reference to Bill Simmons’ suspension at the hands of ESPN. Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing has the videos. I’m still laughing over this.
Anyway, here’s the Pac-12 Network Walton quotage.
Walton-isms from Pac-12 Networks Telecast of California vs. Utah
Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament
March 14, 2013
“Fantastic pace to this game. Shot clock not a factor, refs inconsequential; Players soaring like eagles here over the desert sky.” – Walton on early pace of Cal-Utah
“I love guys that shoot without dribbling. When I watch basketball, I say, ‘what has happened to this game?’ All it is these little guys dribbling incessantly, aimlessly, without purpose, only to draw attention to themselves. Please save us.”
“You have to have the attitude that everybody’s watching every play. That’s what your youth coaches teach you, that’s what your college coaches teach you…Every play is critical on every level.” – Walton on players responding when on a national stage
“(Jordan) Loveridge used a stiff-arm, Rick Neuheisel is here; He’ll appreciate that one, but this is basketball.” – Walton on Utah F Jordan Loveridge
“Cal has got to get going again and stop thinking the world is against us. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and start playing ball. You had a chance to win and you couldn’t turn him (Jarred DuBois) back and you didn’t commit a foul. It would have been an easy one to finish off right there, but you let a left-handed guy dribble to his left and hit his own shot. DuBois has been doing that pretty much all night, pretty much on command all season.” – Walton on Cal’s response to Utah forcing overtime
Walton resumes his broadcast duties with Pac-12 Networks from the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament tomorrow at 6:00 PM PT for UCLA vs. Arizona alongside play-by-play voice Ted Robinson.
That is it. We’ll see if Walton is back for ESPN’s portion of the semifinals tomorrow.