Thank goodness CBS college basketball analyst Billy Packer never became a paramedic. With 54 seconds remaining in the first overtime of last Saturday's Stanford- UCLA game, the Bruins, trailing by three, missed a field goal attempt, and center Jason Collins of the top-ranked Cardinal rebounded the ball, prompting Packer to say, "Ball game."
"Already?" responded his incredulous broadcast partner, Jim Nantz.
"Yup" said Packer. Whereupon the Bruins proved him wrong, winning 94-93 in what was the best college game of this fledgling decade (page 82).
Packer, who has 21 years of experience calling college games, should have known better than to pronounce the patient dead while a pulse remained. He also should have known better a week earlier at the Duke-St. John's game, when he made derogatory remarks toward two female Duke students at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Juniors Sarah Bradley and Jen Feinberg were just doing their job checking press credentials. When Packer entered the arena without displaying a media pass, Feinberg asked him for identification. He responded rudely and then said, "Since when do we let women control who gets into a men's basketball game? Why don't you go find a women's game to let people into?" At week's end, according to CBS, Packer was planning to contact Bradley and Feinberg to discuss the incident.
Let's hope that this was Packer's one swine-ing moment.