Q&A with Tim Brando
Published: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 10:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 10:05 p.m.
Five questions with CBS studio host Tim Brando. The network begins its weekly package of SEC games on Saturday.
Q. Being in the studio when all of these great games are going on must be a double-edged sword. Are there times when you wish you were at the stadiums?
A. Absolutely. You feel like you're on top of everything in the studio. It's amazing what you can take in and how much better your recall is. But I got into this business to be at games. I'm old school. I like to smell it and feel it and wipe my brow from the sweat of being at a game in a place like The Swamp. So it is a double-edged sword.
Q. What kind of feedback do you receive when you offer opinions to go along with the highlights and news?
A. The most passionate and paranoid fans are in college football. We're the closest thing to political commentary that sports has. You always get feedback but there have only been a couple of times where I felt I wished I could have taken back a verbal salvo. You grow from it. It's judgment. You just have to exercise good judgment.
Q. Have you ever thought about how your life might be different if you had been selected to host NBC's version of "Wheel of Fortune" back in 1988?
A. (Laughing) Many times. I will tell you in the years since I still get more attention for the job I didn't get than the one I have. The scrap heap of game show announcers in their 50s is a lot bigger than sports announcers in their 50s and 60s. So it might have been the best thing that ever happened to me. It would have changed my life. I would like to think I would have done a good job. But I don't know if I'd have kept it from getting canceled.
Q. What is the greatest game or player you have seen during your career as a broadcaster?
A. The greatest broadcast was the 1998 regional final at St. Louis when Stanford came back from six down under a minute to beat Rhode Island. That was nirvana because it was with Al McGuire. The most impactful moment was a 1979 LSU game against No. 1 USC. LSU lost but it was an amazing atmosphere. It made an indelible impression on me.
Q. With a radio show and the CBS work and play-by-play for the NFL, just how hectic is it for you during the season?
A. I can only see the next thing, the next assignment, the next moment. And it takes some heat off me at home because I just tell my wife, "What are we doing? Everything's up to you." But I look at it as fun.
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