The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Basketball Fan Had Been Under the Impression That He Was Done With Bill Raftery
Originally posted 4/19/2004

Basketball fan Dale Rabbe, who will have to tolerate Bill Raftery (inset) for who knows how much longer
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Sources close to basketball fan Dale Rabbe report that the 52-year-old computer technician had been under the mistaken impression that, following the conclusion of CBS's coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, he was done with television analyst Bill Raftery, at least until next season. Rabbe was surprised, then, to see Raftery broadcasting Sunday's Pistons-Bucks NBA playoff game alongside play-by-play man Brent Musburger.

"Oh, man, I've got to listen to this guy again?" Rabbe reportedly complained to friend Miles Keane, with whom he watched the game following a morning golf outing. "I thought he only did college games. I thought I was done with him."

Despite his outburst, Rabbe claimed to have no particular animosity toward Raftery. "I can handle watching him," he said later. "I mean, I don't really care one way or another who the announcers are. But he's really not one of my favorites, and I thought he only did college games. You know that feeling, when you put away your winter stuff because the weather is getting really nice, then it snows, and you just don't feel like digging all of that stuff back out of the closet, but you've got no choice? That's what I'm dealing with here."

Keane, who moved to Michigan ten years ago from the East Coast, had listened to Raftery broadcast New Jersey Nets games and was aware that the idiosyncratic announcer would be broadcasting Sunday's Pistons-Bucks matchup. "I would have warned Dale if I'd known he felt that strongly about it."

"It's no big deal," Rabbe said about having to tolerate Raftery for more games than he expected. "It's just... why does he always have to say stuff so weird? What's with that?"

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