Lesson 2: A vital part of commentating on sports is to criticize the playcalling with the benefit of hindsight. You should ignore the fact that even good coaching decisions have a chance to fail.
This is especially effective when you point out that you agreed with the initial call, making you a hypocrite.
Let’s look at ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas’ blog to give us a perfect example:
When Mike Smith first decided to go for it on fourth-and-inches in overtime, I liked the call. I thought it was gutsy and ambitious. After watching Michael Turner get stuffed, I changed my mind. Smith should have punted and taken his chances with his defense.
Hey, no one said sports commentary had to make any sense.