Huard Brothers On The Call At Saturday's UW-USC Game
Sept. 30, 2010
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By Gregg Bell
SEATTLE - Excuse Brock Huard if there is a knocking noise in the background of Saturday's national telecast of Washington's Pac-10 opener at USC.
He may be tapping on the walls of an adjacent booth high above the Los Angeles Coliseum, trying to get the attention of his older brother.
Damon Huard, UW's passer from 1993-95, will be there broadcasting his fourth game as the new color analyst alongside iconic Huskies radio play-by-play man Bob Rondeau on the Washington ISP Network.
Saturday's 5 p.m. game between the Huskies (1-2) and Trojans (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) is believed to be one of the first times in college football history that brothers have broadcast the same game.
It's certainly the first time two brothers who are former Huskies quarterbacks have called a UW game. Brock Huard was Washington's starter from 1996-98.
Saturday will be the latest "first" for the Huards. On Nov. 26, 2000, they became the first brothers to start at quarterback in the NFL on the same weekend. Damon started for the Miami Dolphins against the Indianapolis Colts while Brock started for his hometown Seahawks against the Denver Broncos.
If Brock, who will be a color analyst on ESPN2's telecast at USC, is nagging Damon in the press box Saturday, he already knows what the reason will be.
"The one thing I've told him is, you've got to stop saying `we' and `us,'" Brock said with a laugh this week while he was watching a practice at Husky Stadium. "Even if you are working for the UW flagship, you can't be saying `we.'
"Of course, it's much more difficult for him when he's on the team plane, staying at the team hotel and working for the university. It's easy for me not to do that on the national network side (where Brock covers games from across the country each Saturday)."
Big brother's response: Yeah, yeah. Heard that one already.
"The one criticism I've gotten from people is, `You can't say `we' or `us' or `our,'" the 37-year-old Damon said Thursday over the telephone, pausing from his day job of handling major donations to the Huskies Athletic Department.
"It's almost impossible for me not to say `we.' I went to the school. Now I work for them. Purple and Gold has been a part of my entire adult life.
"That's the toughest thing for me to try not to do."
Brock Huard, 34, has been broadcasting college football for Fox Sports Net and ESPN for years. After spending last year mostly in the Southeastern Conference, he is settling into more of a Pac-10 schedule this season. He said this unique broadcast reunion with his brother may repeat itself on Nov. 6 when the Huskies play at Oregon, though ESPN hasn't finalized its broadcast plans that far out yet.
"I love it," Brock said of his ESPN gig, which had him in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend for Ohio State's blowout of Eastern Michigan. "I really enjoy calling these games.
"Damon's got a much tougher job than I do. He's in Bob's medium. Bob's got to paint the picture for the listener with words, and he's got to follow that lead. My job is much easier. I just explain what it is the viewer just saw."
Damon is a rookie in broadcasting after playing 12 seasons in the NFL. He says while his brother's assessment may be true, Rondeau's smooth, impeccable work makes his task better than it could be.
"Certainly working with Bob, the best in the business, makes my job easier," he said.
"I'm enjoying it. It's fun putting getting a little game plan. It's like scouting for an upcoming opponent."
He watches film, reads daily blogs on both teams for that week's game and makes notes each night after he comes home from work. He says he almost spends more time on each Husky opponent than he does on the Dawgs, whom he now knows well a month into the season.
"There's a lot more preparation than I thought," Damon Huard said. "If you don't prepare and just try to wing it, it'd be pretty tough."
He sees Saturday's unique, double-brother broadcasts as a natural continuation of their parallel playing and now media careers, which date to when they were growing up in Puyallup, Wash.
"He followed me to UW. We were the first two brothers to start an NFL game on the same weekend - way before the Mannings did. We've broken down film of games together for years," Damon said. "It's kind of fitting for us."
As for that criticism of saying "we" while describing Huskies games, Damon Huard says not doing that is easier said than done.
"We'll see how Brock does Saturday," he said. "I bet one pops out of his mouth."
Most of the country will hear Brock calling the game live on ESPN2. However, in some parts of the nation, ESPN2 will be airing the Oregon-Stanford game. Check this coverage map to see if the game will be on where you live. If you aren't in ESPN2's coverage area, you can see the game online at espn3.com or as part of an ESPN Gameplan package. If you plan to watch online, make sure to go to espn3.com ahead of time to see if the service is available to you.
In addition, subscribers to Flo TV can watch the game via ABC Mobile.
To listen to the game on radio, you also have a number of options.
Firstly, the game will air live on the Washington ISP Sports Network, including flagship station 950 KJR-AM in Seattle. Here's a list of the other stations around the northwest that currently make up the network:
Aberdeen - KWOK 1490 AM
If you'd like to listen to the broadcast online, you can do so via The Dawg Channel here at gohuskies.com (subscription required).
Subscribers to satellite radio can also listen to the live broadcast. The UW broadcast will air on XM 194 and XM 216; and the USC version can be heard at XM 102 and Sirius 127.
Finally, Husky fans in southern California can catch USC's radio broadcast on six different radio stations: KSPN 710 AM (Los Angeles), KSPA 1510 AM (Ontario), ESPN Radio 98.9 FM (San Diego), KXPS 1010 AM (Palm Springs), KVEN 1450 AM (Ventura) and KSZL 1030 AM (Barstow).