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Warm-Up Those Vocal Cords, Smokin' Al

Yesterday Versus proudly announced their on-air talent for the upcoming NCAA football season, and the play-by-play voice of their Mountain West Conference telecasts will be none other than Joe Beninati (not this one, but this one).

Versus, which lamely describes itself as "the network that celebrates real competition in all its forms" (is that some sort of dig at the Worldwide Leader or an excuse for why they air something called World Extreme Cagefighting?), touts Joe B.'s resume as follows:

Joe Beninati has worked for more than a decade with the Washington Capitals doing play-by-play as the lead voice for the Comcast Sportsnet (CSN) telecasts. His other TV and radio credits include five years as the play-by-play voice of Major League Lacrosse on ESPN2 and two seasons with the WNBA Washington Mystics, as well as spot duty with the NBA Washington Wizards, the Baltimore Orioles in MLB, and major college football on Westwood One. Beninati is a three-time Capital Region Emmy Award winner for excellence in composite play-by-play.
Impressive, no doubt. But don't you think they'd mention some of his other on-air work? For example, oh, I don't know... maybe that he has been one of the lead play-by-play announcers for Versus' own NHL coverage?

As for how this impacts you - which is all you care about anyway - there are three direct conflicts with Caps games on the Versus Mountain West television schedule. Three nights on which we will, no doubt, be treated to the dolcet tones Craig Laughlin referring to Smokin' Al Koken as "Joe" at least three times per night. I, for one, can't wait.