Fuckin finally. My goodness, people! You can't just throw someone without PBP experience in that seat for a major event.. In all of sports, there are two defined roles for commentating Play By Play and Color.
Examples of PBP, Jim Lampley, Marv Albert, Al Michaels, Bob Costas, Mike Tirico, Joe Buck (god forbid).. These are trained broadcasters who have made a career in sportscasting, their job is to carry the show and not allow dead air under any circumstances. Some are better than others and offer style and opinion to go along with the action call.
Color Commentators- A second opinion on what is happening, and a describer of said action. They offer back story, technique and strategy commentary, and a flair.. Hence the term Color.
You can't just ignore the protocol for a successful broadcast because you like someone and think they would be cool.. a lot of money is invested in a sporting event broadcast and it must be handled professionally. Could you imagine Charles Barkley doing PBP of a basketball game? It would be a disaster.