The NFL Preseason Gets Underway Tonight (Let The Judging Begin)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

I have this weird obsession with Preseason games. I take them way too seriously and watch as many as I can. I scout the teams and players, and complain when they aren't performing. I also do the same with the announcing teams.

With that said.....beginning tonight/tomorrow (and running through the beginning of next week) I'll be running a preview for each of the major networks and their Announcing Teams. Is that nerdy? Yes. Is it a little over-the-top? Perhaps. But I get a kick out of it, and last year it was a hell of a lot of fun.

I'm going to hold off on the live-blogging for awhile because I haven't been able to incorporate the "after the jump" feature. I wouldn't want you to hurt your scrolling hand. Here's the schedule if you care to follow along.

FOX- 8/9, Colts at Cowboys 8pm- Announcing Preview, Friday 8/10
CBS- 8/10, Bills at Saints 8pm- Announcing Preview, Monday Morning 8/13
NBC- 8/12, Seahawks at Chargers 8pm- Announcing Preview, Monday Afternoon 8/13
ESPN- 8/13, Broncos at 49ers 8pm- Announcing Preview, Tuesday 8/14
NFL-N- ? (Don't have it ordered yet, but I'll find some way to fit it in)

There's also some extra special things happening with ESPN's Monday Night Football this year....let's go to the press release.......

ESPN’s coverage of the game, including an opening essay by Kornheiser, will reflect upon the legendary career of the 49ers’ Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh, who passed away last week. As part of ESPN’s reflections, Jaworski will open his playbook to highlight why Walsh’s “West Coast Offense” was so ahead of its time. “Tony, Tony, Tony” segments will also return to MNF, as fans will be able to visit (beginning Friday) to email questions for Kornheiser to answer on the air during the telecast.

The 49ers-Broncos game will be preceded by the season-opening edition of Monday Night Countdown (7-8 p.m.) with host Chris Berman and analysts Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Emmitt Smith, Steve Young and Chris Mortensen.
Oh...wait. I take it back. There's absolutely nothing new.

Be sure to stop by for the previews next week. If you're sick of reading your 101st NFC East Preview of the off-season then these are for you.

(P.S.- Keep your eyes peeled for the AA Survivor League! Details coming soon)

(P.P.S.- Watched the Chiefs Hard Knocks on HBO last night. If you missed it, you probably missed the most awkward and hilarious dance contest I've ever seen.)


I thought Walsh detested his offense having the "West Coast" moniker.

But ya can never let reality get in the way of ESPN.

hollywood wags said...
Aug 9, 2007, 12:44:00 PM  

Not to mention that ESPN says that teams with vertical passing games run "a variation of the West Coast offense." That's like saying single-back offenses are "a variation of the I-Formation."

But the bottom line is that ESPN wouldn't care about Walsh if he wasn't Chris Berman's best friend and the 49ers weren't Chris Berman's favorite team.

Anonymous said...
Aug 9, 2007, 1:42:00 PM  

Tony! Toni! Tone! segments would spice things up.

StinkyPinkie said...
Aug 9, 2007, 3:03:00 PM  

I didn't watch Hard Knocks, but I only assume that Herm Edwards is forced to wear a helmet like the retard that he is.

GMoney said...
Aug 9, 2007, 4:03:00 PM  

um... watching the cowboys pregame on fox and seem to have got something in my eye. oh, right -- pam oliver, it's your nipples! holy jeebus, put those bad boys away, you're gonna hurt someone.

bigbaby said...
Aug 9, 2007, 8:14:00 PM  

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