Monday, October 22, 2007
From time to time (well, only twice now) I'll get enough emails about the NFL coverage to share a few with you. There are some people I believe think that I'm the complaint department for ESPN, which makes me chuckle, but most are just people fed up with one thing or another. I don't have the NFL Package and can't flip through all of the games, (streaming online doesn't always work) so these emails/rants are a good way for me to keep up with the rest of the announcing teams throughout the league. Please keep any and all rants/quotes coming.....I'd love to make this a regular feature.
Let's get into them......
Keshawn at it early in countdown today.
"Also, Andre Johnson not playing for the Texans, it could be a long day for David Carr and that cast." - breaking down the Tennessee - Texans matchup. Do you think Michael Irvin would have at least known the Carr is no longer with the Texans?
Good start to the day.
It's moments like these that make me regret my statement that Keyshawn was great during the NFL Draft. I feel like I contributed to his full-time hiring, and I want you to know....I did a bad thing....I did a VERY bad thing.
After Tom Brady's touchdown pass to Donte' Stallworth in the 1st quarter vs the Dolphins:
"Tom Brady's touchdown passes are having babies, he went from 22 to 23." - Dan Dierdorf
This could be the dumbest comment ever or the most hilarious. Anytime you use Brady and Babies in a broadcast it's gold. Sadly I don't think that was the case with Dierdorf.
With 2:14 left in the Ravens/Bills game with the Bills leading 19-14, thats FIVE POINTS not 3, Rich Gannon brings up the point that it was foolish to run the ball and elect to punt becasue "The Ravens have a guy...Matt Stover 5 field goals last week, special teams player of the week, he can really hurt you here." NO HE CAN'T RICH! HE CAN'T KICK A 5 POINT FIELD GOAL!!
- Dane from Minnesota
This one made me laugh not for the Gannon comment but Dane sent this comment to me Simmons style. I guess we could turn this into the AA Mailbag if we want to.
What the hell is CBS doing? Why not just carry the end of this particularly interesting game live? I mean, it's fun watching four overpaid boobs stare at an off-camera TV monitor, but call me crazy. I'd rather watch the game play out myself.
Here's the thing Bruce, they are called "talent" for a reason....they want them to be on-air. Shannon Sharpe is not concerned about you wanting to see the game and he wants you to know that Ray Lewis is the BEST PLAYER IN FOOT BALL!
And now a Buck supporter wants to weigh-in.....
I know they are favorite targets of your website and they do make mistakes, but they, by FAR, are better than any other baseball announcing team out there. I still get chills thinking about Dave Obrian and his espn crew last year (Sutcliffe and someone else) , where there was not one second of dead air time to listen to the crowd. Morgan and Miller aren't bad, until Joe starts completely ignoring the game and talks about 1970 while a play is going on.
Also, did you happen to catch the only 3 people at the Ohio State-MSU game this weekend? Thats all you could hear as they turned the crowd way down and all you could hear were Nessler McGuire and Griese. Not one second of dead air. Is the game about them or the players? For those of us who have great sound systems, we truly appreciate the fact that Joe Buck learned something from his old man. Sometimes silence on air says a mouthful. That way you can enjoy the ambiance of "almost being there"
Basically I have said all this to point out that there are plenty of us who think Joe Buck is terrific. Especially when you consider who else is out there covering games.
That is the one and only thing about Buck that I enjoy. He lets the crowd tell you how the play turned out and then is dead quiet as they go to commercial. Here's the thing....90% of the time they are completely off base and don't really seem to know what's going on. Maybe you're just not listening hard enough, and my ears have been trained to do so, but here are some quotes from last night's game that you may have missed...
"These teams have played over 243 games this year"- Tim McCarver (162 x 2 = 324)
"Keys to the game: "The team that breathes easiest wins."- Tim McCarver (Could you elaborate a bit Tim?)
"Two nations hanging on every pitch from Daisuke Matsuzaka.....Red Sox Nation and Japan."- Joe Buck
"In a two-strike count...the advantage goes to the pitcher."- Tim McCarver
"Catchers don't catch pitches that get hit."- Tim McCarver
No offense to our friend Harold, but if that's the best team out there....Baseball has problems.