In the first of today's matchups we have what can best be described as a contrast in styles. Though neither of these two were considered favorites at the start, both were impressive in their 1st round victories. Gray walloped the King of Puns Jim Nantz in taking over 75% of the vote while Thom Brennaman comfortably took out "THAT GUY" Jon Gruden. But, who has enough awfulness to make it to the not-so-Elite 8? So who will advance to join Skip Bayless, Joe Buck, Chris Berman, and Colin Cowherd? The snake in the grass reporter, or the monotone man with the unending Tebow love?
Jim Gray vs. Thom Brennaman
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Why He's Here: Two words - The Decision. Jim Gray's involvement in The Decision led to plenty of jealousy from fellow sports media personalities and plenty of fury from sports fans. At least his pointless stalling in that interview wasn't as contentious as his infamous interview with Pete Rose. But, there's also many other examples of Jim Gray's sterling career.
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Why He's Here:
Brennaman's national rep has never quite recovered from his creepy obsessive man crush on Tim Tebow during the 2009 National Championship Game. His run at the top of college football lasted a short time (although Fox didn't exactly put him in a position to succeed with those 9,000 band shots).
Links:Thom Loves Tim Tebow
Thom Brennaman Narrates D-Day
Bad Reviews For Fox College Football
Brennaman Doesn't Quite Get Viral Marketing
Jim Gray defeated Thom Brennaman 77.89% - 22.11%
Just spoke with Tim Ryan on his SiriusXM show and he said that he'll be working with Chris Myers this season.
We're trying to figure this out on The 506. Pennington mentioned in an article that he would be on the network's #7 team working just 7 games. His partner will be Sam Rosen. Fangbites says FOX did not demote Sam but if Rosen is only working 7 games then he must have asked for a lighter schedule. Then again, Sam might be working with Pennington for 7 games and Ryan for 10. Who knows? It's been rumored that Chris Myers might catapult up to the booth with Ryan. It all remains a mystery.
@msilvers1979 Thanks for that info. It'll be interesting to see which team is further up the ladder then. I find it hard to believe Fox would want to use Chris Myers full time. He and Chris Rose were probably at the very bottom of the pbp ladder last year. Then again, this is Fox we're talking about, so anything is possible...