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Bye Weeks: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers
Thursday, November 17
New York Jets @ Denver Broncos (NFLN 8:20PM) Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan
Sunday, November 20
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens (CBS 1PM) Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota Vikings (CBS 1PM) Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins (CBS 1PM) Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns (CBS 1PM) Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers (FOX 1PM) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins (FOX 1PM) Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Carolina Panthers @ Detroit Lions (FOX 1PM) Dick Stockton, John Lynch
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers (FOX 4PM) Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams (FOX 4PM) Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
San Diego Chargers @ Chicago Bears (CBS 4:15PM) Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Tennessee Titans @ Atlanta Falcons (CBS 4:15PM) Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants (NBC 8:20PM) Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Monday, November 21
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots (ESPN 8:30PM) Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski
I've said this before, but the biggest problem with the process is croynism. The same list of guys we all dislike have been in this business as long as the executives and producers that are in charge. Familiarity and friendship factors in who they hire and no blatant example than Sean McManus engineering the swap of Jim Nantz to the top NFL play by play and sending Greg Gumble (who did 2 Super Bowls) to the studio (I liked the Gumble, Simms pairing, so whoever said Nantz is boring, well AMEN). Its why Costas will be the face of NBC forever as long as Eberol has influence in NBC (though his talent 30 years later still speaks for itself). These Executives and producers are going to always look out for who they know and who they are comfortable with first because whats important to them (aside from owning the property) is the production. Or how to make the production better than the competitions (i.e. CBS/NBC's quality of nuts and bolts production vs. ESPN/FOX's entertainment philosophy or branding - Schtick if you will). So the networks don't care all the much who's in the booth as long as THEY are happy with them, unless its 'warranted'.
And when I say 'warranted' Ill tell ya what, I'll bet all the money in my pockets against all the money in anybody else's that if the MLB Network did not exist, ESPN would have NEVER fired or even attempted to tweak Miller and Morgan from Sunday Night Baseball. And if ESPN weren't so hellbent in 'trying somehting new' they never would've taken Theisman over Kornheiser, even if ultimately they were doing us all a favor.
i didnt hear about francona. so when i tuned in, i was surprised and shocked not to hear mccarver.
the terry actually bought something to the game. buck still sucks.
my biggest pet peeve are announcers who feel we watch the games for them. ie. buck, costas, berman.
The problem is that the networks just want to keep estalbish teams instead of giving anyone new a shot in top spots. For years I have thought that Jim Nantz is so boring and just bores you with his play by play. He is CBS top announcer and what annoys me the worst is he calls maybe 9 college basketball games a year because he is too busy with golf.
Buck and McMarver have been terrible since the beginning. Thank goodness the Rangers have been in the playoffs last 2 years. Can turn down the volume and turn the radio up and listen to the local radio broadcast.
We could go through and have complaints about all announcers but till the executives at these networks finally replace them. We will have to put up with them till that happens.
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver remain as terrible as always. If they are not the Red Sox, Yankees, Braves, Cardinals or Phillies, the two of them don't know any of the players and they don't care.
I thought Buck did well with Francona. Tito was showing energy and Buck was on step with him. Once McCarver came back, the broadcast was numbed and dumbed down. Just goes to show FOX needs a fresh face in the booth. And when I say fresh its someone who just left the game. Those types have a deeper and knowledgeable advantage of knowing the current players and style of play. David Cone is someone they should consider.