Week 4 is already upon us. Will the undefeated Bills and Lions continue living in a bizarro world? Will Jon Gruden fall in love with some guy? Will Gus Johnson miraculously make a game between two 0-3 teams worth watching? Who knows?
Week 4 broadcast map via The 506.
Sunday, October 2
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Texans (CBS 1PM) Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns (CBS 1PM) Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals (CBS 1PM) Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker
Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys (FOX 1PM) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears (FOX 1PM) Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams (FOX 1PM) Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles (FOX 1PM) Ron Pitts, Jim Mora
Minnesota Vikings @ Kansas City Chiefs (FOX 1PM) Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Tim Brewster
New Orleans Saints @ Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX 1PM) Sam Rosen, Chad Pennington
New York Giants @ Arizona Cardinals (FOX 4PM) Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks (FOX 4PM) Craig Bolerjack, John Lynch
Denver Broncos @ Green Bay Packers (CBS 4:15PM) Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers (CBS 4:15PM) Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
New England Patriots @ Oakland Raiders (CBS 4:15PM) Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens (NBC 8:20PM) Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Monday, October 3
Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN 8:30PM) Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski
viking need to call TO and Moss get them both the drop BB who can not catch and Camaralo who has done very little
The problem is that the networks feel that if they have enough big time names, that you will give it a listen. Now as we keep learning, athletes arean't always the most articulate beings on earth. Most have trouble breathing and talking at the same time. But I sense that if you tune in to hear a Jerry Rice, or Emmitt Smith, that you will stay a while and maybe enjoy the broadcast because of the other experts and come back. What I hate is how many times can you breakdown an issue? What was once black and white has become an infinity of Gray! Here is another one of my problems. When you have a panel of experts, each has to take a position, one that he or she will grab hold of all season. So when ever an issue comes up, you know what position that the expert will take, continuing their conflict all season long! It gets annoying to say the least. What is funny, with all of the money these guys make, knowing that one day there millions of dollars will come to a hanult, that they would be better prepared for that day. If you have thoughts of a boradcast carreer, hire someone to teach you have to be articulate and how to speak. It's not easy. Rice can probobly see what is going to happen, but can't tell you because he just doesn't understand, how to TV talk. Jerry Rice will not last long because 'You know" he doesn't know!
Rice was on ESPN Radio Monday morning and proceeded to throw down an unbelievable 47 "You Knows" in the 6 minute 16 second interview on M&M, then settled down a couple hours later to 25 in the 6:05 segment on the Cowturd program. At one point he had 3 of them mixed in with only two other words. Whatever points he was trying to make (and none were particularly insightful) were buried under this avalanche of "you knows". I know the "jockocracy" as Cosell used to call it is alive and well despite many Hall of Famers totally flaming out as analysts but this was a new level of audio torture. Made Emmitt sound like the president of the Toastmasters. The GOAT was about as articulate as the namesake barnyard animal.
Just to be clear that purposely says "anal sys." Because what other word could I use in the context of my post to best represent the Emmitt Smith effect on words?
I'm going to bet that Rice could be a better receiver in the NFL this year than an analyst on TV. Not cause he doesn't know the game, but listening to him talk is a little difficult. At least Emmitt provided so much unintentional humor that he actually became "must see" analysis, if for nothing more than the Steve Young faces his "anal sys" induced.
The thing with all of these ESPN NFL analysts, is that it's tougher and tougher for the average analyst to stand out from the crowd. Hence, these analysts are going to make more and more outlandish, stupid comments to drive controversy and get themselves on the air...like Merril Hoge and his sudden vendetta against Tim Tebow. These ginned up controversies started by ESPN analysts are only going to become common place as they fight for elbow room at the feeding trough.
And this is why NBC has the best game production. Took them a while but they got there. One game host (questionable, but they actually had the right guy in Costas and made it work), a three man studio to recap and review the day in football. One host and ONLY two analyst instead of 4-5 jumping all over each other to see who is most right and funniest. All studio reporters are blowhards, but all you need is one with credibility. Two A level announcers who can call the game at hand and competent enough to give their analysts of other teams, other games and the league in general without disrupting the flow of the game at hand. And if your going to have a side line reporter, have one who gives relevant reports (don't know enough about Tafoya to say if her work is worth a damn).
Why is this so hard? Did Bradshaw's schtick re-invent how produce a studio show? Do they really need lame wannabe generation y snarkism from Buck to attract a 'YOUNGER DEMOGRAPHIC'? Or corporate ass kissers like Tirico and Nantz who masquerade vanilla with professionalism? Or shake their fist at the sky for being blue old man analysts from guys who hate the way guy play today? (Looking at you Phil Simms and Jimmy Johnson). Or animated wanna be Charles Barkely types that try to bring more 'personality' than substance.... LIKE EVERYONE IN BRISTOL?
Big mistake. I was a huge 49er fan and appreciate all that Jerry has done for the franchise but this is not a good hire for what they want out of him (it will be great for awful announcing, that's for sure). When he is an analyst for the local SNF post game show, he has a hard time speaking with respect to breaking down a game. At times you can tell when he has a great point he wants to make but messes up the delivery. He sounds like he's reading cue cards when he's talking to the host of the show. After doing that show for a few years, I thought it was just nerves but to this day, he still does it. You got a taste of it when saw his Hall of Fame speech in which I felt hated Cowboy Emmitt Smith delivered a better speech. I am not looking forward to what might happen at ESPN.